Institute for Mideast Understanding

  • Samar Haddad King: Founding and Artistic Director of Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre
    From the young age of three, Samar Haddad King has used dance and movement as a tool for self-expression. Growing up Palestinian-American in the diaspora, King found that movement helped overcome communication barriers: “When we were younger and didn’t all have a common language yet, I found it interesting how dance or movement could transcend language.” ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-08-17
  • A Palestinian Bedouin Village Braces for Forcible Transfer as Israel Seeks to Split the West Bank
    Rayyah has lived in Khan al-Ahmar all of her 47 years. She raised nine children there, and 24 grandchildren; one more is on the way. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-08-15
  • BDS: How a Controversial Non-Violent Movement Has Transformed the Israeli-Palestinian Debate
    The movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel – known as BDS – has been driving the world a little bit mad. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-08-15
  • Tens of Thousands Protest in Tel Aviv Against ‘Nation-State Law’
    Passed last month, the new state-nation law officially affirms Israel's Jewish character, but critics say it turns non-Jewish citizens of the country into second-class citizens, further marginalising some 1.8 million Palestinians with Israeli citizenship and other minorities. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-08-15
  • Palestinian Teens Reach Finals of Silicon Valley App Pitch
    Four Palestinian high school friends are heading to California this week to pitch their mobile app about fire prevention to Silicon Valley's tech leaders, after winning a slot in the finals of a worldwide competition among more than 19,000 teenage girls. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-08-06
  • How Ahed Tamimi, a 17-year-old Palestinian Activist, Became An International Icon
    Ahed Tamimi, a 17-year-old Palestinian girl who spent eight months in an Israeli prison for slapping two Israeli soldiers, was set free this week. By the time she got out, the feisty blue-eyed teen with the wild mane of golden curls had been transformed into an icon of the Palestinian resistance movement. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-08-03
  • Palestinian Protest Icon Ahed Tamimi Released From Israeli Prison in Jubilant Scenes
    Ahed Tamimi, 17, was met by banners, cheers and Palestinian flags as she entered her occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, after spending eight months in Israeli prison for obstructing the work of and attacking Israeli soldiers. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-08-03
  • Palestinian Teen Protest Icon Released From Israeli Prison
    Seventeen-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi has been released from Israeli prison after serving an eight-month sentence for slapping Israeli soldiers during a confrontation that went viral on the Internet. The teen has become a symbol of resistance for many Palestinians; for many Israelis, she's seen as a provocateur. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-08-03
  • Palestinian Activist Ahed Tamimi Released, But Experts Say Israel Has Bigger Problem
    "Ahed's detention, prosecution, plea agreement and sentence in Israel's military court system is not exceptional but provides a clear example of how Israeli military law and military courts are used to control an occupied Palestinian population." ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-08-03
  • Ahed Tamimi: ‘I Am a Freedom Fighter. I Will Not Be the Victim’
    The teenage Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi has said she used her eight months in prison as an opportunity to study international law and hopes to one day lead cases against Israel in international courts. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-08-03
  • Ahed Tamimi, Palestinian Teenager Who Slapped Israeli Soldier, Is Released From Jail
    "I learned a lot,” Ms. Tamimi, 17, said hours after her release on Sunday from an Israeli prison, where she served an eight-month term. “I learned how to stay patient, to be in a group. I did my best to use the time to study. I came out more educated, and understand the world better than when I went in.” ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-08-03
  • ‘Apartheid, Formalized’: Palestinians to Fight Jewish State Law
    Palestinian legislators in Israel prepare to launch series of events in protest of 'racist' nation-state bill. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-08-03
  • She Slapped An Israeli Soldier and Was Sent To Prison. Now a Palestinian Teen is Free.
    Two days after her release from an Israeli jail, the 17-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi sat in her parents’ yard, wearing jeans and a tired expression, the front of her mane of blond curls tied in a bun atop her head. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-08-03
  • Israel Needs to Loosen its Chokehold on Gaza to Avoid Another War
    On Friday, Israel killed three Palestinians in response to continued protests along the Gaza border fence. Earlier this month, the most intense round of fighting since 2014 erupted after Israel further tightened its blockade, citing the damage wrought by burning kites. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-07-31
  • How Ahed Tamimi Became the Symbol of Palestinian Resistance to Israeli Oppression
    As if anyone needed reminding, even on the day of her release from prison, Israeli authorities seemed to want to show Ahed Tamimi, her family, and her many supporters that they control Palestinian lives. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-07-31