Don’t Dance For Israel


An event billed as the first ever Irish Feis in Israel is scheduled for August the 15th  in Tel Aviv. It is being organized by the Carey Irish Dance Academy based in Birmingham, England under the auspices of the governing body for Irish dance An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (CRLG).

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank earlier this week appealed for the event to be cancelled in line with the international boycott of Israel whilst an international protest has taken off on social media under the hashtag #DontDance4Israel.

Photo: Haitham Al KhatibPalestinians at the apartheid seperation wall appeal for the event to be cancelled Photo:Haitham Al Khatib

This time last year our television screens were flooded with images of dead and dying Palestinians – the overwhelming majority were civilians, and many were children. It was live on international television – the Israeli military was openly waging war on a trapped civilian…

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Palestinian & Jewish groups in Israel support Freedom Flotilla

Kia Ora Gaza

gaza_israel_protest_4605000 strong protest in Tel Aviv against Israel’s war on Gaza last year

Statement from Palestinian & Jewish organisations in Israel. Posted on 28 June 2015.

Palestinian and Jewish Organizations and activists in Israel welcome the Freedom Flotilla and call to end the siege on Gaza

We, Palestinian and Jewish organizations and activists in Israel, oppose the Israeli policy of ongoing human rights violations, a policy that seeks to maintain its control through the siege that is strangulating the Palestinian people. The siege undermines the development of an independent economy and keeps Gazans under occupation, dependent on Israel for their most basic humanitarian needs. We support the struggle to end the occupation in the Palestinian territories, as well as the besieged Gaza strip. We support international solidarity, including the Gaza flotilla.

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From Gaza to NASA: The odyssey of a Palestinian engineer

My East-West

Soha Alqeshawi is a Palestinian from Gaza City. When she left the tiny territory where 1,82 million people live like prisoners in a total area of 365 square kilometers she entered the University of Houston in Texas. Upon graduation as top of the class with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Systems Engineering NASA offered her a job working on the Shuttle Program. “It was a dream come true”, as she tells me in this interview via email. Arabian included her in its most recent list “100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40“. (Read more…)

Soha Alqeshawi - Engenheira sénior de software da nave  espacial Orion  ©Friends of NASA's photos Soha Alqeshawi: My parents did their best to provide me and my siblings with a good education and shield us from the effects of the continuous horrific conflict that Gaza has been living under.
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For Portuguese readers who are not familiar with your personal story, would you please introduce yourself? 

My name is Soha…

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Palestine Solidarity and “The Business of Backlash”

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The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) has published a new report – The Business of Backlash: The Attack on the Palestinian Movement and Other Movementsfor Social Justice – that documents the funding behind pro-Israel lobbying groups, often working in concert with the Israeli government, against pro-Palestinian solidarity activism in the United States.

The 124-page report (which may be read here) relates how most of the funding comes from a small group of donors who often employ intermediaries or “anonymizers” to channel funds via third party organizations. These donors also support a host of neo-liberal and right-wing causes, including Islamophobia. In addition, they support think tanks and media outlets along with cultural institutions, as when the Oakland Museum of Children’s Art was successfully pressured into canceling an exhibition of artwork by Palestinian children in Gaza.

fundersThese individuals and foundations fund the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Stand With Us, The Israel project; and several…

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Chief Complaint: A Palestinian Doctor in the Galilee

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Born in Arrabeh, a village north of Nazareth in the Galilee (northern Israel), Hatim Kanaaneh became the first Western-trained physician to serve his village. For several decades, he acted as a primary doctor for his village and its surrounding environs. In that time, he became an unceasing public health advocate for the Palestinian community in Israel. An Israeli citizen, Dr. Kanaaneh recognized early on the Israel state’s disregard for the well-being of Palestinian citizens, a disregard made all the more stark when he witnessed the public services provided to nearby Jewish communities.

Chief_Complaint_nonfinal__51468.1420580262.450.800In his retirement, he set out to tell the world about the Palestinian citizens within Israel, perhaps the least written about Palestinian community. Seeking to relate those experiences, he has authored a collection of short stories. Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee, published by Just World Books, is an extraordinary volume of high-spirited…

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Media Roundup: What’s A Palestinian?, From Arabic to Hebrew, & Ramadan in Ramallah

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Palestine Square Media Roundup – 26 June 2015.

“What’s a Palestinian?,” by Zachary J. Foster, Foreign Affairs – 11 March

We didn’t notice this essay when it first came out (and, in any case, we didn’t have a blog back then!), but it merits attention here.

Princeton PhD student Zachary Foster offers an erudite and concise account of the emergence of Palestinian national identity and rebuttal to those Israelis and Zionist partisans who argue that the invented nature of Palestinian national identity disqualifies Palestinians from laying claiming to the land of their birth and ancestors:

Is Palestinian identity an invention? The answer, however, is self-evident—of course it is. American, Chinese, German, and Israeli identities are inventions too. All national identities are invented. Nations do not exist in nature; they exist only in our minds.

The question then becomes why Republican presidential candidates, Israeli prime ministers, and Western pundits offer constant…

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Conflict Kitchen or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Make Mahalabiya

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Conflict Kitchen was the brainchild of co-founders and directors Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski. The simple idea was to highlight the food and culture of nations often portrayed through a hostile, and thus dehumanizing, lens in the mainstream American media and among the Washington, D.C., class of politicians and pundits.

Located in Pittsburgh, the take-out eatery welcomes customers to a gastronomic journey with lunch served in wrappers inscribed with the voices of people from Cuba to Palestine, voices most Americans otherwise only encounter through a filter that is more often than not distorting rather than edifying. Conflict Kitchen focuses on a different country every few months. Each culinary focus includes not just food and personal perspectives, but events, national products such as, say, soap from Palestine, and a colorful design reflecting national patterns and style.

Since its founding, Conflict Kitchen has devoted menus to Venezuela, Afghanistan, North Korea and Iran. Its decision to focus on Palestine, however…

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