I compiled this information from various sources for a pamphlet that will hopefully be produced soon on the hunger strike, to inform people in Toronto about what is going on. The information is no longer entirely current, but I think it still provides a descent primer on the situation. Starting on september 27th, thousands of […]Read More Some information I put together on the Palestinian Hunger Strikers
During the summer of protest in Israel it was quite common for activists concerned about the treatment of Palestinians by the Israeli state to be explicitly critical of the fact that the tent protests did not take a stand on the occupation. I think this was fair – Israeli life is bound up with the […]Read More Are we less critical of #occupywallstreet than the Israeli tent protests?
So, I’m certainly not an authority on this, but I’ve heard from many sources, including people I know over there, and many Palestinian prisoners are on open-ended hunger strike at present to protest the use of solitary confinement, administrative detention, and poor visitation conditions. Hunger strikes were used very effectively by the Irish republican movement […]Read More Palestinian Prisoners on Open-Ended Hunger Strike – and what are we doing about it?
I saw “The Occupation Has No Future” tonight at the Toronto Palestinian film festival. In fact, the film was very difficult for me to watch. In part because it showed many placed I have been to, and showed them honestly, which is quite an intense thing. Also, however, it was difficult for me to watch […]Read More Film Review: “The Occupation has no Future” (Toronto Palestine Film Festival 2011)
Tonight’s lecture by Amira Hass was remarkable in that it wasn’t remarkable. The title, “Fear of the Future”, suggested a talk analyzing the current situation in a way that highlights the fear of change that motivates the actions of many powerful actors. This would have been an obvious, and yet pertinent analysis – all the […]Read More Amira Hass in Toronto
I’ve heard it variously asserted that “Jordan is Palestine, and therefore the Palestinians already have a state”. And, I knew a little about the PLO in Jordan, the PLO’s various plans to overthrown Jordan (including the one hatched in Lebanon and proposed to the U.S. for aid and cooperation). And, I knew about Jabotinsky’s revisionist […]Read More The “is Jordan Palestine?” question