No excuses: A non-normalizing visit to occupied Palestine

The Shalom Hartman Institute’s “Muslim Leadership Initiative” (MLI) has been submerged in controversy since it was launched in 2013. The program “invites North American Muslims to explore how Jews understand Judaism, Israel, and Jewish peoplehood” and include a visit to Palestine. Defenders of MLI and programs like it argue first, that the program gives participants…

Palestinian-American activist travels to Standing Rock

Palestinian American activist Mariam Saleh traveled to Standing Rock Sioux reservation to document the on-going protests. Activists have spent months protesting plans to route the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline beneath a lake near the reservation, saying the project poses a threat to water resources and sacred Native American sites, according to Reuters.

Tale of Batanjan

Over a homemade plate of babaghanoosh (smoked eggplant dip), your father asks you if you know just how much your jiddo—his father—loved batanjan (eggplant). You tear a piece of pita, dip and take a bite. You shake your head no. “It was 1982,” your father says. “The Israelis were occupying lubnan then, trying to get…