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Is Israel Jewish Like France is French? (VIDEO)

Is Israel Jewish like France is French? (File)

On June 11, 1967, days after Israel’s armed forces had conquered the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan appeared on US news show ‘Face the Nation’. Addressing Israel’s ability to “absorb” Palestinian inhabitants of the newly-occupied territory, a journalist asked Dayan if it was necessary to maintain Israel as “as a Jewish […]

Now is the Time, Senator Sanders: Seize the Moment!

Sanders has some agonizing choices to make as a trustee for millions of voters. (CNN)

By Ralph Nader Senator Bernie Sanders has come a long way without other people’s advice. The progressive lone ranger is now leading in the polls nationally as the preferred candidate to defeat Donald Trump—ahead of Hillary in that matchup. Now, however, Bernie Sanders is facing the verdict of closed primaries in many states which bar […]

Understanding the Birzeit Elections

Birzeit University student union elections were held on April 27, 2016 and Hamas won 25 out of 51 seats. (File)

By Abdul Sattar Qassem The elections held at the Palestinian universities, Birzeit and Al-Najah, are considered a good indicator of the popularity of Palestinian factions. The media outlets usually refer to the student union to sense the popular Palestinian feelings towards the Palestinian factions and organisations. In recent years, the media outlets focused on Birzeit […]

Welcome to Palestine 2017: A Legal Imperative

The overwhelming vote of the UN General Assembly on November 29, 2012, to confirm Palestine’s status as a state.

By Clive Hambidge The ship carrying the precious cargo of a Palestinian Statehood bid, intended for late 2017, navigates through the choppy waters of Israel’s polluted sea of propaganda, US obduracy and a forever abstaining UK, complicit to a universally recognized, unlawful and brutal Israeli occupation. This must not deter we the people, in our duty […]

Israel’s Continued Pursuits in the West Bank’s Area A

(Photo: Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle. file)

By Dr. Adnan Abu Amer Palestinians and Israelis are experiencing a conflict over the Israeli army’s “pursuit” of wanted Palestinians in Area A. Meanwhile, Palestinian security agencies are asking Israelis to hand over security information in order for them to arrest and pursue wanted Palestinians themselves, but Israel is refusing and demands to do it […]

Banks and Currency Exchange Offices Persecuted by the PA

Banks and currency offices are the new front in the confrontation between Hamas and the PA. (File)

By Adnan Abu Amer Palestinians are dependent on banks and currency exchange offices in their financial transactions, such as receiving cash transfers from employers and relatives, and perhaps even for financial transfers sent by factions based abroad to their members inside Palestine. Such transactions sometimes face harsh policies imposed by the Palestinian Authority on banks and […]

When Medicine is Polluted by Israel’s Occupation

Mrs Clinton; there is no purity, even of the medical professionalism, in colonial domination. (CSPAN, file)

By Dr. Samah Jabr When Hillary Clinton wrote a letter to the Israeli-American donor Haim Saban against the popular and peaceful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, she described “the Jewish state” as a “vibrant democracy in a region dominated by autocracy… a modern day miracle — a vibrant bloom in the middle of a […]

A Jew Wins Arab-American Vote and Loses the Jewish Vote

Sanders: ' we are going to have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignity,' (Via CNN)

 By Hasan Afif El-Hasan In their attempt to win the Jewish vote and money, the presidential candidates from the US major parties typically pledge their affection and support for Israel. While Israel is the one that has been dismantling Palestine, demolishing the Palestinians’ homes and destroying their lives, the political Presidential contenders constantly intone that […]

New Camp David with a Saudi Touch (VIDEO)

Map of the islands of Sanafir and Tiran in the Red Sea. (Via MRN)

Now, as Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi announced his country had redrawn its naval borders with Saudi and conceded the islands of Sanafir and Tiran, it has become evident that Saudi was in talks with Egypt. There are not many complications surrounding the matter of the islands which Israel occupied in 1967. Israeli Defence Minister […]

Europe, the Cowardly Giant

Palestinians from the West Bank corralled in an Israeli military checkpoint on their way to Jerusalem. (Tamar Fleishman, PC, file)

By Dr. Abdel Sattar Qassem Europe’s recent announcement that Jerusalem is the capital of two states to be achieved through negotiations between Palestinian and Israel was a rejection of Sweden’s proposal that there be explicit recognition of “East Jerusalem” as the capital of an independent Palestine. Since 1967 most European countries have expressed their support […]

My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide – Book Review

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Reviewed by Jim Miles (Ally – My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide. Michael B. Oren. Random House, New York, 2015.) Reading a work that would obviously be very pro-Israel sets up an anticipatory set of expectations and Michael Oren’s account of his term as Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Ally – My Journey Across the […]

Palestine Bypassed in Tiran and Sanafir Deal

Map of the islands of Sanafir and Tiran in the Red Sea. (Via MRN)

By Iqbal Jassat Will media blackout on Tiran and Sanafir now be lifted following Saudi monarch’s recent high profile visit to Egypt? This appears to be the expectation if Arab media is to be believed given the fuss over these islands in Cairo, Riyadh and Tel Aviv. Some reports indicate that the fuss is fast […]

US Election: ‘Death by Being Shot or Poisoning’

Riding Trump’s ego is the best hope for Americans to end the 200-year-old Democratic and Republican monopoly. (Wikimedia, file)

By Jamal Kanj Donald Trump could change American electoral history for the better. Before explaining how, let’s first explore the politics and predicament of the 2016 Republican primary election. About six weeks ago, I projected that Trump would win the Republican nomination. That was before the traditional Republican leadership came out of hibernation to spoil […]

Roadmap to Apartheid – Film Review (VIDEO)

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Reviewed Jim Miles (Roadmap to Apartheid. Ind. documentary, Ana Noguiera and Eron Davidson. 2012.) It is curious that the more Israel denies apartheid, and the more other states, such as Canada, “condemn” the BDS movement, the more awareness of the true situation of the Palestinians increases in the general population. Fear of BDS The Israelis […]

Fatah Opposes the Palestinian Leadership

Analysts explain that opposition from within Fatah to its leadership is becoming more noticeable. (File)

By Nicola Nasser The Palestinian leadership is in a very tough position. Those losing trust in it are no longer limited to the traditional opposition which normally came from within the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and beyond it. Recently, they’ve been joined by top leaders from Fatah, which is supposed to be the foundation for […]

Execution of Palestinian Exposes Israel’s Military Culture

He acted not just on his own initiative but in accordance with values shared by his unit, by the army, by most politicians, by senior rabbis, and by a significant majority of the Israeli public.

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth It might have been a moment that jolted Israelis to their senses. Instead the video of an Israeli soldier shooting dead a young Palestinian man as he lay wounded and barely able to move has only intensified the tribal war dance of the Israeli public. Last week, as the soldier […]

The End of the American Empire

Terrorists are over here because we are over there. (Zoriah.net)

By Ambassador Chas W. Freeman The End of the American Empire Remarks to East Bay Citizens for Peace, the Barrington Congregational Church, and the American Friends Service Committee Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) Senior Fellow, the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs 2 April 2016, Barrington, Rhode Island I’m here to talk […]

Trump’s Self-Inflicted Fall

National polls of all voters have never been good for Trump.

By Ralph Nader Donald J. Trump is done. He will not be the Republican Party’s nominee for President. He will not receive the requisite number of 1237 delegate votes to secure a majority going into the Republican Convention in July. Last June, I wrote a column predicting that Trump would give the GOP nightmares, but […]

Israel’s War on the People of the Negev

Israel is waging a war against all that it Palestinian. (Activestills.org, file)

By Bilal Daher Forty years after the Land Day strike announced by Palestinians in the territories occupied in 1948, the issue of land is still very strongly present today, in 2016, and there is still a conflict ongoing between the Palestinians owners of the land and the Israeli authorities. After confiscating the overwhelming majority of […]

Three Thoughts on the Murder of Abed al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif

Azraya's crime has already been downgraded from murder to manslaughter.

By Or Amit I. Don’t call it an execution When I hear the word “execution”, I think of Adolf Eichmann, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy and other men who had committed capitals offenses and were tried, convicted, and put to death through the legal system. Abed al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif was not executed. He did not […]

Brother Obama: In the Footprints of the Conquistadores

Fidel: 'We do not need the empire to give us anything.'

By Fidel Castro The kings of Spain brought us the conquistadores and masters, whose footprints remained in the circular land grants assigned to those searching for gold in the sands of rivers, an abusive and shameful form of exploitation, traces of which can be noted from the air in many places around the country. Tourism […]

Hamas’ Bitter Options

The least bitter of these options is unity, which should be a necessity, not an option. (File)

By Dr. Hani Al-Masri In a deliberate or accidental coincidence, the Qatari and Egyptian capitals have recently held the second round of deliberations between the Fatah and Hamas delegations. This is a continuation of the first round of deliberations held in early February. They were meant to take place two weeks after the first round […]

Hilary Clinton Poses Imminent Danger to Palestine

Hilary Clinton’s was in my book the most convincingly pro-Israel. (CSPAN)

By Asa Winstanley Out of all this week’s speeches of presidential candidates to AIPAC, the powerful Israel lobby group, Hilary Clinton’s was in my book the most convincingly pro-Israel. But she has had to work hard to achieve this status. The Israel lobby is becoming increasingly right wing. AIPAC is widely perceived to have now become […]

Hillary’s Latest Bow to AIPAC

Mrs. Clinton could pause to ponder why she is backing state terrorism against millions of Arab Palestinians trapped in two enclaves. (AIPAC)

By Ralph Nader It is well known to Washington political observers that politicians invited to speak at the annual, giant AIPAC convention ask for suggested talking points from this powerful pro-Israeli government lobby. Hillary Clinton’s pandering speech must have registered close to 100% on AIPAC’s checklist. Of course, both parties pander to AIPAC to such […]

Israeli officials Who Issued Directive to Execute Palestinians Hang Hebron Killer out to Dry

Elor Azraya (Twitter)

By Dan Cohen Elor Azraya, the soldier who summarily executed Abed al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif as he lay on the street immobile and unarmed yesterday, is suspected of murder. In his defense, his lawyer Eyal Beserglick said Azraya “acted in accordance with the rules of engagement as suggested by his superiors.” He’s right. It’s unclear which superiors […]

Ha’aretz Journalist Lauds Wine from Jewish Terrorist/Vintner Menachem Livni

Menachem Livni poses with wine from his winery. (Via Mondoweiss)

By Ira Glunts  Ha’aretz diplomatic correspondent and gourmand, Barak Ravid, recently tweeted a picture of “a likeable wine from the Livni vineyard in Kiryat Arba.”  “Surprisingly good,” he concludes. The reason that the quality of the wine, produced in the darkest heart of the Israeli-occupied territory, is surprising, I would guess, is that Ravid believes […]

Trump’s Popularity and the Rise of Authoritarian Capitalism

The same contradiction that lies at the heart of Trump's populism also defines his platform on foreign policy. (File)

By Jamil Khader The rise of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is a clear symptom of the catastrophic normalization of authoritarian capitalism around the world. Many recent debates about his popularity, however, have missed this point: They are being framed in post-ideological terms that obscure the relation between Trump’s rise and the deepening contradictions of […]

Confirming the Kill: Another Routine Execution by Israeli Troops (VIDEO)

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By Jonathan Cook This video, provided by B’tselem, an Israeli group that monitors the occupation, clearly shows a soldier executing a Palestinian in Hebron. He is killed with a shot to the head after he is already disabled and lying on the ground, posing no threat to anyone. The Israeli army has called this a […]

The Helicopter v the Wheelchair

'Sheikh Yassin was not the first and will not be the last Palestinian leader to be killed in the struggle for Palestinian rights.'

By Dr. Samah Jabr Neither the fact nor the brutal manner of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin’s cruel assassination on 22 March 2004 was surprising, nor was Israel’s indifference to the severe human cost paid by other Palestinians who happened to be around the sheikh at the time; nine other people were killed in the attack. Sheikh […]

Dabka, Not Tango: The Palestinian Issue Is on Hold

Fatah must reunite and steer clear of internal factionalism. (File)

By Yasser Ali The Palestinian issue is experiencing paralysis due a number of international, regional, local and personal reasons, all of which have pushed it into a negative status quo. It is no longer moved or activated by major events, such as the Jerusalem Intifada, and no longer has any historical figures, like Yasser Arafat, […]

The Free Zone | Blog

  • May 5, 2016

    Israeli General under Fire for Drawing Similarities between Nazis and Israel

    An Israeli army IDF general has come under fire after his remarks suggesting a parallel between Nazi Germany and present day Israel in his Holocaust Remembrance speech. The controversial comments fueled heated discussion among politicians and on social media. - “It's scary to see horrifying developments that took place in Europe begin to unfold here,” Israel Defense Forces Major General Yair Golan said, addressing... More →
  • May 5, 2016

    Latest Escalation in Gaza – A Timeline of Events

    By Palestine Chronicle Staff - Gaza - The current escalation in the Gaza Strip was proceeded with remarks made by Israeli leaders following the alleged discovery of a tunnel dug inside the boundaries of Israel from the Gaza Strip. - Avigdor Liberman, Israeli MK and former Minister of Foreign Affairs said on April 18, 2016 that the uncovering of the tunnel was ‘a hard hit to Israel.’ Following the incident, more... More →
  • May 5, 2016

    Turkish Lifts Veto, Israel to Open Permanent Mission at NATO HQ (VIDEO)

    NATO has allowed Israel to open a permanent mission at its HQ after Turkey lifted its veto on Israeli activity within the bloc. - NATO said in a statement that Israel’s Ambassador to the European Union David Walzer would now also head its mission at alliance headquarters. - The foreign ministry of Israel, which is not a NATO member but has partner status as a participant in the alliance’s Mediterranean Dialogue... More →
  • May 4, 2016

    Several Israeli Airstrikes Target Rafah (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

    Israeli airstrikes targeted Gaza's International Airport, which was also repeatedly targeted in recent years. Eyewitnesses report that the strikes also reachedthe eastern parts of the city of Rafah. No information on causalities is yet to be reported. - https://twitter.com/mdaljazzar/status/727902824017895424 - Witnesses have seen pillars of smokes emanatingfrom the site. - The airport has not been used in many years... More →
  • May 4, 2016

    Following Israeli Shelling, Gaza Schools Evacuated

    Israeli forces destroyed two military towers belonging to the military wing of Hamas, Al-Qassam Brigades, following what Israeli military sources said the targeting of Israeli forces near the border. - According to these sources, Israeli soldiers responded by firing shells at the neighborhood, terrifying school children who were attending their classes in two nearby schools. - Social media activists circulated photos... More →
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