Commentary

The Trump-Netanyahu Circus: Now, No One Can Save Israel from Itself

By Ramzy Baroud The President of the United States can hardly be taken seriously, saying much but doing little. His words, often offensive, carry no substance, and it is impossible to summarize his complex political outlook about important issues. This is precisely the type of American presidency that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prefers. However, […]

Trump Has Reminded Palestinians That It was Always about One State

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth For more than 15 years, the Middle East “peace process” initiated by the Oslo accords has been on life support. Last week, United States president Donald Trump pulled the plug, whether he understood it or not. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu could barely stifle a smile as Trump demoted the […]

Israel and the UN Are Allies in Colonial Endeavors

By Ramona Wadi News that Tzipi Livni could be nominated for the post of UN under-secretary-general was overshadowed swiftly by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with Donald Trump. It is safe to say that even the most elementary norms have long been shunned by the international institution, despite the unabashed pontificating at its manipulated […]

When Israel and Britain Celebrate the Historical Trauma of Palestinians

By Dr. Samah Jabr After 100 years, Britain seems to be at the same moral stage as it was when UK Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour wrote to a leader of the British Jewish community, Baron Rothschild, promising the establishment of a “national home” for the Jewish people in Palestine. Instead of making redress and creating […]

Improvement at PSC, but Two-States Idea is Not Palestinian

By Blake Alcott Fortunately the UK’s large Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) seems to be expanding its range of interest. Formerly focusing its attention and actions disproportionately on the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, its most recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) in January 2017 devoted more space to the Palestinians in Israel and those […]

Israel’s Vision for the Future is Terrifying

By Ramzy Baroud Empirical historical evidence combined with little common-sense are enough to tell us the type of future options that Israel has in store for the Palestinian people: perpetual apartheid or ethnic cleansing, or a mix of both. The passing of the “Regularisation Bill” on 6 February is all we need to imagine the […]

Trump’s Muslim Ban: Israeli Strategic Plans to ‘Remake the Middle East’ from 2001 and Before Targeted the Same Countries

By Alison Weir President Trump has issued an executive order suspending entry to the U.S for people from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, and Yemen (the order is called “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”). These same countries were the focus of the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention […]

‘Israeli Worship’ and Trump’s Muslim Ban

By Yves Engler It is strange how supporters of Israel are responding to Donald Trump’s Muslim and Syrian refugee ban. Some have applauded it, effectively acknowledging that Israel cheerleading is a right wing cause. Others have sought to be seen taking the side of anti-racism and religious tolerance, all the while ignoring Israel’s terrible treatment […]

Israel Bulldozes Democracy

Ayman Odeh is Chairman of the Hadash party and leader of the Joint List, the third-largest bloc in the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament. On Feb 12, The New York Times published an article of his entitled, ‘Israel Bulldozes Democracy‘. These are experts from the article: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is expected to visit Washington this […]

To Oppose Trump, Jews Must Join the Fight against Fascism and Zionism

By Yoav Litvin In potentially the biggest con ever executed, Donald Trump, a billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV show celebrity, ascended to the most powerful position in the world – the Presidency of the United States of America. Throughout his election campaign and since his inauguration, Trump has displayed authoritarian rhetoric and tendencies […]

The Uncomfortable Truth: Are We Hating Donald Trump for the Wrong Reasons?

By Ramzy Baroud  I fear that many of us are hating Donald Trump for the wrong reasons. Multitudes are being swayed by mainstream media-inspired demonization of the new US president, based on selective assumptions and half-truths. US mainstream media, which rarely deviates from supporting the American government’s conduct, however reckless, is now presenting Trump as […]

Israel’s Settlers Clear Path to Annexation with New Land Law

By Jonathan Cook The Israeli parliament passed the “Regularization Bill”, on Monday night–a piece of legislation every bit as suspect as its title suggests. The law widens the powers of Israeli officials to seize the final fragments of Palestinian land in the West Bank that were supposed to be off-limits. Palestinian leaders warned that the law […]

Canada: Conservative Hopefuls in pro-Israel Circus, but Real Action is in NDP Race

By Yves Engler The Conservative party leadership campaign has unleashed pro-Israel quackery, but it is the NDP race that could have greater impact on Canada’s Palestine policy. Aping Donald Trump, former Conservative minister Kellie Leitch recently asked her Twitter followers to “join me in calling on the Government of Canada to immediately move our embassy in […]

Are We Seeing Theresa May Perform an About-turn on Palestine?

By Palestine Briefing (Watch the House of Commons debate on Israeli settlements. Thursday February 9th 11.30 am – 2.30 pm. Foreign Office questions Tuesday February 21st 11.30 am) Two days before Christmas the UK voted for UN resolution 2334 calling settlements a “flagrant violation of international law” and demanding an immediate freeze. Indeed the UK played a […]

‘Giant’ Victory for BDS Malaysia

By Marjorie Drake Abdullah On the 25th of January 2017, BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) Malaysia reported that items of clothing with the barcode assigned to Israeli companies (which starts with the numbers 729) were found to be on sale in Giant Supermarket’s U-Mall branch in Pulai Utama, Johor. The bar-code indicated that the company […]

White House Islamophobia Dictates Trump Policy

By James M. Wall When President Donald Trump spoke by phone Saturday, January 28, with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, he was speaking (above) from the White House, before an audience of two aides, National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn and his top strategist, Stephen K. Bannon. Trump’s conversation with the leader of a major U.S. ally, was supposed to last an […]

A Defining Era: Trump’s Pre-Fascism and Progressive Populist Opportunities

By Richard Falk Listening to Donald Trump’s inaugural speech on January 20th led me to muse about what it might mean to live in a pre-fascist state. After reflecting on key passages and conversations with friends, I came to the view that all the elements were in place, although set before us with the imprecision […]

Comparing the ‘Muslim Ban’ to the Ban on Israel is Totally Fallacious

By Nasim Ahmed Countering an allegation of wrongdoing with another allegation of wrongdoing is universally accepted as a misguided fallacy; two wrongs don’t make a right. This fallacy, however, has become a common theme in the current polarized political discourse. Take the “Muslim ban” ordered by US President Donald Trump as an example. Instead of […]

Flailing Trumpsters Upset a Hijacked Nation

By Ralph Nader The Trump Gang, hardly two weeks in the White House, is giving strong, petulant signals that it is hijacking the checks and balances of our democratic institutions. Coupling the Boss’s easily brusiable ego, marinated in infinite megalomania, with ideologues harboring objectives that would have frightened Nixonites and Reaganites alike, a runaway train […]

‘The Magic Turns on the Magician’: Trump and the law of Unintended Consequences

By Shafiq Morton “FOOLISH are those who indulge in foolish actions Foolish are those unconscious of their festering words And doubly foolish are those with even more foolish reactions” These words, penned by an unknown poet, succinctly capture the notion of unintended consequences, something that in our troubled day and age enjoys painful currency. In […]

Operation Chaos: Trump Will Ignite a Powder Keg in the Middle East

By Ramzy Baroud Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump is about to do just that, reversing an historical course that has been in the making for one hundred years. The inexperienced, demagogic politician hardly understands the danger that lies in his decision to move […]

How Did Moving the Embassy become the Lesser of Two Evils?

By Hani Al-Masri There have been developments regarding moving the embassy, as there has been a trade-off between the Israeli government and American administration involving postponing the move of the embassy in exchange for the White House giving Israel the green light to execute its largest colonial settlement attack. This began with the construction of […]

Divest from War, Invest in People

By Kathy Kelly All Trump, all the time. With a punishing, disorienting barrage of executive orders, President Trump is reversing hard fought gains made in environmental protection, health care, women’s rights, immigration policy, and nuclear weapons reduction–with even more executive orders promised. In his inaugural speech, Trump proclaimed “America First”. The U.S. does rank first […]

Trump’s America: Land of Dystopia and Resistance

By Yoav Litvin Dystopia On January 20 2017, surrounded by family and the usual suspects, the real-estate mogul, sexual-predator and conman Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Now known as ‘National Day of Patriotic Devotion’, it will be remembered as the day Trump used inflammatory language, some fist-pumping, and a […]

Making Israel Greater Again: Justice for Palestinians in the Age of Trump

By Yoav Litvin “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful women. I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” – Donald Trump Donald Trump is an American […]

‘Normalize That!’: Occupation, Colonization and Apartheid

By Haidar Eid Normalizing oppression has always been one of the tools used by the colonizer against the resistance of the oppressed and colonized. It is cheap and it works! It turns native against native, and all the oppressor does is sit and watch. Britain, France, America, Apartheid South Africa, are just a few of […]

Pateh, Qusay and Ahmad: On Forgetfulness and ‘Remembrance Day’

By Romana Rubeo When I was a teenager, I had a poster adorning my bedroom wall: “A people without memory are a people without a future.” I always loved to believe that, somehow, “Historia magistra vitae” is a comforting formula. It would be nice to think that the historical memory is somehow useful to celebrate […]

Israel, Turkey, Hamas and Offshore Gas: Interview with the Ambassador of Palestine in Greece, Marwan Emile Toubassi

Interviewed by Charalampos Tsitsopoulos Regional Realignments and Palestine Tectonic changes are currently taking place in the Mediterranean region. How do Palestinians view Greece’s regional role, especially given the traditionally strong ties between Greece and the Arab states? Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the advent of unipolarism, important changes came about in the […]

Paris and the End to a Western-dominated Era in the Middle East

By Ramzy Baroud No, it was not just ‘another Middle East peace conference,’ as a columnist in Israeli ‘Jerusalem Post’ attempted to depict the Paris Peace Conference held on January 15, with top official representations from 70 countries attending.  If it was, indeed, just ‘another peace conference’, representatives from the Israeli government and the Palestinian […]

Gaza Must Stay at the Helm: Extending the Displacement of Palestinian Civilians

By Ramona Wadi Within the space of two days, Israel has exposed its hypocritical scheming when it comes to Palestinians. Two and a half years after its devastating aggression on Gaza, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has approved the reconstruction of 1,500 homes destroyed during the relentless bombing in Summer 2014; even if […]

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