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With Senator Hillary Clinton resigning from the US Presidential race, the Democratic nomination will almost certainly go to Senator Barack Obama. Obama gave a speech this week that raised a great deal of criticism among human rights advocates. read full story / add a comment
The Palestine Investment Conference (PIC), taking place in Bethlehem from May 21-23, has enthusiastically declared "Palestine is open for business". The conference, which draws together around 1200 Palestinian, Israeli, and international private investors and government delegations, is aimed at jumpstarting the process of integrating Palestine into the global economy.
While $2 billion USD worth of projects are being planned and inked at the PIC, almost entirely absent from the agenda is any mention that the Palestinian territories have been under the longest illegal military occupation in recent history.
While some are optimistic at the economic opportunities that such a conference could bring to the impoverished West Bank and Gaza Strip, others are critical of the conference, charging that it is being used as a tool to normalize Israeli apartheid policies in the region.
Dawood Hamoudeh is an organizer with the Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign (www.stopthewall.org), based in Ramallah. Hamoudeh recently authored a report entitled "Development or Normalization? A critique of West Bank development approaches and projects".
The IMEMC's Aaron Lakoff spoke with Hamoudeh over the phone about his views on the PIC in Bethlehem, and current obstacles to Palestinian economic life, particularly with regards to tourism and agriculture.
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Dr Mohammed Salameh of Jordan and chairman of the consolidated group for engineering and investment says that Palestine is ready for investment only if Israel will agree to peace, and stop its' killing and curfews, without Israel's support we are wasting our time here. read full story / add a comment
This is an interview with Dr. Aziz Dweik, head of the Palestinian Legislative Council, imprisoned by Israel along with dozens of legislators and officials.This interview was published in Arabic by the office of Legislator Sameer Halaiqa on May 7, 2008, and was translated by Saed Bannoura of the International Middle East Media Center www.imemc.org. read full story / add a comment
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Ashraf is from Tulkarem, Palestine. He graduated from the Arab American University in Jenin (www.aauj.edu) in the summer of 2007 with a degree in computer information technology. With the student group Green Resistance at his university, he organized a successful boycott campaign which saw Israeli products banned from the campus.
In this interview, Ashraf talks about boycotts as a highly effective tool of non-violent resistance against the occupation, and also reflects on the campaign as part of an international campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israeli apartheid.
Interview conducted by Aaron Lakoff in Ramallah, Palestine on April 19, 2008. read full story / add a comment
click here to listen to audio recording of interview (in arabic, with english voiceover) Q. Please introduce yourself for our listeners Fouad al-Khuffash, the Director of the Ahrar Center for the Rights of Detainees. Our Center runs a website documenting the stories of Palestinian detainees - their issues and the suffering they face in the prisons of the Israeli occupation. read full story / add a comment
One again, the world celebrates the International Women’s Day while dozens of Palestinian women and mothers are still imprisoned by the occupation, stripped of their fundamental rights of even hugging their children. read full story / add a comment
Hedy Epstein is a German Jewish Holocaust survivor, born in 1924, whose parents were sent to Auschwitz in 1942, where they perished. In 1948, Hedy Epstein went to live in United States. In 2003, she decided to make a trip to Palestine. Shocked by the oppression that the Israeli government is imposing on the Palestinians, she is, since then, devoting herself to make it known to the world. read full story / add a comment
In a special interview with the International Middle East Media Center IMEMC, Aref Abu Jarad, head of the Palestinian Public Employees Syndicate in Gaza, said that the entire Palestinian Authority institutions would start an unprecedented massive strike, if salaries of state employees are unpaid.
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This is IMEMC interviewing Faisal Sawalha from the Regional Council for the Arab Unrecognized Villages in the Negev. Mr. Sawalha works in resource development and public relations. Today is Wednesday August 23, 2006. read full story / add a comment
Tuesday the Palestine News Network spoke with Yoram Ben Nur, an Israeli journalist and political analyst, regarding the current state of thinking among the Israeli people. The 50 year old says that the Israeli war against destroyed the notion that “Arabs are weak.” read full story / add a comment