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Zionist Left Support for Bloody Assaults on Gaza Signifies Its Erasure from Israel’s Political Map

The Left no longer exists as a distinct political and cultural entity. (Activestills.org)

By Tikva Honig-Parnass Introduction The aim of this article is to pinpoint the explicit and implicit support of the Zionist Left intellectuals usually identified with Labor or Meretz for the brutal attacks on Gaza since 2006. This support is a new stage in the Left intellectuals’ loyalty to the state and its oppressive policies against […]

Israel’s False Peace and the ‘Islamist Bogeyma’

Netanyahu and his magicians may believe that waving the wand of 'peace' will conceal Israel's bloody carnage. (APA)

By Iqbal Jassat - Johannesburg What is it about proclamations of “peace” that allows injustice to continue unhindered? Its a question applicable to governments, security institutions, media columnists and pro-Israel lobbies who regularly espouse a passion for “peace in the Holy Land”. While on the surface it appears to be a perfectly normal and laudable aspiration, […]

‘Worlding’ (Post) Modernism: Interpretive Possibilities of Critical Theory – Book Review

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Reviewed by A. Clare Brandabur  (Haidar Eid. Worlding Postmodernism: Interpretive Possibilities of Critical Theory. Roman Books.) In hıs New Yorker review of a new biography of Paul de Man (The Double Life of Paul de Man by Evelyn Barish), Louis Menand speaks of a crisis in the world of literary theory: “Twenty-five years ago, literary […]

What if ‘Islamic State’ Didn’t Exist?

If IS didn’t exist, many in the region would be keen on creating one.

By Ramzy Baroud What if the so-called Islamic State (IS) didn’t exist? In order to answer this question, one has to liberate the argument from its geopolitical and ideological confines. Flexible language Many in the media (Western, Arab, etc) use the reference “Islamist” to brand any movement at all whether it be political, militant or […]

Netanyahu’s Chutzpa: Lying with a Smile

'Some (lie) only when necessary, some do it often, some, like Netanyahu, do it as a rule.'

By Jamal Kanj I have followed the megalomaniac performance of Benjamin Netanyahu since he was Israel’s representative at the UN in the mid-1980s. I watched with keen interest his debates, and must confess I was taken by his chutzpa. Netanyahu has special abilities to twist facts without blinking an eye: he can lie with a […]

Why Obama Must Bomb ISIS

Obama and Congress are unable to choose diplomacy and humanitarian aid over war with ISIS. (WH)

By Steve Breyman Every national peace group (large and small, new and old, religious and secular) opposes Barack Obama’s war against ISIS in Iraq, and its recent extension to Syria. Their opposition extends to Obama’s Congress-sanctioned arming of “moderate” Syrian rebels (for which legislators found half a billion dollars). The anti-war movement’s antagonism is sturdy […]

Sharmouta: Names Games in Israel

By Hatim Kanaaneh The Name Games are on in Israel. On the eve of the 5775 Jewish New Year the Israeli Population, Immigration and Border Authority announced the winning first name most commonly given to a newborn boy in Israel in the preceding year as Youssef, which is used by both Arabs and Jews. The […]

The Girl with the Doll

(Tamar Fleishman/PC)

By Tamar Fleishman The girl with the doll, her mother and her two sisters, one of which was burning up with fever and kept crying each time she saw a soldier, weren’t permitted to pass through the checkpoint and head home to Abu- Gosh. Everything was done according to the regulations and everything was done […]

Nakhwa without Borders: Gaza and the End of ‘Arab Gallantry’

It was al-Karama (dignity) that forced Gaza to the streets in the First Palestinian Uprising.

By Ramzy Baroud On its own the Arabic word al-Nakhwa, means “gallantry.” Combined with the word “al-Arabiya” – “Arab gallantry” – the term becomes loaded with meanings, cultural and even political implications and subtext. But what is one to make of “Arab gallantry” during and after Israel’s most brutal war on Gaza between 8 July […]

Israeli Refuseniks: Occupation’s Dark Underbelly Exposed

Soldiers of Unit 8200. (Haaretz)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth A letter signed by 43 veterans of an elite Israeli military intelligence unit declaring their refusal to continue serving the occupation has sent shockwaves through Israeli society. But not in the way the soldiers may have hoped. Unusually, this small group of reservists has gone beyond justifying their act of […]

Gaza: History May Repeat Itself!

Israel demands returning Gaza to Abbas rule to accomplish what it failed to achieve in war. (Via Aljazeera)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan Since the First World War, life of the Palestinians has been routinely impacted by wars, and unfortunately, they were always the losers including the wars that they could have been won. They allowed others to make crucial decisions for them, but most important, they allowed incompetent and factionalized political elites to […]

Gaza’s Incremental Genocide

It is delusional to believe Israel would honor its obligations under the ceasefire agreement.

By Jamal Kanj It goes without saying that Gaza has taught the Israeli military a new lesson: the days of swift Israeli wars are over. While mostly one-sided, Israel has never before fought a war that lasted 50 days. The Palestinians (besieged by brothers and foes) were of no military match to Israel’s most sophisticated […]

Damaging Our Country from Wars of Choice

By Ralph Nader The drums of war are beating once again with the vanguard of U.S. bombers already over Iraq (and soon Syria) to, in President Obama’s words, “degrade and destroy ISIS.” The Republican Party, led by war-at-any-cost Senators Lindsay Graham and John McCain, wants a bigger military buildup which can only mean U.S. soldiers […]

Donors will Fail Gaza again

Any new government that emerges from a national partnership must embrace resistance against the occupation. (Al Jazeera)

By Nicola Nasser On 12 October, Cairo is due to host a conference, sponsored and chaired by Egypt and Norway, of international and Arab donors for the reconstruction of Gaza. This is their ostensible aim. But the reasons that the donors cited for not fulfilling earlier pledges, made in Paris in 2007 and Sharm El-Sheikh […]

Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp

US government says that intervention is once again needed to improve and civilize the nation of Iraq. (Zoriah.net)

By Kathy Kelly In January of 2004 I visited “Bucca Camp,” a U.S.-run POW camp named for a firefighter lost in the 2001 collapse of  New York’s World Trade Center.  Located near the isolated port city of Umm Qasr, in southern Iraq, the network of tent prisons had been constructed by U.S. Coalition authorities. Friends of five […]

US Guilty of War Crimes in Palestine

The US fears that any step to hold Israel accountable for crimes against humanity would ultimately incriminate the US. (WH)

By Sam Bahour The U.S. is not a neutral mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; it is an active participant and is guilty of the crimes being committed by Israel against Palestinians, most recently, the mass killings and destruction Israel wrought on the Gaza Strip during the summer. The reality that the U.S. is an active […]

Convenient Genocide: Another Failed War to Re-Arrange the Middle East

US experience in Iraq also taught us that its effort will only succeed in exacerbating an already difficult situation. (Zoriah.net)

By Ramzy Baroud A few months ago, not many Americans, in fact Europeans as well, knew that a Yazidi sect in fact existed in northwest Iraq. Even in the Middle East itself, the Yazidis and their way of life have been an enigma, shrouded by mystery and mostly grasped through stereotypes and fictitious evidence. Yet […]

Jewish State and Islamic State, Like Breeds Like

Victims from the Sabra and Shatilla massacre in Lebanon, Sep 1982, carried out by the Israeli army and their allies. (Reuters/file)

By Ali Kazak Sixty-six years after the establishment of the “Jewish State” in the Middle East, the world is witnessing the establishment of an “Islamic State” with many similarities. Both states were established by extreme ideologies exploiting religion, both were accomplished by mainly foreign elements to the region and by terrorism, brutal atrocities, horrifying massacres […]

Beit Ummar: Heart of Darkness

Beit Ummar has a higher percentage of child detainees than anywhere else in Palestine. (ActiveStills.org)

By Stephen Williams The title of Joseph Conrad’s novel “Heart of Darkness” refers both to a geographical entity- colonial Congo in the 19th Century- and to a spiritual and moral wilderness in which the human soul is debased by hatred and greed. And last week I was there; in Beit Ummar. But it wasn’t Beit […]

In the Desert – A Poem

By Nasser Barghouty By the sea under frightened skies of shone past and stolen tomorrows stands your heart alone by the damned shore to love and last it trembles just once more for that which it knows its only sight in an endless flight all too well and gore moments which are told and sold […]

Palestinian Reconciliation at Crossroads

The specter of discord once again hovers over Palestinian unity. (Via Aljazeera)

By Nicola Nasser President Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah movement, which he commands, have unleashed a media campaign against Hamas and the resistance. If pressure from the Palestinian public fails to stop the campaign, Abbas may achieve politically what Israel failed to achieve militarily: forcing the Palestinian presidency to choose “peace with Israel” over national […]

Now Through the Front Door into Syria

Accidentally or by design or as a mixture of both, the US and its friends created IS.

By Jeremy Salt So finally the US gets what it wants, a war on Syria. Or should it be a war in Syria? Either way, another US-led attack that violates international law and, without the consent of Congress, probably domestic law as well. Syria has warned the US against this step, just as it warned […]

Islamic State and the American Way of War: The New Enemy Creation Process

Obama will reportedly 'declare war' on the Islamic State on September 10.

By Steve Breyman What better gift for the War On Terror-Industrial-Complex (WOTIC) than the rapid rise and initial success of the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS? A patchwork of brutal know-nothing thugs, IS militants can’t wait to impose a twisted version of “Shariah” on their unwilling victims, and to terrorize actual and potential opponents […]

ISIS and Israel Allies against a Palestinian State

Alleged ISIS Syrian Rebels Burn Palestinian Flag in Aleppo (YouTube)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth An image speaks a thousand words – and that is presumably what Israel’s supporters hoped for with their latest ad in the New York Times. Two photographs are presented side by side. One, titled ISIS, is the now-iconic image of a kneeling James Foley, guarded by a black-hooded executioner, awaiting […]

Losing the Plot: Israel’s Premier to Face New Gaza Reality

Netanyahu's war-turned-genocide backfired beyond anyone’s expectations. (TV Grab)

By Ramzy Baroud Netanyahu’s war-turned-genocide in Gaza has backfired badly – his strategy has helped resurrect Hamas, the very movement he tried desperately to crush Aside from being a major military setback, Israel’s war on Gaza has also disoriented the policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu like never before. Since the announcement of a ceasefire […]

Why Israel is Not Interested in Peace

How can any side deal with the unwilling Israeli government?

By Mahmoud Yamak When I was writing an op-ed piece titled “Israel’s War on Palestinian Children” for the Turkish Daily Sabah, I had stated that “Hamas has repeatedly and unequivocally denied any involvement in the murders [of the three Israelis in West Bank in early July]. This was not a “state sponsored crime.” At the […]

Israel’s Barmy Behavior

Israel’s colonization of the occupied territories is not about security; it’s ideological. (Tamar Fleishman)

By Issa Khalaf Israel’s recurring, furiously gratuitous wars on the Palestinian people—for example, from 1982 Lebanon to 2014 Gaza—is profoundly wrong on every level, committed with self-destructive defiance and confounding attempts at rational political analysis. In addition to its numerous Gaza attacks from 2006 on, it had launched military operations in the West Bank four […]

We Just Want to Live

"Everyone, the man who collapsed, the ill woman, those in search for bread, the teenager with the cast on his arm and the others- just want to live." (Tamar Fleishman)

By Tamar Fleishman – Qalandiya “We just want to live”, one person said and so do many others. Just to live. But it’s hard to live when everyday arise new problems, new restrictions and new unexpected difficulties that only minds that scheme to do harm could come up with. Such is the new one from […]

Solidarity Should be More than Just Empty Words

Solidarity with the Palestinian people amongst common people it is becoming an increasing phenomenon. (Sabine Utabia)

By Richard Lightbown One could be forgiven for forgetting that 2014 had been voted International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People by the UN General Assembly. With typical contempt for everything connected with the UN, the state of Israel and the vast majority of its people have endeavoured to see that 2014 was probably […]

An Islamic Aberration

By Jamal Kanj Animals: was my instinctual response to photos of Syrian soldiers being executed by members of the so-called Islamic State (IS). The same gut feelings two days earlier to the news of the killing of American journalist James Foley in cold blood. My heart goes to Shirley Sotloff, the mother of journalist Steven […]

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