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For the Conference on the Israel Lobby – Press Blackout at the Press Club

By Ralph Nader Following the heavy coverage of AIPAC’s (the virulently pro-Israeli government lobby) multi-day annual Washington convention in March, the mainstream media might have…

Apr 18 2015 / Read More » /
Yarmouk refugee camp was established in 1957, nearly a decade after the Nakba – the 'Catastrophe' of 1948. (MEE)

My Missing Family in Syria: Naming and Shaming in Yarmouk

By Ramzy Baroud Members of my family in Syria’s Yarmouk went missing many months ago. We have no idea who is dead and who is…

Apr 15 2015 / Read More » /

Saudi Equivocal Intervention in Yemen

By Mohamed El Mokhtar For the sake of historical truth, it is important to recall that Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has traditionally and consistently supported…

Apr 14 2015 / Read More » /
A malnourished child cries in the Yarmouk camp for Palestinians on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus. (IRIN)

Yarmouk – A Timeline of Suffering

The UN Security Council has demanded access to the camp after IS (formerly known as ISIS) entered and were reported to be executing opposition fighters. The United Nations’ agency…

Apr 14 2015 / Read More » /
Palestinian children posing for a photo as they take a break from work near Qalandiya. (Tamar Fleishman, PalestineChronicle)

HRW: Settlement Agriculture Using Palestinian Child Labor

Israeli settlement farms in the occupied West Bank are using Palestinian child labor to grow, harvest and pack agricultural produce, much of it for export,…

Apr 14 2015 / Read More » /
Metaphor for Palestine (Ramona Wadi, supplied)

Variations – A Poem

By Ramona Wadi reciting the vacillations of exile in decades marked by the erosion of twilight a sonorous punctuation of language lacerated by fire and…

Apr 12 2015 / Read More » /
Land Day commemorates the events of 30 March, 1976.

Memories of Land and the Mind

By Samah Jabr Land Day commemorates the events of 30 March, 1976 when Palestinians from the Galilee to the Negev organized a massive strike to…

Apr 12 2015 / Read More » /
International Women's Day at Qalandiya checkpoint, West Bank (Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle)

Help Us – Like Freedom, Truthful Journalism is Priceless

The Palestine Chronicle started 15 years ago as a small independent website with a readership of hundreds that has since morphed to literally millions. This…

Apr 11 2015 / Read More » /
Nureed Amro and his son Mohammed in front of their destroyed home. (Bill Dienst, Palestine Chronicle)

Standing Firm amid the Ruins: Blind Brothers Fight for Justice in Jeruslaem

By Dr. Bill Dienst Wadi Joz neighbourhood (immediately Northeast of the Old City of Jerusalem) - Nureddin Amro and his brother Sharif Amro are humble…

Apr 9 2015 / Read More » /
Even a 'clean' drone war activated from faraway places is rarely enough to guarantee results.

The Collapse of the Obama Doctrine: Yemen War as an Opportunity?

By Ramzy Baroud To suggest that the United States policies in Yemen were a “failure” is an understatement. It implies that the US had at…

Apr 8 2015 / Read More » /
Hirsi Ali's obsession with demographics and birth rates illustrates her Islamophobia.

Islamophobia and Fraudulent Scholarship: The Unraveling of Ayaan Hirsi Ali

By Roger Sheety In a recent full-length essay for Time magazine titled “Beware of Michiganistan,” Ayaan Hirsi Ali warned in grave, apocalyptic terms of Muslim…

Apr 7 2015 / Read More » /

Netanyahu to Stage hunger Strike against World Peace – Satire

In a last ditch effort to block an impending nuclear deal between Western powers and Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced today, April 1,…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More » /
There is no need or time for despair. In fact, the opposite is true. (

Eight Urgent ‘Musts’ Needed for Palestinians to Defeat Apartheid

By Ramzy Baroud Waiting on Israeli society to change from within is a colossal waste of time, during which the suffering of an entire nation…

Apr 1 2015 / Read More » /
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  • April 16, 2015

    20 Palestinian Journalists Being Held in Israeli Jails

    Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian journalist on Wednesday after raiding his home in Nablus, bringing the total number of journalists imprisoned by Israel to 20. - Amin Abdul Aziz Abu Wardeh, 48, is the general manager of the Asda news website, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms said. - Abu Wardeh's wife told MADA that Israeli forces raided their home at around 2 a.m. and interrogated Amin in... More →
  • April 16, 2015

    Leading NY Institutions Discuss the Nakba — and There is Not a Palestinian in Sight

    In the last few weeks two liberal New York institutions, The New York Times and the 92d Street Y, have published discussions about a central Palestinian experience– the Nakba, or catastrophe that accompanied the creation of Israel in 1948– and in these three discussions, there was not a Palestinian in sight. Though three or four Zionists got to weigh in on the issue. - Of course non-Palestinians have the right to... More →
  • April 16, 2015

    Rand Paul Moves to Ban Aid to Palestinians Until ICC Bid Withdrawn

    United States Senator Rand Paul has introduced a Congressional bill that would cut off assistance to the Palestinian Authority so long as it seeks admission to the International Criminal Court. - The so-called "Defend Israel by Defunding Palestinian Foreign Aid Act of 2015" was the second anti-Palestinian bill introduced by Paul in as many years, according to the National Journal. Last year, he introduced the "Stand... More →
  • April 16, 2015

    Israel's High Court Upholds Controversial 'Boycott Law'

    The Israeli High Court rejected a petition by human rights organizations, upholding the controversial “boycott law” on Wednesday. The law give grounds for individuals to sue anyone who calls for a boycott of Israel, or areas under its control. - The court struck down only one section of the law, which establishes that one may seek punitive damages for a deliberate call to boycott without needing to prove actual... More →
  • April 15, 2015

    PA Continues to Arrest Palestinian Students

    The Palestinian Authority's security services continue to detain former Islamic bloc representative at the American University in Jenin Tahir Ahmad Nawahda for the seventh day in a row. - A Hamas statement issued yesterday noted that Nawahda was arrested by the Preventive Security Service shortly after he was released from an Israeli jail, where he was held for 16 months. He was later released again, then re-arrested a... More →
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