Who’s Afraid of Islamic State?

The West has played the role of Dr. Frankenstein in creating the monster now called the Islamic State. (File)

By John V. Whitbeck For French President François Hollande, the attacks in Paris on November 13, carried out by French and Belgian citizens, changed everything. His prior, oft-repeated mantra that “Assad must go” was consigned to the memory hole, defeating and destroying the Islamic State became France’s urgent priority and he set out to pull […]

Syriza’s U-turn on Israel is Now Complete

Alexis Tsipras with Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu at a press briefing on Nov 26, 2015, during Tsipras' visit to Israel.

Syriza was a popular leftist political party which was swept to power in Greek elections on its promise to end years of IMF-and EU-imposed austerity. By now, though, the party’s leadership has sold out its principles, implementing the very same austerity it was elected to oppose, even after a massive “No” vote in a summer […]

Israel’s Open Season on ‘Arabs’

The killing of Palestinians is justified by the state even when the pretext is flimsy.

By Jeremy Salt Sometimes it must be such fun to be an Israeli undercover agent especially if you like amateur theatricals and perhaps thought of an acting career but were not quite good enough and had to settle for something less. You get drama and excitement without the element of danger to yourself. You can […]

Despite Israel’s Wars, Ethnic Cleansing and Hatred, Palestinians Continue to Grow in Number

Our numbers continue to grow as we continue to struggle for our rights.

By Dr. Fayez Rasheed They’re killing our people in genocides, they’re torturing and arresting our children and they’re burning them alive. Israelis wish for the Palestinians to disappear from the face of the earth, so that they may rest, but we will not grant them any of their wishes. They hate Arabs and Muslims and the […]

The Karma of Terror

The drive for domination is the root cause of war.

By William T. Hathaway Terrible terrorists are killing our soldiers in their countries and killing us here at home. How can we stop them? The answer is simple: Stop terrorizing them. We started this war. What we do to others comes back on us. In addition to centuries of crusades and imperial conquest, the past […]

‘War on Terror’ Made Us Unsafe

IS and JS have a shared strategy: A perpetual conflict between Islam and the West.

By Jamal Kanj On a Thursday night, terrorists blew themselves up in the streets of Beirut. The next day, co-ordinated terrorist attacks in des rues of Paris. The same perpetrators targeted Muslims and Christians in the two different capitals. Just a month ago, it was a moving scene watching European women and men holding signs […]

On the Banning of the Islamic Movement in 48 Palestine

Sheikh Raed Salah. (Via Aljazeera)

By Lama Khater History has proven that the stupidest measure any occupying power anywhere can take is to strip an effective and influential political and social movement from all of its gains and its public activities. This means that the occupying power will push this movement to a point where it no longer has anything […]

From Pol Pot to ISIS: The Blood Never Dried

ISIS is the progeny of those in Washington, London and Paris who, in conspiring to destroy Iraq, Syria and Libya, committed an epic crime against humanity.

By John Pilger  In transmitting President Richard Nixon’s orders for a “massive” bombing of Cambodia in 1969, Henry Kissinger said, “Anything that flies on everything that moves”.  As Barack Obama wages his seventh war against the Muslim world since he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and Francois Hollande promises a “merciless” attack on that […]

Banging Your Heart against Some Mad Bugger’s Wall

Palestinians know now that the source of their freedom is not found in the UN and western governments, but in themselves.

By Vacy Vlazna Mohammed, now 6, and Jihad, now 4, have missed their mother, Shireen’s happiness that has been shrouded by grief over the past year, missed their beloved father’s voice, laugh, smile, presence, his good night kiss on their cheeks, his arms that held them close and safe. Also missing is justice for the […]

UNRWA’s Institutional Presence and Neutrality

By Ramona Wadi In his address to the UN General Assembly’s Fourth Committee on Decolonisation, UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl gave a detailed overview of the restrictions faced by the organisation which, in turn, affect the lives of Palestinian refugees. From a recapitulation of the repercussions of Operation Protective Edge, which formed the foundations of […]

The Long Road to the Paris Massacres

The road to the bombings in Paris began with the invasion of Iraq. (

By Jeremy Salt Let us be crystal clear about this. The road to the bombings in Paris began with the invasion of Iraq. It ran through the destruction of Libya and the attempted destruction of Syria. One of the principal architects of the destruction of Libya and the attack on Syria is the current president […]

Roots of Terror

Just as the roots of terror lie within our own hands, so do the roots of an altruistic humanitarian outlook.

By Jim Miles I was sickened to hear and watch the events occurring in France. Part of that was for the immediate families, friends and neighbors of those so needlessly killed. Another part was the fear factor, not fear of terror or for myself but fear for how the powers that be would ratchet up […]

On Zionism and Racism: Time to Rekindle UN Spark

It is time for a new resolution 3379, something with teeth that will wake Israel up and push it to admit its sins.

By Eric Walberg UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently held a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the squashing of UN resolution 3379, equating Zionism with racism. It was passed in 1975 by a vote of 72 to 35 (with 32 abstentions). The festive event this year was attended by US Secretary of State John […]

Attacks within Hospitals Lack all Morality

Image from CCTV video shows a raid by Israeli forces disguised with fake beard as they enter Al-Ahli Hospital in Hebron.

By Dr. Aayesha J Soni On the 12thof November, 20-30 men arrived at the al-Ahly hospital in Hebron in two mini vans at around three o’clock in the morning, entering with someone in a wheelchair pretending to be pregnant. CCTV footage from inside the hospital revealed a large group of men armed with pistols and […]

Is Erdogan a Great Leader?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

By Jamal Kanj It is high time for Recep Tayyip Erdogan to step aside if Turkey is to continue progressing democratically, and flourish economically. Great leaders know when and where to pass their torch. Regardless of whether one believes Erdogan is an authoritarian or an egalitarian leader, it can’t be disputed that Turkey before him […]

A Child Triumphs against Israel’s Brutal Occupation

Ahmad Manasra,13.

By Hossam Shaker It is rare to find scenes that can express a complex reality or major issue, but one such was some video footage leaked recently, which exposed part of the heinous interrogation of a Palestinian child. Ranking officers in the Israeli occupation security services tried to overpower a 13 year old boy, break […]

A Palestinian call for ‘Unarmed Warfare’

Non-violence once had a central place in Palestinian resistance to occupation.

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth Behind the headline news of clashes between Palestinian youths and armed Israeli soldiers, Israel has – as ever – been quietly tightening its grip on Palestinians’ lives in the occupied territories. Last week in Hebron, a current flashpoint, 50 embattled families still living in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood faced a […]

Why Does Hebron Stand out in This Intifada?

The body of Saad Muhammad Youssef al-Atrash, 19, from Hebron after getting shot by Israeli occupation soldiers.

By Lama Khater The events taking place in Hebron during this intifada may have led many to research and examine the reasons why the conflict in the city continues to escalate. The pattern of violence seems to be consistent with those found in other parts of the West Bank or absent altogether elsewhere. Hebron is […]

Messianic Judaism, the Terrorist Settlers

Rabbi Moshe Levinger in 1968. (Agencies, file)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan Arrogant militant fanatic Israelis embracing rapacious Messianic Judaism have been used by the Israeli government as the ideological advanced troops for colonial invasion in occupied Palestine. Their members follow the tradition of the secular Jewish pioneering Labor movement that had established the Kibbutz and the militias of the early settlers in […]

Blair and the Other Sucker

World would have been a much better place without Bush and his British toady.

By Jamal Kanj I apologize for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong,” Tony Blair told Fareed Zakaria during a CNN interview. The TV interview came ahead of the much delayed British Chilcot – expected now by next summer – report investigating Iraq war. He also apologized “for some of the mistakes in planning” […]

Israel Has Something It Would Like to Say to the World

Israeli propaganda does not reveal the actual reasons for all of this Palestinian anger and aggression.

By Hossam Shaker Israel has something it would like to say to the world. Now that the Palestinians have been angered once again and the period of calmness has ended, Israel wants to tell the world that the tension and clashes that have been occurring over the past few weeks have been motivated by a deep-seated […]

Israeli Trap for Jordan Regarding Al-Aqsa


By Dr. Saleh Al-Naami  No one condemned the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Tzipi Hotovely, when she called for the Israeli flag to be raised at the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa shortly after the announcement of an agreement between Jordan and Israel regarding arrangements for the presence of Muslims and Jews in the compound. This agreement was […]

Al Aqsa Mosque Compound under the Gaze

'Cameras work as instruments of war.'

By Mahmoud Zidan Recently, US Secretary of State John Kerry interrupted his otherwise busy schedule, which includes too many raging conflicts in the region, so that he can contribute to defusing the tension in Jerusalem and other occupied territories. So he briefly stayed in the region, but his short stay, which was widely covered by […]

Netanyahu, Hitler, al-Mufti Al-Hussaini and the Holocaust

Mufti Haj Amin Effendi el-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.

To a large extent, Mufti Al-Hussaini, who led the Palestinian national movement during one of its most critical phases, has been deliberately excluded from the Palestinian national narrative. His relation to Nazi Germany, which was only a small episode in his political career, should not be seen as if it summed up his entire history. […]

End Slavish Support for Israel: It is about Fairness, Rule of Law

The U.S. is the principle enabler of the occupation.

By Richard Forer In 2008 the United States and the government of Israel agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), in which the U.S. would “help Israel meet its security requirements.” The terms of the agreement provided Israel with, on average, three billion dollars in military assistance annually for a ten-year period to begin in […]

New Zealand’s Zionist Diplomacy in the Security Council

Prime Minister John Key (R), repeated the Zionist mantra that 'Israel has a right to defend itself.'

By Dr. Vacy Vlazna The reprehensible draft ‘resolution’ circulated by New Zealand (NZ), the present chair of the UN Security Council, is so blatantly biased against the Palestinian people that it proffers, in this instance, the correct diplomatic protocol to mind its own business, particularly as NZ is an on-the-record, apologist and morally blind supporter […]

Netanyahu and the New Palestinian Generation

Benjamin Netanyahu.

By Hussam Abu Hamed US Secretary of State John Kerry did not want to leave Amman empty handed. In light of his war against Daesh, the bouts of clashes between the Jordanian government and Islamists, and a growing Hashemite nostalgia, King Abdullah II is keen on appearing to be the protector of Muslim sanctities. As for […]

The Palestinians Are Living in a Tragedy of Eternal Struggle

The latest Palestinian uprising is decades overdue. (, file)

 By Hasan Afif El-Hasan The third explosion in the Palestinian struggle for freedom from occupation finally came in October of this year, sparked by the Israeli minister of defense banning the Palestinian Murabitun from entering Al-Aqsa mosque, either for tutorials or maintenance and protection roles, something they have been doing for decades. The Israeli action […]

The ANC and Hamas Stand Shoulder to Shoulder against Apartheid in Palestine

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

By Daud Abdullah Whatever political and practical weaknesses it may have, there are some things that will remain forever constant within the African National Congress (ANC). Opposition to apartheid is one of them. It was, therefore, quite natural that South Africa’s ruling party should host leaders of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) last week. […]

Intifada Without a Leadership: Until When?

There are Palestinian demands for the need to quickly form a unified national leadership to lead the intifada.

By Dr. Adnan Abu Amer Since the outbreak of the Palestinian-Israeli clashes at the beginning of the month, one distinction was highlighted: the absence of a political and field leader. Meanwhile, the Palestinian youth continue to face the Israeli army individually, even in carrying out their armed operations, as well as the stabbings and hit-and-runs. […]

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  • November 28, 2015

    Ya'alon Can't See End of Uprising on the Horizon

    Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon has said that he does not see an end to the Palestinian uprising on the horizon, Anadolu reported on Friday. - Speaking to Israeli Army Radio, the minister said that the wave of violence might continue for a few days or might last much longer. “We exert efforts, but there is no guarantee that the situation will calm down; it might escalate,” he explained. “These... More →
  • November 28, 2015

    Palestinian woman Reportedly Attempts Stabbing at Bekaot Checkpoint

    A Palestinian woman was detained Saturday after reportedly attempting to stab an Israeli soldier at a military checkpoint in the Jordan Valley area of the occupied West Bank, Israel’s army said. - An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that a “suspect approached a soldier with a knife in hand” before being “apprehended” and taken for questioning. - The identity and age of the woman has not yet been... More →
  • November 28, 2015

    Syriza's U-turn on Israel is Now Complete

    Syriza was a popular leftist political party which was swept to power in Greek elections on its promise to end years of IMF-and EU-imposed austerity. - By now, though, the party's leadership has sold out its principles, implementing the very same austerity it was elected to oppose, even after a massive "No" vote in a summer referendum on a new bailout that came with further severe austerity conditions. - This led to... More →
  • November 27, 2015

    3rd Palestinian Shot, Killed by Israeli Forces in Al-Arrub Camp

    A 19-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed in al-Arrub refugee camp in northern Hebron on Thursday during clashes, medics told Ma'an, the 3rd Palestinian to be killed during the day. - Red Crescent officials said that Khalid Mahmoud al-Jawabreh, 19, was shot twice in the stomach by Israeli soldiers and later died from his injuries in the al-Ahli hospital in Hebron. - The teenager was shot during clashes in the camp... More →
  • November 27, 2015

    Abbas Described as a 'Precious Coin' by IDF Officer

    A senior officer in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has described Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as a “precious coin” because he helps to quash resistance to the occupation, it has been reported in the Israeli media. - According to the Palestinian Safa news agency, which translates Hebrew language reports, the officer made his comment when addressing military correspondents in an IDF base on Tuesday.... More →
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