A deadly winter storm recently hit the Middle East and impacted tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza, who are still homeless as a result of Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” which destroyed thousands of homes. Al-Arabiya News reported that snowstorm “Huda” had Palestinians scurrying for heaters as well as bread, water and diapers. Power is [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday January 18, 2015 1:00 pm|
|By: Ben Norton Sunday December 21, 2014 2:00 pm|
In December 2014, Dania Husni al-Jaabari, a 14-year-old Palestinian girl from Al-Khalil (not Hebron),won first place in the Intelligent Mental-Arithmetic International Competition. She solved 240 math problems in six minutes. Ahmad Ayman Nashwiyeh, an eight-year-old Palestinian boy also from al-Khalil, won second place. He solved 180 problems in six minutes. The two children competed against approximately 3,000 [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 11, 2014 5:00 pm|
Palestinian American organizer Rasmea Odeh, who was convicted of immigration fraud by a jury in Detroit in November, was released from a county jail on $50,000 bond this afternoon after the United States Justice Department failed to block her release by trying to challenge the source of the bond money. She returned to her home [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday October 26, 2014 10:08 am|
At New York City’s Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera staged the opening performance of “The Death of Klinghoffer.” It is based on the story of Palestinian militants who hijacked a ship and demanded the release of 50 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails in 1985. Initially, their demands were not met so the Palestinians threw a 69-year-old American Jew in a wheelchair, Leon Klinghoffer, overboard. They eventually managed to negotiate safe passage in return for the release of passengers aboard the ship.
The opera was received fairly well by critics, who acknowledged the nuanced portrayals of Jewish and Palestinian people. But that is exactly what infuriated right-wing Zionists with the Americans for Safe Israel, a far-right pro-settler organization that organized protests against the opera (which, by the way, was first staged in 1991).
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 10, 2014 9:15 am|
This week, Professor Steven Salaita has been touring college and university campuses in the Chicago area to speak about the issue of academic freedom of campuses, to share his story with students and to discuss what can be done next to fight for him and restore academic freedom at UIUC.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday October 8, 2014 10:14 am|
A lawyer representing Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh, who is accused of immigration fraud, says the United States government’s request for an “anonymous jury” in the case and the partial sequestration of jurors is all a part of prosecutors’ efforts to create a prejudicial and fearful atmosphere.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 6, 2014 3:50 pm|
The United States government in the case of Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh has requested that a court “empanel an anonymous jury” and order the US Marshal Service to partially sequester jurors during her trial. The government contends that a prominent Palestinian organizer has engaged in a “concerted effort to improperly influence the criminal proceedings” by building public support for Odeh.
Odeh is the 67-year-old associate director of the Arab American Action Network in Chicago. She has been a naturalized citizen in the US since 1995. But, on October 22, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security suddenly had her arrested.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday September 10, 2014 1:35 pm|
Professor Steven Salaita was terminated from a tenured faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) because he sent out tweets through his personal Twitter account that were critical of Israel’s assault on Gaza. Yesterday, he delivered his first statement on what happened to a room full of supporters on the UIUC campus—a number of which had walked out of their classes.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 29, 2014 6:46 am|
A motion to dismiss an indictment against Palestinian American Rasmea Odeh for allegedly committing immigration fraud argues Odeh’s indictment was the “product of an illegal investigation into the First Amendment activities of the Arab-American Action Network (AAAN),” a community group based in Chicago.
Rasmea Odeh is an organizer in Chicago. She has been a naturalized citizen in the US since 1995. But, on October 22, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security suddenly had her arrested.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 12, 2014 3:40 pm|
A federal judge in Detroit has reversed his decision issued nearly two weeks ago and recused himself from a case involving a Palestinian American woman, who allegedly committed immigration fraud. She is accused of neglecting to disclose on naturalization forms that she had been imprisoned by Israelis in Palestine for decades for terrorism-related offenses.