Some additional thoughts on this. Earlier this year when McCain died, people lauded him for his 2008 retort to a lady who was concerned Obama was an Arab by saying "no, ma'am he is a decent family man".
THREAD: The Trump Administration is reportedly going to slash funding to UNRWA and force it to either disband or change the way it defines Palestinian refugees. This is will be a long thread that helps explain how we got here.
This represents a significant shift in US policy toward the Palestinian refugee issue. While it has always been more pro-Israel than pro-International Law or Human rights, the US position is now becoming the Israeli position.
From 1947-1949, the majority of the native inhabitants of Palestine were depopulated, forcibly expelled or fled during war and then forcibly denied return by the Israeli military.
Frequently people are shocked to learn of the deeply problematic histories of people that buildings are named after or statues are built. That is a result of an erasure or rewriting of that person's history that happens, in good part, upon their death and in "remembrances".
Who is allowed to do the remembering and what is allowed to be remembered sets the terms for what legacy remains years into the future. Then years later, maybe decades or centuries, people are shocked to learn they've been walking past the statue of a genociare or slaveowner.
How do your write a piece on this and not include and interview or analysis by Palestinian citizens of Israel who are directly targeted by this bill?
And this by Fuchs is deliberate obfuscation that goes unchallenged. There is no right to "equality" before the law in Israel. The state considers equality a threat to its existence. The declaration of independence is not law.
The @ArabCenterWDC released its the annual Arab Opinion Index yesterday which surveys 18,000 respondents across 11 different Arab countries making it the largest in the Arab world. Will thread some of the results.....
@ArabCenterWDC The poll surveyed respondents in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Tunisia on various questions including on US foreign policy and Palestine
@ArabCenterWDC Not surprisingly, US foreign policy is not very popular.
What is the Nakba? What are Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere protesting over?
I want to share with you one Nakba story, #MyNakbaStory in this thread.
Have a look at this picture from Palestine. The young man on the left is my Sido (grandfather). This is from the late 1920s to early 1930s. My great grandmother is seated in the foreground with her three sons behind her. They are from al-Lyd.
My great grandfather is not pictured because he died at a young age when my Sido was a toddler. This meant my great grandmother had a be a hero and raise three boys on her own, uneducated and illiterate, she worked what jobs she could to raise them.
This is Dr. Fouzi al-Asmar, he passed away in 2013 after a long career as a writer, academic, poet and journalist. By the end of his career he had edited newspapers in the Middle East and served as a DC bureau chief.
Fouzi was born in Haifa, Palestine in 1937 and survived the Nakba in 1948 along with his family which was plunged into a new life as second-class citizens in the newly formed Israeli state. He gravitated toward political writing, journalism and poetry.