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Archives by Tag 'Gaza'
From Syria to Gaza
DAN GLAZEBROOK
With over 100 now reported killed by Israeli airstrikes, and a further 700 injured, the attack o...
Death in Gaza, Déjà Vu
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
It is a recurring nightmare. The sounds and smells are so familiar; the tension in the air so thick that you can see it like the grit and grime that collects on your clothes and shoes after being outside for only a short while.  In July, sand blows in off the shore whip...
The American Puppet State
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The United States government and a majority of the subjects, especially those members of evangelical churches, grovel at the feet of the Israeli Prime Minister? How is a country a superpower when it lacks the power to determine its own foreign policy in the Middle East?...
In the Business of Killing Civilians
JOSHUA FRANK
While reports slowly spread that President Obama is secretly ...
Israel’s Gaza Calculus
GREGORY HARMS
 The recent violence between Gaza and Israel can be considered in three frames of reference. The first is the immediate context of Israel’s targeted killing of Hamas military commander Ahmed al-Jabari. This action was taken during back-channel negotiations of...
Why Gaza Must Suffer Again
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. A short interview broadcast by CNN late last week featuring two participants – a Palestinian in Gaza and an Israeli within range of the rocket attacks – did not follow the usual script. For once, a media outlet dropped its role as gate...
What is Israel Really Up to in Gaza?
JOHN MEARSHEIMER
In response to a recent upsurge in tit for tat strikes between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, Israel decided to ratchet up the violence even further by assassinating Hamas’s military chief, Ahmad Jabari. Hamas, which had been playing a minor role in these exchange...
Netanyahu’s Gaza Quickie
ROB PRINCE
Unable to – or restrained from – attacking Iran (or getting the United States to do so), Israel had to shoot its military rocks off somewhere else, so it has turned its fire power on Gaza? As in 2008, Netanyahu and Lieberman waited until after the U.S. ...
Israel’s Gaza Attack: Not Defence But Murder of Unarmed Civilians
MAIREAD MAGUIRE
Belfast. It is with the greatest sadness, mixed with frustration, and a sense of helplessness, that many people around the world, myself included, watched on television the horrific scenes of death and destruction perpetrated, yet again, by the latest Isra...
Another Superfluous War
URI AVNERY
How did it start? Stupid question. Conflagrations along the Gaza Strip don’t start. They are just a continuous chain of events, each claimed to be a [or “in”] “retaliation” for the previous one. Action is followed by reaction, which is followed by retalia...
Bloodbath in Gaza
PATRICK HIGGINS
For days now, Israel has been launching aerial attacks on Gaza, resulting in many dead and many injured. The attacks are part of a larger and massively depressing spectacle of a usurping colony forcing a population into a wall-enclosed ghetto and bombing them in the name ...
Israel’s Formula for a Starvation Diet
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Six and a half years go, shortly after Hamas won the Palestinian national elections and took charge of Gaza, a senior Israeli official described Israel’s planned response. “The idea,” he said, “is to put the Palestinians on a diet, but no...
Discovering Rachel Corrie
ELENA CARTER
On March 16, 2003, when Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer, I was thirteen. When I was in middle school, the death of a young woman on the other side of the planet didn’t mean much to me. My parents remember her. My parents’ friend, Peter Bohme...
On Anti-Muslim Films, Cartoons And My Gaza Neighbor
RAMZY BAROUD
A neighbor of mine, of many years ago from a Gaza refugee camp, was a sacrilegious person par excellence. Unemployed like most inhabitants of the camp, he was extremely poor. His family responsibilities were daunting, yet prolonged Israeli military curfews made it impossi...
Salam Fayyad, the World Bank and the Oslo Game
NEVE GORDON
Triggered by gas-price increases, tens of thousands of Palestinian taxi, truck and bus drivers in the West Bank observed a one-day strike, effectively shutting down cities. This, as Al Jazeera ...
Israel’s Growing Isolation
RAMZY BAROUD
Should Israel be worried? Very much so, for the age of total impunity is coming to an end. Critical voices of the Israeli occupation and mistreatment of Palestinians are rising – not only within civil society circles, but among world governments as well. The ...
Thirsting for Justice
KATHY KELLY
At Maryhouse Catholic Worker, in New York City, word arrived, on a hot August day that, due to street construction, the water would be cut off for four hours the following day.  The Catholic Worker community serves scores of guests each day, and the water shortage would ...
Does It Matter What Israelis Do?
SAUL LANDAU
Western leaders met in Paris last week to discuss possible intervention in Syria where almost 10,000 people have died over the last year of internal conflict. The West has never even considered holding such a meeting on Israel’s murderous behavior, however, despite a Ju...
The State of Siege in Gaza
RAMZY BAROUD
On June 14, fifty international organizations marked the fifth anniversary of the Israeli siege on Gaza by calling on Israel to end its blockade of the small, impoverished strip. “For over five years in Gaza, more than 1.6 million people have been under blockade ...
“Take Him Out!”
MATS SVENSSON
Daniel has returned home. He had felt a lump in his stomach even before stepping on the plane in Mumbai. He felt sick when he saw all the young boys and girls checking everyone’s identity at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. Mom, dad, his older sister and younger b...
The World’s Largest Open-Air Gulag
RALPH NADER
Have you heard much lately about the 1.5 million Palestinians illegally imprisoned by the Israeli government in the world’s largest open-air Gulag? Their dire living conditions, worsened by a selective Israeli siege limiting the importation of necessities of life – me...
Two Stray Bullets in Gaza
JOHNNY BARBER
On Sunday it was reported that a young boy had been shot on farmland near the Rafah crossing. The details were unclear. Several colleagues and I traveled to Rafah to find out what happened. After making several inquiries, we entered a Bedouin area several hundred meters n...
Two Days in Gaza
JOHNNY BARBER
Gaza. I have read several accounts over the last few days of how life in Southern Israel has become unbearable for the people living there. In retaliation for the latest provocation by Israel over 200 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel. 11 people wer...
The Fighting in Gaza
URI AVNERY
“What have you learned in school today, my son?” “There was no school today. There is an emergency!” “And what have you learned from that, my son?” ACTUALLY, QUITE a lot. This week’s “round”, as the army likes to call it, foll...
Occupying Palestinian Water
STUART LITTLEWOOD
There are few crimes more despicable than stealing your neighbour’s water, and polluting what’s left, then watching him and his children suffer thirst, disease and ruin. Most of us would want nothing to do with the perpetrators of such evil. British Wat...