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Archives by Tag 'Israel'
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...