Commentary

Fear as an Obstacle to Peace: Why Are Israelis Afraid?

By Ramzy Baroud Bat-Hen Epstein Elias’s long article on Iranian Jews is interesting. Parts of it, in fact, are heartwarming. Yet, despite the lack of any serious evidence, the story is entirely framed in the language of fear. Entitled, “All the Jews there live in fear that their telephones are tapped,” the story in ‘Israel […]

Making Israel Greater Again: Justice for Palestinians in the Age of Trump

By Yoav Litvin “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women. I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” — Donald Trump Donald Trump is […]

On Gaza and the Siege: Why Is This Allowed to Happen?

By Haidar Eid – Gaza “We were just obeying orders!” “There is no defence in obeying illegal orders. Remember Nuremberg?!” — Fictional dialogue with an Israeli officer In mid-May, The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned of the imminent collapse of the Gaza Strip saying, in a grim statement, that: “The scarcity of […]

On Israel: Is Trudeau Moving to the Far Right?

By Jim Miles “Today, while we celebrate Israel’s independence, we also reaffirm our commitment to fight anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on May 2. Really? First of all, the Jewish people are not the only Semites living in the region, especially as Palestinians are Semites as well. Even David Ben-Gurion, the […]

Collective Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Jews, Apartheid and Oppression

By Yoav Litvin Fear and anxiety are emotions that have evolved to ensure the survival and procreation of many species of animals. Humans have been able to manipulate fears and anxieties as weapons of population control that involve and promote violence and apartheid. These societal conditions are familiar to many historically and presently oppressed groups, […]

Jewish Nation-State Bill: Israel’s Precarious Identity is Palestine’s Nightmare

By Ramzy Baroud The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has hurriedly passed a new bill that defines Israel as the “national home of the Jewish people.” Although the association between Jewishness and Israel goes back to the foundation of the state, the new law also carries clear discriminatory elements that target the country’s Arab communities, numbering nearly […]

Israel Tutors Its Children in Fear and Loathing

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth A display of Israeli-style community policing before an audience of hundreds of young schoolchildren was captured on video last week. Were the 10-year-olds offered road safety tips, advice on what to do if they got lost, or how to report someone suspicion hanging around the school? No. In Israel, they […]

Recasting the Nakba: Palestinian Struggle between Victimhood and Resistance

By Ramzy Baroud In mainstream Israeli politics, history books, literature and collective imagination, the Palestinian Nakba never happened. If the pain and suffering of a nation is acknowledged, then the people themselves would, naturally, have to be acknowledged as well. This, Israel could not do. In fact, the infamous declaration made by former Israeli Prime […]

Should Hamas Rewrite the Past?

By Ramzy Baroud Now that the Palestinian Islamic Movement, Hamas, has officially changed its Charter, one should not immediately assume that the decision is, in itself, an act of political maturity. Undoubtedly, Hamas’ first Charter, which was released to the public in August 1988, reflected a degree of great intellectual dearth and political naïveté. “Allah […]

UNSC Imbalance Impedes Justice

By Iqbal Jassat Having read Angela Mudukuti’s insightful reflection on the International Criminal Court, “ICC hunting for Gaddafi aide“, I cannot but link it to the recent experience of a highly respected International jurist Richard Falk. Along with professor Virginia Tilley, Falk was assigned by the UN’s Social and Economic Commission of West Asia to investigate […]

Israel’s New Cultural War of Aggression

By Richard Falk A few weeks ago my book Palestine’s Horizon: Toward a Just Peace was published by Pluto in Britain. I was in London and Scotland at the time to do a series of university talks to help launch the book. Its appearance happened to coincide with the release of a jointly authored report […]

The New York Times’ Prejudice against Imprisoned Palestinian Leader Marwan Barghouti

By Jeremy R. Hammond Last month, imprisoned Palestinian parliamentarian Marwan Barghouti was provided op-ed space by the New York Times to explain why he and his fellow inmates were going on a hunger strike. Instructively, the article caused an uproar not because of Israel’s violations of their rights, but because Mr. Barghouti’s bio stated simply […]

Trump Deletes Arafat From Accord Signing

By James M. Wall It is a well-known fact of history that to the victor belongs the spoils. And one of those spoils is the ability to reshape history. Donald Trump has won the presidency. He is now busy reshaping history. On Wednesday, President Trump met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House.  The usual “we want […]

Greater Israel and the Prospects for Peace in the Middle East

By Chas W. Freeman, Jr. We are here to discuss the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.  Israel has long sought to normalize its relations with Arab states without having to address the status of its captive Arab populations in the West Bank and Gaza. Do the changing geopolitics of the region at […]

The Prisoners’ Revolt: The Real Reasons behind the Palestinian Hunger Strike

By Ramzy Baroud Gaza is the world’s largest open air prison. The West Bank is a prison, too, segmented into various wards, known as areas A, B and C.  In fact, all Palestinians are subjected to varied degrees of military restrictions. At some level, they are all prisoners. East Jerusalem is cut off from the […]

True Independence on Nakba Day – Accountability and Healing as an Israeli Aggressor

By Yoav Litvin, Ph.D. I am an Israeli-American. I was raised in a middle-class academic ‘Liberal Zionist’ household (aligned with the Israeli Labor Party and Meretz), which is an inherent contradiction. Liberal Zionism maintains a belief in universal human rights yet it supports a Zionist ideology that endorses and promotes Israel as a Jewish state […]

Eloquence of Palestinian Prisoners’ Hunger Strike

By Iqbal Jassat As global attention is drawn to Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strikes, it is quite likely that the colonial-era conditions under which they have been jailed by Israel, will come into sharp focus. Led by an ailing Marwan Barghouti, who is serving multiple life sentences for resisting Israel’s inhumane occupation, the hunger strikes have captured […]

Abbas Fears the Prisoners’ Hunger Strike

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is due to meet Donald Trump in the White House on Wednesday to discuss reviving the long-cold corpse of the peace process. Back home, things are heating up. There is anger in the West Bank, both on the streets and within the ranks of Abbas’s […]

Tax Subsidized Schools Rally Children to Glorify Israel Colonialism

By Yves Engler On Tuesday thousands will gather to celebrate the most aggressive ongoing European settler colonialism. Organizers of Montréal’s annual Israel Day rally claim it is the largest event of its kind in the country. A significant proportion of the crowd will come from the city’s 15 Jewish day schools, which receive most of […]

‘Salt and Water’ as A German Leader is Rejected

By James M. Wall Ma’an reported Thursday that a general strike has begun in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. As part of the strike, Palestinians shut down their shops and businesses in solidarity with the more than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners now enduring the 11th day of their “Freedom and Dignity” hunger strike. The […]

Yemen: The Shame of Killing Innocent People

By Kathy Kelly On April 26th, 2017, in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah, the Saudi-led coalition which has been waging war in Yemen for the past two years dropped leaflets informing Hodeidah’s residents of an impending attack.  One leaflet read: “Our forces of legitimacy are heading to liberate Hodeidah and end the suffering of our gracious […]

Liberation Day: Why Italy Must Celebrate Palestinian Resistance, Too

By Romana Rubeo A few days ago, a friend of mine, who is a teacher asked me to take part in a meaningful project: to talk to her students about what I learned during a recent visit to Palestine. She wanted to teach them that what they read or watch on television are not abstracts, and […]

Mahmoud Abbas Needs to Decide which Side He’s On

By Dr. Daud Abdullah It is perfectly normal for Palestinians to have political differences with the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), but it is wholly unacceptable for any Palestinian, official or otherwise, to call for the destruction and burning of the Gaza Strip in order to crush the group. Such threats are manifestly shameful and can […]

Will British Muslims Survive in Post-Brexit Britain?

By  Irfan Raja Is it unimaginable to think that British Muslims may have to go back where they come from? Sounds sensitive, but certainly a valid question to ask in the current climate. History describes tales of the displacement of Palestinians, native Australians, and destruction of Indians  at  the hands of British colonialists and in […]

Israel Celebrates 50 Years as Occupier

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth Israel is to hold lavish celebrations over the coming weeks to mark the 50th anniversary of what it calls the “liberation of Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights” – or what the rest of us describe as the birth of the occupation. The centrepiece event will take place in Gush […]

A Tale of Two Jubilees

By Iqbal Jassat “A state that celebrates 50 years of occupation is a state whose sense of direction has been lost, its ability to distinguish good from evil impaired”, writes Haaretz correspondent Gideon Levy in his latest oped titled “Our Nakba”. In his typical hard-hitting honesty, Israeli journalist Levy yet again pulls no punches as […]

When Daesh is Defeated: Who Will Fill the Intellectual Vacuum in the Arab World?

By Ramzy Baroud Back in the Middle East for a few months, I find myself astounded by the absence of the strong voices of Arab intellectuals. The region that has given rise to the likes of Michel Aflaq, George Habash, Rached Al-Ghannouchi, Edward Said and numerous others has marginalised its intellectuals. Arab visionaries have either been […]

Mass Irresponsibility

By Jeremy Salt Just when he thought he had the biggest weapon in the world, Donald was trumped by Russia, which apparently has a bigger one. This was just after Donald thought he had proved the point by dropping a nine-metre long, 9500-kg bomb on Afghanistan, blast yield equivalent to eleven tons of TNT, not quite […]

Template for Toxicity and Intimidation: BDS Busting on Campus

By Marion Kawas The challenges faced by the students of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights SPHR and the YestoBDS campaign at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in recent months serve as a template for what to expect from pro-Israel groups on campuses. The ultimate end result was that the BDS referendum did not pass […]

Palestine Retold: Palestine’s Tragic Anniversaries Are Not Only about Remembrance

By Ramzy Baroud For Palestinians, 2017 is a year of significant anniversaries. While historians mark May 15th as the anniversary of the date on which Palestinians were expelled from their historic homeland in 1948, the fact is the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians began in earnest in 1947. In strict historical terms 1947 and ‘48 […]

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