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The Gaza Labyrinth: Two Palestinian Schoolmates Seek Unity in Cairo

By James M. Wall A power-sharing Gaza leadership agreement involving two Palestinian childhood friends, Yahya Sinwar and Mohammed Dahlan may be “slowly taking shape”. What led to the reunion of Sinwar and Dahlan is an intriguing story that involves two Palestinian leaders who have known one another since childhood. Ynetnews reports on that history: Dahlan, now 55, and […]

‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’: Through Eyes of an Activist for Palestine

Reviewed by Vacy Vlazna Of the numerous novels published annually worldwide, Arundhati Roy is one of the rare maverick authors for whom justice and politics is integral to her art and to her identity. Her new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, which I would describe as her summa injustica of India, has been criticized […]

Ten Myths About Israel – Book Review

Reviewed by Ludwig Watzal – Bonn (Ilan Pappe, Ten Myths About Israel, Verso, London 2017.) Particularly, in the US and some European States, the Israeli and Zionist versions of history are wide-spread. Israel’s narrative relies on a collection of myths aimed at bringing the moral right and the ethical behavior of the Palestinians into twilight and […]

Al-Aqsa Has been Abandoned by Those Who Profess the Leadership of the Muslim World

By Dr. Daud Abdullah It is said that hardship often brings out the best in the human character, yet the tragic situation at Al-Aqsa Mosque has failed to stir the moral fibers of the religious establishments in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Their cold indifference to the plight of Islam’s third holiest site is unworthy of institutions that […]

Kingdom of Olives and Ashes: Writers Confront the Occupation – Book Review

Reviewed by Jim Miles (Kingdom of Olives and Ashes – Writers Confront the Occupation. Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, Ed. HarperCollins Publishers, Toronto. 2017.) A collection of twenty-six writers, Kingdom of Olives and Ashes touches on all the main elements of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. All are well written, as they should be for a […]

The Story behind the Jerusalem Attack: How Trump and Netanyahu Pushed the Palestinians into a Corner

By Ramzy Baroud Early October 2016, Misbah Abu Sbeih left his wife and five children at home and then drove to an Israeli police station in Occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem. The 39-year-old Jerusalemite was scheduled to hand himself over to serve a term of 4 months in jail for, allegedly, trumped up charges of ‘trying […]

The Breaking of the Middle East – Book Review

Reviewed by Jim Miles (The Six Day War – The Breaking of the Middle East.  Guy Laron.  Yale University Press, New Haven/London, 2017.) Between a short Introduction that attempts to construct the underlying social science rationale for the outbreak of the Six Day War and a short epilogue that simply highlights the major trend of […]

Settlement Wine Labeling Fiasco Exposes Duplicity in Canadian Policy

By Hanna Kawas Last week, Canada became a focus for the issue of labelling products from the illegal Israeli settlements. The lightning rod was a complaint to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) about 2 specific wines carried in Ontario liquor stores that were from West Bank settlements, made by Dr. David Kattenburg from Winnipeg, the […]

Netanyahu Determined to Sabotage Syria Ceasefire

By Iqbal Jassat Would any reasonable person having regard to the gruesome carnage Syria’s six year long civil war has wrought on its people, be opposed to a peaceful resolution? Or to put it more bluntly: who would be so callous as to argue that the terrible internecine war must continue and justify the suffering of […]

‘Never Met Anyone from Gaza’: Encounter with a Stranger

By Rawan Yaghi Let me tell you about my latest encounter with a stranger. A couple of days ago, I was listening to music through the glorious invention of earphones. My ipod playlist, though, is not as glorious and there was a three second pause between the end of one song and the next in […]

Will Canada Have a Pro-Palestinian Major Party Leader

By Yves Engler  Sometimes silence in politics speaks louder than words. Israel lobby groups’ response (or lack thereof) to NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton’s recent support of Palestinian rights suggests they believe previous criticisms backfired. Two months ago B’nai B’rith attacked Ashton for attending a rally in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike and a […]

Gaza and the Failure of the National Project

By Haidar Eid – Gaza In order to understand the draconian measures taken by the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority against the Gaza Strip, which has already been enduring a suffocating, decade-long Israeli siege, one has to scrutinize the Fatah movement’s diminished ideological and national agenda. There is already a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, documented by international, […]

Israel Shuts down Al Aqsa Mosque after Shooting (VIDEOS)

Israeli police closed and cancelled Friday noon prayers in Al Aqsa mosque and briefly detained Jerusalem’s top Muslim cleric after three Palestinians and two Israeli police officers were killed in a shootout in Jerusalem’s Old City. Sheikh Mohammad Ahmed Hussein, who decried the mosque closure, was taken into custody from the Bab Al-Asbat area (Lion’s […]

The Long Fight Against TV and Movie ‘Bad Arabs’

By James M. Wall Jack G. Shaheen, retired professor of communications at Southern Illinois University, died Sunday, July 9, after a short battle with cancer. He was 81. His death brought to a sudden end, his five-decade fight against the stereotyping of “Bad Arabs” in movies and television. I have maintained regular contact with Jack […]

Why Palestine is Still the Issue (VIDEO)

By John Pilger (This is an abridged version of John Pilger’s address to the Palestinian Expo in London on 8 July, 2017. John Pilger’s film, ‘Palestine Is Still the Issue’, can be viewed below.) When I first went to Palestine as a young reporter in the 1960s, I stayed on a kibbutz. The people I […]

Palestinian Family Rejoices for New Baby, a Product of Smuggled Sperm

A Palestinian prisoner became a father of a baby boy yesterday after he smuggled his sperm out of Israel’s Gilboa prison last year, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs Commission has revealed. The head of the Committee, Amjad Abu Assab, said newborn Ali is an ambassador of freedom. Prisoner Ahmad Shaheen’s family expressed their happiness with their […]

Only the News That Fits: How American Media Erase Palestine – Even Alternative Media

By Alison Wier A few years later I wrote about Palestinian toddlers killed by Israeli drones, and a few years later about Palestinian children shot in the head. I wrote stories about dead Palestinian mothers, such as Anatomy Of A Cover-Up: When A Mother Gets Killed Does She Make A Sound? and “Just Another Mother […]

Fighting the Wrong Enemy: Why Americans Hate Muslims

By Ramzy Baroud Two officers sought me from within a crowd at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They seemed to know who I was. They asked me to follow them, and I obliged. Being of Arab background, often renders one’s citizenship almost irrelevant. In a back room, where other foreigners, mainly Muslims, were holed for ‘added […]

Israel’s Ever-more Sadistic Reprisals Help Shore up a Sense of Victimhood

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth When Israel passed a new counter-terrorism law last year, Ayman Odeh, a leader of the country’s large minority of Palestinian citizens, described its draconian measures as colonialism’s “last gasp”. He said: “I see … the panic of the French at the end of the occupation of Algeria.” The panic and […]

Israel Holds Chairwoman of Palestinian Women’s Union without Charge or Trial

Israeli authorities sentenced Khitam Al-Saafin, the chairwoman of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committee, to three months in administrative detention on Sunday. The head of the legal unit for prisoners’ rights group Addameer, Mahmoud Hassan, said that a court session would be held on Wednesday in the Ofer Detention Center to confirm the sentence. Israeli […]

Children with Cystic Fibrosis in Gaza in ‘Mortal Danger’

Scores of Palestinian children being treated at a Gaza City Hospital for cystic fibrosis are facing possible imminent death, relatives and medical sources told Ma’an. Rights groups described the current situation in Gaza as the worst medication crisis the besieged Gaza Strip has seen in years, stemming from debilitating budget cuts by the Palestinian Authority […]

35,000 Palestinians still Displaced from 2014 War

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) released a statement on Friday that highlighted the continuous devastation faced by residents of the besieged Gaza Strip three years after Israel’s 2014 offensive, as tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza remained displaced in the coastal enclave. “Of 11,000 homes totally destroyed during the war, a little over one […]

Jewish Ethnicity, Palestinian Solidarity, Human Identity – Interview with Richard Falk

By Richard Falk [The following interview with Abdo Emara, an Arab journalist was published in Arabic; it is here republished in slightly modified form. The changes made are either stylistic or clarifying. There are no substantive changes from my earlier responses. I think it worthwhile to share this text because the questions asked by Abdo […]

India/Israel Axis of Colonial Occupation Will Fail – in Kashmir and in Palestine

By Iqbal Jassat Observers and analysts of political trends in India since the defeat of the Congress Party at the hands of an extreme rightwing movement, the BJP, will not be surprised by recent turn of events related to Israel. The much-heralded visit by Narendra Modi to Israel was to be expected, is what they […]

Report: Israel Committed 310 Violations against Palestinian Journalists since January

Some 310 violations have been committed by Israeli forces against journalists since the start of the year, the Committee for the Support of Journalists revealed in a report. The report, which covers the period between January 1 to June 30, states that excessive force was used against media personnel in violation of all international and […]

#AirCanadaComplicity: Air Canada and Israel Aerospace Industries

By Marion Kawas  July 8, 2014 marked the beginning of 51 days of hell for Gaza and its civilian population. July 8, 2014 was the start of the last brutal Israeli military attack on Gaza which killed over 2200 Palestinians, at least one-quarter of those children, and wounded tens of thousands more. Now, 3 years […]

Instead of Taylor Force Act, Congress Should Consider Rachel Corrie Act, Orwah Hammad Act

By Kathryn Shihadah Sometimes it takes a tragedy to bring about change. The story of Taylor Force is one such tragedy. A young American in the prime of his life was stabbed to death in an unnecessary, unprovoked act of terrorism while  in Israel on a Vanderbilt University study program. Perhaps the only good that can come […]

Israel’s Illegitimate Tactics against Palestinian Armed Resistance vs. Legitimate Global Security Concerns

By Rima Najjar Israel, a rogue state if ever there was one, pursues its “security” as a Jewish Zionist entity on all of Mandate Palestine through demonizing Palestinian Arabs, whom it has long subjected to a racist campaign that defines their resistance, both violent and non-violent, as anti-Semitism on the one hand and as terrorism […]

Dutch Group Raises Largest Palestinian Flag in Europe

An organization in the Netherlands has raised the world’s largest Palestinian flag in Europe, according to a statement released by the group on Wednesday. The organization, called KOFIA, said in a statement that the flag is 100 meters long and five meters wide. The group added that this was considered to be the first event […]

‘The World is (Not) Flat’: ‘Trumpism’ is a Symptom of Decades-long Imperial Arrogance

By Ramzy Baroud No matter how hard White House officials try, they cannot construct a coherent ‘Trump doctrine’ that would make sense amid the chaos that has afflicted US foreign policy in recent months. However, this chaos is not entirely the making of President Donald Trump alone. Since 1945, the United States has vied for […]

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