Podcast: Young Palestinian & Contributor to ‘Gaza Writes Back’ Describes Life Under Occupation

By: Sunday April 20, 2014 8:36 am

For this week’s “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast, Rania Khalek of the “Dispatches from the Underclass” blog interviews Yousef Aljamal, a contributor to a collection of stories from Palestinians in Gaza called “Gaza Writes Back.” Khalek met up with Aljamal while he was on a book tour that stopped in Washington, DC. He talked to her about [...]

Podcast: The Targeting of Free Speech & Activism Around Palestinians on University or College Campuses

By: Sunday April 6, 2014 11:26 am

Pro-Israel groups are engaged in a “fighting retreat,” as one professor at Columbia College Chicago, who had his academic freedom violated, puts it. They are confronting vibrant activism from students calling attention to the suffering of Palestinian people under Israeli military occupation, and, in trying to overcome the challenge they present to their worldview, they [...]

Academic Freedom & the Suppression of a Professor Who Teaches the Reality of Israeli Military Occupation

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 11:31 am

The suppression of students and faculty supportive of Palestinians and critical of Israeli occupation seems to have become more pronounced this month. At Barnard College, a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter went through the appropriate channels to obtain permission to hang a banner for Israeli Apartheid Week. The banner, which read “Stand for [...]

Undercover FBI Agent Tried to Get Activists to Send Money to PFLP, a US-Designated Terrorist Organization

By: Friday February 28, 2014 7:41 pm

Alleged evidence the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) used to obtain search warrants for raids on the homes of antiwar and international solidarity activists in the midwestern United States were unsealed. The files reveal a persistent effort by an undercover FBI agent to get activists to send money to the Popular Front for the Liberation [...]

Podcast: The Iran Nuclear Deal, AIPAC Losses & the Charade Around Iran Being ‘Looming Threat’

By: Sunday February 16, 2014 10:07 am

An intensive effort by Israel and its backers has been underway to scuttle an international deal over Iran’s nuclear program. Yet, Israel and its major lobby in the United States, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), has been suffering defeats as it tries to fight a deal, which it does not want because, if the [...]

‘#NotYourNarrative’: Journalist Rania Khalek on Lack of Arab or Muslim Voices in US Media

By: Sunday December 22, 2013 10:00 am

On Wednesday, journalists Rania Khalek and Roqayah Chamseddine, started a hashtag—”#NotYourNarrative”—to call attention to the absence of Arab or Muslim voices in US media, particularly in reports that have to do with Palestinian or Arab issues. The hashtag was successful. A number of journalists from around the world used the hashtag to vent about the [...]

Journalist Rania Khalek on Gaza Disaster, ASA Boycott & the Idea of a ‘Palestinian Mandela’

By: Friday December 20, 2013 2:03 pm

There are numerous developments or discussions that have been playing out around the issue of Palestinians living under Israeli apartheid. To highlight some of them, I invited independent journalist Rania Khalek to have a discussion with me. Khalek recently wrote an article titled, “Does The Nation have a problem with Palestinians?” It was published by [...]

When Those in Power Invite Us to Learn the Wrong Lessons from Nelson Mandela

By: Saturday December 7, 2013 2:21 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry, during a press conference yesterday in Israel, said a lesson Nelson Mandela taught him was that it “always seems impossible until it is done.” He told reporters that he considered it appropriate to “think about that in the context of the work that I’ve been doing here in the last [...]

Political Case Brought Against Palestinian Organizer in Chicago for Immigration Fraud

By: Wednesday October 23, 2013 6:56 pm

A Palestinian woman and well-respected organizer in Chicago has been charged with lying to immigration authorities about her background when she applied for citizenship in the United States. If convicted, she faces the possibility of being imprisoned for up to ten years and being deported. Rasmieh Odeh, who is sixty-six years-old, was arrested by Department [...]

ICE Officers Detain Oscar-Nominated Palestinian Filmmaker & Threaten to Deport Him

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 1:05 pm

Emad Burnat is the Palestinian director of the Oscar-nominated documentary, “5 Broken Cameras.” He is the first Palestinian to be nominated for an Academy Award. He traveled to the United States this week because the Academy Awards ceremony is this weekend. It is common for nominees to be in attendance. But on Tuesday night, US [...]

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