For Palestinian-Americans, a Summer Vacation at Wartime

Like their Jewish compatriots, U.S.-Palestinians spend summers with relatives in the West Bank or Israel, getting in touch with their roots, and seeing the conflict and the occupation up close.

21-year-old Maen Hammad marked the Fourth of July this year coughing up tear gas. The Palestinian-American, who is spending the summer studying Arabic at Bir Zeit University, was at the weekly Bil’in protest in the West Bank, holding up a sign that said, “Happy Fourth of July from Occupied Palestine.”