Read This & Weep

“As I write these words, I await Israel’s destruction of the only home and community that I have known in my 52 years of life. The 180 residents of my West Bank village, Khan al-Ahmar — men, women and children — will soon be forcibly removed from our land in order to expand Israel’s illegal settlements. Our homes will be demolished and even our elementary school, built with love out of nothing but tires and mud, will be leveled.”

Water played a big role in village life.

On Sunday I will watch Israel destroy my home

 Photo from Nakba event in Boston. 5/15/18

Photo from Nakba event in Boston. 5/15/18

An Optimistic Piece for Dire Times

..."this is precisely the real mission of the Gaza flotillas: While Israel wants to normalize the Gaza siege as it is currently normalizing its Occupation and Apartheid regimes, the solidarity movement has created a counter-discourse that constantly foils Israeli plans.

In other words, whether the boats arrive on the Gaza coast or are hijacked by the Israeli navy, it makes little difference."

Mission Accomplished: Why Solidarity Boats to Gaza Succeed Despite Failing to Break Siege

 Palestinians ride a boat as they take part in a rally to show solidarity with Gaza-bound flotilla Oct. 5, 2016., Reuters

Palestinians ride a boat as they take part in a rally to show solidarity with Gaza-bound flotilla Oct. 5, 2016., Reuters

When "Outrageous" isn't a Big Enough Word

US cuts to UNRWA's budget already have imperiled education for refugee children and humanitarian aid.  Now additional Trump Administration cuts threaten to push Gaza towards total collapse of basic sewage and hospital infrastructure….

US Slashes 200 Million in Aid to Palestinians as Gaza Hospitals Run Out of Fuel

 

 Gaza hospitals rely on backup generators to keep the lights and life-saving devices running. (photo: Mahmoud Khattab/APA)

Gaza hospitals rely on backup generators to keep the lights and life-saving devices running. (photo: Mahmoud Khattab/APA)