I this moment of intensified violence in Israel/Palestine, it is more important than ever to understand the occupation, dispossession, and apartheid that has been the status quo for decades and is at the root of the current violence.

Resources on the Current Crisis in Palestine and Israel

In this moment of intensified violence in Palestine and Israel, it is more important than ever to understand the occupation, dispossession, and state violence that has been the status quo for decades and is at the root of the current violence. We want safety and dignity for all the peoples of Palestine and Israel, and so we mourn each and every life that has been lost.

What is happening today must be understood as an uprising which is the inevitable result of decades of occupation, dispossession and state violence.

This is an uprising that did not come out of nowhere. Violence against Palestinians by the Israeli Defense Forces, Israeli police and Jewish settlers is constant.

Over the last year or so, Israel has accelerated the pace of demolishing Palestinian homes; allowed increasing numbers of Jewish settlers to take over homes in Palestinian neighborhoods, and cracked down with increasingly violent policing practices and arrests without due process in Palestinian neighborhoods.

The status quo is unsustainable, and is now reaching its breaking point.

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Media Coverage

The New York Times has repeatedly failed to live up to its reputation for balance with its coverage of the recent uprising in Palestine and Israel. With some notable exceptions, the Times has frequently dehumanized Palestinians, and ignored the root causes of the current conditions. Sign our petition to the New York Times.

Latest news & Analysis

The Institute for Middle East Understanding’s Resources On the Current Crisis

+972 Magazine
Israeli analysis, reports, ideas, images and videos.

Haaretz
Israeli daily newspaper.

Ma’an News Agency
Palestinian online news covering politics, economics, and culture.

Mondoweiss
U.S. analyses about Israel/Palestine and US foreign policy.

Electronic Intifada
Independent online news publication focusing on Palestine.

Key Background Readings

Salon: Israel’s descent into unmasked, right wing extremism: A new generation rises to fight occupation, settler-colonialism, apartheid, October 22, 2015 by Omar Barghouti

The Nation: Why Palestinians need an International Protection Force, October 22, 21015 by Diana Buttu and Nadia Hijab

+972 Magazine: Jerusalem, in Context, October 19, 2015 by Noam Sheizaf.

Haaretz: Palestinians Are Fighting for Their Lives; Israel Is Fighting for the Occupation, October 7, 2015 by Amira Hass

The Institute for Middle East Understanding’s expert Q & A with Diana Buttu

Boycott National Committee statement

Jewish Voice for Peace Statements

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