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Archives by Tag 'Palestine'
People’s History of Gaza and Egypt
RAMZY BAROUD
Egypt’s new ruler, General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, may not realize that the bond between Egypt, Palestine and especially Gaza is beyond historic, and simply cannot be severed with border restrictions, albeit they have caused immense suffering for many Palestinians. ...
In Diaspora
RAOUF J. HALABY
When Katrina, in a frightfully furious and maliciously malevolent destructive act of nature gone mad descended on the Gulf Coast on August 23,  2005, she left in her wake tens of thousands of displaced refugees who sought sanctuary and shelter in Louisiana, Arkansas, Okl...
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 ...
Erasing Palestine From the Map
ROBERT ROSS
A foreign affairs blogger for The Washington Post recently posted “...
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...
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...
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...
The Coup in Egypt
PAUL GOTTINGER
Abdullah Al-Arian is assistant professor at Wayne State University. His research interests include Islamic social movements, globalization and the Muslim world, and United States policy toward the Middle East. His writing has appeared in Foreign Policy and Al Jazeera...
A Testament of Human Resilience
SAM GILBERT
The sun has not yet risen on Eyal checkpoint in the northwestern city of Qalqilya.  Already hundreds of Palestinians queue up and wait to cross into Israel and begin the workweek. In the coming hours, roughly four thousand Palestinians from the Qalqilya region and the no...
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 ...
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...
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...
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,...
Why Arabs Must Worry
RAMZY BAROUD
My friend Hanna is Syrian and also happens to be Christian. The latter fact was rarely of consequence, except whenever he wished to boast about the contributions of Arab Christians to Middle Eastern cultures. Of course, he is right. The modern Arab identity has been formu...
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 ...
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...
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...
Alan Hart and What It Takes to Struggle On
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Alan Hart is an author and a journalist. He is the former Middle East Chief Correspondent for Britain’s Independent Television News and a former BBC Panorama presenter whose beat was the Middle East. He has written a number of books, including Arafat: Terrorist or P...
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...
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...
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 ...
Boston, Brazil and Islam
RAMZY BAROUD
During his talk sponsored by the New American Foundation in March 2008, author Parag Khanna addressed the rising challenges facing the US’s global hegemony. According to Khanna, China and the European Union are the new contenders with the battlefield being a global ...
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...
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 ...
Zionism and the United States Congress
WILLIAM JAMES MARTIN
The ideology, or political project, of Zionism which underlies the creation of the State of Israel had, in fact, a Christian origin rather than a Jewish one, as writings can be found dating from the 1500’s, written by Christian clergymen in England advocating the migrat...
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 ...
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...
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...
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. ...
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...
Is Kuwait Trying to Scapegoat the Palestinians?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Damascus The Imam Musa Sadr, Sheik Mohammad Yaacoub, and journalist Abbas Badreddine case, like the Tell Tale Heart in Edgar Allen’s Poe novel, will not stop crying out for justice despite more than three decades of political efforts to close the file....
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...
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...
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...
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 ...