Sami Kishawi

Sami Kishawi
Sami serves on the executive committee of American Muslims for Palestine in Chicago. Sami visited Gaza City and used his blog, “Sixteen Minutes to Palestine”, to report extensively about everyday living in the occupied territories.

When those who justify state-sponsored terrorism complain about a Palestine map on a team jersey

A Chilean team’s newest kits have put the squad under pressure following accusations that the shirts, which feature a map of historic Palestine, “foment terrorist intent”. Yes, you read that correctly. A club football team is being accused of promoting violence and terrorism because of a map on the back of its jerseys.Club Deportivo Palestino is one of Chile’s oldest...

Overview of Arafat Jaradat’s death, autopsy findings, and growing protests

Arafat Jaradat, 30, died in Israel’s Megiddo Prison on Saturday, February 24, 2013 after being interrogated and beaten by Israel’s internal security service Shin Bet. An autopsy reveals that Arafat died from injuries sustained during torture, inlcuding broken ribs and severe bruising.Jaradat had been arrested on February 18 for allegedly throwing a stone at an armed Israeli soldier near the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement...

America’s only football factory, Palestine’s only keffiyeh factory

Wilson, the official football-maker for the NFL, secured a spot during this year’s Super Bowl to run a rather moving commercial taking viewers inside the only dedicated football factory in the United States where footballs are laced by hand and prepped for play in the championship game.[youtube]Imagine what would happen if the factory was forced to shut its doors for...

‘The arrogance of power’

In the video above, a Bahraini police officer reportedly known as Ali Aaref slaps a man carrying his child twice without provocation. The young boy, wrapped in his father’s arm, begins to cry.The uprising in Bahrain is quite possibly the most ignored in the Middle East and North Africa region. Some of the main news networks in the area,...

Summary of new UN investigation of latest Israeli assault on Gaza

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (UN OCHA oPt) just published a 35-page initial rapid assessment of Israel’s latest invasion of Gaza which officially spanned eight days starting on November 14, 2012. The investigation more formally known as the Multi-Agency Initial Rapid Assessment of Gaza was conducted just days after a ceasefire...

“The Guardian Five”: Surprising coverage of Israel’s assault on Gaza

The Guardian published five articles in the last few days that humanize Gazans in a way I hadn’t expected to see from a premier and globally-recognized news agency.The paper is already known for its liberal leanings and for its relatively nuanced coverage of Palestine-Israel. But to see this kind of quality reportage and commentar is refreshing.Perhaps it is part of...

‘How to tell your friends from the Japs’ in TIME, 1941 vs. ‘Turban Primer’ in RedEye, 2012

Two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, TIME Magazine ran an article titled “How to tell your friends from the Japs”, an arbitrary and insensitive guide on how to differentiate the Japanese from the Chinese. Today, just over a day after the shooting in Milwaukee that left six dead in a Sikh house of worship, Chicago’s...




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