June 6: The Lebanon War

Israeli armed forces numbering close to 80,000 invaded Lebanon on this date in 1982, four years after an Israeli invasion that had pushed the armed forces of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) north of the Litani River. The 1982 action, commanded by Ariel Sharon, was meant to complete the destruction of PLO infrastructure along the […]

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Is Israel a Colonial Settler State?

Perhaps, but with Lots of Provisos by Bennett Muraskin Peter Beinart, in an article in the September 26, 2013 issue of the New York Review of Books, wrote: “Virtually every Palestinian I’ve ever met considers Zionism to be colonialist, imperialist, and racist. When liberal American Jews think about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they think about Isaac […]

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Letter from Birzeit #6: In Jenin

by Maya Rose Goldman Maya Rose Goldman is a third-year student at the University of Chicago, where she studies Human Rights, Anthropology, and Arabic. After a visit to Palestine in the Spring of 2012, she became passionate about understanding the situation in the Occupied Territories and the relationship between Israel and Palestine. In August, she […]

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Letter from Birzeit, #5: Family Dinner

by Maya Rose Goldman Maya Rose Goldman is a third-year student at the University of Chicago, where she studies Human Rights, Anthropology, and Arabic. After a visit to Palestine in the Spring of 2012, she became passionate about understanding the situation in the Occupied Territories and the relationship between Israel and Palestine. In August, she […]

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Letter from Birzeit, #2: Welcome to Occupation

by Maya Rose Goldman Maya Rose Goldman is a third-year student at the University of Chicago, where she studies Human Rights, Anthropology, and Arabic. After a visit to Palestine in the Spring of 2012, she became passionate about understanding the situation in the Occupied Territories and the relationship between Israel and Palestine. In August, she […]

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July 17: The International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court, a permanent tribunal designed to prosecute war crimes, crimes of genocide, and crimes against humanity, was established in The Hague by the UN General Assembly (voting 120-7, with 21 countries abstaining) on this date in 1998, following years of international negotiation. Israel, despite its establishment amid the ashes of the genocide […]

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On Ambulances, Checkpoints, Health Care, and Peaceful Solutions

by Bernard Kabakow, M.D. Ever since 1967, accusations have been made against Israel in regard to long delays for inspection of Palestinian ambulances at Israeli checkpoints and road barriers. But examples of Palestinian ambulances being used for other than sick patient transportation are well documented. In January 2002, a Palestinian Red Cross employee carried out […]

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