Author Archives: HRJ Palestine Collective

‘Trigger-Happy’ Israeli Army and Police Use Reckless Force in the West Bank
3.2.2014 | Amnesty International
[Amnesty International] urges the USA, the European Union and the rest of the international community to suspend all transfers of munitions, weapons and other equipment to Israel. “Without pressure from the international community the situation is unlikely to change any time soon,” said Philip Luther. “Too much civilian blood has been spilled. This long-standing pattern of abuse must be broken. If the Israeli authorities wish to prove to the world they are committed to democratic principles and international human rights standards, unlawful killings and unnecessary use of force must stop now.” Read document at: HRJ Palestine Collective

UT Austin Divestment Resolution

Peaceful Settlement of the Question of Palestine
3.19.2013 | HRJ Palestine Collective
WHEREAS, the United Nations General Assembly resolution, Peaceful Settlement of the Question of Palestine, has continually addressed the 4 final status issues, including borders, East Jerusalem, settlements and the question of the Palestinian refugees for 20 years now. The resolution is adopted every year by the UN General Assembly and receives confirmatory votes by the overwhelming majority of the international community. The number of negative votes is only between 2 to 7 depending on the year. Read document at: HRJ Palestine Collective

Missing Headlines: Stories of Life in Palestine | $15

By Emily Schick
“A few months ago, I wouldn’t have noticed this information missing from the article… Ahmad’s death kept me awake for days. I was haunted by the disappearance of his story.”
From the first of February to the first of July 2010, Emily Schick worked as an activist with the International Solidarity Movement. Her stories from East Jerusalem and the West Bank show not only the reality of life in Palestine, but the conspicuous silences of American media. The Palestinian struggle is brought into an understandable and tangible context through a series of essays on her work as ISM’s media coordinator, life on the street with evicted Palestinian families, and being shot at a nonviolent demonstration. What’s missing from the headlines? It’s time to find out…

Important Facts about the Second Gaza Massacre

11.20.2012 | HRJ Palestine Collective
In light of the recent Israeli attacks targeting the people of Gaza there’s been a rise in public interest with regard to the Israel-Palestine conflict. The HRJ Palestine Collective believes that it is important to be aware of the facts surrounding this tragic situation at hand. Please note and circulate this information widely. The illegal and brutal Israeli occupation of Palestine and its inhumane blockade of Gaza (a form of collective punishment as it targets the civilian population of Gaza which is illegal under international law according to Amnesty International) must be stopped! Read article

September 2012 Palestine Film Series

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Amnesty International: Israel Should End Use of Administrative Detention
02.18.2012 | Amnesty International
Palestinian activist Khader Adnan has been on hunger strike since 18 December 2011 in protest against his detention by the Israeli authorities without charge or trial. Khader Adnan started his hunger strike the day following his arrest from his home in the occupied West Bank to protest his ill-treatment by the Israel Security Agency (ISA). Read and sign petition at: HRJ Palestine Collective

“This Time We Went Too Far | Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion”

By Norman G. Finkelstein

“[Finkelstein’s] place in the whole history of writing history is assured.”

–Raul Hilberg, author, The Destruction of the European Jews

“A very impressive, learned and careful scholar.”

–Avi Shlaim, Professor, International Relations, Oxford University

“Better than any other book, ‘This Time We Went Too Far’ shows how the massive destruction visited on Gaza was not an accidental byproduct of the Israeli invasion but its barely concealed objective.”

–Raja Shehadeh, author, Palestinian Walks

Here’s an excerpt taken from chapter1: Self-Defense

Copyright Norman G. Finkelstein
First published by OR Books, New York, 2010

As the Israeli government attempts to discredit the UN Goldstone Report on the Gaza assault, Norman Finkelstein’s meticulous study of why Israel attacked, what happened on the ground during the invasion, and the repercussions of the attack in Jewish communities around the world, could not be more timely or important.

For the Palestinians who live in Gaza, the December 2008 invasion was a nightmare of unimaginable proportions:  In the 22-day-long action 1,400 Gazans were killed, several hundred on the first day alone. More than 6,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged. The cost of the destruction and disruption of economic life, in one of the world’s poorest areas, is estimated at more than $3 billion.

And yet, while nothing should diminish recognition of Palestinian suffering through these frightful days, it is possible something redemptive will emerge from the tragedy of Gaza. For, as Norman Finkelstein details, in this concise work that melds cold anger with cool analysis, the profound injustice of the Israeli assault has been widely recognized by bodies that are impossible to brand as partial or extremist.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the UN investigation headed by Richard Goldstone, in documenting Israel’s use of indiscriminate and intentional force on Gaza’s civilian population, have had an impact on traditional support for Israel. Jews in both the United States and the United Kingdom, for instance, are beginning to voice dissent, and this trend is especially apparent among the young. Such a shift, Finkelstein contends, can result in new public pressure capable of moving the Middle East crisis towards a solution, one that embraces justice for Palestinians and Israelis alike.

“This Time We Went Too Far”, written with Finkelstein’s customary acuity and precision, will surely advance the process it so eloquently describes.

Norman G. Finkelstein’s books include Beyond Chutzpah, The Holocaust Industry, A Nation on Trial and Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict.

For a review copy or to arrange an interview, please email Lusiné Kerobyan,

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Publication: March 31st, 2010  hardback $20; e-book $9  208 pages

This Time We Went Too Far” is available only direct from OR Books, a new publishing company selling progressive books in both traditional and electronic formats, direct to the reader.

It is not available in bookstores or from other online retailers.