Hillary Clinton should take balanced approach to Israel-Palestine

By Zeina Azzam

Many of us wonder, will Clinton strive at all to make Washington “an honest broker” during negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians? How beholden will she feel to the influences of her billionaire supporters? Will her narrow view of justice and fairness expand to consider the human and national rights of Palestinians? So far, her words have given us no reason to be optimistic.

The Movement for Black Lives, the Palestinian Struggle, and a Creeping Genocide

By Zeina Azzam

Perhaps the most hard-hitting sentence in this section of the M4BL platform is, ‘The US justifies and advances the global war on terror via its alliance with Israel and is complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.’ This linking of the Washington-Tel Aviv alliance with Palestinian genocide is indeed a forceful statement that points to the use of US tax dollars to serve pernicious and unjust policy decisions. One has only to look at the 2014 Israeli assault of Gaza, which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said ‘shocked and shamed the world,’ to find proof of such policies.

Gaza’s Children And The Israeli Offensive Of 2014: Two Years Later

By Zeina Azzam

“During Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza and its 1.8 million inhabitants, Palestinian poet Khaled Juma penned a moving poem titled ‘Oh Rascal Children of Gaza’. The first few lines were about the chaos and mischief that the children had perpetrated in their neighborhoods before the war, but the wistful ending laments, ‘Come back/and scream as you want/and break all the vases./Steal all the flowers./Come back./Just come back…'”

Israel as Oppressor, Palestine as Oppressed: The ‘normalization’ of what is not normal

By Zeina Azzam

The principal concept of the normalization of deviant practices (which can also be termed unjust, undemocratic, and colonial practices) applies very well in the Palestinian case, as Israel’s goal is to be treated as a “normal” state despite its objectively aberrant treatment of the Palestinians. Clearly, therefore, its oppressive practices in the occupied territories, entrenched military occupation, and apartheid-like policies toward Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, and inside Israel should make the international community constantly vigilant and critical of Israel’s modus operandi.

Is it an occupation or an “occupation”?

By Zeina Azzam

One is hard pressed to ask, what is the problem in calling the Occupied Palestinian Territories just that, territory occupied by Israel in the 1967 war? This is the exact terminology of Amnesty International. Oxfam uses Occupied Palestinian Territory. The Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem employs Occupied Territories. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has adopted occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Even the US Department of State refers to The Occupied Territories.

The Situation in Gaza: An Interview with Brian Barber

Brian K. Barber, PhD, is a New America Fellow in Washington, DC, a Professor of Child and Family Studies, and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict at the University of Tennessee. His prime field of research has been Palestine, and he has based his work on long residencies and visits with families in and near refugee camps in the Gaza Strip since the early 2000s. Zeina Azzam, Executive Director of The Jerusalem Fund and Palestine Center, interviewed Brian Barber on February 5 2016, shortly after one of his research visits to Gaza. The information was updated in early April 2016. 

May 15, 2016: 68 Years Since Palestine’s Nakba

Nakba is the Arabic word for ‘catastrophe,’ signifying the immense dislocation that unfolded during 1947-49 after the United Nations’ decision to partition Palestine into two states—Jewish and Arab—and the subsequent expulsion of between 750,000 and one million Palestinians from historic Palestine by Zionist paramilitary forces (about a third of them were expelled before the war started with neighboring Arab states)

Interview with Dr. Yasser Abu Jamei

In the interview that follows, Abu Jamei talks about manifestations of trauma, methods of treatment, and how mental health professionals care for themselves and each other in an environment with little break from sustained conflict. Ultimately, his is a message of hope for the power of resilience, recovery, and perseverance in Gaza.