Institute for Mideast Understanding

  • How Are Palestinians Celebrating Ramadan? In Gaza, It Is As If It ‘Has Not Yet Come’
    Palestinians in Gaza are celebrating one of the holiest occasions in Islam just days after they suffered through their bloodiest day in years amid more than six weeks of ongoing protests against Israel and the U.S. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-05-21
  • Israeli Police Accused of Brutality in Crackdown on Demonstrating Israeli Arabs
    An Israeli judge ordered the release of 19 Arab Israelis from police custody on Monday, capping a fraught weekend in the northern city of Haifa, the scene of multiple protests against Israeli military actions in the Gaza Strip. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-05-21
  • How Does It Feel To Be A Palestinian Growing Up In Gaza?
    Nearly 2 million Palestinians are confined to living in Gaza. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Adnan Abu Hasna from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency about the current situation in Gaza. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-05-20
  • Israel’s Massacre of Palestinian Civilians Should Spark Horror—and Action
    The barrier enclosing the two million Palestinians “living” in the Gaza Strip is not a border between two countries, as the media have insistently called it. It is a wall erected by Israel to make the suffering of those living inside the Gaza ghetto as invisible as possible to those living outside it. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-05-18
  • Palestinians Have No Choice but to Continue the Struggle
    Over the past month and a half, thousands of Palestinians in Gaza have taken part in a series of weekly protests called the Great Return March, culminating Tuesday with Nakba Day, when Palestinians mark their mass expulsion during Israel’s establishment in 1948. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-05-16
  • Palestinians Want Freedom, Just Like Anyone Would
    Palestinian American human rights attorney Noura Erakat says protesters in Gaza aren't pawns of Hamas; they are struggling for the freedom all humans want. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-05-15
  • Israel Kills Dozens at Gaza Border as U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem
    More than 2,700 Palestinian demonstrators were injured on Monday — at least 1,350 by gunfire — along the border fence with Gaza, the Health Ministry reported. The mass protests began on March 30 and had already left dozens dead. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-05-15
  • I Helped Start the Gaza Protests. I Don’t Regret It.
    The seed that grew into Gaza’s Great Return March was planted Dec. 9, just a few days after President Trump announced he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Palestinians long have held onto the dream of Jerusalem as our own capital, or at least as a shared capital in a country that offers equal rights to everyone. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-05-14
  • In Opening Its Embassy in Jerusalem, the US Has Slammed the Door on the Peace Process
    Today, amid great official fanfare, the Trump administration will move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the city where I was born, began my medical career, and which, like millions of other Palestinians, I am barred from entering today. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-05-14
  • U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Draws Criticism From Palestine
    Diana Buttu, former spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation Organization, says Jerusalem is not recognized by most of the world because Israel acquired the land by force. When the U.S. did this by moving its embassy there, it gave the “green light” for Israel to expand controversial settlements. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-05-13
  • This Palestinian Brewery Is Resisting Military Occupation, One Beer at a Time
    It was the year 2000 and the Second Intifada was underway. It was nearly impossible for people to cross short distances between cities and villages in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, let alone deliver beer. Yet Palestine’s Taybeh Brewery successfully transported 50-kilogram kegs of beer across military checkpoints on donkeys while an increasingly violent and repressive occupation escalated around them. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-05-09
  • Quick Facts: Jerusalem
    Since Israel’s establishment in 1948, the United Nations and international community have not recognized the sovereignty of any country to any part of Jerusalem in the absence of a permanent peace agreement in the region. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-05-04
  • Detained and Then Deported: U.S. Human Rights Lawyers Barred from Entry into Israel
    Two U.S. human rights lawyers were detained Sunday for 14 hours at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport before being deported back to the United States. Columbia University’s Katherine Franke and Center for Constitutional Rights executive director Vincent Warren were repeatedly questioned about their associations with groups critical of Israel. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-05-02
  • For Palestinians, Israeli Permits a Complex Tool of Control
    More than 300 Palestinians showed up at an Israeli military base in the West Bank recently, hoping they could win the lifting of security bans that prevent them for entering Israel. But they were also anxious. Talking in small groups, they recounted past experiences where some had been asked to spy on their neighbors in exchange for a permit — a gut-wrenching choice. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-04-30
  • Why I March in Gaza
    Early in the morning on March 30, my 7-year-old son, Ali, saw me preparing to leave the house. This was unusual for our Friday routine. “Where are you going, Dad?” “To the border. To participate in the Great Return March.” ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-04-28