Palestine

Outsiders Among Their Own: Silencing Moderate Voices in Palestine

Outsiders Among Their Own: Silencing Moderate Voices in Palestine

By Zeina Barakat, PhD Student and Lecturer at Freidrich Schiller University at Jena
Location Germany Germany

We need more moderate and courageous leaders who can make painful compromises without being intimidated by extremists. When Professor Mohammed Dajani Daoudi took his students to the Nazi concentration death camps in Auschwitz in March 2014, he sought to teach them about empathy, tolerance and reconciliation. However, back home he was met with angry outrage and even death threats by his fellow Palestinians. The uproar that took place in Palestinian society after Professor Dajani had […]

Light a Candle for the State of Palestine

Light a Candle for the State of Palestine

By Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, Founder of Wasatia
Location Palestine Palestine

It is in Israel and the United States’ interest to support the recognition of the State of Palestine. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu maintains that the recognition of the State of Palestine should be accomplished through the peace negotiations. But the question is: With whom these negotiations should be conducted? With the PLO, an extinct entity whose name even is a relic of the past? Or with the PA whose legitimacy and validity had expired […]

December 29, 2014 · 0 comments · Palestine, Politics
I Wait In Gaza

I Wait In Gaza

By Aalia Suleman, Freelance Writer on South Asian Issues
Location Pakistan Pakistan

As I sit in the burning piece of land That has always been my homeland, The borders around it continually shrink. Confining me to a smaller and smaller area. Thrusting my soul and my spirit Into a corner Where hope does not exist. Fleeing is not an option Because I can never flee From the horrors Of what I have evidenced in my life. The horrors of death, abandonment, immurement, and captivity. The labels of […]

July 27, 2014 · 0 comments · Culture, Palestine, poetry
Mohammed Assaf’s Music Brings Joy and Hope to Palestinians

Mohammed Assaf’s Music Brings Joy and Hope to Palestinians

By Miriam Awadallah, MA Student in PubIic and International Affairs at University of Pittsburgh
Location United States United States

It is clear that Mohammed Assaf still represents the new face of Palestine to the world. Palestinian-American pride was soaring high in DC on May 11, 2014 as Mohammed Assaf’s voice echoed throughout the room, the audience captivated by his shining smile and impressive dabke skills. Embarking on his second US tour, sponsored by Arab America, alongside Arab Idol finalist Ziad Khoury, Assaf brought the crowd to their feet as he belted out his traditional […]

May 31, 2014 · 3 comments · Culture, Music, Palestine
Theater of the Absurd: Why We Become Schizophrenic!

Theater of the Absurd: Why We Become Schizophrenic!

By Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, Founder of Wasatia
Location Palestine Palestine

Political leaders are causing us to become schizophrenic. They are claiming to be democratic; yet, they order us – their rank-and file – to sabotage meetings and to obstruct dialogue and thus undermining freedom of speech and freedom of expression. They claim they are calling for peace; yet, they incite the masses to demonstrate against the peacemakers. They called the Oslo Accords: “Peace of the Brave”; yet, they keep degrading the Oslo Accords. They signed […]

January 13, 2014 · 0 comments · Israel, Palestine, Politics
Ariel Sharon’s Missed Peace Opportunity

Ariel Sharon’s Missed Peace Opportunity

By Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, Founder of Wasatia
Location Palestine Palestine

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon passed away at the age of 85. Why do peace lovers not shed a tear for Sharon’s death and why is the Israeli leader reviled among Palestinians? Simply, because the legacy of Ariel Sharon was not of peace but of conflict and enmity. No doubt, Sharon was one of Israel’s most controversial political and military figures. He was a loose cannon; a bull dancing alone in a glass museum. […]

Teaching the Holocaust in Palestine

Teaching the Holocaust in Palestine

By Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, Founder of Wasatia
Location Palestine Palestine

Of all countries, Holocaust education in Palestine is most difficult due to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. While to others Holocaust education is not exclusively a Jewish issue, Holocaust education to Arabs, and in particular to Palestinians, is a purely Jewish concern. Palestinian society is deeply wounded and the pain and suffering is in the present while the Holocaust suffering was in the past. Here, the obstacles lie on three levels: political, educational, and religious. On the […]

November 21, 2013 · 0 comments · Palestine, Politics