As the editor of Palestine Square, the blog of the Institute for Palestine Square, I am privileged by the opportunity and humbled by the responsibility to expand the reach of such an invaluable institution. Our blog allows us to introduce Palestinian affairs to more and more readers through engaging articles on everything from expert analysis on current events to interviews with Palestinian artists.
Below I’ve selected some of our great articles published this year. I hope you’ve enjoyed Palestine Square in 2015 as much as we have. After reading the Editor’s Picks, and as we gear up for an even greater 2016, I would like to encourage you to generously contribute to the Institute for Palestine Studies. Research and publishing requires investment and your invaluable contribution will allow us to continue to provide unparalleled resources on Palestine.
Two young children, 17 and 16, shot at the exact same spot within an hour of each other. A 16 year-old shot in the back. The willful killing of Palestinian children by Israel’s occupation soldiers and the abject lack of accountability makes a mockery of Israel’s claim to be an exemplary democracy governed by the rule of law and human rights.
Our event write-up of Adalah-NY’s “Palestine Calling” was an exclusive foray into a proactive initiative launched by an activist group already famous for its successful campaign against Israeli diamond merchant and settlement benefactor Lev Leviev. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is rising in prominence, and our article detailed the front lines of the movement and a night that might end up being a harbinger of growing artistic solidarity with Palestinians.
Sabella was the first artist we interviewed and Palestine Square is grateful for his generous time. Sabella’s work defies easy characterization. The Jerusalem-born, Berlin-based artist primarily uses photography and photographic installations to express feelings of exile, the colonization of Jerusalem; and the memorization of Palestine, which “emanates a profound sense of loss,” in the words of one critic.
Perhaps our most visually arresting article, we introduced readers to 18-year-old photographer Basel Al Yazouri. After Operation Protective Edge (July-August 2014), the Gaza-born Al Yazouri gathered 15 out of the hundreds of photographs he took during the war and submitted them to the renowned Magnum Foundation in New York City for their Human Rights fellowship. Al Yazouri bested hundreds of applicants to become the youngest and first Palestinian recipient of the fellowship.