Commentary

Celebrating the Ridiculous in the West Bank

If political leaders are not democratically elected then why on earth should he or she be concerned with public opinion? (Via Aljazeera/file)

By Jamal Saad Whenever you think that you are facing contradictions, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong. So Ayn Rand said. Recently, segments of the Palestinian people—mainly across the West Bank—held public rallies celebrating, or commemorating, “Independence Day”. For me and many other Palestinians the contradiction was too enormous […]

Israel’s ‘Jewish Democracy’ is Now Just ‘Jewish’

'Israel was never a democracy in the classical Western sense of the term.' (Wikimedia/file)

By Ludwig Watzal Sixty six years after the establishment of the State of Israel, even the most ubiquitous term employed to describe the political nature of Israel, namely as a “Jewish democratic state,” is becoming obsolete. The Netanyahu government and its right-wing coalition partners are preparing a law, which will exclusively define Israel as a […]

Canada’s Bizarre Policies Entanglement

By Jim Miles Canada’s parliament is currently embroiled in a rather weird partisan sex scandal that makes all parties look like moral disasters (listen to Harper quote “Canadian values” now). While that has attracted all the attention of the media, a small news item emerged from RT News that managed to attract some small attention […]

Jerusalem Synagogue Attack: Who is to Blame?

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat In the past few weeks, the mainstream media, both locally and internationally, have been dominated by the recent incident that took place at the Kehilat Bnai Torah synagogue in Jerusalem last Tuesday. The attack that was conducted by two Palestinian cousins killed four rabbis and an Israeli police officer. This latest […]

Israel’s Model of Political Despair in Jerusalem

A Palestinian woman in Jerusalem assaulted by Israeli Jewish mob. (Via Aljazeera/file)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth Relations between Israelis and Palestinians have descended into a dangerous melee of tit-for-tat attacks and killings, with the violence of the past few weeks centred on Jerusalem. The city, claimed by Israel as its “undivided capital”, has been torn apart by clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian residents since the […]

After Gaza, Europe Scrambles to End Its Complicity

After the massacres in Gaza, Israel may soon be facing its South Africa moment.

By Omar Barghouti While still deeply complicit in perpetuating Israel’s occupation and enabling its commission of grave violations of international law, the European Union has taken a number of measures lately that may indicate a growing appetite for sanctions against Israel for its failure to progress towards a peaceful settlement with the Palestinian Authority. The […]

Obama Extends War in Afghanistan

By Kathy Kelly News agencies reported Saturday morning that weeks ago President Obama signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of the Afghan war for at least another year. The order authorizes U.S. airstrikes “to support Afghan military operations in the country” and U.S. ground troops to continue normal operations, which is […]

Gaza Bombings Rock Palestinian Reconciliation

Scene of one of the bombings at the home of a Fatah member in Gaza (MEE/Mohammed Asad)

By Nicola Nasser It is ironic that the annual commemoration of the death of Yasser Arafat should turn into an occasion for rekindling the flames of internal strife. This was clearly the aim of last week’s bombings that targeted the homes of Fatah leaders in Gaza, as well as the podium for the commemorative ceremonies […]

Negotiations to End All Peace

Netanyahu made it 'explicitly' clear that he could 'never, ever, countenance a full sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank'. (Via Aljazeera)

By Jamal Kanj Following the historical recognition by the Swedish government, British legislators voted overwhelmingly on a non-binding resolution urging their government to recognize the state of Palestine. Ireland’s Seanad and Spain’s parliament passed similar motions on October 22 and November 18 respectively. Sweden, the home of the Nobel Peace Prize, has positioned itself in […]

Merkel’s Wall of Hypocrisy

Merkel is hailed by Forbes as the world’s most powerful woman, and yet .. (Wikimedia)

By Vacy Vlazna “The Berlin Wall, this symbol of state abuse cast in concrete, took millions of people to the limits of what is tolerable, and all too many beyond it.” On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a speech of sublime hypocrisy when juxtaposed beside […]

The Endgame of the US ‘Islamic State’ Strategy

The creation of the IS as the sectarian Sunni alternative is still the US tactic towards its strategic endgame. (Twitter)

By Nicola Nasser Dismantling what the former US President George W. Bush once described as the Syria – Iran component of the “axis of evil,” or interrupting in Iraq the geographical contiguity of what King Abdullah II of Jordan once described as the “Shiite crescent,” was and remains the strategic goal of the US – […]

Bennett’s ‘One-State Solution’: Israeli Version of Apartheid

The one-state solution in the offing has nothing to do with a bi-national state or a state for all its citizens. (Tamar Fleishman/Palestine Chronicle)

By Ludwig Watzal Israel’s economy minister Naftali Bennett, the leader of the right-wing party “The Jewish Home”, published an article in the New York Times in which he buried the concept of a “two-state solution” as a way out of the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Bennett does not belong to the radical Zionist fringe. Although he […]

Naftali Bennett’s Wake-up Call to the West

Bennett: 'for its security, Israel cannot withdraw from more territory..' (Wikimedia)

By John V. Whitbeck Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Minister of the Economy and leader of the Jewish Home Party, a major component of the current Israeli government, is widely seen as the politician on the rise in Israel and a potential successor to Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister after the next Israeli elections. On November 6, […]

The Forgotten Palestinians of Lebanon

This photo was taken by an UNRWA schoolchild in the Palestinian Wavel refugee camp (Jalil) in Lebanon under an EU-funded education project.

By Vacy Vlazna To enter the lost city, go through me. Through me you go to meet a suffering unceasing and eternal. You will be with people who, through me, lost everything. –Dante’s Inferno “It is a painful experience to be a refugee. You exist and you don’t exist” — Olfat Mahmoud The burden of […]

Palestine: Between Unjust International System and Discredited Leadership

PA President Mahmoud Abbas is hesitating to prosecute Israel for alleged war crimes. (via Aljazeera/file)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan The UN General Assembly (UNGA) passed a motion on November 29, 2012 recognizing Palestine as a non-member observer state by a vote of 138 supporting the motion to 9 including the US against it, and 41 abstentions including Britain and Germany. Susan Rice, the representative of the US, said that she […]

On the List – Knocking on the Gates of the Pentagon

By Kathy Kelly – Kabul Yesterday, in the Afghan Peace Volunteers’ (APVs’) “Borderfree Center” here in Kabul, I heard someone banging on the front gate and hurried downstairs to open it. As it happened, I was the only one at the Center that morning. Outside the gate stood two women with their burkas pushed back. […]

What Happens In Gaza After The U.S. Elections?

There is little love lost between Obama and Netanyahu.  (WH)

By James M. Wall National U.S. congressional elections come around every two years. The latest arrives Tuesday, November 4. The election will relieve U.S. television viewers of a steady diet of noxious attack ads funded, in an alarming  measure, by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission. Advance predictions point to the […]

So Who Else Wants to Destroy Sykes-picot?

Francois Georges-Picot and Mark Sykes. (Wikimedia)

By Jeremy Salt – Ankara Pushing down the wire fence separating Iraq from Syria, the militants of the Islamic State proclaimed jubilantly that Sykes-Picot was dead but was it really they who destroyed Sykes-Picot? Sykes-Picot was – of course – the First World War agreement by which Britain and France divided the conquered Arab lands […]

East Is East and West Is West: Thoughts from a Puzzled Mind

By Jamil I. Toubbeh Recorded history informs that the East and the West are culturally inextricable; history also informs that this inextricability has been shaken over time by religious, geopolitical and economic conflicts of short and long duration. If one were to rank-order conflicts around the globe in the 20th and 21st centuries, the Arab […]

Jerusalem in Danger while the World Sleeps

Al-Quds, Haram al-Sharif Compound. (Wikimedia)

By Tariq Shadid Tensions are rising sky-high in what is considered a Holy City by three of the world’s major religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Its Aramaic name ‘Ur Shalim’, from which hails its current international name Jerusalem, means ‘City of Peace’, yet it has become obvious that it will not be allowed to live […]

How Israel is Turning Gaza into a Super-max Prison

Washington and its allies are only too happy to see Hamas and Islamic Jihad deprived of the materials needed to resist Israel’s next onslaught. (Aljazeera/file)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth It is astonishing that the reconstruction of Gaza, bombed into the Stone Age according to the explicit goals of an Israeli military doctrine known as “Dahiya”, has tentatively only just begun two months after the end of the fighting. According to the United Nations, 100,000 homes have been destroyed or […]

SA Fact Finding Mission in Israel Raise Palestinian Hopes

By Iqbal Jassat South Africa’s increasing interest in Palestine and its woes is beginning to manifest in ways that’s likely to attract more antagonism from Israel and her lobbyists. Currently a number of South Africans are in Israel to gain first-hand insight of conditions faced by Palestinians under Occupation as well as experience the political […]

Canada’s Heart of Darkness

Justice Minister MacKay wearing a t-shirt printed with a high powered automatic rifle at a Conservative fundraiser. (National Firearms Association, Facebook)

By Jim Miles Once upon a time, Canada was able to create the illusion that it was the “peaceable kingdom”, an illusion accepted domestically and arguably by most of the rest of the world. This history has been well discredited with newer historical research outlining how Canada’s position as a “peacekeeper,” generally under UN auspices, […]

The Process of Reconstructing Gaza

What we are witnessing is a global Israeli blackmail operation and the exploitation Gaza's destruction. (IRIN)

By Lamis Andoni As usual, whatever Israel fails to impose by war, it tries to achieve by means of the subsequent agreements, and the reconstruction of Gaza agreement under the supervision of the UN is no difference. It is the manifestation of international complicity in not only solidifying the siege, but also using it to […]

Stop the Killing

By Kathy Kelly On August 9, 1983, three people dressed as U.S. soldiers saluted their way onto a US military base and climbed a pine tree. The base contained a school training elite Salvadoran and other foreign troops to serve dictatorships back home, with a record of nightmarish brutality following graduation. That night, once the […]

The Israeli Solution

Zionism is incompatible with peace. (Tamar Fleishman/PC)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan I tried to explore the long term plans of the ruling elite of Israel regarding the Palestinians. But since no Israeli government ever publicly revealed its long term vision other than maintaining the status quo, I sought to examine their thoughts through one of their surrogates, Caroline Glick. I read her […]

UK Parliament Palestine Motion is Vote of Anger at Israeli Warmongering

May the next motion that passes in UK parliament be a motion for a comprehensive boycott of Israel. (BBC)

By Tariq Shadid The remarkable landslide win for the motion in UK Parliament to recognize the Palestinian state has taken many around the world by surprise. Even though the vote is merely symbolic, since it is a non-binding motion, it is still being viewed widely as a setback for the Israelis. Why is this the […]

Diplomatic Recognition – The Road to Peace

One and only one road to peace with some measure of justice in Israel and Palestine exists.

By John V. Whitbeck On October 12, at a donors’ conference in Cairo, participants pledged US$ 5.4 billion toward the reconstruction of Gaza. However, numerous participants noted that repeatedly paying to reconstruct what had been destroyed – and was likely to be destroyed again – was an insufficient response and that the core problem must […]

IS and the IDF: Canada’s Double Standard

Canada's first IS casualty. (National Post)

By Eric Walberg Why are IDF members tolerated and even lauded in the West while IS fighters are despised and killed? In what sense is the IDF scenario any less reprehensible than the IS one? In recent weeks there has been a spate of articles about western youth flocking to Syria and now Iraq to […]

Islamic State vs Jewish State

By Jamal Kanj I have read or heard countless of analysts in the last few weeks discussing the war on Islamic State (IS). Unquestionably, putting an end to IS is a step in the right direction. But if anyone has the delusion that defeating IS militarily is the answer, I suggest they take a look […]

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