Commentary

East Is East and West Is West: Thoughts from a Puzzled Mind

By Jamil I. Toubbeh Recorded history informs that the East and the West are culturally inextricable; history also informs that this inextricability has been shaken over time by religious, geopolitical and economic conflicts of short and long duration. If one were to rank-order conflicts around the globe in the 20th and 21st centuries, the Arab […]

Jerusalem in Danger while the World Sleeps

Al-Quds, Haram al-Sharif Compound. (Wikimedia)

By Tariq Shadid Tensions are rising sky-high in what is considered a Holy City by three of the world’s major religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Its Aramaic name ‘Ur Shalim’, from which hails its current international name Jerusalem, means ‘City of Peace’, yet it has become obvious that it will not be allowed to live […]

How Israel is Turning Gaza into a Super-max Prison

Washington and its allies are only too happy to see Hamas and Islamic Jihad deprived of the materials needed to resist Israel’s next onslaught. (Aljazeera/file)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth It is astonishing that the reconstruction of Gaza, bombed into the Stone Age according to the explicit goals of an Israeli military doctrine known as “Dahiya”, has tentatively only just begun two months after the end of the fighting. According to the United Nations, 100,000 homes have been destroyed or […]

SA Fact Finding Mission in Israel Raise Palestinian Hopes

By Iqbal Jassat South Africa’s increasing interest in Palestine and its woes is beginning to manifest in ways that’s likely to attract more antagonism from Israel and her lobbyists. Currently a number of South Africans are in Israel to gain first-hand insight of conditions faced by Palestinians under Occupation as well as experience the political […]

Canada’s Heart of Darkness

Justice Minister MacKay wearing a t-shirt printed with a high powered automatic rifle at a Conservative fundraiser. (National Firearms Association, Facebook)

By Jim Miles Once upon a time, Canada was able to create the illusion that it was the “peaceable kingdom”, an illusion accepted domestically and arguably by most of the rest of the world. This history has been well discredited with newer historical research outlining how Canada’s position as a “peacekeeper,” generally under UN auspices, […]

The Process of Reconstructing Gaza

What we are witnessing is a global Israeli blackmail operation and the exploitation Gaza's destruction. (IRIN)

By Lamis Andoni As usual, whatever Israel fails to impose by war, it tries to achieve by means of the subsequent agreements, and the reconstruction of Gaza agreement under the supervision of the UN is no difference. It is the manifestation of international complicity in not only solidifying the siege, but also using it to […]

Stop the Killing

By Kathy Kelly On August 9, 1983, three people dressed as U.S. soldiers saluted their way onto a US military base and climbed a pine tree. The base contained a school training elite Salvadoran and other foreign troops to serve dictatorships back home, with a record of nightmarish brutality following graduation. That night, once the […]

The Israeli Solution

Zionism is incompatible with peace. (Tamar Fleishman/PC)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan I tried to explore the long term plans of the ruling elite of Israel regarding the Palestinians. But since no Israeli government ever publicly revealed its long term vision other than maintaining the status quo, I sought to examine their thoughts through one of their surrogates, Caroline Glick. I read her […]

UK Parliament Palestine Motion is Vote of Anger at Israeli Warmongering

May the next motion that passes in UK parliament be a motion for a comprehensive boycott of Israel. (BBC)

By Tariq Shadid The remarkable landslide win for the motion in UK Parliament to recognize the Palestinian state has taken many around the world by surprise. Even though the vote is merely symbolic, since it is a non-binding motion, it is still being viewed widely as a setback for the Israelis. Why is this the […]

Diplomatic Recognition – The Road to Peace

One and only one road to peace with some measure of justice in Israel and Palestine exists.

By John V. Whitbeck On October 12, at a donors’ conference in Cairo, participants pledged US$ 5.4 billion toward the reconstruction of Gaza. However, numerous participants noted that repeatedly paying to reconstruct what had been destroyed – and was likely to be destroyed again – was an insufficient response and that the core problem must […]

IS and the IDF: Canada’s Double Standard

Canada's first IS casualty. (National Post)

By Eric Walberg Why are IDF members tolerated and even lauded in the West while IS fighters are despised and killed? In what sense is the IDF scenario any less reprehensible than the IS one? In recent weeks there has been a spate of articles about western youth flocking to Syria and now Iraq to […]

Islamic State vs Jewish State

By Jamal Kanj I have read or heard countless of analysts in the last few weeks discussing the war on Islamic State (IS). Unquestionably, putting an end to IS is a step in the right direction. But if anyone has the delusion that defeating IS militarily is the answer, I suggest they take a look […]

Israel and the G-word: We Need a Better Word than ‘Occupation’

One day a historian will coin a word to describe Israel’s unique strategy of incrementally destroying the Palestinian people. (MEE)

By Jonathan Cook Israeli officials were caught in a revealing lie late last month as the country celebrated the Jewish New Year. Shortly after declaring the most popular boy’s name in Israel to be “Yosef”, the interior ministry was forced to concede that the top slot was actually filled by “Mohammed”. That small deceit coincided […]

Israeli Perception and Reality

Netanyahu 'doesn't bother to cover the gap between words and bulldozers.' (Wikimedia Commons)

By Jamal Kanj In my last column, I discussed Benjamin Netanyahu’s proclivity to deceive, cheat and lie. During my research, however, I came across an article by Israeli journalist Amira Hass, who had a different take on the issue. In her 2011 article in the Israeli daily Haartz, Hass argued that ‘Netanyahu is less of […]

Dennis Ross’s Recipe for Disaster in the Middle East

Dennis Ross's discourse is replete with contradictions.

By Soumaya Ghannoushi A collective sigh of relief was almost audible across Washington and other western capitals when Abdel Fattah el-Sisi accomplished the mission and successfully staged his blood-drenched military coup. They could all go back to business as usual with the Arabs. No need for the newly devised strategy of containment. No need to […]

Why Must Gaza Wait in the Dark?

A Gaza generation has never known a time that didn’t require candles to be able to study after dark. (Supplied)

By Sam Bahour When I asked my colleague in Gaza about her biggest dream, her answer made an impression on me: “I dream of what life would be like with 24-hour electricity.” This was the answer of a single, mid-career, western educated, professional woman who lives in the more affluent part of Gaza City. Her […]

A Long Walk for Palestinian Freedom

Marcelo’s BDS mission to walk over 300 kms from Sydney to Canberra. (Supplied)

By Vacy Vlazna Palestinian BDS* is a non-violent movement to secure Palestine’s right to independence. Fittingly, in the spirit of Gandhian satyagraha, on the International Day of Non-Violence (2 October), Israeli academic and refusenik, Dr Marcelo Svirsky reached his goal – the Australian Parliament – to hand over petitions signed by Australians asking the government […]

Palestinian-US Relations Head for Stormy Times

Abbas bent before the onslaught of the winds of American rejection. (WH/file)

By Nicola Nasser Washington’s response to the speech that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered at the UN General Assembly last September 26 confirms that the bilateral Palestinian-U.S. relations are heading for stormy times. The U.S., which opposed Abbas’ plan to seek a UN Security Council resolution to end the Israeli occupation within a defined timeframe, […]

Zionist Left Support for Bloody Assaults on Gaza Signifies Its Erasure from Israel’s Political Map

The Left no longer exists as a distinct political and cultural entity. (Activestills.org)

By Tikva Honig-Parnass Introduction The aim of this article is to pinpoint the explicit and implicit support of the Zionist Left intellectuals usually identified with Labor or Meretz for the brutal attacks on Gaza since 2006. This support is a new stage in the Left intellectuals’ loyalty to the state and its oppressive policies against […]

Israel’s False Peace and the ‘Islamist Bogeyma’

Netanyahu and his magicians may believe that waving the wand of 'peace' will conceal Israel's bloody carnage. (APA)

By Iqbal Jassat - Johannesburg What is it about proclamations of “peace” that allows injustice to continue unhindered? Its a question applicable to governments, security institutions, media columnists and pro-Israel lobbies who regularly espouse a passion for “peace in the Holy Land”. While on the surface it appears to be a perfectly normal and laudable aspiration, […]

Netanyahu’s Chutzpa: Lying with a Smile

'Some (lie) only when necessary, some do it often, some, like Netanyahu, do it as a rule.'

By Jamal Kanj I have followed the megalomaniac performance of Benjamin Netanyahu since he was Israel’s representative at the UN in the mid-1980s. I watched with keen interest his debates, and must confess I was taken by his chutzpa. Netanyahu has special abilities to twist facts without blinking an eye: he can lie with a […]

Why Obama Must Bomb ISIS

Obama and Congress are unable to choose diplomacy and humanitarian aid over war with ISIS. (WH)

By Steve Breyman Every national peace group (large and small, new and old, religious and secular) opposes Barack Obama’s war against ISIS in Iraq, and its recent extension to Syria. Their opposition extends to Obama’s Congress-sanctioned arming of “moderate” Syrian rebels (for which legislators found half a billion dollars). The anti-war movement’s antagonism is sturdy […]

Sharmouta: Names Games in Israel

By Hatim Kanaaneh The Name Games are on in Israel. On the eve of the 5775 Jewish New Year the Israeli Population, Immigration and Border Authority announced the winning first name most commonly given to a newborn boy in Israel in the preceding year as Youssef, which is used by both Arabs and Jews. The […]

Israeli Refuseniks: Occupation’s Dark Underbelly Exposed

Soldiers of Unit 8200. (Haaretz)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth A letter signed by 43 veterans of an elite Israeli military intelligence unit declaring their refusal to continue serving the occupation has sent shockwaves through Israeli society. But not in the way the soldiers may have hoped. Unusually, this small group of reservists has gone beyond justifying their act of […]

Gaza: History May Repeat Itself!

Israel demands returning Gaza to Abbas rule to accomplish what it failed to achieve in war. (Via Aljazeera)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan Since the First World War, life of the Palestinians has been routinely impacted by wars, and unfortunately, they were always the losers including the wars that they could have been won. They allowed others to make crucial decisions for them, but most important, they allowed incompetent and factionalized political elites to […]

Gaza’s Incremental Genocide

It is delusional to believe Israel would honor its obligations under the ceasefire agreement.

By Jamal Kanj It goes without saying that Gaza has taught the Israeli military a new lesson: the days of swift Israeli wars are over. While mostly one-sided, Israel has never before fought a war that lasted 50 days. The Palestinians (besieged by brothers and foes) were of no military match to Israel’s most sophisticated […]

Damaging Our Country from Wars of Choice

By Ralph Nader The drums of war are beating once again with the vanguard of U.S. bombers already over Iraq (and soon Syria) to, in President Obama’s words, “degrade and destroy ISIS.” The Republican Party, led by war-at-any-cost Senators Lindsay Graham and John McCain, wants a bigger military buildup which can only mean U.S. soldiers […]

Donors will Fail Gaza again

Any new government that emerges from a national partnership must embrace resistance against the occupation. (Al Jazeera)

By Nicola Nasser On 12 October, Cairo is due to host a conference, sponsored and chaired by Egypt and Norway, of international and Arab donors for the reconstruction of Gaza. This is their ostensible aim. But the reasons that the donors cited for not fulfilling earlier pledges, made in Paris in 2007 and Sharm El-Sheikh […]

Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp

US government says that intervention is once again needed to improve and civilize the nation of Iraq. (Zoriah.net)

By Kathy Kelly In January of 2004 I visited “Bucca Camp,” a U.S.-run POW camp named for a firefighter lost in the 2001 collapse of  New York’s World Trade Center.  Located near the isolated port city of Umm Qasr, in southern Iraq, the network of tent prisons had been constructed by U.S. Coalition authorities. Friends of five […]

US Guilty of War Crimes in Palestine

The US fears that any step to hold Israel accountable for crimes against humanity would ultimately incriminate the US. (WH)

By Sam Bahour The U.S. is not a neutral mediator in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; it is an active participant and is guilty of the crimes being committed by Israel against Palestinians, most recently, the mass killings and destruction Israel wrought on the Gaza Strip during the summer. The reality that the U.S. is an active […]

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