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.

Egyptian Policy in Palestine: A Downward Spiral

By Palestine Center Intern

The government desperately wants not only to secure its northern border, but to remove Hamas from power. Recent talks between Cairo and Hamas regarding Mohammed Dahlan’s return to politics in Gaza reveal that the Egyptian government would rather see the man once accused of murdering Yasser Arafat in power than the democratically elected government.

Interview with Dorit Naaman about “Jerusalem, We Are Here”

By Palestine Center Interns

Dorit Naaman, film and media professor at Queen’s University, directed and produced an interactive documentary called, “Jerusalem, We Are Here”. The purpose of this project is to restore the lost or stolen homes, mainly in Jerusalem, of pre-1948 Palestine, if not physically then through the communicative power of art and new media. Until this day, houses are being demolished in Palestine adding another facet to the fact that the Nakba never ended. Acknowledging the existence of Palestinian homes, as this project does, is a form of resistance against cultural erasure. This interview highlights the importance of recognizing the past in Palestine, how it lives in the reality of our present, and challenges our future.

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.