Commentary

Religious Zealots Ready for Takeover of Israeli Army

An Israeli settler puts an Israeli flag on the roof of a Palestinian house in a building in the center of the Palestinian city Hebron. (Photo: Via MEMO)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth  In a surprise move, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week forced out his long-serving defence minister, Moshe Yaalon. As he stepped down, Yaalon warned: “Extremist and dangerous elements have taken over Israel.”  He was referring partly to his expected successor: Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party, […]

Zionist Ideology and Where it has Led Israel

Lying about the past and justifying every cruelty in the present, Israel is poisoning itself. (Photo: File)

By Jeremy Salt Is Israel beyond redemption? Should we conclude, after seven decades of worsening behavior, that while there’s life there’s hope – life for the Zionists and Israel, of course, and, in fact, no hope for Palestine and the Palestinians, at least as far as the state of Israel is concerned. The binary divide […]

The Nakba: Never Again?

Palestinian refugees seeking safety after they were expelled from their homeland. (Photo: File)

By Mahmoud N. Zidan On the 11th and 12th May, many Israelis marked the 68th anniversary of their so-called ‘Independence Day’, Yom Haatzmaut, according to the Hebrew Calendar. That day laid the groundwork for implementing the myth of a ‘greater’ Israel – a colonial state par excellence. Israeli media sources covered the festivities, which included […]

What Cost Israel

On this 68th commemoration of the Nakba (or catastrophe), I wanted to show what it meant to one Palestinian refugee. (Photo: File)

By Jamal Kanj Much had been argued about the creation of Israel and the ensuing 1948 ethnic cleansing of non-Jewish Palestinians. Sadly, however, most had become a desensitized academic debate, a lifeless abstract portrayal failing to depict what it really meant for one to be a refugee without a country. On this 68th commemoration of the […]

First Onslaught on Beit Daras Village – An Eyewitness Account

Palestinian intellectual Ahmad al-Haaj tells the story of Beit Daras. (Photo: Palestine Chronicle)

By Ahmad Alhaaj – Gaza This extract is part of a book titled Palestine 1948/1949: Willful Savage Displacement: A Personal Experience By Ahmad Khaleel Al-Haaj. Two days later, during the evening, a foreign Jewish Settler force from Bir tibia attacked, without any provocation, the village of Beit Daras, presumably to commit a savage massacre which […]

Lessons on the Anniversary of the Nakba

A poster at a Nakba gallery in Gaza City. (Photo: Yousef Aljamal, PC)

By Hani Al-Masri On the anniversary of the 1948 Nakba, I think it is appropriate to share what I consider some lessons to be learned from the Palestinian experience since the establishment of Israel on the land of historic Palestine. For a start, it is a lie to say that the Palestinian and Arab rejection […]

A Book Talk: America’s Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East

Freeman: 'Wean Israel from its nearly seventy years of welfare dependency.' (Photo: CSPAN)

(A Book Talk at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, May 12, 2016, Washington, D.C.) By Ambassador Chas W. Freeman Since the end of the Cold War, we’re had a lot of very instructive experience in the Middle East. Back in 2010, I compiled the real-time analyses I had made of our policies and their […]

The Middle East Tragedy: The Big Powers Legacy

Palestinians' rights are marginalized in US policy because they offer nothing to benefit the policy makers. (Photo: Activestills.org, file)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan Arab people today are not only oppressed and marginalized, they are considered dangerous and disposable by their own tyrant rulers and the world’s community. From Palestine to Iraq, from Syria to Yemen, and from Egypt to Libya, the Middle East Arab civilians, individuals, families, and communities, who are not involved in […]

A Palestinian Perspective on Britain’s ‘Anti-Semitic’ Controversy

Jeremy Corbyn leading a July 2014 demonstration against the Israeli war on Gaza. (Photo: RonF, via Flickr)

By Ramzy Baroud There is a witch-hunt in the British Labour Party. Britain’s Opposition party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is being hounded for not rooting out alleged anti-Semitism in his party. Those leading the charge are pro-Israel Zionists and their supporters within the party, members who are mostly allied with the former Prime Minister, the largely […]

A Bygone Era when Jews Viewed Israel as the Anti-semite’s Homeland

Before the rise of the Nazis, most Jews opposed a future in which they were consigned to Palestine. (File)

 By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth It was an assessment no one expected from the deputy head of the Israeli military. In his Holocaust Day speech last week, Yair Golan compared current trends in Israel with Germany in the early 1930s, when Nazism took hold. Today, he said, Israel could be recognized as “the revolting processes […]

Žižek’s Junction 48: Between Intersectional Analysis and Marxist Critique

'Junction 48'. (Via Twitter)

By Jamil Khader In his blog, “Junction 48, Sexual is Political” (Huffington Post April 26, 2016), the eminent Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek roots, and rightly so, for Udi Aloni’s film, Junction 48, on “ideologico-political” grounds. Surprisingly, in his commentary on the merits of the film’s subject and form, Žižek is not Žižekian enough. He walks […]

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 […]

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  • May 24, 2016

    Israeli Report: Abbas Fearful of Dahlan's Relationship with Lieberman

    Right-wing Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman will endeavor to create the appropriate conditions for the return of his friend, former Fatah leader Mohammad Dahlan, as head of the Palestinian Authority, Israeli media sources have said. - Channel 10’s Arab affairs commentator, Zvi Yehezkeli, said there are reasons “to justify the rise in Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ blood pressure. He is well... More →
  • May 24, 2016

    Palestinian Authority Rebuffs Netanyahu Call for 'Dialogue' with Abbas

    Rami Hamdallah, Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority on Tuesday rebuffed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest call for direct talks, opting instead to join a French-led multilateral peace initiative. - According to an AFP report, Hamdallah said, “Netanyahu is trying to buy time… but this time he will not escape the international community.” - Hamdallah made the remark during a meeting in... More →
  • May 24, 2016

    Qatar Tells Forum, End Israel's Occupation of Palestine

    The 16th Doha Forum organized by Qatar's foreign ministry, was attended by heads of state from South Africa, Afghanistan, Yemen, Mauritius, and Niger, as well as Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General. - The foreign minister of Qatar, SheikhMohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani , stressed the need to support human rights and increase security for the people of the Middle East and around the world. - In a speech he said:... More →
  • May 24, 2016

    Israeli Minister Orders Bodies of Palestinians to Be Withheld

    Palestinian bodies of those killed by Israeli forces will not be returned, announced Gilad Erdan, Israeli Minister of Public Security. - Luba al-Samri, an Israeli police spokeswoman reported on Tuesday that Erdan watched footage of the funeral of Alaa Abu Jamal in occupied East Jerusalem, which caused his “anger, disapproval and condemnation.” - Abu Jamal, 22, was killed by Israeli police on October. His body was... More →
  • May 23, 2016

    Israeli Organisation Exposes Indiscriminate Warfare During Gaza War

    Breaking the Silence is an Israeli organization that publishes anonymous testimony from soldiers regarding the use of excessive force against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The organization appeared in court on Sunday to counter the state of Israel’s demand by its prosecutor that the group reveal its sources. - Breaking the Silence comprises of current and former soldiers who released an... More →
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