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Stopping the Temporal and Spatial Division of Al-Aqsa

There are still people stationed in Al-Aqsa and they will not allow the Zionists to implement their plans. (File)

By Dr. Mousa Abu-Marzouk  The Israeli occupation has closed the doors to Al-Aqsa Mosque from 7.30am to 11.30am, during which they prevent worshippers from entering the mosque. This is being carried out in light of Arab silence and Palestinian preoccupation with projects that only deepen the divide; projects that separate us, not unite us. The […]

Palestine’s Crisis of Leadership: Did Abbas Destroy Palestinian Democracy?

'Abbas’ agenda is entirely personal, entirely elitist and entirely corrupt.'

By Ramzy Baroud The crisis of leadership throughout Palestinian history did not start with Mahmoud Abbas and will, regrettably, be unlikely to end with his departure. Although Abbas has, perhaps, done more damage to the credibility of the Palestinian leadership than any other leader in the past, he is also a by-product of a process […]

The Latest Attack on Jeremy Corbyn is Only Half the Story

Jeremy Corbyn.

By Ben White This morning, The Jewish Chronicle published a story with the headline ‘Jeremy Corbyn campaigned for Israeli embassy car bombing pair’, stating that the Labour leadership candidate had been “a leading activist in the campaign for the release of two people who were jailed for their involvement in the bombing of a Jewish […]

The PLO, the Enemy Within

50 years after it was launched, the PLO has travelled a road from rejection and war to acceptance and collaboration. (WAFA/file)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan The Palestinians, who are allowed by Israel to live in the occupied lands’ towns and villages, are in peril! They are devastated and humiliated at checkpoints, house arrests, and in violent dispersal of their peaceful demonstrations. The Palestinians are traumatized every day when the Israelis break into their homes and drag […]

Signs of Regression: Canada’s NDP and Palestine

NDP leader, Tom Mulcair.

By Dan Freeman-Maloy A friend recently expressed his confusion about the outrage over the death of Ali Dawabsheh, the 18-month-old Palestinian toddler who was killed last month when Jewish settlers firebombed his home in the occupied West Bank. (The child’s father was also badly burned in the attack, and eight days later died from his […]

Renewing the PLO’s Legitimacy

Has the PA president actually resigned or not?

By Dr. Hani al-Masri Has the Palestinian president — and the rest of the PLO executive committee members who announced their resignation — actually resigned or not? Saeb Erekat denied that he has (perhaps to justify his appointment as the new head of the committee) despite the fact that Ghassan Shakaa and a number of […]

The Latest Failure of the American Jewish Establishment

By Peter Beinhart What imprint will the fight over the Iran deal leave on organized American Jewish life? Much is still not clear. But this much is: If you thought young American Jews were alienated from their communal elders before, just wait. Older American Jews are closely split on the Iran nuclear agreement. Younger American […]

Is Israel Defenseless?

The Qalandiya military tower, occupied West Bank. (Tamar Fleishman, PC)

By Iqbal Jassat “Israel is technically defenseless and humiliated” claims Gordon Duff, senior editor of Veterans Today. Duff, a US Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War, writes that it is not conjecture and while not a positive prospect for peace, is entirely the result of Netanyahu’s scheming. He also blames Israel’s rightwing leader for […]

Israel Unleashes Its Diplomatic Thug on the UN

Danny Danon. (Via Flickr and Al Bawaba)

By Jonathan Cook  – Nazareth The appointment by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu of one of his most hawkish and outspoken rivals as Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations has prompted widespread consternation. As one Israeli analyst noted last week, Danny Danon’s appointment amounts to a “cruel joke” on the international community. The new […]

Why Congress Must Support the Nuclear Agreement With Iran

There is a moment of truth for the relationship between the United States and Israel.  (Via Aljazeera)

(Prefatory Note: this post republishes an article appearing in the Huffinton Post on Aug. 21, 2015. It is jointly written with Akbar Ganji, an important human rights defender who spent several years for his efforts in an Iranian jail. Ganji is a leading commentator on Iranian affairs and world issues, and recipient of an International […]

The Illusion of a Rift in the Obama-Netanyahu Relationship

Israeli prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and US president, Barack Obama. (WH/file)

By Dr. Fayez Rasheed  Some of our Palestinian and Arab politicians and writers are counting on a desert mirage. They think it is water, but when they approach it, they find that it is something else. This mirage is the rift in the relationship between Netanyahu and Obama. Their evidence of this is weak, i.e. […]

Is There an Ideology of Bushism?

The Bush family in the Red Room of the White House - January 2005. (Wikimedia Commons)

By Eric Walberg Until recently, Bushism referred only to George W Bush’s infamous malaproprisms, such as “they misunderestimated me”, “make the pie higher”. As Americans gear up for the 2016 presidential elections, it is coming to mean something completely different. Two dynasties are competing for the presidency. Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush will most likely […]

‘The Iranian Threat': Who Is the Gravest Danger to World Peace?

Israel,'s weapons programs have been abetted by the US. It refuses to sign the Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).

By Noam Chomsky Throughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five veto-holding members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany. Most of the world apparently shares the assessment of the U.S. Arms Control Association that “the Joint Comprehensive Plan […]

Latin America and Palestine Have Shared Interests, So Let’s Build on Them

There may though be lessons for the Palestinians and their supporters to learn from the Latin American experience. (File)

By Daud Abdullah This weekend, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) will be hosting an international conference on Palestine and Latin America around the theme “Building solidarity for the 21st century.” Though not the first of its kind, this event is convened at an important juncture in the history of the people of both regions, emphasising a common […]

An Open Letter to: Secretary of State John Kerry and Attorney General Loretta Lynch

ben_gurion_airport

By James Zogby No American citizen should be subjected to the treatment that George Khoury and Habib Joudeh received when they arrived at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel last month. George is a 70 year old Palestinian American from San Francisco. Habib, 62, from Brooklyn, is also an American citizen of Palestinian descent. During the […]

The Nuclear Challenge: 70 Years After Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Sanctions and war threats directed at Iran, silence and denial conferred on Israel.

By Richard Falk [Prefatory Note: I have been preoccupied for many years with the multiple challenges posed by nuclear weapons, initially from the perspective of international law and morality, later with regard to prudence diplomacy and political survival in international relations, and in all instances, with an eye favoring deep denuclearization associated in my mind […]

Even if Blair is Not Befriending Hamas, Look for a New Beginning

Blair enjoys the trust and confidence of the Israeli establishment. (Via Aljazeera/file)

By Dr. Daud Abdullah Do Tony Blair’s shuttle visits to Doha for meetings with the leadership of the Islamic Resistance Movement — Hamas — mean that he is about to befriend the Palestinian group? The short answer is no, with a capital “N”. They must not for one moment be interpreted as a change of […]

Brushing Your Teeth with White Phosphorus?

Blood in a classroom, after Israel attacked a UN school in Gaza during the 2008-09 war on the Strip. (UNRWA/file)

By Vacy Vlazna One year ago, on 15 August – 40 days into Israel’s 51 day monstrous assault on Gaza that was clocking up 1800 innocent Palestinian deaths – Adrian Orr, the CEO of the New Zealand Superfund (NZSF) took a cheap shot, a morally cheap low shot, at concerned young protesters who chained themselves […]

Palestine: One State for All or a Final Zionist Ethnic Cleansing?

Why did the Security Council surrender to Zionism?

By Alan Hart The headline over a recent article in The Times of Israel by the paper’s Middle East analyst, Avi Issacharoff, was The end of the two-state solution. And the strapline (secondary headline) underneath that was a quote from the body of his article. “It’s time to say it out loud: The Israeli right […]

Will There Be a Far-right Coup in Israel?

It is clear that the political, social, and religious environment in Israel nurtures terrorist organisations.

By Saleh Al-Naami – (Translated) The Shin Bet has recently given the impression that a large rebel movement is on the verge of a revolt against the governing system in Tel Aviv. All that’s left is for these “rebels” to release their first statement on one of the television stations that they control. Israeli and many […]

Wartime Journalism: Mohammed Omer on Gaza

Mohammed Omer.

By Richard Falk I visited North Vietnam in 1968, and had meetings with its leaders in the midst of the ongoing war, which resulted in receiving the outlines of a proposal for ending the conflict on a basis more favorable to the United States than what was finally negotiated by Henry Kissinger seven years and […]

What If Bibi Wins?

if Netanyahu 'wins', Obama just might finally do the right and decent thing for Palestine.

By John V. Whitbeck The choice facing members of the U.S. Congress in September’s “disapproval” votes could scarcely be clearer and has nothing to do with the merits of the international agreement reached on July 14 with respect to Iran’s nuclear program.Whether one believes that there was a genuine risk of Iran attacking Israel with […]

The Middle East: Between Arab Dictators and Zionist Racist Colonialism

The Palestinian people are betrayed by the international community and especially by the Arab authoritarian regimes. (Shafiq Morton, PC)

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan Since the 1970s and beyond, when democratic ideas and institutions spread, power has been exercised on behalf of the people in most of the world’s nations. Democratization came about through actions initiated by the elite reformers, by the demands of political activists to adapt foreign models to solve local problems, and […]

The Hilltop: A ‘Comic’ Zionist Lie

The Hilltop promotes zionism.

By Vacy Vlazna “To be honest, you know all Israelis are settlers, you know all of Israel is occupied Palestine and every single Israeli city is a settlement.” — Israeli dissident, Miko Peled The day after the savage firebomb murder by zionist settlers of Palestinian toddler Ali Dawabshe, 18 months, and while his young parents, […]

Who Burnt Ali Dawabsha to Death?

Relatives mourn the death of 18-month-old Ali Dawabshe, after he was killed in an arson attack by Jewish settlers. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

By Abdul Sattar Qassem  Hardly a day goes by without a Palestinian being killed by Israelis. Sometimes, they are killed by the occupation army and on other occasions they are killed by extremist Jewish settlers. Palestinians are being killed outside the context of confrontations, throwing stones and shooting bullets. It is fairly obvious from the […]

‘Israel Has Not Changed for the Worse, It’s Always Been Bad’

Avigail Abarbanel. (Youtube)

By Alan Hart The quote above is from a Mondoweiss article by Avigail Abarbanel with the headline It’s time for American Jews to recognize that they have been duped (by Zionism). Who is Avigail Abarbanel? This very courageous Jewish lady who now lives in Scotland is a psychotherapist (which means that she treats psychological disorders). […]

Pondering Jonathan Pollard’s Release

Pollard seems more like an unstable and rogue opportunist than a self-sacrificing idealist.

By Richard Falk No more confusing mind games are played by sovereign states than in the context of ‘espionage,’ ‘treason,’ and the work of the professional spy. All important governments seek secret knowledge of what other governments and their leaders are doing and planning, and it matters little whether these governments are allies or adversaries, […]

Jewish Terror in Palestine

Ali Saad Dawabsha, one-and-a-half years old burned alive by Jewish settlers.

By Rashid Shahin Under what heading can we put the burning of a Palestinian infant? Why are the Jewish settlers acting with such venomous fury against Palestinian citizens in recent years? In fact, the burning of Ali Saad Dawabshah aged 18 months near Nablus can’t be seen as an isolated crime committed by Jewish settlers […]

UNRWA Cuts are a Violation of Human Rights

Palestinain refugees from Syria. (IRIN)

By Ali Huwaidi The last thing one would think of is that the reduction of services provided by an agency established by the UN would constitute a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, all 30 articles of which were adopted by the organisation on 10 December, 1948. Indeed, no one would have thought […]

Alliance Blackmail: Israel’s Opposition to the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (FARS)

By Richard Falk The Vienna Agreement [formally labeled by diplospeak as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)] reached by the P5 + 1 on July 14, 2015 has been aptly hailed as a political breakthrough, not only because it calms regional worries about Iran’s nuclear program, but more so because it has the potential […]

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  • September 2, 2015

    'Zero Tolerance for Terror': Israeli PM Considers Allowing Police to Shoot Stone-throwers

    Israeli police and the IDF might be given the right to open fire on Palestinians who throw stones and Molotov cocktails. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also announced deployment of additional police to Jerusalem, the West Bank, and on a key highway. - Netanyahu called an emergency high-level security meeting on Wednesday to discuss the recent spike of “terror incidents” taking place within Jerusalem and... More →
  • September 1, 2015

    Christian Schools Shut in Israel to Protest Budget Cuts

    The beginning of a new academic year has been put off for nearly 50 Christian schools in Israel. Almost 33,000 pupils, mostly Palestinians, have had to stay at home due to a funding dispute with Jewish authorities. - 47 schools, run by the Roman Catholic Church stayed closed on the first official day of the school year, Tuesday, in Israel and East Jerusalem, in protest against the Jewish state's new education funding... More →
  • September 1, 2015

    The Latest Attack on Jeremy Corbyn is Only Half the Story

    By Ben White - This morning, The Jewish Chronicle published a story with the headline ‘Jeremy Corbyn campaigned for Israeli embassy car bombing pair’, stating that the Labour leadership candidate had been “a leading activist in the campaign for the release of two people who were jailed for their involvement in the bombing of a Jewish charity building and the Israeli embassy in London.” - The two people in... More →
  • August 31, 2015

    Israeli Soldier Injured During Gunfight in Jenin Arrest Raid

    A gun battle erupted late Monday during a large-scale Israeli arrest raid in the northern city of Jenin, reportedly to arrest a senior Islamic Jihad official, security sources and locals said. - Palestinian security officials said over 40 Israeli military vehicles raided Jenin and the refugee camp in the city, leading to violent clashes with youths. - The target of the arrest was reportedly Bassem al-Saadi, a senior... More →
  • August 31, 2015

    Luxembourg's Leading Food Retailer to Stop Marketing Israeli Products

    The largest grocery store chain in Luxembourg, Cactus, has decided to stop marketing fruit and vegetables imported from Israel until verifying that they not from Israeli settlements built on Palestinian occupied territories. - Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper said on Sunday that Luxembourg’s leading food retailer had bowed to pro-Palestinian pressure, specifically from the organisation Just Peace in the Middle... More →
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