Commentary

Despite Reconciliation, PA Continues to Punish Gaza’s Teachers, Professors

By Anna Majavu Hundreds of tertiary education staff in the Gaza Strip are set to strike this week after facing eight months of extreme salary cuts and threats of forced retirement by the Palestinian Authority. The approximately 831 academic and administrative staff of in Gaza will be striking because the Palestinian Authority withdrew most of their […]

The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu: Corruption in Israel is Not Just an Israeli Issue

By Ramzy Baroud Whether the string of scandals, now hounding Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, lead to his sacking or not, it matters little. Though nearly half of Israelis polled last July – well before the scandals took a much dirtier turn – believe that Netanyahu is corrupt, a majority of Israelis said that they […]

‘Submit or Resign’, Defines Realpolitik of Saudi Arabia’s New Czar

By Iqbal Jassat What’s going on in Saudi Arabia? This appears to be the dominant question raised in many circles. A question, coupled with many more, seeking answers to try to make sense of the drama unfolding in the House of Saud. While some insiders refer to it as an internal palace coup, others have […]

Remembering Paul Findley and Yasser Arafat

By James M. Wall On the day Yasser Arafat died, November 9, 2004, former Illinois Republican Congressman Paul Findley wrote an article to describe the relationship he had with the Palestinian leader. Paul Findley knew then, and he knows now, that if enough members of Congress had joined with him in favor of talking with Yasser […]

Anti-BDS Laws and Pro-Israeli Parliament: Zionist Hasbara is Winning in Italy

By Romana Rubeo and Ramzy Baroud A proposed law at the Italian Parliament is set to punish the boycott of Israel. In the past, such an initiative would have been unthinkable. Alas, Italy, a country that had historic sympathies with the Palestinian cause has shifted its politics in a dramatic way in recent years. Most surprisingly, […]

Israel Lobby is Slowly Being Dragged into the Light

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth  The scandal surrounding Priti Patel, who was forced to resign as Britain’s international aid minister last week after secret meetings with Israeli officials during a “family holiday”, offers a small, opaque window on the UK’s powerful Israel lobby. Patel’s off-the-books meetings with 12 Israelis, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, were […]

The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story – Book Review

Reviewed by Vacy Vlazna (Ramzy Baroud. The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story. London: Pluto Press, 2018. Pre-order now) Dr. Ramzy Baroud’s new book, The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story is described simplistically as ‘non-fictional narrative of modern Palestinian history.’ It is much, much more; for us readers, it is an intimate encounter, chapter by chapter, […]

Arafat, the Leader I Knew

By Jamal Kanj Thirteen years ago, I published my first article in a major US newspaper, San Diego Union Tribune. It was unwittingly published on the same day news came out of Paris that Yasser Arafat had passed away. The article wasn’t meant to be a eulogy but to introduce Arafat and his cause to […]

‘Creeping Annexation’: Why Israel Shelved the ‘Greater Jerusalem Law’

By Ramzy Baroud The postponing of an Israeli Knesset bill that would have annexed major illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank to the Jerusalem municipality is the result of behind-the-scenes US and, possibly, European pressure. But the story of the so-called “Greater Jerusalem law” does not end there. Israel wants to maintain an absolute demographic […]

Israel Ready to Invade Syria to ‘Protect’ Druze Village

Amid tension in the Golan Heights, a part of Syria that is illegally occupied by Israel, Israel has vowed to ‘assist’ locals within Syria’s territory after violence erupted. After a car bomb detonated in the village of Hader, which killed nine and injured 23 in the mostly ethnic Druze population, Israel has vowed to ‘protect’ […]

Israel Occupies ANZAC History and Honor

 By Vacy Vlazna The solemnity of the 100th commemoration of the Anzac victory of courage and dash in the 1917 Battle of Beersheba was desecrated by the opportunistic propaganda of PM Netanyahu, by the Australian PM Turnbull’s  grovelling echo of Israel’s outrageous lies and by the business pragmatism of Israeli patsy, the Aotearoa/New Zealand, Governor-General Reddy. […]

How Britain Became an Obstacle to Peace

By Ramzy Baroud Arthur James Balfour’s wrote 84 words that sealed the fate of the Palestinian people by ultimately displacing most of them from their historical homeland to live in permanent exile. “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best […]

Walls and Militarized Police: How Israel Is Exporting Its Occupation to the United States

By Ramzy Baroud Israeli footprints are becoming more apparent in the US security apparatus. Such a fact does not bode well for ordinary Americans. US Senate Bill S.720 should have been a wake-up call. The Bill, drafted by the Israel lobby group, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), as part of its “2017 Lobbying Agenda” is […]

Balfour Declaration – Palestinians Determined to Own Their History

By Marion Kawas When I first met Palestinian refugees in camps across Lebanon in the 1970s, both in the south and around Beirut, I was surprised at the frequency with which I heard sentiments such as, “Yes, we are well aware of how Israel and the US are working to dispossess our people, but we […]

Balfour Declaration: Britain Broke Its Feeble Promise to the Palestinians

By Jonathan Cook There is more than a little irony in Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to attend a “celebration” dinner this week in London with his British counterpart, Theresa May, marking the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. Palestinian objections to the 1917 document are well-known. Britain’s Lord Balfour had no right to promise […]

The Anzac-Palestine Connection

By Sonja Karkar “ANZACS BACK AGAIN” was the front-page headline of Jerusalem’s Palestine Post on 13 February 1940. The ANZAC reputation for courage and daring was legendary after their victory at Beersheba in 1917. That was the Palestine Campaign that saw the celebrated charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade on the unsuspecting Turks. It was a battle that turned the tide […]

Lord Balfour’s Letter Was 1917’s ‘Fake News’

By James M. Wall Thursday, November 2, will be the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. To commemorate that event, the current British Prime Minister Teresa May, will attend a London dinner party at the home of Lord Rothschild, heir to the recipient of the infamous letter from Arthur James Balfour, Britain’s then Foreign Secretary. […]

Hamas and Fatah Must Transform to Speak on behalf of Palestinians

By Ramzy Baroud The reconciliation agreement signed between rival Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, in Cairo on October 12 was not a national unity accord – at least, not yet. For the latter to be achieved, the agreement would have to make the interests of the Palestinian people a priority, above factional agendas. The leadership […]

Arthur James Balfour’s Ambivalent Philo-semitism

By Jeremy Salt Even his contemporaries had trouble working out Arthur James Balfour. Aloof, privileged, extremely wealthy, the product of Eton and Cambridge, he clearly liked power and being at the center of things, without liking the boring detail of hard work.  He once said that ‘enthusiasm moves the world’, without showing many signs himself […]

If White National Fund Sounds Racist, So Should Jewish National Fund

By Yves Engler Imagine if there were an organization called the White National Fund that raised tens of millions of dollars each year from Canadians to buy land in the US to be held exclusively for people of European descent. WNF land couldn’t be leased or sold to anyone who they didn’t consider “white”. Would […]

Ugly Truths Behind Balfour and Beersheba

By Jeremy Salt Within a month two events will be celebrated that have a left a deep imprint on the ‘western’ consciousness.  The most significant is the Balfour Declaration, a piece of paper whose destructive consequences the people of the Middle East have had to live with every day since it was signed in November, […]

Decertification: Trump Shares Netanyahu’s Bellicose Thunder

By Iqbal Jassat Israel’s antagonism and hostility towards Iran is no secret. No current or previous leader of the settler colonial regime has ever shied away from proclaiming belligerent policies which does not exclude plotting regime change in Tehran. Netanyahu is neither the first nor will be the last Zionist to peddle lies and fabricate […]

The Truth behind Trump’s Angry Diplomacy in North Korea

By Ramzy Baroud To understand the United States’ stratagem in the Pacific, and against North Korea in particular, one has to understand the fundamental changes that are under way in that region. China’s clout as an Asian superpower and as a global economic powerhouse has been growing at a rapid speed. The US’ belated ‘pivot […]

The Real Reasons Trump is Quitting UNESCO

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth At first glance, the decision last week by the Trump administration, followed immediately by Israel, to quit the United Nation’s cultural agency seems strange. Why penalize a body that promotes clean water, literacy, heritage preservation and women’s rights? Washington’s claim that the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is […]

Dalal Mughrabi and the Shattered Glass Houses of Zionist Pawns

By Vacy Vlazna “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.” — Proverb Western governments that have servilely abrogated to a foreign power, i.e. Israel, their responsibilities to uphold international law can no longer claim national sovereignty nor a moral high-ground. These states have become bystanders to Israeli war crimes and genocide and […]

Wrongful Rhetoric and Trump’s Strategy on Iran

By Kathy Kelly Mordechai Vanunu was imprisoned in Israel for eighteen years because he blew the whistle on Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program. He felt he had “an obligation to tell the people of Israel what was going on behind their backs” at a supposed nuclear research facility which was actually producing plutonium for nuclear […]

To Clip Wings of Israel’s Settlements, a Moral Duty of South Africa

By Iqbal Jassat Thousands more Jewish housing units in Occupied Palestine is the latest undertaking by Israel’s extreme right-wing regime led by war-criminal Benjamin Netanyahu. This daring move, despite being illegal and in direct contravention of United Nations resolutions, doesn’t end there. The new homes are earmarked for one of the West Bank’s largest Jewish […]

What Is Behind the Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation?

By Ramzy Baroud Egypt’s enthusiasm to arbitrate between feuding Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, is not the outcome of a sudden awakening of conscience. Cairo has, in fact, played a destructive role in manipulating Palestinian division to its favor, while keeping the Rafah border crossing under lock and key. However, the Egyptian leadership is clearly […]

The Balfour Declaration Destroyed Palestine, Not the Palestinian People

By Ramzy Baroud Some promises are made and kept; others disavowed. But the ‘promise’ made by Arthur James Balfour in what became known as the ‘Balfour Declaration’ to the leaders of the Zionist Jewish community in Britain one hundred years ago, was only honored in part: it established a state for the Jews and attempted […]

The Fight Ahead: 13 Questions about the Origins, Objectives and War on BDS

By Ramzy Baroud BDS stands for ‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’. The BDS Movement was the outcome of several events that shaped the Palestinian national struggle and international solidarity with the Palestinian people following the Second Uprising (Intifada) in 2000. Building on a decades-long tradition of civil disobedience and popular resistance, and invigorated by growing international […]

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