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Archives by Tag 'Gaza'
A Peaceful Blitzkreig and Israeli Counterattacks
ERIC WALBERG
The Third Annual BDS Conference opened 17 December at Hebron’s Children’s Happiness Centre, “to expand Palestinian civil society’s active implementation of BDS that is deeply rooted in the Palestinian struggle.” European BNC coordinator Michael Deas affirmed, ...
Three Years After the Bombs Fell on Gaza
AHMAD BARQAWI
Amman. It’s exactly three years ago that the ins and outs of the overpopulated strip were sealed off by the Israeli military just as tightly as the entire “International Community” shut its eyes and ambivalently turned its back on a horrifying massac...
The Seizure of the Gaza Boats
RAMZY BAROUD
Another mission accomplished, or so it seems. Israeli navy ships have managed to thwart yet another civil society ‘provocation’ (as described by a spokesman for the Israel Embassy in Dublin, Irish Times, November 4). Thus the 27 activists from nine countries ab...
Freedom Waves Campaigners Abused and Imprisoned
BEN LORBER
West Bank. In the immediate aftermath of the illegal capture of the Freedom Waves flotillas, Israel’s public image has been tarnished, as reports of violence at sea surface to counteract its claims of a peaceful takeover, and as human rights cyber-resist...
Jailed for Sailing to Gaza
MEDEA BENJAMIN and ROBERT NAIMAN
Two boats full of courageous passengers were on their way to Gaza when they were intercepted on Friday, November 4, by the Israeli military in international waters. We call the passengers courageous because they sailed from Turkey on November 2 with the knowledge that at ...
From One Prison to Another
CLIVE HAMBIGE
Does Israel really care for its returned son, or was he used as a political pawn? As a young soldier returns home to assuage the “righteous indignation” of a nation state, no longer “sensitive [even] to its image of democracy”, one can only agonise...
Talking With Alice Walker on Palestine
DENNIS BERNSTEIN
Alice Walker is Pulitzer Prize winning poet, author and activist. She participated recently in the U.S. Boat to Gaza, which was a part of the Freedom Flotilla, to break the Israeli embargo on the Gaza Strip. Last year, a flotilla was attacked by Israeli commandos a...
The Disappearance of Palestine
SANDY TOLAN
It’s the show that time and the world forgot. It’s called the Occupation and it’s now in its 45th year. Playing on a landscape about the size of Delaware, it remains largely hidden from view, while Middle Eastern headlines from elsewhere seize the day.  Diploma...
President Obama’s Shameful Silence in the Face of Israel’s Murder of a Young American
DAVE LINDORFF
Among the many shameful and cowardly things that President Barack Obama has and has not done, few can rival his complete unwillingness to express outrage at the Israeli military’s murder of a young American teen executed at close range during the Israeli Defense (sic) F...
Why the Palmer Report Deserves No Deference
AUDREY BOMSE
Almost all the factual findings, as well as the legal analysis and conclusions of the recently leaked UN Secretary General’s Panel of Inquiry into the “Flotilla Incident” on May 31, 2010 (Palmer/Uribe Panel) directly contradict those of an earlier UN report of the H...
Israel, Turkey and the Palmer Report
GRAHAM USHER
On 2 September Turkey expelled its Israeli ambassador as a first response to Israel’s refusal to apologise for the killing last year of nine Turkish activists by Israeli commandos on a ship trying to breach its naval blockade on Gaza. The sanction followed th...
Moored Behind Razor Wire
HEDY EPSTEIN
A harbor near Athens, aboard the US Audacity of Hope. July 1, 2011. The sky is azure blue, not a cloud in sight, a gentle breeze caresses us, the 37 passengers, four crew and 10-12 journalists aboard, the waters of the Aegean sea gently roc...
Sinai Doldrums
SALAMA A SALAMA
Had we paid more attention to Sinai in the past 30 years, we wouldn’t be at our wits’ end now, trying to make head or tail of the current situation. How many years ago did Israel withdraw from Sinai? The answer is: more than we needed to develop the ent...
Israel’s Nice Little War
RAMZY BAROUD
Israeli writer Uri Avnery recently wrote an article entitled ‘How Godly Are Thy Tents?’, which began with the words, “First of all, a warning.” The reference was made to the tent cities that have sprung up across the country by middle class Israelis demanding chan...
Israeli Video Games in Gaza
ALISON WEIR
He looks at the camera with bright eyes and the beginning of a smile, wearing a miniature dark blue zipper sweatshirt, the cuffs folded up a bit to make it fit. I can imagine his mother dressing him that morning, making sure he would be warm enough. I wonder if she...
The Return of the Generals
URI AVNERY
SINCE THE beginning of the conflict, the extremists of both sides have always played into each other’s hands. The cooperation between them was always much more effective than the ties between the corresponding peace activists. “Can two walk together, except the...
Egypt’s Secret Minister
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
Just exactly what influence Omar “The Secret Minister” Suleiman retains over the military junta that rules Egypt is a question of utmost importance for those who live on the banks of the Nile River. With a resume including 20 years as head of Egyptian Intellig...
From Gaza to Somalia
RAMZY BAROUD
I remember how exhilarated I felt when I was told I was old enough to fast for the month of Ramadan. My feelings had little to do with abstention from food and drink between dawn and sunset each day. For a child, there is little joy in that. The meaning and implications ...
Gaza’s Tunnels
ALEXANDRA ROBINSON
Gaza. “Complimentary tour of the Rafah tunnels.” I received this offer a few weeks after arriving in Gaza. In a conversation I was having with my colleague, Joe Catron, it came up that a friend of ours from Gaza City had given an open invitatio...
Senator Calls for US Special Forces to Attack the Gaza Flotilla
MAX SUCHAN, KATHY KELLY And ROBERT NAIMAN
Senator Mark Kirk Washington, DC 524 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC, 20510 June 29th, 2011 Dear Senator Kirk, We are Illinois residents writing to you from Athens...
Gaza and Thoughts of a Starving Ireland
RAY McGOVERN
Thinking further here in Athens about how it came to be that I joined the passengers on “The Audacity of Hope” and why I feel so strongly about the oppression in Gaza, it struck me that my Irish genes (as well as my theology) may be playing a ro...
Preparing to Sail to Gaza
KATHY KELLY
Last week, newly-arrived in Athens as part of the US Boat to Gaza project, our team of activists gathered for nonviolence training. We are here to sail to Gaza, in defiance of an Israeli naval blockade, in our ship, “The Audacity of Hope.” Our t...
Destination Gaza
MEDEA BENJAMIN
“I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him,” said Dr. Martin Luther King as he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. These words will guide me ...
An American Jew Sails to Gaza
JANE HIRSCHMANN
People often ask me why I am part of a team to organize a U.S. Boat to Gaza that will be sailing this month with the next International Flotilla to break the siege of Gaza. They often make clear they are asking because I am an American Jew, whose family sur...
A Realist’s Utopia
LANDON FRIM
This month marks the 44th anniversary of the Six-Day War between Israel and the bordering states of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan.  It was this conflict in June of 1967 which has shaped Arab-Israeli relations ever since, primarily because of Israel’s continue...