I learned about the continuing existence of the Hawaiian Kingdom in a roundabout way through an interest in nuclear disarmament and the protests against U.S. military bases in Okinawa. Hawai’i’s history and its unresolved status as an occupied nation reveal a deeply ironic contradiction in America’s imperial project. The numerous American bases located around the […]
Six weeks after being abducted on her way home from school in the occupied West Bank, 14-year-old Malak al-Khatib was released on Friday from the jail where she was being imprisoned by Israeli occupation forces. The youngest Palestinian girl ever to be incarcerated, Malak is one of hundreds of children to be prosecuted through the Israeli military court system each year.
As of December 2014, there were 156 Palestinian child prisoners, 17 of which were under 16 years old, according to the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. As the benefactor of the illegal Israeli occupation, the United States government is complicit in Israel’s disgraceful persecution and abuse of Palestinian children. While American officials refrain from criticizing such abuses, they forcefully condemn any resistance to the violent Israeli occupation that is responsible for innumerable human rights violations against Palestinian children.
During Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza last August, the Obama administration expressed its strongest indignation regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict throughout President Obama’s six years in office. After the apparent capture of Israeli Occupation soldier Hadar Goldin by the Palestinian resistance, administration officials said the action was “barbaric” and “outrageous.”
As part of his community work, Abdel Rahman regularly interviews community members, conducting refugee testimonies for the purposes of basic needs, educational and service provisioning assessments. In the course of this work, which continues until today, Abdel Rahman shares relevant historical accounts of historical and sociopolitical importance, as among his exiled compatriots.
As Abdel Rahman introduces on particular case, “Mr. Nasir stands as a self-evident example of the suffering and challenges facing the true and brave refugees who have been resourceful and resilient in their struggle for durable solutions to the UNHCR resettlements section in asylum countries.”
Mr. Nasir is a refugee from East Sudan. He registered at the UNHCR in February 2004. As shown on his Yellow Card (Asylum Seeker Registration), Nasir’s mother and sister both lived in the United States of America. Nasir’s family reunification process was lengthy. It took him a decade in Cairo to hear the final result.