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Warning on Funds, UN Doubles Estimate of Destroyed Gaza Homes

The UN warned Thursday it was running out of funds to house families in Gaza, as it doubled its estimate of the number of homes damaged or destroyed in this summer’s war with Israel. “Unless the situation changes urgently, we will run out of funds in January, meaning we will not be able to provide […]

Israeli Role in Syrian Conflict Brought into the Open

Several recent developments have brought the Israeli role into the open.

By Nicola Nasser Overtly, the Israeli superpower of the Middle East has been keen to posture as having no role whatsoever in the four-year old devastating conflict in Syria, where all major regional and international powers are politically and militarily deeply involved and settling scores by Syrian blood. In his geopolitical weekly analysis, entitled “The […]

The Unspeakable in Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan. (Zoriah.net)

By Patrick Kennelly – Kabul 2014 marks the deadliest year in Afghanistan for civilians, fighters, and foreigners. The situation has reached a new low as the myth of the Afghan state continues. Thirteen years into America’s longest war, the international community argues that Afghanistan is growing stronger, despite nearly all indicators suggesting otherwise. Most recently, […]

EU Parliament Passes Resolution to Support Recognition of Palestine

The European Parliament on Wednesday passed a resolution supporting recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution to the Middle East conflict. The EU parliament supports “in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced,” […]

Hamas Applauds EU Decision to Remove Movement from Terror List

The Hamas movement on Wednesday applauded the European Union General Court for its decision to remove Hamas from its list of terrorist organizations earlier in the day. Hamas leader Salah al-Bardawil told Ma’an that he hopes that other EU countries will honor the change of policy and “commit” to it. Al-Bardawil said that Hamas as […]

100 Palestinian Prisoners Suspend Hunger Strike

Over 100 Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails on Wednesday suspended a hunger strike after three days of negotiations with the Israeli prison administration, a Palestinian Prisoners’ Society official said. The committee responsible for the strike informed the society’s legal department head Jawad Bulus that they reached an agreement whose details will be released […]

Pro-Palestine Parliaments: Hopes and Danger

European Parliament has missed a rare opportunity to be relevant. (Via PressTV)

By John V. Whitbeck European parliamentary resolutions urging their governments to recognize the State of Palestine must be followed by actual recognitions of the State of Palestine The European Parliament, after a late compromise in pursuit of consensus, has now passed, by a vote of 498 to 88 with 111 abstentions, a resolution stating that […]

US Feels the Heat on Palestine Vote at UN

Arabs met Kerry in an effort to persuade Washington not to exercise its veto. (Via Aljazeera/file)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth The floodgates have begun to open across Europe on recognition of Palestinian statehood. On Friday the Portuguese parliament became the latest European legislature to call on its government to back statehood, joining Sweden, Britain, Ireland, France and Spain. In coming days similar moves are expected in Denmark and from the […]

Whitewashing CIA Torture: ‘We Are (not so) Awesome’ after All

There is little evidence to show that such 'awesomeness' will cease anytime soon.

By Ramzy Baroud “This is not who we are. This is not how we operate,” were the words of President Barack Obama commenting on the grisly findings of a long-awaited congressional report on the use of torture by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). But what if this is exactly who we are? The report […]

PA to Adopt French UN Initiative if ‘Amendments Made’

The Palestinian Authority will submit a French initiative on ending Israel’s occupation to the UN if amendments are made to the text, foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki told Ma’an Tuesday. Al-Maliki said he would meet with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday to convince France to accept suggested amendments to their bid to align it […]

How the Media Whitewashed the Murder of Ziad Abu Ein

Abu Ein was a ranking member of the Fatah revolutionary council. (MEE)

By Jamal Kanj Israel has just committed another high-profile murder in the West Bank killing 55-year-old Ziad Abu Ein, a minister without portfolio in the Palestinian government. According to the BBC, he ‘was among dozens of foreign and Palestinian activists taking part in a protest against land confiscations.’ Abu Ein was in charge of monitoring […]

NATO’s General Breedlove about the Long War

General Philip Mark Breedlove, the seventeenth Supreme Allied Commander Europe. (CBC)

By Jim Miles Evan Solomon, of CBC’s The House, recently had an interview with NATO’s current leading figure, four star General Philip Mark Breedlove, the seventeenth Supreme Allied Commander Europe.   It was a fairly benign interview with no hard questions posed to the most powerful person in Europe. The answers were much more rational than […]

Palestinians Push UN Bid as Kerry Meets Netanyahu

US Secretary of State John Kerry was Monday to meet the Israeli prime minister two days before Palestinians push for a draft UN resolution to end the Israeli occupation. Ahead of his flight to Rome, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israel’s army radio on Monday that he rejected any Palestinian attempt to set an ultimatum […]

Israel to Demolish Silwan Home of Glick Shooting Suspect

Israel’s Jerusalem municipality on Monday delivered demolition orders for the family home of Mutaz Hijazi, who is suspected of attempting to assassinate far-right Israeli activist Yehuda Glick. Uday Hijazi, Mutaz’ brother, told Ma’an that Israeli forces and municipality officials raided the home in Silwan and delivered a demolition order for their three-story building, claiming that […]

Abbas Supports Egypt Crackdown on Gaza Tunnels, ‘Punishing’ Hamas Members

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he supported Egypt’s crackdown on tunnels linking the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to the Sinai Peninsula and any other action the country took to protect itself from militants, according to a media report Thursday. “We have supported all the precautionary measures taken by the Egyptian authorities to close the tunnels […]

Ireland and France Approve Palestinian State Recognition

(Mary Lou McDonald/Twitter)

Ireland’s lower house of parliament has unanimously approved a non-binding resolution calling on the government to recognize the state of Palestine formally, on the basis of the 1967 borders. French senators also backed the symbolic resolution. The motion was immediately slammed by Israel. Emmanuel Nahson, a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry accused the Irish […]

Herzl’s Vision Realized: Israel as ‘Outpost of Western Civilisation in Asia’

Western countries have used Israel to advance Western imperial interests, with remarkable levels of hypocrisy and racism. (WH)

By Chandra Kumar The central role of the Zionist movement in the establishment of Israel and in the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their land and homes from 1947-49 is often noted by Israel’s critics. But let us not blame it all on Zionism; in particular, let’s not pretend that the Western […]

Drones and Discrimination: Kick the Habit

Each time I’ve left a U.S. prison, I’ve felt as though I was leaving the scene of a crime. (Mettacenter.org)

By Kathy Kelly On December 10, International Human Rights Day, federal Magistrate Matt Whitworth sentenced me to three months in prison for having crossed the line at a military base that wages drone warfare. The punishment for our attempt to speak on behalf of trapped and desperate people, abroad, will be an opportunity to speak […]

PA to ‘Limit’ Relations with Israel following Abu Ein Death

Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat told Ma’an Thursday that the Palestinian leadership had decided to “limit” relations with Israel by halting security coordination.Erekat said Israel was completely responsible for the death of Palestinian Authority official Ziad Abu Ein. “It is not possible for (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu to continue seeking a Palestinian Authority without […]

Eyewitness Account; Death of Ziad Abu Ein, ‘Choked’ by Israeli Soldier

Despite the fact he was a high-ranking official, he often attended local grassroots events. (Oren Ziv/MEE)

By Oren Ziv Today in the West Bank village of Turmus Aya, I attended a protest marking International Human Rights Day. Protesters marched in the direction of the illegal settlement, Adei Ad, which sits just beyond the outlying farm land of Turmus Ays. In recent months, many attacks by suspected right-wing Jewish settlers were carried […]

Palestinian Minister Killed; Abbas: All Options on Table

Three soldiers grabbed Abu Ein and hit him in the chest, an AFP photographer said. (Middle East Eye)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday evening that all options to respond to the killing of a Palestinian minister are up for debate. Abbas said prior to a meeting with PA leaders that what happened earlier Wednesday is a “crime in all the meaning of the word.” He added: “We are determined to […]

70 Palestinian Prisoners Launch Hunger Strike Action

Seventy prisoners held in Israeli jails on Tuesday launched hunger strike action in protest against Israel’s policy of solitary confinement, a prisoners’ group said. The protest action was launched in solidarity with detainees being held in solitary confinement, some of whom had already gone on hunger strike to protest the policy. The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society […]

Israel Arrests American Man Planning anti-Muslim Attacks

A US man has been arrested in Israel on suspicion of preparing attacks on Palestinian Muslims, Israeli police said Tuesday. “Shin Bet (internal security) and police arrested an American citizen on November 19 who was illegally in Israel, for possession of weapons and planning terrorist attacks,” a statement said. Israeli media said that the suspect, […]

‘I Can’t Breathe’: Racism and War in America and Beyond

Eric Garner; Michael Brown; Ezell Ford. The list goes on.. (Family photo via Facebook; YouTube screenshot; KTLA screenshot)

By Ramzy Baroud America’s ruling elites are blatant in their intentions of maintaining “white privilege” at home and economic dominance by military means abroad. Their “democracy” in both of these regions is a ruse, and it is yet to deliver any degree of social justice and equality to the millions of disadvantaged Americans which are […]

Erekat Condemns Israeli Threat to Deport Jerusalemite MPs

Chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat on Monday denounced threats by the Israeli Ministry of Interior to deport Palestinian Jerusalemites from their home city. “Israel’s policy of coercive deportation, which has affected five citizens, is illegal in the first place, and is nothing but a consolidation of Israel’s policy of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians, especially […]

Israel’s Upcoming Election: Why It Doesn’t Matter

Netanyahu likes hearing the sound of his own voice delivering orations at the UN or before Congress. (C-SPAN)

By Richard Silverstein What if they called an election and nobody came? That’s about what I feel about the coming March election, which Bibi Netanyahu has precipitated for no apparent reason other than to prolong his record as the longest serving Israeli prime minister. At this rate, he’ll be embalmed in the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem like […]

The ‘Anti-terror’ Law: Israel Outdoes Itself, again

(Apartheid = democracy; terrorism-when-enacted-by-Israelis = self-defence) - (Activestills.org)

By Belen Fernandez There is approximately one bright side to the current Israeli approach to the Palestinians – and it is that satirists will never want for inspiration. Israel’s latest contribution to global absurdity is an “anti-terror” law proposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and targeting Palestinian citizens of Israel and residents of […]

Ethnic Cleansing Manifesto

Lieberman's manifesto wants the indigenous Palestinians moved out. (Wikimedia)

By Jamal Kanj Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and head of Yisrael Beitenu party published on November 28 a new manifesto outlining the party’s outlook for Israel. The updated platform entitled “Swimming Against the Stream” posted on Lieberman’s Facebook page demanded Israeli Arabs who identify themselves as Palestinians “… to forfeit their Israeli citizenship and […]

Israeli Forces Detain 12 Fishermen off Gaza Coast

Israeli forces detained 12 Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip early Sunday, sources told Ma’an. A researcher for the Gaza-based al-Mezan Center For Human Rights told Ma’an Israeli naval forces detained fishermen from four boats near the al-Sudaniyya area. Forces first detained Mahmoud Zayid and his brother Ahmad from Beit Lahiya. […]

Israeli Forces Demolish Building, 20 Stores in Shufat Camp

Bulldozers heavily escorted by Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished 20 stores and an ancient structure in Shufat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, sources told Ma’an. Locals said large numbers of Israeli police officers and troops from various divisions raided the camp and deployed in the streets and on rooftops. Troops then surrounded an ancient building […]

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