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.

The New York Times’ Jerusalem Bureau Chief Normalizes Qalandiya Checkpoint

by Lucian Dieterman

It is true that thousands of Palestinians make the trek from all over Palestine to pass through Qalandiya in route to Jerusalem and beyond, but this is not an average commute or even a commute of our own [American] understanding at all. The Times’ coverage of Qalandiya attempts to normalize military checkpoints, explaining them as furthering the “symbiotic economic relationship that is important to both sides,” as opposed to shedding light on the extreme burden and degradation that Palestinians encounter while crossing a checkpoint.