Rachel Zoll: The top legislative body of the United Church of Christ voted Tuesday to divest from companies with business in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, in a sign of the growing momentum of a U.S. protest movement against Israeli policy.
Ryan Rodrick Beiler: The debates come just after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared BDS activism to the Holocaust.
Lawmakers seem to compete against each other to the racist nadir, as Netanyahu is practically egging them on; and with such weak-kneed opposition, that’s hardly a surprise.
Gaza reconstruction is moving at a “snail’s pace” and at this rate, it would likely take 30 years to rebuild the extensive damage from last summer’s Israel-Hamas war, a senior U.N. official said.
Amer Shomali: Israeli officials barred me from going to my film’s premiere for “security” reasons. This is life under occupation.
Elias Isquith: Author of “The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza” tells Salon what he saw in the rubble of a land under siege.
Carolina Miranda: The exhibition’s title, “Gaza: Mowing the Lawn,” takes its name from a term that has been used by Israeli military strategists to describe the every-few-years bombings of Palestinian territories.
While Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are subject to strict limitations on movement into East Jerusalem, part of the occupied Palestinian territories, Israel has historically made gestures ahead of and during Ramadan, partially easing restrictions.
Ali Abunimah: Israeli forces boarded and commandeered the Marianne on Monday, one of four boats that were bound for Gaza in the latest attempt to break the tight Israeli siege of the occupied territory.