Ode to Lifta – A Poem

By Aida Qasim Even Neruda’s birds that once roamed from sea to sea have flown to other continents The stones I once rested against during the olive harvest seem to sit by indifferently as another kingdom reigns Have you forgotten me? Like monuments among fertile landscapes of almond trees you once waved me back at sunset […]

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Majd Owaida: From Gaza’s Open-air-prison to Israeli Prisons

By Maram Humaid – Gaza Despairingly, Maha Owaida, the mother of Majd Owaida, 23, took part in the sit-in in solidarity with her son, who was arrested two months ago while en route to the West Bank via the Israeli-controlled Eretz crossing. Few people joined the Owaida’s family on Monday, 11th April, 2016, where the […]

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Luxury of Relaxation in Gaza: Small Coffins are the Heaviest

By Nesma K. Seyam – Gaza Every night, I open my small window, inhale a deep breath and release all the hidden tensions in my chest. With my eye half open, I gaze at the dark sky whose face is sprinkled with stars, like freckles on a child’s face. As I stand, taking in another breath […]

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US Election: ‘Death by Being Shot or Poisoning’

By Jamal Kanj Donald Trump could change American electoral history for the better. Before explaining how, let’s first explore the politics and predicament of the 2016 Republican primary election. About six weeks ago, I projected that Trump would win the Republican nomination. That was before the traditional Republican leadership came out of hibernation to spoil […]

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War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification – Book Review

Reviewed by Richard Falk (Jeff Halper, War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification, Pluto Press, 2015, 296 pp., ISBN 9780745334301.) Jeff Halper is an unusual hybrid presence on both the scholarly and political scene. He describes himself as an “activist-scholar” (6), which adopts a controversial self-identification. The conventional stance erects a high […]

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Reflections on Palestine – A Poem

By Stephen Brackens-Brinkley & Dorothy Dot Milnes-Simm Beautiful the olive trees that grew in Palestine, and beautiful the buildings rising up through branches fine. Wonderful the people that were thrown into a cell Israel’s the name that has built for them this hell. Chosen was the olive branch to show forth life anew, It was […]

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