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Daniel Burston: An Open Letter to Steve Kowit on his poem “Intifada”

Right now, civil conversation on these subjects is difficult to impossible to sustain because both the Zionist and the Palestinian narratives have been carefully curated to highlight the harms that each side inflicted on the other, and to minimize or ignore the harms that they inflicted on their adversaries.

June 16, 2021 · 4 Comments

Emily De Ferrari: Saturday January 16, 2010, revisited

This is not security, this is not madness, this is a concerted effort to rid the land of Palestinians.

May 14, 2021 · 5 Comments

Angele Ellis: In Lebanon, 2000 June

It was the summer the Israelis withdrew, leaving
behind
a landmined no-man’s-land of phosphorus orange groves,
blighted with white like the kingdom of the Snow Queen.

September 16, 2020 · 3 Comments

Angele Ellis: Naomi Shihab Nye’s “The Tiny Journalist”

In her latest collection of poems, an award-winning poet explores resistance and hope among the Palestinian people.

October 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Danusha Laméris: Insha’Allah

How lightly we learn to hold hope,
as if it were an animal that could turn around
and bite your hand.

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: After Mahmoud Darwish

How, in this tangle of wire and garbage and the noise of Babylon with its million horns can I talk to the moon like a Bedouin leaning into the cold … Continue reading

March 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Israel Arrests Ahed’s Relatives, Including A Child Missing A Third Of His Skull After They Shot Him

Ahed protesting with her father, mother and aunt. Photo by 2 Suns Shamsaan/Facebook . Having evidently “gone out of its mind” in its thirst for vengeance, Israeli forces just undertook … Continue reading

March 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Medea Benjamin: I am American, Jewish and banned from Israel for my activism

This month, the Israeli government announced that activists affiliated with 20 organizations, including my organization Codepink, would be banned from entering Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories because of our … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · 2 Comments

Joan E. Bauer: On the Road to Jerusalem    

Sabra is Hebrew for cactus flower, prickly on the outside, sweet in the middle.   In Arabic, the word, saber: the virtue of patience & tenacity.   I leave a … Continue reading

December 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: On Stomping Into A Bone-Dry Forest With A Naked Flame

Sign of the enraged times. Twitter photo. . It took only hours after Trump’s heedless “act of diplomatic arson” against Palestinian rights and hopes for furious protests to break out … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

Aniqa Raihan: Nearly 50 Senators Want to Make It a Felony to Boycott Israel

In 1966, the NAACP of Claiborne County, Mississippi launched a boycott of several white-owned local businesses on the basis of racial discrimination. It was so impactful that the local hardware … Continue reading

August 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

James A. Lucas: US Has Killed More Than 20 Million People in 37 “Victim Nations” Since World War II

After the catastrophic attacks of September 11 2001 monumental sorrow and a feeling of desperate and understandable anger began to permeate the American psyche. A few people at that time … Continue reading

May 29, 2017 · 3 Comments

Lena Khalal Tuffaha: Circling the Dome of the Sky

What she called home was a jar of olives shaken from the tree by hand sorted and stabbed then pressed one against the other doused in lemon and salt. What … Continue reading

May 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Emily De Ferrari: In the Belly

1. In Aliquippa The mill loomed large and after dark, nightmarishly glowing red on the river road we would take before I was five to my grandmother’s sweet, warm and yeasty … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · 4 Comments

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