An artist’s collage juxtaposes the real-life conditions Palestinian workers face in the occupied West Bank with Scarlett Johansson’s role as SodaStream spokesmodel. (Courtesy Electronic Intifada)
Outside the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, activists demonstrate against U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his peace proposal, Jan. 29, 2014. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)
A Jewish settler (unseen at left) places the Israeli flag on a road sign as Israeli troops encircle Palestinian villagers protesting the army’s cutting branches off olive trees on a road leading to the illegal Jewish settlement of Tekoa, south of Bethlehe
Dr. Eyad El Serraj at a 1993 press conference in East Jerusalem denouncing Israel’s use of torture. (Ruben Bittermann/Photofile)
U.N. and Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (l) and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Jan. 22 press conference closing the Geneva II peace talks on Syria. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images)
April 2010 Postcard
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DEAR PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:
The U.N. recently announced that it had received a $10.5 million compensation package from Israel for damages inflicted on U.N. buildings, warehouses, schools and vehicles during Israel’s three-week assault on Gaza, from December 2008 to January 2009.While this is a necessary step that will help the U.N. resume providing vital services to Palestinian
refugees, it is a paltry sum relative to the catastrophic destruction of Gaza’s infrastructure.
The people of Gaza continue to go without basic necessities and the necessary materials that might allow them to rebuild their lives. I call on you and all those in the halls of power to take a stand on human rights by demanding an end to the vicious siege on Gaza and its inhabitants. I urge you in the strongest terms possible, as a leader in a nation grounded in the “worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women,” to lead by example and restore dignity to the Gaza Strip.
City, State, Zip:
A protester in Bil’in on Feb. 19, 2010, the fifth anniversary of the weekly demonstrations against
Israel’s wall. (AFP Photo Abbas Momani)
ON FRIDAY FEB. 19 roughly 1,000 demonstrators gathered at the separation fence which divides theWest Bank village of Bil’in to protest Israel’s illegal wall and unrelenting occupation and to mark the fifth anniversary of weekly, nonviolent protests at the site. The milestone and the continued relevance of the nonviolent movement were confirmed by the presence of high-profile supporters, including Palestinian Prime
Minister Salam Fayyad.
While the Bil’in protests have been promoted as a model of nonviolence and a symbolic development in the Palestinian struggle, the participants—
Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals alike—are routinely attacked by Israel Defense Forces and border police. The violence and mistreatment perpetuated against nonviolent civilians is a clear reminder of the unreasonable and counterintuitive nature of Israel’s military occupation.