Next Intifada Should Be a Palestinian Revolution Until Occupation Ends

It is time for a a final Palestinian revolution that ends the occupation.

By Dr. Samah Jabr President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech at the UN, which had been preceded by inflated propaganda claiming that it would be a “bombshell”, turned out to be no more than a litany of well-worn complaints and appeals to the international community. The speech certainly failed to raise any new challenges, offer new strategies […]

The Dogs Not Barking: Netanyahu and Harper Muzzled

It may be entirely coincidental, but why are they so silent now?

By Jim Miles Most people know the now cliche passage from Sherlock Holmes: Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.” Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.” Holmes: “That was the curious incident.” Two days after Putin made his historic speech at the UN indicating that the new world order […]

The Question of the Third Intifada

A third intifada is a possible scenario but it’s not the only one.

By Oraib Al-Rantawi he issue of the moment is the question of an impending third intifada. Are the events taking place in Jerusalem and the West Bank heading towards another Palestinian uprising? What are the opportunities and the possibilities? What are the obstacles and the challenges? Who is working to prevent this from happening and […]

The Basic Lies behind Zionism’s ‘Basic Truths’

Vigilante group Ateret Cohanim work with police to clear out a Palestinian home. (Richard Stitt, Demotix, via

By Jeremy Salt ‘We need to return to the basic truth of our rights to this country. This land is ours. All of it is ours. We did not come here to apologize for that.’ Thus spoke the ‘deputy foreign affairs minister’ for the Zionist settler state, a woman called Tzipi Hotovely. So let’s go […]

Open Letter to the Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University

All Israeli citizens are assigned to reserve duty until exempted at 40 years of age.

By Dr. Vacy Vlazna Prof. Grant Guilford Vice-Chancellor Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand. Dear Vice-Chancellor Grant, I wish to pay my respects to the Victoria University academics who protested the mendacious talk last week by Israeli soldiers, Raphael Wein and Naftali Gross, who had taken part in the 2014 monstrous Israeli war crime, Operation […]

Like Brezhnev in Afghanistan, Putin will Fail in Syria

Vladimir Putin seems not to have learnt anything from Brezhnev's misadventure in Afghanistan.

By Daud Abdullah President Vladimir Putin’s decision to launch airstrikes against targets in Syria has effectively changed the rules of engagement in the war-torn country. In the long run, this may well be the most serious miscalculation that the Russian leader has made in his whole career. In some ways the gamble is strikingly similar […]

Ben Carson’s Sharia Concerns Are Baseless

Ben Carson created a fictitious candidate to rally the same delusional crowd. (CNN)

By Jamal Kanj Lagging in the polls, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came from behind ranting Mexican migrants. Trump exploited a real topical complex issue to mobilize the White Republican base and rode to the top of the ticket deriding Mexicans. Ben Carson was however more inventive. He created a fictitious candidate to rally the […]

Netanyahu’s Real Message Was to Israel’s Jews: ‘Talk Peace but Prepare for Doomsday’

(UN, file)

By Alan Hart Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was right about one thing (and only one thing) when he addressed the UN General Assembly. “Israel’s values,” he said, “are on display every day.” Indeed they are, clearly visible in, – the theft of more and more Palestinian land and water to give momentum to Israel’s on-going […]

Unveiling Hadeel

Hadeel Salah al-Hashlamon's murder was described by Amnesty as 'extrajudicial execution'.

By Mahmoud Zidan The opinion pages of most newspapers are dominated by male writers. Since I started reading newspapers in general and English-speaking newspapers in particular – that was when I was at high school and struggling with English – I couldn’t help but notice the scarcity of female voices and the preponderance of male […]

Palestinians Could Learn from Bolivia’s Indigenous Movement

Power must be reclaimed at a grassroots level, through the resurrection of Sumud, which drove the first intifada.

By Nick Rodrigo Bolivia’s 35-plus indigenous nations make up over 60 per cent of the country’s population and have a long history of struggle with the state. This has linked material grievances to the ethnic segregationist system, which emerged after the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. Palestinians, who are witnessing the plundering […]

Israel Has Achieved All Its Objectives


By Hasan Afif El-Hasan Israel never had it so good today and justice to the Palestinians never has been so remote. Arab regimes have no credible options that may threaten Israel strategically, or they do not care if Israel continues to defy the UN resolutions and the International Court of Justice rulings. They are either […]

Time for UN to Shift Mission in Yemen

A Yemeni man sits outside the ruins of his home destroyed by an airstrike shortly after a ceasefire was declared. (Almigdad Mojalli, IRIN)

By Nicola Nasser Peace in Yemen will continue to be elusive unless the United Nations shifts its mission from sponsoring an inter-Yemeni dialogue to mediating ceasefire negotiations between the actual warring parties, namely Saudi Arabia & allies and the de facto representatives of Yemenis who are fighting to defend their country’s territorial integrity and independent […]

The Yemen Catastrophe: Beset by Contradictions of Will and Intellect

The people of Yemen are paying a huge price for this brand of Saudi violent security politics. (Telesur/file)

By Richard Falk Any attempt to provide a coherent account of the political strife afflicting Yemen is bound to fail. The country is crucible of contradictions that defy normal categories of rational analysis. If we look beyond the political fog that envelops the conflict the tragic circumstances of acute suffering imposed on the civilian population […]

No Morality in Zionism – On the ‘Independence’ of Settler Minorities

From the very beginning of the Zionist venture up to the present day Israel has been faithful to its own 'principles.'

By Jeremy Salt In the Middle East and Africa there are two striking parallels to the Palestinian experience. The first is Algeria, where invasion and occupation began in 1830 and did not end until 1962. Until the implantation of the Zionist state in Palestine, Algeria was the worst example of colonialism in the late imperial […]

Revealed – the UK Charity Facilitating Donations to Israeli Settlements

UK Toremet's CEO and founder Jonny Cline previously ran on the Jewish Home's list in Israel’s 2013 municipal elections. Jewish Home, headed by Naftali Bennett, wants to annex most of the West Bank. (Via MEMO)

By Ben White A UK charity is acting as a conduit for donations to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, it has been revealed, prompting calls for action from the Charity Commission. UK Toremet receives donations on behalf of what it calls ‘recipient agencies’, organisations or charities in Israel and elsewhere, who donors wish to […]

Abbas Gets Ready to Drop a ‘Bombshell’

Mahmoud Abbas is mistaken if he thinks that his desperate, comical acts will be able to cover up his failure.

By Dr. Saleh Al-Naami Mahmoud Abbas has promised to drop a “bombshell” during his speech scheduled for later this month at the UN; his bomb, however, detonated too soon in Tulkarem, only 30 kilometres from Ramallah, instead of New York or Tel Aviv. Abbas made himself into a joke when social networking sites were filled […]

Museumizing Al Aqsa Mosque

Israel seized Al Aqsa and annexed Jerusalem after the war of 1967.

By Mahmoud Zidan On 25 March 1974, Pope Paul VI expressed his dismay at the declining number of Christians in Jerusalem. Because of that decline, he then warned – a warning that resonated with the 1919 King-Crane Commission Council’s recommendations – that “the Holy Places of Jerusalem would become museums.” What he presciently meant was […]

UK Labour Party Revolution

Corbyn has 5 years to bridge the deficit gap and defeat the Conservatives.

By Jamal Kanj The election of veteran socialist Jeremy Corbyn to lead the Labour Party in the UK is a revolution by all means. In a party grassroots election, the 66-year-old outsider defeated a line-up of traditional Labour candidates. Corbyn’s victory was a rejection of Tony Blair’s wing as much as it was a swing […]

The Fires of Religious War Rage over Al-Aqsa

Jerusalem is calling out for our attention. (Via Palestine Monitor)

By Yousef Rezqa Israeli media sources have recently published the following statement: “Netanyahu’s government has decided to implement its decision to divide Al-Aqsa mosque in two phases: the first phase is to limit the presence of Palestinians by targeting and arresting religious scholars and students because they are considered to be a demographic threat according […]

The Horrifying Syrian Dilemma Persists

The West cannot stand one more failed intervention in the Middle East.

By Richard Falk On its surface Syria offers seems an ideal case for humanitarian intervention. An incredible half of the 23 million Syrians are either internally displaced or refugees living in dire circumstances, aggravating the migrant crisis currently overwhelming Europe. What is worse, mass atrocities have continued under the authority of the Damascus regime since […]

On the Destruction of Meaning in Palestine

The place where Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16 was burnt to death by settlers last year. Plaque in his memory was destroyed and replaced by a rubbish bin. (MEMO)

By Samah Jabr An apple a day keeps the occupation away. That appears to be the message from a new Palestinian Authority TV commercial. The apple here is not the famous fruit that hit Isaac Newton on the head, leading to the discovery of gravity, nor the contemporary Apple of Steve Jobs. What we have […]

Burned Alive by Israelis

Ali, the 18-month-old baby, was burned to death.

By Jamal Kanj Five years ago at a stop during my book signing tour in San Diego, I met an adorable toddler named Farah. She was being treated in the US for severe burns she received at the age of two. Farah was one of thousands of civilians who were either injured or killed when […]

Palestine is a Global, Not a Western Issue

It is time to seek new allies.  (

By Ilan Pappe A few weeks ago, a very important conference took place in London organised by the NGO, Middle East Monitor, focusing on Latin America’s engagement with the cause of Palestine. The most striking feature of the conference was the ease with which several speakers, who came from the continent, spoke of Palestine, totally […]

Netanyahu Aims His WMD at Obama

Netanyahu's current bluster starts to look like it is aimed less at the nuclear deal than at Obama himself. (WH. file)

By Jonathan Cook Israel’s Benjamin Netantahu is reluctant to unlock horns with the White House, even as he faces almost certain defeat in trying to block President Barack Obama’s deal with Iran. Last week, when it became clear he could not muster enough votes in the Senate to block a presidential veto, Netanyahu let fly […]

Palestine: The End or a New Beginning?

Are there enough diaspora Palestinians who care enough to become politically engaged?

By Alan Hart There is a strong case for saying that Palestine is a lost cause. And it, the case, can be summarised as follows. * The nuclear-armed Zionist (not Jewish) state of Israel is the regional superpower and not remotely interested in peace on terms the Palestinians could accept. The vast majority of its […]

The Birth of the European Refugee Crisis

'Those in the camps are the lucky ones.' (IRIN, file)

By Jamal Kanj Many years ago I read Men in the Sun, a novel by late Palestinian writer Ghassan Kanafani. He, along with his young niece Lamis, were blown up by Israel in 1972. In the book, Kanafani told the tale of three desperate Palestinian refugees from Lebanon who hid in an empty water tanker […]

Getting to the Cause of the ‘Plight’ of Syria’s Refugees

'This boy was the victim of these wars, governments that launched them and media that supported them.'

By Jeremy Salt The connections between the body of the small boy washed up on the beach at Bodrum, the destruction at Palmyra and the hundreds of Libyans drowning in the same Mediterranean the parents of that poor boy were trying to cross with their children go to the heart of the vicious and remorseless […]

Europe Doesn’t Have a Migrant Crisis, It Has a Syrian Crisis

Syrian children cross the Hungarian border as they try to reach Europe. (András D Hajdú/IRIN)

By Joe Dyke -Beirut Imagine Syria didn’t exist – that the war never happened. Suddenly Europe’s migration crisis doesn’t look so bad. The two EU countries that receive the vast majority of arrivals by boat are Italy and Greece. In Italy, the number of sea arrivals (mostly from Libya) has changed little since last year. […]

Stopping the Temporal and Spatial Division of Al-Aqsa

There are still people stationed in Al-Aqsa and they will not allow the Zionists to implement their plans. (File)

By Dr. Mousa Abu-Marzouk  The Israeli occupation has closed the doors to Al-Aqsa Mosque from 7.30am to 11.30am, during which they prevent worshippers from entering the mosque. This is being carried out in light of Arab silence and Palestinian preoccupation with projects that only deepen the divide; projects that separate us, not unite us. The […]

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 […]

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  • October 8, 2015

    Photo of Wissam Faraj, Shot in the Heart in Shufat

    Wissam Faraj, 20, was shot in the heart with an explosive, or “dum dum,” bullet and died during clashes which broke out during an Israel army raid on the Shufat refugee camp in occupied East... More →
  • October 8, 2015

    Israeli Forces Kill Palestinian in Shufat Refugee Camp Raid

    A Palestinian youth was killed and six others injured, including one critically, during an Israeli raid in East Jerusalem's Shufat refugee camp on Thursday, medics said. - Locals said Israeli forces raided the camp and attempted to break into the home of Subhi Abu Khalifa, who had earlier stabbed an Orthodox Jewish man in Jerusalem. - Wissam Faraj, 20, was shot in the heart with an explosive, or "dum dum," bullet and... More →
  • October 8, 2015

    7 Israelis Injured in Alleged Palestinian Stab Attacks

    An Israeli man was stabbed in the northern city of Afula late Thursday, following the stabbings of six other Israelis injured in three previous attacks throughout the day, Israeli police claimed. - Spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said a "terrorist stabbed a man" and moderately injured him in Afula, with police arriving at the scene and apprehending the suspect. - Israeli media site Haaretz reported that the victim was a... More →
  • October 8, 2015

    Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure Palestinian at Security Checkpoint

    Israeli forces shot and injured a 30-year-old Palestinian on Wednesday evening, after the man allegedly attempted to drive his car through a security checkpoint near Maale Adumim, Israeli Media reported. - Israeli media alleged the man tried to drive through a security checkpoint in an alleged attempt to run over Israeli forces guarding the post. - Israeli news website, The Jerusalem Post, reported that the 30-year-old... More →
  • October 8, 2015

    Video Roundup: Israeli Army Shoots, Incites Violence and Mistreats Palestinians in West Bank

    Video footage emerging from the Israeli-occupied West Bank today showed Israeli soldiers, some disguised as Palestinians, attacking, shooting protestors, and abusing detained youth. While the Israeli army is yet to comment on the footage, the practice is reportedly becoming more widespread throughout the occupied territories, which is experiencing an escalation of Palestinian protests against the Israeli occupation... More →
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