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At the very start of Hala Alyan’s novel Salt Houses, a woman buys a coffee set — a dozen cups, a coffee pot, a tray. It’s a simple act that unexpectedly becomes painful. The woman is Palestinian — part of a family displaced after the founding of Israel — and the tray reminds her of an old one she lost in one of the family’s many moves.

Alyan builds her story on little moments like that — a peek into the lives of several generations, forced to relocate and resettle. Her characters are lost and looking for a home

She spoke to NPR’s Steve Inskeep about the book – find their conversation here.

– Petra

Basil al-Araj’s Father saluting goodbye to his son, Basil, as he is buried in Bethlehem, Palestine, March 16, 2017 

Basil al-Araj, a 31-year old Palestinian activist and writer from the village of Al Walaja, near Bethlehem. Al-Araj was killed by the Israeli army on March 6th in a house in Ramallah, where he had been hiding in for month after being chased by the IDF. 

Basil was a beacon for Palestinian youth, and a well-respected figure by Palestinians across the spectrum, He was known for his activism and resistance to the Israeli occupation. He led a youth movement against the dangers of normalization with Israel, and simultaneously organized protests in Ramallah against the Palestinian Authority.
Hamas says ready to hand Gaza to a Palestinian unity government
Hamas has agreed to dissolve the administration that runs Gaza, it said on Sunday, a major step towards handing control of the enclave to a Palestinian unity government after a decade of bitter rivalry with President Mahmoud Abbas.

CAIRO/RAMALLAH (Reuters) - Hamas has agreed to dissolve the administration that runs Gaza, it said on Sunday, a major step towards handing control of the enclave to a Palestinian unity government after a decade of bitter rivalry with President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Islamist group, which has ruled Gaza since a brief Palestinian civil war in 2007, said it had taken “a courageous, serious and patriotic decision to dissolve the administrative committee” that runs the territory of 2 million people, and hand power to some form of unity government.

Reunification a decade after Hamas and Abbas’s secular Fatah movement battled for control of Gaza may hinge on whether complex issues related to power-sharing - which stymied reconciliation bids in the past - can be resolved.

Abbas welcomed Hamas’ move - a result of talks mediated by Egypt - and said he would convene the Palestinian leadership for discussions upon his return from New York where he was attending the U.N. General Assembly.

October 1, 1917 - Turks Capture Jewish Spy Ring in Palestine

Pictured - Sarah Aaronsohn and Avshalom Feinberg, leaders of the Nili spy ring that worked for the British in Palestine. Sarah was captured on October 1 and committed suicide after four days of torture.

On October 1 1917 Turkish authorities in Palestine broke a Jewish spy ring that had been operating since 1915, arresting its leader Sarah Aaronsohn. Aaronsohn headed the spy ring, which also included her brothers. Called the Nili, the group publicly provided aid to starvation victims in Palestine, which gave them permission to travel around the country and meet with Ottoman officials. Unknown to the Turks, Aaronsohn and the others passed on everything they learned or saw to British intelligence.

Aaronsohn believed that British rule would allow more Jewish autonomy than the Turks, and also feared the possibility of persecution under Ottoman rule such as had happened to the Armenian Christians. However most of the Jewish community in Palestine feared Aaronsohn’s activities would bring a fierce crackdown.

German submarines in the Medittereean forced the Aaronsohn ring to use homing pigeons to contact Cairo. The capture of a bird by the Turks allowed authorities to unravel the group. Aaronsohn and several others were caught. Held under house arrest and tortured for four days, Aaronsohn would commit suicide with a hidden pistol on October 5.

1. The peace process and two-state solution ended even in the logic of those defending them. The US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital means the lack of US role as a “mediator” and its absence means the absence of any other mediation. Neither Russia, Europe, nor the US can gain anything from Israel. Therefore, continuing the peace process for yet another day is an implicit
agreement upon the US position.

2. Currently, there is no practical remedy except for the repeal of the Oslo Accords, dissolution of the Palestinian Authority, termination of the entire peace process, and consideration of any document that renounces any part of Historic Palestine as void and without effect.

3. Or else, us Palestinians have to choose a substitute authority to this current official authority, because Palestine Liberation Organization has changed the definition of Palestine and lost any alternative to liberate it.

تميم البرغوثي-Tamim Al-Barghouti

So, let me get this straight…the Palestinian Authority wants to be party to an international tribunal with prosecutorial power against war criminals – as opposed to gaining sovereign rights through terrorism or violence – and Israel decides that this is so unacceptable that it withholds tax revenue earned by and due to the Palestinians? This comes less than a week after the United States and Australia voted down a United Nations Security Council resolution calling for Palestinian statehood.

“I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, not to hate them, but to understand them.” – Baruch Spinoza, Tractatus Politicus, 1676

If we demand that the Palestinians use legal and peaceful means to achieve their ends, I don’t understand what it is we’re asking them to do and how we want them to do it when we actively work to create obstacles for Palestinian statehood and sovereignty. Since the most powerful nation in the world is effectively using their veto power in the United Nations so as not to ruffle the feathers of the Israeli government, what else can the Palestinians do? They decide to try to gain recognition as a sovereign state by joining as many international organizations and signing on to as many treaties as possible, yet that’s still not acceptable. The Palestinian Authority – and through them, the Palestinian people – are, in effect, being punished for attempting to join an international body with a mandate to end genocide, achieve justice for victims of crimes against humanity, and bring war criminals to trial. That’s literally the opposite of a path to peace. Yet we wonder why desperate people with seemingly hopeless causes are driven to terrorism? And we don’t understand why it is often directed towards us?

“Peace cannot be worth its name unless it is based on justice, and not on the occupation of the land of others.” – Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat, speaking to the Israeli Knesset, Jerusalem, November 20, 1977

January, 2016 | Bethlahem, Palestine

A picture from the ongoing clashes in Palestine.

“The Palestinian Authority exists by agreement with Israel. The Palestinian Authority only exists to make Israelis feel safe. They work hand-in-hand with the Israeli military. In the West Bank, nobody loves them.”


BDS Fail Of The Day: Hummus-Hating Hippies Edition

Dan Joseph of Media Research Center does a great job showing the idiocy of some BDSholes.

Although, to be fair, he does not have to do too much.

My favorite has to be argumentative stoner dude.