New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says his state will boycott any group that backs the BDS movement. BDS, which stands for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, advocates for Palestinian human rights and opposes the illegal Israeli occupation. But is he really boycotting free speech?
68 years after the Nakba, when most Palestinians were forced out of their homes during the creation of Israel, those who stayed behind are struggling to hold on to their homes. For residents like Basma, that means living with the constant threat of demolition, without sewage, electricity, paved roads or playgrounds.
Thousands are in Washington, DC, for the annual pro-Israel AIPAC conference, where most U.S. presidential candidates will be speaking. But America’s only Jewish candidate, Bernie Sanders, is notably absent.
Ahmad is 18 and lives in the Balata refugee camp, the biggest in the occupied West Bank. His grandparents were forcibly removed from Jaffa during the creation of Israel. There’s only 32 miles between Balata and Jaffa, but Ahmad can only dream of seeing his homeland. He’s not allowed into Israel.
Israel says it built the separation wall for security reasons to keep Palestinians from the occupied West Bank out of Israel. So why does 85% of the wall run inside the West Bank, rather than on the border with Israel? And how has it affected Palestinian communities? AJ+’s Dena Takruri explains
Republican opposition to the Iran nuclear deal is strong. Presidential hopefuls slammed the deal recently at a conservative summit in Iowa, drawing cheers from the crowd. We wanted to know what’s behind Republican support for Israel, particularly among conservative Christians. So we asked
When Israel started its invasion of Gaza in the summer of 2014, the pictures of death and destruction were all over our screens. But Max Blumenthal traveled there to see for himself. So many of the stories he witnessed were never talked about in the news. He speaks to AJ+’s Dena Takruri.