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The Palestinian Bubble and the Burning of Toddler, Ali Dawabsha

Relatives mourn the death of 18-month-old Ali Dawabshe, after he was killed in an arson attack by Jewish settlers. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

By Ramzy Baroud One-and-a-half year old Ali Saad Dawabsha became the latest victim of Israeli violence on July 31. He was burnt to death. Other members of his family were also severely burnt in a Jewish settlers’ attack on their home in the village of Duma, near Nablus, in the West Bank. A spokesman for […]

Palestinian Villagers form Groups to Guard against Settler Attacks

Residents of the Palestinian village of Duma in the occupied West Bank are forming voluntary groups to guard against attacks by Israeli settlers, days after a deadly arson attack left an 18-month-old resident burned alive, locals said Saturday. The groups — formed on voluntary participation — will patrol the village and its outskirts 24 hours […]

8 Palestinians Injured in Clashes near Jalazun after Teen’s Funeral

Israeli forces shot and injured eight Palestinians with rubber-coated steel bullets during clashes near al-Jalazun refugee camp that broke out on Saturday following the funeral of 17-year-old Laith al-Khaldi who was shot dead by Israeli forces the day before. Israeli forces reportedly fired live and rubber-coated steel rounds at dozens of Palestinian youths as they […]

Jewish Terror in Palestine

Ali Saad Dawabsha, one-and-a-half years old burned alive by Jewish settlers.

By Rashid Shahin Under what heading can we put the burning of a Palestinian infant? Why are the Jewish settlers acting with such venomous fury against Palestinian citizens in recent years? In fact, the burning of Ali Saad Dawabshah aged 18 months near Nablus can’t be seen as an isolated crime committed by Jewish settlers […]

PA Calls for Blacklisting of Israeli Settlers

The Palestinian Authority has rejected Israel’s condemnation of the killing of a Palestinian infant in the West Bank city of Nablus by Jewish settlers as insufficient. The PA is insisting that the illegal settlers must be blacklisted as terrorists, Quds Press reported on Friday. A group of Jewish settlers threw firebombs and burning material inside […]

Thousands Mourn as West Bank Deaths Mount

(Photo: Ma'an)

Thousands of Palestinians on Saturday attended the funeral of Laith al-Khaldi, 17, who was killed by Israeli forces during clashes near the Atara military checkpoint in northern Ramallah the previous night. Al-Khalidi was at least the 20th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces since the start of 2015, not including those killed in attacks […]

Locals: Settlers Attempt Attack on Palestinian Farmers near Nablus

Israeli settlers on Saturday morning attempted an attack on Palestinian farmers in village of Qusra south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, a local official said. Dozens of settlers from the illegal Esh Kodesh outpost descended on farmers in their fields between the outpost and Qusra, said Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors […]

Labor Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn on Gaza

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Labor Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn, MP addresses the crowd outside the Israeli Embassy after tens of thousands of protesters marched from Downing St. (July 19, 2014) Jeremy Corbyn on Hamas, the Middle East and the Super-rich (July 13, 2015)

Hamas: ‘Settlers, Soldiers’ Legitimate Targets after Infant Killing

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Palestinian political factions strongly condemned an arson attack carried out by settlers which killed a Palestinian infant on Friday, holding the Israeli leadership fully responsible for the brutal attack and calling for revenge. Hamas said that the killing of 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha in the Nablus village of Duma makes all “Israeli soldiers and settlers […]

EU Calls on Israel to Halt Settlement Expansion

In the wake of the Israeli government’s announcement that it is going to build more than 800 new housing units in settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, the EU has called on Israel to halt all such expansion. The Europeans believe that an increase in the size of the illegal settlements, reported Qudsnet, undermines the […]

UNRWA Cuts are a Violation of Human Rights

Palestinain refugees from Syria. (IRIN)

By Ali Huwaidi The last thing one would think of is that the reduction of services provided by an agency established by the UN would constitute a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, all 30 articles of which were adopted by the organisation on 10 December, 1948. Indeed, no one would have thought […]

Abbas Wants ICC to Probe Arson Attack that Killed Palestinian Infant

Ali Saad Dawabsha, one-and-a-half years old burned alive by Jewish settlers.

President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that he would appeal to the International Criminal Court to open an investigation into an arson attack carried out by Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank which killed a Palestinian infant. “We are immediately preparing the file that will be submitted to the ICC,” Abbas told reporters, while also […]

Ultra-Orthodox Jew Stabs at Least 6 at Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade

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At least six people were stabbed at an LGBT pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday, local media reported, citing Israeli police and paramedics. The suspected attacker, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, has been arrested. Police said that six people have been injured, adding that two of them were in serious condition. “We were prepared for every scenario, […]

Alliance Blackmail: Israel’s Opposition to the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (FARS)

By Richard Falk The Vienna Agreement [formally labeled by diplospeak as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)] reached by the P5 + 1 on July 14, 2015 has been aptly hailed as a political breakthrough, not only because it calms regional worries about Iran’s nuclear program, but more so because it has the potential […]

Palestinian Man Refuses Millions to Give up His Land

Thirty-one years after the Israeli authorities confiscated his land in the Palestinian village of Dura Al-Qar’, north of Ramallah, Palestinian landowner Abdul Rahman Kassem has fought for a legal ruling for the demolition of two units in Beit El settlement on the grounds that they are built on private property. Although the ruling does not […]

Amnesty: Israel Committed War Crimes during Rafah ‘Carnage’

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There is overwhelming evidence of war crimes commissioned and committed by the Israeli military in Rafah last August, a new report by Amnesty International has concluded. In what the global human rights NGO has described as a “cutting edge investigation”, the Israeli army was found to have conducted “disproportionate, or otherwise indiscriminate, attacks which killed […]

Israel Moves to Legalize Gitmo-style Force-feeding of Hunger Strikers

The Israeli parliament has passed a bill that allows the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners who resort to hunger strikes to protest their administrative detention without charge. The national medical association said the procedure amounts to torture. The 120-seat Knesset approved the controversial bill, with 46 legislators in favor and 40 against it. Called “Law to […]

Hamas Rejects Fatah’s Demand to Hand over Rule of Gaza

Hamas continue to accuse the PA of acting on Israel's behalf through security cooperation. (Via Aljazeera)

Hamas officials on Wednesday rejected demands by Fatah leadership to hand over rule of the Gaza Strip and called for an “uprising” against Palestinian Authority security forces. Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmad had said on Sunday that Hamas “foiled” efforts towards a unity government, and that the group must hand over rule of the Gaza Strip […]

Resistance and BDS Only Way to Change Israeli Settlement Policies: Zoabi

Hanin Zoabi.

Arab Member of the Knesset Hanin Zoabi said yesterday that the Palestinian resistance and international prosecution of Israeli crimes can only change the Israeli settlement policies, Arab48.com reported. Zoabi’s remarks came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved the construction of 500 new settlement units in the illegal settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and 300 […]

The Stalemate in the Palestinian Political System

Abed Rabbo (L) was one of those closest to Mahmoud Abbas in his political circle.

By Majed Kaylai  The Palestinian political system is characterised by a statute of limitations due to the fact that the same factions have formed the ruling elite and the same tactics have been implemented for decades. At least, this is what can be said since the establishment of the Palestinian territories over the course of […]

Barghouti is Likely to Become President if Abbas Doesn’t Run

Marwan Barghouti.

Results of a recent poll revealed that imprisoned Palestinian parliamentarian Marwan Barghouti is likely to become Palestinian Authority (PA) president if current President Mahmoud Abbas does not run for presidency, Qudsnet.com reported yesterday. The poll, which was conducted on Monday by the Arab World Institute for Research and Development (AWRAD), showed that Abbas would get […]

Israel PM Approves 300 Settler Homes in Occupied West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday approved the “immediate” construction of 300 settler homes in the occupied West Bank as his government came under pressure from right-wing Jewish groups. “After consultations in the prime minister’s office, the immediate construction of 300 homes in Beit El has been authorized,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office said, […]

Palestinian Girl Reduced to Tears by Merkel Speaks Out

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The 14-year-old Palestinian girl with cerebral palsy who hit the headlines after Angela Merkel explained Germany’s tough asylum policy toward refugees in camps, reducing her to tears, said she hopes that Israel disappears and there will be only Palestine. “My hope is that at some time, [Israel] is no longer there, but only Palestine,” Reem […]

Darker Horizons Ahead: Rethinking the War on ‘IS’

As long as reality remains intact, IS will tragically find new recruits.

By Ramzy Baroud As much of the Middle East sinks deeper into division between competing political camps, the so-called ‘Islamic State’ (‘IS’) continues its unhindered march towards a twisted version of a Muslim caliphate. Many thousands have lost their lives, some in the most torturous ways, so that ‘IS’ may realize its nightmarish dream. Of […]

Besieged Yarmouk Camp No Longer Besieged, UN Rules

A malnourished child cries in the Yarmouk camp for Palestinians. (UNRWA)

By Joe Dyke The United Nations has quietly removed a major Palestinian camp from its list of besieged areas in Syria, despite not being able to deliver aid there for four months, and to the shock of residents. The Yarmouk camp, a sprawling residential area on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, was home […]

PLO Official: Secret Peace Talks serve Israeli Interests

A PLO Executive Committee member on Tuesday said that secret meetings between Palestinian and Israeli officials serve Israeli interests and violate previous PLO decisions on resuming peace talks. Tayseer Khalid, from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said that several meetings have occurred recently in Arab and European countries, with the most recent […]

UNRWA to Delay Opening 700 Schools due to Cash Shortage

UNRWA said that it only has enough money to maintain its basic services. (IRIN)

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) held an extraordinary meeting for its consultative committee in Amman on Sunday to discuss its financial crisis, Jordan’s Al-Sabeel newspaper has reported. The agenda included the increasing dangers caused by the probable delay of the start of the school year […]

Abbas: Egyptian Military Coup was a ‘Miracle’

Palestinian Authority (PA) and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas praised the military coup in Egypt, describing 30 million people taking to the streets voluntarily to call for the coup a “miracle”, Palestinian news agency Safa reported. “If this real miracle did not take place, we, the Arab and Islamic nations, would have been staggering and trapped […]

The Deep Roots of Turkey’s War on ISIL

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Anadolu)

By Ramzy Baroud July 23 signalled a major shift in Turkey’s policy towards Syria when its fighter jets began pounding Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets. The change in Turkey’s attitude towards the US-led war on ISIL is explained by many in the context of the devastating suicide bombing in the southern […]

Four Facts You Might Not Know about Housing Demolitions by Israel

A building in the Palestinian village of Susiya which could be demolished. (Annie Slemrod/IRIN)

By Annie Slemrod The small Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya in the Israeli-occupied West Bank has been drawn into the international spotlight this week, as the US, the UK and the EU condemned plans by the Israeli army to demolish it. The US State Department said its destruction would be “harmful and provocative.” So far the […]

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  • August 1, 2015

    PA Calls for Blacklisting of Israeli Settlers

    The Palestinian Authority has rejected Israel's condemnation of the killing of a Palestinian infant in the West Bank city of Nablus by Jewish settlers as insufficient. The PA is insisting that the illegal settlers must be blacklisted as terrorists, Quds Press reported on Friday. - A group of Jewish settlers threw firebombs and burning material inside a Palestinian house in Nablus on Friday morning, burning an 18-month... More →
  • July 31, 2015

    Hamas: 'Settlers, Soldiers' Legitimate Targets after Infant Killing

    Palestinian political factions strongly condemned an arson attack carried out by settlers which killed a Palestinian infant on Friday, holding the Israeli leadership fully responsible for the brutal attack and calling for revenge. - Hamas said that the killing of 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha in the Nablus village of Duma makes all "Israeli soldiers and settlers legitimate targets for resistance." - A spokesperson for... More →
  • July 31, 2015

    EU Calls on Israel to Halt Settlement Expansion

    In the wake of the Israeli government's announcement that it is going to build more than 800 new housing units in settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, the EU has called on Israel to halt all such expansion. The Europeans believe that an increase in the size of the illegal settlements, reported Qudsnet, undermines the prospects for an end to the conflict based on a two-state solution. - "The latest... More →
  • July 31, 2015

    Ultra-Orthodox Jew Stabs at Least 6 at Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade

    At least six people were stabbed at an LGBT pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday, local media reported, citing Israeli police and paramedics. The suspected attacker, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, has been arrested. - Police said that six people have been injured, adding that two of them were in serious condition. - "We were prepared for every scenario, but our perimeter was breached. This is a severe, hard incident, which... More →
  • July 30, 2015

    Israel Moves to Legalize Gitmo-style Force-feeding of Hunger Strikers

    The Israeli parliament has passed a bill that allows the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners who resort to hunger strikes to protest their administrative detention without charge. The national medical association said the procedure amounts to torture. - The 120-seat Knesset approved the controversial bill, with 46 legislators in favor and 40 against it. Called “Law to prevent harm caused by hunger strikes,” it... More →
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