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Author Archives: Michaela Schrum

Why rabbis like me oppose Israel’s ban on BDS activists

By: Laurie Zimmerman Source: JTA   MADISON, Wis. (JTA) — In March, the Israeli Knesset passed a law that denies entry to foreigners who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS. At the time, the law felt so insidious because it introduced a political litmus test designed to exclude those who object to Israel’s … Continued

Our sit-down with Bay Ridge Council candidate Rev. Khader El-Yateem

By: Julianne Cuba Source: Brooklynn Daily   Democratic Bay Ridge Council candidate Rev. Khader El-Yateem met with Community News Group editors on Aug. 25 to discuss his campaign to replace term-limited Councilman Vincent Gentile. The founder and pastor of the Salam Arabic Lutheran Church in Bay Ridge, El-Yateem nonetheless strongly believes in the separation of … Continued

Rona Sela on exposing hidden Palestinian history

By: Nour Saudi Source: Aljazeera Rona Sela, a researcher of visual history and a lecturer at Tel Aviv University, first began studying the history and culture of Zionist and Israeli photography more than 20 years ago. Her goal was to uncover photographs that preceded the establishment of the state of Israel. In her research, she found visual archives … Continued

UN: Israel settlements big hurdle to two-state solution

By: Aljazeera Source: Aljazeera Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, has lashed out at Israel’s illegal settlement activity, calling it a “major obstacle” to achieving a two-state solution and peace with the Palestinians. “There is no plan B to the two-state solution,” he said on Tuesday after meeting Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the West Bank city … Continued

Film sends note to Census Bureau: Arab Americans are not “white”

By: Stateside Staff Source: Michigan Radio Dearborn likes to boast that is has the highest proportion of Arab Americans in the country. But according to the U.S. Census, about 89 percent of the city’s approximately 100,000 people are white.   That’s because according to the United States’ government, Arab Americans arewhite. “It’s a real mis-identifier [sic], … Continued

ADL Hires Arab-American Former Homeland Security Official

By: JTA Source: The New York Jewish Week NEW YORK (JTA) — The Anti-Defamation League has hired George Selim, an Arab-American former official at the Department of Homeland Security who worked on countering violent extremism. Selim, who served under Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump, resigned last month from his role as director of the … Continued

EU lets Israel destroy West Bank schools it funded

By: Ali Abunimah Source: Electronic Intifada ozens of Palestinian children were due to begin classes in Jubbet al-Dib, a village near Bethlehem, last week. But on the evening of 22 August, Israeli occupation forces destroyed their new school. It consisted of six prefabricated buildings largely funded by the European Union and several of its governments. During the … Continued

The Future of Palestine in the Age of Trump: Is there Hope?

By Michaela Schrum/Contributing Writer Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and presidential advisor, met with both Palestinian and Israeli officials on August 24 to discuss what some are hoping will produce a comprehensive peace initiative to be implemented in the future. Former U.S. presidents have had this conflict on their to-do lists for a while now. … Continued

The Design of the Latest Qatar 2022 World Cup Stadium is Inspired by an Arabic Cap

     By: Patrick Lynch  Source: Archdaily Designs have been revealed of the latest, and most central soccer stadium being constructed for the 2022 World Cup tournament in Qatar. Designed by Qatari architect Ibrahim M Jaidah and design consultant Heerim, the Al Thumama Stadium will feature a woven-pattern exterior skin inspired by the traditional ‘gahfiya’ cap worn by Arab … Continued

From Kabul to Baghdad, My Bird’s-Eye View

By: Thomas L. Friedman Source: New York Times I just spent eight days traveling with the Air Force to all of its key forward bases in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. So President Trump’s speech on Monday night was very timely for me. It was also unnerving. It was so full … Continued

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