The Grubby War Between Trinton and Clump

So who is more repugnant, Trump or Clinton, Trinton or Clump?  (Photo: Face-off, via Daily Mail)

By Jeremy Salt Is Hillary Clinton a nasty person? Yes, probably so, seeing as she meets many of the definitions of ‘nasty.’  Is Hillary Clinton a woman? Yes.  So it seems reasonable to call her a ‘nasty woman’ but when Donald Trump did just that instead of being politically correct and calling her a ‘nasty […]

The War on UNESCO: Al-Aqsa Mosque is Palestinian and East Jerusalem is Illegally Occupied

Israeli soldiers staging another raid against al-Aqsa. (Photo: File)

By Ramzy Baroud Did Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, actually read the full text of the UNESCO resolution on Palestine and Israel, before he raved with anger? “I think this is a mistaken, inconceivable resolution,” he said. “It is not possible to continue with these resolutions at the UN and UNESCO that aim to attack […]

Why Boycott Apartheid Israel: A Response to a Liberal Friend

'Through BDS, we have an historic opportunity to ensure that Palestinian rights are protected.' (Photo:

By Haidar Eid – Gaza I am writing this piece in response to a questions raised by a Western, liberal friend of mine who wanted to “understand” as to why I have been calling for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against apartheid Israel. I live in Gaza which has been under a hermetic Israeli siege for […]

The Anguish and Anger on Gaza’s Walls

'Besieged Childhood,' a mural co-created by Belal Khaled, on a Gaza City tower. (Photo: Abed Zagout, Electronic Intifada)

By Sarah Algherbawi Twenty meters high and 15 meters wide, the mural on a wall of a 12-floor building in Gaza City is unmissable. The artwork, “Besieged Childhood,” has garnered renown for its creators. It depicts a child wearing a keffiyeh scarf, a melancholy expression on her face, her hands wrapped around two bars, like those […]

Israel’s Bogus History Lesson

'This land was always shared, and there will be no peace until it is again.' (Photo: File)

By Jonathan Cook It was presumably intended as an Israeli history lesson to the world. A video posted to social media by Israel’s foreign ministry shows an everyday Jewish couple, Jacob and Rachel, in a home named the “Land of Israel”. A series of knocks on the door brings 3,000 years of interruptions to their […]

Why is the Truth on Syria Difficult to Decipher?

Syrian army checkpoint in Douma, 2012. (Photo: VOA, via Wikimedia)

By Ramzy Baroud “The United States has the power to decree the death of nations,” wrote Stephen Kinzer in the Boston Globe. Kinzer’s article was entitled: “The media are misleading the public on Syria.” In his piece, the scholar at a Brown University Institute contested that his country’s media misinformation on Syria is leading to […]

The Old Israel-Palestine Conflict in the Age of New Media

A students at the IDC Herzliya 'war room' posting material justifying Israel’s attack on Gaza on Facebook. (Photo: Ynet Video grab, via EI)

By Irfan Raja The incessant Israeli atrocities in the occupied territories particularly in the Gaza-strip had reached to its boiling-point on 27th of December 2008. That year’s Christmas brought sad news to both Christians and the Muslims living in the region. The 22-days long unlawful invasion and blockade of Gaza-Strip had left millions in grief […]

Netayahu and UNESCO: Peanut Butter and Jelly – and Ketchup

Netanyahu's 'theater of the absurd.' (Video grab)

By Mahmoud Zidan Like his predecessors, the incumbent Prime Minister of the Israeli colonial state Benjamin Netanyahu never fails to cause a twitch in one’s face. In response to the UNESCO draft resolution that emphasizes the indissoluble connection between Al-Haram Al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) and Islam and criticizes the Israeli belligerent practices in Jerusalem, especially in […]

UNESCO Resolution on Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Death of Shimon Peres – An Interview with Ramzy Baroud

Ramzy Baroud.

‘While the resolution will unlikely alter the nature of the conflict fundamentally, it rejects – legally and morally – all Israeli efforts aimed at denying the rights of Muslims – and Christians – in their city, which they aspire to make their future capital,’ said Ramzy Baroud, the editor of Palestine Chronicle. In an interview […]

John Salisbury Shaking Australia for Palestine

John Salibsury. (Photo: Vacy Vlazna)

By Vacy Vlazna “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi While Australia slept, John Salisbury, a true gentleman activist from Melbourne, rose daily to the moral occasion of walking the tough 300 kilometers from the Sydney Opera House to Canberra, the seat of the Australian parliament. There, on October 11, […]

The Convoluted Discourse: Was The Women’s Boat to Gaza an Existential Threat?

A photo taken prior to the activists' departure to break the Gaza siege.  (Photo: WBG Twitter)

By Ramzy Baroud The Israeli official narrative regarding its conflict with the Palestinians is deliberately confounded because a muddled up discourse is a convenient one. It allows the narrator to pick and choose half-truths at will, in order to create a falsified version of reality. For instance, this is part of what Israeli Prime Minister […]

Israeli Apologists Blinded by ‘Zionist Religion’

Elizabeth May. (Photo: Video grab, CBC)

By Yves Engler Israel apologists often complain about leftists “singling Israel out” or “obsessing” over that country, inferring a motivation of anti-Semitism. Putting aside the obvious truth that “obsessing” over the plight of an oppressed people ought to be considered a compliment and campaigning on any issue amounts to “singling” it out, the accusation often […]

Open letter to President Zuma: Choose Naidoo’s Courage, Not Ngombane’s Racism

Mr. President: Choose Leigh-Anne Naidoo’s courage, bravery and commitment to universal values of equality and humanity. (Photo: TV grab)

Dear Mr President, This is my second open letter to you.  I am a naturalized South African of Palestinian origin. I earned a PhD from the University of Johannesburg and lectured at the-then Vista University in Soweto and University of Johannesburg. The lessons that I learned from your struggle against apartheid are a torch in […]

Stories from Returning Women To Gaza: Struggle to End Illegal Blockade Continues

A photo taken prior to the activists' departure to break the Gaza siege.  (Photo: WBG Twitter)

Following the deportation of the 13 women on board the Zaytouna Oliva Freedom boat to Gaza, The Womens’ Boat to Gaza website published an article conveying its feelings towards these brave women. The article follows hereunder: As we write, the last of our wonderfully brave participants from the Women’s Boat to Gaza are either home […]

No Matter Who Wins US Presidential Election, Palestine Already Lost

US presidential candidates , Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. (Photo: File)

By ISM, Al-Khalil Team – Hebron, Occupied Palestine One week ago, the United States and much of the world turned on their televisions to tune into the 2016 Presidential debate. Advertised as the most anticipated debate in a generation, millions watched as Democrat Hillary Clinton sparred off against Republican Donald Trump on US economics, foreign […]

Shimon Peres, An Israeli Brand without Substance

For Palestinians and Lebanese, Shimon Peres was no hero.

By Ramzy Baroud Former Israeli Prime Minister and President, Shimon Peres, was a very successful brand. He was presented to the world as stately, wise, a relentless advocate of peace, and a sane voice amidst a conflict deemed senseless and unending. Now that he is dead at 93, international media are rife with touching tributes […]

Ban Ki-moon’s Legacy in Palestine: Failure in Words and Deeds

The UN Secretary-general, Ban Ki Moon. (Photo: via UN)

By Ramzy Baroud Ban Ki-moon’s second term as UN secretary-general is ending this December, he was the most ideal man for the job as far as the United States and its allies are concerned. Of course, there will always be other Ban Ki-moons. In fact, the man himself was a modified version of his predecessor, […]

Why I’ll Vote for the Jewish Candidate in US Presidential Election

Stein is the only candidate with the courage to tell Israeli leaders that US taxpayers’ money will be contingent on peace talk.  (Photo: via Social Media)

By Jamal Kanj Let me start off with a confession: I didn’t get it right when I speculated the Republican Party would not nominate Donald Trump for US president. I argued in an earlier column that if they did, the narcissistic Trump would most likely run as an independent candidate. I had posited, or hoped […]

The ‘Devil’s Decade’ – US Heats up Confrontation with Russia

Sergey Lavrov (L), Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs and John Kerry, US Secretary of State. (Photo: UN, file)

By Jeremy Salt The massacre of 106 Syrian soldiers in a US-led air attack brings the Middle East and the world closer to the edge of complete chaos. If Syria can be torn apart, why not your country, or mine? If Syrians can be killed so brutally, and so casually, so dishonestly, so brazenly, so […]

White Australia’s Foreign Affairs Policy – Why Israel is Not China

Hartcher: 'Israeli secret service calculated even if it were caught using forged Australian passports, Canberra would not retaliate..'

By Ali Kazak The recent debate and resignation of Australian federal Senator, Sam Dastyari, from the opposition front bench for accepting $1670 donation from “a Chinese government-linked” company and his adoption of a “pro-China stance on the South China Sea dispute” uncovers an ugly hypocrisy and prejudice of Australian politics, a type of White Australia […]

Fearing the ‘Anti-Semitic’ Label: Canada’s Systemic Anti-Palestinian Media Bias

Pro justice Canadian activists protest Israeli occupation of Palestine. (Photo: via CPA Vancouver)

By Yves Engler Media coverage of world affairs mostly focuses on Ottawa/Washington’s perspective. While the dominant media is blatant in its subservience to Canadian/Western power, even independent media is often afraid to challenge the foreign policy status quo. A recent Canadaland podcast simultaneously highlighted anti-Palestinian media bias and the fear liberal journalists face when discussing […]

Gaza Between the World Bank and Women’s Boats for Gaza

Activist aboard a Woman's Boat for Gaza, aimed at breaking the siege on the enclave.  (Photo:

By Muhsin Abu Ramadan The latest report of the World Bank shed light on the economic crisis in Palestine, resulting from the ongoing occupation, settlements, division, aggression and blockade. These factors combined led to a shrinkage in the economic situation and deepened the funding gap for the Palestinian Authority’s budget of up to 600$ million. […]

Honoring Aylan Kurdi by Ending the War in Syria

A Palestinian artist makes a sand sculpture of Aylan Kurdi in Gaza. (Photo: MEMO)

By Ramzy Baroud  “A photograph, no matter how emotionally wrenching, can only do so much,” wrote Paul Slovic and Nicole Smith Dahmen in The photograph referenced in their comment was that of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose body was washed ashore on some Turkish beach in September 2015. It has been over a year since that tragic photograph […]

Barghouti: Israel Displays Impudence Without Limits

Dr. Mustapha al-Barghouti. (Photo: via File)

By Dr. Mustafa al-Barghouti Every time I accuse the Israeli Prime Minister with impudence, he becomes more impudent. He reached a new level of impudence when he demanded the removal of all settlements, which is considered illegal by all international laws – an ethnic cleansing. Natenyahu’s best technique is to lie and repeat lies in […]

US Aid Deal Gives Green Light to Israel’s Erasure of Palestine

If Obama really wanted to pressure Netanyahu, he would have used the aid agreement as leverage. (Photo: White House)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth The announcement last week by the United States of the largest military aid package in its history – to Israel – was a win for both sides. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu could boast that his lobbying had boosted aid from $3.1 billion to $3.8bn a year – a 22 […]

Palestine: Pass The Nightmare On To Israel

Victims from the Sabra and Shatilla massacre in Lebanon, Sep 1982, carried out by the Israeli army and their allies. (Photo: Reuters, file)

By Iqbal Jassat The month of September carries painful memories for Palestinians. It is marked by revisiting gory details as annual commemoration activities recall horrors of Israel’s brutal and bloody massacres. Without exception, Palestinians as a collective, commemorate tragic events which robbed them of near and dear friends and family members. One of these has […]

Risking Death by Drowning to Escape Gaza Siege

Palestinians hold photos of missing relatives during a Gaza City demonstration. (Photo: Electronic Intifada

By Hamza Abu Eltarabesh Sajed’s family understands why he decided to travel towards Europe. Opportunities are severely restricted in Gaza, which has been under siege and closure since 2007 and has suffered three devastating Israeli military attacks since 2008. “After the long years of siege and three wars, people want to have a way out,” […]

Survivors Recount Sabra-Shatila Massacre

The Sabra and Shatilla massacre was just one of Sharon's terrorist achievements on behalf of the state of Israel. (Photo: File)

By Nour Samaha – Shatila Camp, Lebanon (Three women who lived through the 1982 massacre at Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon remember harrowing killings.) The fighters began at sunset, meticulously working their way through the alleys and homes, bodies riddled with bullets and slashed with machetes left crumpled in their wake. Between September 16-18, 1982, […]

The Native American, the Palestinian: A Spirited Fight for Justice

Native American activists taking a stand in support of Palestinian rights. (Photo:  via Counter Currents)

By Ramzy Baroud Thousands of Native Americans resurrected the fighting spirit of their forefathers as they stood in unprecedented unity to contest an oil company’s desecration of their sacred land in North Dakota. Considering its burdened historical context, this has been one of the most moving events in recent memory. The standoff, involving 5,000-strong Native […]

Israel’s Bogus Civil War

23% of Israeli Jews  have thought of leaving Israel during the past five years. (Photo: File)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth Is Israel on the verge of civil war, as a growing number of Israeli commentators suggest, with its Jewish population deeply riven over the future of the occupation? On one side is a new peace movement, Decision at 50, stuffed with former political and security leaders. Ehud Barak, a previous […]

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  • October 28, 2016

    Israeli Demolishes 166 Palestinian Structures in 2016

    Multiple demolitions of Palestinian properties on Wednesday in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem brought the total for the year to 166, an Israeli NGO has reported. - According to Ir Amim, demolitions by Israeli authorities include 112 residential units. The total number of demolitions in 2015 was 74. - Ir Amim commented that “the pronounced acceleration of demolitions parallels the mounting wave of state-sponsored,... More →
  • October 27, 2016

    B’Tselem Donations Increase Tenfold After Government Attack

    Donations to Israeli NGO B’Tselem have risen tenfold following a public attack on its activities by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. - Last week, B’Tselem executive director, Hagai El-Ad, addressed the United Nations Security Council as part of a special session on Israel’s settlements and military occupation. - Following El-Ad’s speech, Netanyahu lambasted the NGO for joining a “chorus of slander”... More →
  • October 27, 2016

    BDS Activists Urge Chefs to 'Take Apartheid Off the Menu'

    Activists from the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign are urging a group of international chefs to cancel their participation in an Israeli culinary show they say is a “whitewash exercise”. - BDS campaigners will be conducting a twitterstorm today, calling on chefs to pull out of the event using the hashtag #ApartheidRoundTables. - Next month, head chefs of 13 famous restaurants from... More →
  • October 25, 2016

    $1 million Awarded in Dubai to Nablus School for Best Reading Initiatives

    Palestinian high school Talai al-Amal ("Vanguards of Hope" in Arabic), located in the city of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, was awarded $1 million in Dubai on Monday for having the best reading initiatives in the Arab world. - The announcement was made at the closing ceremony of the Arab Reading Challenge, launched in 2015 by United Arab Emirates Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin... More →
  • October 25, 2016

    UNRWA to Distributes $1.7m for Reconstruction of Gaza

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said today that it will distribute more than $1.7 million in aid to support the families who were harmed by the 2014 Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip. - The UN agency said in a press release that it will allocate $951,000 for reconstruction and $759,000 for severe repair works in Gaza. - It added that the assistance will reach... More →

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