Interview with Dorit Naaman about “Jerusalem, We Are Here”

By Palestine Center Interns

Dorit Naaman, film and media professor at Queen’s University, directed and produced an interactive documentary called, “Jerusalem, We Are Here”. The purpose of this project is to restore the lost or stolen homes, mainly in Jerusalem, of pre-1948 Palestine, if not physically then through the communicative power of art and new media. Until this day, houses are being demolished in Palestine adding another facet to the fact that the Nakba never ended. Acknowledging the existence of Palestinian homes, as this project does, is a form of resistance against cultural erasure. This interview highlights the importance of recognizing the past in Palestine, how it lives in the reality of our present, and challenges our future.

The Manipulated Narrative of Anti-Semitism and the Pro-Palestinian Movement

By Palestine Center Interns

Non-violent demonstrations by pro-Palestinian groups, such as chanting or protesting, are held as an act of solidarity for the Palestinians in crisis. In response, pro-Zionist organizations have begun to counter with claims that such pro-Palestinian demonstrations are anti-Semitic. This has produced a new dialogue that being pro-Palestinian is inherently anti-Semitic and in some cases resulting in lawsuits. The manipulated narrative of anti-Semitism is being employed by pro-Zionist groups as a smear tactic against pro-Palestinian groups in attempt to delegitimize the movement.

Keith Ellison and the Anti-Semitism Smear

By Mohamed Mohamed

It is difficult to say with certainty whether the smear campaign did or did not result in Rep. Ellison’s defeat in the race for DNC chairman. It is unlikely that a voting member would admit to being swayed by anything other than the candidates’ credentials, let alone a malicious attack. Regardless, one thing is certain: some of Israel’s most fervent supporters felt that the race was close enough to require discrediting Ellison.

Interview: Inside ANERA’s Projects in Palestine

By Jada Bullen and Marie Helmy

For almost two decades, Mohammed Abu Rajab and Rabah Odeh have been working in infrastructural development in the West Bank and Gaza as field staff for American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), which focuses on meeting the development and humanitarian needs of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and refugee camps in Lebanon since 1968. On their recent trip to the United States to attend the annual ANERA dinner in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 7th 2016, Mr. Abu Rajab and Mr. Odeh were able to visit the Palestine Center.

“Night Raid” Exhibition: A Narrative of Palestinian Dignity and Resistance

By Jada Bullen and Marie Helmy

In the photographs, Bil’in residents stand on the threshold of the open doorway to their home–just as they would have done if Israeli soldiers were to knock on their door in the middle of the night. Yet, the images convey a distinct message – absent of fear and subjugation. Instead, the photographs depict families, fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters repossessing the dignity and humanity that soldiers come to steal away in the night.