Commentary

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 […]

Jewish State and Islamic State, Like Breeds Like

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

By Ali Kazak Sixty-six years after the establishment of the “Jewish State” in the Middle East, the world is witnessing the establishment of an “Islamic State” with many similarities. Both states were established by extreme ideologies exploiting religion, both were accomplished by mainly foreign elements to the region and by terrorism, brutal atrocities, horrifying massacres […]

Palestinian Reconciliation at Crossroads

The specter of discord once again hovers over Palestinian unity. (Via Aljazeera)

By Nicola Nasser President Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah movement, which he commands, have unleashed a media campaign against Hamas and the resistance. If pressure from the Palestinian public fails to stop the campaign, Abbas may achieve politically what Israel failed to achieve militarily: forcing the Palestinian presidency to choose “peace with Israel” over national […]

Now Through the Front Door into Syria

Accidentally or by design or as a mixture of both, the US and its friends created IS.

By Jeremy Salt So finally the US gets what it wants, a war on Syria. Or should it be a war in Syria? Either way, another US-led attack that violates international law and, without the consent of Congress, probably domestic law as well. Syria has warned the US against this step, just as it warned […]

Islamic State and the American Way of War: The New Enemy Creation Process

Obama will reportedly 'declare war' on the Islamic State on September 10.

By Steve Breyman What better gift for the War On Terror-Industrial-Complex (WOTIC) than the rapid rise and initial success of the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS? A patchwork of brutal know-nothing thugs, IS militants can’t wait to impose a twisted version of “Shariah” on their unwilling victims, and to terrorize actual and potential opponents […]

ISIS and Israel Allies against a Palestinian State

Alleged ISIS Syrian Rebels Burn Palestinian Flag in Aleppo (YouTube)

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth An image speaks a thousand words – and that is presumably what Israel’s supporters hoped for with their latest ad in the New York Times. Two photographs are presented side by side. One, titled ISIS, is the now-iconic image of a kneeling James Foley, guarded by a black-hooded executioner, awaiting […]

Why Israel is Not Interested in Peace

How can any side deal with the unwilling Israeli government?

By Mahmoud Yamak When I was writing an op-ed piece titled “Israel’s War on Palestinian Children” for the Turkish Daily Sabah, I had stated that “Hamas has repeatedly and unequivocally denied any involvement in the murders [of the three Israelis in West Bank in early July]. This was not a “state sponsored crime.” At the […]

Israel’s Barmy Behavior

Israel’s colonization of the occupied territories is not about security; it’s ideological. (Tamar Fleishman)

By Issa Khalaf Israel’s recurring, furiously gratuitous wars on the Palestinian people—for example, from 1982 Lebanon to 2014 Gaza—is profoundly wrong on every level, committed with self-destructive defiance and confounding attempts at rational political analysis. In addition to its numerous Gaza attacks from 2006 on, it had launched military operations in the West Bank four […]

Solidarity Should be More than Just Empty Words

Solidarity with the Palestinian people amongst common people it is becoming an increasing phenomenon. (Sabine Utabia)

By Richard Lightbown One could be forgiven for forgetting that 2014 had been voted International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People by the UN General Assembly. With typical contempt for everything connected with the UN, the state of Israel and the vast majority of its people have endeavoured to see that 2014 was probably […]

An Islamic Aberration

By Jamal Kanj Animals: was my instinctual response to photos of Syrian soldiers being executed by members of the so-called Islamic State (IS). The same gut feelings two days earlier to the news of the killing of American journalist James Foley in cold blood. My heart goes to Shirley Sotloff, the mother of journalist Steven […]

Israelis, Stop Swimming in Our Shit

Israelis, please inform your kids not to swallow the seawater. (Supplied)

A new report by Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network, details the damage that consecutive Israeli military assaults have caused to Gaza’s water systems, whereby 95 percent of the water consumed in the Strip for decades has been unfit for human consumption.  By Sam Bahour Palestinians in Gaza are starting to awake from the shell-shock of Israel’s 51-day Ramadan Massacre […]

What the Palestinians ‘Need to Understand’

Bonr in Poland, Zeev Sternhell is an Israeli academic who describes himself as a ‘super Zionist’.

By Jeremy Salt Zeev Sternhell is an Israeli academic who describes himself as a ‘super Zionist’ but still argues strongly for a two-state settlement with the Palestinians. In a recent interview with Gidi Weitz of Ha’aretz he argued that if one state ever arose between the Mediterranean and the Jordan river, ‘there will either be […]

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 […]

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