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Who Won the War on Gaza?

Hamas was able to establish deterrence, displaying an incredible level of resilience and strength. (Video still)

By Samah Sabawi The Palestinian people, who have shown incredible patience, steadfastness and sacrifice in the pursuit of their freedom, won the war on Gaza Robust and complex discussions are being centred on one simple question: who can claim victory in the war on Gaza? The terms of the ceasefire reveal that neither Hamas nor […]

Palestinian Message to Israel: Deal with Us Justly. Or Disappear

Israel may have finally discovered the limits of force and violence. (Safa.ps/Flicker)

By Jeff Halper Until Operation Protective Edge, most of the “messaging” regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, certainly that which broke through the mainstream media, came from the Israeli side. Since Zionism’s official beginnings in Palestine some 110 years ago, the Jewish community, whether the pre-state Yishuv or constituted as the state of Israel, never took the […]

Gaza’s Pyrrhic Victory is a Lesson for the Occupier

Pyrrhic or not, Palestine won this one, and will continue on until it wins the big one. (file)

By Tariq Shadid Among Palestinians, many consider the recent cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians to be a victory for the resistance. For those looking on from the outside, this response may be quite puzzling. How can a people claim victory when 2145 of their citizens have lost their lives under Israeli shelling and bombing, […]

Gaza Victory Moves Palestine Closer to Overcome Apartheid Israel

Will Israel survive this humiliation brought about by its failure to achieve any of its goals? (Aqsa TV)

By Iqbal Jassat Finally what appears to be a long term truce agreed upon between Israel and Palestine’s resistance movements, Gaza is able to celebrate victoriously. The Netanyahu regime will claim that Hamas has been defeated and dismiss scenes of jubilation throughout the Gaza Strip as a bizarre display. In fact in the hours following […]

Flying Out of Our Cages

By Samah Jabr “I used to fly, but you broke my wings and locked me back in my cage.” This was the reproach of a patient who had just recovered from a manic episode during which he had jumped from the top of the 13-foot-high Israeli separation wall and broken both legs. His mania had been […]

Gaza’s Epic Battle: ‘On Resistance and Modernity’

It is the will to life, and not death, that drives people in Gaza to resist.

By Monir Birouk Is there any relationship between modernity and resistance? Is every act of resistance necessarily modern? I entrust these questions to the wisdom of the philosophers. Here, my claim is rather modest: to train spotlight on the relation between modernity and resistance in light of the recent epic of resistance in Gaza. If […]

‘Never again’?: The US and the Palestinian/Israeli issue

What happened to the idea of 'never again'? Mohammed Asad / APA)

By Ron Forthofer Many Americans may think this foreign policy issue doesn’t concern them. If they think about this issue at all, many say that it’s not our business and we should just let them fight it out. However the US has been deeply involved in this conflict since before Israel declared its existence. A […]

Welcome to the ‘New’ Middle East

Condoleeza Rice 'new Middle East' if finally here. (CODEPINK)

By Jeremy Salt – Ankara, Turkey The ‘birth pangs’ of which Condoleeza Rice spoke in 2006 during Israel’s onslaught on Lebanon have finally produced her ‘new’ Middle East, wrapped up in the black flags of the Islamic state. Impregnation was just a twinkle in the eye of the neo-conservatives back in the 1990s. Their talk […]

Israeli War on Gaza: Deafening Silence of the World

By Dr. Siri Gamage – Armidale, Australia On again and off again ceasefires, rocket launches, bombings and killings involving Israel and Gaza dominate television news at this time. When the indirect talks between the two sides fail in Cairo, the military campaigns restart and the destruction caused by Israeli bombings in Gaza is there for […]

Six Years Ago We Sailed into Gaza

'We are coming.' (Free Gaza Movement)

By Free Gaza Movement In August 2008, our two ramshackle boats, Free Gaza and Liberty, were hiding out somewhere in the Mediterranean, battling mechanical problems and bad weather as they slowly and furtively made their way to Cyprus.  Thirty of us impatiently waited for the boats (and the 14 passengers and crew already on the […]

Can Happen Down Under

By Denis A. Conroy – Ballarat, Australia Where is Australian multiculturalism going? Are we to remain a subaltern people, too remote in every sense from historic definition to be able to infuse our national identity with meaningful discourse? Will we ever forge resolutions to the problems that demand attention? For instance, writing a constitution for […]

Palestinian Party unity is No Substitute for a Political System

Palestinian political 'unity' requires an operating political system. (Via Aljazeera)

By Sam Bahour Palestinian “unity”—reconciling tensions between Hamas and Fatah—is being revered as the foundation that can extract Gaza from the misery wrought upon it by yet another brutal Israeli military onslaught. The devastation from what Israel called “Operation Protective Edge” is overwhelming: over 2,000 Palestinians dead, over 10,000 wounded and paralyzed, and a third […]

Breaking the Gaza Stalemate

Only serious outside pressure on Israel to accede to reasonable Palestinian demands. (Safa/ps/Flicker)

By John V. Whitbeck After the breakdown in the six-day “pause” to permit negotiations on a long-term Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire and the resumption of Israel’s onslaught against the caged people of Gaza, concerned people everywhere are wondering how the conflicting demands of the two sides can possibly be reconciled when each side feels a compelling need […]

From Gaza to Brazil: Stop Financing Drones That Kill Our Children

Tear gas in Bil’in. (Supplied)

By Haidar Eid – Gaza As I write this, bombs are falling around us. Electricity is severely restricted and water is hardly available. The loud and frightening sounds of missiles, drones, constant shelling are everywhere. Awake at night, fearfully waiting for the bombing; awake during the day, assisting the injured and searching the ruins of […]

Violence and Western Civilization

By Ron Forthofer Israel’s slaughter of over 1900 Palestinians in Gaza, by far and away most of whom were civilians, got me thinking about Western civilization. Mahatma Gandhi is often cited as responding to a question about Western civilization saying he thought it would be a good idea. However, recent research suggests Gandhi likely didn’t […]

Israeli War Crimes in Gaza

By Jim Miles Israel reveals its true colors and true aspirations every time it attacks Gaza (or any other self-perceived enemy) as being the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, even to the degree – as the references above indicate – to the act of genocide. The western world/Washington consensus group are guilty of enormous war crimes […]

The ‘New and Brutal Israel’?

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By Jeremy Salt Israel’s shocking war on Gaza has done more than any of its previous onslaughts to shake loose the stranglehold its lobbyists have exerted over the mainstream media. Criticism that would never have been countenanced before is now seeing the light of day. For those who watch its atrocious behavior, the Zionist settler […]

Conflict Resolution 101: Talking With Hamas

By Medea Benjamin The world awaits with bated breath to see if the interim truce negotiated by US Secretary of State John Kerry will lead to a long-term ceasefire. But if US mediation is to be sincere and effective, the American government needs to take Hamas off its terrorist list and allow Hamas to be […]

Don’t Cry For Me: Voice of a Palestinian Child in Gaza

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By Sam Bahour As the latest horrific obscenity of Israel’s aggression against the Gaza Strip continues, the death toll mounts. Palestinian children are paying the highest price, both those who are killed and wounded, and maybe even more so, those who survive. Since I have written for decades about how Israel’s prolonged military occupation and […]

Israeli Deceptions Revealed in Story of ‘Kidnapped’ Soldier

Israel claimed Hadar Goldin was dead, possibly buried in a collapsed tunnel as Israel bombarded the area in which he was seized.

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth A single incident at the weekend – the reported capture by Hamas on Friday of an Israeli soldier through a tunnel – illustrated in stark fashion the layers of deception Israel has successfully cast over its attack on Gaza. On Sunday, as the army indicated it would start limited withdrawals, […]

The Superhumans of Gaza

By Rifat Audeh Close your eyes and visualize a child that you know and love dearly. The child can be your son, daughter, sibling, nephew or niece, grandson or granddaughter or even the child of a friend. Next, imagine that child playing innocently. Now imagine a bomb falling fatally near that child with his/her little […]

Gaza: When Mourning becomes Reawakening!

By Dr. Shah Alam Khan Do we know how to mourn the dead? Do we know how to laugh in grief and then all of a sudden cry with pain that’s unbearable? Do we know the feel of the cold nozzle of a Kalashnikov on a sweaty forehead? Have we ever heard the explosion of […]

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 […]

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