Alternative Information Center—Israel/Palestine
The Alternative Information Center (AIC) is an internationally
oriented, progressive, joint Palestinian-Israeli activist
organization. It is engaged in dissemination of information,
political advocacy, grassroots activism and critical analysis
of the Palestinian and Israeli societies as well as the
The Electronic Intifada (EI) is a not-for-profit, independent
publication committed to comprehensive public education
on the question of Palestine, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,
and the economic, political, legal, and human dimensions
of Israel's 40-year occupation of Palestinian territories.
The Gaza Siege website is an independent online resource
for background, analysis and the latest news updates related
to the ongoing siege and occupation of the Gaza Strip. It
includes reports, statements and op-eds by prominent scholars,
expert commentators, and humanitarian organizations as well
as first-hand accounts by journalists and people living
is one of the world's leading online newspapers. With
center-left/left politics, the Guardian runs incisive articles
and commentary about Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Haaretz, a newspaper that was founded in Palestine in
1918 (as a newspaper sponsored by the British government)
is now the liberal voice in Israeli journalism. It is here
that you can find“leftist” commentary and analysis by writers
such as Amira Hass, Gideon Levy and Avi Shlaim.
A television network headquartered in Doha, Qatar that
is known for its relatively even-handed criticism of regimes
throughout the Middle East.
Jewish Peace News (JPN) is an information service that
circulates news clippings, analyses, editorial commentary,
and action alerts concerning the Israel / Palestine conflict.
They work to promote a just resolution to the conflict;
they believe that the cause of both peace and justice will
be served when Israel ends the occupation, withdrawing completely
from the Palestinian territories and finding a solution
to the Palestinian refugee crisis within the framework of
The Occupation Magazine was established in October 2004
by a group of Israeli anti-occupation activists who were
disturbed by the growing discrepancy between the grim reality
which they observed in the Occupied Territories , and the
way in which it was (and is) reported in the main stream
The Palestine Chronicle is an independent online newspaper
that provides daily news, commentary, features, book reviews,
photos, art, etc, on a variety of subjects. However, it's largely
focused on Palestine, Israel, and the 'Middle East' region.
The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied
Territories was established in 1989 by a group of prominent
academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members.
It endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public
and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied
Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among
the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture
Divestment, Sanctions for Palestine
BDSMovement.net is born out of the need to offer all those
interested and active in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions
(BDS) movement a shared space for information, analysis,
exchange of ideas and experiences. This website is overseen
by the steering committee of the Palestinian BDS National
Committee and has been adopted as a tool of the ICNP (International
Coordinating Network on Palestine) to support efforts of
networking and coordination.
Coalition of Women for Peace/Israel
The Coalition of Women for Peace brings together independent
women and 10 feminist peace organizations that work relentlessly
for peace and justice. Founded in November 2000, after the
outbreak of the Second Intifada, the Coalition today is
a leading voice in the peace movement. (Member groups include
Bat Shalom, Machsom/Checkpoint Watch, Women in Black, New
Profile, and the Fifth Mother.) The Coalition is committed
to the struggle to end the occupation; to the full involvement
of women in peace negotiations; to an end to the excessive
militarization of Israeli society; to equality, inclusion,
and justice for Palestinian citizens of Israel; to equality
and social justice for all inhabitants of Israel. The coalition
has recently launched their Who
Profits? database, highlighting the businesses, companies
and individuals that reap profits from the Occupation of
the West Bank.
Free Gaza Movement
Since August 2008, the Free Gaza Movement has sailed
from Cyprus to the Gaza Strip on several successful voyages,
bringing in international witnesses to see first hand the
devastating effects of the Israeli blockade. Theirs are
the first international boats to journey to Gaza since 1967.
Gush Shalom (Translated from Hebrew, the name means
"The Peace Bloc") is the self-described “hard
core” of the Israeli peace movement. They work towards a
two-state solution of the conflict based on the 1967 borders,
Jerusalem as a shared capital, and an acknowledgement of
a Palestinian right to return.
Women's Peace Service/Palestine
IWPS-Palestine is an international team of women based in
Haris (a village in the Salfit Governorate of the West Bank)
who provide international accompaniment to Palestinian civilians,
document and nonviolently intervene in human rights abuses,
support acts of nonviolent resistance to end the brutal
and illegal military Occupation and oppose the Apartheid
Committee Against Home Demolitions
ICAHD is a non-violent, direct-action group originally established
to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes
in the Occupied Territories.
US Palestinian Community Network
The US Palestinian Community Network is a Palestinian community-based network that grew from the Palestinian Popular Conference that took place in Chicago on August 8-10, 2008, drawing 1000 members of the Palestinian community in the US together to empower our community, unify our voice, and affirm the right of Palestinians in the Shatat (exile) to participate fully in shaping our joint destiny.
Palestine Center and the Jerusalem Fund
The Palestine Center (D.C.) is an independent think-tank
committed to communicating reliable and timely information
about the Palestinian political experience to American policy-makers,
journalists, students and the general public. Established
in 1991, it is the educational program of the Jerusalem
Fund for Education and Community Development.
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
The Centre is an independent Palestinian human rights organization
based in Gaza City. The Centre was established in 1995 by
a group of Palestinian lawyers and human rights activists.
It documents rights violations by the Palestinian Authority
and Israel. Its lawyers defend victims of human rights abuses,
from cases of illegal detention to torture.
Voice for Peace
Jewish Voice for Peace is a diverse and democratic community
of activists inspired by Jewish tradition to work together
for peace, social justice, and human rights. We support
the aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for security
Center for Human Rights/Gaza
Al Mezan Center for Human Rights is a Palestinian non-governmental
non-partisan organization based in the refugee camp of Jabalia
in the Gaza Strip. Al Mezan's mandate is to promote, protect
and prevent violations of human rights in general and economic,
social and cultural (ESC) rights in particular, to provide
effective aid to those victims of such violations, and to
enhance the quality of life of the community in marginalized
sectors of the Gaza Strip.
U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
The US Campaign is a diverse coalition working for freedom
from occupation and equal rights for all by challenging
US policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The
Campaign is based on human rights and international law,
providing a non-sectarian framework for everyone who supports
its Call to Action. Its strategy is to inform, educate,
and mobilize the public so as to change the US role in the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict to support peace, justice,
human rights, and international law.
Books (short, eclectic selection)
Amira Hass, "Reporting from Ramallah: An Israeli
Journalist in Occupied Land.” Amira Hass is a prominent
left-wing Israeli journalist and author, mostly known for
her columns in the daily newspaper Ha'aretz. She is
especially famous for living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
and reporting on events regarding Palestinians in the Israeli-Palestinian
Mahmoud Darwish, "Unfortunately, It was Paradise.”
Selected poems of Mahmoud Darwish (13 March 1941 – 9 August
2008), a Palestinian poet and author who won numerous awards
for his literary output and was regarded as the Palestinian
Elizabeth Laird with Sonia Nimr, "A Little Piece
of Ground." Excellent young adult novel about the
effects of the Occupation from the point of a Palestinian
boy who loves to play soccer; good for grownups too.
Ilan Pappé, “A History of Modern Palestine.” Pappé
is considered one of the Israeli "New Historians"
who take a critical view of Zionist narratives and Israel's
Alan Rickman & Katharine Viner (eds), MY NAME IS
RACHEL CORRIE: Taken from the Writing of Rachel Corrie.
A one-woman play composed of the journals, letters and e-mails
of a twenty-three-year-old American who was crushed to death
by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she was trying to
prevent the demolition of a Palestinian Home.
Ahmad H. Sa'di & Lila Abu-Lughod (eds), NAKBA: PALESTINE,
1948 and the Claims of Memory, Anthology of scholarly
essays and memoirs about the Palestinian Nakba (the catastrophe).
Lila Abu-Lughod's essay “Return to Half-Ruins” is beautiful
"Checkpoint” (documentary, 2005, 80 minutes).
Israeli director Yoav Shamir documents the impact of the
enforced boundaries known as "checkpoints" on
the Israeli border guards drafted to monitor them and the
Palestinian citizens who must pass through them daily. Shot
in a cinema verite style, a style of documentary filmmaking
that stresses unbiased realism, the film shows these anonymous,
one-time encounters between both sides and the lasting political,
social and cultural effects.
"Arna's Children,"(documentary). Arna's
Children is a 2003 Palestinian documentary film directed
by Juliano Mer Khamis and Danniel Dannielabout a children's
theatre group in Jenin in the Palestinian territories. The
film won "Best Documentary Feature" 2004 Tribeca