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Shameful Double Standards on Israel
SHELDON RICHMAN
The right-wing seemingly never misses a chance to go after Barack Obama for his collectivism and dislike of America. Yet when Obama embraced blood-and-soil tribalism openly and implied that America was not the “land of the free” for everyone, the right-wing ...
Obama’s Peace Antics in Israel
RAMZY BAROUD
At the precise moment US President Barack Obama’s Air Force One touched down at Ben Gurion Airport on March 20, persisting illusions quickly began to shatter. And as he walked on the red carpet, showered with accolades and warm embraces of top Israeli government and mil...
Just a US Citizen, No Big Deal
DAVE LINDORFF
The American media is full of praise for President Obama for “brokering” a detente between Israel and Turkey, two former allies who have been at loggerheads since May 31, 2010 when heavily armed Israeli Defense Force fighters boarded the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish-flagge...
Time to Freeze Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Profits in Israel
MARK HAGE
Most people know that Ben & Jerry’s, headquartered in South Burlington, Vermont, makes premium ice cream and champions “Peace” and “Love.”  What they don’t know is that this iconic leader of the socially responsible business community and supporter of Occ...
Something is Rotten in the State of Israel
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
It is said that the devil has about him the smell of fire and brimstone (sulphur). Evil deeds are often described as “most foul.” On the other hand, people who appear, accurately or not, as always innocent are described as “smelling like roses.” There seems, then,...
Obama, Israel, and the Politics of Catharsis
NORMAN POLLACK
Obama’s Middle East mission, given star treatment at every turn, demonstrates, like the famous Cairo speech in his first term, verbal subterfuge, a handy cover for insinuating US power in the region even more than sought by his predecessors.  Oil is too simple a reason...
The Speech That was Not Delivered
URI AVNERY
Note: This text was written on Wednesday, a day before President Obama made his historic speech in Jerusalem. It appears that my text  came much closer to his actual speech than I had dared to hope. Some passages are almost identical. Readers may want to compare the text...
The Unheard Voices of Palestinians
ALAN WIEDER
David Grossman did the interviews for his book, The Yellow Wind, in May 1987, six months bef...
Obama, Israel and Palestine
ROBERT FANTINA
One wonders when, if ever, the nonsense that spews forth from the mouths of the U.S.’s elected, so-called representatives, ceases. Less than five months after his victory over a truly frightening oppon...
A Draft-Dodging, Zionist Friendly, Rghtwing Texan Islamist to lead Syria?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Damascus. For the past year, a plan C or D, depending on how one numbers the failed US-Israel projects in Syria was badly needed for those presuming to topple the Assad government. And this week, according  to Congressional staffers, both Tel Aviv ...
Return of the Living Dead
PEPE ESCOBAR
Uncle Marx never thought about this one: history repeating itself as double tragedy after already being a farce in the first place. Let’s examine the case in hand. First of all, take a close look at this Wall Street Journal op-ed from September 2002, in the hysteri...
Rachel Corrie’s Rafah Legacy
RAMZY BAROUD
“Hi Papa .. Don’t worry about me too much, right now I am most concerned that we are not being effective. I still don’t feel particularly at risk. Rafah has seemed calmer lately,” Rachel Corrie wrote to her father, Craig, from Rafah, a town located at the southern...
Will Israeli Settlers Receive Obama’s Blessing?
JONATHAN COOK
Those who hoped that Barack Obama would be arriving in Israel to bang Israeli and Palestinian heads together, after four years of impasse in the peace process, will be sorely disappointed. The US president’s trip beginning today may be historic – the first of h...
More Apartheid
CESAR AGUEL
Where? Well . . . Take a guess. Choose two places and one does not count. We are of course referring to the new measures taken by the Israeli Transport Ministry, for the daily transfer, back and forth, of Palestinians residing in the Occupied Territor...
Obama Marks Iraq War Anniversary with War Summit in Israel
BEN SCHREINER
A decade after the American-led invasion of Iraq, the U.S. is once again preparing to set the Middle East ablaze.  In fact, President Obama will touch down in Tel Aviv ten years to the day “shock and awe” was first unleashed for what appears to be little more than a ...
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...
Obama in the Middle East
MICHAEL BRENNER
American actions in the greater Middle East over the past decade pose a unique challenge to the analyst. Understanding the thinking that goes into a particular policy decision or the calculations that lie behind a diplomatic strategy is always hard in Washington where the...
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 ...
The New Generation of Hypocrisy on Iran
TED SNIDER
Though the recent nuclear talks with Iran ended with an apparent whiff of progress, and though the two sides have agreed to meet for further technical negotiations this month and then for political level talks next month, the U.S. continues to approach Iran with a hostili...
UNICEF Criticizes Israel’s Treatment of Palestinian Kids
Dr. CESAR CHELALA
A new UNICEF report, “Children in Israeli Military Detention,” is sharply critical of Israel’s treatment of detained Palestinian children. According to UNICEF, 700 Palestinian children aged 12-17, most of them boys, are arrested and harshly interrogated by the Israe...
“5 Broken Cameras'” Strange Trip to the Oscars
URI AVNERY
This does not happen every day: a Minister of Culture publicly rejoices because a film from her country has not been awarded an Oscar. And not just one film, but two. It happened this week. Limor Livnat, still Minister of Culture in the outgoing government...
The P5+1 Meeting with Iran
SASAN FAYAZMANESH
On March 1, 2010, an essay in Haaretz titled “Who will blink first in Iran’s nuclear poker game?” stated that “Israel is on the verge of a preemptive war to try to foil Iran’s nuclear program.” So, the question was who would blink first? Would it be Ira...
Is the Anti-Occupation Movement Driven by Defenders of Genocide?
Dr. PAUL LARUDEE
If there is one message that unifies critics of Israel and advocates for Palestinian rights, it is “End the Occupation.”  As with many unifying messages, however, it is successful partly because of its ambiguity.  What land and which people are occupied?  And what ...
The Iranian Dilemma
MICHAEL BRENNER
Iran looms on the horizon.  Resumption of technical talks with Iranian officials does not alter the gloomy outlook for resolution of the dispute’s underlying issues.  Sanctions clearly are not forcing Tehran leaders to yield to American demands. While there is no evid...
The Third Intifada?
URI AVNERY
Is this the third intifada? This question was raised this week by a number of Israeli security experts. And not only by them – their Palestinian colleagues were almost as perplexed. All over the West Bank, Palestinian youth threw stones at Israeli soldiers. All t...
The Oft-Predicted Fickle Syrian ‘Tipping Point’ Has Tipped
FRANKLIN LAMB
Damascus This observer lost count more than a year ago of the sheer number of predictions by analysts and lobbyists that the “tipping point” signaling the Assad government’s collapse was a sure thing and would happen any time now. “It’s just a ma...
Yad Vashem, Power, and the Politics of History
DAVID LANGSTAFF
As my friend and I made our way to Yad Vashem, the world-renowned Holocaust memorial museum in West Jerusalem, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of trepidation. I was nearing the end of a two-month stint working with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) i...
Turkey’s Difficult Choice in Palestine, Israel
RAMZY BAROUD
An Israeli-Turkish rapprochement is unmistakably underway, but unlike the heyday of their political alignment of the 1990’s, the revamped relationship is likely to be more guarded and will pose a greater challenge to Turkey rather than to Israel. Israeli media re...
Obama’s Israel Trip
JONATHAN COOK
Israeli and Palestinian officials have been in Washington laying the ground for President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel and the West Bank, scheduled for next month and the first since he took office four years ago. Topping the agenda, Israeli Prime Minister ...
The Tail Instructs the Dog
FRANKLIN LAMB
On 2/26/2013 Iran is expected to meet with other world powers in Almaty, Kazakhstan to discuss its nuclear program. Discussions that the occupiers of Palestine fervently hope will not be successful. It is toward this end that their key demand this week to the US Congress,...
Israel’s Wall of Madness
ANDRE VLTCHEK and LYNDA BURNSTEIN BRAYER
Golan Heights. If someone would say: “Israel, Palestine and Golan Heights! And you have only two seconds to describe what first comes to your mind.” Then I would immediately put into words two images that would enter my mind: “Mental asylum, a...
Palestinians Disqualify U.S. as Peace Broker
NICOLA NASSER
The “unbreakable alliance,” which will be confirmed by the upcoming visit of President Barak Obama to Israel, will disqualify the United States as an honest broker of peace in the Arab – Israeli conflict in Palestine, a Palestinian veteran peace negotiator says....
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, ...
Facing Syria From an Israeli Bunker
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Golan Heights It is late afternoon and I am standing on top of an active, although temporarily abandoned, I...
Israel’s Basic Contradiction
URI AVNERY
The sole contribution of Ya’ir Lapid to Israeli folklore so far is his saying that he would not join a move to block Binyamin Netanyahu, since this would mean joining forces with “the Zuabis”. This needs explanation to a foreign audience. The Zuabi family is ...
The Suicide of Ben Zygier
BINOY KAMPMARK
For those of you thinking of taking out Australian citizenship, a word of friendly advice: don’t.  It doesn’t matter that you have no aspirations of going in the footsteps of David Hicks, who became the unshakeable totem of paranoia and vengeance on the part of the A...
Making Sense of Yair Lapid and the Israeli Center
NEVE GORDON
Former anchorman and middle-class darling Yair Lapid stunned the Israeli political scene in the recent elections. His party, Yesh Atid (There is a Future) won 19 seats, second in size only to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Lik...
Knesset Conundrums
URI AVNERY
Tel Aviv. “Compared to the Knesset it could have been, this is a very good Knesset!” I heard this, in so many words, from at least ten former Knesset members and others, as we were drinking orange juice in the Knesset foyer. I could have said it...
Israel Enters Syria
BEN SCHREINER
With its air strikes against targets inside Syria last week, Israel announced its formal entry into the Syrian crisis.  The Israeli targeting of Iran has thus entered the Syrian theater. According to ...
How Israel is Fueling the Syrian Fire
NICOLA NASSER
The timing of the Israeli air raid early on January 30 on a Syrian target, that has yet to be identified, coincided with a hard to refute indications that the “regime change” in Syria by force, both by foreign military intervention and by internal armed rebellion, has...
His Hunger, Our Shame
AHMAD BARQAWI
Amman, Jordan. The human chain stretched into the distance each way; representing the path of Samer Al Issaw’s daily struggle and physical agony, a path of dignity and courage; and a path of our own helplessness and shame; every demonstra...
Drones, Israel, and the Eclipse of Democracy
NORMAN POLLACK
Murder,  she said; No, not the popular song, not Brecht’s Arturo Ui (rhymes with phooey), not Chicago’s SouthSide gangland variety, but the real stuff of modern times: cold-blooded, methodical, depraved, the peculiar mix of militarism-ideology-practical realism, ...
Woe to the Victor!
URI AVNERY
“VAE VICTIS!” was the Roman cry. Woe to the vanquished. I would alter it slightly: “Vae Victori”, Woe to the victor! The outstanding example is the astounding victory Israel won in June, 1967. After weeks of approaching doom, the Israeli army beat th...
The Hagel Hearing
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Watching the Senate Armed Services Committee interact Thursday with former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel-President Obama’s candidate to be secretary of defense-was a profoundly depressing experience. Hagel’s performance in his “confirmation...
The Case of Gilad Atzmon
BLAKE ALCOTT
Panel at Cooper Union NYC led by Anne-Marie Slaughter, 28 September 2006: Tony Judt:  I just… I’d just like to say one very quick thing about [the difficulty of getting anything critical of Israel into the mainstream media]. When I submitted an ar...
Plant a Tree for Palestine
JOSIE SHIELDS-STOMSNESS
For 112 years, the Jewish National Fund has played a central role in the on-going displacement and dispossession of Palestinians from their land and homes. The JNF was instrumental in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 and continues to play a central role in maint...
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...
Night of the Optimists
URI AVNERY
It was the night of the optimists. Tuesday at 10.01 pm, a minute after the ballot boxes were sealed, the three TV news programs announced the results of their exit polls. The dire predictions of the pessimists were scattered to the winds. Israel has n...
Five Ways of Looking at the New Knesset
NEVE GORDON
This is the way the results of the elections are being presented in the Israeli press: Centre Left Bloc                               Right Bloc ...
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Intifada
RAMZY BAROUD
If Palestinian leaders only knew how extraneous their endless rounds of “unity” talks have become, they might cease their enthusiastic declarations to world media about yet another scheduled meeting or another. At this point, few Palestinians have hope that their “l...