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In Defense of a Double Standard

Israel is hardly the world's most iniquitous nation, but its propaganda machine is by far the most vociferous. (C-SPAN, file)

By Or Amit Those who routinely criticize Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians are often accused of partiality and selective moral outrage. Why complain of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians when in Syria Assad is exterminating hundreds of thousands and ISIS is finishing the job? Where was your criticism when Saddam Hussein was gassing the Kurds? […]

Israel’s Security Establishment Makes Public Plea for a Two State Solution

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By Richard Falk Rarely, if ever, has a newspaper ad mobilized such influential backing for a position of prominent Israelis at odds with the elected leadership of the Israeli state. A full page add appeared in the New York Times on February 4, 2016. It was sponsored by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle […]

Why Doesn’t Israel Cover up for Al-Sisi?

The Egyptian army has flooded the network of cross-border tunnels linking Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula to the Gaza Strip with seawater. (MEMO, file)

By Wael Qandil  It is no surprise that Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s decision to wage a water war on Gaza, flooding the tunnels and destroying them (and damaging the environment in the process), stemmed from Israel’s request or direct order. This was announced by Israeli Minister of Infrastructure Yuval Steinitz a couple of days ago. What […]

Borderline: Forbidden Love Tales in Israel

The book author Dorit Rabinyan talked about the real issue behind banning her work.

By Jamal Kanj How can a two-year-old novel become a best seller? Censorship is the short answer. The most important question is, however, why would the “Jewish democracy” censor a love fiction between a Jew and non-Jew? The banned book Borderlife was based on a love story between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man. According […]

Is Gaza Paying the Price of the Cypriot-Israeli-Greek Alliance?

Cyprus and Greece agreed in the summit to market Israeli gas in Europe. (Courtesy: Ekathimerini.com)

By Dr. Saleh Al-Naami The Israeli, Cypriot, Greek summit held in Cyprus’s capital city, Nicosia, is another example of how Tel Aviv’s predictions regarding its gas discoveries on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea were realized. Tel Aviv had predicted that its huge gas discoveries in what it claims to be its “economic waters” would […]

Stop the False Rhetoric; The Two-State Solution is Dead

it is time to recognize the impossibility of reaching a two-state solution and start engaging in a new process. (ActiveStills.org, file)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan It is safe to say that under their present conditions, the Palestinians’ situation is in shambles. Their spatial fragmentation imposed on them by Zionist colonialists and their incompetent self-serving corrupt leadership hardly leaves room for optimism. The rhetoric of Mahmud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA) calls for freedom […]

The Complex Problematics of Palestinian Representation

It may be useful to distinguish between ‘Westphalian representation’ from ‘populist representation.’ (Annie Slemrod, file)

By Richard Falk While serving as UN Special Rapporteur for Occupied Palestine, especially in my early years between 2008 and 2010, I fully expected to encounter defamatory opposition from Israel and ultra-Zionist, but what surprised me at the time were various efforts of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to undermine my role at the Human Rights […]

Palestine: SA Government Action Overdue

Khaled Meshaal and Jacob Zuma shake hands after signing a collaboration agreement in Johannesburg, Oct 19, 2015. (Via MEMO)

By Iqbal Jassat  For how long will the South African government remain bystanders while Israel keeps gobbling up Palestine? It’s a concern expressed not only by Palestinian victims of Israel’s land grab policies, but also by local solidarity activists. The argument made in favour of more effective action is informed by the support shown for Palestine […]

Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Israeli Citizens: 68 Years of Discrimination

Israeli policemen stand by as a bulldozer demolishes the village of Al-Araqib for the 93rd time in five years. (Activestills.org)

By Jamal Kanj Palestinian civic organizations inside Israel have declared January 30 the Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Israeli citizens. Israel was established in 1948 on the ruins of more than 500 native towns and villages and the forceful displacement of approximately 780,000 Palestinians. Only 153,000 Palestinians remained under what became Israel. Of which, approximately […]

The Times Endorses Hillary: Heinous Non-Surprise

NYT's editorial erroneously finds in Clinton a 'steeliness that will serve her well in negotiating with a difficult Congress.' (C-SPAN, wiki)

By Steve Breyman  What is it about some radicals’ (including this one’s) problem with the inevitable, the predictable? Given our accurate worldview—the world is run for the rich and powerful, by the rich and powerful—we ought not be perturbed when the rich and powerful do what’s in their perceived interest. Is it because the expected […]

Attacking Churches in Palestine: An Israeli Policy since 1948

Moshe Sharett with David Ben-Gurion at a meeting in 1955. (Wikimedia Commons)

By Dr. Saleh Al-Naami Israeli documents have revealed that the Israeli army deliberately adopted a policy based on the destruction, vandalism and harm of the sanctity of churches in Palestine, during and after the 1948 war. An Israeli book, which will be published next month, explains how the Israeli army carried out seizure and destruction […]

When Israel Tries to Export Its Crisis from the West Bank to Gaza

Palestinian resistance forces are not interested in escalating matters into a full-scale war with Israel. (File)

By Dr. Adnan Abu Amer At the same time, the intensity of the resistance operations and attacks in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem have increased in the 100+ days since the latest uprising began in October. Israel has been reduced to accusing Palestinians in the Gaza Strip of inciting their countrymen in the other […]

George Jonas Who Once Wrote about Zionist Madness Dies

Ironically, George Jonas, who was Jewish, was an anti-Soviet Reagan conservative, who supported Israel.  (Handout)

By Ira Glunts  George Jonas died on January 10th in Toronto.   The Hungarian born Canadian writer, who was a brilliant and successful journalist, broadcaster, essayist, librettist and poet, died at age 80.  No cause of death has been given, but he had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease.  Jonas, who was well-known throughout Canada, was the […]

House Demolitions Backfire on the Occupation

'We cannot maintain the current situation.' (File)

By Dr. Hani Al-Masri The wave of the intifada that has been ongoing for four consecutive months has not yet turned into a comprehensive popular intifada with a united leadership and specific goals for many reasons mentioned by me and others. The most important of these reasons is that the leadership did not adopt the […]

Arab Spring: A New Page in History That Failed to Turn

Oil remains the main source of wealth and the start of endless conflicts in the Middle East. (File)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan The advent of the US-British occupation of Iraq and the humiliating capture, trial and execution of Saddam Hussein, the most feared dictator in the region, while the rest of the Arabs were either helping the invaders to dismantle a member of the Arab League or just helpless spectators, showed the Arab […]

AIPAC-Drafted US Aid to Israel Illegal

An AIPAC policy conference. (File)

By Grant Smith The Israel lobby’s biggest and longest-running Washington boondoggles are the massive annual weapons and economic packages to Israel. Tightly coordinated campaign contributors (both individuals and political action committees) and the Israeli government’s own quiet demands manifest themselves within AIPAC-drafted foreign aid legislation. The U.S.-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012forces Americans to […]

Field Executions of Palestinians – Commentary & Videos

Ahmad Manasrah.

By Rashid Shahin What is going on in the Palestinian occupied territories is not extrajudicial killing of Palestinian civilians, it is field executions on orders from high ranking politicians and military generals. When Swedish foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom called for opening an investigation into Israel’s extrajudicial killings, she was severely attacked by Israeli politicians; an […]

Regional Developments Working to Israel’s Advantage

Israelis view escalating conflicts around the region as threats that may turn into opportunities. (Tamar Fleishman, PC, File)

By Dr. Adnan Abu Amer Regional developments in the Middle East are so fluid that they do not allow decision-makers to assess the situation in a calm environment. This includes Israelis who view the escalating conflicts around the region as threats that may turn into opportunities at some point, leading them to look for “interests” […]

Refugees in Lebanon: Between the Plotting of UNRWA and the Neglect of the PLO

Badawi refugee camp in Lebanon. (IRIN/UN, file)

By Ahmed Al-Hilah In my last article, titled “The expulsion of Palestinians from Lebanon: A systematic policy”, published on 13 January, I noted that the reduction in UNRWA’s educational and health services in Lebanon is an implementation of an unannounced systematic policy in the UN. This policy is encouraged by the friends of Israel, starting with […]

Alan Rickman Gave the Greatest Gift to My Late Daughter, Rachel Corrie

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By Craig Corrie My family and I were saddened on Thursday morning to learn of thedeath of Alan Rickman – too sad to write our feelings at the time. Alan, of course, is famous as an actor and director, both on stage and in film. But we first came to know him when, with Katharine Viner […]

Alan Rickman Made A Difference

Alan Rickman leaves his fans and fellow activists heartbroken by his early death.

British actor Alan Rickman died Jan. 14, 2016, at age 69, after a battle with cancer. Many of his fans remember him for his roles playing villains like Professor Snape in the “Harry Potter” movies, the Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,” and numerous other romantic or shifty roles in film, TV or onstage. Rickman also […]

10 Years of Siege and Deadly Wars: Don’t Leave Gaza Alone

It is not enough to announce solidarity with Gaza by mere slogans. (Activestills.org/file)

By Rashid Shahin Since the war on the Gaza Strip which was launched in the summer of 2014, only a slight improvement in the humanitarian situation has occurred and the Gaza Strip is still a disaster area; people are living in tents or caravans that cannot protect them from the heat in the summer, or […]

The Rafah Crossing: Between Logic and Interest

A Gaza mother and daughter at the Rafah border crossing. (Johnny Barber, PC, file)

By Dr. Fayez Abu Shamaleh  Many of Gaza’s inhabitants have taken interest in the meeting that took place in the Gaza Strip between Hamas and a committee of multiple Palestinian factions. The goal of the meeting was to propose ways in which the Rafah crisis could be resolved. It is important to know that all suggestions […]

Has the Survival of the PA Become the Goal?

It is not crucial for one person to replace another, but rather to find a path to national salvation. (File)

By Dr. Hani Al-Masri fter being reassured about his health, President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech in Bethlehem last week was a disappointment, not only for what he did say, but also for what he didn’t say about the challenges and dangers threatening the Palestinian cause and the investment of the opportunities available. His speech addressed neither […]

Welcome to Israel’s Version of Apartheid, as Passengers Evict Palestinians from Plane

Most Israeli Jews have long supported two Israels: one for them and another for the Palestinian minority. (File)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth A small scene from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict unfolded last week on a Greek airport runway. Moments before an Aegean Airlines flight was due to take off, three Israeli passengers took security into their own hands and demanded that two fellow passengers, from Israel’s Palestinian minority, be removed from the plane. […]

Two-state Solution Failed, Now What?

Israel is pursuing a third option: isolating Palestinians in the West Bank and removing them altogether from Jerusalem. (ActiveStills.org)

By Adel Shadeed Palestinians and Israelis alike have become increasingly convinced that the two-state solution is no longer an option due to Israel’s policies which continue to see settlements built across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The latter is supposed to be the capital of the Palestinian state to be established on the […]

Jewish-Israeli Passengers Hijack Airline’s Integrity

'It is damaging to an airline’s reputation to be taken hostage by passengers calling the shots.' (Via Guardian)

By Vacy Vlazna Two passengers, on Sunday 3rd January, who in good faith had paid their fares, had passed security checks, boarded the Aegean Airlines flight from Athens to Tel Aviv unexpectedly found themselves at the center of a racist onslaught by belligerent Jewish-Israeli passengers accusing the two passengers of being ‘terrorists’ and demanding their […]

On Wibisono’s Resignation as UN Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestine

Makarim Wibisono. (UN)

By Richard Falk  Makarim Wibisono announced his resignation as UN Special Rapporteur on Occupied Palestine, to take effect on March 31, 2016. This is position I held for six years, completing my second term in June 2014. The prominent Indonesian diplomat says that he could not fulfill his mandate because Israel has adamantly refused to give […]

Resisting Oblivion in the New Year

Hadeel with her mother, Sana Rajabi.

By Mahmoud Zidan At the beginning of the New Year, I cannot help but remember Hadeel Rajabi, an eleven-year-old child. Do I need to say that she’s like all children at this age, full of a combination of innocence, ambition, stubbornness, and perhaps mischievousness? Yes, I do, as she’s a Palestinian. As a result of […]

Gaza: Another Year of Man Made Hell on Earth

The Jerusalem Post wrote 'Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is the Egyptian people's special gift to the State of Israel.' (File)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan The Palestinian refugees in Gaza ended another year of decimated lives and livelihood in a man-made hell on earth. During the year, lives of the Gazans have changed for the worse by Israeli armed incursions and the new alliance between Egypt and Israel against them. While Turkey was demanding that Israel […]

The Free Zone | Blog

  • February 9, 2016

    Hunger-striking Journalist Al-Qeq Rejects Agreement to Free Him 1 May; Demands Unconditional Rrelease

    Mohammed al-Qeq, 33, Palestinian journalist now on hunger strike for 76 days in protest of his imprisonment without charge or trial under Israeli administrative detention, has rejected a proposed agreementto free him by 1 May. Al-Qeq, suffering from severe health effects related to his hunger strike, including loss ofspeaking ability, hearing and extreme weight loss and is “threatened with death,” has announced... More →
  • February 9, 2016

    New Law Allows Netanyahu to Oust Arab Parliamentarians

    The Israeli parliament, the Knesset, has given overwhelming support to a new law proposed by the Likud-led coalition government which will allow Arab Knesset members (MKs) to be ousted, Anadolu reported on Monday. - The law was first suggested by the right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a punishment for the Arab parliamentarians who visited families of the victims of Israeli security forces. The visits were... More →
  • February 9, 2016

    Netanyahu: We Must Protect the 'Villa' from the 'Wild Beasts'

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a tour to the construction site of a barrier on the eastern border on Tuesday that he wishes to surround the country with fences and barriers "to defend ourselves against wild beasts" that surround Israel. - "At the end, in the State of Israel, as I see it, there will be a fence that spans it all," said Netanyahu. "I'll be told, 'this is what you want, to protect... More →
  • February 9, 2016

    Knesset Approves Divisive 'NGO Transparency Bill' in First Reading

    The Israeli Knesset on Monday approved the first reading of the "NGO transparency bill," denounced by critics as a move to delegitimize and weaken human rights organizations in Israel. - The first reading of the bill, which passed 50 to 43, sparked uproar among some lawmakers, two of whom were removed from the plenum after interrupting far-right Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who wrote the bill, a Knesset... More →
  • February 8, 2016

    Netanyahu Moves against Palestinian MKs in 'Demagogic Campaign'

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to oust Palestinian members of the Israeli Knesset who recently visited the families of Palestinian attackers, in what critics have slammed as a "demagogic campaign." - Netanyahu said Sunday he had asked Israel's attorney general to take legal action against Palestinian MKs Hanin Zoabi, Jamal Zahalka and Basel Ghattas -- all members of the Arab Joint List -- for... More →
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