The logo of U.S.-based Christian charity World Vision is seen on a car parked outside their offices in Jerusalem August 4, 2016. (Photo by Ammar Awad for Reuters.)

Israel accuses World Vision Gaza representative of funding Hamas

World Vision, based in Federal Way, said given the information available to the the charity, it has no reason to believe that the allegations are true.
Aug 5, 2016
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at the Democratic presidential candidates' debate in Milwaukee, in early February. (Photo from REUTERS/Jim Young)

Palestinians are feeling the Bern, but not counting on change

We asked Palestinian journalists and activists who they'd be voting for in the Democratic primaries.
Feb 25, 2016
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Pinkwashing accusations toward Israeli speakers shake up LGBTQ conference

A Seattle trans activist accuses Israel of "pinkwashing" abuse of Palestinians by trying to ingratiate itself to worldwide gay community.
Jan 20, 2016
"Whose side are you on?" A Kurdish female fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) near the site of fighting between ISIS and fighters from the Democratic Forces of Syria in south-eastern Syria. (Photo by REUTERS / Rodi Said)

Sectarian Superpowers: At war with ourselves in Syria

Sunni/Shia, Arab/Kurd. How viewing the Middle East through a sectarian lens has driven the U.S. to folly.
Nov 12, 2015
Weseem Shoulub, 7, resting in the Palestine Children's Relief Fund office in Gaza last year. Shoulub underwent surgery to amputate both legs at Spokane Shriners Hospital on October 7th. (Photo courtesy PCRF)

Young visitor from Gaza underscores lack of medical access in Palestine

7-year-old Weseem Shoulub is in Washington this month for a surgery he can't get near his home in Gaza.
Oct 22, 2015
Destruction in Gaza City, after Israeli shelling and air strikes during the war last summer. (Photo from REUTERS / Mohammed Salem)

Activists boycott Israel, Congress boycotts America?

Perspectives from Seattle on the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and the new laws intended to suppress it.
Jul 15, 2015
Fethya Ibrahim, a junior at UW, participates in a die-in on Red Square representing the depopulated Palestinian village Hadatha. Ibrahim was among fifty-some individuals who protested an Israeli celebration of the 1948 Palestinian exodus. (Photo by Aditya Ganapathiraju)

Palestinian students see catastrophe in celebrations of Israel’s founding

Pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli student groups at UW are by turns celebrating and mourning Israel's 67th birthday this week.
May 13, 2015
The Rachel Corrie Cultural Center for Children and Youth held a vigil commemorating the death of Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American activist killed a decade ago by an Israeli military bulldozer attempting to demolish a Palestinian home in the southern Gaza Strip. (Photo by Joe Catron via Flickr)

Israel Supreme Court rules against Rachel Corrie’s parents in lawsuit

The Israel Supreme Court has upheld a decision favoring the Israeli army in a lawsuit filed by the parents of Olympia activist Rachel Corrie, who died in 2003.
Feb 12, 2015
A synagogue in Paris. (Photo from Flickr by Susan Sermoneta)

An American dream for French Jews

In the face of growing anti-Semitism, French Jews eye a better life in America
Jan 20, 2015
Protesters carry a wounded teenager to a waiting stretcher after a protest in Hebron devolved into clashes between stone throwers and Israeli soldiers. (Photo by Tom James)

Shooting to injure: Israeli crowd control tactic crippling young Palestinians

While war in Gaza made headlines this summer, hundreds of Palestinian protesters in the West Bank were shot with low caliber rifles.
Oct 20, 2014
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Why block the boat? Resistance from Ferguson to Palestine to the Philippines

Northwest activists are attempting to block an Israeli shipping company from unloading at Puget Sound ports in order to put a dent in the dollars funding Israel's military actions in Gaza.
Aug 25, 2014
Campers at Kids4Peace in Mount Vernon play piano together. (Photo by Deborah Espinosa)

During summer of war, kids at Mount Vernon camp study peace

As missiles and airstrikes fill this summer’s news out of Israel and Gaza, a group of 35 American and Middle Eastern youth of different faiths gathered at a summer camp to train as the next generation of peacemakers.
Aug 15, 2014
Israeli soldiers patrol a Palestinian protest in Hebron earlier this month. (Photo by Thomas James)

Israel’s only way out of perpetual war

A former Israeli soldier who now studies conflict resolution in Seattle argues that Israel's only hope for peace is to move past collective trauma and military tactics
Aug 12, 2014
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Struggling to talk about Israel? Start by listening

For young progressive Jews in the Northwest, talking about Israel with the older generation can be a minefield.
Aug 11, 2014
Demonstration for Gaza in Coimbatore, India. (Photo by Welfare Party via Flickr)

Seattle stands up for justice in Gaza

As a Palestinian living in the U.S., and as a human watching yet another massacre occur within miles of my place of birth, I can’t help but feel paralyzed, powerless and most frustratingly, helpless.
Jul 25, 2014
Buying bread in Gaza. (Photo by Karin Huster)

Last postcard from Gaza

In 2013 I traveled to Gaza to work at Al Shifa, the main hospital. Nothing prepared me for what I experienced crossing the border into Gaza, and then spending time there.
Jul 15, 2014
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Family ties defy the Israeli-Palestinian divide in ‘The Other Son’

Babies accidentally switched at birth. From Mark Twain to the ABC Family Monday night lineup, it’s a familiar plot device – and a usually a pretty cheesy one. But French director Lorraine Levy successfully adopts this clichéd premise in her third feature film, The Other Son, which opens Friday at the Egyptian Theatre. Levy delivers a […]
Oct 25, 2012
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used graphic of a bomb as he addressed the UN about the threat of nuclear weapons in Iran last week. (Photo from REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Israeli politics get personal: dissident Miko Peled in Seattle this week

Israeli peace activist Miko Peled is in Seattle this week to give a presentation called “Beyond the Zionist Paradigm: New Hope for Israel/Palestine.” I saw him at the University Temple United Methodist Church last night, and he’ll speak again at the University of Washington’s Smith Hall on Thursday at 6:30pm in room 205. Peled was […]
Oct 2, 2012
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Want to volunteer abroad? How to actually make a difference.

Every year, more young westerners are traveling to places like Africa, India, and South America in search of meaningful volunteer experiences. And why not? There’s plenty of valuable work to be done, travel and living expenses are low, and even the most challenging volunteer position might look easy compared to trying to find a job […]
Jun 19, 2012
File photo of a woman talking on her mobile phone while passing mural on wall of former U.S. embassy in Tehran

Iranian-American candidates weigh in on foreign policy

This election season Washington has an unprecedented number of candidates who are of Iranian heritage. Sahar Fathi and Cyrus Habib for are running for State Representative (in the 36th and 48th districts respectively), and Shahram Hadian is running for Governor. Though Hadian isn’t likely to make it past the primary, Fathi and Habib both have decent chances […]
Jun 8, 2012