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Hunger-striking Journalist Al-Qeq Rejects Agreement to Free Him 1 May; Demands Unconditional Rrelease

Cartoon depicting  Mohammed al-Qeq in his hospital bed. (Mohammed Sabaaneh)

Mohammed al-Qeq, 33, Palestinian journalist now on hunger strike for 76 days in protest of his imprisonment without charge or trial under Israeli administrative detention, has rejected a proposed agreement to free him by 1 May. Al-Qeq, suffering from severe health effects related to his hunger strike, including loss of speaking ability, hearing and extreme weight loss […]

New Law Allows Netanyahu to Oust Arab Parliamentarians

The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, has given overwhelming support to a new law proposed by the Likud-led coalition government which will allow Arab Knesset members (MKs) to be ousted, Anadolu reported on Monday. The law was first suggested by the right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a punishment for the Arab parliamentarians who visited families […]

Netanyahu: We Must Protect the ‘Villa’ from the ‘Wild Beasts’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a tour to the construction site of a barrier on the eastern border on Tuesday that he wishes to surround the country with fences and barriers “to defend ourselves against wild beasts” that surround Israel. “At the end, in the State of Israel, as I see it, there […]

Knesset Approves Divisive ‘NGO Transparency Bill’ in First Reading

Far-right Israeli Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked wrote the bill. (File)

The Israeli Knesset on Monday approved the first reading of the “NGO transparency bill,” denounced by critics as a move to delegitimize and weaken human rights organizations in Israel. The first reading of the bill, which passed 50 to 43, sparked uproar among some lawmakers, two of whom were removed from the plenum after interrupting […]

Next Onslaught in Gaza: Why the Status Quo is a Precursor for War

The argument that armed resistance infuriates Israel the most is also incorrect. (Video Image)

By Ramzy Baroud It is not true that only three wars have taken place since Hamas won parliamentary elections in 2006 in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Other wars that were deemed insignificant or ‘skirmishes’ also took place. Operation Returning Echo in March 2012, for example, killed and wounded over 100 people. But since the death […]

Netanyahu Moves against Palestinian MKs in ‘Demagogic Campaign’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to oust Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset who recently visited the families of Palestinian attackers, in what critics have slammed as a “demagogic campaign.” Netanyahu said Sunday he had asked Israel’s attorney general to take legal action against Palestinian MKs Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas […]

Israel’s Security Establishment Makes Public Plea for a Two State Solution

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By Richard Falk Rarely, if ever, has a newspaper ad mobilized such influential backing for a position of prominent Israelis at odds with the elected leadership of the Israeli state. A full page add appeared in the New York Times on February 4, 2016. It was sponsored by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle […]

Why Doesn’t Israel Cover up for Al-Sisi?

The Egyptian army has flooded the network of cross-border tunnels linking Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip with seawater. (MEMO, file)

By Wael Qandil  It is no surprise that Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s decision to wage a water war on Gaza, flooding the tunnels and destroying them (and damaging the environment in the process), stemmed from Israel’s request or direct order. This was announced by Israeli Minister of Infrastructure Yuval Steinitz a couple of days ago. What […]

EU Calls on Israel to Stop Home Demolitions, Settlement Expansion

The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to stop demolishing Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank, and reiterated “the EU’s firm opposition to Israel’s settlement policy.” In a statement, the EU said Israel’s most recent moves in the occupied West Bank — from settlement expansion to Palestinian home demolitions — undermine “the viability […]

Jordan Decries Israeli Plan to Build Western Wall ‘Prayer Plaza’

Jordanian officials are calling on Israel to halt plans to build a new “prayer plaza” at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, located in the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Jordan’s official Petra News Agency on Saturday quoted Communications Minister Mohammad Momani as saying that the proposed plaza would violate the site’s Islamic heritage. Sacred to Jews, the Western […]

Borderline: Forbidden Love Tales in Israel

The book author Dorit Rabinyan talked about the real issue behind banning her work.

By Jamal Kanj How can a two-year-old novel become a best seller? Censorship is the short answer. The most important question is, however, why would the “Jewish democracy” censor a love fiction between a Jew and non-Jew? The banned book Borderlife was based on a love story between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man. According […]

Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict – Book Review

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By Jim Miles (Genesis – Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict.  John B. Judis. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, New York. 2014.) Every once in awhile a history book arrives that is remarkable in its presentation.  Genesis is one of those remarkable works, presenting a narrative that goes well beyond dates, times, […]

Israeli Doctor Says Palestinian Hunger Striker Could Face Immediate Death

Mohammed Al-Qiq communicates from his hospital bed. (Courtesy)

Doctors at HaEmek Hospital where hunger-striking Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq is being held said late Friday that the prisoner could face “immediate death.” Lawyer Hiba Masalha from the Palestinian Authority’s Prisoners’ Affairs Committee quoted the concerns of deputy director of HaEmek, Dr. Tubia, who said there was a “real danger” that al-Qiq’s internal organs were […]

Most Israelis Support Unilateral Disengagement in West Bank

Head of the Israeli Zionist Camp Yitzhak Herzog proposed a unilateral disengagement plan from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Anadolu reported on Friday. The proposal was made two weeks ago in the National Security Research Institute in Tel Aviv University. Based on vote results published by the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Anadolu said […]

Israeli Movement Calls for Separating 28 Palestinian Villages from Jerusalem

New Israeli movement Save Jewish Jerusalem has called for the building of a wall encircling 28 Palestinian villages in East Jerusalem in order to preserve the city’s Jewish identity, Israeli newspaper Maariv reported on Friday. According to Quds Press, which reported on the news published in Maariv, Save Jewish Jerusalem was set up by the […]

Is Gaza Paying the Price of the Cypriot-Israeli-Greek Alliance?

Cyprus and Greece agreed in the summit to market Israeli gas in Europe. (Courtesy: Ekathimerini.com)

By Dr. Saleh Al-Naami The Israeli, Cypriot, Greek summit held in Cyprus’s capital city, Nicosia, is another example of how Tel Aviv’s predictions regarding its gas discoveries on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea were realized. Tel Aviv had predicted that its huge gas discoveries in what it claims to be its “economic waters” would […]

Israeli Forces Kill 14-year-old Palestinian Allegedly Throwing Molotov Cocktail

Witnesses said they saw a child lying on the ground after hearing gunshots. (Via Maan)

Israeli soldiers killed a 14-year-old Palestinian and detained another young boy in the occupied West Bank town of Halhul north of Hebron, after the two allegedly tried to throw Molotov cocktails at passing vehicles. Witnesses told Ma’an that they saw a child lying on the ground after hearing gunshots where Israeli forces were deployed in […]

More Than One Third of Syria’s Palestinians Have Been Displaced

Refugees waiting to be allowed to proceed across the frontline in Yarmouk to join queue at the distribution area. (UNRWA/file)

More than one third of the 500,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria have been displaced by the ongoing conflict, a new report has revealed. The Action Group for Palestinian Refugees in Syria said the refugees were displaced after their camps were either subjected to air raids or caught up in clashes. The semi-annual report said that […]

Apartheid In Palestine. Hard Laws and Harder Experiences – Book Review

'Apartheid In Palestine. Hard Laws and Harder Experiences.'

Reviewed by Ludwig Watzal (Ghada Ageel, ed., Apartheid in Palestine. Hard Laws and Harder Experiences, University of Alberta Press, Edmonton 2016.) Apartheid in Palestine” is a valuable guidance in the struggle for justice in Palestine. Ghada Ageel gathered activists, indigenous Palestinians and scholars, which do not represent the worn-out media views that the public is tired of […]

Israel Force-feeds Hunger Striking Al-Qeq (VIDEO)

Israeli authorities yesterday force-fed Palestinian hunger striking journalist Muhammad Al-Qeq, who has been held under administrative detention since November, Issa Qaraqei, the head of the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners’ Committee, revealed yesterday. Earlier yesterday, the Israeli ethics committee at Afula hospital, where Al-Qeq is being held, said the journalist was on the verge of death following […]

UN Changes Syria Siege List, Adds Madaya and Yarmouk

Yarmouk has once again been added to the UN's list of besieged areas in Syria. (UNRWA)

By Annie Slemrod The UN has quietly added four areas to its increasingly controversial list of areas under siege in Syria, including Yarmouk and Madaya, the town that brought the issue of blockades into the limelight. In a newly released map, OCHA Syria marked Madaya, Bqine, Yarmouk, and Madamiyet ElShams (also known as Moadamiyeh) as besieged, bringing […]

Two Palestinian Girls Detained after Attempted Stabbing Attack in Ramla

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Two Palestinian girls were detained after attempting to attack an Israeli security guard at a bus station in the central Israeli city of Ramla on Thursday, an Israeli police spokesperson said. Police spokesperson Luba al-Samri identified the two girls as 13-year-olds from the al-Jawarish area of Ramla. “The two arrived at the central bus station […]

Stand in Solidarity with Omar Nayef Zayed, Former Palestinian Prisoner Targeted for Extradition

London protest demands 'Justice for Omar Nayef Zayed!'. (Samidoun.net)

The campaign in solidarity with Omar Nayef Zayed issued an urgent call to intensify events, protests and activities of solidarity with the former Palestinian prisoner in the coming days, including protests at Bulgarian embassies and consulates and European Union offices, in order to defend his safety and freedom.Omar Nayef Zayed, who escaped Israeli occupation imprisonment […]

Abu Khdeir’s Killers Jailed

Palestinian teenager, Muhammad Abu Khdeir. (File)

An Israeli has been sentenced to life and another to 21 years in jail for the brutal murder of Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir, a court ruled today. Abu Khdeir’s family had been seeking life sentences for both defendants but their attorneys claimed their actions had been influenced by a third killer, 30-year-old Yosef Ben-David. […]

PA Arrests Prominent Palestinian Professor

Palestinian professor Abdul-Sattar Qassim.

Palestinian Authority (PA) security services arrested on Tuesday prominent Palestinian professor Abdul-Sattar Qassim, Quds Press reported. Qassim, 68, is one of the most outspoken Palestinian political analysts in the West Bank, often criticising PA corruption and security cooperation with Israel. A PA spokesman eventually acknowledged the arrest of Qassim, but claimed he was not arrested […]

3 Palestinians Shot Dead after Jerusalem Attack Kills Israeli Officer

Photo taken from social media of the three Palestinian youth shot dead after carrying out Wednesday's attack.

Three Palestinians were shot dead Wednesday after they killed an Israeli police officer and wounded another in an armed attack near Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City, Israeli police said. The three Palestinian youths had attracted the attention of Israeli Border Police officers as they approached Damascus Gate, police spokesperson Luba al-Samri said. […]

Stop the False Rhetoric; The Two-State Solution is Dead

it is time to recognize the impossibility of reaching a two-state solution and start engaging in a new process. (ActiveStills.org, file)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan It is safe to say that under their present conditions, the Palestinians’ situation is in shambles. Their spatial fragmentation imposed on them by Zionist colonialists and their incompetent self-serving corrupt leadership hardly leaves room for optimism. The rhetoric of Mahmud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA) calls for freedom […]

The Complex Problematics of Palestinian Representation

It may be useful to distinguish between ‘Westphalian representation’ from ‘populist representation.’ (Annie Slemrod, file)

By Richard Falk While serving as UN Special Rapporteur for Occupied Palestine, especially in my early years between 2008 and 2010, I fully expected to encounter defamatory opposition from Israel and ultra-Zionist, but what surprised me at the time were various efforts of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to undermine my role at the Human Rights […]

Saudi Arabia Overturns Execution, Sentences Palestinian Poet to Prison, 800 Lashes

Poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh.

A Saudi court overturned the death sentence for Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh on Tuesday, his lawyer announced in a statement the same day. Fayadh was sentenced to the death penalty in November for “apostasy” and allegedly emitting “blasphemous statements” in some of his poetry. The poet’s sentence has been changed to eight years in prison […]

The Logic of Hunger Striking Palestinians: When Starvation Is a Weapon

Mohammed Allan: 'It is a psychological warfare between the prison authorities, state and legal system apparatuses against a single individual,.' (Via Maan)

By Ramzy Baroud  By Friday, January 29, Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeq had spent 66-days on hunger strike in Israeli jails. Just before he fell into his third coma, a day earlier, he sent a public message through his lawyers, the gist of which was: freedom or death. Al-Qeq is 33-years of age, married and a […]

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  • February 9, 2016

    Hunger-striking Journalist Al-Qeq Rejects Agreement to Free Him 1 May; Demands Unconditional Rrelease

    Mohammed al-Qeq, 33, Palestinian journalist now on hunger strike for 76 days in protest of his imprisonment without charge or trial under Israeli administrative detention, has rejected a proposed agreementto free him by 1 May. Al-Qeq, suffering from severe health effects related to his hunger strike, including loss ofspeaking ability, hearing and extreme weight loss and is “threatened with death,” has announced... More →
  • February 9, 2016

    New Law Allows Netanyahu to Oust Arab Parliamentarians

    The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, has given overwhelming support to a new law proposed by the Likud-led coalition government which will allow Arab Knesset members (MKs) to be ousted, Anadolu reported on Monday. - The law was first suggested by the right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a punishment for the Arab parliamentarians who visited families of the victims of Israeli security forces. The visits were... More →
  • February 9, 2016

    Netanyahu: We Must Protect the 'Villa' from the 'Wild Beasts'

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a tour to the construction site of a barrier on the eastern border on Tuesday that he wishes to surround the country with fences and barriers "to defend ourselves against wild beasts" that surround Israel. - "At the end, in the State of Israel, as I see it, there will be a fence that spans it all," said Netanyahu. "I'll be told, 'this is what you want, to protect... More →
  • February 9, 2016

    Knesset Approves Divisive 'NGO Transparency Bill' in First Reading

    The Israeli Knesset on Monday approved the first reading of the "NGO transparency bill," denounced by critics as a move to delegitimize and weaken human rights organizations in Israel. - The first reading of the bill, which passed 50 to 43, sparked uproar among some lawmakers, two of whom were removed from the plenum after interrupting far-right Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who wrote the bill, a Knesset... More →
  • February 8, 2016

    Netanyahu Moves against Palestinian MKs in 'Demagogic Campaign'

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to oust Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset who recently visited the families of Palestinian attackers, in what critics have slammed as a "demagogic campaign." - Netanyahu said Sunday he had asked Israel's attorney general to take legal action against Palestinian MKs Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas -- all members of the Arab Joint List -- for... More →
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