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A Victory for the First Amendment – March 29, 2017

Posted on Mar 30th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

A Victory for the First Amendment Blog published in Palestine Square, a Project of the Institute of Palestine Studies. A Victory for the First…

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A Hint of Trouble: How “Pro-Israeli” Organizations Work to Suppress Freedom of Speech – March 27, 2017

Posted on Mar 28th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

Alice Rothchild March 27, 2017 News A Hint of Trouble: How “Pro-Israeli” Organizations Work to Suppress Freedom of Speech published in…

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Why Gaza? – January 20, 2017

Posted on Feb 20th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

Writing as therapy. Shabak, if you planted a bug in my computer, listen up! But I am jumping ahead of myself. Yesterday afternoon was lost in the…

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A war against Arab citizens – January 19, 2017

Posted on Feb 19th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

It is 5:30 in the morning and I am awakened with another nightmare.  Israeli soldiers are cutting off my hands and feet.  I am negotiating while…

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Guilty until proven innocent – January 18, 2017

Posted on Feb 17th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

  I awaken early with a nightmare.  I am at Ofer Prison and the security guards have flushed my clothes down the toilet.  I am very freaked…

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What do we say to our daughters? January 17, 2017

Posted on Feb 16th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

  Today is the funeral for Qusay Hasna al-Umour, killed yesterday just outside of Bethlehem.  I keep hearing comments like, “This is our…

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Cultural resistance and throwing stones – January 16, 2017

Posted on Feb 16th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

News that you probably have not heard: Today a 17 year old named Qusay Hasna al-Umour was killed by Israeli soldiers in Tuqu, a village just east of…

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Farah Center: Big accomplishments, minimal resources – January 15, 2017

Posted on Feb 15th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

We drive from southern Bani Na’im (northeast of Hebron) to the northern city of Nablus.  The taxi is 40 minutes late and I practice slow breathing…

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Dreaming of a Jewish Judea and Samaria and Arab-rein streets – January 13, 2017

Posted on Feb 14th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

Two news items that you probably will not hear about: GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Amid widespread protests Thursday night regarding the electricity…

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Organic arugula? We are expecting demolishment – January 12, 2017

Posted on Feb 13th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

  Joining me in Palestine, my husband’s 11 pm flight to Istanbul was delayed (snowstorms) seven hours resulting in two lost nights of sleep…

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Guilty by reason of zata’ar – January 11, 2017

Posted on Feb 11th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

  Today we leave Gaza, quickly through the Hamas and Palestinian Authority bureaucracy, down the long caged corridor through the no-man’s…

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We exist! We are more than war! – January 11, 2017

Posted on Feb 10th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

The goodbyes at Marna House are warm and heartfelt. Dr. Yasser presents us with gifts and there is talk of how important it is to the people living…

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How will Israeli security be threatened if children drink clean water? January 10, 2017

Posted on Feb 9th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

  Humanitarian workers in Gaza have a unique window on the impact of the political and economic realities on Gazans and I am meeting with…

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At least let me do your eyebrows – January 10, 2017

Posted on Feb 8th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

I am back in the taxi driving north to a center in the middle of Gaza, Al Zahraa. They are housed in a snazzy new building that is still under…

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No more silence – January 10, 2017

Posted on Feb 6th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

According to a human rights worker I spoke with today, Israeli forces broke into a home in Nablus in the middle of last night, awakening the…

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Trauma and shame: Women struggle for gender justice – January 9, 2017

Posted on Feb 4th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

The next stop is at the Hayat Multipurpose Center, Project for the Protection and Empowerment of Women and Families, Center for Women’s Legal…

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Women’s talk – January 9, 2017

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

After the dare devil taxi ride through the streets of Gaza City, I am so pleased to return to the Aisha Association for Women and Child Protection…

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Two million survivors: We will not be trapped to be dehumanized- January 9, 2017

Posted on Feb 2nd, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

First published The news on the street from Jerusalem: the accused killer…

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Gaza beyond the stereotypes – January 8, 2017

Posted on Feb 1st, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

First published in: The drive to Gaza City is largely unchanged…

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Carded at Erez – January 8, 2017

Posted on Jan 31st, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

  This evening we receive a report of four soldiers killed in East Jerusalem…excerpts from NPR (thanks to the functioning internet goddess…

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Haifa and Akko: The refusal to be forgotten – January 7, 2017

Posted on Jan 30th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

I have heard this story before, but feeling the history where it happened from the people it happened to brings a new kind of power and…

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Free of being colonized – January 6, 2017

Posted on Jan 29th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

We head west into ’48 Israel (ie. the Israel bordered by the 1948 Armistice Line or Green Line) and off to the coastal city of Haifa to meet with…

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What kind of monsters behave this way? – Friday January 6, 2017

Posted on Jan 28th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

The scene: tucked in exquisite, pink, creamy rolling hills, the earth here is rocky. First we drive by piles of ripped up tents and crumpled…

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The steady erasure of Palestinian life – January 6, 2017

Posted on Jan 27th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

The conversation with Jamal Juma continues as we head out of Ramallah and it is the dreadful minutiae and meanness that wears me down. Jamal explains…

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Yes, this is really apartheid – January 6, 2017

Posted on Jan 26th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

published in Mondoweiss click here   Jamal Juma is my hero. I awaken to the near frigid temperatures of our apartment in Ramallah…

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We smoke and smoke to close our mouths – January 5, 2017

Posted on Jan 25th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

  During a brief visit to Birzeit University with its cream colored buildings, open squares, clusters of college students looking much like…

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Soap and sisterhood – January 4, 2017

Posted on Jan 24th, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

  So how this does all look in the field? Once again we pile into a van heading through Ramallah construction like a massive half built…

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For the Love of the Land: Building Food Sovereignty

Posted on Jan 23rd, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

first published by My alarm is dutifully set for 6:15 am…

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I’m OK you’re OK – January 3, 2017

Posted on Jan 22nd, 2017 - By Alice Rothchild

For weeks I obsessed and planned and strategized about what may happen in Israel when I enter with three other women to explore partner organizations…

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Why ‘give him a chance’ is not an option – November 22, 2016

Posted on Nov 25th, 2016 - By Alice Rothchild

originally published by Mondoweiss Those folks who are advocating, “Let’s just wait and see” or “Every president moves to the center,”…

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No limits – November 5, 2016

Posted on Nov 6th, 2016 - By Alice Rothchild

first published by Just World Educational at: There is a well-known expression in Israel:…

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No Way to Treat a Child, Any Child – September 24, 2016

Posted on Sep 25th, 2016 - By Alice Rothchild

Here are the facts. I will leave you to feel the outrage and hopefully be moved to action. The No Way to Treat a Child conference on 9/17…

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Modern Day Lynchings: An International View July 8, 2016

Posted on Jul 8th, 2016 - By Alice Rothchild

Yesterday sickening news screamed across social media, emails, and airwaves: a second African-American man was brutally killed by police this…

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Greetings from Zimbabwe – May 11, 2016

Posted on May 11th, 2016 - By Alice Rothchild

My May 8 op ed in support of resolutions being considered at the United Methodist Church General Conference in Portland, Divestment an appropriate…

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The New York Times: Read at your own risk – April 30, 2016

Posted on May 1st, 2016 - By Alice Rothchild

Reading The New York Times without developing chest pain can be challenging, but this morning I felt particularly provoked. First there was Matthew…

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Into the fray: Another interview on Israeli TV – April 18, 2016

Posted on Apr 18th, 2016 - By Alice Rothchild

In February I received an email from an Israeli TV editor and Ethiopian civil rights activist working for Channel 10, a mainstream Israeli TV outlet.…

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The Execution March 25, 2016

Posted on Mar 25th, 2016 - By Alice Rothchild

At first I didn’t watch the video ( because I didn’t think I could stand it. “Israeli soldier…

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Trump Bellows, AIPAC Squirms March 21, 2016

Posted on Mar 21st, 2016 - By Alice Rothchild

I feel compelled to comment on the frenzied political dance that has engulfed the 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference. The Presidential wanna bees are…

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The danger to Hillary – March 14, 2016

Posted on Mar 14th, 2016 - By Alice Rothchild

Word is out, Hillary Clinton will join the list of prostrating luminaries at the March 2016 AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee)…

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The state of two states – February 14, 2016

Posted on Feb 14th, 2016 - By Alice Rothchild

I was recently asked (for perhaps the thousandth time) if I am a “one stater” or a “two stater,” ie., do I support a one-state solution or a…

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