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East Is East and West Is West: Thoughts from a Puzzled Mind

By Jamil I. Toubbeh Recorded history informs that the East and the West are culturally inextricable; history also informs that this inextricability has been shaken over time by religious, geopolitical and economic conflicts of short and long duration. If one were to rank-order conflicts around the globe in the 20th and 21st centuries, the Arab […]

Jerusalem in Danger while the World Sleeps

Al-Quds, Haram al-Sharif Compound. (Wikimedia)

By Tariq Shadid Tensions are rising sky-high in what is considered a Holy City by three of the world’s major religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Its Aramaic name ‘Ur Shalim’, from which hails its current international name Jerusalem, means ‘City of Peace’, yet it has become obvious that it will not be allowed to live […]

Fighting for Survival in the Sinai: Egypt’s Convenient War

An image from social media of Egyptian military purportedly demolishing homes in Northern Sinai. (Twitter/@GalalAmrG)

By Ramzy Baroud Sinai is both heaven and hell. This triangular desert boasts an arid landscape of hopeless horizons often interrupted by leftover military hardware from previous wars. The land is comprised of breathtaking beaches, incredible history, and a fusion of fascinating cultures that reach back into the past as far as ancient times can […]

Meet the Israelis Picking Palestinian Olives

'I know that [the Palestinians] can do it without me but maybe it helps deal with some guilt.' (Annie Slemrod/IRIN)

(IRIN) It is still dark when the minibus rolls into Jerusalem, picking up Israelis bound for occupied Palestinian land. Their leader, a rabbi, dons a shawl and quietly prays in the back seat. During the autumn olive harvest, Palestinian villagers are especially nervous about visits from Israelis: Last year the UN recorded 38,532 trees destroyed […]

How Israel is Turning Gaza into a Super-max Prison

Washington and its allies are only too happy to see Hamas and Islamic Jihad deprived of the materials needed to resist Israel’s next onslaught. (Aljazeera/file)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth It is astonishing that the reconstruction of Gaza, bombed into the Stone Age according to the explicit goals of an Israeli military doctrine known as “Dahiya”, has tentatively only just begun two months after the end of the fighting. According to the United Nations, 100,000 homes have been destroyed or […]

SA Fact Finding Mission in Israel Raise Palestinian Hopes

By Iqbal Jassat South Africa’s increasing interest in Palestine and its woes is beginning to manifest in ways that’s likely to attract more antagonism from Israel and her lobbyists. Currently a number of South Africans are in Israel to gain first-hand insight of conditions faced by Palestinians under Occupation as well as experience the political […]

Canada’s Heart of Darkness

Justice Minister MacKay wearing a t-shirt printed with a high powered automatic rifle at a Conservative fundraiser. (National Firearms Association, Facebook)

By Jim Miles Once upon a time, Canada was able to create the illusion that it was the “peaceable kingdom”, an illusion accepted domestically and arguably by most of the rest of the world. This history has been well discredited with newer historical research outlining how Canada’s position as a “peacekeeper,” generally under UN auspices, […]

The Process of Reconstructing Gaza

What we are witnessing is a global Israeli blackmail operation and the exploitation Gaza's destruction. (IRIN)

By Lamis Andoni As usual, whatever Israel fails to impose by war, it tries to achieve by means of the subsequent agreements, and the reconstruction of Gaza agreement under the supervision of the UN is no difference. It is the manifestation of international complicity in not only solidifying the siege, but also using it to […]

Phantoms of the Past: Britain’s Vote on Palestine is a Nonstarter

Without a clear course of action to help Palestinians gain their freedom, the British vote will remain another symbolic gesture. (BBC)

By Ramzy Baroud It would be intellectually dishonest to reflect on the British House of Commons’ vote of Monday, 13 October, on a Palestinian state without digging deeper into history. Regardless of the meaning of the non-binding motion, the parliamentary action cannot be brushed off as just another would-be country to recognise Palestine, as was […]

Disorganized Reflections at Al-Shejaiya Ruins

Statues by artist Eyad Sabbah stand amidst the rubble of buildings destroyed during the Israel war on Gaza, in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza. (Press TV)

By Haidar Eid A Hanounite woman sits on a rock in the middle of what once was a home that contained dreams, hopes, and desires! My ghost wipes her tears and weeps along with her I stand over the ruins of a house in the eastern part of al-Shejaiya neighborhood. My ghost stands over the […]

The Politics of Empire – Book Review

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Reviewed by Ludwig Watzal (James Petras, The Politics of Empire. The US, Israel and the Middle East, Clarity Press, Atlanta 2014, 196 pp.) The Israeli military went again on a rampage against the ghettoized people in the Gaza strip. The last time, they “visited” the walled-in strip at the turn of the year 2008/09, they […]

Stop the Killing

By Kathy Kelly On August 9, 1983, three people dressed as U.S. soldiers saluted their way onto a US military base and climbed a pine tree. The base contained a school training elite Salvadoran and other foreign troops to serve dictatorships back home, with a record of nightmarish brutality following graduation. That night, once the […]

The Israeli Solution

Zionism is incompatible with peace. (Tamar Fleishman/PC)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan I tried to explore the long term plans of the ruling elite of Israel regarding the Palestinians. But since no Israeli government ever publicly revealed its long term vision other than maintaining the status quo, I sought to examine their thoughts through one of their surrogates, Caroline Glick. I read her […]

The Other is Nothing but a Target in the Rifle Scope

(Tamar Fleishman/Palestine Chronicle)

By Tamar Fleishman – Qalandiya The supervision over the people arriving at the checkpoint, over the thousands of families living in Qalandiya refugee camp and over the tens of businesses on the main road between Ramallah and East Jerusalem is tightening, and the asymmetry between the soldiers who are armed with rifles and grenades and […]

The Missing Context: ‘Islamic State’ Sectarianism is Not Coincidental

Sadr City, Baghdad. (Zoriah - zoriah.net)

By Ramzy Baroud Consider this comical scene described by Peter Van Buren, a former US diplomat, who was deployed to Iraq on a 12-month assignment in 2009-10: Van Buren led two Department of State teams assigned with the abstract mission of the “reconstruction” of Iraq, which was destroyed in the US-led wars and sanctions. He […]

UK Parliament Palestine Motion is Vote of Anger at Israeli Warmongering

May the next motion that passes in UK parliament be a motion for a comprehensive boycott of Israel. (BBC)

By Tariq Shadid The remarkable landslide win for the motion in UK Parliament to recognize the Palestinian state has taken many around the world by surprise. Even though the vote is merely symbolic, since it is a non-binding motion, it is still being viewed widely as a setback for the Israelis. Why is this the […]

Diplomatic Recognition – The Road to Peace

One and only one road to peace with some measure of justice in Israel and Palestine exists.

By John V. Whitbeck On October 12, at a donors’ conference in Cairo, participants pledged US$ 5.4 billion toward the reconstruction of Gaza. However, numerous participants noted that repeatedly paying to reconstruct what had been destroyed – and was likely to be destroyed again – was an insufficient response and that the core problem must […]

IS and the IDF: Canada’s Double Standard

Canada's first IS casualty. (National Post)

By Eric Walberg Why are IDF members tolerated and even lauded in the West while IS fighters are despised and killed? In what sense is the IDF scenario any less reprehensible than the IS one? In recent weeks there has been a spate of articles about western youth flocking to Syria and now Iraq to […]

Islamic State vs Jewish State

By Jamal Kanj I have read or heard countless of analysts in the last few weeks discussing the war on Islamic State (IS). Unquestionably, putting an end to IS is a step in the right direction. But if anyone has the delusion that defeating IS militarily is the answer, I suggest they take a look […]

Israel and the G-word: We Need a Better Word than ‘Occupation’

One day a historian will coin a word to describe Israel’s unique strategy of incrementally destroying the Palestinian people. (MEE)

By Jonathan Cook Israeli officials were caught in a revealing lie late last month as the country celebrated the Jewish New Year. Shortly after declaring the most popular boy’s name in Israel to be “Yosef”, the interior ministry was forced to concede that the top slot was actually filled by “Mohammed”. That small deceit coincided […]

Israeli Perception and Reality

Netanyahu 'doesn't bother to cover the gap between words and bulldozers.' (Wikimedia Commons)

By Jamal Kanj In my last column, I discussed Benjamin Netanyahu’s proclivity to deceive, cheat and lie. During my research, however, I came across an article by Israeli journalist Amira Hass, who had a different take on the issue. In her 2011 article in the Israeli daily Haartz, Hass argued that ‘Netanyahu is less of […]

Dennis Ross’s Recipe for Disaster in the Middle East

Dennis Ross's discourse is replete with contradictions.

By Soumaya Ghannoushi A collective sigh of relief was almost audible across Washington and other western capitals when Abdel Fattah el-Sisi accomplished the mission and successfully staged his blood-drenched military coup. They could all go back to business as usual with the Arabs. No need for the newly devised strategy of containment. No need to […]

Nothing about us without Us: The Token Palestinian and Authentic Narrative

The “adversarial” Palestinian is one who is invited to speak to the media, only to be chastised publically. (Fox News)

By Ramzy Baroud I recall, with particular awkwardness, my first talk to a socialist student gathering at the University of Washington in Seattle nearly two decades ago. When I tried to offer an authentic view of the situation in Palestine from the viewpoint of a refugee, my hosts were distinctly unimpressed. However, the bespectacled head […]

Analysis: Donors Threaten to Withhold Gaza Aid

Donations are desperately needed to rebuild Gaza. (Shareef Sarhan/UNRWA)

Days ahead of a key meeting in Cairo on rebuilding Gaza in the wake of last summer’s bombardment by Israel, the prospect of forking out more millions has left international donors with a frustrating sense of  déjà vu: they were in the same position in 2009 and 2012. This time, there’s a real risk their […]

George Monbiot, the Left’s Very Own McCarthy

George Monbiot. (Wikimedia Commons)

By  Jonathan Cook Questioning someone’s integrity is not something I do lightly, especially when I share much ideological common ground with them. But the unsavoury behavior of George Monbiot, a leading columnist for the Guardian and one of Britain’s most prominent progressive intellectuals, is becoming ever harder to overlook – and forgive. On a whole […]

Why Must Gaza Wait in the Dark?

A Gaza generation has never known a time that didn’t require candles to be able to study after dark. (Supplied)

By Sam Bahour When I asked my colleague in Gaza about her biggest dream, her answer made an impression on me: “I dream of what life would be like with 24-hour electricity.” This was the answer of a single, mid-career, western educated, professional woman who lives in the more affluent part of Gaza City. Her […]

A Long Walk for Palestinian Freedom

Marcelo’s BDS mission to walk over 300 kms from Sydney to Canberra. (Supplied)

By Vacy Vlazna Palestinian BDS* is a non-violent movement to secure Palestine’s right to independence. Fittingly, in the spirit of Gandhian satyagraha, on the International Day of Non-Violence (2 October), Israeli academic and refusenik, Dr Marcelo Svirsky reached his goal – the Australian Parliament – to hand over petitions signed by Australians asking the government […]

Palestinian-US Relations Head for Stormy Times

Abbas bent before the onslaught of the winds of American rejection. (WH/file)

By Nicola Nasser Washington’s response to the speech that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered at the UN General Assembly last September 26 confirms that the bilateral Palestinian-U.S. relations are heading for stormy times. The U.S., which opposed Abbas’ plan to seek a UN Security Council resolution to end the Israeli occupation within a defined timeframe, […]

Song of Comradery! For Jeremy Karodia – Song by Haidar Eid

Brother and comrade Jeremy Karodia.

By Haidar Eid As my brother and comrade Jeremy Karodia of The Mavr!x has been on my mind for while, I couldn’t think of anything that would lift his spirit than art! Salah Jahin’s lyrics of Pain and Loss, of Appearance Vs. Reality are the best that could describe what this hero of mine is […]

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 […]

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