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.

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.

Why Palestinians Resist

by Mohamed Mohamed

“Rights are not bestowed by an oppressor.” This statement in a New York Times op-ed by Marwan Barghouti, the imprisoned Palestinian political figure leading the latest prisoner hunger strike, is perhaps the core reason why Palestinians have engaged in various forms of resistance against Israel ever since the Nakba in 1948.