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Archives by Tag 'Palestine'
How the Hamas Victory in Gaza Can Bring Civil Rights to Palestinians in Lebanon
FRANKLIN LAMB
The current festive celebrations in Lebanon’s 12 Palestinian refugee camps reflect the intense euphoria being witnessed throughout Gaza and occupied Palestine, Arab and Muslim countries, as well as relief among people of good will globally. This observer’s spec...
A Tragedy With Many Actors
CESAR CHELALA
The Israeli attack on Gaza is another act in the human tragedy playing out on Palestinian land. This military extravaganza designed to appeal to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s electoral audience, is replete with the usual off-stage catcalls to “starve them out”...
In the Business of Killing Civilians
JOSHUA FRANK
While reports slowly spread that President Obama is secretly ...
Israel-Palestine – What is the U.S. National Interest?
RALPH NADER
Israeli elections are coming up in January so it is Palestinian hunting season again. Israeli cynics call it a time “for mowing the grass.” Out comes the well-worn playbook by Israel’s militaristic government that has worked to silence Israeli politicians and...
World Bank Policies Fail Palestinians
ALAA TARTIR AND JEREMY WILDEMAN
The Middle East featured prominently on the agenda of last month’s annual meeting of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Tokyo. But how relevant are these agencies’ policy prescriptions in the context of conflict? In the case of the Occupied Palestinian...
SJP is Crucial to Palestinian Rights Activism in the US
HANEEN ALI
This weekend, the second national conference of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) will take place at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. SJP is a nationwide network of student-led organizations advocating for human rights and equality in Palestine and Israel. T...
Turkey’s Policies at a Crossroads
RAMZY BAROUD
It seems that media consensus has been conclusively reached: Turkey has been forced into a Middle Eastern mess not of its own making; the ‘Zero Problems with Neighbors’ notion, once the foreign policy centerpiece of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), is all but ...
Civil Rights Icons to Palestine: We’re With You
SHERRY WOLF
Cooper Union’s Great Hall was the stage for a milestone in the global Palestine solidarity movement October 6–7, 2012. Black civil rights icon Angela Davis joined Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, French resistance fighter...
Palestine, a Broken Bone in History
RAOUF J. HALABY
After trouncing William J. Fulbright in the 1974 primary election and winning the Arkansas US Senate seat held by the internationally recognized American Statesman, Chairman of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee, and one of the US Senate’s most powerful and most e...
An Interview With Norman Finkelstein
JAMES GREEN
On August 25, 2012 Occupy Brooklyn TV sat down with Norman Finkelstein – political dissident and world renowned scholar on the Israeli-Palestine conflict – to talk about Gandhi, the Occupy movement, Julian Assange, the economic crisis, and a possible Israeli attack on...
On Anti-Muslim Films, Cartoons And My Gaza Neighbor
RAMZY BAROUD
A neighbor of mine, of many years ago from a Gaza refugee camp, was a sacrilegious person par excellence. Unemployed like most inhabitants of the camp, he was extremely poor. His family responsibilities were daunting, yet prolonged Israeli military curfews made it impossi...
An Interview With Noam Chomsky
RICARDO LEZAMA
Noam Chomsky’s latest books are Occupy (Zuccotti Park Press) and ...
Palestine is Drying Up Before Our Eyes
DANNY MULLER
The water crisis in Palestine is 100% human-made, not a climate change catastrophe, not an issue of deforestation or drought.  Don’t let the location fool you; as Ziyad Lunat from the Thirsting For Justice campaign pointed out, “Palestine and Israel get the same amou...
An Interview With Dr. Mustafa Barghouti
ELSA RASSBACH
On March 20th, I interviewed Dr. Mustafa Barghouti about the plans for a new international initiative for Land Day, March 30th: a Global March to Jerusalem, to bring together in one nonviolent action all of the Palestinian political parties and civil society organi...
Who Owns the Palestine Solidarity Movement?
RAMZY BAROUD
A few years ago, after I spoke at a conference in South Africa, Ronnie Kasrils, then the country’s Minister for Intelligence Services, leaned towards me and said, “I agree with everything you said, but in order for the boycott of Israel to become adopted by wo...
Juliano, One Year Later
JEN MARLOWE
One year ago today, as I sat on a bus heading from New York to Philadelphia, in the middle of my book tour for ...
Israel, Settlements and Democracy
ROBERT FANTINA
As Israel continues to defy international law, including countless United Nations resolutions, and builds more and more settlement on land stolen from the Palestinians, its reputation as a model democracy is taking a well-deserved beating. Last year, Israel took a ...
Uproar Over Upcoming BDS Conference at Penn
VIJAY PRASHAD
It is not easy in the United States to have a real, factual discussion about Israel. When Norman Finkelstein came to give a lecture at my college a few years ago, a small minority of the faculty and students were enraged. The faculty boycotted the lecture, but the student...
Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood
RAMZY BAROUD
There was an unmistakable hint of triumph in the comments made by Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the elected Hamas government in Gaza, when he was hosted by Mohamed Badie, the supreme guide of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.Both leaders said what would be expected of...
Hope, Solidarity and Acupuncture
MARK T. HARRIS
Treating illness involves getting to the root of a health condition. Or, ideally at least, it should. In the real world much medical practice is geared toward ameliorating symptoms, without necessarily curing the underlying condition. Certainly the modern pharmaceutical i...
The Duke of Nablus
URI AVNERY
THE NAME of Munib al-Masri has recently come up as a possible candidate for Prime Minister of a Palestinian national unity government. Not being a member of either Fatah or Hamas, he is acceptable to both. Al-Masri himself denies any such ambition. He says that he ...
Gingrich, Israel and the Palestinians
URI AVNERY
What a bizarre lot these Republican aspirants for the US presidency are! What a sorry bunch of ignoramuses and downright crazies. Or, at best, what a bunch of cheats and cynics! (With the possible exception of the good doctor Ron Paul)”. Is this the best a...
Support the New Freedom Riders
JOSH RUEBNER
Fifty years ago, Freedom Riders braved beatings and arson by supremacists intent on maintaining apartheid in the Jim Crow South.  By challenging segregated transportation through nonviolent action, these African American and white activists set in motion a process that u...
The Double Standard
ROBERT FANTINA
The fact that there is a double-standard in effect for all aspects of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, favoring, of course, Israel, is no secret. The mainstream United States media, little more than a pawn for the government, ignores the countless, horrific abuses heaped...
The Seizure of the Gaza Boats
RAMZY BAROUD
Another mission accomplished, or so it seems. Israeli navy ships have managed to thwart yet another civil society ‘provocation’ (as described by a spokesman for the Israel Embassy in Dublin, Irish Times, November 4). Thus the 27 activists from nine countries ab...