Submitted by Sydney Levy on Mon, 05/16/2011 - 3:40pm
On May 15th, massive nonviolent protests within and around Israel/Palestine marked a historic day in the Palestinian struggle for human rights and full equality. Matching the spirit and emboldened by the success of other Arab Spring revolts, thousands of unarmed Palestinians demonstrated inside the Occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza while, at the same time, thousands of Palestinian refugees peacefully marched to Israel's borders from refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Thu, 05/12/2011 - 6:20pm
A year ago this month, Israel shocked the world when it attacked a
humanitarian convoy on its way to Gaza in international waters, killing 9
civilians, injuring dozens more, and kidnapping hundreds. Today -- as
Hamas and Fatah negotiate internal unity and Egypt moves to permanently
open Gaza’s southern border, consequences of the Arab Spring -- the
international solidarity movement musters an even greater flotilla of
ships to challenge Israel’s illegal actions against the Palestinians.
Submitted by Sydney Levy on Wed, 05/11/2011 - 11:37am
May 11, 2011
Is the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement signed in Cairo on May 4 good for the “peace process?” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, President Jimmy Carter, and veteran Israeli peace activist Uri Avnery all believe it is. Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and his government vehemently insist that it is not. Half the Democrats in the Senate and the usual suspects in the House of Representatives have, as is their custom, lined up behind the Israeli government’s position, while the White House has been more reserved. Since the “peace process” has long been on life-support, if not dead, this may be the wrong question. We might ask instead, “Is reconciliation between the Palestinian political factions good for the Palestinian and Israeli people?”
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Sun, 05/08/2011 - 7:52am
On Friday, four Jewish groups announced the launching of a petition drive designed to overturn the trustees' decision and to open debate on American campuses regarding
Israel's policies. They promised to present the petition to the trustees
early next week.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Fri, 05/06/2011 - 11:04am
If you see Tony Kushner's work, you won't soon forget it. The playwright
behind "Angels in America, Homebody/Kabul," and "Caroline, or Change"
is one of the great artists working today, and one of the best at
connecting global political issues to history, personal experience,
values, and culture.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Tue, 05/03/2011 - 10:41am
In a stunning public move that may draw much criticism, Dr. Cornel West
-- probably the most well-known and renowned U.S. public intellectual
-- has called on the University of Arizona (UA) to divest from
corporations profiting from Israel’s illegal settlement and occupation
of Palestine as well as from the racist practices -- particularly
attacks on Ethnic Studies -- against immigrant and indigenous peoples in
AZ and nationwide.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Fri, 04/22/2011 - 7:01am
The Middle East is a long way from Tucson. But is there a parallel between the struggles of people there and Ethnic Studies students in Arizona? A presentation at the U of A Thursday night says, "yes"; at least where Palestinians are concerned.