A little more than a year ago, Brooklyn-reared Palestinian American Suheir Hammad was just an obscure writer and occasional college student putting in work on the New York poetry circuit and taking to the streets for a variety of political causes. Then terrorists attacked her city. The 28-year-old responded the only way she knew how: She jotted down a poem, “First Writing Since.” Amid the ocean of print inspired by That Day, perhaps no other collection of words has so succinctly articulated the strange confluence of being both Muslim and American in that moment in history. Natalie Hopkinson writes in the Washington Post.
At the end of the day, Haytham is just one of 5,000 Palestinians Israel has detained after rounding up more than 12,000 Palestinians over the last few months. Nevertheless, I refuse to just keep adding up numbers. We must stop and put faces and families to the names of those illegally detained and tortured.
It was a restless night for us, the hours perforated by bursts of gunfire, the heavy grinding of tanks, and Hebrew-accented Arabic barked from military loudspeakers. We had finally drifted off when the blast literally shook us out of bed. Marthame and Elizabeth Sanders write from Zababdeh.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes the release of two Palestinian journalists detained by Israeli authorities for five months and urges the Israeli government to release another journalist still in detention.
Itï¿½s déjà vu in the Gaza Strip: more incursions, more firing, more dead, more dazed children, more grieving relatives, more wreckage in the wasteland of the Strip….What are we turning the full-time inhabitants of this hell into? Jennifer Loewenstein reports.
Writing for EI, Hasan Abu Nimah says that the fact that an Arab country is targeted for destruction by the US, and that Jerusalem is granted to Israel as its capital is directly and closely linked to the sad reality of incompetence, loss of willpower, paralysis and defeatism that prevails in the Arab world.
Today marks 104 days of curfew; 104 days during which 200,000 people have been imprisoned in their homes—over 3 months, over 2020 consecutive hours inside (for the curfew has been lifted for about 70 hours total). Susan Barclay asks, “Why do I not find words for the realities that lie before my very eyes?”
With the high number of Palestinian children killed and injured in the Intifada, Israel has invested considerable time in portraying this as a failure of Palestinian parents to keep their kids away from violence. In this report from Jenin, Annie Higgins notes a more obvious cause — the Israeli tanks and troops that patrol the kids’ routes to school.