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Living Under Occupation – Film

A film made by EFA MEPs François Alfonsi, Jill Evans and Ana Miranda during their visit to the West Bank and East Jerusalem.


A Tale of Two Retaliations

The scene following a strike by Hezbollah on an Israeli military convoy in the occupied Shebaa Farms.

By Belen Fernandez Following yesterday’s missile strike by Hezbollah on an Israeli military convoy in the occupied Shebaa Farms, which killed two Israeli soldiers, the US State Department issued a press statement “strongly condemn[ing]” the attack as a “blatant violation of the ceasefire between Lebanon and Israel and UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which called […]

Settler Attempts to Kidnap Palestinian Toddler in Jerusalem

An Israeli settler attempted to kidnap an 18-month-old Palestinian toddler in the Jabal al-Mukkabir neighborhood of East Jerusalem on Thursday, witnesses said. The child was reportedly the son of Ghassan Abu Jamal, one of the attackers who killed five Israelis in an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue last November. Abu Jamal’s brother said the child, […]

Israel Halts Program to End night-time Arrests of Children

The Israeli military has shut down a program meant to decrease the number of night-time arrest raids targeting children in Palestinian homes after less than a year, with statistics suggesting that even when the program was active night raids barely decreased at all. Military Court Watch, a Palestinian legal monitor focused on the treatment of […]

Former Bedouin MK to Submit New Arab List for Israel Election

Former Arab Knesset Member Talab el-Sana said Thursday that he plans to submit a new Arab list to Israel’s Central Election Committee. El-Sana told Ma’an that “there is outrage amidst the Arab population in general and in the Negev in particular as they believe the joint Arab list has been unjustly structured in an attempt […]

‘The Long Journey’ – The Significance of UNRWA’s Audiovisual Archive

Visitors at the al-Bireh Cultural Centre in Ramallah  at the launch of 'The Long Journey'. (Rich Wiles/MEE)

By Rich Wiles The audience who turned up at the al-Bireh Cultural Centre to see the launch of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) exhibition The Long Journey had a familiar Ramallah feel to it. The percentage of non-Palestinians in attendance was relatively high and the percentage of “representatives” – UNRWA staff, consulate staff, PA […]

Israel Blames Hezbollah for Spanish Peacekeeper’s Death on Lebanese Border

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has blamed Hezbollah for the death of a Spanish UN peacekeeper killed in retaliatory Israeli mortar fire in southern Lebanon on Wednesday. After a series of cross-border strikes that left two Israeli army soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper from the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) dead on Wednesday, Lieberman […]

Israel Army Confirms 2 Soldiers Killed in Hezbollah Attack

The Israeli military on Wednesday confirmed that two of its soldiers had been killed in a Hezbollah attack on its forces in the occupied Shebaa Farms near the Lebanese border. The military said in a statement that two were killed and seven were wounded in the strike, after earlier saying that only four had been […]

Israel ‘Systematically Mistreats’ Palestinian Children in Custody

Some 700 Palestinian children per year are arrested and face “ill-treatment” by Israeli forces, according to a new report by a children’s rights group. In the report, Child Rights International Network said that “during 2014, an average of 197 children were held in military detention every month, 13 per cent of whom are under the […]

Dear Syria: From One Refugee to Another

Do not ever kneel. Do not ever kiss a hand. Don’t give anyone the satisfaction to exploit your pain. (Via MEE)

By Ramzy Baroud Whenever the word “refugee” is uttered, I think of my mother. When Zionist militias began their systematic onslaught and “cleansing” of the Palestinian Arab population of historic Palestine in 1948, she, along with her family, ran away from the once peaceful village of Beit Daras. Back then, Zarefah was six. Her father […]

On Palestinians’ Loss from the Paris Attacks

We must cling to the applicability of human rights to all human beings. (Via Aljazeera)

By Samah Jabr The dreadful killings at the Parisian magazine Charlie Hebdo is a multiple crime. The direct victims were the people killed on site, but the effects go beyond those targeted by the attackers to bounce back on the Muslim, Arab and African communities in France in particular and in Europe in general. It […]

The Satire and the Faux: Reflections on Charlie Hebdo

France's tragic deaths were not simply payback for Charlie Hebdo's satire of the Prophet.

By Haneul Na’avi The massacre of employees at the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris has fostered growing animosity between Westerners and the Muslim world. In nationalist rhetoric, the champions of French Secularity vowed to cheat the death of free speech and never to bow to terrorism, and the agency retaliated with record sales of its […]

Israeli PM’s Unscheduled Congress Speech Causes Diplomatic Uproar in Washington

A rift is emerging between the US and Israel, after Barack Obama’s administration hit out at Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu for speaking to Congress without consent. The Democrats say they are in the dark about Prime Minister Netanyahu being allowed to speak to Congress about Iran. The party says the Israeli delegation did not consult […]

My Future in Prison

We attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to the commander of Whiteman Air Force base. (Shane Franklin)

By Kathy Kelly The Bureau of Prisons contacted me today, assigning me a prison number and a new address: for the next 90 days, beginning tomorrow, I’ll live at FMC Lexington, in the satellite prison camp for women, adjacent to Lexington’s federal medical center for men. Very early tomorrow morning, Buddy Bell, Cassandra Dixon, and […]

Video: Baroud on Proposed Netanyahu Congress Speech

Excerpts from Palestine Chronicle chief editor Ramzy Baroud with Uprising with Sonali, where they discussed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu’s proposed speech to the Congress in February in defiance of US President Barack Obama. Full interview below where they touch on various subjects including the recent violence, the Gaza war and the regional situation. (Start […]

Hamas Military Chief Sends Condolences to Hezbollah

The general commander of Hamas’ military wing Muhammad Deif sent a letter of condolence to Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah after an Israeli airstrike on Syria killed six fighters from the group. Deputy chief of Hamas’ political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, also sent a letter to the Lebanese group’s leader following the airstrike. In the letter, seen […]

Egypt Closes Rafah Crossing

Egyptian authorities on Thursday closed the Rafah crossing after it had been temporarily opened for three days. Palestinian crossing officials told Ma’an that 830 Palestinians in Gaza used the crossing, which was reopened on Tuesday. There was no indication from Egypt when it will be reopened again. The crossing has been closed almost completely — […]

You Want to Know What Britishness is All about? Just Ask a Muslim

Instead of repealing some of the most draconian antiterrorism laws in the world, we’re about to acquire more.

By Moazzam Begg Prime Minister David Cameron believes that the letter written and sent to over a thousand Muslim leaders in the UK by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles this week, in response to the Paris attacks, was “reasonable, sensible and moderate”. The letter in question asks Muslim leaders to yet again publicly condemn the attacks […]

Israel Politician Says Abbas Responsible for Tel Aviv Attack

A stabbing attack by a Palestinian on a Tel Aviv bus on Wednesday, which left at least nine people injured, has fueled the flames of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with a war of words reported by local media. The leader of Bayit Yehudi, a religious political party, Naftali Bennett put the blame for the attack squarely on […]

Israel ‘Failed to Minimize Civilian Toll in Gaza War’

Israeli conduct during last summer’s war in the Gaza Strip increased the number of civilian casualties, an independent report has said, by failing to differentiate between military targets and civilian populations. Despite claims to the contrary, the military did not give sufficient warning for civilians to evacuate residential areas before striking them, according to the […]

Israel Carries out 3rd East Jerusalem Home Demolition in 2 Days

Israeli authorities on Wednesday destroyed a Palestinian building in the Shufat neighborhood of East Jerusalem, the third such home demolition in the occupied city in the last two days. Locals told Ma’an that Israeli special forces accompanied by bulldozers raided the neighborhood and surrounded a building before almost immediately beginning to demolish it. At the […]

Israel Issues Administrative Detention Orders for 22 Palestinians

Israeli authorities have issued administrative detention orders against 22 Palestinians, a rights group said Tuesday. The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said that 17 of the prisoners had been issued administrative detention orders in the past, some of them two or three times. Only five of the 22 prisoners are being issued such orders for the first […]

Inside the Uniform, Under the Hood, Longing for Change

This way of settling differences is not just. (

By Kathy Kelly From January 4 – 12, 2015, Witness Against Torture (WAT) activists assembled in Washington D.C. for an annual time of fasting and public witness to end the United States’ use of torture and indefinite detention and to demand the closure, with immediate freedom for those long cleared for release, of the illegal […]

Gaza: Islamism is Netanyahu’s Best Asset

War on Gaza was labelled a war against Islamism to align Israeli military action with Western calls for intervention.

By Sébastien Ponsford Israel has continuously justified its war on the Palestinians on the basis of the right to defend itself. As early as the 1930s, when anti-colonial voices in the West were gaining resonance, the Zionist narrative swiftly shifted from an openly colonial discourse to justify its claims to Palestine, to a diametrically opposed […]

Lessons that Hollande Failed to Learn from W. Bush

Like the US under Bush, France is masking its wars under the slogan of fighting terror. (Latuff)

By Ramzy Baroud Francois Hollande is not a popular president. No matter how hard the “socialist” leader tries to impress, there never seems to be a solid constituency that backs him. He attempted to mask his initial lack of experience in foreign affairs with a war in Mali, after his country enthusiastically took on Libya. […]

After Paris Attacks: Netanyahu and Europe’s Far Right Find Common Ground

In calling for Jews to flee after the Paris attacks, Netanyahu is bolstering the dangerous arguments of Europe’s far-right. (Via Aljazeera/file)

By Jonathan Cook Israel has been having its own internal debate about the significance of the Paris killings this month, with concerns quite separate from those expressed in Europe. While Europeans are mired in debates about free speech and the role of Islam in secular societies, Israelis generally – and their prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, […]

Iranian General, Son of Ex-Hezbollah Leader, Killed in Israeli Airstrike in Syria

Iran has confirmed the death of a general with the Revolutionary Guard in an Israeli helicopter strike, carried out in Syria. #Iran #IRGC Gen. Allahdadi martyred in tonight's Israeli attack in #Syria along w/ #Hezbollah commanders — H.Soleimani (@MashreghNews_ir) January 18, 2015 The confirmation came in a statement published Monday on the website of […]

Thousands Lay Rahat Man to Rest

Thousands on Monday participated in the funeral procession of a Palestinian Bedouin man from the Negev who died Sunday in clashes with Israeli forces during the funeral of another man who was killed by Israeli police, a Ma’an reporter said. Sami Ibrahim Zayadna, 45, died after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli police at mourners […]

Time for another Israeli War on Lebanon?

Neither the timeframe for retaliation from Hezbollah nor the precise nature of its retribution can be predicted. (Manar)

By Belen Fernandez Yesterday, an Israeli helicopter air strike on the Syrian province of Quneitra reportedly killed six militants from Lebanon’s Hezbollah as well as six Iranian soldiers, including senior commanders. Hezbollah and Iran have joined forces with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in what has degenerated into a war against Sunni jihadists. Among the casualties […]

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