Basel Al Yazouri: The Prodigy Photographer from Gaza

Palestine Square | ميدان فلسـطيـن

Last summer, during Israel’s 51-day assault on the Gaza Strip, Basel Al Yazouri took hold of his camera and documented his people’s mourning and perseverance.

The Gaza-born Al Yazouri (the grandchild of refugees from Beit Daras, a village ethnically cleansed by Zionist forces in 1948) gathered 15 out of the hundreds of photographs and submitted them to the renowned Magnum Foundation in New York for their Human Rights fellowship. Al Yazouri bested hundreds of applicants to become the youngest and first Palestinian recipient of the fellowship.

Basel Yazouri in the Al Tuffah neighbourhood, Gaza Strip, February 9, 2015. Photo Credit: ActiveStills Basel Yazouri in the Al Tuffah neighbourhood, Gaza Strip, February 9, 2015. Photo Credit: ActiveStills

Although he picked up a camera only a few years ago, he’s quickly made a name for himself.

In 2013, he became the youngest member of the popular documentary photography website ActiveStills, founded by Israeli and international photographers “in solidarity with the Palestinian people.” Just 16-years-old, Al Yazouri’s photographs of restless Palestinian teenage boys…

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Le refus de disparaître, par Rezeq Faraj

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Le refus de disparaître par Rezeq Faraj

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De Rezeq Faraj (Auteur)

Voici un livre incontournable pour comprendre la Palestine et ce qu’on omet généralement de nous dire sur le conflit israélo-palestinien. PALESTINE : Le refus de disparaître est un éloquent plaidoyer en faveur de l’instauration d’une paix juste et durable en Palestine. Cette paix exige, avant tout “processus” ou négociations, le respect des droits humains fondamentaux de tous les habitants de la terre de Palestine. L’asphyxie systématiquement organisée de la population civile palestinienne par Israël doit cesser. Le destin des peuples israélien et palestinien est intimement lié : la libération de l’un ne se fera pas sans la libération de l’autre.
En première partie de cet ouvrage, on retrouve des textes et des récits sur la vie quotidienne des hommes, des femmes et des enfants palestiniens qui font face chaque jour à l’armée israélienne, aux bouclages, aux checkpoints, aux…

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NYC Artists Endorse Cultural Boycott of Israel at Brooklyn Event

Palestine Square | ميدان فلسـطيـن

On a chilly New York City night, roughly 400 mostly young people crowded into the offices of the progressive publishing house, Verso Books, in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Dumbo. With its avant-garde vibe, the space was the perfect site for Adalah-NY’s “Palestine Calling,” billed as a launch party “to amplify the cultural boycott of Israel in NYC.” Headline performers included Suhel and Tamar Nafar of the Palestinian hip-hop group DAM, oud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen accompanied by Firas Zreik on oud, jazz musician Daro Behroozi of Lucky Chops, vocalists Sonny Singh, Adam Matta, and Arun Antonyraj, as well as singer-songwriter Tamar-kali and DJ Myrto Joyce, who closed out the evening.

Adalah-NY (not to be confused with the Israel-based human rights organization and legal center of the same name) is a volunteer-based organization of activists in New York City, which supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign launched by…

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International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Global Justice in the 21st Century

[Prefatory Note: Today is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, as established by the UN General Assembly. It was on that day in 2012 that the General Assembly voted to recognize Palestine as a non-member observer state, a status similar to that enjoyed by The Vatican.

It was a symbolic victory for Palestine, made sweeter by overcoming the bitter opposition of Israel, and supported of course by the United State. Despite its concerted efforts to block any Palestinian reliance on international law to put forward their case for a recognition of Palestinian rights, Israel while opposing each and every move, when and if it loses, scoffs at the result as meaningless and changes nothing.

 This year the UN agreed to have the Palestinian flag flying along side other member states outside UN Headquarters in NYC, another symbolic victory opposed by Israel. How meaningful is it?…

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The Failure of U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Global Justice in the 21st Century

[Prefatory Note: What follows is a modified version of the Morton-Kenney annual public lecture given at the University of Southern Illinois in Carbondale on November 18, 2015 under the joint sponsorship of the Department of Political Science and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.]

 

The Failure of U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East

While focusing on the ‘failure’ of American foreign policy in the Middle East it is relevant to acknowledge that given the circumstances of the region failure to some degree was probably unavoidable. The argument put forward here is that the degree and form of failure reflected avoidable choices that could and should have been corrected, or at least mitigated over time, but by and large this has not happened and it is important to understand why. This analysis concludes with a consideration of three correctible mistakes of policy.

It is also true that the…

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