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Sailing From Gaza to Break the Blockade
ALESSANDRA BAJEC
A new mission vows to challenge the blockade of Gaza by sea following Freedom Flotilla efforts since 2010, and Free Gaza missions preceding Cast-Lead in 2008. Not a Gaza-bound aid convoy this time. With a crew of Palestinians and international activists on board, G...
Hated in Egypt
RAMZY BAROUD
When I left Gaza for the first time on my own, twenty some years ago, I was warned of a notorious officer who headed Egypt’s State Security Intelligence at the Rafah border. He “hates Palestinians,” I was told. My friends and neighbors in Gaza warned me not t...
Immutable Egypt
NICOLA NASSER
Gaza will remain a matter of national security for Egypt. And regardless of who is in charge in Gaza, Egypt will also remain a strategic asset for Gaza, a lifeline for its people, and a mainstay of its peace and stability. These are the irreversible facts o...
On Hamas, Fatah and the Squandered Years
RAMZY BAROUD
When Hamas and Fatah representatives met in Gaza on June 04, there was little media fanfare. In fact, neither party expected much attention to their ‘unity talks’ aside from the occasional references to ‘national reconciliation’, ‘building bridges’ and the ...
Marching to Jerusalem
SARAH MARUSEK
46 years ago this month, Israel seized East Jerusalem, the home of many significant holy sites for Muslims, Christians and Jews, as well as the proposed capital for any future Palestinian state. Since then, Israel has increasingly undertaken measures, particularly the pla...
Gaza Held Hostage to Egypt’s Turmoil
RAMZY BAROUD
Air of uncertainty is engulfing most matters related to Egypt. Since the Egyptian revolt started over two years ago, the country remains hostage to a barefaced power struggle with many destructive implications that have polarized society in unprecedented ways, perhaps in ...
Alan Hart and What It Takes to Struggle On
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Alan Hart is an author and a journalist. He is the former Middle East Chief Correspondent for Britain’s Independent Television News and a former BBC Panorama presenter whose beat was the Middle East. He has written a number of books, including Arafat: Terrorist or P...
Standing Against Oppression in Palestine
ISMAIL PATEL
Three years ago, I left Britain and flew to Turkey with the intention of joining the Freedom Flotilla bound for the shores of Gaza. Our intention was to break the illegal and immoral siege that was slowly draining the life from the densely populated land. I boarded the Ma...
Gaza: a Lie Agreed Upon
KAREN ENGLISH
In New Guinea there is a word for a truth that everybody knows but nobody speaks: Mokita.  In the official discourse surrounding Palestine—Gaza in particular—politicians, President Obama, and the media speak from a phony script full of false vocabulary, false ...
Diaspora Jews Must Speak Out
SAM BAHOUR
You are born in a country, say the United States. As such, you become a citizen of that country. You are issued a passport from your country of citizenship which allows you to travel to other countries, as a tourist, a foreigner. Of course, you can apply for residency or ...
An Israeli Apology Means Little
ANN WRIGHT
Representatives of IHH, the international humanitarian organization that organized the passengers on the Mavi Marmara in the 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla, have told the author that families of the nine murdered by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) commandos on May 31, 2010, cons...
Obama in the West Bank
RUTH MICHAELSON
Obama’s visit to Israel and the West Bank has been labelled as an opportunity by some. Indeed, it is an opportunity- and it’s likely to be one that will be deliberately skirted by the administration, in a bid to ensure that Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu does a be...
The Corries’ Ten-Year Quest for Justice
TOM WRIGHT and THERESE SALIBA
“Parents can be awakened by their children” –Cindy Corrie, 2003 Commencement address Ten years have now passed since we received ...
Photographing Tragedy
RAMZY BAROUD
When one looks at scenes of fleeing refugees from Syria via images of their squalid refugee camps and hears their pleas for solidarity, mercy or for God’s help to end their suffering, one finds eerie similarities between their experiences and those of the Palestinians, ...
The NYT Does Gaza, Again
STEVE BREYMAN
It’s a news article! It’s a news analysis! It’s an op-ed! The Times’ is at it again in Gaza. Fares Akram’s recent piece about Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s visit to the Strip can’t quite make up its mind about what it is. It’s clear, howeve...
When did India Become Part of Israel’s Stable?
DR. PAUL LARUDEE
Amazing stuff, India ink.  A few drops spread vigorously with a roller for several minutes on an iron plate are enough for eight sets of fingerprints and two sets of handprints on four ancient double-sided and folded Indian police fingerprint forms.  By contrast, the mu...
The Mission of Haneen Zoabi
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Haneen Zoabi is an Arab Israeli member of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset.  She was elected in 2009 as a member from ...
The Deep Wound of Wounded Knee
JOHNNY BARBER
December 29th marks the 122nd anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee. It is a story that remains fresh in the lives of many indigenous peoples across America. Each generation is taught to never forget. In 1891, reviewing the history lea...
Why the Self-Defense Doctrine Doesn’t Legitimize Israel’s Assault on Gaza
JAMES MARC LEAS
Supporting all aspects of the Israeli assault on Gaza in November, President Obama gave Israeli forces a green light, ...
Understanding Hamas at 25
RAMZY BAROUD
“In a moment of high theatre he dropped to his knees, placed his lips on the ground and kissed the land he has commanded by proxy”. This is how Robert Tait of the British Telegraph worded the moment Khaled Meshaal arrived in Gaza on Dec 07. Tait’s report on what man...
Connection to the Land Cannot Not Be Broken
JOSHUA BROLLIER
Gaza City Yesterday in al-Faraheen, Gaza, Israeli Occupation Forces shot and wounded an unarmed 22 year old farmer, Mohammed Qdeih, from behind. Mohamed and nine others went out to their fields in the early afternoon, walking approximately 250 meters from ...
“This is Palestine. I Drew Her Bleeding.”
VIJAY PRASHAD
For Mohammed Ziad Awad Salayma, age 17, killed on his birthday (12-12-12) because, being hard of hearing, he did not understand Israeli soldier Nofar Mizrahi, who shot him at point blank range. There is something hapless about Guy Delisle’s character in ...
Gazan Farmers at Work in Kuzaa
JOSHUA BROLLIER
Today, Gazan farmers from Kuzaa, a small village near Khan Younis, worked on their land in defiance of Israeli military harassment. Farmers ploughed approximately seven dunams and then sewed wheat in a plot that they had previously been denied access to before the Novembe...
Shattered Lives in Gaza
EVA LEWIS and JAMES MARC LEAS
The father of the family, Jamal Mahmoud Yassin al-Dalu, was praying when the missile struck.  It was the afternoon of November 18th, the fifth day of the Israeli attack against Gaza misnamed “Operation Pillar of Defense”. Jamal’s wife, Tahani Hass...
Wrecking Gaza
JAMES MARC LEAS and THERESA McDERMOTT
The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) claims vast military gains from its targeting of hundreds of sites in Gaza, including substanti...
Israel’s Lesson to Palestinians
MEDEA BENJAMIN
Eman El-Hawi, a smart and perky 24-year-old business student from Gaza got teary when she told our delegation about what she witnessed during the eight days that Israel pounded Gaza. “I saw the babies being brought into the hospital, some dead, some wounded. I couldn’...
Doctors and Medics Operate Under Fire and Siege in Gaza
JOSHUA BROLLIER
Gaza City. Dr. Majdi Na’eim worked for eight consecutive days at Al-Shifa Hospital throughout Israel’s “Pillar of Cloud” operation in the Gaza strip.  With hundreds of wounded pouring into the emergency room, there was no time for him and man...
Accelerating the Occupation
BINOY KAMPMARK
This is the answer. Outmanoeuvred in the UN, Israel has huffed and puffed against the house that is the international community and taken the policy of increasing settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank in the corridor of land termed E1 out of cold storage.  The ...
Israel and Gaza, Again
SAUL LANDAU
Again Israel used its superior military force and technology to kill residents of Gaza, and destroy their homes and property while revving up its media war to justify its barbarous behavior. This assault on Gaza follow an old Zionist strategy, outlined by Zionist ideologu...
Justice, Peace and the Israeli State
WILLIAM A. COOK
“As for the rights of Jewish people in this land, I have a simple message for those people gathered in the General Assembly today, no decision by the U.N. can break the 4,000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel.” &#...
We Want It to Stop
KATHY KELLY
Gaza City. On November 15, 2012, day three of the recent eight day bombardment of Gaza, Ahmed Basyouni and his family were watching news of the attacks on TV in their home in the eastern section of Beit Hanoun. He and his wife assured his older children th...
Midnight Thoughts in Gaza
JOHNNY BARBER
Tonight I am confused. I have been in Gaza for five days now and I am having difficulty understanding the 8-day war and the subsequent ceasefire. Let me explain the difficulty I am having. The Israeli Offensive Forces insist they protect civilians in Gaza, only tar...
Refusing to Acquiesce in Gaza
JOSHUA BROLLIER
Gaza City. The past few days have been harrowing, yet still deeply inspiring in Gaza as people in the strip must carry on with their lives after the Israeli army’s deadly 8 day offensive operation “Pillar of Cloud” which ...
Pillars or Pandoras?
MIRIYAM AOURAGH
West Bank. The news is dominated by celebrations for a UN observer state. But it has only been a week since Gaza’s nightmare. The tiny densely populated city that really did experience ‘Pillar of Clouds’ as the Bible ...
A Different War in Gaza
RAMZY BAROUD
In life, some phenomena cannot be explained by ordinary logic or technical language, let alone official discourses. How did Gaza manage to fight back with such ferocity and undying vigor in quelling the latest Israeli war despite years of a bloody siege and one-sided war ...
Despite the United States, Palestine Finally Returns Home
CESAR CHELALA
After an overwhelming vote in her favor (138-9 with 41 abstentions), Palestine has finally returned home.  Sixty-five years after the United Nations General Assembly voted for the partition of Palestine into two states (one Jewish and one Arab), Palestine was granted a n...
Gaza: What Would Lincoln Do?
ROBIN D. G. KELLEY
Most American media have praised President Obama’s handling of the Gaza crisis. It is certainly a relief that Operation Pillar of Defense produced about one-tenth the casualties of Operation Cast Lead four years earlier, though it is small comfort to the 168 Palestinian...
Israel’s War on Palestinian Children
VIJAY PRASHAD
On 18 November, the Israeli armed forces bombed a house and killed the al-Dalou family, all ten members that were present and two neighbors. When the dust and fires settled, it became clear that amongst the dead were five children and five women. Among them was Mohammed J...
What Really Happened in Gaza
NORMAN FINKELSTEIN
The official storyline is that Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense on 14 November, 2012 because, in President Barack Obama’s words, it had “every right to defend itself.” In this instance, Israel was allegedly defending itself against the 800 projecti...
Genocidal Yearnings
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
By the middle of the 19th century the multi-ethnic empire was on its way out as the dominant political paradigm in Europe.  Replacing it was the nation-state, a political form which allowed the concentration of ethnic groups within their own political borders.  This in ...
Perpetual Conflict by Israeli Design
GRAHAM PEEBLES
And so for a moment or two the slaughter of Palestinian civilians and the destruction in Gaza City has ceased; the oppression, intimidation and terror throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories though continues unabated. The ‘Pillar...
Where’s the Accountability for Israeli War Crimes?
AUDREY BOMSE and JAMES MARC LEAS
Gaza City. The Palestinian Authority would be “traitors” if they agreed to a condition the UK is seeking to impose in exchange for agreeing to  support Palestine upgrading its membership in the UN. So said Raji Sourani, Director of the ...
To Appease the Gods, Human Sacrifices Must Be Offered
RAOUF J. HALABY
Ancient pagan cultures practiced the ritualistic killing of humans for a number reasons: appeasement; retribution; expiation for guilt, an entreat for military victory over an enemy; a seasonal invocation for spring planting or fal...
Gaza: Same Time, Same Place
RAMZY BAROUD
Many key phrases have been presented to explain Israel’s latest military onslaught against Gaza, which left scores dead and wounded. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is flexing his muscles in preparation for the Israeli general elections in January, suggested s...
Weaponizing Trauma
NICOLA PERUGINI
The recent operation “Pillar of Defence” coincided with a widespread use of social media by the Israeli army. A military tweet sent by the army spokesperson’s account on November 18 reads: “‘Harmless’ rockets? Staggering number of kid...
The Politics of the Exodus Myth
WILLIAM A. COOK
“I will send my fear before thee, and will destroy all the people to whom thou shalt come, and I will make all thine enemies turn their backs unto thee.” — Exodus 23:27 During this interlude in Israel’s second unprovoked ...
Why Israel Desires to be Hated by Palestinians
OREN BEN-DOR
Yet another massacre is unfolding in Gaza, the largest prison in the world.  We are surrounded by familiar chatter: ‘Israel’s right to defend itself’; ‘Palestinians’ legitimate resistance to (the 1967) occupation’; ‘who started it this time?’ Most insidio...
The American Role in Israel’s Gaza Rampage
SHAMUS COOKE
As Obama tours Southeast Asia to strengthen his alliances against China, Gazans are being killed and maimed by the hundreds, with the possibility of an incredibly bloody Israeli invasion. The United States still wields tremendous power internationally; its actions and in...
The Limits of Israeli Belligerence
DINA JADALLAH
The war on Gaza combines the characteristic drastic brutality towards Palestinians and Arabs that Israel periodically demonstrates with the lack of effectiveness in achieving its stated goals that those who follow and support the resistance have come to expect (especially...