Palestine’s Crisis of Leadership: Did Abbas Destroy Palestinian Democracy?

'Abbas’ agenda is entirely personal, entirely elitist and entirely corrupt.'

By Ramzy Baroud The crisis of leadership throughout Palestinian history did not start with Mahmoud Abbas and will, regrettably, be unlikely to end with his departure. Although Abbas has, perhaps, done more damage to the credibility of the Palestinian leadership than any other leader in the past, he is also a by-product of a process […]

The Latest Attack on Jeremy Corbyn is Only Half the Story

Jeremy Corbyn.

By Ben White This morning, The Jewish Chronicle published a story with the headline ‘Jeremy Corbyn campaigned for Israeli embassy car bombing pair’, stating that the Labour leadership candidate had been “a leading activist in the campaign for the release of two people who were jailed for their involvement in the bombing of a Jewish […]

The PLO, the Enemy Within

50 years after it was launched, the PLO has travelled a road from rejection and war to acceptance and collaboration. (WAFA/file)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan The Palestinians, who are allowed by Israel to live in the occupied lands’ towns and villages, are in peril! They are devastated and humiliated at checkpoints, house arrests, and in violent dispersal of their peaceful demonstrations. The Palestinians are traumatized every day when the Israelis break into their homes and drag […]

Young Palestinian Girl Biting Israeli Soldier Trying to Detain Boy during West Bank Protests – Video and Photo


Photos have emerged that appear to show several Palestinian women and children fighting to stop an Israeli soldier from detaining a young boy. The boy, whose arm is in a sling, is seen being pinned to the ground beneath an Israeli Defence Force (IDF) soldier’s legs while two Palestinian women and children try to rescue […]

Signs of Regression: Canada’s NDP and Palestine

NDP leader, Tom Mulcair.

By Dan Freeman-Maloy A friend recently expressed his confusion about the outrage over the death of Ali Dawabsheh, the 18-month-old Palestinian toddler who was killed last month when Jewish settlers firebombed his home in the occupied West Bank. (The child’s father was also badly burned in the attack, and eight days later died from his […]

A Call to Palestinians Everywhere: Help Write Our History

The Piano Man of Yarmouk. (Via Facebook)

Dear Palestinians Everywhere, Palestinian Author, historian and Journalist, Dr. Ramzy Baroud is leading a group of researchers and journalists to help write his new book about the people of Palestine. The idea behind the book is to bridge politics, ideology, religion and geography to look at Palestinian history, past and present in a way that […]

Renewing the PLO’s Legitimacy

Has the PA president actually resigned or not?

By Dr. Hani al-Masri Has the Palestinian president — and the rest of the PLO executive committee members who announced their resignation — actually resigned or not? Saeb Erekat denied that he has (perhaps to justify his appointment as the new head of the committee) despite the fact that Ghassan Shakaa and a number of […]

The Latest Failure of the American Jewish Establishment

By Peter Beinhart What imprint will the fight over the Iran deal leave on organized American Jewish life? Much is still not clear. But this much is: If you thought young American Jews were alienated from their communal elders before, just wait. Older American Jews are closely split on the Iran nuclear agreement. Younger American […]

‘Islamic State’ Pretence and the Upcoming Wars in Libya

Libyans themselves are the very enablers behind the division of their own country. (Wikimedia Commons)

By Ramzy Baroud Another war is in the making in Libya: the questions are ‘how’ and ‘when’? While the prospect of another military showdown is unlikely to deliver Libya from its current security upheaval and political conflict, it is likely to change the very nature of conflict in that rich, but divided, Arab country. An […]

Misreading the Refugee Crisis

(Niño Jose Heredia/Gulf News)

By Ramzy Baroud So far this year, “nearly one quarter of a million migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe”, reported Al Jazeera’s Inside Story, citing the International Organisation for Migration. The situation is indeed bleak, not only because the number of refugees is constantly on the rise, but also because Europe appears rather disinterested […]

Is Israel Defenseless?

The Qalandiya military tower, occupied West Bank. (Tamar Fleishman, PC)

By Iqbal Jassat “Israel is technically defenseless and humiliated” claims Gordon Duff, senior editor of Veterans Today. Duff, a US Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War, writes that it is not conjecture and while not a positive prospect for peace, is entirely the result of Netanyahu’s scheming. He also blames Israel’s rightwing leader for […]

Israel Unleashes Its Diplomatic Thug on the UN

Danny Danon. (Via Flickr and Al Bawaba)

By Jonathan Cook  – Nazareth The appointment by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu of one of his most hawkish and outspoken rivals as Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations has prompted widespread consternation. As one Israeli analyst noted last week, Danny Danon’s appointment amounts to a “cruel joke” on the international community. The new […]

A Palestinian Novel Par Excellence: The Blue between Sky and Water


By  Vacy Vlazna If poetry be the food of love, read on.* The Blue between Sky and Water, places Susan Abulhawa among the Illustrissimi of Palestinian literature. It is a novel one must read, at minimum twice. Once to follow the ‘what’s next’ of the evolving plot with its larger than fiction characters. And the […]

Why Congress Must Support the Nuclear Agreement With Iran

There is a moment of truth for the relationship between the United States and Israel.  (Via Aljazeera)

(Prefatory Note: this post republishes an article appearing in the Huffinton Post on Aug. 21, 2015. It is jointly written with Akbar Ganji, an important human rights defender who spent several years for his efforts in an Iranian jail. Ganji is a leading commentator on Iranian affairs and world issues, and recipient of an International […]

The Illusion of a Rift in the Obama-Netanyahu Relationship

Israeli prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and US president, Barack Obama. (WH/file)

By Dr. Fayez Rasheed  Some of our Palestinian and Arab politicians and writers are counting on a desert mirage. They think it is water, but when they approach it, they find that it is something else. This mirage is the rift in the relationship between Netanyahu and Obama. Their evidence of this is weak, i.e. […]

‘We Can’t Have Another Year Like This': UNRWA Commissioner-General

Pierre Krähenbühl is determined to avoid further crises. (IRIN)

Schools open on time. It hardly sounds like news, but for half a million Palestinian refugee children it certainly is. On Wednesday, the UN body that looks after Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, announced it had overcome a $101 million deficit and the school year wouldn’t have to be delayed after all. After a desperate funding drive, […]

Is There an Ideology of Bushism?

The Bush family in the Red Room of the White House - January 2005. (Wikimedia Commons)

By Eric Walberg Until recently, Bushism referred only to George W Bush’s infamous malaproprisms, such as “they misunderestimated me”, “make the pie higher”. As Americans gear up for the 2016 presidential elections, it is coming to mean something completely different. Two dynasties are competing for the presidency. Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush will most likely […]

Western Legacy in Libya Leaves a Hole Filled by Migrants Fleeing for Europe – Interview with Ramzy Baroud


By Sputnik International The scale of the crisis in the Mediterranean can’t be ignored. Two thousand migrants have died already this year on their journey to Europe. Fifty migrants remain unaccounted for after their rubber dinghy sank, this came just days after 200 migrants were presumed dead after their boat capsized off the coast of […]

‘The Iranian Threat': Who Is the Gravest Danger to World Peace?

Israel,'s weapons programs have been abetted by the US. It refuses to sign the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).

By Noam Chomsky Throughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five veto-holding members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany. Most of the world apparently shares the assessment of the U.S. Arms Control Association that “the Joint Comprehensive Plan […]

Latin America and Palestine Have Shared Interests, So Let’s Build on Them

There may though be lessons for the Palestinians and their supporters to learn from the Latin American experience. (File)

By Daud Abdullah This weekend, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) will be hosting an international conference on Palestine and Latin America around the theme “Building solidarity for the 21st century.” Though not the first of its kind, this event is convened at an important juncture in the history of the people of both regions, emphasising a common […]

An Open Letter to: Secretary of State John Kerry and Attorney General Loretta Lynch


By James Zogby No American citizen should be subjected to the treatment that George Khoury and Habib Joudeh received when they arrived at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel last month. George is a 70 year old Palestinian American from San Francisco. Habib, 62, from Brooklyn, is also an American citizen of Palestinian descent. During the […]

Film: Gaza Fire


More than a year since Israel’s devastating war in Gaza, whole communities remain affected. The conflict left more than 2,000 Palestinians and 71 Israelis dead, while Israel’s aerial bombardment of Gaza left 18,000 homes destroyed. The Palestinian enclave’s fire service was on the front line – desperately trying to save people caught in the fighting. […]

The Nuclear Challenge: 70 Years After Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Sanctions and war threats directed at Iran, silence and denial conferred on Israel.

By Richard Falk [Prefatory Note: I have been preoccupied for many years with the multiple challenges posed by nuclear weapons, initially from the perspective of international law and morality, later with regard to prudence diplomacy and political survival in international relations, and in all instances, with an eye favoring deep denuclearization associated in my mind […]

War Begets War Refugees: The Moral Bankruptcy of Italy and NATO

Those who wage war should shoulder part of the moral responsibility of addressing its horrible consequences. (Via Daily Mail)

By Ramzy Baroud On April 26, 2011, a meeting that can only be described as sinister took place between the then Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, and French President, Nicolas Sarkozy. The most pressing issue discussed at the meeting in Rome was how to deal with African immigrants. Sarkozy, who was under pressure from his […]

Even if Blair is Not Befriending Hamas, Look for a New Beginning

Blair enjoys the trust and confidence of the Israeli establishment. (Via Aljazeera/file)

By Dr. Daud Abdullah Do Tony Blair’s shuttle visits to Doha for meetings with the leadership of the Islamic Resistance Movement — Hamas — mean that he is about to befriend the Palestinian group? The short answer is no, with a capital “N”. They must not for one moment be interpreted as a change of […]

Brushing Your Teeth with White Phosphorus?

Blood in a classroom, after Israel attacked a UN school in Gaza during the 2008-09 war on the Strip. (UNRWA/file)

By Vacy Vlazna One year ago, on 15 August – 40 days into Israel’s 51 day monstrous assault on Gaza that was clocking up 1800 innocent Palestinian deaths – Adrian Orr, the CEO of the New Zealand Superfund (NZSF) took a cheap shot, a morally cheap low shot, at concerned young protesters who chained themselves […]

Palestine: One State for All or a Final Zionist Ethnic Cleansing?

Why did the Security Council surrender to Zionism?

By Alan Hart The headline over a recent article in The Times of Israel by the paper’s Middle East analyst, Avi Issacharoff, was The end of the two-state solution. And the strapline (secondary headline) underneath that was a quote from the body of his article. “It’s time to say it out loud: The Israeli right […]

Struggling to Survive in a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Southern Lebanon

Palestinian refugees from Syria are fleeing to Lebanon’s already crowded refugee camps. (APA/file)

By Richard Hardigan – Burj al-Shamali, South Lebanon Manar Mohamed begins to cry before I have even asked my first question. She turns to look at her daughter, who is sitting next to her on one of the mattresses that constitute the only furniture of the apartment. At first glance, Farah looks like an ordinary […]

Will There Be a Far-right Coup in Israel?

It is clear that the political, social, and religious environment in Israel nurtures terrorist organisations.

By Saleh Al-Naami – (Translated) The Shin Bet has recently given the impression that a large rebel movement is on the verge of a revolt against the governing system in Tel Aviv. All that’s left is for these “rebels” to release their first statement on one of the television stations that they control. Israeli and many […]

Shifting Priorities: The Rise and Fall of Arab Revolutionary Discourse

'Bread, Freedom, Social Justice.'  (MENA Solidarity)

By Ramzy Baroud Strange how intellectual discussion concerning the so-called “Arab Spring” has almost entirely shifted in recent years – from one concerning freedom, justice, democracy and rights in general, into a political wrangle between various antagonist camps. The people, who revolted across various Arab countries are now marginalized in this discussion, and are only […]

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  • September 1, 2015

    Christian Schools Shut in Israel to Protest Budget Cuts

    The beginning of a new academic year has been put off for nearly 50 Christian schools in Israel. Almost 33,000 pupils, mostly Palestinians, have had to stay at home due to a funding dispute with Jewish authorities. - 47 schools, run by the Roman Catholic Church stayed closed on the first official day of the school year, Tuesday, in Israel and East Jerusalem, in protest against the Jewish state's new education funding... More →
  • September 1, 2015

    The Latest Attack on Jeremy Corbyn is Only Half the Story

    By Ben White - This morning, The Jewish Chronicle published a story with the headline ‘Jeremy Corbyn campaigned for Israeli embassy car bombing pair’, stating that the Labour leadership candidate had been “a leading activist in the campaign for the release of two people who were jailed for their involvement in the bombing of a Jewish charity building and the Israeli embassy in London.” - The two people in... More →
  • August 31, 2015

    Israeli Soldier Injured During Gunfight in Jenin Arrest Raid

    A gun battle erupted late Monday during a large-scale Israeli arrest raid in the northern city of Jenin, reportedly to arrest a senior Islamic Jihad official, security sources and locals said. - Palestinian security officials said over 40 Israeli military vehicles raided Jenin and the refugee camp in the city, leading to violent clashes with youths. - The target of the arrest was reportedly Bassem al-Saadi, a senior... More →
  • August 31, 2015

    Luxembourg's Leading Food Retailer to Stop Marketing Israeli Products

    The largest grocery store chain in Luxembourg, Cactus, has decided to stop marketing fruit and vegetables imported from Israel until verifying that they not from Israeli settlements built on Palestinian occupied territories. - Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper said on Sunday that Luxembourg’s leading food retailer had bowed to pro-Palestinian pressure, specifically from the organisation Just Peace in the Middle... More →
  • August 30, 2015

    Young Palestinian Girl Biting Israeli Soldier Trying to Detain Boy during West Bank Protests - Video and Photo

    Photos have emerged that appear to show several Palestinian women and children fighting to stop an Israeli soldier from detaining a young boy. - The boy, whose arm is in a sling, is seen being pinned to the ground beneath an Israeli Defence Force (IDF) soldier's legs while two Palestinian women and children try to rescue him. - The soldier holds on to the boy as a young girl bites his hand. - The pictures were taken... More →
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