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Anti-apartheid Icon, Freedom Fighter, Ahmed Kathrada Dies

Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in jail – many of them alongside Nelson Mandela  – for acts of sabotage against South Africa’s white minority government, died in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning at the age of 87. He had been admitted to hospital with blood clotting in his brain earlier this month. Kathrada was born […]

Why? – A Poem

(To the old woman in Jerusalem, who lost everything.) By George Polley   Why did these men in black steal my house with all my things in it, saying my house is theirs, that it belonged to their family before   it belonged to mine? How could that be, as my great-grandfather Hamid built it, […]

Arab Foreign Ministers: Ending Occupation Pre-Condition for Peace

Arab foreign ministers, meeting at the Dead Sea in Jordan stressed on Monday that “a precondition for peace with Israel is an end to its occupation of the Palestinian territory,” the official Palestinian Wafaa News Agency reported. The foreign ministers said in a statement that will be presented to the summit of Arab leaders, which […]

#ResistAIPAC: Protesters Took to Twitter, Streets to Condemn AIPAC Conference

By Diana Alghoul Thousands of Jews and many others took to the streets to protest outside this year’s AIPAC conference in condemnation of Israel’s increasingly hostile policies towards Palestinians, in the world’s largest Jewish-led anti-settlement protest. This is what 1000 Jews marching on @AIPAC looks like. #JewishResistance #ResistAIPAC @IfNotNowOrg pic.twitter.com/u9ULFc9nM4 — (((YonahLieberman))) (@YonahLieberman) March 26, […]

Report: Israel’s Mossad May Have Turned French Spies into Double Agents during Joint Op in Syria

Israeli intelligence agency Mossad attempted to turn French spies into double agents during a joint operation in Syria, Le Monde newspaper reported, citing a French intelligence report. The report, part-published by the French daily, reveals Mossad’s efforts to develop relationships with French spies between 2010 and 2011, in an effort to achieve its goal of […]

Archbishop of Canterbury to See First-hand Israel’s Persecution of Christians

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will make his first official visit to Israel and Palestine this May. The 12 day tour will see the Archbishop meeting with political and religious leaders while focusing on religious freedoms and challenges facing Christians in the Middle East. The tour will be Welby’s first official visit to the […]

UN Approves Draft Resolution on Palestinian Women

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women approved a draft resolution on Saturday regarding the status of Palestinian women, including strengthening economic and social policies to enhance the situation of women in the occupied territory, while strongly condemning Israel’s human rights violations in the Palestinian territory, Maan News Agency reported. The draft resolution, […]

Israel Faces Inevitable Collapse

By Iqbal Jassat Is turning the heat on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists as Israel’s racist right wing regime is doing, any different to the “total onslaught” against freedom struggle activists by former apartheid chiefs in South Africa? It certainly is and much worse. Daily accounts of severe repression whereby Palestinian men, women and children […]

Rima Khalaf’s Resignation Letter to UN Secretary General

(Rima Khalaf resigned as executive secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia – ESCWA – after the agency was forced to retract a report stating that Israel is an “apartheid regime.” Khalaf’s letter of resignation to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was translated and posted by poet Lena Khalaf Tuffaha on her […]

Under Pressure UK Universities Cancel Richard Falk Event

Two British universities have cancelled events planned for the launch of former UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine Richard Falk’s new book. The professor of international law was scheduled to speak today about his new book, “Palestine’s Horizon”, in Middlesex University. But the London based university followed a decision by the University of East London yesterday […]

Australia Blows Israel’s Credibility on Its World Vision Sham Sky High

By Vacy Vlazna “The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) says an internal review into World Vision funding in Gaza has uncovered nothing to suggest any diversion of government aid funding to Hamas.” — ABC The blow to Israel’s credibility is colossal because, the investigation had teeth, fangs in this case, as “DFAT […]

Israel’s Apartheid Elephant is Still in the Room

By James M. Wall In a 1935 stage production of Billy Rose’s Jumbo, Jimmy Durante is leading an elephant down the street. A policeman stops him and asks, “What are you doing with that elephant?” Durante responds, “What elephant”? That line became a 1935 nightly show-stopper. Durante repeated the same question in the 1962 film […]

Junot Díaz Tears Down the Wall

By Hatim Kanaaneh The first night I went to hear Junot Díaz at the University of Hawaii He spoke at the Art Auditorium. I was struck by his intellect and sharp wit.  Of course, he doesn’t need me to attest to his exceptional intelligence and creativity; you don’t get to where he has with average scores […]

Report: 500 Palestinians Sentenced to Life in Israeli Jails

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Center for Studies (PPCS) said on Monday that a Palestinian was sentenced to life in Israeli prison on Sunday, making him the 500th Palestinian to be serving a life sentence in Israeli custody currently. PPCS spokesman Riyad al-Ashqar said “the Israeli military Ofer court had sentenced Muhammad Abd al-Basit Hroub, a 23-year-old […]

Palestinian BNC’s Statement on Omar Barghouti’s Ongoing Interrogation and Israel’s Campaign to Repress BDS

On the morning of Sunday, March 19, Israeli tax authorities barged into the home of Omar Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian human rights defender and co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for the freedom, justice and equality of the Palestinian people. They detained and interrogated Omar and his wife Safa for 16 hours […]

To Syrian Children – A Poem

By Sonnet Mondal You all are culpable— for wending your way to schools for going to hospitals, for playing in open spaces and for keeping at your dreams within a country in rags. Yes, you never knew that you would be going down with a fever that would burn your fleshes into a universal white […]

RT: CrossTalking with Ramzy Baroud, Dan Arbell, and Martin Jay (VIDEO)

CrossTalk: Just when there was hope the Syrian international proxy war could be coming to an end, Israel inserted itself into the conflict in a big way. Airstrikes against Syrian targets have not only witnessed Damascus forcefully react, but also has Moscow demanding explanations. CrossTalking with Ramzy Baroud, Dan Arbell, and Martin Jay. (RT, Youtube)

VIDEO: Richard Falk Says Israel’s Control of Palestinians is ‘Apartheid’ Not Just ‘Occupation’

Former UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine, Professor Richard Falk launches his new book “Palestine’s Horizon Toward a Just Peace”.

To Honor Intellectual Heroes: Students Organize Reading Chain at Gaza’s Seaport

A group of youths organized a reading chain in the Gaza Seaport on Monday, “honoring intellectual martyrs who have been killed by the Israeli occupation authorities.” Palestinian martyr Bahaa Eliyan from Jerusalem initiated the idea of a reading chain in occupied Jerusalem three years ago. Last year, the Israelis killed Eliyan. “Honoring him alongside with […]

‘Decolonizing the Mind’: Using Hollywood Celebrities to Validate Islam

By Ramzy Baroud When Terry Holdbrooks Jr., converted to Islam in 2003, he was inundated with death threats and labeled a ‘race traitor.’ If a religious conversion ever deserves to be admired, Holdbrooks’ conversion does, and not because Islam has ‘won’ yet another convert, but because the new convert was assigned the very rule of […]

‘More Royal than the King’: An Encounter with French Zionism

By Dr. Samah Jabr From those who are willing to legitimize killing and torture in support of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the fabrication of lies and false accusations to intimidate their opponents is only to be expected. My latest encounter with international Zionism was in Paris on 10 March, following the screening of the […]

Palestinian NGOs Denounce UN Chief for Removing Report on Israeli Apartheid

Palestinians demonstrated outside the United Nations Special Coordinator Office (UNSCO) in Gaza City on Tuesday, in protest of the UN’s decision to withdraw a report prepared by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which accused Israel of apartheid policies. Protesters expressed support for ESCWA chief Rima Khalaf, who resigned from her […]

Reality and the US-Made Famine in Yemen

By Kathy Kelly This week at the Voices for Creative Nonviolence office in Chicago, my colleague Sabia Rigby prepared a presentation for a local high school. She’ll team up with a young friend of ours, himself a refugee from Iraq, to talk about refugee crises driven by war. Sabia recently returned from Kabul where she helped […]

New Israeli Law Allows Rrevocation of Citizenship for Nationals Living Overseas

By Palestine Chronicle Staff Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel and the Association or Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) issued a statement in response to a newly approved law, which allows Israeli courts “to prevent citizens living outside the country from returning home if the state has a ‘concern’ that their […]

Russia Summoned Israeli Ambassador over Airstrikes near Palmyra

The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the Israeli ambassador in Moscow to demand explanations for the airstrikes Israel conducted near the Syrian city of Palmyra last week, the ministry confirmed. Ambassador Gary Koren was called in by Russia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday after news about the strike emerged, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told the […]

My Sisters and Brothers, Don’t You, Can’t You, Won’t You, See? – A Poem

By Stephen Brackens Brinkley We are all interconnected We are all interdependent We are all part of the One My Sisters and Brothers, Don’t you see? Every microcosm is reflective of the macrocosm As above so it is below We are all each other’s keepers in the Human Family My Sisters and Brothers, Can’t You […]

Last Iraq Veteran Who Fought Israel in 1948 Passes Away

The last Iraqi soldier to have fought against Israel in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War that saw the establishment of the State of Israel and the displacement of 700,000 Palestinians from their ancestral homes, passed away peacefully on Friday. Haj Hussein Muhammad Al-Samarrai passed away at the age of 95 surrounded by his children and grandchildren […]

Which Way You Goin’, Israel?

By Jim Miles Yesterday I read a comment under an article on Israel on the website Russia Insider describing actions around Israel’s intrusion and military action into Syrian airspace. The comment read, paraphrased, nuke the Israeli terrorists and give the land back to Palestine. I realized instantly that this was not only a rather poorly […]

UN Report: Israel Has Established an ‘Apartheid Regime’

(Update (17/3//17): since this article was first published, ESCWA has been forced to remove the report from its website. It can be viewed/downloaded here: UN ESCWA Israel Apartheid Report.) A new United Nations report accuses Israel of having established “an apartheid regime that oppresses and dominates the Palestinian people as a whole”. The publication comes amid renewed […]

Rights Group: UN Pressured to Withdraw Report Saying Israel ‘Apartheid’ State

The European-Mediterranean Observatory for Human Rights (EMOHR) said on Friday that the UN had come under pressure to withdraw its report accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” on Palestinians, Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu reported. The rights group, which is based in Geneva and has many offices across the Middle East, expressed its regret about UN […]

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