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Palestinian Prisoners’ Group Hails Amnesty Report on Administrative Detention

The Director of the Palestine Prisoners’ Centre for Studies has hailed an Amnesty International report which condemns Israel’s use of administrative detention, Quds Press reported on Friday. Riyadh Al-Ashqar described this as a “positive step” but said that it is not enough. He called for Amnesty to put more pressure on the Israeli occupation authorities […]

How Do They Sleep at Night?

By Vacy Vlazna “The problem with Israel thus is not a policy here or there, but its overall strategy that has not changed since 1948 and is as cruel, and far more effective, than some of the ethnic cleansers now in action elsewhere in the Middle East and in the world as a whole.” — […]

Siege Hinders Gaza Boy from Setting World Record (VIDEO)

Youssef Al-Bahtini wants to leave the Gaza Strip so that he can enter the Guinness Book of World Records as a contortionist, but the closure of the borders of the enclave by Egypt and Israel looks set to prevent his record attempt from taking place. Two months ago, the talented 12-year-old received approval from the […]

UN Must Take a Leaf From the BDS Movement

By Rima Najjar Among ongoing outrageous actions and in defiance of international law, Israel’s Habayit Hayehudi party has just approved a plan for annexing the remaining occupied Palestinian territory “while either facilitating the exit of Palestinian residents or allowing them to remain but without voting rights.” This is by no means a surprising outcome, nor […]

Palestinian Activist Rasmea Odeh Deported to Jordan from Chicago

Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh was deported to Jordan from Chicago because of a controversial, and decades-old record of bombings in Jerusalem. Activists gathered at the O’Hare International Airport boarding terminal to show their support for her, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Thank you for all you did for me,” she told supporters before boarding a […]

Iran and Palestine Condemn Double Standards at UN

The leaders of Palestine and Iran have criticized double standards at the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations. The president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, argued that Iran was a peaceful country despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments it was a “rogue state.” “We promote peace among peoples and nations. We have never defended tyranny, […]

Courting the Global South: Will Israel Become a UN Security Council Member?

By Ramzy Baroud There is a great irony in the fact that Israel is seeking a seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Since its establishment atop the ruins of Palestinian cities and villages in 1948, Israel has had the most precarious relationship with the world’s largest international body. It has desperately sought to […]

Lies, Historical Amnesia and Double Standards: Trump Speaks at the UN

By Jim Miles Trump’s speech at the UN this morning is one of the best speeches I have heard aimed at an ignorant uninformed audience, essentially his Make America Great Again (MAGA) followers, and his political state handlers.  Staying on script from the teleprompters, it was obvious that while many of these ideas were his, […]

Palestinian Rights Groups Ask ICC to Start Investigating Israeli War Crimes

Four Palestinian human rights organizations Wednesday submitted their fourth substantive communication to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), alleging that high-level Israeli civilian and military officials have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem. The director of Al-Haq, Shawan Jabarin, who together with human rights […]

How Netanyahu’s Son Became the Poster Boy for White Supremacists

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth The eldest son of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has found himself an unlikely poster boy for David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, and the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer. Last week these cheerleaders for Jew hatred described 27-year-old Yair Netanyahu as “awesome” and “a total bro” for posting […]

A Half Century of Occupation – Book Review

Reviewed by Jim Miles (A Half Century of Occupation – Israel, Palestine, and the World’s Most Intractable Conflict. Gershon Shafir. University of California Press, Oakland, 2017.) It is with trepidation that I read books published under the rubric of the social sciences or humanities finding most of them poorly written, often self-serving, and filled with […]

Forgotten Refugees: Survivors of the Sabra and Shatila Massacre

By Dr. Swee Chai Ang Thirty-Five years ago as Israel overran West Beirut, Lebanese Christian militiamen entered the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila in West Beirut. Over three days, Israeli forces sealed the camp and allowed them to slaughter several thousand refugees. I was then a young orthopedic trainee who had resigned from St. […]

Swedish #WalkToPalestine Activist Arrives in Germany

Over a month after he started his #WalkToPalestine, Benjamin Ladra has arrived in Germany and is making his way towards its capital, Berlin. Whilst tired from walking for over 42 days and having to endure very wet weather conditions since he left Sweden, Ladra has met many people who have expressed support for him during […]

Roger Waters: BDS is One of ‘Most Admirable’ Displays of Resistance in the World

By Democracy Now Today we spend the hour with the world-famous British musician Roger Waters, founding member of the iconic rock band Pink Floyd. In recent years, he has become one of the most prominent musicians supporting BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. Waters is scheduled to […]

Protests and Pledges as Israeli PM Ends Mexico Visit with Offer to ‘Develop Central America’

On the last stage of his brief tour of Latin America, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been holding talking with Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto. Pena Nieto told reporters that he had accepted Israel’s offer to help it and the United States “develop Central America.” That agreement entails development projects in Guatemala, El Salvador […]

Remembering the Ottoman Empire in Palestine

By Gabriel Polley The last months of this year contain two landmark centenaries in the history of Palestine. The first is the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, on November 2nd. On that day, while Israelis celebrate, the Palestinians will mourn the short letter which, three decades later, took their country from them, the Nakba […]

Ashkenazi Man’s Burden

By Rima Najjar It’s been almost one hundred years since the Balfour Declaration and we are still trying to “understand” Zionism and Jewish supremacy in Palestine. For a long time, what stood in the way of full understanding is the desire in Jewish intellectual circles on the left to fuse Zionism and Socialism in the […]

UN’s List of Companies Linked to Settlements to Be Published Despite Israeli, US Pressure

The United Nations Human Rights Council reportedly plans to go ahead with the publication of a list of companies operating in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory and the Golan Heights, in spite of immense diplomatic pressure from the United States and Israel. According to a report published Tuesday by Israel’s Channel 2, […]

Israel Should Back-off: Africa Does Not Need a Modern Colonial Master

By Dr. Daud Abdullah The Twittersphere went into overdrive immediately after the cancellation of the controversial African-Israeli summit. “When you are on an Apartheid selling roadshow Africans don’t buy it,” tweeted the South African Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. In doing so, the South Africans had actually spoken for the whole continent. Having rid […]

The Genocide of the Rohingya: Big Oil, Failed Democracy and False Prophets

By Ramzy Baroud To a certain extent, Aung San Suu Kyi is a false prophet. Glorified by the west for many years, she was made a ‘democracy icon’ because she opposed the same forces in her country, Burma, at the time that the US-led western coalition isolated Rangoon for its alliance with China. Aung San […]

Document: British Officials Disturbed by Israeli Child Rights Abuses

Newly published government documents have revealed considerable concern amongst British officials about human rights abuses experienced by Palestinian children at the hands of Israeli authorities. The documents, released under the Freedom of Information Act, are a stark contrast to the warm support offered to the Israeli government in public by Prime Minister Theresa May and […]

The Call of the Sky: Transcending the Borders of the Occupation

By Dr. Samah Jabr In a psychotic state, a 16 year old young woman patient from the West Bank went beyond the confines of her own boundaries: “I saw the sky turned red in color and I perceived a calling… I looked into people’s eyes to see that they too were excited and understood the […]

Reports: Israel to Take Unprecedented Measures against Amnesty International

The Israeli government is set to take punitive measures against the country’s branch of international human rights group Amnesty International, according to reports in the Israeli media today. While Amnesty has long been favorite target of Israeli officials for its reports on rights abuses in the occupied Palestinian territory, the trigger for what would be […]

Israeli Forces Destroy Parts of Palestinian Cemetery in Jerusalem

Israeli forces on Monday morning demolished parts of the outer wall of a Palestinian cemetery in occupied East Jerusalem, according to local sources. Mustafa Abu Zahra, head of the committee for the preservation of Islamic cemeteries in Jerusalem, told Ma’an that bulldozers escorted by officers of Israel’s Nature And Parks Authority (INPA) demolished the western […]

PA: Palestinian Pressure Delays Africa-Israel Summit

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday it was instrumental in leading a boycott campaign against the Africa-Israel Summit planned for next month, after organizers of the summit announced the event was “postponed” without providing a future date. Last month, reports emerged that several African countries were planning to boycott the summit. South African […]

Israel Lobbies Shaping Illinois Governor’s Race

By James M. Wall A foreign nation is having an impact on the Illinois Democratic 2018 primary campaign for governor. Israel’s lobbies, led by AIPAC, are demanding absolute loyalty to Israel from all leading candidates. Few Illinois voters know the difference between Ramallah and Ramla. Israel’s lobbies do not care what voters know. What they do care […]

Hamas Leader in Cairo to Discuss Gaza Blockade

Chief of Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh arrived in Cairo on Saturday to hold talks with senior Egyptian officials on his first such visit as leader, a Hamas spokesman said. In the past few months Hamas has sought to mend relations with Egypt, which controls their one border crossing and has, under President Abdel […]

Has Gaza Ever Been Livable?

By Shahd Abusalama A clip on AJ+ titled, “Save the Children says Gaza has become unlivable for its one million children,” triggered a troubling anger in me. Sounds familiar? A UN report published in 2005 warned that the Gaza Strip could become “unlivable” by 2020. As a person born and raised in Gaza’s open-air prison […]

Former Israeli Ambassador Oversees New Attack on UNRWA

Former Israeli envoy Ron Prosor is directing a fresh attack on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), as Israel continues efforts to undermine the rights of Palestinian refugees. Prosor, who served as Israeli ambassador to the UK and to the United Nations, is now head of the Abba Eban Institute of International Diplomacy […]

A Prayer for Houston…. And, – A Poem

By Gary Corseri Please help the people in Houston, Lord. And, while You’re at it, in Palestine, too! Though worlds apart, they are kindred, as all suffering creatures are kindred. Is the child who is crying black or white? Do I speak the same tongue as the mother, holding her frightened child—against the storms, against […]

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