Commentary

The Experts’ Verdict: Every Israeli Missile Strike is a War Crime

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth Today’s Guardian includes an article that appears to be excusing Israel of responsibility for the massive death tolll it has inflicted on Palestinian civilians. But, more significantly, it includes a lot of useful – and damning – information about just how “indiscriminate” Israel’s weapons really are. This interests me a […]

The War between Gaza and the Zionists

By William James Martin It is important to understand the genesis of the present round of violence between Israel and Hamas, really between Israel and the people of Gaza. Both President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and the American news media have consistently described the conflict as Israel justifiably responding to the firing or rockets into Israel […]

The Palestinians in Gaza Love Life but with Dignity

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan The more than 1.7 million Palestinians of Gaza Strip including 1.3 million refugees have been living in overpopulated shanty towns and refugee camps under tight blockade by Israel and Egypt that restricted the imports, exports, people movements, and ocean fishing. To add insult to injury, they have been victims of daily […]

For the Sake of the Burning Children of Gaza

Four children killed while playing on a Gaza beach. (Safa.ps/Flicker)

By The Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek One of the most common refrains repeated by President Obama and other western leaders since the beginning of Israel’s massive military offensive against Gaza is, “Israel has the right to defend itself.” This refrain is not new and has been declared so often, it has become a cliché. Some […]

Zionist Megaphone: ‘Missiles Raining on Israel’

The American media has turned into a Zionist megaphone. (Fox News)

By Jamal Kanj Watching US news coverage about Gaza for the past three weeks, I could imagine how the Nazis manipulated a nation to become complicit in the gassing and killing of millions of people. Zionist propagandists have equally neutralized public opinion in a surreal Orwellian world of doublespeak and doublethink. The American media has […]

When BBC Calls, Don’t Expect Love

(Palestine Solidarity Campaign)

By Richard Falk When BBC Calls, Should you Answer? That is, don’t expect love, if you are a certified critic of Israeli policies and practices, and prepare yourself for rejection. The siren lure of big time media is partly a romancing of the ego, partly a rare moment to intrude a moment or two of […]

Israel’s Genocide in Gaza will Achieve No Goal

What Israel is sowing today, it will surely harvest tomorrow. (Safa.os/Flicker)

By Ahmed Meiloud For over two weeks, the Gaza strip (already besieged for the past 7 years) has been subjected to continuous bombardment from air and sea. This is the third war to be waged on the strip in the span of 5 years and it is more than likely going to be the deadliest. […]

Gaza, Israel and ‘Human Shields’

The only people killing innocent people are the Israelis. (Safa.ps/Flicker)

By Sarah Gillespie What does it mean to use human shields? Employed by the Germans and Japanese in the second word war, the tactic is premised on an underlying trust in your enemy’s humanity. It appeals to the compassion and mercy of the combatant that they not slaughter the innocent in order to avenge their […]

Complicity in Ethnic Cleansing

There must be an immediate end to the killing as well as an immediate lifting of the illegal siege of Gaza. (Safa.ps/Flicker)

By Ron Forthofer Israel’s current attack on a basically defenseless population in Gaza is a repeat of its massacres of Palestinians in November 2012, December 2008-January 2009 and June-July 2006. This time Israeli forces have already slaughtered over 500 Palestinians, overwhelmingly civilians, while about 20 Israelis, almost all soldiers, have been killed. The imbalance of […]

On ‘Human Shielding’ in Gaza: Israeli Army Tried to Justify Striking Civilian Areas

Israeli army social media propaganda. (Twitter)

By  Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini All fighting within cities and all bombardments of urban spaces, even the most “precise and surgical”, is a potential death trap for civilians. Consequently, the permeation of war into cities inevitably transforms their inhabitants into potential human shields. For Palestinians living in Gaza today, simply spending time in their […]

Mr. Obama, Spend One Night with Us in Shifa Hospital, It would Change History

Mads Gilbert: 'As I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flows, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear.'

By Mads Gilbert Dearest friends, The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent. The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24 hrs shifts, […]

When Reporting Becomes a Weapon of Mass Deception

By Dr. Mosheer Amer – Gaza Mainstream media pursues reporting that is antithetical to the promise of ethical journalism and contributes in prolonging the Palestinian-Israeli conflict “I want to apologize now and tonight for my error on the broadcast Tuesday. We’ll correct it tonight on [ABC]“, said a tweet from America’s ABC News Diane Sawyer […]

The Resistance Will Not Surrender: We Will Be Victorious or Die

'The resistance will prevail and its flag will be raised high in spite of Netanyahu.' (Via MEMO)

By Dr. Ahmed Yousef – Gaza The blatant aggression against the Gaza Strip we are witnessing affects anyone who has a heart, as Israel’s destruction and barbarism are unprecedented and worse than any I have seen in my life. The horror of today’s attacks is incomparable with any of the raids and wars against the […]

Now Is The Summer of Our Discontent

Banned bombs, Made in America, rain down once again on the world’s largest open-air concentration camp, mercilessly. (Safa.ps/Flicker)

By Rafiq Kathwari My sister-in-law and I sat in the back seat of the Volkswagen as my older brother drove in soft rain through red lights to Maimonides. “Kicking,” she said, putting my hand over her round belly. Shy, I gazed at her flip-flops. A stork delivered a boy in Brooklyn eight years to the […]

Those Killed Have Names

Are we not all human? (Safa.ps/Flicker)

By Rana Abdulla Overnight the horror of this situation was added to by the news that an Israeli missile has killed 17 members of one family. Every day the rising death toll in Gaza along with the more than 1,300 injured by the continuous Israeli shelling , has left the population terrorized and in fear. […]

Is Sisi Suited for Role as Israel-Hamas Mediator?

It is more likely that time, not Sisi, will create the conditions for a truce.

By Ahmed Meiloud Eight days have lapsed since Israel started massive airstrikes on Gaza, with the prospect of an Egypt-brokered cease-fire raised on Tuesday and at time of press appearing uncertain. The densely populated strip has no air defence, no navy and no army to speak of. Like previous onslaughts on the strip, the Israelis […]

Barbarism Unleashed: Israel’s Attack on Civilized Norms

By Ron Forthofer The following material is excerpted from a column I wrote about Israel’s attack on Gaza in June 2006. This column could have also been written about Israel’s horrific attacks on Gaza in 2008/2009 and in 2012. As long as Israel can continue to commit war crimes with impunity, Israel has no reason […]

Gaza: Yet another Israeli Miscalculation

To call Israeli acts of aggression in Gaza a 'war' is to do a disservice to the meaning of the word. (Safa.ps/Flicker)

By Shafiq Morton The gloves need to come off on the truth of what has been happening in Gaza – not only since the launch of Operation Protective Edge last week, but also since Operation Pillar of Defence in 2012 and Operation Cast Lead in 2008. What is the real purpose of these bare-fisted operations? […]

Israel’s Dissenting Voices Get Lost in the War Echo Chamber

Lieberman dismantled the Likud-Beiteinu unity, blaming Netanyahu for 'not striking Hamas hard enough.'

By Neve Gordon For several days now, some of my neighbours have suggested that the time has come to “destroy them”- meaning either Hamas or Palestinians – “once and for all”. The rockets being fired from Gaza clearly do have the effect of raising the level of hysteria within Israel. However, not only have the […]

No Exit from Gaza: A New War Crime?

The civilian population of Gaza finds itself totally entrapped in a terrifying war zone. (Safa.ps/Flickr)

By Richard Falk The civilian population of Gaza are trapped in an overcrowded war zone with no form of exit. This situation reveals a serious gap in international humanitarian law As the hideous Israeli assault on Gaza, named Operation Protective Edge, by the IDF enters its second week, overdue international appeals for a ceasefire fall […]

Israel’s Atrocity and the West’s Ignorance

Israeli soldiers detain Palestinian men at the Gush Etzion junction, a settlement near Bethlehem. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

By Jamal Kanj Seeing “free” Western media with headlines like “Rockets raining over Israel”, or describing the success of Israel’s Iron Dome defence system in intercepting missiles from Gaza, you would assume there was a war between equals – or even that “poor Israel” was under attack. Many Western readers won’t know that all of […]

Zionist Lying Unchecked

A Palestinian child injured in an Israeli air-strike on Gaza city on 9 July 2014 (AA/via MEE)

By Jamal Kanj Scene one: Disappearance of three illegal Jewish settlers in Hebron. Israel closes the West Bank, demolishes homes of supposed kidnappers, nonstop air raids on Gaza, kills two dozen Palestinians and imprisons more than 600 mostly newly released prisoners. Scene two: The kidnapped 15-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Abu Khudiar. Israel takes very measured response: […]

Israel Awakens the Palestine It Tried to Crush

A popular Intifada is the kind of war Netanyahu cannot possibly win. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

By Ramzy Baroud When the bodies of three Israeli settlers – two teenagers, Aftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19 – were found on 30 June near Hebron in the southern West Bank, Israel went into a state of mourning and a wave of sympathy flowed from around the world. The […]

In the Case of Israel: Western Hypocrisy at its Best

By Ludwig Watzal The kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers and their murder was a despicable crime. Those responsible must be held accountable and brought to justice. Everybody condemned this heinous crime, including all Western leaders. After the abduction, the Israeli occupying forces started a search throughout the West Bank that led not only to the […]

When Will Palestine’s Leaders Change Their Tactics?

Palestinians need a leadership that is not focused on maintaining Israel’s security. (via Aljazeera)

By Samah Sabawi As Israeli air strikes rain death and destruction on Gaza, and as protests rage in Palestinians cities and camps throughout the West Bank as well as inside Israel’s 1948 borders, an op-ed appearing in Haaretz written by the president of the Palestinian Authority clearly reveals that the chasm between the Palestinian people […]

Cultures of Hate: Israelis, Not Palestinians, Excel at Vengeance

Palestinians stand above the body of Muhammad Abu Khdeir during his funeral. (Activestills/Yotam Ronen)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth Shock and anger have engulfed Israeli and Palestinian societies since they learnt last week of the barbarous murder of children from their communities. Hours after three Israeli teenagers’ bodies were located, long after their abduction, a Palestinian youth, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was kidnapped, beaten and burnt to death, apparently as […]

Ziofascism, Lynching and the Prospects of a Third Intifada

Mohammad Abu Khdeir.

By Jamil Khader The savage and irrational lynching of Mohammad Abu Khdeir marks a new troubling trend in the radicalization of Israeli Jewish society. The seventeen year old Palestinian teenager was abducted on his way to the dawn prayers, brutally beaten up, forced to drink gasoline, and was incinerated alive by members of La Familia, […]

Sacred Treason: Palestinian-Israeli Security Alliance

Abbas: The security relationship [with Israel]…is sacred, is sacred.

By Vacy Vlazna ‘A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, […]

Unequally Worthy in Life and Death

Israel has kidnapped our freedom, our lives, and our futures since it took occupation of our land. (ActiveStills.org)

By Samah Jabr, MD This morning I woke up to the noise of helicopters, police cars, and ambulances as clashes erupted in our previously peaceful neighborhood of Shufat, East Jerusalem, with Israeli security forces shooting at Palestinian youths who were protesting the killing of a 16 year old boy, Mohammed Abu Khudair. Mohammed had been […]

On a Critique of Ilan Pappe by Gilad Atzmon

By William James Martin On BBC’s news program Hardtalk, historian Dr Ilan Pappe answers questions from interviewer Stephen Sackur which begins with Mr Sackur describing Ilan Pappe as maintaining that the Jewish state is racist, born of a deliberate program of ethnic cleansing. This very interesting discussion, which takes the form of an adversarial debate, […]

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