Commentary

West Punished Palestine When It Voted Freely; Endorses Israel’s Vote for Occupation

The need is still greater than ever to have one banner, one message, and one demand for remedial action.

By Ghada Ageel The 2006 elections were an amazing demonstration of Palestinian democracy in its multi-coloured beauty. The people under occupation expressed their determination to resist Israel’s attempt to force them to surrender through its colonisation efforts, expansionist strategies and racism. And the people have kept their word. Even where there is occupation with its […]

Netanyahu’s ‘Flip-Flop’ and the Willful Blindness of the Mainstream Media

Israeli myths promoted as facts by Israel supporters are falling apart. (US State Department)

By Jeremy R. Hammond   When Benjamin Netanyahu declared this week that he would work to prevent a Palestinian state from being established if reelected as Israeli Prime Minister, the mainstream media described it as a “reversal” from a policy speech he gave in 2009, in which he ostensibly expressed support for a two-state solution. […]

Israel Votes Apartheid

Nothing will stop the imminent entrenchment of a tide of new Apartheid laws. (Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle)

By Neve Gordon Benjamin Netanyahu is truly a magician. Just this past Friday, most polls indicated that his Likud party would likely receive around 21 seats in the Israeli Knesset, four seats less than Yitzhak (Bougie) Herzog’s Zionist Camp (Labor Party’s new name). Revelations of corruption at the Prime Minister’s residence followed by a damning […]

Netanyahu’s Victory: Now What President Obama?

It ought to be obvious to all that Obama now as only two options. (WH)

By Alan Hart “Love him (Netanyahu) or hate him, this is the face of Israel.” That’s how Uriel Heilman concluded an article for the JTA (Jewish Telegraph Agency) on Netanyahu’s election victory after noting that he had shown his true colors by declaring that there would be no Palestinian state while he is in charge. […]

US Opens up to Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Syria, and Iran

Robert Malley was Obama's colleague at Harvard Law School. (ABC)

By Nicola Nasser The appointment of Robert Malley as White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region is not considered a sufficient indicator that there will be any radical change in U.S. strategy despite the campaign launched against the U.S. by the Zionists due to its openness to Hamas, the […]

Obama and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with US President Barack Obama during a visit to Ramallah. (WAFA, file)

By William James Martin Former President, Nobel Laureate, and founder of the Carter Center, Jimmy Carter, was conspicuously absent from the podium at the National Democratic Conventions in 2008 and 2012 in which Barak Obama was nominated by the Democratic Party for the US Presidency. Reasonable speculation for Carter’s absence is that Obama felt Carter’s […]

Will Israeli Voters Do the Right Thing?

The need is still greater than ever to have one banner, one message, and one demand for remedial action.

All opinion polls published on Friday in Israel, the last date on which it is allowed to publish them prior to Tuesday’s general election, give more or less the same results: Isaac Herzog’s Zionist Camp is leading Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud by three to four seats (25-26 seats for Hertzog, 21-22 to Netanyahu), while Aymen Odeh’s […]

Islamic State as a Western Phenomenon?

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Not only is IS to a degree an alien movement in the larger body politic of the Middle East, it also seems to be a partly western phenomenon, a hideous offspring resulting from western neocolonial adventures in the region, coupled with alienation and demonisation of Muslim communities in western societies. By “Western phenomenon,” I refrain […]

Federica Mogherini: Please Endorse a Ferry to Life

A commercialized ferry service can open up so much more than the sealed gates of Gaza.

By Ghada Ageel With an axe in both hands and rage tightening every muscle in his face, the Palestinian physician started hacking at Rafah gate, popularly known by Gazans as Rafah hate. His Russian wife hugged her screaming dehydrated children close, trying to calm them down and simultaneously attempting to grasp and process the humiliation […]

Jordanians Prepare for Day of Refusal against Israel Gas Deal

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By Tariq Shadid In Jordan, opposition against the Israeli-Jordanian gas deal is growing. While politicians are working out the details, there appears to be widespread criticism of plans by the Jordanian National Electric Power Company to import gas from the Leviathan fields. The fields are located in the Mediterranean waters controlled by Israel, operated by […]

A Vacuum Waiting for a Leader

Regional rivalries are the sea in which the Islamic State is swimming.

By Jeremy Salt “To achieved all that you have the power, ability or strength to do and to be unable to do more.” —  Cambridge Dictionaries Online definition of ‘to shoot your bolt.’ That the US and its allies are ultimately responsible for the rise of the so-called Islamic State is irrefutably true. They destroyed […]

Repairing Palestine’s political system Cannot Wait Any Longer

President Abbas must travel to Gaza and stay there. (Via Aljazeera/file)

By Sam Bahour Today, Palestinian political strategy is being driven in the total absence of a functioning political system. Israel’s forced fragmentation of our geographic reality mixed with internal political party divisions, disgust, despair and incompetence, the status quo tears apart Palestine’s societal fabric. If it remains on its current course, the train of national […]

Israel’s New Asian Allies

Netanyahu is looking elsewhere for economic – and ultimately political – patrons. (Via Aljazeera/file)

By Jonathan Cook It was another difficult week for Israel. In Britain, 700 artists, including many household names, pledged a cultural boycott of Israel, and a leader of the Board of Deputies, the representative body of UK Jews, quit, saying he could no longer abide by its ban on criticizing Israel. Across the Atlantic, the […]

Naseer Aruri: Institution-builder, Teacher, Friend

Naseer Aruri was a leading Arab-American intellectual.

By Nadia Hijab There are those whose life and work touch the lives of tens of thousands, for decades. Naseer Aruri was one such man. The news of his passing on 10 February 2015 was quickly relayed from North America through Europe and to the Arab world, bringing shared sorrow and reflection on his manifold […]

UN Peace Coordinator Unwelcome by Palestinians

'Mladenov’s track record does not indicate there is cause for optimism.' (Twitter)

 By Nicola Nasser   The PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) did not object to the appointment of new UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nikolay Mladenov, although he was described by Tayseer Khaled, a member of the PLO’s Executive Committee, as “persona non grata” — not trusted by the Palestinians and nor qualified for the job.   […]

Dispatches From Lexington Prison: The Front Page Rule

McCain, blurted out: 'get out of here, you low-life scum..' (C-Span)

By Kathy Kelly After a week here in FMC Lexington Satellite camp, a federal prison in Kentucky, I started catching up on national and international news via back issues of USA Today available in the prison library, and an “In Brief” item, on p. 2A of the Jan. 30 weekend edition, caught my eye. It […]

It All Depends on Whose Symbols are Mocked: Lessons From Charlie Hebdo

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By Kristoffer Larsson More than a month has passed since the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris. How should we understand this dreadful massacre? That if you insult a minority that then a few individuals within that group might come after you? Or is it perhaps much worse than that, as some will have us believe, […]

It’s Happening Again, and the World is Watching

'The world is watching.' (Tamar Fleishman/Palestine Chronicle)

By Mats Svensson Suddenly she asks: What is apartheid? She has probably heard me talking about apartheid a bit too much. I have started nagging. She is young. 14 years. I have only known her for less than a year. To her, apartheid never existed. She doesn’t have a clue. She couldn’t know. And if […]

The Best of America: Kayla, Deah, Yusor, Razan

The best of America.

By Basil Abdelkarim Among this new year’s countless tales of heartbreak and sorrow, two recent tragedies involving young Americans stand out. Last week, we learned that 26-year old humanitarian Kayla Mueller, held captive by ruthless ISIS extremists in Syria, had perished in captivity. Meanwhile, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, three young American Muslim students were […]

Good Morning America, Bibi is Coming to Town

Joe Biden will be the most significant missing person in the House chamber on March 3. (C-SPAN/file)

By James M. Wall Good Morning America: Do you know who has stolen your Congress? In two weeks you could hear from one of the culprits. On March 3, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak to what was once your United States Congress. Prime Minister Netanyahu will speak to the Congress and […]

Anti-Israelism vs. Anti-Semitism: The Truth We Should All Know

It was Israel's policies that guaranteed that the sleeping giant would not die in its sleep. (Latuff)

By Alan Hart Much is currently being written and broadcast about what a headline in the Wall Street Journal proclaimed to be The Return of Anti-Semitism (loathing and hatred of Jews). It was over an article by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of Britain. According to him “An ancient hatred has been […]

The Death of the Israeli Left

One cannot expect change to emerge from within Israeli society. (Tamar Fleishman/PC)

By Gideon Levy The Israeli left, if it has ever existed at all, is dead. The Israeli Peace Camp, the preferred way to designate the left in the Israeli context, breathed its last breath about 15 years ago and has never been resurrected. Two main factors led to its demise back then, but even in […]

Malak al-Khatib: Symbol of Palestinian Childhood Denied

This form of punishment denies Palestinian children a sense of belonging. (Tamar Fleishman/PC)

By Ghada Ageel Children are the most precious natural resource that communities and humanity have. The League of Nations Declaration of 1924 pledges, “Mankind owes to the child the best it has to give.” The Declaration stressed that children should have “by right” the means necessary for their normal development. The 1959 UN Declaration of […]

The Burning of Muaz Kasasbah: How Will Islamic State Explain This One?

IS has had ample opportunity to negotiate prisoner exchanges, but it didn't.

By Moazzam Begg  It’s not often that Fox News broadcasts material that exercises the grey matter, but in the case of downed Jordanian pilot Lietenant Muaz Kasasbeh who was horrifically burned alive by Islamic State (IS) this week, Rupert Murdoch’s notorious channel, more synonymous with embarrassing #FoxNewsFacts, has now outdone itself. In publishing the slickly […]

Palestine: The Truth Writ-large

A view from the sea at Jaffa looking east onto the city, 1898-1914. (Matson Collection)

By Clive Hambidge and Soraya Boyd Palestine. Just to think of Palestine is evocative. From the lush orange orchards to the laden olive groves, many examples could be provided to confirm the fact that prior to the creation of Israel, Palestinian society thrived in all areas of human endeavour. The splendour of Jaffa was aptly […]

US Loses Its Grip on Israel and Palestinians

Neanyahu is undermining Obama; but this could come at a high political cost.

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth For 20 years, the White House stood guard over the peace process, reserving for itself the role of stewarding Israel and the Palestinians to a resolution of their conflict. Like some Godfather, the US expected unquestioning loyalty. But Washington’s primacy in the relationship with both the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships […]

The Democrats’ Israel Problem

It is well known that Clinton supports the Israeli occupation and its policies against Palestinians. (Via Aljazeera)

By Mike Kuhlenbeck Palestine has been granted membership into the International Criminal Court. After the first of April, this monumental step will allow Palestinian officials to bring charges against Israel for its numerous crimes, including the “Operation Protective Edge” bombing campaign launched on July 7, 2014 against the Gaza strip, slaughtering more than 2,300 Palestinians […]

Vilification of Muslims: Alliance of Christian, Jewish and Hindu Fundamentalists

'Exterminate the Muslims!' - Settler graffiti on a Palestinian house in Hebron (Christian Peacemaker Teams)

By Deepak Tripathi The recent attacks at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine’s office and a Jewish store near Paris have sparked another round of explosive debate about Islam and Muslims. The actions of Cherif and Said Kouachi were condemned. How the two brothers born and raised in France became radicalised was discussed in newspapers and […]

Palestinian Move is Welcome, But the Leadership is Not Trustworthy

The present Palestinian leadership is not trust-worthy. (Via Aljazeera)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan Since it has control of the occupied lands and in view of the realities in the occupied territory, time has been on Israel’s side to accomplish its century long project of colonizing all historic Palestine and deliberate strangulation of the indigenous Population without giving any thought to the ethical side of […]

Netanyahu’s Speech and the Politics of Iran Policy

There are limits to what an otherwise obsequious Congress will do for Netanyahu and Israel. (C-Span)

By Gareth Porter Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of an invitation to speak to the US Congress on 3 March, two weeks before the Israeli election and without any consultation with the White House, is aimed at advancing both Netanyahu’s re-election and the proposed new set of sanctions against Iran in the US Congress. […]

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  • March 28, 2015

    Abbas Aide Calls for 'Decisive Storm' against Gaza

    Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the religious advisor of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Friday for the Saudi-led alliance, which is attacking Houthi militias in Yemen, to attack the Gaza Strip, the official PA news agency Wafa has reported. - "The Arab nation has to attack any illegal side in the Arab region with an iron hand," he said during his Friday sermon in Ramallah. "It has to start from Palestine." He insisted that the protection of legitimacy... More →
  • March 28, 2015

    CUFI Leader John Hagee Confirms Christian Zionism is Anti-Semitic

    Evangelical pastor John Hagee, the leader of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the US’ largest pro-Israel organization and the most powerful group in the Christian Zionist movement, has adamantly insisted that Christian Zionism is anti-Semitic. - WorldNetDaily (WND), a far-right websitepublished an article in March 2015 about the “Blood Moon Prophecy,” an end-of-times theory that lunar eclipses are a sign that the world is on the brink of destruction and... More →
  • March 28, 2015

    Europe 'is on a Collision Course with Israel': Report

    An EU report has been leaked in which proposals are outlined for putting pressure on Israel to return to negotiations with the Palestinians. According to Yedioth Ahranoth, a European diplomatic source said that there was a definite chance that the recommendations in the report were more likely to be implemented following Benjamin Netanyahu's statement that a Palestinian state would not be created during his term in office. - The source claimed that the EU member... More →
  • March 27, 2015

    Nightmare: Masked IDF Troops Interrogate, Traumatize Palestinian Kids - Video

    Videos have emerged exposing masked IDF soldiers raiding Palestinian homes in the dead of night to interrogate children suspected of throwing stones at the Israeli military. Hundreds of underage are prosecuted each year in the occupied territories. - B'Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, has posted two videos to the web showing what it claims are masked Israeli soldiers searching Palestinian homes at night in Hebron... More →
  • March 27, 2015

    Israelis Advised to Avoid Traveling to 40 Countries

    Israel's Counter-Terrorism Bureau has advised Jewish citizens of the state to avoid travelling to more than 40 countries, agencies reported on Wednesday. - According to the bureau, Israelis are already banned from going to some countries, such as Saudi Arabia and a number of other Arab states. "Any Israelis in those countries now are advised to leave immediately." The global terrorist campaign by Iran and Hezbollah continues to threaten Israeli and Jewish targets... More →
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