Israeli lawmakers kill ‘equality for all citizens’ bill before it is even introduced

By Mohamed Mohamed

Israel is an apartheid state, but you don’t have to take my word for it. All you have to do is take a look at the actions of the lawmakers in the Israeli Knesset, the national legislature of Israel. On June 5, the Knesset issued a press release stating that its Presidium (a group consisting of the speaker and deputy speakers) voted to disqualify a proposed bill that called for Israel “to be defined as a state of all its citizens” to be placed on the Knesset’s agenda.

Nakba: As Israel Celebrates, My Family Mourns

By Mohamed Mohamed

This is my family’s story, but sadly, most Palestinians who were forced into exile in 1948 have gone through similar, if not worse, experiences. Fortunately, Palestinians have remained steadfast in the face of Israeli oppression and injustice. Seventy years of displacement and repression have been unable to break their will and resilience.

Natalie Portman and the Anti-Semitism Smear

By Mohamed Mohamed

The oldest trick in the Zionist handbook is to quickly allege anti-Semitism against people who speak out or take a position that is even in the slightest opposition to the state of Israel, its leaders, or its many oppressive policies. This is a smear tactic that is meant to paint the person speaking out as a bigot or racist, which of course can undermine their perceived credibility and integrity.

Provoking Palestinians and Peace in the Holy Land

By Mohamed Mohamed

Adding insult to injury for Palestinians, the State Department has announced that the US will relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by May 2018, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence. For Palestinians however, this date is no cause for celebration. It marks 70 years since the expulsion and mass displacement by force of more than 750,000 people.

Without UNRWA I wouldn’t be alive today

By Mohamed Mohamed

On January 16, the administration decided to withhold $65 million of a planned $125 million in US funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).UNRWA was established in 1949 to provide direct relief and public works programs for the Palestinian refugees who were expelled after the creation of Israel in 1948. For almost 70 years, Israel has failed to address the problem of the refugees that it created, so the UN General Assembly has regularly extended UNRWA’s mandate since then.

How Israel represses the internet in Palestine

By Mohamed Mohamed

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced a plan to repeal government regulations which ensure that internet service providers (ISPs) treat all data equally. This principle is known as “net neutrality,” and is intended to prevent ISPs from blocking or slowing down certain content, or charging additional fees to access them.

Trump’s Legitimization of Occupation

By Mohamed Mohamed 

Obviously, recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital marks an unprecedented shift in U.S. policy, but it is important to note that from presidents Truman to Trump, the U.S. has never actually been an “honest broker” of peace between Palestinians and Israelis. On the contrary, the U.S. has provided exceptional diplomatic, economic, and military support to Israel ever since its creation in 1948.

 

The Lie of a Century

By Mohamed Mohamed

The bottom line is that Palestinians were thrown out and their country was indeed taken away from them. The argument that there was never an official Palestinian state or explicit national identity before Israel is irrelevant and hollow, and does not justify Israel’s expulsion of Palestinians, the theft of their land, or the continued denial of their basic civil and religious rights.