A Voice from Beit Ummar 

By Lena J I answered the phone every day that Ahmed Oudeh called until we had the honor of hosting him here at the Palestine Center. His voice was warm and heavy with pain, even for a simple “hello.” I hadn’t noticed at first, but Ahmed slurred his words. He spoke slowly, fluent in both […]

Freedom Under Occupation: Resistance and Repression in Settler States

By Jasper Saah

Forty years ago the headquarters of MOVE, a Philadelphian radical black liberation, environmentalist organization and commune, was raided by the Philadelphia Police Department. after months of harassment and tensions. MOVE is unique in the Black radical tradition: the ideology of founder John Africa infusing elements of anarchism, primitivism, and environmentalism into his theory of liberation. On August 8th, 1978, the Philadelphia Police Department raided the MOVE house after months of tension and harassment. The city and police were determined to crush MOVE, firing live rounds into the Powelton Village home and flooding it with fire hoses. PPD Officer James J. Ramp was killed in the raid by a bullet of still unknown origin, as the MOVE family was taking shelter in the basement of their home.

Sexual Harassment and Violence against Palestinian Women in Israeli Prisons

By Dylann N

Sexual harassment and sexual violence have long been tactics used by Israeli soldiers against imprisoned Palestinians. While men and children are subjected to such treatments, women generally face the brunt of this systematic mistreatment. Khitam Saafin, the leader of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees, who spent three months in administrative detention without ever being charged, and who accused Israeli soldiers of taking photos of her on their cell phones and strip-searching her,

In Wake of Ahed Tamimi’s Arrest: A Close Look at Detention of Palestinian Minors

By Palestine Center Interns 

Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old Palestinian child from al-Nabi Saleh village who was detained during a pre-dawn raid on her home by the Israeli army and border police in the occupied West Bank, is the latest addition to the hundreds of Palestinian children languishing inside Israeli prisons. Tamimi’s story is not an isolated incident; it is a story that represents the oppression Palestinians endure living under Israeli occupation and Israel’s complete control over Palestinians’ lives.

“When I See Them, I See Us”: Intersectional Struggle & Transnational Solidarity with Palestine

By Palestine Center Interns

Connected by the similarities of their situations and a strong desire for liberation, Black Americans as well as the Irish have long stood in support of Palestine. Though people worldwide have supported the Palestinian struggle, the solidarity from these two groups is unique. Black Americans recognize that their struggles against state-sanctioned violence and institutionalized racism in the U.S. are quite similar to Palestinians resisting such actions perpetrated by the Israeli state and military. The Irish draw ties to Palestine based on their shared experiences of settler colonialism

Structural Injustice: How Trials of Palestinians in Israeli Military Courts Lead to Misperception

by Palestine Center Interns

Despite the fact that most Palestinians who are convicted have committed no crime and engaged in no violence, the military court system creates a notion that legal due process is happening in Palestine. While this is the opposite of the truth, it still affects global perceptions of Palestine and Palestinians. This can be seen especially in the United States, where major media organizations might play up the alleged charges against a Palestinian while neglecting to mention the circumstances of their situation. This essay will attempt to demonstrate the injustice of these structures and systems of the Israeli military court and prison system, which has negatively impacted the lives of Palestinians and created false perceptions of their lives, character, and actions.

Electrical Power as Metaphor in Gaza

by Palestine Center Interns

In the developed world electricity is a given. It is a right afforded to people by their government even if through corroboration with some form of private administration such as a utility company. Many underestimate the realities of life without it. The people of Gaza have to face these very realities on a daily basis. In this paper we intend to display how the conditions for daily life in Gaza are decided without the consent of the people of Gaza. Through a focus on electricity, we can trace the power lines to their sources, physically and rhetorically, which will show how providing power to Gaza is to wield power over Gaza.