Remembering Dr. Eyad el Sarraj, 1944-2013
Dr. Eyad el Sarraj, who died on December 17 at the age of 69 and is being buried today in the Gaza Strip, was intimately acquainted with trauma and what cycles of violence do the human psyche and society. The founder of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme in 1990, he made helping people move beyond their personal and collective trauma to recognize the basic humanity of all human beings his life’s work.
Israeli soldiers raid Qalqiliya, kill Palestinian 'in cold blood'
In the second killing of its kind in less than 24 hours early Thursday, Israeli forces raided a northern West Bank neighborhood and shot a Palestinian man dead. Witnesses said Israeli soldiers raided a neighborhood in the center of Qalqiliya and opened fire at 28-year-old Samir Abd al-Rahman Yasin, leaving him to bleed to death. The soldiers shot Yasin "in cold blood," locals said.
Palestinian killed as Israel raids Jenin camp
One Palestinian was killed and at least six others were injured after Israeli forces raided Jenin refugee camp and entered the house of a Hamas leader and prisoner. Around 25 military vehicles arrived in the camp and fired live ammunition at Palestinians, injuring three people critically. Two people were shot in the stomach and one in the head.
U.S. student group to boycott Israeli billionaire Shari Arison
Students at George Mason University in Virginia plan to walk out of their graduation ceremony on Thursday in protest of Israeli businesswoman-philanthropist Shari Arison, who is due to deliver a speech and receive an honorary degree from the university. Students Against Israeli Apartheid wrote a letter accusing the Arison Group of involvement "in the illegal occupation and colonization of Palestine...and turns the repression, discrimination and displacement of the Palestinian people into profit."
Gaza mental health pioneer dies aged 70
Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj, a renowed and respected Palestinian psychiatrist and human rights defender based in the Gaza Strip, has died at age 70 after a long battle with cancer. Born in 1944 in Bir al-Saba' (now known as Beersheba), El-Sarraj and his family fled to the Gaza Strip amid violence after the creation of Israel in 1948, known to Palestinians as the "Nakba", or catastrophe.
Native American Studies Group Joins Israel Boycott
The elected council for the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association has unanimously opted to support the academic boycott of Israel, making it the third U.S.-based scholarly association, after the Association for Asian American Studies and the American Studies Association, to do so.
ASA membership votes to boycott Israel by landslide
The full membership of the American Studies Association (ASA) has voted by a two-to-one margin to endorse an academic boycott of Israel, it was announced today. The referendum was called after the National Council, the ASA's governing body, endorsed the boycott itself on 4 December. The vote is likely to be seen as an historic milestone in the Palestinian campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), particularly in the United States, where university administrations have forcefully opposed student and faculty initiatives of this kind.
Storm disaster in Gaza 'man-made'
As thousands in the Gaza Strip remain displaced and streets across the coastal enclave are still flooded Tuesday, it is increasingly clear that the devastation caused by storm Alexa was not a purely natural phenomenon. Emergency response crews have been crippled by a lack of electricity to pump water and a lack of fuel to operate generators. But these conditions of scarcity are not a result of the storm. They were a fact of life even before the rain started falling, due to the Israeli-led siege and the severe limitations placed by Israel on imports and exports.
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