Articles The book author Dorit Rabinyan talked about the real issue behind banning her work.

Borderline: Forbidden Love Tales in Israel

By Jamal Kanj How can a two-year-old novel become a best seller? Censorship is the short answer. The most important question is, however, why would the…

Feb 7 2016 / Read More » /

Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict – Book Review

By Jim Miles (Genesis – Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict.  John B. Judis. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, New York. 2014.)…

Feb 7 2016 / Read More » /
Cyprus and Greece agreed in the summit to market Israeli gas in Europe. (Courtesy:

Is Gaza Paying the Price of the Cypriot-Israeli-Greek Alliance?

By Dr. Saleh Al-Naami The Israeli, Cypriot, Greek summit held in Cyprus’s capital city, Nicosia, is another example of how Tel Aviv’s predictions regarding its gas…

Feb 5 2016 / Read More » /
'Apartheid In Palestine. Hard Laws and Harder Experiences.'

Apartheid In Palestine. Hard Laws and Harder Experiences – Book Review

Reviewed by Ludwig Watzal (Ghada Ageel, ed., Apartheid in Palestine. Hard Laws and Harder Experiences, University of Alberta Press, Edmonton 2016.) Apartheid in Palestine” is a valuable…

Feb 5 2016 / Read More » /
Yarmouk has once again been added to the UN's list of besieged areas in Syria. (UNRWA)

UN Changes Syria Siege List, Adds Madaya and Yarmouk

By Annie Slemrod The UN has quietly added four areas to its increasingly controversial list of areas under siege in Syria, including Yarmouk and Madaya, the…

Feb 4 2016 / Read More » /
it is time to recognize the impossibility of reaching a two-state solution and start engaging in a new process. (, file)

Stop the False Rhetoric; The Two-State Solution is Dead

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan It is safe to say that under their present conditions, the Palestinians’ situation is in shambles. Their spatial fragmentation imposed on…

Feb 3 2016 / Read More » /
It may be useful to distinguish between ‘Westphalian representation’ from ‘populist representation.’ (Annie Slemrod, file)

The Complex Problematics of Palestinian Representation

By Richard Falk While serving as UN Special Rapporteur for Occupied Palestine, especially in my early years between 2008 and 2010, I fully expected to…

Feb 3 2016 / Read More » /
Mohammed Allan: 'It is a psychological warfare between the prison authorities, state and legal system apparatuses against a single individual,.' (Via Maan)

The Logic of Hunger Striking Palestinians: When Starvation Is a Weapon

By Ramzy Baroud  By Friday, January 29, Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeq had spent 66-days on hunger strike in Israeli jails. Just before he fell into…

Feb 2 2016 / Read More » /
Khaled Meshaal and Jacob Zuma shake hands after signing a collaboration agreement in Johannesburg, Oct 19, 2015. (Via MEMO)

Palestine: SA Government Action Overdue

By Iqbal Jassat  For how long will the South African government remain bystanders while Israel keeps gobbling up Palestine? It’s a concern expressed not only by…

Feb 2 2016 / Read More » /
Israeli policemen stand by as a bulldozer demolishes the village of Al-Araqib for the 93rd time in five years. (

Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Israeli Citizens: 68 Years of Discrimination

By Jamal Kanj Palestinian civic organizations inside Israel have declared January 30 the Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Israeli citizens. Israel was established in 1948…

Jan 31 2016 / Read More » /
NYT's editorial erroneously finds in Clinton a 'steeliness that will serve her well in negotiating with a difficult Congress.' (C-SPAN, wiki)

The Times Endorses Hillary: Heinous Non-Surprise

By Steve Breyman  What is it about some radicals’ (including this one’s) problem with the inevitable, the predictable? Given our accurate worldview—the world is run…

Jan 31 2016 / Read More » /
This little girl was injured by two masked settlers. Full caption below. (Cassandra Dixon, Supplied)

Nonviolent Resistance in the South Hebron Hills

By Cassandra Dixon The worst worries of a child’s school day should be homework. Maybe a lost book, or an argument with a friend. No…

Jan 29 2016 / Read More » /
International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories. (Tamar Fleishman, PC)

Israel Planning Fresh Settlements in West Bank’s E1

Israeli authorities want to expel some 10,000 Bedouin residents of the E1 Zone in the occupied West Bank in advance of building a bloc of…

Jan 28 2016 / Read More » /
Moshe Sharett with David Ben-Gurion at a meeting in 1955. (Wikimedia Commons)

Attacking Churches in Palestine: An Israeli Policy since 1948

By Dr. Saleh Al-Naami Israeli documents have revealed that the Israeli army deliberately adopted a policy based on the destruction, vandalism and harm of the…

Jan 27 2016 / Read More » /
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  • February 7, 2016

    EU Calls on Israel to Stop Home Demolitions, Settlement Expansion

    The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to stop demolishing Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, and reiterated "the EU's firm opposition to Israel's settlement policy." - In a statement, the EU said Israel's most recent moves in the occupied West Bank -- from settlement expansion to Palestinian home demolitions -- undermine "the viability of a future Palestinian state" and only continue to "driv(e) the... More →
  • February 6, 2016

    Israeli Doctor Says Palestinian Hunger Striker Could Face Immediate Death

    Doctors at HaEmek Hospital where hunger-striking Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq is being held said late Friday that the prisoner could face “immediate death.” - Lawyer Hiba Masalha from the Palestinian Authority’s Prisoners’ Affairs Committee quoted the concerns of deputy director of HaEmek, Dr. Tubia, who said there was a “real danger” that al-Qiq’s internal organs were suffering damage. -... More →
  • February 6, 2016

    Most Israelis Support Unilateral Disengagement in West Bank

    Head of the Israeli Zionist Camp Yitzhak Herzog proposed a unilateral disengagement plan from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Anadolu reported on Friday. - The proposal was made two weeks ago in the National Security Research Institute in Tel Aviv University. - Based on vote results published by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Anadolu said the plan had received much support from Israelis. - The... More →
  • February 6, 2016

    Israeli Movement Calls for Separating 28 Palestinian Villages from Jerusalem

    New Israeli movement Save Jewish Jerusalem has called for the building of a wall encircling 28 Palestinian villages in East Jerusalem in order to preserve the city’s Jewish identity, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported on Friday. - According to Quds Press, which reported on the news published in Maariv, Save Jewish Jerusalem was set up by the former Cabinet minister Haim Ramon, alongside a number of former political,... More →
  • February 5, 2016

    Israeli Forces Kill 14-year-old Palestinian Allegedly Throwing Molotov Cocktail

    Israeli soldiers killed a 14-year-old Palestinian and detained another young boy in the occupied West Bank town of Halhul north of Hebron, after the two allegedly tried to throw Molotov cocktails at passing vehicles. - Witnesses told Ma'an that they saw a child lying on the ground after hearing gunshots where Israeli forces were deployed in the al-Hawawer area of Halhul city. One witness told Ma'an that they saw... More →


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