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Occupy Wall Street, Not Palestine
PHYLLIS BENNIS
This is an extraordinary time. The astonishing Occupy Wall Street movement emerged as the heart of our 99%, claimed the little scrap of earth in Zuccotti Park on behalf of all of us, and created a live-in soapbox from which to challenge inequality — how the 1% controls ...
After Palestine’s Statehood Bid
MICHAEL NEUMANN
It’s odd that the  Israel-Palestine conflict always calls up talk about solutions rather than resolutions,  as if some moral puzzle bedeviled the future of the Palestinians and Israel. Perhaps this is because  no state has come into existence amid su...
Freedom Waves Campaigners Abused and Imprisoned
BEN LORBER
West Bank. In the immediate aftermath of the illegal capture of the Freedom Waves flotillas, Israel’s public image has been tarnished, as reports of violence at sea surface to counteract its claims of a peaceful takeover, and as human rights cyber-resist...
Jailed for Sailing to Gaza
MEDEA BENJAMIN and ROBERT NAIMAN
Two boats full of courageous passengers were on their way to Gaza when they were intercepted on Friday, November 4, by the Israeli military in international waters. We call the passengers courageous because they sailed from Turkey on November 2 with the knowledge that at ...
Australia’s Vote Against Palestine
BRIAN McKINLAY
The possibility that the Palestinian issue could imperil an Australian Prime Minister’s hold on office would seem remote to many outsiders, but the UNESCO vote for Palestine has a resonance in Australia. There was widespread criticism in many circles in Austr...
The Price of Torching Mosques
JONATHAN COOK
Jewish far-right groups responsible for a series of arson attacks on West Bank mosques over the past year broke dangerous ground last week when they turned their attention for the first time to holy places inside Israel. A mosque was torched, followed days later by an att...
Musings of a Self-Hating Jew
SAUL LANDAU
63 years ago most Jews rejoiced over the birth of Israel. Some thought it would become the place where a new vision of socialism with justice and equality would arise. Clearly, not all Jews believed that – or in those values. Six plus decades later, the idea that...
The “Generous” Offer
EVE SPANGLER
Given recent Palestinian initiatives at the U.N., it was only a matter of time until the usual Israeli apologetics appeared. Charles Krauthammer’s recent Washington Post op. ed. perfectly exemplifies the product.  He repeats, yet again, the story of the “gen...
The Real Story of How Israel Was Created
ALISON WEIR
To better understand the Palestinian bid for membership in the United Nations, it is important to understand the original 1947 UN action on Israel-Palestine. The common representation of Israel’s birth is that the UN created Israel, that the world was in favor of...
Netanyahu’s Little Lie
JAMES ZOGBY
Back when I was in Catholic elementary school and in the Boy Scouts we would often be enlisted to participate in fund- raising drives that had us going door-to- door in our neighbourhoods, collecting money for various charities or causes (school or church related projects...
The US Position in the Middle is Disintegrating
MICHAEL BRENNER
The United States’ strategic position in the greater Middle East is disintegrating. The repercussions of the Arab Spring have undercut the tacit alliance among Washington, Cairo, Riyadh, Amman and Jerusalem with auxi...
America’s Dangerous Game at the UN
JOHN V. WHITBECK
The number of UN member states extending diplomatic recognition to the State of Palestine has now risen to 131, leaving only 62 UN member states on the wrong side of history and humanity. ...
In the Shadow of the Wall
MATS SVENSSON
Today’s wall is longer, higher and it does not stop terrorist activities inside the West Bank. Houses are demolished, land is destroyed and people are dying. It is night. He is dark and it is dark. The fear comes out of his eyes. He is being chased by dogs and be...
Does UN Bid Herald Death of Old Guard?
JONATHAN COOK
Amid the enthusiastic applause in New York and the celebrations in Ramallah, it was easy to believe — if only a for minute — that, after decades of obstruction by Israel and the United States, a Palestinian state might finally be pulled out of the United Nati...
Populist for a Day
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Did you catch Obama’s populist twitch? The moment when he tossed aside the stifling cloak of compromise, and like Joshua before the walls of Jericho issued the trumpet call to the disheartened Democratic base that henceforth it will be the battlements guarding the untax...
The Futile Undertaking of Palestinian Statehood
ESAM AL-AMIN
Today, September 23, Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas submits, to the UN the application for Palestinian statehood for the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel since 1967. What are the implications of this effort? Does it serve the Palestinian ...
Abu Mazen’s Gambit
URI AVNERY
A WONDERFUL SPEECH. A beautiful speech. The language expressive and elegant. The arguments clear and convincing. The delivery flawless. A work of art. The art of hypocrisy. Almost every statement in the passage concerning the Israeli-Palestinian issue was a ...
Why Kosovo But Not Palestine?
ZOLTAN GROSSMAN
In his September 21 speech to the United Nations, President Obama announced that he would veto U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, because its independence was not a result of a negotiated settlement with Israel. He said that “peace depends upon compromise among p...
Rules of Engaging
MISSY BEATTIE
Here in the Realm of Cross Purposes, I sat on D’s balcony in what he calls a cheap chair.  But it’s the anti-gravity adjustable recliner and it does everything but what should be consensual.  My hands worked the arms, forcing it forward, then back. I told him I coul...
Walking on Eggshells in the West Bank
MARIA KHOURY
It has been a frustrating month living on the ground in Palestine, while you hear the whole world talk about your location.  Something strange has happened lately and all of sudden all eyes are on Palestine.  I am not sure if is good or bad, because when we say Pales...
The Lost Opportunities of Barack Obama
ROBERT FANTINA
It was just three short years ago when much of the United States, and the rest of the world, thrilled to the idea of the ‘audacity of hope’ and ‘change we can believe in.’ After eight disastrous years of President George Bush, years of escalating poverty, war, fea...
The Disappearance of Palestine
SANDY TOLAN
It’s the show that time and the world forgot. It’s called the Occupation and it’s now in its 45th year. Playing on a landscape about the size of Delaware, it remains largely hidden from view, while Middle Eastern headlines from elsewhere seize the day.  Diploma...
The Arab Autumn
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Autumn in the Middle East hasn’t the melancholy connotations you attach to it in the West. For you, this is the season of dying; leaves change color and fall and birds fly south. For us, this is the jolly season of awakening after stupefying summer heat; grass hatches a...
The One-Sided Veto
NEVE GORDON and YINON COHEN
US President Barack Obama’s decision to use the US’ veto prerogative if the United Nations votes to recognise a Palestinian state will constitute a blow to those seeking peace in the Middle East. His administration’s claim that peace can only be a...
Palestine at the UN
URI AVNERY
“WILL THIS be the happiest day of your life?” a local interviewer asked me, referring to the approaching recognition of the State of Palestine by the UN. I was taken by surprise. “Why would that be?” I asked. “Well, for 62 years you have advocated ...
The Future State of Palestine
FRANCIS A. BOYLE
In the 15 November 1988 Palestinian Declaration of Independence that was approved by the PNC representing all Palestinians all over the world,  the Executive Committee of the PLO was set up as the Provisional Government for the State of Palestine—pursuant to my advice....
The UN and Palestinian Statehood
WILLIAM A. COOK
“It is not merely of some importance but is of fundamental importance  that justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done.” ...
The Return of the Generals
URI AVNERY
SINCE THE beginning of the conflict, the extremists of both sides have always played into each other’s hands. The cooperation between them was always much more effective than the ties between the corresponding peace activists. “Can two walk together, except the...
The UN’s Dry Run on Palestinian Statehood
GRAHAM USHER
Two months before the real thing, on 26 July the Security Council went through the paces of the West Bank Palestinian Authority’s (PA) expected bid to seek recognition as a state at the United Nations in September. Palestinian observer Riad Mansour said Pales...
Gaza’s Tunnels
ALEXANDRA ROBINSON
Gaza. “Complimentary tour of the Rafah tunnels.” I received this offer a few weeks after arriving in Gaza. In a conversation I was having with my colleague, Joe Catron, it came up that a friend of ours from Gaza City had given an open invitatio...
The Arab Awakening and the Western Media
RAMZY BAROUD
When President Ali Abdullah Saleh tried desperately to quell Yemen’s popular uprising, he appealed to tribalism, customs and traditions. All his efforts evidently failed, and the revolution continued unabated. When Saleh denounced women for joining men in demonstrat...
Citizens First, Christians After
RUDOLF EL-KAREH
One of the major issues in the upheavals that have been shaking the Arab world these last months is sectarian division. The future of the popular movements will largely depend on their ability to invent a new social and constitutional contract in which citi...
Can the Palestinian Authority Survive?
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. With the 18-year-long Middle East peace process finally pronounced dead, is the Palestinian Authority finished too? That is the question being asked by Palestinians in the wake of a week of damaging revelations that Palestinian negot...
When Palestine Was at Stake
HARRY CLARK
The future of Palestine was at stake in the 1940s, and the fundamental clash of interests, between Zionist Jews and Palestinian Arabs, was also a fundamental clash of principles. The differences are shown by a comparison of the liberal Arab nationalist, the Zionist binati...
Obama’s Emerging Policies on Israel, Iraq and the Economic Crisis
NOAM CHOMSKY
Press TV: Professor Chomsky, let us start with Pakistan. The White House  is not commenting on the killings of people [in cross-border drone attacks from Afghanistan into Pakistan]. Richard Holbrooke, someone whom you’ve written about in the context of Yugoslavia, ...