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Gaza: The Memories of War Still Haunt Us

A destroyed Mosque during the 2014 offensive on Gaza. Many of Gaza's destroyed houses and facilities are still in ruin. (File)

By Noor Salha – Gaza It was a memorable and a tragic night at the same time. I wish I could forget those moments and everything that happened to us on that day. But I can’t. I cannot forget that day because of the fearful, chaotic, destructive, and deadly atmosphere my family had experienced. We […]

Several Israeli Airstrikes Target Rafah (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Israeli airstrikes targeted Gaza’s International Airport, which was also repeatedly targeted in recent years. Eyewitnesses report that the strikes also reached the eastern parts of  the city of Rafah. No information on causalities is yet to be reported. قصف شرق رفح واعمدة الدخان تتصاعد pic.twitter.com/bY57RpDyWG — Mahmoud (@mdaljazzar) May 4, 2016 Witnesses have seen pillars of […]

Following Israeli Shelling, Gaza Schools Evacuated

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Israeli forces destroyed two military towers belonging to the military wing of Hamas, Al-Qassam Brigades, following what Israeli military sources said the targeting of Israeli forces near the border. According to these sources, Israeli soldiers responded by firing shells at the neighborhood, terrifying school children who were attending their classes in two nearby schools. Social […]

China: Palestinians Suffer more Than Refugees

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said yesterday that Palestinian suffering is “larger than the refugee tragedy,” stressing the Palestinian issue is on top of the Chinese diplomatic agenda, the Anadolu Agency reported. Receiving his Palestinian counterpart Riad Al-Maliki in Beijing, Yi said: “A lot of people speak about the refugees and other hot issues, but the Palestinian […]

The Spirit of Nelson Mandela in Palestine: Is His Real Legacy Being Upheld?

A Palestinian girl carries a picture of Nelson Mandela in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. (Photo: Activestills.org, file)

By Ramzy Baroud I had mixed feelings when I learned that Palestine has erected a statue of Nelson Mandela, the iconic South African anti-Apartheid leader. On the one hand, I was quite pleased that the unmistakable connection between the struggles of Palestinians and South Africans is cemented more than ever before. On the other hand, […]

Is Israel Jewish Like France is French? (VIDEO)

Is Israel Jewish like France is French? (File)

On June 11, 1967, days after Israel’s armed forces had conquered the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan appeared on US news show ‘Face the Nation’. Addressing Israel’s ability to “absorb” Palestinian inhabitants of the newly-occupied territory, a journalist asked Dayan if it was necessary to maintain Israel as “as a Jewish […]

Palestinians Recall Dark Days of Israeli Offensives as Bombing of Aleppo Continues (PHOTO)

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By Yousef M. Aljamal – Gaza The Gaza Strip has witnessed three major offensives carried out by Israel from 2008-2014, which claimed the lives of thousands of Palestinians and made tens of thousands homeless. The bloodiest and most destructive of which was the 2014 offensive, which, according to the UN Human Rights Council, claimed the […]

By Sparing Israel, Abbas Deepens Palestinian Split

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By Ramzy Baroud Palestinian National Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, is playing a very dangerous political game. At the same time as he is placing less pressure on the belligerent Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu, he is keeping Palestinians further apart. Even when the 81-year-old leader no longer maintains his position, the legacy he has stubbornly […]

Important Request from Ramzy Baroud: For over 15 Years, We Kept on Going. But Without Your Help, The Palestine Chronicle Will Come to a Halt

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Dear Friends and Readers, As most of you know, the Palestine Chronicle has tirelessly and, in many cases, desperately, attempted to maintain a focus on PALESTINE, especially as much of the media is shamelessly trying to marginalize Palestine and its people. However, this form of extremely important and necessary media coverage requires the help of you […]

Age of Fools – Book Review

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Reviewed by Jim Miles (Age of Fools.  William A. Cook. Dandelion Books, LLC.  Mesa, Arizona. 2015. ) In a world of fools,  Age of Fools by William Cook is passionate and accusatory book that reviews the Bush/Sharon era of Israeli/Palestinian affairs. Cook’s style is different than the usual prosaic works of history, and while the ‘facts’ […]

Power Supply in Gaza is Reduced to 6 Hours for Every 18 Hours

Electricity grids for all districts in the Gaza Strip will only be providing power for six hour intervals followed by 12 hours without power, due to a problem with the Egyptian power lines, Gaza’s electricity company announced Monday morning. The company’s Public Information Officer Tariq Labad told Ma’an that Egypt promised to fix the problem […]

Foreign Policy Shift: Skepticism of German-Israeli Friendship Growing in Berlin

Merkel is convinced that current Israeli policies would ultimately transform Israel into an apartheid regime. (File)

By now, Angela Merkel is used to it. Whenever she meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the confidential content of their discussion appears in an Israeli newspaper a few days later. But the story that appeared in Israel Hayom, a free, pro-Netanyahu newspaper on Feb. 16 surprised even the German chancellor. “Merkel: This Isn’t […]

More Than 40 Israeli Violations against Journalists in April (VIDEO)

Israeli troops detain a Palestinian journalist at a protest against the illegal settlement outpost of Adei Ad in the northern West Bank. (Photo: Oren Ziv, Activestills.org, file)

A Palestinian committee has documented 42 Israeli violations against Palestinian journalists and media groups during April, Felesteen newspaper reported on Sunday. A report from the Committee for the Protection of Journalists has called for human rights groups and international bodies to intervene in order to stop Israel’s attacks on media freedom. The committee accused Israel […]

On May Day in Gaza: Everyone Takes the Day off Except for Workers

Representatives of civil society reading a statement intended for the Obama Administration from the Gaza headquarters of UNSCO on April 27. (Photo: Mohammed Alsindawi, Palestine Chronicle)

By Yousef Aljamal – Gaza Across the world, the 1st of May is a day to celebrate workers as a gesture of appreciation of their contribution to the society. Workers across the globe take the day off, but this is not the case for Gaza’s workers, many of them are jobless due to the suffocating […]

On May Day in Palestine, High Unemployment and Harsh Working Conditions (PHOTOS)

(Photo: Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle)

As the world marks International Workers’ Day (May Day), laborers in the Palestinian territory continue to suffer from soaring unemployment, poverty, and other dire working conditions. The average unemployment rate in the Palestinian territory was 26 percent in 2015: in the occupied West Bank, unemployment stood at 17 percent, compared to a staggering 41 percent […]

UN: Israel’s Restriction on Cement Entry Stopping Gaza Reconstruction (VIDEO)

Reconstruction of Gaza after the war has been severely hindered by Israel's nine-year military blockade. (File)

Israel’s halt of the entry of cement into Gaza has stopped reconstruction work, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) revealed on Friday, according to Quds Press. In a report, OCHA said: “The rebuilding of the houses destroyed during the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza stopped due to the Israeli authorities’ […]

Erekat Slams Eurovision Contest’s Palestinian Flag Ban

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PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat slammed the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) on Saturday for banning the Palestinian flag from the 2016 Eurovision song contest, calling the ruling “discriminatory and a serious offense against our nation.” In a letter obtained by Ma’an addressed to EBU President Jean-Paul Philippot, Erekat expressed his “outrage and indignation” toward the […]

French Campaign Launched Focusing on Palestinian Children Arrested by Israel

A group of Palestinian children arrested in the West Bank. (File)

Over 40 French rights groups have launched a campaign in solidarity with Palestinian children inside Israeli jails, Anadolu news agency reported on Friday. The campaign called for the international community to act for the sake of Palestinian prisoners inside Israeli jails. According to Anadolu, the campaign sent a team to Israeli prisons to meet with […]

Now is the Time, Senator Sanders: Seize the Moment!

Sanders has some agonizing choices to make as a trustee for millions of voters. (CNN)

By Ralph Nader Senator Bernie Sanders has come a long way without other people’s advice. The progressive lone ranger is now leading in the polls nationally as the preferred candidate to defeat Donald Trump—ahead of Hillary in that matchup. Now, however, Bernie Sanders is facing the verdict of closed primaries in many states which bar […]

UN Reports Four-fold Increase in Israeli Demolitions This Year

Demolitions in Khirbet Tana on April 7, 2016 (UNOCHA)

UN figures released Thursday revealed a four-fold increase from last year in the rate of Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures, that have left a record-high 808 Palestinians displaced since the start of 2016. According to UN documentation, the Israeli authorities have destroyed some 588 Palestinian structures across the occupied Palestinian territory since January. […]

PA: ‘State of Palestine’ to Replace ‘Palestinian Authority’ on New Passports

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki revealed yesterday that a new version of the Palestinian passport will carry the words “State of Palestine” instead of the “Palestinian National Authority”. Al-Maliki told Palestinian Al-Ayyam newspaper that the new passport is being designed, noting that Israel has been informed of the change. He did not specify a […]

Understanding the Birzeit Elections

Birzeit University student union elections were held on April 27, 2016 and Hamas won 25 out of 51 seats. (File)

By Abdul Sattar Qassem The elections held at the Palestinian universities, Birzeit and Al-Najah, are considered a good indicator of the popularity of Palestinian factions. The media outlets usually refer to the student union to sense the popular Palestinian feelings towards the Palestinian factions and organisations. In recent years, the media outlets focused on Birzeit […]

Israeli Doctors Take Part in Mistreatment of Palestinian Prisoners in Solitary Confinement

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A report by Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI) released last month revealed that that Israeli doctors condone the mistreatment of Palestinian prisoners — particularly those in solitary confinement — as a matter of routine, in violation of medical ethics and international law that in some cases equates solitary confinement to torture. The report was […]

Palestinians Slam Israel for ‘Execution’ of Palestinian Siblings (PHOTOS)

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The Palestinian leadership across the political spectrum on Thursday issued official condemnations of the “execution” of two Palestinian siblings shot dead by Israeli forces in Ramallah after an alleged stab attack the day prior. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ cabinet denounced the silence of the international community after Israeli officers shot Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail […]

Hamas Activists Arrested after Palestinian Student Elections (PHOTOS)

(Photo: Hamas Movement, Twitter)

Five Hamas activists were arrested for “illegal activities” in and around the occupied West Bank’s administrative capital Ramallah overnight yesterday, Israeli military officials announced. Local witnesses told the Anadolu Agency that at least four were ex-detainees. #Palestinian students gather at #Birzeit University for the debate before the tomorrow’s vote pic.twitter.com/nvBbi4dBP7 — Andrea Bernardi (@andrwbern) April 26, […]

Poets Saving Palestine: I Remember My Name

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Reviewed by Stuart Rees (Vacy Vlazna, ed., I remember my name – Poetry by Samah Sabawi, Ramzy Baroud, Jehan Bseiso. Novum Publishing, 2016) Poetry’s Panacea Conditions on the West Bank, in Gaza, in East Jerusalem and in myriad Palestinian refugee camps are monstrous. What non-violent response can there be to the violence and hatred, the killings […]

Hope Now: Support the Palestine Chronicle Today

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Dear Readers and Friends of The Palestine Chronicle,   Thanks to you Palestine Chronicle is going strong, mid-way through our 16th year online as an independent Palestinian news platform!  Since our last fundraiser just 6 months ago we have reached out to about a million original readers. We couldn’t have done this without your support! Thank you. […]

Witnesses: Palestinian Siblings Posed No Threat When Shot Dead (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

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Witnesses to an alleged stab attempt on Israeli border police at a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank Wednesday said two siblings shot dead during the incident posed no threat at the time the Israeli officer killed them. Witnesses told Ma’an that 23-year-old Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail, five months pregnant, and her 16-year-old […]

Abu-Marzouk: Gaza Port, Airport Not Hamas Invention

Abu-Marzouk (L) said he was surprised by members of Fatah who refuse the idea of building an airport and a seaport in Gaza, (File)

Hamas did not suggest having a sea port and airport in Gaza, the foundations for them were laid prior to the occupation, the deputy leader of Hamas said yesterday. Mousa Abu-Marzouk said Gaza had an airport before Israel destroyed it to punish the Palestinian people, while the port had its foundations laid. Abu-Marzouk said Hamas […]

Dima’s Eyes – A Poem

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By Aida Qasim Eyes like an unfinished poem possess my spirit They rise the moon out of its slothiness Shaking away the stillness of my pillow I shudder and solicit a memory: Sweet mint tea in my aunt’s patio on Salaheddein Street in Al Quds Long oblong sesame Ka’ek warm as the freshly boiled salt […]

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  • May 4, 2016

    Several Israeli Airstrikes Target Rafah (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

    Israeli airstrikes targeted Gaza's International Airport, which was also repeatedly targeted in recent years. Eyewitnesses report that the strikes also reachedthe eastern parts of the city of Rafah. No information on causalities is yet to be reported. - https://twitter.com/mdaljazzar/status/727902824017895424 - Witnesses have seen pillars of smokes emanatingfrom the site. - The airport has not been used in many years... More →
  • May 4, 2016

    Following Israeli Shelling, Gaza Schools Evacuated

    Israeli forces destroyed two military towers belonging to the military wing of Hamas, Al-Qassam Brigades, following what Israeli military sources said the targeting of Israeli forces near the border. - According to these sources, Israeli soldiers responded by firing shells at the neighborhood, terrifying school children who were attending their classes in two nearby schools. - Social media activists circulated photos... More →
  • May 4, 2016

    China: Palestinians Suffer more Than Refugees

    Chinese Foreign MinisterWang Yi said yesterday that Palestinian suffering is “larger than the refugee tragedy,” stressing the Palestinian issue is on top of the Chinese diplomatic agenda, theAnadolu Agency reported. - Receiving his Palestinian counterpart Riad Al-Maliki in Beijing, Yi said: “A lot of people speak about the refugees and other hot issues, but the Palestinian brothers bear more than this. We express... More →
  • May 3, 2016

    Is Israel Jewish Like France is French? (VIDEO)

    On June 11, 1967, days after Israel’s armed forces had conquered the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan appeared on US news show ‘Face the Nation’. - Addressing Israel’s ability to “absorb” Palestinian inhabitants of the newly-occupied territory, a journalist asked Dayan if it was necessary to maintain Israel as “as a Jewish state and purely a Jewish state.” Absolutely, Dayan... More →
  • May 3, 2016

    Palestinians Recall Dark Days of Israeli Offensives as Bombing of Aleppo Continues (PHOTO)

    By Yousef M. Aljamal - Gaza - The Gaza Strip has witnessed three major offensives carried out by Israel from 2008-2014, which claimed the lives of thousands of Palestinians and made tens of thousands homeless. The bloodiest and most destructive of which was the 2014 offensive, which, according to the UN Human Rights Council, claimed the lives of some 2,200 Palestinians, and left 11,000 injured, including 3,540 women... More →
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