The Anzac-Palestine Connection

By Sonja Karkar “ANZACS BACK AGAIN” was the front-page headline of Jerusalem’s Palestine Post on 13 February 1940. The ANZAC reputation for courage and daring was legendary after their victory at Beersheba in 1917. That was the Palestine Campaign that saw the celebrated charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade on the unsuspecting Turks. It was a battle that turned the tide […]

Nick Cave Urged to Cancel Tel Aviv Shows by Roger Waters, Angela Davis, Thurston Moore

By Artists for Palestine, UK Musicians Roger Waters, Thurston Moore and Tunde Adebimpe, poet Michael Rosen, philosopher Judith Butler and political activist Angela Davis are among many high profile figures who have called on Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to cancel their concerts in Tel Aviv on November 19 and 20 this year. An open letter also signed […]

Israel Reports Plans to Demolish 5 Buildings, 138 Apartments in Palestinian Town

Israel’s Jerusalem Municipality is reportedly planning to demolish five buildings in the Palestinian Jerusalem-area town of Kafr Aqab, according to a Saturday report from Israeli news daily Haaretz. Haaretz reported that the five buildings hold a total of 138 apartments, 20 of which are occupied, and the rest of which have been sold to Palestinian […]

Lord Balfour’s Letter Was 1917’s ‘Fake News’

By James M. Wall Thursday, November 2, will be the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. To commemorate that event, the current British Prime Minister Teresa May, will attend a London dinner party at the home of Lord Rothschild, heir to the recipient of the infamous letter from Arthur James Balfour, Britain’s then Foreign Secretary. […]

Israel to Vote on ‘Greater Jerusalem Bill’, Annexing Illegal West Bank Settlements

Israeli ministers are expected vote next week on the so-called “Greater Jerusalem bill” which would annex 19 illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank to Israel’s municipal boundaries for Jerusalem, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threw his support behind the bill earlier this month, which would reportedly allow the […]

The Canada-Israel Nexus – Book Review

Reviewed by Jim Miles  (The Canada-Israel Nexus.  Eric Walberg.  Clarity Press, Atlanta, Georgia.  2017.) For a complex and critical examination of the relationship between Canada, Israel, Judaism, and Zionism, Eric Walberg’s new work The Canada-Israel Nexus provides a challenging perspective. It is challenging in several ways.  Primarily, the most important ideas are the critical lines […]

Rights Groups Accuse Israel of Abusing Detained Palestinian Minors

A new report accuses Israel of “systematic abuse” of young Palestinians arrested after attending protests in occupied East Jerusalem. The report by Israeli rights groups B’Tselem and HaMoked, it says Israel is ignoring special laws to protect the rights of the detained minors and teenagers. The report, titled Unprotected: The detention of Palestinian Teenagers in […]

UN to Blacklist 190 Companies Doing Business in Occupied Palestine

Some of the biggest companies in the world, including Hewlett Packard, Motorola and Caterpillar are facing the prospect of being included on a UN blacklist of companies that violate international law for doing business in occupied Palestinian territories. Up to 190 companies (130 Israeli and 60 international) could find themselves on the UN blacklist after […]

Jeremy Corbyn Snubs Balfour Celebration

Palestinians in the UK have welcomed Jeremy Corbyn’s decision not to attend events organized by a pro-Israel group celebrating the Balfour Declaration centenary. A long-term critic of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land, the leader of the opposition Labor Party has not yet explained his reasons for not attending “About Balfour 100” – a series of […]

Who Wrote the Balfour Declaration and Why: The World War I Connection

By Alison Weir Most analysts consider WWI a pointless conflict that resulted from diplomatic entanglements rather than some travesty of justice or aggression. Yet, it was catastrophic to a generation of Europeans, killing 14 million people. The United States joined this unnecessary war a few years into the hostilities, costing many American lives, even though […]

Palestinian Engineers Create Phone App Detecting Breast Cancer

Palestinian doctors and engineers claim to have developed an app that would allow women to detect early signs of breast cancer by simply snapping a picture on their phones. Al-Quds University released a statement saying that Dr. Zaidoun Salah and engineer Yazid Al Badarin invented the app, which is still in its developmental phases. The […]

VIDEO: ‘Time to Reclaim Our Historical Narrative’ – Ramzy Baroud

‘Time to reclaim our historical narrative.’ THE LAST EARTH: A PALESTINIAN STORY Noam Chomsky: ‘In the finest tradition of people’s history, these sensitive, painful and evocative pieces provide a human face to the painful saga of Palestinian torment and the remarkable courage and resilience of the victims.’ Pre-Order the book: Amazon: Amazon UK: […]

Iran Sentences ‘Mossad Spy’ to Death over Assassinations of Nuclear Scientists

An accused spy for Israel’s Mossad intelligence service has been sentenced to death in Iran after he was found guilty of being involved in a string of assassinations of Iran’s nuclear scientists, according to prosecutors in Tehran. “One of the crimes of the convict has been disclosing the address and some details of 30 important […]

Hamas and Fatah Must Transform to Speak on behalf of Palestinians

By Ramzy Baroud The reconciliation agreement signed between rival Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, in Cairo on October 12 was not a national unity accord – at least, not yet. For the latter to be achieved, the agreement would have to make the interests of the Palestinian people a priority, above factional agendas. The leadership […]

Arthur James Balfour’s Ambivalent Philo-semitism

By Jeremy Salt Even his contemporaries had trouble working out Arthur James Balfour. Aloof, privileged, extremely wealthy, the product of Eton and Cambridge, he clearly liked power and being at the center of things, without liking the boring detail of hard work.  He once said that ‘enthusiasm moves the world’, without showing many signs himself […]

Ex-Saudi Minster Defends Meeting with Israel Officials

Prince Turki Al-Faisal, a former Saudi intelligence chief, has defended his frequent and public meetings with senior Israeli officials at an event in a New York synagogue yesterday, according to Al Jazeera. Speaking alongside a former director of Mossad, Efraim Halevy, Al-Faisal thanked the Israel Policy Forum for hosting him and expressed hope that it […]

If White National Fund Sounds Racist, So Should Jewish National Fund

By Yves Engler Imagine if there were an organization called the White National Fund that raised tens of millions of dollars each year from Canadians to buy land in the US to be held exclusively for people of European descent. WNF land couldn’t be leased or sold to anyone who they didn’t consider “white”. Would […]

Ugly Truths Behind Balfour and Beersheba

By Jeremy Salt Within a month two events will be celebrated that have a left a deep imprint on the ‘western’ consciousness.  The most significant is the Balfour Declaration, a piece of paper whose destructive consequences the people of the Middle East have had to live with every day since it was signed in November, […]

Grants to Israeli Settlements Could Breach UK Law, Charity Commission Warns

The Charity Commission has warned that making grants to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) could potentially constitute a breach of the Geneva Conventions Act of 1957, in a significant hardening of the Commission’s approach to the issue. It is understood to be the first time that the Charity Commission has specifically cited […]

Hurricane Harvey Victims Told: Boycott Israel and You Won’t Get Aid Donations

Residents in a Houston suburb will not receive funds donated for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts if they support boycotting Israel, according to a funding application form issued in the wake of the devastating storm. The city of Dickinson, Texas, told individuals and businesses on Monday that they are now accepting applications for “grants from the […]

Justice Minister Shaked Changing Israel Court’s Ruling on Settlements

Minister of Justice, Ayelet Shaked, appointed an external adviser for settlement cases presented to the Supreme Court in order to dictate the state attorney’s positions and what it should say in court, making the court’s positions on settlements “different to what they had been in the past”. According to an article published this morning by […]

Decertification: Trump Shares Netanyahu’s Bellicose Thunder

By Iqbal Jassat Israel’s antagonism and hostility towards Iran is no secret. No current or previous leader of the settler colonial regime has ever shied away from proclaiming belligerent policies which does not exclude plotting regime change in Tehran. Netanyahu is neither the first nor will be the last Zionist to peddle lies and fabricate […]

Israel Advances More than 2,000 Settlement Housing Units in One Week

The Israeli Civil Administration’s High Planning Committee convened on Tuesday and Thursday, and advanced plans for 2,615 housing units in illegal Israeli settlements across the occupied West Bank, according to settlement watchdog Peace Now. Peace Now released a statement on Thursday detailing the committee’s decisions, saying that over the course of two days of meetings, […]

The Truth behind Trump’s Angry Diplomacy in North Korea

By Ramzy Baroud To understand the United States’ stratagem in the Pacific, and against North Korea in particular, one has to understand the fundamental changes that are under way in that region. China’s clout as an Asian superpower and as a global economic powerhouse has been growing at a rapid speed. The US’ belated ‘pivot […]

The Real Reasons Trump is Quitting UNESCO

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth At first glance, the decision last week by the Trump administration, followed immediately by Israel, to quit the United Nation’s cultural agency seems strange. Why penalize a body that promotes clean water, literacy, heritage preservation and women’s rights? Washington’s claim that the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is […]

Dalal Mughrabi and the Shattered Glass Houses of Zionist Pawns

By Vacy Vlazna “People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.” — Proverb Western governments that have servilely abrogated to a foreign power, i.e. Israel, their responsibilities to uphold international law can no longer claim national sovereignty nor a moral high-ground. These states have become bystanders to Israeli war crimes and genocide and […]

Wrongful Rhetoric and Trump’s Strategy on Iran

By Kathy Kelly Mordechai Vanunu was imprisoned in Israel for eighteen years because he blew the whistle on Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program. He felt he had “an obligation to tell the people of Israel what was going on behind their backs” at a supposed nuclear research facility which was actually producing plutonium for nuclear […]

Israeli Apartheid in Hebron Unprecedented, Says UN Organization

Israeli occupation authorities have intensified the restrictions imposed on Palestinian residents of Hebron, according to an update by UN OCHA. A new fence installed by Israeli occupation forces around two Palestinian neighbourhoods in the so-called “H2” area of the city, As Salaymeh and Gheith, has further separated up to 1,800 Palestinians from the rest of […]

US Rights Group Welcomes ACLU Lawsuit Challenging Anti-BDS Law

The US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR) welcomed on Wednesday a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenging an anti-boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) law in the state of Kansas for its violation of the First Amendment. The Kansas law punishes individuals for supporting Palestinian rights through BDS campaigns against Israel and […]

US Announces Withdrawal From UNESCO Citing ‘Anti-Israel Bias’

The US State Department has confirmed this afternoon that it will be withdrawing from UNESCO as of December and will establish an observer mission at the Paris-based organization to replace its representation. “This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, […]

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