Despite Israel’s Wars, Ethnic Cleansing and Hatred, Palestinians Continue to Grow in Number

Our numbers continue to grow as we continue to struggle for our rights.

By Dr. Fayez Rasheed They’re killing our people in genocides, they’re torturing and arresting our children and they’re burning them alive. Israelis wish for the Palestinians to disappear from the face of the earth, so that they may rest, but we will not grant them any of their wishes. They hate Arabs and Muslims and the […]

Forget Daesh: Humanity is at Stake

We either live in dignity together or continue to perish alone, warring tribes and grief-stricken nations. (

By Ramzy Baroud I still remember that smug look on his face, followed by the matter-of-fact remarks that had western journalists laugh out loud. “I’m now going to show you a picture of the luckiest man in Iraq,” General Norman Schwarzkopf, known as ‘Stormin’ Norman, said at a press conference sometime in 1991, as he […]

The Karma of Terror

The drive for domination is the root cause of war.

By William T. Hathaway Terrible terrorists are killing our soldiers in their countries and killing us here at home. How can we stop them? The answer is simple: Stop terrorizing them. We started this war. What we do to others comes back on us. In addition to centuries of crusades and imperial conquest, the past […]

‘War on Terror’ Made Us Unsafe

IS and JS have a shared strategy: A perpetual conflict between Islam and the West.

By Jamal Kanj On a Thursday night, terrorists blew themselves up in the streets of Beirut. The next day, co-ordinated terrorist attacks in des rues of Paris. The same perpetrators targeted Muslims and Christians in the two different capitals. Just a month ago, it was a moving scene watching European women and men holding signs […]



By Uzma Falak My grandmother wove dreams on her spinning wheel, invoked you in her songs. I memorized the rhyme. My mother treasured your olives— a keepsake of the Blessed Land, a relic I never touched. At four years of age I learnt to sing you like a rhyme in unison with my homeland’s name. Beyond […]

On the Banning of the Islamic Movement in 48 Palestine

Sheikh Raed Salah. (Via Aljazeera)

By Lama Khater History has proven that the stupidest measure any occupying power anywhere can take is to strip an effective and influential political and social movement from all of its gains and its public activities. This means that the occupying power will push this movement to a point where it no longer has anything […]

Rohingya vs the Generals: How To Forge A Democracy And Get Away With It

Hopes for an end to the persecution of the Rohingya minority remain bleak. (Zoriah,net)

By Ramzy Baroud Writing in the New York Times in an article entitled “Myanmar generals set the stage for their own exit,” Thomas Fuller expressed his and the media’s failure to recognise the total fraud that is Myanma democracy. “The official results are still being tabulated,” he wrote, “but all signs so far point to […]

From Pol Pot to ISIS: The Blood Never Dried

ISIS is the progeny of those in Washington, London and Paris who, in conspiring to destroy Iraq, Syria and Libya, committed an epic crime against humanity.

By John Pilger  In transmitting President Richard Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”.  As Barack Obama wages his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and Francois Hollande promises a “merciless” attack on that […]

Banging Your Heart against Some Mad Bugger’s Wall

Palestinians know now that the source of their freedom is not found in the UN and western governments, but in themselves.

By Vacy Vlazna Mohammed, now 6, and Jihad, now 4, have missed their mother, Shireen’s happiness that has been shrouded by grief over the past year, missed their beloved father’s voice, laugh, smile, presence, his good night kiss on their cheeks, his arms that held them close and safe. Also missing is justice for the […]

UNRWA’s Institutional Presence and Neutrality

By Ramona Wadi In his address to the UN General Assembly’s Fourth Committee on Decolonisation, UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl gave a detailed overview of the restrictions faced by the organisation which, in turn, affect the lives of Palestinian refugees. From a recapitulation of the repercussions of Operation Protective Edge, which formed the foundations of […]

The Long Road to the Paris Massacres

The road to the bombings in Paris began with the invasion of Iraq. (

By Jeremy Salt Let us be crystal clear about this. The road to the bombings in Paris began with the invasion of Iraq. It ran through the destruction of Libya and the attempted destruction of Syria. One of the principal architects of the destruction of Libya and the attack on Syria is the current president […]

Roots of Terror

Just as the roots of terror lie within our own hands, so do the roots of an altruistic humanitarian outlook.

By Jim Miles I was sickened to hear and watch the events occurring in France. Part of that was for the immediate families, friends and neighbors of those so needlessly killed. Another part was the fear factor, not fear of terror or for myself but fear for how the powers that be would ratchet up […]

On Zionism and Racism: Time to Rekindle UN Spark

It is time for a new resolution 3379, something with teeth that will wake Israel up and push it to admit its sins.

By Eric Walberg UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently held a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the squashing of UN resolution 3379, equating Zionism with racism. It was passed in 1975 by a vote of 72 to 35 (with 32 abstentions). The festive event this year was attended by US Secretary of State John […]

Attacks within Hospitals Lack all Morality

Image from CCTV video shows a raid by Israeli forces disguised with fake beard as they enter Al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron.

By Dr. Aayesha J Soni On the 12thof November, 20-30 men arrived at the al-Ahly hospital in Hebron in two mini vans at around three o’clock in the morning, entering with someone in a wheelchair pretending to be pregnant. CCTV footage from inside the hospital revealed a large group of men armed with pistols and […]

Is Erdogan a Great Leader?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

By Jamal Kanj It is high time for Recep Tayyip Erdogan to step aside if Turkey is to continue progressing democratically, and flourish economically. Great leaders know when and where to pass their torch. Regardless of whether one believes Erdogan is an authoritarian or an egalitarian leader, it can’t be disputed that Turkey before him […]

A Child Triumphs against Israel’s Brutal Occupation

Ahmad Manasra,13.

By Hossam Shaker It is rare to find scenes that can express a complex reality or major issue, but one such was some video footage leaked recently, which exposed part of the heinous interrogation of a Palestinian child. Ranking officers in the Israeli occupation security services tried to overpower a 13 year old boy, break […]

A Palestinian call for ‘Unarmed Warfare’

Non-violence once had a central place in Palestinian resistance to occupation.

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth Behind the headline news of clashes between Palestinian youths and armed Israeli soldiers, Israel has – as ever – been quietly tightening its grip on Palestinians’ lives in the occupied territories. Last week in Hebron, a current flashpoint, 50 embattled families still living in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood faced a […]

Remaking the Middle East: How the US Grew Tired and Less Relevant

US occupation of Iraq divided and destabilized the region. (

By Ramzy Baroud  US Secretary of State John Kerry is often perceived as one of the “good guys”, the less hawkish of top American officials, who does not simply promote and defend his country’s military adventurism but reaches out to others, beyond polarizing rhetoric. His unremitting efforts culminated partly in the Iran nuclear framework agreement […]

Why Does Hebron Stand out in This Intifada?

The body of Saad Muhammad Youssef al-Atrash, 19, from Hebron after getting shot by Israeli occupation soldiers.

By Lama Khater The events taking place in Hebron during this intifada may have led many to research and examine the reasons why the conflict in the city continues to escalate. The pattern of violence seems to be consistent with those found in other parts of the West Bank or absent altogether elsewhere. Hebron is […]

Messianic Judaism, the Terrorist Settlers

Rabbi Moshe Levinger in 1968. (Agencies, file)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan Arrogant militant fanatic Israelis embracing rapacious Messianic Judaism have been used by the Israeli government as the ideological advanced troops for colonial invasion in occupied Palestine. Their members follow the tradition of the secular Jewish pioneering Labor movement that had established the Kibbutz and the militias of the early settlers in […]

Blair and the Other Sucker

World would have been a much better place without Bush and his British toady.

By Jamal Kanj I apologize for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong,” Tony Blair told Fareed Zakaria during a CNN interview. The TV interview came ahead of the much delayed British Chilcot – expected now by next summer – report investigating Iraq war. He also apologized “for some of the mistakes in planning” […]

Israel Has Something It Would Like to Say to the World

Israeli propaganda does not reveal the actual reasons for all of this Palestinian anger and aggression.

By Hossam Shaker Israel has something it would like to say to the world. Now that the Palestinians have been angered once again and the period of calmness has ended, Israel wants to tell the world that the tension and clashes that have been occurring over the past few weeks have been motivated by a deep-seated […]

Israel’s Decades-long Policy of Holding Palestinian Bodies

(Anadolu, via MEMO)

Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian dead, and its impact on the living, is being questioned once again as the government continues to withhold the bodies of 22 Palestinians killed following attacks on Israelis during the month of October. The refusal to turn over the dead to their families — a policy that Israeli authorities supposedly […]

Sorry, JK Rowling, You’re Wrong Over The Israel Boycott

What is appropriate for South Africa should be appropriate for Palestine, too, even if J K Rowling find that objectionable.

By Ramzy Baroud There is a possibility that you have heard of the famed British author, J.K. Rowling, writer of the popular fantasy series ‘Harry Potter’. While I knew of her books – through my teenage kids – I knew little about the author herself, until recently. Using generalised, ambiguous terminology that offered little by […]

Israeli Trap for Jordan Regarding Al-Aqsa


By Dr. Saleh Al-Naami  No one condemned the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Tzipi Hotovely, when she called for the Israeli flag to be raised at the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa shortly after the announcement of an agreement between Jordan and Israel regarding arrangements for the presence of Muslims and Jews in the compound. This agreement was […]

Al Aqsa Mosque Compound under the Gaze

'Cameras work as instruments of war.'

By Mahmoud Zidan Recently, US Secretary of State John Kerry interrupted his otherwise busy schedule, which includes too many raging conflicts in the region, so that he can contribute to defusing the tension in Jerusalem and other occupied territories. So he briefly stayed in the region, but his short stay, which was widely covered by […]

Netanyahu, Hitler, al-Mufti Al-Hussaini and the Holocaust

Mufti Haj Amin Effendi el-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.

To a large extent, Mufti Al-Hussaini, who led the Palestinian national movement during one of its most critical phases, has been deliberately excluded from the Palestinian national narrative. His relation to Nazi Germany, which was only a small episode in his political career, should not be seen as if it summed up his entire history. […]

End Slavish Support for Israel: It is about Fairness, Rule of Law

The U.S. is the principle enabler of the occupation.

By Richard Forer In 2008 the United States and the government of Israel agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), in which the U.S. would “help Israel meet its security requirements.” The terms of the agreement provided Israel with, on average, three billion dollars in military assistance annually for a ten-year period to begin in […]

Report: Palestinian Security Cooperation with Israel


Set up under the 1993 Oslo Accords, security coordination involves the sharing of intelligence between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The PA was also established under Oslo. Before the official signing of the agreement, the two sides had agreed on a “Declaration of Principles”, which included a pledge from PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat to uphold […]

New Zealand’s Zionist Diplomacy in the Security Council

Prime Minister John Key (R), repeated the Zionist mantra that 'Israel has a right to defend itself.'

By Dr. Vacy Vlazna The reprehensible draft ‘resolution’ circulated by New Zealand (NZ), the present chair of the UN Security Council, is so blatantly biased against the Palestinian people that it proffers, in this instance, the correct diplomatic protocol to mind its own business, particularly as NZ is an on-the-record, apologist and morally blind supporter […]

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  • November 24, 2015

    Kerry Supports Israeli 'Self-defense' against 'Senseless Terrorism'

    US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday expressed support for Israel's right to "defend" itself from "terrorism" and "senseless violence," in comments that will be viewed as deeply disappointing by Palestinians. - Speaking before a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Kerry said: "It is very clear to us that the terrorism, these acts of terrorism which have been taking place, deserve... More →
  • November 24, 2015

    Palestinian Shot, Injured after Alleged Car Attack Injures 4 Israelis

    A Palestinian man was shot and wounded after he allegedly rammed his car into a group of Israeli security personnel, injuring four, at Tappuah junction in the northern West Bank district of Nablus on Tuesday morning, Israeli police said. - Israeli police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said that Israeli police shot and wounded the Palestinian following what he described as a "terrorist attack." He said that the area had... More →
  • November 23, 2015

    Palestinian, 16, Shot Dead after Killing Israeli Near Ramallah

    A Palestinian man was shot dead after stabbing and killing an Israeli soldier on Route 443 west of Ramallah on Monday, Israel's army said. - An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that a "Palestinian murdered an Israeli and wounded another in a stabbing attack" with the injured victim evacuated for treatment. - Israeli forces responded on site to the incident and shot dead the Palestinian attacker, the spokesperson... More →
  • November 23, 2015

    Palestinian Girl Shot Dead after Alleged Attack near Jerusalem Market (VIDEO)

    Israeli forces shot two Palestinian teenage girls, killing one and wounding the other, after they were allegedly involved in a stabbing attack near a central Jerusalem market on Monday morning, Israeli police said. - Israeli media initially reported that two Israelis were wounded in the alleged attack, although a spokesperson for Hadassah hospital later confirmed that one of those injured was a 70-year-old Palestinian... More →
  • November 23, 2015

    Hamas Criticizes Ki-moon's 'Silence' on Israeli War Crimes

    The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas has claimed that the killing of a Palestinian girl near the Hawara checkpoint in the north of the West Bank represents a “serious war crime”. - The spokesman for the movement, Sami Abu Zuhri, said in a written statement released yesterday that: “The Israeli crimes will lead the Palestinian people to continue their uprising to defend themselves and develop it by all possible... More →
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