The Fight to Save Lifta, the Last Remaining Palestinian Village

Lifta, the only town Israel did not demolish after the Nakba, stands as a symbol of the Palestinian right of return, but an Israeli government “development” plan may soon change that.

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LIFTA, JERUSALEM — Yacoub Odeh is 81 years old but he can still remember his childhood in the Palestinian village of Lifta as if it were yesterday. Children playing together in the gardens, swimming in the pools and laying in the grass. Today, Lifta remains as a frozen time capsule. While the residents were expelled during Israel’s 1948 ethnic

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A Historical Reckoning: Oxford Study Challenges Israel’s Claims Concerning Palestinian Refugees

Pro-Israel institutions and spokespeople like to claim that the Palestinian refugee issue has passed some imaginary statute of limitations, but as a comprehensive new Oxford study shows,  it “has since become even stronger.”

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There needs to be a fundamental change in the way Palestinian refugees are seen, no longer as victims but as people with rights who are entitled to shape their own destiny. This assertion is made in a new study whose importance cannot be overstated. According to international law, Palestinian refugees have a right to return to their homes and

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Reparations and the Palestinian Right of Return: Two Sides of the Same Bloody Coin

Both in Israel and the US, conversations about reparations and the Palestinian right of return are stifled by arguments explaining why injustice must go on and a yearning for the status quo.

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The calls “Black Lives Matter” and “Free, Free Palestine,” serve to remind us that Palestine is not free and that if the lives of Black people mattered, there would be no need for the call. In both cases, people are in the grips of a cruel, racist system that refuses to let go. In both cases, people are being hunted down, caged, strangled, and shot

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Why Israel Fears the Nakba: How Memory Became Palestine’s Greatest Weapon

Israel is afraid of Palestinian memory, since it is the only facet of its war against the Palestinian people that it cannot fully control.

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On May 15, thousands of Palestinians in Occupied Palestine and throughout the ‘shatat’, or diaspora, participated in the commemoration of Nakba Day, the one event that unites all Palestinians, regardless of their political differences or backgrounds. For years, social media has added a whole new stratum to this process of commemoration.

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Imagining Return: Palestinians in Jordan’s Sprawling Refugee Camps Still Yearn for Home

Miko Peled recounts his visits to Jerash’s Gaza Camp, a refugee camp housing tens of thousands of Palestinians just hours away from their ancestral homeland.

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Amman, Jordan -- Abna’a Gaza (the Children of Gaza) is a status given to Palestinian refugees who fled from the Gaza Strip to Jordan in 1967. They fled during the 1967 war and consequent Israeli occupation of Gaza. Today, over five decades later, these Palestinians who originally fled to Gaza from their homes in greater Palestine in 1948 number

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How Bernie Sanders Became a Fighter for Palestine

Bernie Sanders says “respect and dignity.” His fans hear “liberation.” They’re not listening closely enough, writes Steven Salaita.

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SteveSalaita.com -- With the Democratic primary in full swing, the outlines of public debate are pretty much entrenched.  Common wisdom on the left says that all of the candidates are bad on Palestine except for Bernie Sanders.  Despite some problems, pundits declare, Sanders is still the best.  Is the statement true, though, or is it a convenient

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