Daily Archive: August 31, 2018

When Illness is a ‘Death Sentence’: The Victimization of Gaza Women

Hanan al-Khoudari resorted to Facebook in a cry for help when Israeli authorities rejected her request to accompany her three-year-old son, Louay, to his chemotherapy treatment in East Jerusalem. The boy is suffering from an ‘aggressive soft tissue sarcoma’. Israeli authorities then justified their decision based on a vague claim that one of Hannan’s relatives is a ‘Hamas operative.” The...

The IHRA and Anti-Semitism: A Definition Designed to Silence Israel’s Critics

“Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred towards Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed towards Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, towards Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” – The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. Israeli politicians and the Diaspora-based Israel lobby recognise that Israel faces a...

Nepal’s Anti-Conversion Law Is More About National Security Than Christianity

Nepal’s anti-conversion law just came into effect. The new restrictions were originally promulgated late last year and outlaw proselytization practices that are understood as implicitly targeting the historically Hindu country’s rapidly growing community of Christian evangelicals despite ostensibly being aimed at protecting the feelings of religious believers. A key component of the legislation decrees that “No one should convert a...