Institute for Mideast Understanding

  • Natalie Portman Decides Against Israel Honor in Apparent Protest 
    Natalie Portman has decided against receiving an honor in Israel and canceled her trip to accept the prize, according to the organization honoring the actress. The Genesis Prize, which honors notable individuals "who inspire others through their dedication to the Jewish community and Jewish values," has canceled its annual ceremony in Israel in June following the actress' apparent decision to not take part in the event. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-04-19
  • Mourning Arabs Fly Palestinian Flags as Israel Marks Independence Day
    In a field south of Haifa, near an Arab village that was depopulated and abandoned in 1948, children read the lyrics of nationalist anthems from their iPhones, while their elders sat beneath awnings, listening to dignitarites and musicians. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-04-19
  • Israel Celebrates Its Independence, We Mourn Our Loss
    Seventy years ago, the world changed around my family. The establishment of the state of Israel represented self-determination for Jews, but a catastrophe — “nakba” in Arabic — for Palestinians. In the area around the Mediterranean city of Haifa, where my family has lived for six generations, only 2,000 Palestinians of a population of 70,000 remained. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-04-18
  • Faisal Saleh, Entrepreneur & Founder of Palestine Museum US
    Entrepreneur turned museum founder Faisal Saleh is opening a non-profit multimedia museum in Woodbridge, Connecticut, that will serve as a hub for Palestinian art, literature, and culture. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-04-18
  • In Gaza, Family Lights Candles to Mourn Son on His 14th Birthday
    Monday should have been Hussein Madi’s 14th birthday. Instead, his family sat mourning him in a tent in Gaza. The boy was shot dead three days earlier by Israeli troops, his relatives say, the youngest of 30 Palestinians killed in an ongoing protest at the border with Israel. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-04-10
  • With the Great Return March, Palestinians Are Demanding a Life of Dignity
    Over the past eight days, tens of thousands of protesters in Gaza have breathed life into a place that is slowly being depleted of it. We have come together, chanting and singing a lullaby we’ve all longed for—“We will return”—bringing all that we have left to offer in an attempt to reclaim our right to live in freedom and justice. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-04-06
  • The Bare Facts About the Gaza Demonstrators Are Correct, but the Rest of the Story Is Missing
    Media coverage of Israel's massacre of Palestinian protesters during the first weekend of multiweek demonstrations in Gaza offered textbook examples of how syntax and word choice shape, and even distort, representations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even if the facts are accurately stated, the ways in which sentences are constructed, and the extent to which details are contextualized, can subtly lead readers astray. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-04-06
  • After the Gaza Killings, It’s Time to Crack Down on Israel
    Israel’s killing of 18 Palestinian protesters in Gaza last Friday was entirely predictable. It was also entirely avoidable. The victims were taking part in the annual Land Day march commemorating the 1976 killing of six Palestinians who were protesting Israel’s confiscation of thousands of acres of their land. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-04-04
  • On Land Day, Israeli Forces Kill 14 Palestinians, Injure Hundreds More in Gaza
    Israeli forces shot dead 14 Palestinians and injured over a 1,000 more along the Gaza border on Friday, as thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in “The Great March of Return” on the 42nd anniversary of Land Day. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that 14 Palestinians were killed on Friday. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-03-30
  • ‘Tibi, Not Bibi’: The Palestinian Who Stood up to Pence on Why He Could Be the Region’s Next Leader
    Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics revealed a figure on Monday that will concern the country's nationalistic right wing: As many Muslims (6.5 million) now live alongside Jews (6.44 million) between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea. But for one man in the midst of the Israeli-Palestinian quagmire, that number is full of encouragement. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-03-29
  • Ahed Tamimi’s Case Proves We Palestinians Will Always Be Seen as Guilty
    On Wednesday (March 21), 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi entered Ofer military court with bright pink socks tucked underneath the metal shackles that held her feet together. In a prison-issued jacket that was too big for her, she smiled from cheek to cheek. The Israeli judge presiding over her case accepted a plea bargain that would mean she will serve an eight month prison sentence. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-03-27
  • Questions for an Israeli Soldier
    There isn't a week that goes by that I don't think of the events of this week, sixteen years ago. I recall, as though it were yesterday, as Israeli soldiers drove tanks through the streets of Ramallah, crushing cars and beautiful trees in their path before stopping in front of my building on Library Street. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-03-22
  • Teen Palestinian Protester Gets 8 Months in Prison
    Palestinian teenage protest icon Ahed Tamimi on Wednesday was sentenced to eight months in prison for slapping and kicking a pair of Israeli soldiers outside her West Bank home, capping a case that sparked uproar in Israel, turned the 17-year-old girl into a Palestinian hero and attracted international attention. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-03-21
  • Roger Waters Recites Palestinian Poem on Anti-Trump Song “Supremacy”
    Roger Waters teamed up with Palestinian band Le Trio Joubran to record “Supremacy,” a rebuke to the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and eventually move the U.S. embassy there. The move was considered a major setback to the Middle East peace process. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-03-14
  • Dr. Farouq Ahmad Zuaiter (“Abu Abbas”) – In Memoriam
    Dr. Farouq Ahmad Zuaiter passed away on February 15, 2018. “Abu Abbas” as he was referred to often was a highly respected financial executive, investment manager and a significant contributor to the economic growth of the Palestinian economy in the face of Israeli occupation. ... read more
    Source: Institute for Mideast UnderstandingPublished on 2018-02-26