May 15th is Nakba Day, the Day of Catastrophe for the Palestinians. In 1948, that was the date when the Israeli State began to emerge and three quarters of a million Palestinians were ejected from their land. The term Nakba was coined by the Syrian historian Constantine Zurayk, who was the Acting President of the American University of Beirut (Lebanon) in 1952.
Part of the expelled Palestinian nation had fled to Gaza, where - from the first - they lived in refugee camps under the care of the fledgling United Nations. War between Israel and Egypt across Gaza drew a UN response in 1956, when
Yesterday - on March 15 - in Beirut, the UN's Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) released a landmark report entitled Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid. What is most stunning about this report is that it very carefully lays out the case that Israel's policy towards the Palestinian people - whether inside Israel, in the Occupied Territory or in exile - is a form of apartheid. This is a sharp report that needs to be closely studied.
In today's The Hindu, I have a report - entitled 'Crimes of Apartheid' - based o
Due to inclement weather conditions, event postposed till Monday, March 27th 2017 7:00-10:00pm
Palestine's Right to Education: The Politics of the Academic Boycott
Featuring: Vijay Prashad
Location: Room 2017, Sidney Smith Hall, University of Toronto, 100 St. George St.
Hosted by Students Against Israeli Apartheid UofT St.George and Arts and Science Students' Union
As the year ends, and as the Palestine-Israel 'peace process' lays dormant, the United Nations Security Council voted to sanction Israel for its illegal settlement policy in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. What was most significant about this vote was that the United States chose not to veto the resolution; instead it abstained.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, in a long speech, delivered the most obvious verdict for the situation on the ground - namely that if Israel rejects a two-state solution, then the only alternatives are permanent occupation or a democratic,
Forgive me for coming to you with so much to read. But so be it. Too many things happening in the world; too much to cover.
The ceasefire in Syria is now slated to be extended for another forty-eight hours. Each time it is extended that is a relief for the people who are trapped by this war. No such ceasefire is in place for Yemen, which was bombed on Eid by Saudi war planes. Nonetheless, for Syria this is a brief respite. Aid is not able to get to besieged places as it should - according to the UN.
Just before the ceasefire deal was annou