I co-founded the BDS movement. Why was I denied entry to the US?

“Last Wednesday, as I was preparing to depart for the United States for a series of speaking engagements, I was abruptly stopped and prevented from boarding my flight at Ben Gurion airport. The US consulate informed the airline staff that US immigration has banned me from entering the country, despite having a valid visa, without providing a reason.”

“Boycott! The Academy and Justice for Palestine”

In this short essential book, Sunaina Maira situates the academic boycott (of the Palestinian led call for Boycott Sanctions Divestment) in the broader history of boycotts in the United States as well as in Palestine and shows how it has evolved into a transnational social movement that has spurred profound intellectual and political shifts.

For Palestinians, It Doesn’t Matter Who Wins Israel’s Elections

By Mohamed Mohamed

Israeli elections have just concluded, and the results indicate that Benjamin Netanyahu is set to win a fifth term as Israeli Prime Minister. The race between Netanyahu and his strongest challenger, Benjamin Gantz, who is a former Chief of Staff of Israeli military forces, was very tight. But even if Gantz and his associated political parties had won, Palestinians would still gain nothing.

David Sheen, an independent Canadian-Israeli journalist, recently gave a talk about Israeli politics and Israeli public opinion at the Palestine Center. In his presentation, Sheen outlines the facts and realities of the Israeli public’s attitudes, and how they correlate with the platforms of Israeli political parties.

Israeli Politics Decoded

Independent journalist and human rights defender David Sheen gives an unflinching interrogation and a compelling analysis of the state of Israel*Palestine under Trump and Netanyahu.

Fascism the scent of Israel

“Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s justice minister, posted this video for her New Right party in which she boasts of its fascism.The ad is ostensibly ironic, mocking left-wing concerns about Shaked’s attack on whatever independence Israel’s judiciary still has.The 44-second video presents Shaked as an elegant model in an ad for a fancy perfume called ‘Fascism.'”

Israel and American Politics

By Mohamed Mohamed

In the latest annual human rights report released by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, the Golan Heights is no longer described as “Israeli-occupied,” but rather, “Israeli-controlled.”

This change in language is similar to one that started to show up since last year’s report, when the “Israel and the Occupied Territories” section was renamed to “Israel, Golan Heights, West Bank and Gaza.”

Arab Normalization With Israel

By Mohamed Mohamed

In a recent US-led conference in Warsaw, Poland on “peace and security” in the Middle East, Gulf Arab states appear to have cozied up even more with Israel. This conference has been widely viewed as an American attempt to incite greater world opposition to Iran, which is something that Israel and a number of Arab countries completely support.

“Palestinian Cinema in the Days of Revolution”

Bringing to light the origins of an important national cinema, this book examines Palestinian filmmaking during the long 1970s, and how it sustained a revolution that continues to inspire in a new century.

Buying Back the Iron Dome

By Mohamed Mohamed

The US Army has announced that it plans to purchase the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which has been developed and produced by Israel’s government-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems company. Iron Dome is a military system that is designed to detect and intercept incoming rockets, artillery, and mortars. It has been operational since 2011 and was used and tested extensively during Israel’s massive assaults on Gaza in 2012 and 2014.  

US Army Colonel Patrick Seiber said in a statement that Iron Dome would be “assessed and experimented” with to protect deployed US military forces.