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 […]

Poets Saving Palestine: I Remember My Name


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


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. […]

Dima’s Eyes – A Poem


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 […]

Did the Arabs Betray Palestine?

Hajah Zainab is also Algeria, all of Algeria.  (YouTube)

By Ramzy Baroud  At the age of 21, I crossed Gaza into Egypt to pursue a degree in political science. The timing could have not been worse. The Iraq invasion of Kuwait in 1990 had resulted in a US-led international coalition and a major war, which eventually paved the road for the US invasion of […]

Welcome to Palestine 2017: A Legal Imperative

The overwhelming vote of the UN General Assembly on November 29, 2012, to confirm Palestine’s status as a state.

By Clive Hambidge The ship carrying the precious cargo of a Palestinian Statehood bid, intended for late 2017, navigates through the choppy waters of Israel’s polluted sea of propaganda, US obduracy and a forever abstaining UK, complicit to a universally recognized, unlawful and brutal Israeli occupation. This must not deter we the people, in our duty […]

Israel’s Continued Pursuits in the West Bank’s Area A

(Photo: Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle. file)

By Dr. Adnan Abu Amer Palestinians and Israelis are experiencing a conflict over the Israeli army’s “pursuit” of wanted Palestinians in Area A. Meanwhile, Palestinian security agencies are asking Israelis to hand over security information in order for them to arrest and pursue wanted Palestinians themselves, but Israel is refusing and demands to do it […]

Samidoun Mourns Muhammad Salah, Palestinian Community Leader, Former Prisoner in US and Israeli Jails

Muhammad Salah with his lawyer, Michael Deutsch. (People’s Law Office, file)

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network expresses its condolences to the Salah family and the broader Palestinian community of Chicago and the United States on the passing of Muhammad Salah, prominent Palestinian activist and community leader in the Chicago area, former political prisoner in Israeli jails, survivor of Israeli torture, and subject of extensive U.S. state repression. […]

Banks and Currency Exchange Offices Persecuted by the PA

Banks and currency offices are the new front in the confrontation between Hamas and the PA. (File)

By Adnan Abu Amer Palestinians are dependent on banks and currency exchange offices in their financial transactions, such as receiving cash transfers from employers and relatives, and perhaps even for financial transfers sent by factions based abroad to their members inside Palestine. Such transactions sometimes face harsh policies imposed by the Palestinian Authority on banks and […]

When Medicine is Polluted by Israel’s Occupation

Mrs Clinton; there is no purity, even of the medical professionalism, in colonial domination. (CSPAN, file)

By Dr. Samah Jabr When Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to the Israeli-American donor Haim Saban against the popular and peaceful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, she described “the Jewish state” as a “vibrant democracy in a region dominated by autocracy… a modern day miracle — a vibrant bloom in the middle of a […]

Students in Gaza Watch World’s First Virtual Reality Operation

(Photo: Courtesy Medical Realities)

In a world first, British surgeon Dr. Shafi Ahmed live-streamed an operation using Google glasses allowing students around the world to get a doctor’s view of the procedure last Thursday. Medical students and staff in Gaza were among some 13,000 viewers who watched the doctor remove cancerous tissue from a 78-year-old patient with colon cancer […]

A Jew Wins Arab-American Vote and Loses the Jewish Vote

Sanders: ' we are going to have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignity,' (Via CNN)

 By Hasan Afif El-Hasan In their attempt to win the Jewish vote and money, the presidential candidates from the US major parties typically pledge their affection and support for Israel. While Israel is the one that has been dismantling Palestine, demolishing the Palestinians’ homes and destroying their lives, the political Presidential contenders constantly intone that […]

At 80, Failed Abbas is Probed, Derided and Scapegoated

(Image: Niño Jose Heredia/Gulf News)

By Ramzy Baroud   “We won’t act like them, we will not use violence or force, we are peaceful, we believe in peace, in peaceful popular resistance.” This was part of a message issued by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in October, only days after a few incidents took place in which Palestinian youth were […]

Hamoudi – A Child Refugee from Syria

For a split second, everything was okay. (Supplied)

By Brian Wood The trust of a child, the openness of their hearts and souls, is one of the most stirring experiences to possibly have in this form and on this earth. I could not remember his face or what he looked like. I would not recognize him on the streets. His energy and our […]

18 Months on, Gaza Donors Still Falling Way Short (VIDEO)


That’s an increase of only $159 million since the last time the World Bank issued data on the donations in August 2015, and major pledgers continue to fall short: Qatar has given only 15 percent of its $1 billion pledge; Saudi Arabia 10 percent of its $500 million promise; and the UAE just 15 percent […]

Jarbouni and Jarrar: Messages to the Palestinian People on Prisoners’ Day (VIDEO)

Khalida Jarrar (L) and Lena Jarboun, longest serving woman prisoner in Palestine.

Palestinian prisoners Lena Jarbouni, the longest serving woman prisoner, who has entered her fifteenth year in Israeli prisons, and Khalida Jarrar, Palestinian parliamentarian feminist, leftist and prisoner advocate, issued messages to the Palestinian people on the occasion of Prisoners’ Day, 17 April. Palestinian lawyer Hanan al-Khatib delivered the messages following her visits with Jarbouni and […]

Recognition of Palestine Inseparable from Peace Talks with Israel: FM Riyad al-Maliki (VIDEO)

UN members voted overwhelmingly in favor of Palestine. (Photo: Al Jazeera)

Palestine hopes a French initiative to revive peace talks between it and Israel will be backed by major world powers, including Russia, saying recognition of statehood is not a “political risk” but a “value,” Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told RT. “We said yes, absolutely [to that idea] raised by the former [French] foreign minister Laurent […]

New Camp David with a Saudi Touch (VIDEO)

Map of the islands of Sanafir and Tiran in the Red Sea. (Via MRN)

Now, as Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi announced his country had redrawn its naval borders with Saudi and conceded the islands of Sanafir and Tiran, it has become evident that Saudi was in talks with Egypt. There are not many complications surrounding the matter of the islands which Israel occupied in 1967. Israeli Defence Minister […]

In Jerusalem – Poems

(Photo:, file)

By Rachel Astarte In Jerusalem There is a quiet I am looking for from bulldozers from blastings from smoldering anger There is a place I have never seen although I have imagined it during childhood Passover seders. The ones when my Sicilian father, having embraced my mother’s ethnicity as his own, hid the afikomen almost […]

Europe, the Cowardly Giant

Palestinians from the West Bank corralled in an Israeli military checkpoint on their way to Jerusalem. (Tamar Fleishman, PC, file)

By Dr. Abdel Sattar Qassem Europe’s recent announcement that Jerusalem is the capital of two states to be achieved through negotiations between Palestinian and Israel was a rejection of Sweden’s proposal that there be explicit recognition of “East Jerusalem” as the capital of an independent Palestine. Since 1967 most European countries have expressed their support […]

Memory is the Cactus of Exile – A Poem

Ahmed Yassin draws on Cactus the story of Palestinian resistance. (Via Twitter)

By Aida Qasim Why do you laugh like a giddy school girl in your mid life? And why does your face rebel against the artist’s chisel? Growing cactus in your garden rather than respectable hyacinth Pining a first love That keeps you up at night A tempered indifference is more befitting of your years Settle […]

My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide – Book Review


Reviewed by Jim Miles (Ally – My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide. Michael B. Oren. Random House, New York, 2015.) Reading a work that would obviously be very pro-Israel sets up an anticipatory set of expectations and Michael Oren’s account of his term as Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Ally – My Journey Across the […]

Palestine Bypassed in Tiran and Sanafir Deal

Map of the islands of Sanafir and Tiran in the Red Sea. (Via MRN)

By Iqbal Jassat Will media blackout on Tiran and Sanafir now be lifted following Saudi monarch’s recent high profile visit to Egypt? This appears to be the expectation if Arab media is to be believed given the fuss over these islands in Cairo, Riyadh and Tel Aviv. Some reports indicate that the fuss is fast […]

The Logic of Murder in Israel: A Culture of Impunity in Full View of the Entire World

There is a culture of impunity that exists in the Israeli army. (File)

By Ramzy Baroud  “Whether he made a mistake or not, is a trivial question,” said an Israeli Jewish man who joined large protests throughout Israel in support of a soldier who calmly, and with precision, killed a wounded Palestinian man in al-Khalil (Hebron). The protesting Jewish man described Palestinians as ‘barbaric’, ‘bestial’, who should not be […]

HRW Laments Israel ‘Beating’ and ‘Threatening’ Palestinian Kids in Detention


Tactics used by the Israeli security forces to detain Palestinian children are coming under fire, with Human Rights Watch saying the youngsters are subject to “beatings” and “treated in ways that would terrify and traumatize an adult.” The report accuses the Israeli authorities of numerous abuses of their powers. Not only are they being accused […]

Ode to Lifta – A Poem

Lifta village today. (Jacob Pace, Electronic Intifada)

By Aida Qasim Even Neruda’s birds that once roamed from sea to sea have flown to other continents The stones I once rested against during the olive harvest seem to sit by indifferently as another kingdom reigns Have you forgotten me? Like monuments among fertile landscapes of almond trees you once waved me back at sunset […]

Majd Owaida: From Gaza’s Open-air-prison to Israeli Prisons

(Photo:  Alaa Al-Sarraj, Palestine Chronicle)

By Maram Humaid – Gaza Despairingly, Maha Owaida, the mother of Majd Owaida, 23, took part in the sit-in in solidarity with her son, who was arrested two months ago while en route to the West Bank via the Israeli-controlled Eretz crossing. Few people joined the Owaida’s family on Monday, 11th April, 2016, where the […]

Luxury of Relaxation in Gaza: Small Coffins are the Heaviest

'In Gaza, children have learned at a very young age what it is like to be insecure and afraid all the time.' (File)

By Nesma K. Seyam – Gaza Every night, I open my small window, inhale a deep breath and release all the hidden tensions in my chest. With my eye half open, I gaze at the dark sky whose face is sprinkled with stars, like freckles on a child’s face. As I stand, taking in another breath […]

US Election: ‘Death by Being Shot or Poisoning’

Riding Trump’s ego is the best hope for Americans to end the 200-year-old Democratic and Republican monopoly. (Wikimedia, file)

By Jamal Kanj Donald Trump could change American electoral history for the better. Before explaining how, let’s first explore the politics and predicament of the 2016 Republican primary election. About six weeks ago, I projected that Trump would win the Republican nomination. That was before the traditional Republican leadership came out of hibernation to spoil […]

War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification – Book Review


Reviewed by Richard Falk (Jeff Halper, War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification, Pluto Press, 2015, 296 pp., ISBN 9780745334301.) Jeff Halper is an unusual hybrid presence on both the scholarly and political scene. He describes himself as an “activist-scholar” (6), which adopts a controversial self-identification. The conventional stance erects a high […]

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  • April 29, 2016

    UN Reports Four-fold Increase in Israeli Demolitions This Year

    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. - The over 800 Palestinians to be... More →
  • April 29, 2016

    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 date for the release of the new... More →
  • April 29, 2016

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

    A report by Physicians for Human Rights - Israel (PHRI) released last month revealed thatthat 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 released as Israel’s medical community was already under... More →
  • April 28, 2016

    Palestinians Slam Israel for 'Execution' of Palestinian Siblings (PHOTOS)

    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 and her younger brother... More →
  • April 28, 2016

    Hamas Activists Arrested after Palestinian Student Elections (PHOTOS)

    Five Hamas activistswere 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. - - The arrests followedthe political party’s victory inyesterday’s student council... More →
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