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Archives by Tag 'Palestine'
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...
Former Insiders Criticize Iran Policy as U.S. Hegemony
GARETH PORTER
“Going to Tehran” arguably represents the most important work on the subject of U.S.-Ir...
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,...
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....
Inside the Hezbollah Bombing “Hypothesis” of an Israeli Tour Bus
GARETH PORTER
When European Union foreign ministers discuss a proposal to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation, Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov will present his government’s case for linking two suspects in the Jul. 18, 2012 bombing of an Israeli tourist bus...
The Impossible Discourse of the ‘Arab Spring’
RAMZY BAROUD
A reductionist discourse is one that selectively tailors its reading of subject matters in such a way as to only yield desired outcomes, leaving little or no room for other inquiries, no matter how appropriate or relevant. The so-called Arab Spring, although now far remov...
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 ...
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...
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...
Will the Destruction of Nahr al Bared be Replicated in Yamouk?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Yarmouk Camp, Damascus Some Palestinian here in Damascus,  from the Palestinian writers union with whom this observer has been meeting,  including independent researcher  Hamad Said Al-Mawed are saying so. Admittedly there are some similarities b...
Canadian Aid in Palestine
YVES ENGLER
Few aspects of Canadian foreign policy have been mentioned more times over the past two weeks than Ottawa’s 300 million dollar five year aid program to the Palestinians. Ever since the Globe and Mail reported on November 26 that Prime Minister Stephen Harper thre...
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...
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...
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...
How American History Magazine Censored Palestine
ALISON WEIR
It all started out simply enough. The nonprofit Council for the National Interest, of which I am president, recently tried to buy an advertisement in American History magazine. The ad was to promote a new book by CNI’s founder, former Congressman Paul ...
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...
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:...
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...
What Really Happened in Gaza
NORMAN FINKELSTEIN
The official storyline is that Israel launched Operation Pillar of Defense on 14 November, 2012 because, in President Barack Obama’s words, it had “every right to defend itself.” In this instance, Israel was allegedly defending itself against the 800 projecti...
Perpetual Conflict by Israeli Design
GRAHAM PEEBLES
And so for a moment or two the slaughter of Palestinian civilians and the destruction in Gaza City has ceased; the oppression, intimidation and terror throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories though continues unabated. The ‘Pillar...
How to End the Gaza Tragedy
RON PAUL
As of late Friday the ceasefire in Gaza seems to be holding, if tentatively. While we should be pleased that this round of fighting appears temporarily on hold, we must realize that without changes in US foreign policy it is only a matter of time before the killing begins...
Netanyahu Gives Obama His Comeuppance
ANDREW LEVINE
Pity the reporters and editors of the “quality press” and their NPR counterparts who must struggle to reinforce one of conventional wisdom’s more preposterous tenets: that Israel has to massacre Gazans every now and then to protect its citizens from “terrorist” ...