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Why Israeli Officials are Chuckling: The ‘Stable’ West Bank Dilemma

PA police coordinate with Israeli border police to control Palestinian access to Jerusalem at the Bethlehem checkpoint. (Photo: ActiveStills.org)

By Ramzy Baroud Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Ze’ev Elkin, is a member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and his predominantly rightwing cabinet. In a recent interview with The Economist, Elkin used the familiar tone of being conceited and oblivious to such notions as international or human rights, and reaffirmed his rejection of a Palestinian state. […]

What Other Torturous Measures Will They Inflict on the Tortured?

A child at Qalandiya checkpoint. (Photo: Tamar Fleishman/PC)

By Tamar Fleishman The thousands of people who arrive at Qalandiya checkpoint and its surroundings each day didn’t hold their breaths when they heard Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that “unilateral actions by the Palestinians will be responded by unilateral actions”. What other unilateral actions could the Israeli government take against the Palestinians in […]

We Are the Palestinians – A Poem

(Photo: Activestills.org)

By Gary Corseri Before Moses or the Romans, Before Jesus and Muhammad, Before the Turks and the English, We dwelled in this land. We built cities out of the dust, Watered with our tears, Mortared with our joys; We fished the abundant seas, Blessed our children’s marriages In our cool olive groves. We did not […]

In One Word: Poof!

Kerry had not the slightest idea of what he was getting himself into. (Photo: WAFA/file)

By Uri Avnery Poor John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble. In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations committee he explained how the actions of the Israeli government had torpedoed the “peace process”. They broke their obligation to release Palestinian prisoners, and at the […]

‘Reality Check’: US Empire beyond Salvation

The neocons' drunkenness with military power led to costly wars that have overwhelmed the empire beyond salvation. (Photo: Zoriah - zoriah.net)

By Ramzy Baroud U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry couldn’t hide his frustration anymore as the U.S.-sponsored peace process continued to falter. After eight months of wrangling to push talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority forward, he admitted while in a visit to Morocco on April 4 that the latest setback had served as […]

What Middle East Crisis? Peace Process as a Successful US Investment

(Photo: Niño Jose Heredia/ Gulf News)

By Ramzy Baroud Crisis seemed to loom large as Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed applications to join 15 international treaties on April 1. The decision prompted irate reactions from Israel, and sent US Secretary of State John Kerry into panic mode, unsuccessfully attempting to salvage the peace process. Yet something is strangely familiar […]

If Kerry Fails, What Then?

US Secretary of State John Kerry. (Photo: Via Aljazeera)

By Sam Bahour and Tony Klug Suppose the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, fails to cajole the Israeli and Palestinian leaders into finally ending their conflict. What would happen next? A tsunami of pent-up animosities is likely to be unleashed, with each side holding the other responsible for the failure and calling for retribution. […]

Not to Be an American Indian – A Poem

In a poem that he wrote and gave me forty years ago, my friend Jack B wrote about what it was like to be an American Indian. For him, and for so many other American Indians, the experience was devastating. Treated like vermin, and discounted as if they had no identity, so many lost hope. […]

Palestine’s Nasty Neighbor – Peace, Brother ..

Palestine delivered a letter asking to become a party to the Geneva Conventions. (Photo: UN/file)

By Stuart Littlewood US-brokered negotiations with Israel, which started on 29 July 2013 and were to last nine months, are nearing their ignominious end. And Israel, the serial defaulter that it is, has reneged on the agreed release of 104 pre-Oslo prisoners in exchange for Palestine’s postponing joining international organizations to help achieve their long-overdue […]

Living in a Fantasy World, or How to Write About Palestine for Mainstream Media

'Pretend that the United States is an 'honest broker' ..'

By Roger Sheety As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shuttles from one country to another in a (seemingly) desperate, last-minute attempt to save the latest round of fake “peace” talks between Israelis and Palestinians from collapsing, mainstream media journalists are dutifully following him around, reporting on his every utterance as if the fate of […]

Turkey’s Very Own Sun King

By Jeremy Salt Turkey is in a turbulent and uncertain state.  Street demonstrations are crushed with tear gas and water cannon. Protesters are killed without one policeman being convicted. A 15-year-old boy dying 269 days after being hit in the head by a tear gas canister is called a member of a terrorist organization by […]

‘For Me, Palestine is Paradise’ – Interview with Leila Khaled

A mural of Leila Khaled on Israel's separation wall in Bethlehem. (Photo: Wikimedia commons)

Frank Barat is an activist based in Belgium and is one of the former coordinators of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. He recently conducted an interview with Leila Khaled for “The Wall has Ears: Conversations for Palestine.” Leila Khaled is a former resistance fighter with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Born in […]

Distracted by the Peace Process – What Really Happened during the Talks

Both the US and Israel have come to rely on the endless theatrics of the two-decade peace process.

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth There was a mad scramble by Washington last week to prevent the seemingly inevitable – an implosion of the Middle East peace talks. In a last-ditch effort to stop Israel reneging on a promise to release a final batch of Palestinian prisoners, the US briefly threw in possibly the biggest […]

Gaza, Kept Alive the Palestinian Cause

The suffering and pain makes the Gazans more persistent and they have kept alive the Palestinian cause.

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan Arab people, especially the Palestinians, do not believe the Arab League promises in conferences and other public forums because many pledges were made over the years and none was fulfilled. Kuwait meeting is no different. The theme of the summit was set as “Unity for a better Future” but the concept […]

Monster on the Hill: Sheldon Adelson Eyes US Presidential Purchase

Everything Adelson does is done openly, proudly, shamelessly. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

By Uri Avnery There nothing better than a scandal every week. A juicy scandal excites people, engages the media, takes our minds off matters like war and peace, occupation and apartheid. Like panem et circenses (bread and entertainment) in ancient Rome. This week we had several scandals to occupy us. Ehud Olmert, a former prime […]

Palestinians Must Abandon the ‘Peace Process’

The Palestinian leadership, for too long timid and self-serving, finally has a chance to redeem itself. (Photo: WAFA)

By Ghada Karmi No term in the Israeli-Palestinians political lexicon has been so abused or so denuded of meaning as the “peace process”. It was set up after the Oslo Accords in 1993, to settle the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians by peaceful negotiations, but has led nowhere. Yet it is still ongoing, its latest […]

Kerry’s Looming Deadline and the Peace Process Industry

In the last four decades, the 'peace process' became an American diplomatic staple in the region. (Photo: WH)

By Ramzy Baroud As the US-imposed April 29 deadline for a ‘framework’ agreement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority looms, time is also running out for the American administration itself. The Obama administration must now conjure up an escape route to avoid a political crisis if the talks are to fail, as they […]

‘BDS is Irrelevant.’ Oh, Really?

BDS activists.

By Stuart Littlewood What maddens Zionists most is that they cannot control civil society like they can pull the strings of the spineless political élite. They fear BDS action (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) will derail their precious project for a Greater Israel. So they now sneer at civil society and try to discourage further BDS […]

New York Times should Apologize for Publishing Palestinians ‘Have Avowed as Their Goal the Killing of All Jews’

By Ira Glunts I have sent an ‘open letter’ to Margaret Sullivan, the Public Editor of The New York Times, requesting that her newspaper issue an apology in print to its readers, especially its Palestinian readers for publishing the following sentence which was contained in a letter to The Sunday Book Review:  “The ‘conflict’ exists […]

Israeli Checkpoints Crippling Palestinian Society

Qalandiya checkpoint. (Photo: Tamar Fleishman)

By Ridwan Sheikh The killing of the Jordanian Judge, Raed Zeiter, at a border checkpoint, calls for a criminal investigation, but are the wrongs in checkpoint practices a ploy to weaken Palestinian society? The swift statement of ‘regret’ by the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, following the border checkpoint tragedy, was a rare break-off from […]

The New New World Order

By Jim Miles “Look for the AIPAC hand whenever the US gets embroiled in a foreign policy debacle. Zionist agents will engender conflict and continue riding the American wagon – as it rode the German and the British before – until the US becomes useless. Then they will jump on the next world power wagon.” […]

Guy Davidi: In Support of Professor Iymen Chehade

Directors Guy Davidi and Emad Burnat.

(Guy Davidi is the Co-director of “5 Broken Cameras”. He shared this letter of support with the Palestine Chronicle.) Dear Professor Iymen Chehade, I would like extend my support to you following the cancellation of your class after screening “Five Broken Cameras.” I was surprised and disappointed to hear the wrongful decision to cancel the […]

AAUP Backs Iymen Chehade, Supports Academic Freedom at Columbia College Chicago

Iymen Chehade, a professor at Chicago's Columbia College.

By Eva Bartlett American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Illinois statement of support for Iymen Chehade, a professor at Chicago’s Columbia College, marks the latest, and most significant, step forward in the fight against pervasive attempts to control discourse on Occupied Palestine, via stifling academic freedom on college and university campuses. Chehade, employed by Columbia […]

Another ‘Useless’ Arab League Summit

By Ahmad Barqawi Welcome to yet another “useless” Arab League summit, here’s what one should expect: feudalistic political back-stabbing, cheap exploitation (and exacerbation) of ongoing human tragedies, indecipherable hoarse voices reading out poorly translated transcripts of American dictates, cosmic levels of hypocrisy and a false sense of self-importance. What NOT to expect: proper use of […]

My Son Qais

Qais Odwan.

By Rana Abdulla My husband met Umm Qais last year in Jenin. She is a 56 year old Palestinian mother of five sons. Her son, Qais Odwan, was not only extra-judicially executed by Israel, he was also slanderously accused of a range of crimes he did not commit. Without arrest, without a trial, without a […]

Mahmoud Abbas vs Mohammed Dahlan: The Showdown Begins

Mahmoud Abbas (R) accused his main Fatah rival Mohammed Dahlan, of involvement in six murders.

By Ramzy Baroud When late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was confined by Israeli soldiers to his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Mohammed Dahlan reigned supreme. As perhaps the most powerful and effective member of the ‘Gang of Five’, he managed the affairs of the ruling Fatah movement, coordinated with Israel regarding matters […]

Where is Egypt’s Revolutionary Movement? – Interview with Abdullah al-Arian

'Popularity of Sisi is just part of a guessing game.'

By Paul Gottinger (Abdullah al-Arian is assistant professor of history at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He is a frequent contributor to Al Jazeera English and his forthcoming book is entitled “Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Egypt”. Our conversation focuses on the political and social situation in Egypt since the […]

Spain’s Apology: Muslims too Deserve Correction of Historical Wrongs

By Faisal Kutty The Spanish government’s offer of the “right of return” to the descendants of Jews expelled in 1492 is a “bit late, but nevertheless worthy of praise” says Rabbi Pinchas Godlschmidt, the president of the Conference of European Rabbis.   The Rabbi was responding to Spain’s new law – approved by the cabinet on […]

Kosher Theft?

By Jamal Kanj At a March 19 UN Security Council discussion, US Ambassador Samantha Powers was quoted as saying, “A thief can steal property, but that does not confer the right of ownership on the thief.” Listening to her powerful condemnation of the Russian action in the Crimea, I couldn’t help but wonder if that […]

The Man, the Lad and the Boy: Each Person is in Himself a Sea

(Photo: Tamar Fleishman)

By Tamar Fleishman I decided to talk about the detainment of Palestinians by the army through the story of three people; I attempted to portray the larger picture by using personal stories. These people aren’t heroes nor are they warriors, provocateurs, protestors or people who had made names for themselves. A man, a lad and […]

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