Institute for Mideast Understanding

  • Preserving Palestinian Culture, One Seed at a Time
    Tanoreen’s owner, Rawia Bishara, was born in Nazareth and followed her husband to the United States in 1973. In 1998, after raising two children, she opened the place with only ten seats. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-07-13
  • As Israeli Bulldozers Circle, a Tiny Village Takes Center Stage in Palestinian Struggle
    Growing up herding sheep and goats in the hills east of Jerusalem, Eid Jahalin never expected to find himself one day lobbying in the halls of the U.S. Congress. But that is how the 51-year-old spent last week, as the small cluster of shacks he calls his home village comes under threat of demolition by Israeli bulldozers. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-07-11
  • George Bisharat: Legal Scholar, Educator, and Blues Musician
    Reflecting on his career and writing, Bisharat explains, “Fighting injustice is what inspires me professionally, personally and creatively through my legal career, as an educator and as a musician.” ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-07-10
  • Protests Erupt at Bedouin Village Israel Plans to Demolish
    Palestinian protests broke out on Wednesday at a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank facing Israeli demolition in what rights groups have condemned as a bid to expand Jewish settlement. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-07-09
  • ‘We will still resist’: West Bank Village Digs In As Demolition Looms
    A hair-raising dash across a busy highway is one of two ways of reaching the West Bank Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar. The other is to navigate a rugged and barely passable dirt track. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-07-09
  • Israeli Forces Assault Palestinians, Prepare to Demolish Village
    At least 35 Palestinians wounded as Israeli forces prepare to demolish the entire Khan al-Ahmar village near Jerusalem. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-07-09
  • Amputee Soccer Team a Game Changer for Gaza Wounded
    A soccer team made up of Palestinians who lost limbs to Israeli fire in the Gaza Strip is giving its players new purpose. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-07-03
  • Palestinian-American George Bisharat “Big Harp George” Releases Video for “Alternative Facts”
    Palestinian-American law professor turned blues musician George Bisharat has a new album out on July 16. Taking the blues world by storm as Big Harp George, his latest record, Uptown Cool, is already creating a lot of buzz. Alternative Facts is the first video off the album, a biting parody about living in a post-truth world brought on by the Trump administration. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-07-02
  • Bedouin Village Emerges As Test Case for Israeli Settlers
    Within weeks, if not days, the Israeli army is planning a complete demolition of the Arab village to make space for the expansion of the nearby Jewish settlement of Kfar Adumim, the Red Village. “They could come at any time,” said Ahmed Abu Daud, who lives in Khan al Ahmar. “You go to sleep not knowing what will happen tomorrow.” ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-07-02
  • Chicago Palestinian Series: Professor Iymen Chehade
    Chicago-based professor Iymen Chehade is devoted to telling the story of Palestine and the fight against Israeli apartheid through college classrooms and his new project, Uprising Theater, a space where art will amplify struggles for social justice. "When you work on Palestine here, it's as if you're resisting over there." ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-06-29
  • Filmmakers Back Right to Boycott Israel Following German Festival Controversy
    A number of figures from the film world have given their support to those who choose to participate in the cultural boycott of Israel following a series of developments at a leading European festival. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-06-28
  • Why Palestinians Risk Their Lives to Protest Near the Gaza-Israel Fence
    “We want to live a dignified life but we are losing hope,” one demonstrator who was shot by Israeli troops told NBC News. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-06-25
  • FBI is Using Unvetted, Right-Wing Blacklists to Question Activists About Their Support for Palestine
    Ahmad Aburas was sitting in class one evening in September 2016 when a security officer at Seton Hall Law School, the New Jersey school that Aburas attends, came to get him. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-06-25
  • As Israel Pushes to Build, Bedouin Homes and School Face Demolition
    For decades, Israel has wanted to clear a large section of the West Bank of several thousand Bedouins — who raise sheep and goats in the creases of the hills east of Jerusalem — to make room for the expansion of Jewish settlements. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-06-25
  • Chicago Palestinian Series: Palestinian-American Chef Abeer Najjar
    Chicago-based Palestinian-American chef Abeer Najjar creates fusion dishes inspired by her Palestinian upbringing, using food to keep her heritage alive. “Our narrative as Palestinians is being erased.” ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-06-21