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Sentenced to Life at Birth: What do Palestinian Refugees Want?

Paula Schmitt +972 Magazine
For more than 66 years, Palestinian refugees have been languishing in squalid conditions across camps in the Middle East. But do all of them agree that a return to Palestine is necessarily the best solution? Through her extensive research, Paula Schmitt finds that while different refugees may have different desires, hopelessness remains everyone's worst enemy.

Palestinians Take Hope from Robben Island

Fatima Asmal, Shannon Ebrahim Aljazeera, Guardian and Mail
"This gives us hope that the same story of ending apartheid in South Africa will also happen in Palestine - that the occupation will end."

Tidbits - August 15, 2013

Portside
Reader comments: Prisons; Labor Unions; Banning Russia from the Olympics - a Very Bad Idea; Remembering Viola Liuzzo; Bayard Rustin & '63 March on Washington; American Jews & Israeli Racism; Student Debt; Announcements: FREEDOM '63 REMIXED - Legacies of the March on Washington - Aug 16 -New York; The Forgotten History of the March on Washington, Aug 22 -Washington, DC - two events; Walmart Workers are Standing Up!; CCDS 7th Convention; Useful graphic on Climate Change

Letter from a West Bank Refugee Camp

Robin D. G. Kelley Portside
Robin D. G. Kelley's "Open Letter," "in the style of Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail, directed at the best known African-American lobbyist organization for Israeli policies - the Vanguard Leadership Group," prompted by the recent Portside post - Alice Walker's Open Letter to Alicia Keys, and the resulting responses from Portside readers.

Sightseeing in the Apartheid State: From Ben Gurion to the West Bank

Cynthia Franklin Portside
Eyewitness to the still-unfolding history of ethnic cleansing and Occupation. Report from East Jerusalem and the West Bank. this land, together with Gaza, is referred to by the United Nations and other international bodies as the Occupied Palestinian Territories, or oPt - Palestinian land under Israeli Occupation. We met with students and faculty members from five different Palestinian universities, toured towns and refugee camps in the West Bank.

Palestinian Citizens Wearily Eye Israeli Elections

Jonathan Cook Electronic Intifada
Polls suggest that on 22 January, Israel's Jewish majority will elect the most right-wing Knesset in Israel's history, returning prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to power in a coalition packed with ultra-nationalists. For Israel's Palestinian citizens, comprising nearly a fifth of the total population, the dilemma has been how to respond to this all- but- inevitable outcome.
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