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Archives by Tag 'Israel'
New York Times Fiction
RAMZY BAROUD
Mark Landler is a White House correspondent for The New York Times. Under the title “Through Diplomacy, Obama Finds a Pen Pal in Iran”, Landler wrote of President Barack Obama’s deep “belief in the power of the written word,” and of his “frustrating private co...
Crises Today, Catastrophe Tomorrow
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
If one is inclined to make a list of worrisome trouble spots plaguing the world, there would be a lot to choose from: Syria, Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Bahrain, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Kashmir, Congo, Iran, those pesky disputed islands lying between China, Japan and the Phil...
Abbas’s Village Leagues and Palestinian Silence
RAMZY BAROUD
Suppose several armored vehicles belonging to a branch of the Palestinian Authority raided an Israeli border village at the eve of a new round of peace negotiations. One can picture PA President Mahmoud Abbas defending the killings, stating that the attack was made in the...
My Surprisingly Inspiring Trip to the West Bank
JEFF COHEN
As I prepared for a grueling fact-finding trip to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank (occupied for 46 years), Secretary of State Kerry announced that Israel and the Palestinian Authority had agreed to resume peace talks without preconditions. On the day ...
US Uses Past Crimes to Legalize Future Ones
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Paris. The liberal warhawks are groping around for a pretext they can call “legal” for waging war against Syria, and have come up with the 1999 “Kosovo war”. This is not surprising insofar as a primary purpose of that US/NATO 78-day bombing ...
Erasing Palestine From the Map
ROBERT ROSS
A foreign affairs blogger for The Washington Post recently posted “...
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...
Empire State of Mind
ROBIN D.G. KELLEY
“half of y’all won’t make it” –Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind” In the face of creeping disfranchisement, unbridled corporate power, growing poverty, an expanding police state, 2.3 millio...
Prisoners for Peace
SAM GILBERT
Ramallah On Tuesday August 13th,  26 “low risk” Palestinian prisoners were released to their families by the Israeli government, a  “gesture of good faith” made by Israeli Primer Minster Netanyahu to President Abbas amidst the peace ta...
A World Record for Chutzpah
URI AVNERY
I DON’T know if the Guinness Book of World Records has a special section for Chutzpah. If it does not, it should. That’s the one competition where we might take home a few gold medals. The first one would surely go to Binyamin Netanyahu. ...
Targeting Hezbollah in Beirut
FRANKLIN LAMB
Outside Makfouz Rouweiss store, Dahiyeh. This observer was sitting with my friend Zuhair on my balcony in south Beirut, when at 6:20 pm on 8/15/13 there was a huge blast that seemed to shake our 12 story concrete building more than the one just down the st...
Canada’s One-Sided Israel Extremism
YVES ENGLER
The one-sided extremism of the Conservative government’s support for Israel just keeps growing. The latest example is Ottawa helping convince the European Union to list Hezbollah’s military wing as a “terrorist” organization. After that decision was taken, ...
The Killers of Peace
NICOLA NASSER
The Israeli Jewish settlers of the Palestinian territory, which was occupied by Israel in 1967, are dictating unilaterally the demarcation of the borders with any future Palestinian state, thus rendering its creation impossible; holding the Israeli decision-making process...
The Jewish State’s Bottom Line
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. There are many flies waiting to spoil the ointment of the Middle East peace talks, not least Israel’s recent announcement of a rash of settlement-building. That triggered an angry letter to Washington last week from the Palestinian leadersh...
Insults to Our Intelligence
ANDREW LEVINE
George W. Bush was never at a loss for something idiotic to say.  Still his speech to a joint session of Congress on September 20, 2001 was exceptional. He said that the World Trade Center and Pentagon had been attacked nine days earlier because: “They hate our ...
A Federation? Why Not?
URI AVNERY
Tel Aviv. AVRAHAM BURG (58) was a member of the Labor Party and for some time the Chairman of the Knesset. His late father was a long-time cabinet minister and a leader of the National-Religious Party, before it became a rabid messianic mob. The relations ...
A Second Nakba?
SAM GILBERT
Ramallah. August 1, 2013: Thousands gathered throughout Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories in protest of the Prawer Plan and the displacement of approximately 40,000 Bedouin in the Negev region of Israel.  A “day of rage” was called and d...
The Arab Turmoil
RAMZY BAROUD
Seasons come and go, yet Arab countries are in ongoing turmoil. They called it an ‘Arab Spring’, but even if that ‘spring’ had ever existed in the shape and form that the media portrayed it to be, it never really lasted. It has now morphed into something far more ...
The Flawed Logic of the Peace Talks
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. It may not have reached the level of fevered expectation unleashed by that famous handshake between Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the White House lawn in 1993, but the sense of hope inspired by the long-awaited revival of peace talks is both...
Shadow of the Army Over Egypt’s Revolution
ALAIN GRESH
There may be surprise that an army source said 14 million Egyptians (some sources claimed as many as 33 million) demonstrated on 30 June, and that the army supplied the media with photos taken from military planes to back the claim (...
The Normalization of Conflict and the Impact on the Citizen
MARK GRZEGORZEWSKI
From May 25 through June 3 I was on a trip to Israel with the University of South Florida’s Program in National and Competitive Intelligence. I shared in many interesting experiences while in Israel and came away from the trip with new viewpoints on the Jewish state. On...
Another Journalist with Children in the Israeli Military
ALISON WEIR
The New York Times recently published a news ...
Two Faux Democracies That Threaten the World
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Amitai Etzioni has raised an important question: “Who authorized preparations for war ...
Netanyahu, Abbas to Resume ‘Peace Process’ that Never Was
RAMZY BAROUD
The political peddlers, think-tank experts and media professionals are all back in full force. They want us to believe that US Secretary of State John Kerry has done what others have failed to do. On his sixth trip to the Middle East during his post, and following intense...
EU Moves Against Illegal Settlements in Palestine
JEREMY R. HAMMOND
The European Union has proposed new guidelines for how it will do business with the...
Israel’s Ethnic Cleansing Zones
JONATHAN COOK
Were it not for the razor wire, giant concrete blocks, steel gates, watchtower and standard-issue surly teenage soldier, it would be impossible to tell at what point the barren uplands of Israel’s eastern Negev give way to the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank. ...
The Trials of Hannah Arendt
THOMAS S. HARRINGTON
Two nights ago, I went to Margarethe Von Trotta’s new film on the great German Jewish philosopher and intellectual Hannah Arendt. It was definitely worth the price of admission. Von Trotta centers her narrative on Arendt’s coverage of the ...
Israel’s Invisible Nukes, the Latest Chapter
BARRY LANDO
A new chapter has been revealed in the fascinating saga of Israel’s invisible nuclear weapon’s program. According to d...
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 ...
On The Jewish Question
STEPHEN MARTIN
To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize – Voltaire Although this small article is based on the title of a little known or ...
Is the US Playing With Gas in Syria?
EVAN TAYLOR
Istanbul is rioting, Syria is enflamed, and the Palestinians still do not have a state, but it may be that the real catalyst for action in the Mediterranean is coming from miles under the sea.  Based on discoveries made in the last five years, Israel, Cyprus, and other s...
Kerry and Chutzpah
URI AVNERY
IF YOU happen to bump into John Kerry at Ben Gurion Airport, you may wonder whether he is coming or going.  He may well be wondering himself. For many weeks now he has been devoting most of his precious time to meetings with Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, t...
The White House Threatens To End Aid if Palestine Joins the ICC
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut Fatou Bom Bensouda, the Gambian-born deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), was never Washington’s first choice to succeed the inveterately self-promoting elitist ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. And it is doubtful t...
Israeli Propaganda, With Warts
LOUIS J. PROYECT
Out of a sense of duty to CounterPunch readers, I went to a press screening for “Israel: a Home Movie” that opens at the Film Forum in New York on July 10th. It might be more accurate to say that I went to monitor it since it had all the earmarks of a typic...
The (Hollowed) Politics Of Assaf’s Idolatry
HELGA TAWIL-SOURI
Now that no one buys our votes, the public has long since cast off its cares; the people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions and all else, now meddles no more and longs eagerly for just two things – bread and circ...
Why Boycott Israel?
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Ido Aharoni, Israel’s Consul General for New York, and also “the founding head of Israel’s brand-management team and the originator of the Brand Israel movement” recently wrote an op-ed in the New York Post (19 June 2013). In it he took to task the famous...
Smearing Alice Walker
JEFFREY BLANKFORT
In the comments section of a recent online article in the right wing New York Jewish publication, Algemeiner, not to be confused with the Frankfurter Allgemeine but conceivably with Der Sturmer, there was an argument over whether or not the “Mossad ...
How Israeli Apartheid is Coming Unstuck
JONATHAN COOK
One incident of racism, though small in relation to the decades of massive, institutionalised discrimination exercised by Israel against its Palestinian Arab citizens, has triggered an uncharacteristic bout of Israeli soul-searching. Superland, a large amusement pa...
When the Gods Laugh
URI AVNERY
If the life of Shimon Peres was a play, it would be difficult to classify. A tragedy? A comedy? A tragicomedy? For sixty years it looked as if he was under a curse of the Gods, much like the curse of Sisyphus, who was condemned to roll an immense boulder up a hill,...
Israel Stirs the Pot in Syria
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. For much of the past two years Israel stood sphinx-like on the sidelines of Syria’s civil war. Did it want Bashar al-Assad’s regime toppled? Did it favour military intervention to help opposition forces? And what did it think of the increasin...
Triumph and Tragedy
URI AVNERY
No opera by Richard Wagner could have been more dramatic. It looked as if it was directed by a genius. It started low-key. A little piece of paper was thrust into the hand of Prime Minister Levi Eshkol as he was reviewing the Independence Day parade. It said that E...
ADL Spies
JEFFREY BLANKFORT
“[T]he Anti-Defamation League for many years has maintained a very important, confidential investigative coverage of Arab activities and propaganda….Our information, in addition to being essential for our own operations, has been of great value and serv...
Mongolia, Canada, Israel & the United States
MACDONALD STAINSBY
Ulan Bator: When you get out of the plane and enter the Chinngis Khan Airport just outside of Ulan Bator, you quickly realize that Mongolia is a former Soviet Republic. An incredibly drab and oddly out of date international airport, the walls of the customs area have peel...
Occupation? What Occupation?
URI AVNERY
Every person is endowed with a certain denial mechanism they can use to avoid the shame, fear, guilt and pain involved in coping with their improper actions. Instead of facing their failure, accepting reality and dealing with it, they simply enter a state of denial. ...
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...
Israel is Losing in the Syrian War
GILAD ATZMON
In the last week we have been following British and French’s desperate attempts to push for a military intervention in Syria. It is far from being a secret that both British and French government are dominated by the Jewish Lobby. In Britain it is the ultra Zionist CFI ...
Palestinians as Fall Guys, Again
JONATHAN COOK
Under heavy pressure from the US, the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has paid grudging lip service over the past four years to the goal of Palestinian statehood. But his real agenda was always transparent: not statehood, but what he termed “economic pea...
Who Gains From Syrian Bloodbath?
PATRICK COCKBURN
The best hope for an end to the killing in Syria is for the United States and Russia to push both sides in the conflict to agree a ceasefire in which each holds the territory it currently controls. In a civil war of such savagery, diplomacy with any ambition to dete...
The Middle East According to Tony Blair
PHIL GREAVES
Tony Blair, one of the Chief architects of the wholly illegal, and barbaric act of aggression put upon the state of Iraq and its population in 2003 – resulting in the ...
How Syria Became a More Dangerous Quagmire Than Iraq
PATRICK COCKBURN
For the first two years of the Syrian civil war foreign leaders regularly predicted that Bashar al-Assad’s government would fall any day. In November 2011, King Abdullah of Jordan said that the chances of Assad’s surviving were so slim he ought to step down. In Decemb...