“The only Jewish candidate in the Democratic presidential race stood in front of an audience of Jews in Washington, D.C., and suggested cutting U.S. aid to Israel. And they applauded him.”
“‘$3.8 billion is a lot of money, and we cannot give it carte blanche,’ Sanders said, referring to the amount of military aid Washington provides Israel each year.”
The speakers of the 2019 Palestine Center Annual Conference provide their analyses of this critical moment. The keynote address is delivered by Dr. Joseph Massad, followed by two panels that respectively address issues of the Right of Return, UNRWA, US and Israeli Policies (Panel I); and Geopolitics, BDS, The Media & Palestine, and US Perspective on the Deal (Panel II). Please join us for an engaging event.
Phyllis Bennis and Mark Perry analyze the recent Israeli elections and their ramifications on US/Israeli relations. Panel is moderated by Palestine Center Senior Scholar Dr. Edmund Ghareeb.
Last week, President Donald Trump ordered US forces to withdraw from their positions in northeast Syria. This move paved the way for Turkey to begin its air and ground offensive in the area, which began shortly after American troops withdrew.
“Last week Demi Lovato made a series of social media posts from Israel, celebrating her experiences there. After a number of people left comments criticizing the singer for legitimizing an apartheid state, Lovato shared a (quickly deleted) apology in which she admitted that she had accepted ‘a free trip to Israel in exchange for a few posts.'”
Dr.Suad Amiry and Shatha Safi present the important work of Riwaq, a historical preservation organization based in Ramallah that works to restore Palestinian homes and buildings.
“It’s been barely noticed, but this past week saw an incursion of politics into sports like no other. With little reason, the Israeli government made the decision to cancel the Palestinian national football club championship, otherwise known as the FIFA Palestine Cup. The contest between Gaza’s Khadamat Rafah club and Nablus’s FC Balata,”