Dispossessed before the Nakba Marc M Junyent Mondoweiss 07/11/22
Was the right of return for Palestinians born with the Nakba in 1948, or is it actually older? These are some of the crucial questions Nadim Bawalsa addresses in his recently published work, Transnational Palestine: Migration and the Right of Return Before 1948. Bawalsa, a historian by training, is currently the editor of the Palestinian Policy Network, Al-Shabaka, and has written a book about the Palestinians’ right of return. This is atypical in at least two significant dimensions: its geographical focus — Latin America — and the historical period it covers — the 1920s and 1930s.
First the drones. Then the bombs Abdallah al-Naami EI 10/11/2022
On 3 November, around 10 at night, we were all gathered in the living room talking about how the Israeli drones were flying especially low and loud. Though drones are a cursed part of every Palestinian’s life in Gaza, I’ve never gotten used to them. The buzzing makes it difficult to study and work, and I have to sleep with a fan on, even in winter, to block out the noise. More than an annoyance, though, the drones are a deadly threat. A reminder that the Israeli occupation is always watching us from above, ready to kill at any moment. The discussion was interrupted when my sister asked who wanted to feed Yahya. I gave him a bottle of milk and rocked him to sleep, singing a song to him to obscure the buzz of the drones, even just a little bit.
The new kingmakers of Israeli politics Jonathan Ofir Mweiss 11/11/2022
The racist, homophobic, ultra-nationalist Religious Zionism list was the big winner in Israel’s most recent election. It is also a perfect reflection of where Israel is heading.
Girl killed by Israel a day before turning 15 Mariam Barghouti Mweiss 15/11/2022
“They didn’t stop at killing her,” Bakr Armoush, 35, told Mondoweiss. “They took her corpse and dragged it around, only to throw her in the back of the military jeep with six other soldiers and the driver, who was also injured and bleeding,” he said. . . . “I told him, I’ll kiss your hand, your feet…just please stop beating my son.”
Killed by Israel on the way to school Mariam Barghouti Mweiss 22/11/2022
On Monday, November 21, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian high school student from Jenin refugee camp, and injured three others, during a military operation in the city of Jenin, 98 km northwest of Jerusalem. Mahmoud Al-Saadi, 17, was on his way to Farhat Shihad Boys’ School in Jenin when Israeli forces shot him in the abdomen. Almost an hour later, Al-Saadi succumbed to his wounds at the Ibn Sina public hospital
UK related articles
NUS sacking of student union president condemned Asa Winstanley EI 4/11/22
The firing will “contribute to anti-Palestinian racism and the silencing of legitimate advocacy for Palestine,” the groups said in a statement released by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign on Wednesday. The groups also criticized what they said was the “disproportionate involvement” in the process of the Union of Jewish Students, a pro-Israel lobby group with close ties to the Israeli government. The groups condemned “the role the UJS has played in the conflation of anti-Semitism [with] legitimate critique of Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people.”
Israel’s war industry “on trial” Kit Klarenberg EI 30/11/2022
The Israeli weapons firm Elbit Systems is effectively being put on trial by the group Palestine Action. By intentionally damaging property that Elbit owns or rents in Britain and getting arrested as a result, Palestine Action’s campaigners have been able to present courts with evidence against the arms maker. In a recent hearing, one activist spoke of how she had witnessed Israel’s brutality in the occupied West Bank. The activist recalled how in Nablus, an Israeli soldier shot a 10-year-old boy eating ice cream. “His blood was running down the village,” the activist said, adding that the image was “something I’ll never get out of my head.” . . . All five were acquitted by a London court in November this year. It was the first time that a case involving Palestine Action has gone before a jury.
An Edinburgh address to Balfour Salman Abu Sitta Mweiss 30/11/2022
On November 8, 2022 Dr. Salman Abu Sitta spoke at the University of Edinburgh to commemorate the centenary of the British Mandate in Palestine. In his speech he addresses the disgraced British colonial servant Lord Arthur Balfour, and issues a call for repair and justice to the British government today.View all →