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Archives by Tag 'Israel'
Partitioning the “Two-State Solution”
JOHN V. WHITBECK
Words matter. They shape perceptions and understanding, both of past and present events and of future possibilities, and, thereby, can shape future events. The UN General Assembly’s vote of November 29 overwhelmingly recognizing Palestine’s ...
How 20 Tents Rocked Israel
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. When the Palestinian leadership won their upgrade to non-member observer status at the United Nations in November, plenty of sceptics on both sides of the divide questioned what practical benefits would accrue to the Palestinians. The doubters ha...
Respect Squandered?
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Yves Engler’s The Ugly Canadian:  Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy is partly a f...
The Human Right to Settle?
NICOLA PERUGINI
In a recent article in the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronot, columnist Rafael Castro ...
Hagel for the Defense?
URI AVNERY
I find Chuck Hagel eminently likeable. I am not quite certain why. Perhaps it’s his war record. He was decorated for valor in the Vietnam War (which I detested). He was a mere sergeant. Since I was a mere corporal in our 1948 war, I find it elating to see a non-c...
“Mr. Obama, Tear Down These sanctions!”
FRANKLIN LAMB
Damascus This observer has learned from time in this region that if one wants to learn what is happening on the ground politically and socially it is fine to speak with government officials, journalists, long tenured academicians, NGO’s, and people on th...
The State of Palestine Exists
JOHN V. WHITBECK
On January 3, Mahmoud Abbas, acting in his capacities as President of the State of Palestine and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, signed “Decree No. 1 for the year 2013”. While he did so with minimal cerem...
When did India Become Part of Israel’s Stable?
DR. PAUL LARUDEE
Amazing stuff, India ink.  A few drops spread vigorously with a roller for several minutes on an iron plate are enough for eight sets of fingerprints and two sets of handprints on four ancient double-sided and folded Indian police fingerprint forms.  By contrast, the mu...
Israel’s Weird Elections
URI AVNERY
In a few hundred years, a professor looking for an especially esoteric subject will ask his students to research the Israeli elections of 2013. The students will come back with a unanimous report: the results of our research are incredible. Faced with at lea...
An Interview With Norman Finkelstein
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
Ken Klippenstein: What do you think the significance of the Arab Spring was to Palestinian rights? Norman Finkelstein: It’s still a work in progress. The results seemed more encouraging in the initial phase than th...
Notes From Damascus
FRANKLIN LAMB
Yarmouk Camp, Damascus Perhaps the next time this observer responds to a request from a graduate student somewhere who writes to him seeking help with research for a Masters or Doctoral thesis on the subject of Palestinian refugees In Lebanon and Syria and...
Turkey’s Energy Challenges
DANIEL WAGNER AND GIORGIO CAFIERO
Ankara will soon be confronted with some difficult foreign policy decisions that could affect its long-term energy interests. The discovery of vast reserves of natural gas off the coasts of Cyprus and Israel could oblige Turkey to resolve longstanding disputes with ...
The Mission of Haneen Zoabi
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Haneen Zoabi is an Arab Israeli member of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset.  She was elected in 2009 as a member from ...
Why You Should Support the Boycott Israel Movement
RON JACOBS
Recently, the government of South Africa endorsed sanctions against Israeli goods, cultural events and academic exchanges. This move, made by a government founded in opposition to a policy of exclusion, discrimination and persecution very similar to the regime Palestinian...
The Imagined, ‘Sinister’ Iranian Threat in Latin America
RAMZY BAROUD
Reading the text of a bill that was recently signed into law by US President Barack Obama would instill fear in the hearts of ordinary Americans. Apparently, barbarians coming from distant lands are at work. They are gathering at the US-Mexico border, cutting fences...
Subsidizing Land Theft
YVES ENGLER
The double standard of Israel-no-matter-what supporters can reach spectacular proportions. The recent case of Liberal Party leadership candidate Justin Trudeau’s speech proves the point and also illustrates the tactics employed to demonize the Islamic community. ...
A Person Called Nobody
URI AVNERY
SUDDENLY, I realized that a new star had appeared on the political firmament of Israel. Until yesterday I did not even know of its existence. A respected public opinion poll posed a Nixonesque question: From which politician would you buy a used car? The answer was...
Why the Self-Defense Doctrine Doesn’t Legitimize Israel’s Assault on Gaza
JAMES MARC LEAS
Supporting all aspects of the Israeli assault on Gaza in November, President Obama gave Israeli forces a green light, ...
Terror in a Christmas Tree
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Israel’s large Palestinian minority is often spoken of in terms of the threat it poses to the Jewish majority. Palestinian citizens’ reproductive rate constitutes a “demographic timebomb”, while their main political programme – Israel...
The Politics of Partition of Historic Palestine
MAHMOUD N. MUSA
Paris. “At some point, Mr Abbas must admit to his people that most of the refugees will never return to Israel: that is the price of partition”. This statement appeared on page 14 of the issue of the Economist dated Sept...
Refugees in Their Own Land
RAOUF J. HALABY
In Early November a colleague requested that I compose a few thoughts for our church’s Advent 2012 booklet. I selected the Luke 2: 1-7 text for reasons personal, professional, and textual. What follows (with additional poi...
The UN Stumbles on Israeli Settlements
VIJAY PRASHAD
On December 19, the US was saved from having to whip out its veto to defend Israel. The UN Security Council (UNSC) debated the issue of settlement building by Israel on the occupied Palestinian Territories. The bloc of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) hoped for a vote that ...
Understanding Hamas at 25
RAMZY BAROUD
“In a moment of high theatre he dropped to his knees, placed his lips on the ground and kissed the land he has commanded by proxy”. This is how Robert Tait of the British Telegraph worded the moment Khaled Meshaal arrived in Gaza on Dec 07. Tait’s report on what man...
Connection to the Land Cannot Not Be Broken
JOSHUA BROLLIER
Gaza City Yesterday in al-Faraheen, Gaza, Israeli Occupation Forces shot and wounded an unarmed 22 year old farmer, Mohammed Qdeih, from behind. Mohamed and nine others went out to their fields in the early afternoon, walking approximately 250 meters from ...
“This is Palestine. I Drew Her Bleeding.”
VIJAY PRASHAD
For Mohammed Ziad Awad Salayma, age 17, killed on his birthday (12-12-12) because, being hard of hearing, he did not understand Israeli soldier Nofar Mizrahi, who shot him at point blank range. There is something hapless about Guy Delisle’s character in ...
The Beginning of the End for Mindless America Support for Israel?
JOHN GRANT
The legacy of the Zionist revolutionaries who once enraptured the parlors of Europe and America with talk of a Jewish homeland as a moral beacon in a benighted region has instead bequeathed to the Jewish world and the West a highly militarized dependency &...
Gazan Farmers at Work in Kuzaa
JOSHUA BROLLIER
Today, Gazan farmers from Kuzaa, a small village near Khan Younis, worked on their land in defiance of Israeli military harassment. Farmers ploughed approximately seven dunams and then sewed wheat in a plot that they had previously been denied access to before the Novembe...
Shattered Lives in Gaza
EVA LEWIS and JAMES MARC LEAS
The father of the family, Jamal Mahmoud Yassin al-Dalu, was praying when the missile struck.  It was the afternoon of November 18th, the fifth day of the Israeli attack against Gaza misnamed “Operation Pillar of Defense”. Jamal’s wife, Tahani Hass...
Cold Revenge
URI AVNERY
“REVENGE IS a dish that is best eaten cold,” is a saying attributed to Stalin. I don’t know if he really said that. All the possible witnesses were executed long ago. Anyhow, a taste for delayed revenge is not an Israeli trait. Israelis are more impulsive. Mo...
Wrecking Gaza
JAMES MARC LEAS and THERESA McDERMOTT
The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) claims vast military gains from its targeting of hundreds of sites in Gaza, including substanti...
Israel’s Lesson to Palestinians
MEDEA BENJAMIN
Eman El-Hawi, a smart and perky 24-year-old business student from Gaza got teary when she told our delegation about what she witnessed during the eight days that Israel pounded Gaza. “I saw the babies being brought into the hospital, some dead, some wounded. I couldn’...
Palestine’s New Status
RAMZY BAROUD
Palestine has become a “non-member state” at the United Nations as of Thursday November 29, 2012.The draft of the UN resolution beckoning what many perceive as a historic moment passed with an overwhelming majority of General Assembly members: 138 votes in favor, nine...
The World Has Spoken
JOHN V. WHITBECK
The UN General Assembly has now voted, by 138 votes to 9, with 41 abstentions and 5 no-shows, to recognize the existence as a state “of the State of Palestine on the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967”. The “no” votes were cast by Israel, th...
Iran, Israel and International Law
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The trite old phrase ‘What’s Sauce for the Goose is also Sauce for the Gander’ means quite simply that if a person does something that is approved by society, then another person should not be criticized or penalized for doing exactly the same thing.  That seems f...
Doctors and Medics Operate Under Fire and Siege in Gaza
JOSHUA BROLLIER
Gaza City. Dr. Majdi Na’eim worked for eight consecutive days at Al-Shifa Hospital throughout Israel’s “Pillar of Cloud” operation in the Gaza strip.  With hundreds of wounded pouring into the emergency room, there was no time for him and man...
Accelerating the Occupation
BINOY KAMPMARK
This is the answer. Outmanoeuvred in the UN, Israel has huffed and puffed against the house that is the international community and taken the policy of increasing settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank in the corridor of land termed E1 out of cold storage.  The ...
Israel’s Doomsday Settlement
NICOLA NASSER
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has definitely crossed an international red line to vindicate a swift and firm rejection from Israel’s closest allies when he announced plans recently to build a new settlement on a corridor of occupied Palestinian land in East ...
The Demographic Success of Israel’s Settlement Project
YINON COHEN and NEVE GORDON
The United Nations General Assembly recognised Palestine as a “nonmember state”. But it may very well be that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has already missed the boat. With the help of graphic designer, Michal Vexler, we have created an inf...
Israel and Gaza, Again
SAUL LANDAU
Again Israel used its superior military force and technology to kill residents of Gaza, and destroy their homes and property while revving up its media war to justify its barbarous behavior. This assault on Gaza follow an old Zionist strategy, outlined by Zionist ideologu...
Why Israeli Settlements Are The Real Threat to Peace
CESAR CHELALA
The announcement that Israel will construct 3,000 new homes in settlements in Jerusalem and in the West Bank has been followed by the usual international outcry against it. Despite protests by leading industrialized nations Israel will probably build them as planned. Thos...
An Interview With Professor Francis Boyle
DENNIS BERNSTEIN
On November 29, the U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution to upgrade the Palestinian Authority’s observer status to a non-member state. According to various sources, the U.N. General Assembly voted to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state, de...
Justice, Peace and the Israeli State
WILLIAM A. COOK
“As for the rights of Jewish people in this land, I have a simple message for those people gathered in the General Assembly today, no decision by the U.N. can break the 4,000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel.” &#...
Why Susan Rice?
ANDREW LEVINE
No doubt about it: Republicans have it in for Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations and, by most accounts, President Obama’s likely choice to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.  Rice is an Obama confidante and advisor. Let’s be clear:...
Fragmentary Notes from the United Nations
VIJAY PRASHAD
New York. Media The media huddle around a frigid United Nations Plaza. Fox has the best parking space. Rarely does one see such a sight before the UN building, where, on a sunny day, busloads of tourists from Africa, Asia, Europe an...
We Want It to Stop
KATHY KELLY
Gaza City. On November 15, 2012, day three of the recent eight day bombardment of Gaza, Ahmed Basyouni and his family were watching news of the attacks on TV in their home in the eastern section of Beit Hanoun. He and his wife assured his older children th...
Midnight Thoughts in Gaza
JOHNNY BARBER
Tonight I am confused. I have been in Gaza for five days now and I am having difficulty understanding the 8-day war and the subsequent ceasefire. Let me explain the difficulty I am having. The Israeli Offensive Forces insist they protect civilians in Gaza, only tar...
Pillars or Pandoras?
MIRIYAM AOURAGH
West Bank. The news is dominated by celebrations for a UN observer state. But it has only been a week since Gaza’s nightmare. The tiny densely populated city that really did experience ‘Pillar of Clouds’ as the Bible ...
Palestine, the UN and Australian Labor
RICK KUHN
One week Australia’s Labor Party Prime Minister Julia Gillard cheers on Israel’s murderous assault on Gaza, the next the parliamentary Labor Party caucus rolls her over recognition of Palestine by the United Nations General Assembly. In the United Nations, Labo...
A Historic Victory for Palestine-Another Rejection of Occupation
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut The United Nations General Assembly vote of 11/29/12, which some in Lebanon’s 12 Palestinian refugee camps are calling a “birth certificate for our country” is the latest of more than 400 UN resolutions on the Question of Pale...