Justice for Jerusalem: Why I Protested in Chicago

A hundred years ago, Balfour declared Palestine as “the national home of the Jewish people.” The letter, written by British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Lord Walter Rothschild in 1917, empowered the zionist movement and set off the Palestinian Nakba (The Catastrophe). Palestinians were murdered through genocide and ethnic cleansing. Our homes were either taken…

See you soon, Rasmea

Rasmea Odeh has made a positive impact on my life, as she’s done for others like me. Resilience is a word commonly associated with one of the strongest women I’ve come to know, and that is exactly what Rasmea has instilled in me. You don’t have to search long or hard to find someone who…

A call to immediately suspend security coordination

A letter written by the Transnational Mobilization of Palestinian Youth in the Diaspora Dear Ambassadors of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Today marks an abominable juncture in Palestinian national history, one that forces our hand to write of the betrayal of our national leadership instead of the violence of our occupier. We, Palestinian youth of the…

Open letter to my dear cousin

This is an open letter written by Izzy Mustafa to a family member in reaction to the Palestinian Authority/PLO betrayal of our people and in reaction to those in the West Bank rising up against the PA’s collaboration with the Israel’s occupation forces. To my dear cousin, Put your baton down. Look in the mirror…

Palestinians hate oppression

Palestinian children are taught resilience and resistance at a young age. We are taught our history and our culture. Our grandparents have taught us what life was like in Palestine pre-occupation. We are taught to love our country, to live for our country and to fight for our country. We are taught to never give…