Netanyahu to Stage hunger Strike against World Peace – Satire

In a last ditch effort to block an impending nuclear deal between Western powers and Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced today, April 1, he will immediately begin an open-ended hunger strike against world peace. During his strike Netanyahu will only be eating fresh fruit. His wife Sara will join him, choosing a completely […]

Eight Urgent ‘Musts’ Needed for Palestinians to Defeat Apartheid

There is no need or time for despair. In fact, the opposite is true. (

By Ramzy Baroud Waiting on Israeli society to change from within is a colossal waste of time, during which the suffering of an entire nation – torn between an occupied home and a harsh diaspora – will not cease. But what are Palestinians and the supporters of a just peace in Palestine and Israel to […]

In Politics, Talk is Cheap

I wish Obama is serious about supporting justice and self-determination for the Palestinians. (

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough reminds the Palestinian people of a lesson they learnt the hard way from the empty rhetoric and broken promises made by their own leaders and their so called “Arab brothers”, during their on-going struggle against the Zionist colonialists. “Talk is cheap and only actions […]

Land Day: A Day of Reckoning, 39 Years Later

Land Day, 1978. (Gidon Gitai)

By Jamal Kanj If you are like me, I am sure you are tired of reading about the results of the last Israeli election. Or on Benjamin Netanyahu’s Hebrew pledge running up to the election and his flip-flopped English version after winning the election. I want instead to highlight the native Palestinian Israeli citizens who […]

Taking the Long Run in Palestine

A woman runs in the early evening near Ramallah in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. (Annie Slemrod, IRIN)

By Annie Slemrod On a crisp Ramallah evening, much of the city appears to be tucked inside the city’s cafes sipping hot tea. But 20 runners are shaking off the chill and loosening up for one of their last jaunts before the third annual Palestine Marathon. Tomorrow, the Ramallah team and this writer will join […]

Netanyahu the Mythbuster: ‘Special Relationship’ No More

Israeli myths promoted as facts by Israel supporters are falling apart. (US State Department)

By Ramzy Baroud Imagine if an American presidential candidate made a plea to his supporters on election day with the following statement: “The Republican administration is in danger. Black voters are going en masse to the polls. Liberal NGOs are bringing them on buses.” Even in a country where Chris Matthews is a media celebrity […]

For Hamza: Arms Sanctions against Israel’s Everyday Terrorism

A flattened neighborhood in Gaza as a result of the Israeli war. (Mohammed Abed, supplied)

“By This is for the child that is searching for an answer, I wish I could take your tears and replace them with laughter, Long live Palestine, Long live Gaza!” – Lowkey By  Vacy Vlazna Meet little Hamza Mus’ab Almadani of Khan Younis, Gaza. Look carefully, look tenderly, don’t turn away. Please don’t turn away […]

West Punished Palestine When It Voted Freely; Endorses Israel’s Vote for Occupation

The need is still greater than ever to have one banner, one message, and one demand for remedial action.

By Ghada Ageel The 2006 elections were an amazing demonstration of Palestinian democracy in its multi-coloured beauty. The people under occupation expressed their determination to resist Israel’s attempt to force them to surrender through its colonisation efforts, expansionist strategies and racism. And the people have kept their word. Even where there is occupation with its […]

Netanyahu’s ‘Flip-Flop’ and the Willful Blindness of the Mainstream Media

Israeli myths promoted as facts by Israel supporters are falling apart. (US State Department)

By Jeremy R. Hammond   When Benjamin Netanyahu declared this week that he would work to prevent a Palestinian state from being established if reelected as Israeli Prime Minister, the mainstream media described it as a “reversal” from a policy speech he gave in 2009, in which he ostensibly expressed support for a two-state solution. […]

International Women’s Day at Qalandiya

(All photos: Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle)

By Tamar Fleishman Around a thousand Palestinian women and some men marched on the main road leading from Ramallah to Qalandiya checkpoint. The women waved Palestinian flags and held posters and photos of relatives that had been killed by the IDF. The checkpoint was closed for passage. The gates were locked. For a moment it […]

Israel Votes Apartheid

Nothing will stop the imminent entrenchment of a tide of new Apartheid laws. (Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle)

By Neve Gordon Benjamin Netanyahu is truly a magician. Just this past Friday, most polls indicated that his Likud party would likely receive around 21 seats in the Israeli Knesset, four seats less than Yitzhak (Bougie) Herzog’s Zionist Camp (Labor Party’s new name). Revelations of corruption at the Prime Minister’s residence followed by a damning […]

Netanyahu’s Victory: Now What President Obama?

It ought to be obvious to all that Obama now as only two options. (WH)

By Alan Hart “Love him (Netanyahu) or hate him, this is the face of Israel.” That’s how Uriel Heilman concluded an article for the JTA (Jewish Telegraph Agency) on Netanyahu’s election victory after noting that he had shown his true colors by declaring that there would be no Palestinian state while he is in charge. […]

‘Islamic State’ as a Western Phenomenon: Reimagining the IS Debate

No matter how one attempts to wrangle with the rise of IS, it just doesn't add up.

By Ramzy Baroud It is as if leaders of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) are getting tips on demonising Muslims from world leading Islamophobes and as if they are trying to live up to the expectations of hate-mongering organisations like that of Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative, whose latest ads all over San Francisco […]

US Opens up to Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Syria, and Iran

Robert Malley was Obama's colleague at Harvard Law School. (ABC)

By Nicola Nasser The appointment of Robert Malley as White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region is not considered a sufficient indicator that there will be any radical change in U.S. strategy despite the campaign launched against the U.S. by the Zionists due to its openness to Hamas, the […]

Obama and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with US President Barack Obama during a visit to Ramallah. (WAFA, file)

By William James Martin Former President, Nobel Laureate, and founder of the Carter Center, Jimmy Carter, was conspicuously absent from the podium at the National Democratic Conventions in 2008 and 2012 in which Barak Obama was nominated by the Democratic Party for the US Presidency. Reasonable speculation for Carter’s absence is that Obama felt Carter’s […]

Will Israeli Voters Do the Right Thing?

The need is still greater than ever to have one banner, one message, and one demand for remedial action.

All opinion polls published on Friday in Israel, the last date on which it is allowed to publish them prior to Tuesday’s general election, give more or less the same results: Isaac Herzog’s Zionist Camp is leading Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud by three to four seats (25-26 seats for Hertzog, 21-22 to Netanyahu), while Aymen Odeh’s […]

How Blair’s Egyptian Gas Gambit Advances Israeli Energy Empire


This week, Egypt signed a landmark $12bn deal with British Petroleum (BP) to develop the country’s offshore natural gas resources. The West Nile Delta project aims to bring the gas onshore for domestic consumption within two years, with a view to help solve the country’s ongoing energy crisis. But the BP deal, which also includes […]

Islamic State as a Western Phenomenon?


Not only is IS to a degree an alien movement in the larger body politic of the Middle East, it also seems to be a partly western phenomenon, a hideous offspring resulting from western neocolonial adventures in the region, coupled with alienation and demonisation of Muslim communities in western societies. By “Western phenomenon,” I refrain […]

10 Years after Modest Launch, Israeli Apartheid Week Spans the Globe

Campaign's participants and observers agree that its staying power is among its core strengths.

By Joe Catron In March 2005, the Arab Students’ Collective, a campus organisation at the University of Toronto, held a series of local events to support Palestinians and protest Israeli policies. Hoping to broaden debate at the end of the second Intifada and on the eve of Israel’s redeployment of ground forces and settlers from […]

The Secret History of My Geography Teacher, Also Co-founder of Hamas

Hamad Al-Hasanat is one of the founding members of Hamas, and also my geography teacher. (via MEMO)

By Ramzy Baroud This is not my geography teacher, or, more accurately it is not at all how I remember him. A series of APA images published by the British Daily Mail and other newspapers showed Hamad al-Hasanat lying dead in a mosque, surrounded by a group of Hamas fighters. On top of his lifeless […]

Ein Siniya: Restoration of Buildings vs Memories

Emilie Simonsen,  (L), Ashtar team, Faten Khoury (R) (Mohammed Abbas/Supplied)

By Sam Bahour I’m almost embarrassed to admit it. I’ve lived in Palestine for 21 years and passed by the village of ‘Ein Siniya hundreds of times, but can’t recall ever actually visiting it, that is, until today. ‘Ein Siniya is a small Palestinian village in the West Bank’s Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate, 10 kilometers […]

Palestinian Feminists in Jerusalem’s Shadow

Um Osama (Lubna Ahmad/MEE)

By Lubna Ahmad “My name is Um Osama. I don’t know exactly how old I am, but I guess I am 75 years old. I was born before 1948. I was four years old when we were displaced from our land in Be’er Sheba. [now Be’er Sheva] “First, we found refuge in Khuza’a village. Later, […]

Federica Mogherini: Please Endorse a Ferry to Life

A commercialized ferry service can open up so much more than the sealed gates of Gaza.

By Ghada Ageel With an axe in both hands and rage tightening every muscle in his face, the Palestinian physician started hacking at Rafah gate, popularly known by Gazans as Rafah hate. His Russian wife hugged her screaming dehydrated children close, trying to calm them down and simultaneously attempting to grasp and process the humiliation […]

Israeli Veterans Break Their Silence on Life in the Occupied Territories

Our main job was to 'make our presence felt.' (Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle)

In 2001, when I was 18, I joined the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) to undertake my three years of military service. There was nothing unconventional about me. I was born in West Jerusalem, a practicing Orthodox Jew in a family that leaned to the right. My cousins were settlers; I attended a Yeshiva (a religious […]

When Kathy Kelly Went to Jail

Kathy. (Nation for Change)

By Gary Corseri [Kathy Kelly is the co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. She has traveled to Iraq and Gaza during wartime–to bear witness and give comfort. The author of “Other Lands Have Dreams,” she has been arrested more than sixty times at home and abroad, and written of her experiences among targets of U.S. […]

The Arab Intellectual is Resting, Not Dead

Professor Said, and many such giants, were missed most during this current upheaval.

By Ramzy Baroud Whenever a new poem by Mahmoud Darwish was published in al-Quds newspaper, I rushed over to Abu Aymen’s newsstand that was located in the refugee camp’s main square. It was a crowded and dusty place where grimy taxis waited for passengers, surrounded by fish and vegetable venders. Darwish’s poetry was too cryptic […]

Jordanians Prepare for Day of Refusal against Israel Gas Deal

Share our message! Especially on the day of the event, on March 6th 2015.

By Tariq Shadid In Jordan, opposition against the Israeli-Jordanian gas deal is growing. While politicians are working out the details, there appears to be widespread criticism of plans by the Jordanian National Electric Power Company to import gas from the Leviathan fields. The fields are located in the Mediterranean waters controlled by Israel, operated by […]

A Vacuum Waiting for a Leader

Regional rivalries are the sea in which the Islamic State is swimming.

By Jeremy Salt “To achieved all that you have the power, ability or strength to do and to be unable to do more.” —  Cambridge Dictionaries Online definition of ‘to shoot your bolt.’ That the US and its allies are ultimately responsible for the rise of the so-called Islamic State is irrefutably true. They destroyed […]

Repairing Palestine’s political system Cannot Wait Any Longer

President Abbas must travel to Gaza and stay there. (Via Aljazeera/file)

By Sam Bahour Today, Palestinian political strategy is being driven in the total absence of a functioning political system. Israel’s forced fragmentation of our geographic reality mixed with internal political party divisions, disgust, despair and incompetence, the status quo tears apart Palestine’s societal fabric. If it remains on its current course, the train of national […]

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 […]

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  • April 1, 2015

    Amnesty International Paints an Inaccurate Picture of Gaza in Its Latest Report

    The efforts of Amnesty International are undeniably significant in monitoring the developments in Palestine and other regions of the world. Nonetheless, Amnesty's latest report on the events of summer 2014 in Gaza Strip does not reflect the context in which Gazans live, nor does it show impartial documenting. - The report argues that the Palestinian armed factions committed war crimes from two perspectives. The first is that it launched rockets randomly against... More →
  • April 1, 2015

    Netanyahu to Stage hunger Strike against World Peace - Satire

    In a last ditch effort to block an impending nuclear deal between Western powers and Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced today, April 1, he will immediately begin an open-ended hunger strike against world peace. - During his strike Netanyahu will only be eating fresh fruit. His wife Sara will join him, choosing a completely liquid diet. The move is widely popular in Israel where a Channel 2 poll taken Monday shows Jewish Israelis are against... More →
  • April 1, 2015

    Israel Is Only Going to Change Its Horrific Behavior If Outsiders Force It to

    Israel's recent election was a clarifying moment. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's appeal to Israelis' worst racist instincts worked. Between Netanyahu's declarations during the last week on the campaign trail that he has no interest in a peace agreement with Palestinians, and his horror at the act of Palestinian citizens of Israel voting, his political platform could not be more clear: It is anti-peace and based on Jewish nationalism at the expense of... More →
  • March 31, 2015

    Netanyahu Says US is Part of New 'Axis'!

    he pressure is increasing on Obama over his foreign policy; and it’s time for supporters of peace to line up behind him. Today in his efforts to counter the Iran deal, Netanyahu called the US part of the “Axis,” a naked reference to Nazi Germany and its allies in World War 2. Jerusalem Post: - “After the Beirut-Damascus-Baghdad axis, Iran is carrying out a pincer movement from the south to take over and occupy the entire Middle East. The Iran-Lausanne-Yemen... More →
  • March 31, 2015

    Boehner: Administration Treatment of Bibi 'Reprehensible'

    House Speaker John Boehner, who is traveling to Israel during the congressional recess this week, called the Obama administration’s treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “reprehensible.” - “I think the animosity exhibited by our administration toward the prime minister of Israel is reprehensible,” the Ohio Republican said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” - Netanyahu won reelection this month not long after... More →
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