Commentary

Freedom of Speech under Threat in UK Universities

What the Zionist lobby fears most is free speech. (via Aljazeera)

By Hilary Wise The cancellation of Southampton University’s conference on Israel and the law, despite a last-ditch legal battle by the organizers, has sparked widespread condemnation. Entitled “International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism”, the conference had gathered distinguished legal experts and historians from Britain, Israel, Palestine, Ireland, Australia, Singapore, the […]

For the Conference on the Israel Lobby – Press Blackout at the Press Club

Jeffrey Blankfort - Are there Israel lobby gatekeepers and damage control squads on the Left?

By Ralph Nader Following the heavy coverage of AIPAC’s (the virulently pro-Israeli government lobby) multi-day annual Washington convention in March, the mainstream media might have been interested for once in covering alternative viewpoints like those discussed at the April 10th conference “The Israel Lobby: Is it Good for the US? Is it Good for Israel?”. […]

Saudi Equivocal Intervention in Yemen

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By Mohamed El Mokhtar For the sake of historical truth, it is important to recall that Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has traditionally and consistently supported the harsh repression of Houthi rebels under the previous regime and as a result, prevented the question from being settled at a time where their demands were politically circumscribed and […]

Memories of Land and the Mind

Land Day commemorates the events of 30 March, 1976.

By Samah Jabr Land Day commemorates the events of 30 March, 1976 when Palestinians from the Galilee to the Negev organized a massive strike to protest against the Israeli confiscation of land, ostensibly for security and settlement purposes; many were subsequently arrested or killed. This became a central incident in the history of the struggle […]

Islamophobia and Fraudulent Scholarship: The Unraveling of Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Hirsi Ali's obsession with demographics and birth rates illustrates her Islamophobia.

By Roger Sheety In a recent full-length essay for Time magazine titled “Beware of Michiganistan,” Ayaan Hirsi Ali warned in grave, apocalyptic terms of Muslim “above-average birth rates” and, therefore, of a coming “demographic change” and corresponding increase of “extremism” particularly in Europe and the U.S. From its bigoted title to her habit of referencing […]

In Politics, Talk is Cheap

I wish Obama is serious about supporting justice and self-determination for the Palestinians. (Activestills.org)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough reminds the Palestinian people of a lesson they learnt the hard way from the empty rhetoric and broken promises made by their own leaders and their so called “Arab brothers”, during their on-going struggle against the Zionist colonialists. “Talk is cheap and only actions […]

Land Day: A Day of Reckoning, 39 Years Later

Land Day, 1978. (Gidon Gitai)

By Jamal Kanj If you are like me, I am sure you are tired of reading about the results of the last Israeli election. Or on Benjamin Netanyahu’s Hebrew pledge running up to the election and his flip-flopped English version after winning the election. I want instead to highlight the native Palestinian Israeli citizens who […]

West Punished Palestine When It Voted Freely; Endorses Israel’s Vote for Occupation

The need is still greater than ever to have one banner, one message, and one demand for remedial action.

By Ghada Ageel The 2006 elections were an amazing demonstration of Palestinian democracy in its multi-coloured beauty. The people under occupation expressed their determination to resist Israel’s attempt to force them to surrender through its colonisation efforts, expansionist strategies and racism. And the people have kept their word. Even where there is occupation with its […]

Netanyahu’s ‘Flip-Flop’ and the Willful Blindness of the Mainstream Media

Israeli myths promoted as facts by Israel supporters are falling apart. (US State Department)

By Jeremy R. Hammond   When Benjamin Netanyahu declared this week that he would work to prevent a Palestinian state from being established if reelected as Israeli Prime Minister, the mainstream media described it as a “reversal” from a policy speech he gave in 2009, in which he ostensibly expressed support for a two-state solution. […]

Israel Votes Apartheid

Nothing will stop the imminent entrenchment of a tide of new Apartheid laws. (Tamar Fleishman, Palestine Chronicle)

By Neve Gordon Benjamin Netanyahu is truly a magician. Just this past Friday, most polls indicated that his Likud party would likely receive around 21 seats in the Israeli Knesset, four seats less than Yitzhak (Bougie) Herzog’s Zionist Camp (Labor Party’s new name). Revelations of corruption at the Prime Minister’s residence followed by a damning […]

Netanyahu’s Victory: Now What President Obama?

It ought to be obvious to all that Obama now as only two options. (WH)

By Alan Hart “Love him (Netanyahu) or hate him, this is the face of Israel.” That’s how Uriel Heilman concluded an article for the JTA (Jewish Telegraph Agency) on Netanyahu’s election victory after noting that he had shown his true colors by declaring that there would be no Palestinian state while he is in charge. […]

US Opens up to Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Syria, and Iran

Robert Malley was Obama's colleague at Harvard Law School. (ABC)

By Nicola Nasser The appointment of Robert Malley as White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region is not considered a sufficient indicator that there will be any radical change in U.S. strategy despite the campaign launched against the U.S. by the Zionists due to its openness to Hamas, the […]

Obama and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas with US President Barack Obama during a visit to Ramallah. (WAFA, file)

By William James Martin Former President, Nobel Laureate, and founder of the Carter Center, Jimmy Carter, was conspicuously absent from the podium at the National Democratic Conventions in 2008 and 2012 in which Barak Obama was nominated by the Democratic Party for the US Presidency. Reasonable speculation for Carter’s absence is that Obama felt Carter’s […]

Will Israeli Voters Do the Right Thing?

The need is still greater than ever to have one banner, one message, and one demand for remedial action.

All opinion polls published on Friday in Israel, the last date on which it is allowed to publish them prior to Tuesday’s general election, give more or less the same results: Isaac Herzog’s Zionist Camp is leading Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud by three to four seats (25-26 seats for Hertzog, 21-22 to Netanyahu), while Aymen Odeh’s […]

Islamic State as a Western Phenomenon?

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Not only is IS to a degree an alien movement in the larger body politic of the Middle East, it also seems to be a partly western phenomenon, a hideous offspring resulting from western neocolonial adventures in the region, coupled with alienation and demonisation of Muslim communities in western societies. By “Western phenomenon,” I refrain […]

Federica Mogherini: Please Endorse a Ferry to Life

A commercialized ferry service can open up so much more than the sealed gates of Gaza.

By Ghada Ageel With an axe in both hands and rage tightening every muscle in his face, the Palestinian physician started hacking at Rafah gate, popularly known by Gazans as Rafah hate. His Russian wife hugged her screaming dehydrated children close, trying to calm them down and simultaneously attempting to grasp and process the humiliation […]

Jordanians Prepare for Day of Refusal against Israel Gas Deal

Share our message! Especially on the day of the event, on March 6th 2015.

By Tariq Shadid In Jordan, opposition against the Israeli-Jordanian gas deal is growing. While politicians are working out the details, there appears to be widespread criticism of plans by the Jordanian National Electric Power Company to import gas from the Leviathan fields. The fields are located in the Mediterranean waters controlled by Israel, operated by […]

A Vacuum Waiting for a Leader

Regional rivalries are the sea in which the Islamic State is swimming.

By Jeremy Salt “To achieved all that you have the power, ability or strength to do and to be unable to do more.” —  Cambridge Dictionaries Online definition of ‘to shoot your bolt.’ That the US and its allies are ultimately responsible for the rise of the so-called Islamic State is irrefutably true. They destroyed […]

Repairing Palestine’s political system Cannot Wait Any Longer

President Abbas must travel to Gaza and stay there. (Via Aljazeera/file)

By Sam Bahour Today, Palestinian political strategy is being driven in the total absence of a functioning political system. Israel’s forced fragmentation of our geographic reality mixed with internal political party divisions, disgust, despair and incompetence, the status quo tears apart Palestine’s societal fabric. If it remains on its current course, the train of national […]

Israel’s New Asian Allies

Netanyahu is looking elsewhere for economic – and ultimately political – patrons. (Via Aljazeera/file)

By Jonathan Cook It was another difficult week for Israel. In Britain, 700 artists, including many household names, pledged a cultural boycott of Israel, and a leader of the Board of Deputies, the representative body of UK Jews, quit, saying he could no longer abide by its ban on criticizing Israel. Across the Atlantic, the […]

Naseer Aruri: Institution-builder, Teacher, Friend

Naseer Aruri was a leading Arab-American intellectual.

By Nadia Hijab There are those whose life and work touch the lives of tens of thousands, for decades. Naseer Aruri was one such man. The news of his passing on 10 February 2015 was quickly relayed from North America through Europe and to the Arab world, bringing shared sorrow and reflection on his manifold […]

UN Peace Coordinator Unwelcome by Palestinians

'Mladenov’s track record does not indicate there is cause for optimism.' (Twitter)

 By Nicola Nasser   The PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) did not object to the appointment of new UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process Nikolay Mladenov, although he was described by Tayseer Khaled, a member of the PLO’s Executive Committee, as “persona non grata” — not trusted by the Palestinians and nor qualified for the job.   […]

Dispatches From Lexington Prison: The Front Page Rule

McCain, blurted out: 'get out of here, you low-life scum..' (C-Span)

By Kathy Kelly After a week here in FMC Lexington Satellite camp, a federal prison in Kentucky, I started catching up on national and international news via back issues of USA Today available in the prison library, and an “In Brief” item, on p. 2A of the Jan. 30 weekend edition, caught my eye. It […]

It All Depends on Whose Symbols are Mocked: Lessons From Charlie Hebdo

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By Kristoffer Larsson More than a month has passed since the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris. How should we understand this dreadful massacre? That if you insult a minority that then a few individuals within that group might come after you? Or is it perhaps much worse than that, as some will have us believe, […]

It’s Happening Again, and the World is Watching

'The world is watching.' (Tamar Fleishman/Palestine Chronicle)

By Mats Svensson Suddenly she asks: What is apartheid? She has probably heard me talking about apartheid a bit too much. I have started nagging. She is young. 14 years. I have only known her for less than a year. To her, apartheid never existed. She doesn’t have a clue. She couldn’t know. And if […]

The Best of America: Kayla, Deah, Yusor, Razan

The best of America.

By Basil Abdelkarim Among this new year’s countless tales of heartbreak and sorrow, two recent tragedies involving young Americans stand out. Last week, we learned that 26-year old humanitarian Kayla Mueller, held captive by ruthless ISIS extremists in Syria, had perished in captivity. Meanwhile, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, three young American Muslim students were […]

Good Morning America, Bibi is Coming to Town

Joe Biden will be the most significant missing person in the House chamber on March 3. (C-SPAN/file)

By James M. Wall Good Morning America: Do you know who has stolen your Congress? In two weeks you could hear from one of the culprits. On March 3, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak to what was once your United States Congress. Prime Minister Netanyahu will speak to the Congress and […]

Anti-Israelism vs. Anti-Semitism: The Truth We Should All Know

It was Israel's policies that guaranteed that the sleeping giant would not die in its sleep. (Latuff)

By Alan Hart Much is currently being written and broadcast about what a headline in the Wall Street Journal proclaimed to be The Return of Anti-Semitism (loathing and hatred of Jews). It was over an article by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of Britain. According to him “An ancient hatred has been […]

The Death of the Israeli Left

One cannot expect change to emerge from within Israeli society. (Tamar Fleishman/PC)

By Gideon Levy The Israeli left, if it has ever existed at all, is dead. The Israeli Peace Camp, the preferred way to designate the left in the Israeli context, breathed its last breath about 15 years ago and has never been resurrected. Two main factors led to its demise back then, but even in […]

Malak al-Khatib: Symbol of Palestinian Childhood Denied

This form of punishment denies Palestinian children a sense of belonging. (Tamar Fleishman/PC)

By Ghada Ageel Children are the most precious natural resource that communities and humanity have. The League of Nations Declaration of 1924 pledges, “Mankind owes to the child the best it has to give.” The Declaration stressed that children should have “by right” the means necessary for their normal development. The 1959 UN Declaration of […]

The Free Zone | Blog

  • April 21, 2015

    Israel Sprays Gaza Farms with Poisonous Gases, again

    Israel has sprayed Palestinian farms with poisonous gases that damaged crops, Qudsnet reported farmers saying yesterday. - Poisonous gases were sprayed on Wednesday but their effects started to appear on the crops on Saturday and Sunday. - "When I arrived on my farm on Wednesday morning, I was surprised when I saw an Israeli farming plane crossing the borders towards farms inside Gaza," farmer Ahmed Badawi said. "The... More →
  • April 20, 2015

    'Everything Hillary Clinton Will Do Will Always Be for Israel'

    There’s more pressure on Obama over the Iran deal.The Hill reports that Israel’s Channel One interviewed Haim Saban about Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for the presidency and that he hinted that she is against the Iran deal. - Then came the big question:What is her position on the Iran deal? - Saban responded carefully, “She will have to, at some stage, express her opinion. But we know that in essence and in... More →
  • April 19, 2015

    Haaretz: A Defeat for Israel, a Victory for Settlers and BDS

    The High Court's decision to uphold the so-called Anti-Boycott Law will, regrettably, be a boon to Israeli settlers and their supporters, whilst giving a gift to activists worldwide who support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. - By approving legislation to curb boycotts of Israel and “areas under its control,” the High Court effectively equated the two, giving a kosher stamp... More →
  • April 16, 2015

    20 Palestinian Journalists Being Held in Israeli Jails

    Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian journalist on Wednesday after raiding his home in Nablus, bringing the total number of journalists imprisoned by Israel to 20. - Amin Abdul Aziz Abu Wardeh, 48, is the general manager of the Asda news website, the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms said. - Abu Wardeh's wife told MADA that Israeli forces raided their home at around 2 a.m. and interrogated Amin in... More →
  • April 16, 2015

    Leading NY Institutions Discuss the Nakba — and There is Not a Palestinian in Sight

    In the last few weeks two liberal New York institutions, The New York Times and the 92d Street Y, have published discussions about a central Palestinian experience– the Nakba, or catastrophe that accompanied the creation of Israel in 1948– and in these three discussions, there was not a Palestinian in sight. Though three or four Zionists got to weigh in on the issue. - Of course non-Palestinians have the right to... More →
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