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Archives by Tag 'Israel'
How AIPAC Rules
JEFF KLEIN
Last week the Senate passed Resolution 65, mandating a new round of sanctions against Iran and promising to support Israel if it should choose to launch a unilateral war.  The bill contradicted explicit US policy in a number of areas:  it imposed secondary penalties on ...
Ya’ir Lapid: Good-Looking, Well-Spoken, Shallow and Insincere
URI AVNERY
Tel Aviv. Ya’ir Lapd, the freshman parliamentarian and Treasury Minister, has declared that from now on he will deliver all his important speeches outside the Knesset, confining his Knesset appearances to the legal minimum. The reason: members fro...
Get Israeli Peace Leaders Before Congress
RALPH NADER
The new Secretary of State John Kerry taking four trips to the Israeli/Palestinian region in the past two months means yet another U.S. effort for a negotiated peace process between the Palestinians (under ruthless occupation) and the very dominant Israelis. Why should th...
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 ...
John Kerry’s Political Posturing on Palestine
ROBERT FANTINA
As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attempts to put his particular spin on resolving the generations-old crisis of Israeli oppression of the Palestinians, he has travelled to the World Economic Forum. There he waved the possibility of $4 billion investments in the Pales...
Why Palestine is Different
SAM BAHOUR
Secretary of State John Kerry is making an all-out effort to restart peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine. Many well-intentioned, highly intelligent people from around the world have engaged in some way, shape, or form in the Palestinian-Israeli issue and many ...
The State of Whom?
URI AVNERY
Can a law be both ridiculous and dangerous? It certainly can. Witness the ongoing initiative of our government to enact a law that would define the State of Israel as “The Nation-State of the Jewish People”. Ridiculous 1 – because what and who is the ...
Hezbollah and the Syrian Pit
FRANKLIN LAMB
Homs Province, Syria. During a tour of some of the neighborhoods in Homs, Syria’s third largest city after Aleppo and Damascus, with a pre-conflict population of approximately 800,000 (nearly half  Homs residents have fled over the past two years) loca...
US Political Impotence in the Middle East
RAMZY BAROUD
In an article published May 15, 2013, American historical social scientist Immanuel Wallerstein wrote, “Nothing illustrates more the limitations of Western power than the internal controversy its elites are having in public about what the United States in particular and...
The Last of the Semites
JOSEPH MASSAD
Jewish opponents of Zionism understood the movement since its early age as one that shared the precepts of anti-Semitism in its diagnosis of what gentile Europeans called the “Jewish Question”. What galled anti-Zionist Jews the most, however, ...
Women of the Wall
URI AVNERY
There was this Israeli man who from time to time put a slip of paper in the cracks between the stones of the Western Wall, asking God for favors – as Jews have been doing for centuries. They believe that the gates of heaven are located directly above the Wall, makin...
Israel, Hawking and the Pressing Question of the Boycott
RAMZY BAROUD
It is an event “of cosmic proportions”, said one Palestinian academic, a befitting description regarding Stephen Hawking’s decision to boycott an Israeli academic conference slated for next June. It was also a decisive moral call which was communicated on May 8 by C...
Are Israelis Appropriating the Nakba?
SUSAN ABULHAWA
Al Jazeera Stream contacted me a few days ago asking if I would participate on a show commemorating the Nakbe.  I would be the only Palestinian, the producer said, “to balance things out” amidst various Israeli voices.  Here’s the exact excerpt of the email: ...
Sarin in Syria
MANUEL GARCIA, JR.
A cruel and heart-rending civil war rages in Syria, and this tragedy is fueling a heated political debate in the rest of the world between interventionists (whether sincere R2P humanitarians, or opportunistic imperialists) and non-interventionists. Syrians opposed ...
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 ...
Israel’s Samson Complex
JONATHAN COOK
Washington’s reputation as an “honest broker” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in tatters after four years of indulging Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s intransigence. The Obama administration desperately needs to resurrect a credi...
Israel, Syria and the Bloody Absurd
BINOY KAMPMARK
In one of St. Augustine’s observations (and there were many on the subject), the absence of morality among states would simply make them aggrandized bandits legitimised by rules of plunder.  The Syrian conflict, with bloodied players both internal and external, is demo...
The Donkey of the Messiah
URI AVNERY
“THE TWO-STATE solution is dead!” This mantra has been repeated so often lately, by so many authoritative commentators, that it must be true. Well, it ain‘t. It reminds one of Mark Twain’s oft quoted words: “The report of my death was an exaggerati...
Syria: Why We Must Restrain the Impulse to “Do Something”
SHELDON RICHMAN
If after the debacles in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya (dare I say Vietnam?) some people still want the U.S. government to intervene — ...
The Roadmap to the Destruction of Syria
PEPE ESCOBAR
Just when the red line charade was reaching fever pitch – but still buried in the sand – and he had to choose between the US “exercising restraint” or “directly involving itself” in the Syrian war, (see ...
In Praise of Richard Falk
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Shortly after the 15 April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Richard Falk, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian territories, published an analysis of the episode entitled ...
Librarians and Palestine
RON JACOBS
This June, a delegation of librarians, archivists, and other library workers will travel to Palestine. They will connect with colleagues in library- and archive-related projects and institutions there, traveling as truth seekers and information skeptics, applying their ex...
The Arab Peace Initiative
URI AVNERY
An ambassador is an honest man sent abroad to lie for the good of his country, a British statesman famously wrote some 400 years ago. That is true, of course, for all diplomats. The question is whether the diplomat lies only to others, or also to himself. I ...
Voices of the Mizrahim
LOUIS J. PROYECT
In doing background research for an article on the Jews of the Maghreb (North Africa), I learned of the existence of a 2002 documentary on Iraqi Jews titled “Forget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs – The Iraqi Connection”. Among Jews, the term Mizrahim (Hebrew for Orient...
The Albatross of Israel
NORMAN POLLACK
Appropriately, today is May Day, and in mid-Michigan a strikingly beautiful a.m., unusual for the dismal gray to which we have become accustomed of late, and moments ago, I awoke from sleep with a phrase recurring in mind, one that easily rolls off the tongue, yet that th...
The Russians Came
URI AVNERY
When the huge immigration wave from the Soviet Union arrived in 1990, we were glad. First of all, because we believe that all immigration is a good thing for the country. This, I believe, is generally the case. Second, because we were convinced that this spe...
The Lands of the Jewish National Fund
YVES ENGLER
In 2010 the Auditor General apparently called on the Canada Revenue Agency to “investigate or revoke” the Jewish National Fund’s charitable status. But this request seems to have been ignored in deference to a “charity” that has long particip...
The Demonization of Richard Falk
JEREMY R. HAMMOND
The Zionist organization UN Watch has cited a commentary by Professor Richard Falk on the Boston bombings in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon demanding that that Prof. Falk be reprimanded for it. Prof. Falk, who serves as the United Nations Special Rapporteu...
Eminent Europeans: Drop the Oslo Peace Process
PETER BELMONT
What we’re doing in the Middle East isn’t working. In fact, it’s making things worse. That’s the upshot of a letter from a group of 19 prominent Europeans to the E.U.’s top foreign policy official, Lady Catherine Ashton. The former officials, drawing on ...
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 ...
A Hundred Deir Yassins and Counting
RAMZY BAROUD
Few with any sense of intellectual or historical integrity would still question the bloody massacre that took place in the village of Deir Yassin 65 years ago, claiming the lives of over 100 innocent Palestinians. Attempts at covering up the massacre have been dwarfed by ...
In Defense of Amira Hass
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Amira Hass is a reporter for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. She reports on Palestinian affairs in the occupied territories and, over the years, has come to understand the Palestinians’ plight from their own point of view. On 3 April 2013 Hass wrote an op-ed ...
Kerry and the Fake Peace Process
JOHN V. WHITBECK
For almost two decades, the seemingly perpetual Middle East “peace process” has been like a hamster-wheel for Palestinians and a merry-go-round for Israelis All the movement has been a form of running or turning in place. Nothing ever really changes. As S...
The Only Real Danger to Israel Comes From Within
URI AVNERY
“Around us the storm is raging / But our head will not be bowed…” we sang when we were young, before the State of Israel was born. On the eve of Israel’s 65th birthday, this coming Monday, we could sing this rousing song again. And not just out o...
Sectarianism and the New Egypt
RANNIE AMIRI
It was former Egyptian President Husni Mubarak who famously said during a 2006 ...
Gaza’s Siege Intensifies
RAMZY BAROUD
On Sep. 17, 2012, Ismail Haniyeh, Prime Minister of the Hamas government in Gaza, made another appeal to his Egyptian counterpart Hisham Kandil to consider setting up a free trade area between Gaza and Egypt. The reasonable idea would allow Egypt to support Gaza’...
Controlled Opposition
GILAD ATZMON
In his new book, “The Invention of the Land of Israel”, Israeli academic Shlomo Sand, manages t...
Suicide Note from Palestine
LEONA VICARIO
It is the year 2090. A violent Israeli shelling of the Gaza strip is projected on a folding screen. Amal, a student shows up in the middle of the stage lying down in a hospital bed. Her heartbeat has already stopped and she is being resurrected in a medical care center by...
Israeli Property Theft is Nothing New
Dr. PAUL LARUDEE
cus·to·di·an (kəs-ˈtō-dē-ən) n.  1.  One who has charge of something: caretaker – The Heritage Illustrated Dictionary of the English Language, International Edition, 1973 The office of Ronen Baruch, the curren...
When the Yarmouk Palestinian Camp Fled
FRANKLIN LAMB
Yarmouk Palestinian Camp, Damascus History is nothing if not interesting, and that it most definitely is. Today, Palestinian refugees are being severely punished in Lebanon and deprived of their most elementary civil right to work or to even own a h...
Deir Yassin Massacre Remembered
RAOUF J. HALABY
Even though April 9, 1948, is a day of infamy for Palestinians, few commemorative ceremonies will be held. Sixty-Five years ago today organized Jewish terrorist groups, including the Irgun and Stern gangs, attacked the Village of Deir Yassin, a village whose popula...
Palestine and the ICC
JOHN V. WHITBECK
An article published on April 4 by the leading Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz has reported that “President Mahmoud Abbas is to suspend all unilateral measures vis-à-vis the United Nations agencies to give U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry time to jump-start a new...
Obama’s Empathy Deficit in Palestine
URI AVNERY
Obama in Israel: Every word right. Every gesture genuine. Every detail in its place. Perfect. Obama in Palestine: Every word wrong. Every gesture inappropriate. Every single detail misplaced. Perfect. It started from the first moment. The President of the Un...
The Political Ritual at Herzl’s Tomb
NICOLA PERUGINI
A visit to a grave is often part of the political rituals that presidents and other political representatives include in their schedules during their State visits. In spite of the apparent mechanicity and automatism behind these gestures, they still constitute valid space...
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...
Farming Under the Wall
EMMA MANCINI
Al Walaje (Bethlehem, West Bank). “My land extended beyond the  Wall. I used to have olive trees, apricots, plums, lemons. I also  had 65 hives and more than 100 sheep. Then Israel planned the  Separation Wall. They uprooted 100 olive trees and destro...
Turkey’s Unsustainable Politics in the Middle East
RAMZY BAROUD
‘Confused’ may be an appropriate term to describe Turkey’s current foreign policy in the Middle East and Israel in particular. The source of that confusion – aside from the appalling violence in Syria and earlier in Libya – is Turkey’s own mistakes. ...
Zionists Make Great Homebuilders
D. SIDNEY POTTER
With the conclusion of Barrack Obama’s recent trip to Israel and Palestine, the subject of protected lands from the 1967 border agreement comes to mind — and with it, we are reminded of the Israeli governments’ voracious appetite for new development opportunitie...
Papa Obama and President Drone
ANDREW LEVINE
When Barack Obama first appeared on the national scene, he was a Rorschach inkblot upon whom gullible liberals projected their hopes and anxious “conservatives” their fears. The scare quotes are justified because then, as now, there was not much that is genuine...
Israeli Idiocracy
URI AVNERY
So, finally our Prime Minister has apologized to Turkey for “operational mistakes” that “might have” led to the death of nine Turks during the attack on MV Mavi Marmara, the ship which tried to break the Israeli blockade on Gaza. It took him two years and t...