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PLO Condemns Attacks on Christian, Muslim Holy Sites

PLO officials on Thursday strongly condemned two attacks on Palestinian Christian and Muslim holy sites in the past 48 hours, holding the Israeli government fully responsible for the violence. “During the last 48 hours, a Mosque near Bethlehem and a Christian seminary in Occupied East Jerusalem were set on fire by Israeli terrorists,” senior PLO […]

Photos & Video: Banksy Back in Palestine

(All photos: Banksy.co.uk)

British street artist Banksy has returned to Palestine to create another series of works, following his famous 2005 series painted on the West Bank barrier wall.

Video: ‘Break Every Bone’

The boy cried in Arabic: "Take me away (from them) uncle."

“B’Tselem this morning urgently contacted the Army’s ‘Legal Advisor for Judea and Samaria’, demanding his emergency intervention regarding the detention of numerous children, including some as young as 8 to 10 years old, by the Israeli military this morning in Hebron. Preliminary information received this morning indicates that Soldiers detained or arrested over twenty minors […]

Palestinian Authority Cancels Israel Gas Deal after Outcry

A file photo of Omar Kittaneh, Head of the Palestinian Energy Authority with Tony Blair.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) will not ratify a preliminary agreement to import natural gas supplies from Israel for 20 years signed more than a year ago, sources told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. The value of the deal is estimated to be 1.2 billion US dollars.Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa said Tuesday that ministers have decided to cancel […]

The Truth About Root Causes of Terrorism

But let’s not forget how Iraq got to that point. (Zoriah.net)

Truly, US President Barack Obama’s recent call to address the root causes of violence, including that of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) and al-Qaeda was a step in the right direction, but still miles away from taking the least responsibility for the mayhem that has afflicted the Middle East since the US invasion of Iraq […]

Slaughter of Innocents and the Moral Burden

This is not new or even impressive. (Screen grab)

To be sure, the slaughter does not justify Egyptian bombardment of populated Libyan areas, and there are indications that Cairo’s intentions in Libya predate the massacre. The official Egyptian neglect of the fate of these workers after they were abducted does not absolve the killers of responsibility either, it doubles their guilt. The fact that […]

Video: Gaza Resident: ‘Everyone has forgotten us’

(BBC, Screen grab)

During the last conflict with Israel, more than 2,000 Gazans were killed and 18,000 Gazan homes destroyed. Six months after a ceasefire was declared between the Israeli military and Hamas tens of thousands of people still have no shelter and lack essential infrastructure such as electricity and water. In October last year, international donors pledged […]

Oslo Ring of Peace Organizers Slammed for Palestine Solidarity

(ActiveStills.org)

No one can deny that there are anti-Semites within Palestine solidarity circles. There are haters within every community. But their hateful views do not define the movement. “Extremists are to be found everywhere,” said Markos Pizarro of BDS Norway. “Harm done in the name of Islam is terrible — as are the killings of three […]

Israel Turns off Power to Hundreds of Thousands of Palestinians in the Dead of Winter

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Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are cashed strapped this winter because Israel is withholding $240 million in tax revenue to the Palestinian Authority as punishment for joining the ICC. This is radical, though it’s not unusual and something we’ve come to expect. But turning off the electricity in the middle of winter as blizzards sweep […]

Settlers Burn Mosque Near Bethlehem

Extremist Jewish settlers set fire overnight Tuesday to a mosque in the southern West Bank town of al-Jaba west of Bethlehem, locals told Ma’an. As worshipers arrived around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday to prepare for the dawn prayer at al-Huda mosque, they saw smoke and flames rising from inside the building. Worshipers alerted neighbors and together […]

Israeli Forces Open Fire at Farmers in Central Gaza

Israeli forces opened fire at farmers in the central Gaza Strip on Wednesday, witnesses said. Locals told Ma’an that soldiers stationed in military towers on the border east of Deir al-Balah opened fire at farmers in the area. Farmers fled the area, with no injuries reported. An Israeli army spokeswoman said “two people approached the […]

Video: Unexploded F16 Missile in Gazan’s House

Residents of Gaza continue to suffer from Israel's 2014 assault (MEE/Screen grab)

Middle East Eye reporter Noor Harazeen visited a family whose home was hit by a missile from an F16 fighter jet. The missile crashed through the roof and penetrated the ground floor without exploding during the Israeli assault last summer. The government doesn’t have the expertise needed to remove the missile and now the family […]

Autopsy Shows Palestinian Teen was Shot at Close Range

Autopsy results for a young Palestinian man killed by Israeli forces near Bethlehem early Tuesday show that he was shot in the upper body at close range, a forensic expert told Ma’an. Sabri al-Aloul said that the autopsy results show that 19-year-old Jihad al-Jaafari bled to death after being hit with an M16 bullet that […]

Obama’s Admission Not Enough: US Spin on Middle East Violence Must Change

US must take responsibility for the mayhem it has inflicted in the Middle East. (White House)

By Ramzy Baroud Truly, US President Barack Obama’s recent call to address the root causes of violence, including that of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) and al-Qaeda was a step in the right direction, but it is still miles away from taking the least responsibility possible for the mayhem that has afflicted the Middle East […]

Israel’s New Asian Allies

Netanyahu is looking elsewhere for economic – and ultimately political – patrons. (Via Aljazeera/file)

By Jonathan Cook It was another difficult week for Israel. In Britain, 700 artists, including many household names, pledged a cultural boycott of Israel, and a leader of the Board of Deputies, the representative body of UK Jews, quit, saying he could no longer abide by its ban on criticizing Israel. Across the Atlantic, the […]

Video: CNN/ORC Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose Netanyahu Invite

A large majority of Americans believe that Republican congressional leaders should not have invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consulting the White House, according to a new CNN/ORC survey. The nationwide poll, released Tuesday, shows 63% of Americans say it was a bad move for congressional leadership to extend the invitation […]

A Dragon on the Neighbor’s Land

I got up, put on my backpack. Looked up. Saw the devil’s work. Saw evil. (Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle)

By Mats Svensson I left Jerusalem early and drove south. Soon I had the wall on my left hand side. The wall is enormous where it confines Palestinians who were born in Bethlehem. As a foreigner, a tourist or diplomat, I can easily go in and out. If you are a Christian or Muslim Palestinian, […]

Daesh is No Popular Phenomenon

(Niño Jose Heredia, Gulf News)

True, at present, the Middle East region is the ideal incubator for violent militancy and political radicalisation. However, it is difficult to place Daesh even within that context without raising a host of questions. Starting with the first US-led western war in Iraq (1990-91), then a decade-long blockade, then the invasion of Iraq (2003), the […]

Setting Illogical Discourse: IS and the ME Bloodbath

(Zoriah - zoriah.com)

One is rarely proposing to ignore existing fault lines in Middle Eastern societies, standing sectarianism, fundamentalism, brewing, unresolved conflicts, and of course the monster of authoritarianism and corruption. None of this should be unheeded; if indeed a peaceful future is to be made possible. On the other hand, the argument that desperately seeks every possible […]

Video: 1-3 Billion Dollar Terrorism Case against PA and PLO

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On Feb 23 the jury found the PA and PLO liable for terror attacks in Israel. Michael Ratner argues the odds were stacked against the Palestine Liberation Organization(PLO) and Palestinian Authority(PA) – The Real News Michael Ratner is President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York and Chair of the European […]

In Jerusalem, ‘Religious War’ Is Used to Cloak Colonialism

Can this really be described as the start of a religious war?

The escalating clashes between Israeli settlers and Jerusalemite Palestinians are the harbingers of a major eruption with incalculable consequences. Immediately billed as a “religious war” by the media and Israeli right wingers, they are in fact the outcome of longstanding Israeli plans to Judaize the city and empty it of its Palestinian inhabitants. Al-Shabaka Policy […]

Ramallah PA Continues to Deny Passports to Gaza Residents

A member of the West Bank Liberties Committee has claimed that the Palestinian Authority continues to deny passports to Palestinians living in Gaza. Speaking to Safa Agency on Sunday, Khalil Assaf said that the ban was imposed by the security services and it precludes the issue of passports from the Interior Ministry in Ramallah. Sources […]

Naseer Aruri: Institution-builder, Teacher, Friend

Naseer Aruri was a leading Arab-American intellectual.

By Nadia Hijab There are those whose life and work touch the lives of tens of thousands, for decades. Naseer Aruri was one such man. The news of his passing on 10 February 2015 was quickly relayed from North America through Europe and to the Arab world, bringing shared sorrow and reflection on his manifold […]

Gaza Floods on Twitter – Photos

In the wake of a recent severe winter storm in the region, Israeli authorities opened the floodgates to discharge the accumulated water, Palestinian officials say. Residents of eastern Gaza reported injuries as well as deaths of livestock and poultry, caused by the Israeli action which allegedly came without prior notification, Gaza’s Civil Defense Directorate (CDD) […]

Israel Denies Gaza Govt Floodwater Allegations

Israel on Monday rejected allegations by the government in the Gaza Strip that authorities had released storm water into the coastal enclave. In a statement, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said Israel did not operate dams in the south, contrary to claims that it had opened them deliberately to alleviate flooding. “The […]

US Jury Orders PA, PLO to Pay $218 Million to Attack Victims

A US jury on Monday ordered Palestinian authorities to pay $218 million in damages to American victims of six separate attacks in Israel between 2002 and 2004. The jury found the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization liable on 25 separate charges after a day of deliberations in the New York court. Eleven plaintiff […]

Indigenous Indians Cleared to Immigrate to Israel, Convert to Judaism

Arrival of Bnei Menashe group in Jan. 2014 ('Israel Returns' website)

A former Netanyahu aide is the key figure behind an unprecedented government decision to allow an indigenous people from north-eastern India to immigrate to Israel and convert upon arrival. According to an investigation by Haaretz, nearly 1,000 members of the ‘Bnei Menashe’ community have arrived in Israel over the past two years. “Though little, if […]

The Israel of Your Dreams is a Nightmare: Letter to Jewish Students

“I am sharing my story to acknowledge that the discomfort some of you feel on your college campus is real. Though the images and information that you see around may not reflect the Israel of your dreams, they are not anti-Semitic.  In fact, labeling your discomfort anti-Semitism, or allowing others to convince you that this […]

Egypt Ready to Protect Israel, Sisi Says

Sisi: I told [Netanyahu] a courageous step was needed.

Egyptian President Abdul-Fattah Al-Sisi told an Italian newspaper that his country is ready to send troops to Palestine in order to guarantee Israel’s security and work jointly against terrorism. In an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Al-Sisi said: “We are prepared to send military forces inside a Palestinian state. They would help […]

Livni: Israeli-US Relations in Crisis because of Netanyahu

Tzipi Livni warned Netanyahu's planned address before US Congress is damaging Israel's relationship with its closest ally.

In an interview with on Israeli public radio, Tzipi Livni attributed this crisis to the “intervention of the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the US’s internal affairs,” saying, “Netanyahu undermines the security and strategic relations between Israel and the United States.” Earlier yesterday, Netanyahu described Livni as “a threat to Israel”; accusing her of opposing […]

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  • February 26, 2015

    Photos & Video: Banksy Back in Palestine

    British street artist Banksy has returned to Palestine to create another series of works, following his famous 2005 series painted on the West Bank barrier wall. -... More →
  • February 26, 2015

    Video: 'Break Every Bone'

    "B'Tselem this morning urgently contacted the Army's 'Legal Advisor for Judea and Samaria', demanding his emergency intervention regarding the detention of numerous children, including some as young as 8 to 10 years old, by the Israeli military this morning in Hebron. Preliminary information received this morning indicates that Soldiers detained or arrested over twenty minors on their way to school. About ten of them were released. The video was filmed by an... More →
  • February 26, 2015

    Palestinian Authority Cancels Israel Gas Deal after Outcry

    The PalestinianAuthority (PA) will not ratify a preliminary agreement to import natural gas supplies from Israel for 20 years signed more than a year ago, sources told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed. - The value of the deal is estimated to be 1.2 billion US dollars.Palestinian Deputy Prime Minister Mohammad Mustafa said Tuesday that ministers have decided to cancel the deal, adding that PA had taken a strategic decision to focus its efforts on developing gas fields off the... More →
  • February 26, 2015

    The Truth About Root Causes of Terrorism

    Truly, US President Barack Obama’s recent call to address the root causes of violence, including that of the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) and al-Qaeda was a step in the right direction, but still miles away from taking the least responsibility for the mayhem that has afflicted the Middle East since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. - "The link is undeniable," Obama said in a speech at the State Department on 19 February "When people are oppressed and human... More →
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