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The Struggle at Checkpoints in Occupied Palestine

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In the occupied Palestinian territories, the omnipresent checkpoints serve as physical and psychological barriers, imposing daily hardships on Palestinians and impeding their freedom of movement. These checkpoints, erected by the Israeli occupation forces, symbolize the systemic oppression and control exerted over the Palestinian population, exacerbating tensions and perpetuating cycles of violence and unrest.

For Palestinians, the experience of passing through checkpoints is fraught with anxiety, humiliation, and uncertainty. Whether commuting to work, visiting family members, or seeking medical care, Palestinians must navigate a labyrinth of bureaucratic hurdles, arbitrary regulations, and dehumanizing treatment at these checkpoints. Long queues, invasive searches, and arbitrary delays are a routine part of life for Palestinians living under occupation, undermining their dignity and autonomy.

Beyond the logistical challenges, checkpoints also serve as sites of confrontation and violence, where tensions between Israeli occupation forces and Palestinian civilians often escalate into clashes and bloodshed. The presence of heavily armed soldiers, fortified barriers, and surveillance cameras creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, exacerbating feelings of resentment and alienation among Palestinians. Incidents of harassment, abuse, and even fatalities at checkpoints are all too common, further fueling animosity and mistrust between the two communities.

Moreover, the impact of checkpoints extends far beyond the physical barriers they impose, permeating every aspect of Palestinian life. Economic livelihoods are disrupted, as Palestinians face restrictions on access to markets, employment opportunities, and agricultural land. Students are hindered in their pursuit of education, as travel to schools and universities becomes arduous and unpredictable. Families are separated, as travel between Palestinian towns and villages is hindered by Israeli checkpoints and roadblocks.

The plight of Palestinians at checkpoints underscores the broader reality of illegal occupation and colonization in Palestine, where the denial of basic rights and freedoms is a daily reality for millions of people. The systematic use of checkpoints as a tool of control and domination perpetuates a cycle of oppression and resistance, fueling grievances and deepening divisions between Israelis and Palestinians.

In response to the challenges posed by checkpoints, Palestinians have employed various strategies of resistance and resilience. From grassroots activism and civil disobedience to legal advocacy and international solidarity, Palestinians have mobilized to challenge the status quo and demand an end to the israeli occupation. Organizations such as B’Tselem and Al-Haq document human rights abuses at checkpoints and advocate for accountability and justice, while movements like Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) call for global solidarity in support of Palestinian rights.

As the struggle at checkpoints in occupied Palestine continues, it serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring resilience and determination of the Palestinian people in the face of adversity. Despite the challenges they face, Palestinians remain steadfast in their pursuit of freedom, dignity, and self-determination, refusing to be silenced or deterred by the barriers that stand in their way. The checkpoints may divide Palestinian communities, but they also serve as symbols of resistance and resilience, inspiring hope and solidarity among Palestinians and their allies around the world.

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After publishing an article critical of Israel, Columbia Law Review’s website is shut down by board

BY  JAKE OFFENHARTZUpdated 12:20 AM BST, June 5, 2024


NEW YORK (AP) — Student editors at the Columbia Law Review say they were pressured by the journal’s board of directors to halt publication of an academic article written by a Palestinian human rights lawyer that accuses Israel of committing genocide in Gaza and upholding an apartheid regime.

When the editors refused the request and published the piece Monday morning, the board — made up of faculty and alumni from Columbia University’s law school — shut down the law review’s website entirely. It remained offline Tuesday evening, a static homepage informing visitors the domain “is under maintenance.”

The episode at one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious legal journals marks the latest flashpoint in an ongoing debate about academic speech that has deeply divided students, staff and college administrators since the start of the Israel-Hamas war.

Several editors at the Columbia Law Review described the board’s intervention as an unprecedented breach of editorial independence at the periodical, which is run by students at Columbia Law School. The board of directors oversees the nonprofit’s finances but has historically played no role in selecting pieces. 

In a letter sent to student editors Tuesday and shared with The Associated Press, the board of directors said it was concerned that the article, titled “Nakba as a Legal Concept,” had not gone through the “usual processes of review or selection for articles at the Law Review, and in particular that a number of student editors had been unaware of its existence.” 

“In order to preserve the status quo and provide student editors some window of opportunity to review the piece, as well as provide time for the Law Review to determine how to proceed, we temporarily suspended the website,” the letter continued. 

Those involved in soliciting and editing the piece said they had followed a rigorous review process, even as they acknowledged taking steps to forestall expected blowback by limiting the number of students aware of the article. 

In the piece, Rabea Eghbariah, a Harvard doctoral candidate, accuses Israel of a litany of “crimes against humanity,” arguing for a new legal framework to “encapsulate the ongoing structure of subjugation in Palestine and derive a legal formulation of the Palestinian condition.”

Eghbariah said in a text message that the suspension of the law journal’s website should be seen as “a microcosm of a broader authoritarian repression taking place across U.S. campuses.”

Editors said they voted overwhelmingly in December to commission a piece on Palestinian legal issues, then formed a smaller committee — open to all of the publication’s editorial leadership — that ultimately accepted Eghbariah’s article. He had submitted an earlier version of the article to the Harvard Law Review, which the publication later elected not to publish amid internal backlash, according to a report in The Intercept.

Anticipating similar controversy and worried about a leak of the draft, the committee of editors working on the article did not upload it to a server that is visible to the broader membership of the law journal and to some administrators. The piece was not shared until Sunday with the full staff of the Columbia Law Review — something that editorial staffers said was not uncommon.

“We’ve never circulated a particular article in advance,” said Sohum Pal, an articles editor at the publication. “So the idea that this is all over a process concern is a total lie. It’s very transparently content based.”

In their letter to students, the board of directors said student editors who didn’t work on the piece should have been given an opportunity to read it and raise concerns. 

“Whatever your views of this piece, it will clearly be controversial and potentially have an impact on all associated with the Review,” they wrote. 

Those involved in the publishing of the article said they heard from a small group of students over the weekend who expressed concerns about threats to their careers and safety if it were to be published. 

Some alluded to trucks that circled Columbia and other campuses following Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel, labeling students as antisemites for their past or current affiliation with groups seen as hostile to Israel. 

The letter from the board also suggested that a statement be appended to the piece stating the article had not been subject to a standard review process or made available for all student editors to read ahead of time.

Erika Lopez, an editor who worked on the piece, said many students were adamantly opposed to the idea, calling it “completely false to imply that we didn’t follow the standard process.”

She said student editors had spoken regularly since they began receiving pushback from the board on Sunday and remained firmly in support of the piece. 

When they learned the website had been shuttered Monday morning, they quickly uploaded Eghbariah’s article to a publicly accessible website. It has since spread widely across social media.

“It’s really ironic that this piece probably got more attention than anything we normally published,” Lopez added, “even after they nuked the website.”

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ICC : “Israel Must Give Back Palestine to Palestinians”

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Palestine by Mahmoud Darwish

This land gives us 
all that makes life worth living: 
April's blushing advances, 
the aroma of bread at dawn, 
a woman's haranguing of men, 
the poetry of Aeschylus, 
love's trembling beginning, 
moss on a stone 
mothers dancing on a flute's thread 
and the invaders' fear of memories. 

This land give us 
all that makes life worth living: 
September's rustling end, 
a woman leaving forty behind with her apricots, 
an hour of sunlight in prison, 
clouds reflecting swarms of insects, 
a people's applause for those who laugh at their erasure, 
and the tyrant's fear of songs. 

This land give us 
all that makes life worth living: 
Lady Earth, mother of all beginnings and endings, 
She was called Palestine 
and she is still called Palestine. 
My Lady, because you are my Lady, I deserve life.
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Learn the Truth about Palestine

You want to get accurate answers to all your questions on Palestine and the current conflict, this is the place. Please share

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”Israel Has Become A Satanic State”
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Malaysia told the ICJ that Israel “must withdraw immediately from the Occupied Palestinian Territory”.

“Second, Israel must offer assurances and guarantees of non-repetition and third, Israel is under obligation to offer full reparations – annulment or repeal of all offending legislative and regulatory measures it has adopted for the [occupied Palestinian Territories],” he said. “Israel must also offer compensation for all the material and moral damage caused by the breach of the Palestinian people’s right to self-determination,” he added. Malaysia’s representative also said: As I speak, Gaza is facing devastation … The West Bank is also at risk.

Safeguarding Palestine from destruction is crucial, especially in light of Israel’s non-compliance with the provisional measures of this court.

The Palestinian people have long suffered dehumanisation, demonisation, brutal collective punishment. They have endured and are still enduring the denial of their right to self-determination due to the policies and practices of Israel in the OPT. It is incumbent of each of us to do our part in ending their decades-long suffering.

With the firm belief in this court’s rule, as the custodian of the international law, we remain confident that justice and peace will prevail for the Palestinian people.

Israel’s transfer of settlers to the OPT constitutes a war crime. Israel’s policies and practices which aim to change the demographic composition of the OPT, along with the creation of enclaves and demolition of the Palestinian homes, limitation of their freedom of movement, including the blockade and siege of the Gaza Strip, constitute violations of international humanitarian law and the international human rights law.

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Open letter by Gaza academics and university administrators to the world

We call on our supporters to help us resist the Israeli campaign of scholasticide and rebuild our universities.

Published On 29 May 2024

A damaged gate of Al-Aqsa university, which was destroyed during Israel's military offensive, stands in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip April 14, 2024. REUTERS/Doaa Rouqa
The damaged gate of Al Aqsa University, which was destroyed by the Israeli army, stands in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on April 14, 2024 [File: Reuters/Doaa Rouqa]

We have come together as Palestinian academics and staff of Gaza universities to affirm our existence, the existence of our colleagues and our students, and the insistence on our future, in the face of all current attempts to erase us.

The Israeli occupation forces have demolished our buildings but our universities live on. We reaffirm our collective determination to remain on our land and to resume teaching, study, and research in Gaza, at our own Palestinian universities, at the earliest opportunity.

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Death in custody of Walid Daqqah is cruel reminder of Israel’s disregard for Palestinians’ right to life

Amnesty International, 8/04/24

Responding to the death in custody of Walid Daqqah, a 62-year-old Palestinian writer who was the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails after having spent 38 years imprisoned, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty International’s Senior Director for Research, Advocacy, Policy and Campaigns said:

“It is heart-wrenching that Walid Daqqah has died in Israeli custody despite the many calls for his urgent release on humanitarian grounds following his 2022 diagnosis with bone marrow cancer and the fact that he had already completed his original sentence. 

“Walid Daqqah’s death is a cruel reminder of Israel’s systematic medical neglect and disregard for Palestinian prisoners’ rights. For Daqqah and his family, the last six months in particular were an endless nightmare, during which he was subjected to torture or other ill-treatment, including beatings and humiliation by the Israeli Prison Service, according to his lawyer. He was not permitted a phone call with his wife since 7 October. His final appeal for parole on humanitarian grounds was rejected by the Israeli Supreme Court, effectively sentencing him to die behind bars.

“Sanaa Salameh, Walid Daqqah’s wife who tirelessly campaigned for his release, could not embrace her dying husband one last time before he passed. Israeli authorities must now return Walid Daqqah’s body to his family without delay so that they that they could give him a peaceful and dignified burial and allow them to mourn his death without intimidation,” Erika Guevara-Rosas said.  

The lawyer who last visited Walid Daqqah on 24 March in Ramleh prison clinic told Amnesty International that she was shocked by his sharp weight loss and visible fragility. Denying prisoners access to adequate medical care violates international standards on the treatment of detainees and may constitute torture. 


On 25 March 1986, Israeli forces arrested Walid Daqqah, then 24, a Palestinian citizen of Israel. In March 1987, an Israeli military court sentenced him to life imprisonment after convicting him of commanding the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)-affiliated group that had abducted and killed Israeli soldier Moshe Tamam in 1984. Daqqah was not convicted of carrying out the murder himself, but of commanding the group, an accusation he always rejected, and his conviction was based on British emergency regulations dating back to 1945, which require a much lower standard of proof for conviction than Israeli criminal law.

Amnesty International has campaigned for Walid Daqqah since last August, calling on Israeli authorities to release him on humanitarian grounds, citing independent medical opinion that Walid Daqqah’s days were numbered and the fact that Walid Daqqah had already completed his 37-year sentence in March 2023, but an earlier court ruling sentenced him to two additional years in prison – over his involvement in getting mobile phones to other prisoners to help them contact their families –  putting off his release date until March 2025, a day which he tragically did not live to see. 

During his time in prison, Walid Daqqah wrote extensively about the Palestinian lived experience in Israeli prisons. He acted as a mentor and educator for generations of young Palestinian prisoners, including children. His writings, which included letters, essays, a celebrated play and a novel for young adults, were an act of resistance against the dehumanization of Palestinian prisoners. “Love is my modest and only victory against my jailer,” he once wrote.

Walid Daqqah’s writings behind bars are a testament to a spirit never broken by decades of incarceration and oppression

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