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Sweden Officially Recognizes Palestinian State, Israel Recalls Ambassador

Sweden has recognized the occupied state of Palestine officially, according to its foreign ministry. The Scandinavian has become the first West-European EU state to recognize the territories. Israel has recalled its ambassador in Sweden. The news follows an earlier hint by Prime Minister Stefan Lovfen in his Social Democrat manifesto, during his inaugural address in […]

Ahead of ‘Day of Rage’, Aqsa Reopened to Palestinian Worshipers

Israeli authorities on Thursday evening decided to reopen Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound after ordering its closure and following Arab and US calls for Muslim worshippers to be allowed in. “It was decided to restore (the compound) to normal … effective immediately,” police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP, adding that because of a fear of unrest […]

Closure of Aqsa ‘Declaration of War’ Says Abbas

Israel’s closure of the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to all visitors following the shooting of a Jewish hardliner is tantamount to a “declaration of war,” President Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday. “This dangerous Israeli escalation is a declaration of war on the Palestinian people and its sacred places and on the Arab and Islamic nation,” his […]

Jerusalem in Danger while the World Sleeps

Al-Quds, Haram al-Sharif Compound. (Wikimedia)

By Tariq Shadid Tensions are rising sky-high in what is considered a Holy City by three of the world’s major religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Its Aramaic name ‘Ur Shalim’, from which hails its current international name Jerusalem, means ‘City of Peace’, yet it has become obvious that it will not be allowed to live […]

Israeli Forces Demolish Palestinian Home, Structures in Silwan

Israeli bulldozers on Wednesday demolished structures in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem, witnesses told Ma’an. The sources said Israeli forces entered the al-Abbasiyya area of Silwan and forced local resident Khalid al-Zeir to evacuate his property, saying the structures were built without a permit.They then proceeded to demolish the small home in which al-Zeir […]

Fighting for Survival in the Sinai: Egypt’s Convenient War

An image from social media of Egyptian military purportedly demolishing homes in Northern Sinai. (Twitter/@GalalAmrG)

By Ramzy Baroud Sinai is both heaven and hell. This triangular desert boasts an arid landscape of hopeless horizons often interrupted by leftover military hardware from previous wars. The land is comprised of breathtaking beaches, incredible history, and a fusion of fascinating cultures that reach back into the past as far as ancient times can […]

Meet the Israelis Picking Palestinian Olives

'I know that [the Palestinians] can do it without me but maybe it helps deal with some guilt.' (Annie Slemrod/IRIN)

(IRIN) It is still dark when the minibus rolls into Jerusalem, picking up Israelis bound for occupied Palestinian land. Their leader, a rabbi, dons a shawl and quietly prays in the back seat. During the autumn olive harvest, Palestinian villagers are especially nervous about visits from Israelis: Last year the UN recorded 38,532 trees destroyed […]

FM Complains to Holy See over Israel University Award

The Palestinian foreign minister on Monday contacted the Holy See to express his “dismay and concern” after the Pope Francis accepted an award from an Israeli university. Riad Malki wrote that the university “is one of the institutions most committed to the Israeli occupation and colonization of Palestine” and promotes “hatred and incitement against non-Jews.” […]

Egypt to Create Buffer Zone along Gaza Border

Egyptian authorities are set to create a buffer zone along the shared border with Gaza following an attack that killed 30 soldiers on Saturday. Egyptian military sources told Ma’an that all houses and farmland 500 meters deep along the 13-kilometer (eight-mile) border will be evacuated, with the exception of Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid. A 20-meter […]

UN Security Council to Meet on Israeli Settlements

The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss Israeli plans to build more Jewish settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, diplomats said. The urgent talks were requested by Jordan following a letter from Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour, who called on the 15-member council to “address this crisis situation in occupied east Jerusalem.” […]

How Israel is Turning Gaza into a Super-max Prison

Washington and its allies are only too happy to see Hamas and Islamic Jihad deprived of the materials needed to resist Israel’s next onslaught. (Aljazeera/file)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth It is astonishing that the reconstruction of Gaza, bombed into the Stone Age according to the explicit goals of an Israeli military doctrine known as “Dahiya”, has tentatively only just begun two months after the end of the fighting. According to the United Nations, 100,000 homes have been destroyed or […]

SA Fact Finding Mission in Israel Raise Palestinian Hopes

By Iqbal Jassat South Africa’s increasing interest in Palestine and its woes is beginning to manifest in ways that’s likely to attract more antagonism from Israel and her lobbyists. Currently a number of South Africans are in Israel to gain first-hand insight of conditions faced by Palestinians under Occupation as well as experience the political […]

Canada’s Heart of Darkness

Justice Minister MacKay wearing a t-shirt printed with a high powered automatic rifle at a Conservative fundraiser. (National Firearms Association, Facebook)

By Jim Miles Once upon a time, Canada was able to create the illusion that it was the “peaceable kingdom”, an illusion accepted domestically and arguably by most of the rest of the world. This history has been well discredited with newer historical research outlining how Canada’s position as a “peacekeeper,” generally under UN auspices, […]

Thousands Attend Funeral of Slain US-Palestinian Teen

Thousands of Palestinian mourners in Silwad near Ramallah on Sunday attended the funeral procession of a 14-year-old Palestinian-American boy who was shot dead by Israeli forces on Friday. All shops in the the town were closed in honor of the victim, Orwa Abd al-Hadi Hammad. The funeral had been delayed until Sunday as locals awaited […]

‘Racial Segregation’: Palestinians Barred from Israeli West Bank Buses

Palestinians will be effectively banned from riding the same buses as Israeli settlers in the West Bank, local media said Sunday, with a rights group slamming the plan as “racial segregation.” Hundreds of Palestinians travel each day to work in Israel from the occupied West Bank, mainly in the construction business, using a single crossing […]

Israeli Forces Shoot, Kill Palestinian Teenager near Ramallah

Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teenager late Friday during clashes in Silwad village near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, medical officials said. Orwa Abd al-Wahhab Hammad, 14, was shot multiple times with live bullets. He was taken to Palestine Medical Complex where he was pronounced dead. An Israeli army spokeswoman said that […]

The Process of Reconstructing Gaza

What we are witnessing is a global Israeli blackmail operation and the exploitation Gaza's destruction. (IRIN)

By Lamis Andoni As usual, whatever Israel fails to impose by war, it tries to achieve by means of the subsequent agreements, and the reconstruction of Gaza agreement under the supervision of the UN is no difference. It is the manifestation of international complicity in not only solidifying the siege, but also using it to […]

Tensions Rise in Jerusalem following Light Rail Attack

Renewed clashes broke out early Thursday in East Jerusalem following the death of a Palestinian suspect who rammed his car into pedestrians at a light railway station killing a 3-month old Israeli infant. Israeli forces and Palestinians clashed in the al-Issawiya, Ras al-Amud, Silwan and a-Tur neighborhoods early Thursday, witnesses said. Locals said the entrance […]

Phantoms of the Past: Britain’s Vote on Palestine is a Nonstarter

Without a clear course of action to help Palestinians gain their freedom, the British vote will remain another symbolic gesture. (BBC)

By Ramzy Baroud It would be intellectually dishonest to reflect on the British House of Commons’ vote of Monday, 13 October, on a Palestinian state without digging deeper into history. Regardless of the meaning of the non-binding motion, the parliamentary action cannot be brushed off as just another would-be country to recognise Palestine, as was […]

Palestinian Child Killed by Unexploded Israeli Ordnance in Gaza

A Palestinian child died on Wednesday after an unexploded Israeli ordnance left over from the most recent offensive over the summer blew up and killed him. Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said that 4-year-old Muhammad Sami Abu Jrad from the northern Gaza city of Beit Hanoun was killed after he came into contact with […]

Disorganized Reflections at Al-Shejaiya Ruins

Statues by artist Eyad Sabbah stand amidst the rubble of buildings destroyed during the Israel war on Gaza, in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza. (Press TV)

By Haidar Eid A Hanounite woman sits on a rock in the middle of what once was a home that contained dreams, hopes, and desires! My ghost wipes her tears and weeps along with her I stand over the ruins of a house in the eastern part of al-Shejaiya neighborhood. My ghost stands over the […]

Video: Israeli Soldiers Detain Developmentally-disabled Palestinian Child in Hebron

(Photo: Youtube)

By B’Tselem Yesterday, soldiers briefly detained a developmentally disabled Palestinian boy, who is under the age of criminal responsibility, on suspicion that he had thrown stones. The boy, A. a-Rajbi, (full name withheld in interest of privacy) who will be 12 in a month, was detained after Palestinian children threw stones at soldiers on the […]

Hamas Says Israel ‘Foot-dragging’ over Gaza Siege

The Palestinian movement Hamas has warned that the Gaza Strip was “running out of patience” with Israel’s ongoing blockade of the Palestinian territory. “The international community must intervene to commit Israel to lifting the siege and begin rebuilding Gaza before the latter runs out of patience,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a Tuesday […]

Erekat: If UN Resolution fails, Palestine to Join Int’l Organizations

Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat said Tuesday that if the US vetoed the Palestinian UN resolution for a timetable to end the Israeli occupation, Palestine would apply for membership to 522 international organizations and statutes. Erekat said in a statement that Palestine should also seek recognition by EU countries, especially after the new Swedish prime […]

Hamas Blasts PA for Failing to Begin Gaza Reconstruction

The Hamas movement on Sunday urged the Palestinian Authority to facilitate the entry of construction material into the besieged Gaza Strip in order to speed up the reconstruction ahead of winter, as the first major rain of the fall season highlighted the challenges still facing tens of thousands of displaced Gazans. “Reconstruction of Gaza is […]

Official: PA Forces Regularly Conduct politically Motivated Arrests

Palestinian Authority police regularly detain people in the West Bank due to their political affiliation, an official said Sunday. Khalil Assaf, a member of the subcommittee on civil liberties formed after the West Bank-Gaza unity government was sworn in in June, told Ma’an that regardless of the committee’s formation, none of its recommendations have been […]

Gazans Visit Relatives Jailed in Israel for 1st Time since June

Over 60 Palestinians from Gaza visited relatives in Israeli jails on Monday for the first time since June, officials said. A Palestinian crossings official said two buses carrying the relatives of Palestinian prisoners crossed into Israel, the first such visit since the trips were suspended in June. The jail visits were banned following the kidnapping […]

The Politics of Empire – Book Review

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Reviewed by Ludwig Watzal (James Petras, The Politics of Empire. The US, Israel and the Middle East, Clarity Press, Atlanta 2014, 196 pp.) The Israeli military went again on a rampage against the ghettoized people in the Gaza strip. The last time, they “visited” the walled-in strip at the turn of the year 2008/09, they […]

Stop the Killing

By Kathy Kelly On August 9, 1983, three people dressed as U.S. soldiers saluted their way onto a US military base and climbed a pine tree. The base contained a school training elite Salvadoran and other foreign troops to serve dictatorships back home, with a record of nightmarish brutality following graduation. That night, once the […]

PLO Wants to Link Ending Extremism, Israeli Occupation

The PLO called Saturday for a comprehensive strategy against Islamic extremism while addressing the conflict with Israel, alluding to controversial remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry. The top US diplomat, after his return from a Middle East trip, infuriated Israeli ministers Thursday when he said the unresolved conflict was fueling recruitment for the […]

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