New alphabet book celebrates Palestinian culture

An English-language children’s alphabet book about Palestine sold out days after its November launch. P is for Palestine, written by Golbarg Bashi and illustrated by Golrokh Nafisi, can now be pre-purchased from Etsy. The hardcover, brightly-illustrated book contains each letter of the English alphabet with a corresponding aspect of Palestinian culture. P is for Palestine covers…

Tufts passes resolution as student activists increase divestment efforts across the US

Tufts University joined the growing list of universities that have passed divestment resolutions targeting organizations with ties to human rights violations, particularly in Palestine. Students in colleges around the country are increasing their divestment efforts, by pushing for student resolutions and beyond. Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate passed a resolution calling on the university to…

Israeli festival canceled after Princess Nokia cancels show

Destiny Frasqueri, known as Princess Nokia, canceled her performance at the Israeli Kalamazoo Festival. Advocates for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement had previously called on Frasqueri to cancel her show as part of the cultural boycott against Israel. Kalamazoo announced in a statement that they were “forced to cancel” the entire festival due to…

2017 World Voices Literary Festival to be held without Israeli funding

The literary association PEN America will hold their annual World Voices literary festival this year without funding from the Israeli government. PEN America received Israeli government funding for four of their last five literary festivals. Despite the lack of Israeli funding for this year’s festival and pressure from activists, PEN America maintains that they do…