Storytelling is one of the oldest modes of education and has taken many different forms over the years. Stories can be used to convey basic information, social customs, and more. Specifically, children’s literature (novels, poetry and more) has grown and developed into its own multifaceted genre.
The last few years have been devastating for Palestinians. In the last two alone, we have seen assaults on peaceful protestors in Gaza, the adoption of the controversial Nation State Law, the agreement with Trump to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, a rapid increase in illegal settlement building, and the illegal demolition of several dozen Palestinian homes located near Israel’s apartheid wall.
Time and time again, black and brown communities are forced to develop strategies of hyper vigilance in order to avoid unjust profiling by the law.Through monitoring dialect, tone, and body language, black and brown folks must shrink themselves into society’s demanding and cramped sphere of acceptance. Yet sometimes, this is not enough.
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 […]
By Palestine Center Intern Caricatures of Peace: How Cartoonists Resist the Israeli Occupation with Art Art has long been a powerful means of release and resistance for those suffering under oppression. It is often the case that the more miserable the situation, the more potent the art, and the more passionate the artist. This is […]
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.
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,
By John Fleming
For decades, the contentious rivalry between Fatah and Hamas has caused confusion and compounded the problem of Palestinian unity in the face of continued Israeli occupation. Founded in the late 1950s, Fatah has been a more moderate voice among the Palestinians, accepting the recognition of Israel and imploring the use of nonviolence as a means to its goals.
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.