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[19 Dec 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Who’s a terrorist, Newt?

By Patricia Smith
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
“I am almost daily stunned by the gap between what is in our media and, thus, in some of our attitudes, and the truth.”
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Newt Gingrich is a phenomenon that baffles and stuns me.  I was willing to let it slide and trust the American people to see and reject his hypocrisy, financial and ethical wrongdoing, megalomania, and opportunistic deception.  Last week, however, he overstepped my patience when he referred to Palestinians as an “invented people” …

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[16 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Taking Back My Voice

Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviews Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, Palestinian art photographer, curator, and art for social change enthusiast.
What sparked your interest in art for social change?
As an undergraduate at George Mason University I took a course on Art as Social Action, and was able to shape my degree around this idea. My courses involved reflecting on how artists speak about topics including race, class, gender and environment. One of the projects that influenced me was related to the role of photography in media and propaganda, and how it can be a …

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[19 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Determining Development Priorities: A Palestinian Right

Nora Lester Murad
Jerusalem, Palestine
“Even well-meaning individuals sometimes fail to ‘get’ how certain ways of giving can entrench rather than challenge the power imbalance between givers and receivers.”
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Palestinian women sometimes respond to international feminist critiques with a rhetorical question: “Why would I want equal rights with my husband when he has no rights?” It is a provocative question. It is based on a belief that is common in Palestine and elsewhere: Women’s struggles are intimately intertwined with struggles for national self-determination, human rights for all, and peace.
Dalia Association approaches self-determination from …

Voices from the Frontlines »

[13 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Iltezam: Tradition Meets Innovation

Vanessa Ortiz
USA/Bosnia

“From tradition, you can learn determination. From new ideas, you can learn creativity, and you can encourage youth engagement and the use of social media.  The same tactics don’t engage people continually. A movement has to help people be creative and involved.”
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Iltezam Morrar comes from a family of organizers.  It’s a family tradition, and community organizing and activism is also a village tradition in Budrus, West Bank of occupied Palestine. The stories of nonviolent activism lie deep within Palestinian consciousness, far more than the outsider realizes. But Iltezam …