"Shaheen has been singing since he was a child. His family enrolled him in the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in the West Bank, where he developed his vocal talents and learned to play the clarinet, Oud , Buzuq, and Percussion instruments."

Palestinian Yacoub Shaheen wins title of 'Arab Idol'

Here's one twisted definition of a fun workout: "Train with an ex-Israeli soldier in the deadliest martial arts in the world. Have fun, make friends and get fit."
Saturday, March 4 at 2 PM - 4 PM
10 Columbus Circle, New York, New York 10019.

IDF Training in NYC/Krav Maga

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"Human rights advocates welcome the decision by PEN America to hold PEN’s annual World Voices literary festival without funding from the Israeli government."

After appeal by leading writers, major US literary festival will proceed without Israeli government sponsorship

Trump voices preference for two-state solution in Reuters interview, but adds: I ultimately like what the both parties like.

In first, Trump says he 'likes' two-state solution for Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Shaheen, one of two leading Palestinian contestants at the annual glamorous Arab Idol, is uniting two historic communities displaced by war.

Yacoub Shaheen, the Assyrian singer from Palestine taking Arab Idol by storm - Ajam Media Collective

Israeli government official: "I guess what you need to do is go back and change the Bible."
Mehdi Hasan: "Are you saying the Bible trumps your supreme court? Is Israel now a theocracy?"
The report reveals the dire situation people in Gaza face following repeated Israeli assaults, which led to the deterioration of essential infrastructure, public health, and economic well-being. #PalestineSquare

Report: Situation in Gaza Remains Desperate

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd challenges Netanyahu in scathing post: " to support the state of Israel does not mandate automatic support for each and every policy of Mr. Netanyahu."

Netanyahu in historic visit to Australia

An Israeli murderer who killed an injured Palestinian was sentenced to only 18 months, but these 5 Palestinian children were sentenced to years for just throwing stones:
1. Saleh Ashraf Ishtayya, 16: three years and three months in prison
2. Muhammad Ahmad Jaber, 14: three years in prison
3. Murad Raed Alqam, 14: three years in prison
4. Muhammad Na’el Tayeh, 17: two years and four months in...
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Five children who got longer sentences for throwing stones than the Israeli soldier who shot dead an incapacitated Palestinian

This Palestinian mother from Gaza could not see her baby daughter for six months because Israel denied her "permit" to accompany her child who needed medical treatment in Jerusalem.
Remember #Skipthetrip ([ Bit.ly Link ] It appears that not one actor actually took up the Israeli offer to visit since then.

Israel invited 26 Oscar stars to visit. So far none has.

"Palestinians in the West Bank are facing serious human rights violations and increasing food insecurity as a result of the use of toxic pesticides in illegal settlements, a fact-finding mission has revealed."

Israel is ‘poisoning Palestine’, study reveals

Israel's sentencing of a soldier who killed an injured Palestinian to only 18 months reinforces shooting to kill policy. #PalestineSquare

Shooting to Kill: Israeli Incitement and Impunity

"Once again, the future of Palestine is being decided behind the back of the Palestinians. Once again, they have been made invisible.

A deal that amounts to a one state solution—that state being Israel—has perils neither Trump nor Netanyahu can admit."

Trump’s Middle East ‘Deal’ Leaves Out One Vital Player: Palestinians.

An Israeli military medic who was filmed killing an incapacitated Palestinian attacker last year has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

The length of the sentence was criticised by Adalah, the legal centre for Arab minority rights in Israel, which said it reflected “the impunity enjoyed by Israeli security personnel accused of crimes against Palestinians”.

Israeli soldier jailed for killing injured Palestinian attacker

"Palestinians continue to mark numerous occasions in imaginative ways that subvert the Israeli occupation and the stereotypes it seeks to propagate about them" #PalestineSquare


"A group of Egyptian human rights lawyers have filed a lawsuit to prevent the establishment of “foreign settlements” in the Sinai Peninsula, following reports that Israel was discussing the option of forcibly resettling Palestinians to the Egyptian territory in lieu of establishing a Palestinian state in the occupied West Bank."

Egyptian lawyer files lawsuit against settling Palestinians in Sinai

"Israel's prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-American Secretary of State John Kerry, former US officials confirmed on Sunday."

Netanyahu spurned secret peace offer: Ex-officials

"Together with an equally bleary-eyed Bedouin family, I was quickly escorted to a perimeter the police had established to create a “sterile zone” for the demolition. Amidst a deluge of tear gas strewn faces and rumors of death, police threatened and shoved villagers and activists. The sun’s first rays started to touch the scene." #PalestineSquare

Umm Al-Hiran and Activism in the Era of Post-Truth