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Palestinians See More of the Same: Interview with Ramzy Baroud

President Trump has offered mixed signals about precisely what his attitude toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be, but Palestinians see little prospects for meaningful improvement, reports Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to Washington reaffirmed one thing in terms of U.S./Israeli relations: that not much will change […]

The Trump-Netanyahu Circus: Now, No One Can Save Israel from Itself

By Ramzy Baroud The President of the United States can hardly be taken seriously, saying much but doing little. His words, often offensive, carry no substance, and it is impossible to summarize his complex political outlook about important issues. This is precisely the type of American presidency that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prefers. However, […]

Trump Has Reminded Palestinians That It was Always about One State

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth For more than 15 years, the Middle East “peace process” initiated by the Oslo accords has been on life support. Last week, United States president Donald Trump pulled the plug, whether he understood it or not. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu could barely stifle a smile as Trump demoted the […]

Barghouthi, Longest-serving Palestinian Prisoner Resentenced to Life in Prison Plus 18 years

Nael Barghouthi, the longest-serving Palestinian prisoner, was sentenced on Wednesday by an Israeli military court to life in prison with an additional 18-year sentence, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS). PPS said in a statement that the court had ruled that Barghouthi, 59, was to serve the remainder of his previous sentence received prior […]

26 Oscar Stars Turn Down Free 5-star Trip to Israel

Hollywood stars including Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon were amongst Oscar celebrities who were offered luxury trips to Israel; however none have taken advantage of the offer. The offers were for $55,000 personalized trips and came as part of the gift bags handed out to a host of famous faces at the prestigious awards ceremony. […]

Elor Azarya Sentenced to 1.5 Years in Prison for Killing Wounded Palestinian

After being found guilty of manslaughter for the filmed, execution-style shooting of 21-year-old Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif, 20-year-old Israeli soldier Elor Azarya was sentenced to 18 months in prison, a year’s probation, and a demotion in his military rank on Tuesday. The prosecution had sought a three- to five-year prison sentence for the killing, with the […]

Israeli Court Sentences Palestinian Boy with Leukemia to 3 Months in Prison

The Israeli military court at Ofer prison sentenced 15-year-old Ahmad al-Khadour to 91 days in prison and a 3,000-shekel fine (approximately $810), after the boy was accused of throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers. The sentencing came despite Ahmad’s family’s and rights groups’ extreme concern regarding the boy’s health due to his chronic illnesses — including […]

Netanyahu Turned Down Regional Peace Initiative Last Year: Former US Officials

Israel’s prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-US secretary of state John Kerry, former US officials confirmed. The revelation, first reported by the Haaretz daily, was in apparent contradiction to Benjamin Netanyahu’s stated goal of involving regional Arab powers in resolving Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians. Netanyahu […]

Israeli University to be Established on Occupied Palestinian Land in the West Bank

Israeli forces leveled Palestinian lands in Mesha village, to the west of Salfit province, in favor of illegal settlement expansion, the PIC reported. Head of Mesha village council, Sabah Amer, said “Palestinian lands have been increasingly seized and leveled by the Israeli occupation forces and authorities as part of underway endeavors to expand the Qana […]

Israel and the UN Are Allies in Colonial Endeavors

By Ramona Wadi News that Tzipi Livni could be nominated for the post of UN under-secretary-general was overshadowed swiftly by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with Donald Trump. It is safe to say that even the most elementary norms have long been shunned by the international institution, despite the unabashed pontificating at its manipulated […]

Petition: UK Government Should Apologize to Palestinians for Balfour Declaration

The Balfour Apology Campaign (BAC) has launched a petition which calls on the British government to apologize for the Balfour Declaration that lead to the colonization of Palestine that continues to this day. BAC also called on the British government to lead peace efforts in Palestine. The campaign, which was initiated by the UK-based Palestinian […]

The Kiss of Life – A Poem

By Chris Lane is a cold plunge from the womb to a mother’s warm breast for kittens and kids the lick of a rasping tongue for desert life, rare droplets of water for chimps clasping hands. living is an enormous void an incalculable, unpredictable present a confusion of choices simply given, simply taken away. one […]

Record Number of Palestinian Homes Destroyed by Israel in 2016: Rights Group

In 2016, Israeli authorities had sped up demolishing homes of Palestinians in the occupied territories, Israeli rights group B’Tselem reported. The number was the highest in 12 years, during which the group kept systematic statistics of the demolitions. B’Tselem says the demolitions campaign intensified in August 2015 and unofficially halted later in the year, only […]

Explainer: Israel-Palestine Conflict, the Two-state Solution (VIDEO)

What is a two-state solution; what is a one-state solution; and why are they now at the heart of the Palestine-Israeli discussion? (Al Jazeera)

Palestinian Authority Supports Trump’s Call for Israeli Settlements ‘Pullback’, Wary of ‘One State’ Idea

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas fully supports Donald Trump’s call on Israel to “pull back” on settlement expansion, but is yet to comment on a trending idea that a peace deal might not necessarily include an independent Palestinian state. The Palestinian presidency “demands that [Israelis] agree to [Trump’s call] and that of the international community, […]

When Israel and Britain Celebrate the Historical Trauma of Palestinians

By Dr. Samah Jabr After 100 years, Britain seems to be at the same moral stage as it was when UK Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour wrote to a leader of the British Jewish community, Baron Rothschild, promising the establishment of a “national home” for the Jewish people in Palestine. Instead of making redress and creating […]

Improvement at PSC, but Two-States Idea is Not Palestinian

By Blake Alcott Fortunately the UK’s large Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) seems to be expanding its range of interest. Formerly focusing its attention and actions disproportionately on the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, its most recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) in January 2017 devoted more space to the Palestinians in Israel and those […]

Trump Promises ‘Great Peace Deal’, Netanyahu Seeks Unconditional US Support

US President Donald Trump called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make compromises in order to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians, including holding off on the construction of new settlements. “The United States will encourage a peace and really a great peace deal” between Israel and the Palestinians, but they have to […]

Israel’s Vision for the Future is Terrifying

By Ramzy Baroud Empirical historical evidence combined with little common-sense are enough to tell us the type of future options that Israel has in store for the Palestinian people: perpetual apartheid or ethnic cleansing, or a mix of both. The passing of the “Regularisation Bill” on 6 February is all we need to imagine the […]

Trump’s Muslim Ban: Israeli Strategic Plans to ‘Remake the Middle East’ from 2001 and Before Targeted the Same Countries

By Alison Weir President Trump has issued an executive order suspending entry to the U.S for people from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, and Yemen (the order is called “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”). These same countries were the focus of the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention […]

Palestinian Teens Detail Their Torture at the Hands of Israeli Authorities

Two Palestinian teenagers held in Israel’s Ofer detention center have been shot, abused, and tortured during their detention and interrogation by Israeli authorities, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs. Lawyer for the committee Hussein al-Araj said that 17-year-old Musab Muhammad Ghuneimat from Surif in the southern occupied West […]

‘I, Rubi Rivlin, Believe that Zion is Entirely Ours’: Israel’s President Calls for Annexing West Bank

Israel should annex all the occupied land it claims sovereignty over and grant full citizenship to those falling under its extended jurisdiction, Israe’s President Reuven Rivlin said, apparently implying full annexation of the West Bank. Speaking in the wider context of the controversial bill that has legalized the Israeli settlements in the occupied territories last […]

Spy or Die: Israel’s Message to a Gaza Heart Patient, Now Dead

A heart patient from Gaza has died after he refused an Israeli offer to spy on Palestinian in order to access treatment. Twenty-seven-year-old Ahmed was born with a congenital heart defect and had undergone a number of operations. He regularly made the trip from the Gaza Strip to the occupied West Bank for treatment and […]

‘Israeli Worship’ and Trump’s Muslim Ban

By Yves Engler It is strange how supporters of Israel are responding to Donald Trump’s Muslim and Syrian refugee ban. Some have applauded it, effectively acknowledging that Israel cheerleading is a right wing cause. Others have sought to be seen taking the side of anti-racism and religious tolerance, all the while ignoring Israel’s terrible treatment […]

The New Leader of Hamas in Gaza is Yahya Al-Sinwar

By Motasem A Dalloul  The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, announced on Monday that it has chosen Yahya Al-Sinwar as its new leader in the Gaza Strip. Al-Sinwar replaces the former Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, who achieved the largest number of votes in the Palestinian parliamentarian elections in 2006. Yahya Ibrahim Hassan Al-Sinwar was […]

‘We See Eye-to-Eye’: Netanyahu Enthusiastic on His Way to Washington to Meet Trump

With things in the international arena apparently changing in Israel’s favor with Obama gone, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is heading to meet his long-time acquaintance, Donald Trump, now in the role of US president, to “upgrade” the US-Israel relationship. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took off for the US capital on Monday, where he […]

NFL Players Skip Trip to Israel to Be ‘Voice for the Voiceless’

Several U.S. football players are boycotting an NFL trip to Israel paid for by the Israeli government in a major setback to Israeli efforts to whitewash the country’s occupation of Palestinian lands and continuing illegal settlement expansion. The Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett is one of the major stars boycotting the trip, posting a statement on […]

Man Beaten by Israeli Crowd for Shouting Warnings in Arabic During Shooting (VIDEO)

A Arab citizen of Israel was violently attacked on Thursday after screaming in Arabic at the scene of a shooting in Petah Tikva in central Israel that left six Israelis injured. According to Israeli news outlet Ynet, Maed Amar, 35, from Kafr Qasim was attacked by a crowd of Israelis after screaming “Watch out! Take […]

The Kiss of Life – A Poem

By Chris Lane is a warm welcome breeze from  the womb, for kittens and kids a mother’s tongue for desert life, water for us the kiss of love. living is an enormous void an incalculable, unpredictable present a confusion of choices simply given, simply taken away. one mistake  forever embedded. birthed in the right  western […]

Israel Bulldozes Democracy

Ayman Odeh is Chairman of the Hadash party and leader of the Joint List, the third-largest bloc in the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament. On Feb 12, The New York Times published an article of his entitled, ‘Israel Bulldozes Democracy‘. These are experts from the article: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is expected to visit Washington this […]

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