Commentary

Survival Is the Saudi Key Word

US Secretary of State John Kerry during a recent visit to Saudi Arabia.(Photo: State Department/file)

By Nicola Nasser Survival is the key word to understand the Saudi dynasty’s latest external and internal policies. These are designed to pre-empt change but paradoxically they are creating more enemies in a changing world order marked by turbulent regional geopolitics and growing internal demands for change. The seventy-year old strategic oil for security US-Saudi […]

The Signing of the Palestinian Spring

Palestinians should look forward to a mass release of political prisoners detained by the PA.

By Vacy Vlazna At the low point of the farcical ‘peace’ process stalemate, President Mahmoud Abbas signed, on Tuesday 1st April 2014, letters of accession to 15 multilateral treaties and conventions, (a right gained following Palestine’s upgrade to Observer State status by the UN General Assembly back in November 2012) in defiance of Israel’s refusal […]

In One Word: Poof!

Kerry had not the slightest idea of what he was getting himself into. (Photo: WAFA/file)

By Uri Avnery Poor John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble. In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations committee he explained how the actions of the Israeli government had torpedoed the “peace process”. They broke their obligation to release Palestinian prisoners, and at the […]

If Kerry Fails, What Then?

US Secretary of State John Kerry. (Photo: Via Aljazeera)

By Sam Bahour and Tony Klug Suppose the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, fails to cajole the Israeli and Palestinian leaders into finally ending their conflict. What would happen next? A tsunami of pent-up animosities is likely to be unleashed, with each side holding the other responsible for the failure and calling for retribution. […]

Palestine’s Nasty Neighbor – Peace, Brother ..

Palestine delivered a letter asking to become a party to the Geneva Conventions. (Photo: UN/file)

By Stuart Littlewood US-brokered negotiations with Israel, which started on 29 July 2013 and were to last nine months, are nearing their ignominious end. And Israel, the serial defaulter that it is, has reneged on the agreed release of 104 pre-Oslo prisoners in exchange for Palestine’s postponing joining international organizations to help achieve their long-overdue […]

Living in a Fantasy World, or How to Write About Palestine for Mainstream Media

'Pretend that the United States is an 'honest broker' ..'

By Roger Sheety As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shuttles from one country to another in a (seemingly) desperate, last-minute attempt to save the latest round of fake “peace” talks between Israelis and Palestinians from collapsing, mainstream media journalists are dutifully following him around, reporting on his every utterance as if the fate of […]

Turkey’s Very Own Sun King

By Jeremy Salt Turkey is in a turbulent and uncertain state.  Street demonstrations are crushed with tear gas and water cannon. Protesters are killed without one policeman being convicted. A 15-year-old boy dying 269 days after being hit in the head by a tear gas canister is called a member of a terrorist organization by […]

Gaza, Kept Alive the Palestinian Cause

The suffering and pain makes the Gazans more persistent and they have kept alive the Palestinian cause.

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan Arab people, especially the Palestinians, do not believe the Arab League promises in conferences and other public forums because many pledges were made over the years and none was fulfilled. Kuwait meeting is no different. The theme of the summit was set as “Unity for a better Future” but the concept […]

Monster on the Hill: Sheldon Adelson Eyes US Presidential Purchase

Everything Adelson does is done openly, proudly, shamelessly. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

By Uri Avnery There nothing better than a scandal every week. A juicy scandal excites people, engages the media, takes our minds off matters like war and peace, occupation and apartheid. Like panem et circenses (bread and entertainment) in ancient Rome. This week we had several scandals to occupy us. Ehud Olmert, a former prime […]

Palestinians Must Abandon the ‘Peace Process’

The Palestinian leadership, for too long timid and self-serving, finally has a chance to redeem itself. (Photo: WAFA)

By Ghada Karmi No term in the Israeli-Palestinians political lexicon has been so abused or so denuded of meaning as the “peace process”. It was set up after the Oslo Accords in 1993, to settle the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians by peaceful negotiations, but has led nowhere. Yet it is still ongoing, its latest […]

‘BDS is Irrelevant.’ Oh, Really?

BDS activists.

By Stuart Littlewood What maddens Zionists most is that they cannot control civil society like they can pull the strings of the spineless political élite. They fear BDS action (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) will derail their precious project for a Greater Israel. So they now sneer at civil society and try to discourage further BDS […]

New York Times should Apologize for Publishing Palestinians ‘Have Avowed as Their Goal the Killing of All Jews’

By Ira Glunts I have sent an ‘open letter’ to Margaret Sullivan, the Public Editor of The New York Times, requesting that her newspaper issue an apology in print to its readers, especially its Palestinian readers for publishing the following sentence which was contained in a letter to The Sunday Book Review:  “The ‘conflict’ exists […]

Israeli Checkpoints Crippling Palestinian Society

Qalandiya checkpoint. (Photo: Tamar Fleishman)

By Ridwan Sheikh The killing of the Jordanian Judge, Raed Zeiter, at a border checkpoint, calls for a criminal investigation, but are the wrongs in checkpoint practices a ploy to weaken Palestinian society? The swift statement of ‘regret’ by the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, following the border checkpoint tragedy, was a rare break-off from […]

The New New World Order

By Jim Miles “Look for the AIPAC hand whenever the US gets embroiled in a foreign policy debacle. Zionist agents will engender conflict and continue riding the American wagon – as it rode the German and the British before – until the US becomes useless. Then they will jump on the next world power wagon.” […]

Guy Davidi: In Support of Professor Iymen Chehade

Directors Guy Davidi and Emad Burnat.

(Guy Davidi is the Co-director of “5 Broken Cameras”. He shared this letter of support with the Palestine Chronicle.) Dear Professor Iymen Chehade, I would like extend my support to you following the cancellation of your class after screening “Five Broken Cameras.” I was surprised and disappointed to hear the wrongful decision to cancel the […]

Another ‘Useless’ Arab League Summit

By Ahmad Barqawi Welcome to yet another “useless” Arab League summit, here’s what one should expect: feudalistic political back-stabbing, cheap exploitation (and exacerbation) of ongoing human tragedies, indecipherable hoarse voices reading out poorly translated transcripts of American dictates, cosmic levels of hypocrisy and a false sense of self-importance. What NOT to expect: proper use of […]

Spain’s Apology: Muslims too Deserve Correction of Historical Wrongs

By Faisal Kutty The Spanish government’s offer of the “right of return” to the descendants of Jews expelled in 1492 is a “bit late, but nevertheless worthy of praise” says Rabbi Pinchas Godlschmidt, the president of the Conference of European Rabbis.   The Rabbi was responding to Spain’s new law – approved by the cabinet on […]

Kosher Theft?

By Jamal Kanj At a March 19 UN Security Council discussion, US Ambassador Samantha Powers was quoted as saying, “A thief can steal property, but that does not confer the right of ownership on the thief.” Listening to her powerful condemnation of the Russian action in the Crimea, I couldn’t help but wonder if that […]

US Desperate to Keep Futile Peace Process Show on the Road a Little Longer

Obama and Abbas in the Oval Office. (Photo: WAFA)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth For the first time since the US launched the Middle East peace talks last summer, the Palestinian leadership may be sensing it has a tiny bit of leverage. Barack Obama met the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Washington last week in what Palestinian officials called a “candid and difficult” meeting. […]

Internalized Oppression: Yet another Loss for an Occupied Nation

Sacrifices must be made and sometimes risks must be taken to snatch our life from the jaws of death. (Photo: Activestills.org)

By Samah Jabr – Jerusalem, Palestine The chronic tyranny brought by the Israeli occupation has had a devastating effect on the wellbeing of the Palestinian community. But one of the worst effects is the internalization of oppression and the undermining of Palestinian’s collective self-concept.  I have observed that since the 2006 elections in Palestine—which were […]

Reply to University Presidents Who Condemned ASA Boycott

The vulnerability and precariousness of the Palestinian people was not a consideration for the 250 university presidents. (Photo: Activestills.org)

By William James Martin In December, less than a month after the American Studies Association adopted a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions because of what the ASA described as Israel’s persistent violations of the human right of the Palestinian people, its severe restrictions on the academic freedom afforded to the Palestinian people, and, in […]

Palestinian Authority: Israel’s Doppelgänger

'Our Man in Ramallah'

By Vacy Vlazna In popular idiom, doppelgänger hails from the German, meaning “look-alike” in behaviour or physical appearance. The frontline of Palestinian non-violent resistance in the West Bank of the State of Palestine, is not in Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the PLO and the Palestinian National Council (PNC), but in the […]

Counterproductive Reactive Saudi Policies

'Revolution in Saudi Arabia is no longer unthinkable.'

By Nicola Nasser Writing in The Washington Post on February 27, 2011, Rachel Bronson asked: “Could the next Mideast uprising happen in Saudi Arabia?” Her answer was: “The notion of a revolution in the Saudi kingdom seems unthinkable.” However, On September 30 the next year, the senior foreign policy fellow at the Saban Center for […]

A New World Disorder

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By Jamal Kanj Following serious cajoling by the US, the European Union and arm twisting by Arab governments, the Palestinians entered what was to be nine months of negotiations with Israel. The Palestinians, who had forgone demands for Israel’s compliance with previous signed agreements before starting new negotiations, were promised that this time Israel would […]

From the Policy of Wink and Nod to Active Collusion: The West Role in the Burial of Arab Democracies!

Why did the Egyptian democratic experiment unravel so quickly?

By Ahmed Meiloud More than eight months have passed since the eventful coup in Egypt, which toppled the elected president Mohammad Morsi after a one year in office. The coup shattered the enthusiasm (which had accompanied the Arab Spring two years earlier) for a future democratic Arab world. This enthusiasm was particularly at its high […]

IAW 2014 Ends but Mass Mobilization Continues

By Iqbal Jassat – Johannesburg As South Africa looks back at an exciting and stimulating week of solidarity for the Palestinian cause during “Israeli Apartheid Week”, it’s people can be grateful that unlike the United States, the local Zionist lobby does not possess a stranglehold on government policies. The type of paralysis evident in American […]

Israel’s Counter-Coalition

By Uri Avnery Something very important happened this week in the most unlikely of places: the Knesset. On the agenda were three laws, one worse than the other. One was about “governance”. Its main provision raises the “electoral threshold” – i.e. the minimum an election list needs to enter the Knesset – from 2% to […]

On Reading Morani Kornberg-Weiss’ ‘Dear Darwish’

Mahmoud Darwish.

By Vacy Vlazna Dear Morani, “We who are born here on this divine land, we who are dedicated to the message of peace and freedom and the defense of human values, and of the strength of the olive tree…we declare our presence as a wound crying in the depths of time and space in spite […]

Apartheid to Ensure Afrikaner and Jewish Survival

The Zionist state itself is an impediment to peace. (Photo: Activestills.org)

By Firoz Osman H.F.Verwoed, former SA Prime Minister, observed in 1961 that the Jews “took Israel from the Arabs after the Arabs had lived there for a thousand years. In that I agree with them. Israel, like South Africa is an apartheid state.” From its origins in the 19th century, Zionism, the official ideology of […]

Israel Out of Options: We Better Watch Out

BDS activists.

By Mich Levy Winning the war against Israel’s domination of Palestine would concomitantly be a deafening blow to the imperial powers and partners that have controlled the larger region for a century and shaped our global political economy for longer. It is this bigger picture, and history, which suggest that the battle for the self-determination […]

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