Commentary

France’s Doomed War on ‘Islamist Terrorism’

(Photo: Nino Jose Heredia, Gulf News)

By Ramzy Baroud Days after a truck ploughed its way into throngs of people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, the Los Angeles Times reported that “[Daesh or the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] later claimed indirect responsibility for the attack”. The clearly deliberate act killed 84 people, many of whom were […]

Oslo Limited Good Options to the Palestinian Solution

The current Palestinian leadership has failed to represent its own people. (Photo: Video grab)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan Palestinians have the right to resist like any people under occupation – the Czechs under the Germans or the Algerians under the French – but they have been vilified if they resist and denied justice if they do not! Is there any form of Palestinian resistance to the occupation, the colonization […]

Money Talks as Trump Does U-turn on Israel

Donald Trump. 'So why the dramatic turnaround?'. (Photo: File)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth The grubby underside of US electoral politics is on show once again as the Democratic and Republican candidates prepare to fight it out for the presidency. And it doesn’t get seamier than the battle to prove how loyal each candidate is to Israel. New depths are likely to be plumbed […]

BDS and Normalization: Palestinian Perspective

Our 'International Community' consist of civil society, churches, pension funds, municipalities, clubs, music bands, universities… (Photo: BDS Movement)

By Haidar Eid – Gaza When we, Palestinian Civil Society, issued our 2015 BDS call, we were counting on people of conscience, rather than governments and complicit corporations. Most of us argued that we needed to address ordinary people buying goods in supermarkets,  artists, cultural figures, academics, sportsmen…etc We, in fact, had our own definition […]

Chilcot verdict: Tony B_liar

Eight years under his leadership 'Jewish only' colonies on stolen land grew at a faster pace. (Photo: File)

By Jamal Kanj How many words does it take the British to say a liar? 2.6 million words to be exact. The Chiclot report had also painted Tony Blair as submissive to George W Bush, and lacked rudimentary judgment when evaluating intelligence data. According to the report, eight months before the invasion of Iraq, Blair […]

Islamic State or Deviant Cult?

Daesh has been a disaster for the image of Islam and Muslims around the world.

By Firoz Osman The phenomenon of “Islamic State” (Daesh) has surfaced once again following sensational the media reporting of the arrest of four South African Muslims under their country’s anti-terror laws; there is an obvious attempts to instil a climate of fear in our communities. Just as Al-Qaeda was used to scare populations worldwide and provide […]

BDS is a War Israel Can’t Win

BDS will continue to build on its successes because Israel's defenders can no longer suppress the truth. (Photo: BDS Vancouver)

Israel’s apologists would call the BDS campaign “immoral”, but the slander is laughably false. By Stanley L Cohen Israeli think-tank fellow Yossi Klein Halevi, writing recently in the Los Angeles Times would have American readers believe that the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement is “immoral” and threatens the peace of “the region’s only intact society”, while simultaneously […]

Being Black Palestinian: Solidarity as a Welcome Pathology

Suddenly, being Palestinian and Black was the most natural feeling.  (Art: Latuff, MEMO)

By Ramzy Baroud Last year, I wrote an article that made many readers unhappy. As soon as it was published, I began receiving messages of abuse and angry, threatening calls. I hesitated about reporting the threats to the local police in Washington State and, in the end, I resolved to file the unpleasant experience under […]

The No-State Solution to the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Palestinians waiting at the Qalanidya military checkpoint. (Photo: Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle)

“It is time for the citizens of the world to effect the paradigm shift required to bring about a peaceful resolution to the world’s most infamous conflict.” By Jeremy R. Hammond Twelve years ago today, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued an advisory opinion at the request of the United Nations General Assembly on […]

Humiliation: The Hammer Crushing Palestinian Society

$720 million are needed for housing in Gaza. (Photo: Activestills.org)

By Samah Jabr While the exercise of military control over an occupied country may be expected to inflict inevitable pain and trauma on the citizens of that country, the history of Israeli policy has far exceeded any “pragmatic” needs of an occupier to dominate and subdue a local population. The Israeli humiliation of Palestinians is […]

The Ambushing of Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the British Labour Party.  (Photo: TV Video Grab)

By Mahmoud Zidan There are many challenges that the defenders of Palestinians’ human rights have to face, but one of the most considerable of them is the accusation of anti-Semitism. Zionists have always managed to convince the world of their manufactured version of history and of the myth that criticism of the state of Israel is […]

The Jewish National Fund of Canada: Subsidizing Colonialism

The Jewish National Fund was granted tax-exempt status in Canada. (Photo: Oren Ziv, ActiveStills.com)

By Yves Engler The campaign to revoke the Jewish National Fund of Canada’s charitable status is growing. In recent weeks it has gained an important political endorsement, a high profile intellectual backing and has raised funds for a legal challenge. Recently, Green Party leader, Elizabeth May, joined 28 other party members in sponsoring a resolution to […]

How Turkey’s Reconciliation Deal with Israel Harms the Palestinians

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan storms off the stage at the 2009 World Economic Forum after confronting Israeli President Shimon Peres. (Photo: World Economic Forum, CC BY-SA 2.0)

By signing the reconciliation agreement with Israel, Turkey has betrayed the Palestinians and made itself complicit in Israel’s occupation regime. By Jeremy R. Hammond With Israel and Turkey having announced a reconciliation agreement this week, Turkey is portraying itself as a protector of the oppressed by arguing that it will allow greater aid to the […]

Some Critical Comments from Gaza on Turkey’s Normalization with Israel!

A quick reading of the deal proves that it is a stab in the back of Gaza! (Photo: UNRWA, file)

By Haidar Eid – Gaza Israel and Turkey have reached an agreement to normalize ties six years after an Israeli naval attack that killed ten Turkish activists and nine years after the imposition of a deadly siege that has left Gaza unlivable. What do we, Palestinians of Gaza, feel about it? To put it mildly, […]

US Bipartisan Traditions: Salute the Flag and Support Israel

'Political pandering'  - Hillary Clinton at AIPAC conference. (Photo:  Video Grab)

By Hasan Afif El-Hassan When Israel occupies and colonizes the West Bank and Jerusalem in a coordinated Zionist and Talmudic zeal, destroys Gaza in three wars and imposes tight blockade on the Strip, that counts as “self defense” by Israel’s supporters and their media rhetoric. When frustrated Palestinians, who have been under occupation or besieged […]

Brexit and the Diseased Liberal Mind

When Marine le Pen and Donald Trump congratulated us on our decision, it was like being punched in the face,

By Jonathan Cook  The enraged liberal reaction to the Brexit vote is in full flood. The anger is pathological, and helps to shed light on why majority of Britons voted for leaving the European Union, just as earlier a majority of Labor party members voted for Jeremy Corbyn as leader.  A few years ago the […]

Water is a Weapon in the Battle of Racial Discrimination

Palestinians in Gaza have 3% of water fit for human consumption. (CMWU, supplied)

By Dr. Mustapha Al-Barghouthi The production of water in the West Bank is estimated at 932 million cubic meters annually, of which Israel steals at least 800 million cubic meters. In essence, this means it takes over 86% of the total amount of water in the West Bank. A Palestinian citizen in the Occupied Territories […]

Israel Increases Punitive Measures on PFLP Prisoners Supporting Bilal Kayid’s Hunger Strike

Rallies in many countries protest Bilal Kayid's administrative detention. (Photo: via Ma'an)

Israel Prison Service (IPS) authorities have stepped up punitive measures against Palestinian prisoners affiliated with the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). Prisoners have been carrying out hunger strikes in protest of the administrative detention of Bilal Kayid. IPS authorities transferred 17 hunger-striking prisoners from Megiddo prison to Jalameh prison and other […]

Jo Cox: A World Inspiration

British MP Cox was a member of the Labour Friends of Palestine in 2015. (Photo: LFB)

By Mahmoud Zidan Perhaps the assassination of Jo Cox, the British MP, outside a library is symbolic after all. The purpose of Cox’s racist murderer, Thomas Mair, killing her after a session with her constituents cannot be missed: he aimed to silence her voice and what it represents. Nevertheless, her voice is now heard all […]

Call for a National Debate on U.S. ‘Regime Change’ Policy

State Department Draft Dissent Memo on Syria. (Photo: Screen grab, NYT)

By Center for Citizen Initiatives On June 16, the New York Times reported : “More than 50 State Department diplomats have signed an internal memo sharply critical of the Obama administration’s policy in Syria, urging the United States to carry out military strikes against the government of President Bashar al-Assad to stop its persistent violations of a cease-fire in […]

Women Sail to Break the Siege on Gaza

'2016 is going to be a momentous occasion as the Freedom Flotilla Coalition.' (Photo: freedomflotilla.org)

By Dr. Aayesha Soni  The Gaza strip is a piece of land 41 km long and 6-12 km wide, with a total area of 365 square kilometers. Situated on the Eastern coast of the Mediterranean sea, it has a strong population of 1, 8 million people, making it one of the most densely populated areas […]

Palestine’s ‘Prayer for Rain’: How Israel Uses Water as a Weapon of War

Palestinian workers pray after crossing Eyal checkpoint, between the West Bank city of Qalqilya and Israel. (Photo: Oren Ziv, Activestills.org, file)

By Ramzy Baroud Entire communities in the West Bank either have no access to water or have had their water supply reduced almost by half. This alarming development has been taking place for weeks, since Israel’s national water company, “Mekorot”, decided to cut off – or significantly reduce – its water supply to Jenin, Salfit […]

Israel’s Fear of the ‘Desert’ Jews in Its midst

Mohammed Madani is accused of 'subversive activity' and 'political terror'. (Photo: via AJEEC-NISPED)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth In a little-noticed move last week, Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman barred an official close to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas from entering Israel. Mohammed Madani is accused of “subversive activity” and “political terror”. His crimes, as defined by Lieberman, are worth pondering. They suggest that Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians […]

How Lodewijk Asscher Abused his Position in Dutch Politics to Support Dutch Jewish Settlers

Lodewijk Asscher abused his position to protect Dutch settlers living in illegal Jewish settlement. (Photo: via demoslimkrant.nl)

By Tariq Shadid A major political scandal is unfolding in the Netherlands: politician Lodewijk Asscher has made sure over the years that AOW-pension payments to Dutch Jewish settlers in the Occupied Territories were kept at their original levels, while all other AOW-pensions of Dutch expats’ were decreased significantly. His astonishing defense, when he was confronted […]

Muhammad Ali: An American Tale

'Even while very sick, Ali never back away from a fight.'

By Jamal Kanj It is fair to assume that most readers today can’t name the current heavyweight boxing champion. The same people would, however, most likely name the champion from 50 years ago. That’s what makes Muhammad Ali unique. The champ or the “greatest” brought a special aura to the ring. It didn’t matter whether […]

Conquest and Tyranny versus Peace and Justice

'The world communities have the right to demand justice for the people of Palestine. ' (Photo: Youngest Palestinian prisoner released, Activestills.org)

By William A. Cook “Conquest and tyranny, at some earlier period, dispossessed Man of his rights, and he is now recovering them. And as the tide of all human affairs has its ebb and flow in directions contrary to each other, so also is it in this. Government founded on a moral theory, on a system […]

What Does PSC Want?

Palestinian youths ride the ‘Return Train’ through Bethlehem, May 15, 2016. (Photo: Oren Ziv, Activestills.org. file)

By Blake Alcott PSC (the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, UK) is the perfect go-to place for newcomers, like myself seven years ago, who decide to do something for justice for Palestinians. PSC Fact-sheets on fourteen basic topics from the Nakba to political prisoners are excellent. Its eagle-eye efforts to keep the press honest are precise, punctual […]

PA Fiddles while Palestine Dwindles

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By Vacy Vlazna In April, President Abbas, true to form, buckled under international pressure to sacrifice the integrity of the land of Palestine on the altar of another bogus ‘peace’ initiative by friends of Israel. The Palestinian Authority (PA) had been circulating to UN Security Council members a draft resolution condemning Israeli settlements when the […]

Paris Conference a Tired and Cliched Failure

(Image: Niño Jose Heredia, Gulf News)

By Ramzy Baroud Matthew Duss is right. The Paris Peace Conference is different, and the fact that the United States’ stronghold of supposedly trying to resolve conflicts in the Middle East is being challenged, is a point worth noting. Yet, this is hardly important. “The multilateral nature of the conference is a Palestinian strategic victory, […]

A Letter from Gaza: ‘I am Three Wars and Two Intifadas Old’

Yara Eid, 16, from Alburij refugee camp in Gaza (Photo: Palestine Chronicle)

By Yara Eid – Gaza It all started when he asked my how old I am. I know it is a normal question and anybody could tell his or her age easily but it was the hardest for me. I froze for a while and kept thinking about that question. I asked myself, “Really how […]

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  • July 27, 2016

    Families of Jerusalem Prisoners Protest Reduction of Visits

    Families of Palestinian prisoners from Jerusalem in Israeli jails organized a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to protest a decision made by the committee to limit family visits to prisoners. - The Prisoners Media Office quoted sources in Jerusalem as saying, “Activists have called for a sit-in in front of the ICRC in solidarity with Palestinian... More →
  • July 27, 2016

    Israeli Occupation Forces Kill Palestinian in Hebron

    Palestinian fighter, Mohammed Al-Faqih, was killed today in the West Bank village of Sourif in Hebron following an exchange of fire with Israeli forces that besieged a house in which he took shelter. - The Israeli armyissued a statement after it withdrew from the village saying it killed Mohammed Al-Faqih and arrested his brother, Suhaib Al-Faqih, his cousin Muaath Al-Faqih and his friend Mohammed Amirah, whom they... More →
  • July 27, 2016

    Israel Continues to Ban Cement from Getting into Gaza

    An official in the Constructional Industries Union in the Gaza Strip said the Israeli authorities changed its mind and refused to allow cement into Gaza after a three month-ban. - The official who spoke under the condition of anonymity said despite having Israeli approval to allow cement into Gaza, “the Israeli occupation has changed its mind and refused to allow cement in for factories.” -... More →
  • July 26, 2016

    Fatah Leaders Accuse Leadership Commission of Supporting Mohammed Dahlan

    Senior Fatah leaders in Gaza have accused the new Fatah leadership commission of taking decisions in favor of the dismissed leader, Mohammed Dahlan, that reinforces his grip on the movement against Mahmoud Abbas,Al-Resalahnewspaper reported. - In a letter sent to Abbas, the senior Fatah leaders said that the leadership commission in Gaza takes decisions different from those taken by Abbas and the Executive Committee. -... More →
  • July 26, 2016

    Israeli Forces Demolish Dozens of Houses and Facilities in the West Bank

    Israeli bulldozers, protected by Israeli forces, yesterday demolished12 Palestinian houses in the town of Qalandiya to the north of Jerusalem, after imposing a closure on the town. - IDF soldiers assaulted the mayor of the town, Yousef Awadallah, who was hospitalized. Another journalist who was covering the demolitions was also assaulted. - Medical sources said seven Palestinians were injured during clashes. -... More →

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