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Archives by Tag 'Palestinians'
A World Record for Chutzpah
URI AVNERY
I DON’T know if the Guinness Book of World Records has a special section for Chutzpah. If it does not, it should. That’s the one competition where we might take home a few gold medals. The first one would surely go to Binyamin Netanyahu. ...
The Jewish State’s Bottom Line
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. There are many flies waiting to spoil the ointment of the Middle East peace talks, not least Israel’s recent announcement of a rash of settlement-building. That triggered an angry letter to Washington last week from the Palestinian leadersh...
A Federation? Why Not?
URI AVNERY
Tel Aviv. AVRAHAM BURG (58) was a member of the Labor Party and for some time the Chairman of the Knesset. His late father was a long-time cabinet minister and a leader of the National-Religious Party, before it became a rabid messianic mob. The relations ...
A Second Nakba?
SAM GILBERT
Ramallah. August 1, 2013: Thousands gathered throughout Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories in protest of the Prawer Plan and the displacement of approximately 40,000 Bedouin in the Negev region of Israel.  A “day of rage” was called and d...
The Flawed Logic of the Peace Talks
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. It may not have reached the level of fevered expectation unleashed by that famous handshake between Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the White House lawn in 1993, but the sense of hope inspired by the long-awaited revival of peace talks is both...
Another Journalist with Children in the Israeli Military
ALISON WEIR
The New York Times recently published a news ...
Israel’s Ethnic Cleansing Zones
JONATHAN COOK
Were it not for the razor wire, giant concrete blocks, steel gates, watchtower and standard-issue surly teenage soldier, it would be impossible to tell at what point the barren uplands of Israel’s eastern Negev give way to the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank. ...
Kerry and Chutzpah
URI AVNERY
IF YOU happen to bump into John Kerry at Ben Gurion Airport, you may wonder whether he is coming or going.  He may well be wondering himself. For many weeks now he has been devoting most of his precious time to meetings with Binyamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, t...
How Israeli Apartheid is Coming Unstuck
JONATHAN COOK
One incident of racism, though small in relation to the decades of massive, institutionalised discrimination exercised by Israel against its Palestinian Arab citizens, has triggered an uncharacteristic bout of Israeli soul-searching. Superland, a large amusement pa...
Triumph and Tragedy
URI AVNERY
No opera by Richard Wagner could have been more dramatic. It looked as if it was directed by a genius. It started low-key. A little piece of paper was thrust into the hand of Prime Minister Levi Eshkol as he was reviewing the Independence Day parade. It said that E...
Occupation? What Occupation?
URI AVNERY
Every person is endowed with a certain denial mechanism they can use to avoid the shame, fear, guilt and pain involved in coping with their improper actions. Instead of facing their failure, accepting reality and dealing with it, they simply enter a state of denial. ...
Marching to Jerusalem
SARAH MARUSEK
46 years ago this month, Israel seized East Jerusalem, the home of many significant holy sites for Muslims, Christians and Jews, as well as the proposed capital for any future Palestinian state. Since then, Israel has increasingly undertaken measures, particularly the pla...
Palestinians as Fall Guys, Again
JONATHAN COOK
Under heavy pressure from the US, the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has paid grudging lip service over the past four years to the goal of Palestinian statehood. But his real agenda was always transparent: not statehood, but what he termed “economic pea...
The Middle East According to Tony Blair
PHIL GREAVES
Tony Blair, one of the Chief architects of the wholly illegal, and barbaric act of aggression put upon the state of Iraq and its population in 2003 – resulting in the ...
The State of Whom?
URI AVNERY
Can a law be both ridiculous and dangerous? It certainly can. Witness the ongoing initiative of our government to enact a law that would define the State of Israel as “The Nation-State of the Jewish People”. Ridiculous 1 – because what and who is the ...
How Lebanon’s Palestinians Are Being Pulled Into Syrian War
FRANKLIN LAMB
Homs Palestinian Refugee Camp, Syria Historically, Palestinian refugees, wherever they have sought temporary sanctuary following the ethic cleansing of their country by the 19th Century Zionist colonial enterprise, and pending their Return to P...
The Last of the Semites
JOSEPH MASSAD
Jewish opponents of Zionism understood the movement since its early age as one that shared the precepts of anti-Semitism in its diagnosis of what gentile Europeans called the “Jewish Question”. What galled anti-Zionist Jews the most, however, ...
Are Israelis Appropriating the Nakba?
SUSAN ABULHAWA
Al Jazeera Stream contacted me a few days ago asking if I would participate on a show commemorating the Nakbe.  I would be the only Palestinian, the producer said, “to balance things out” amidst various Israeli voices.  Here’s the exact excerpt of the email: ...
Can Richard Falk Achieve Civil Rights for Palestinians in Lebanon?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Damascus. The United Nations Special Rapporteur for Palestine, Professor 
Richard Falk, came to Lebanon last week on an unofficial visit to survey 
opinion while fact-finding the condition in Palestinian refugee’s camps. It 
was the Professor’...
Gaza: a Lie Agreed Upon
KAREN ENGLISH
In New Guinea there is a word for a truth that everybody knows but nobody speaks: Mokita.  In the official discourse surrounding Palestine—Gaza in particular—politicians, President Obama, and the media speak from a phony script full of false vocabulary, false ...
In Praise of Richard Falk
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
Shortly after the 15 April 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, Richard Falk, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian territories, published an analysis of the episode entitled ...
Librarians and Palestine
RON JACOBS
This June, a delegation of librarians, archivists, and other library workers will travel to Palestine. They will connect with colleagues in library- and archive-related projects and institutions there, traveling as truth seekers and information skeptics, applying their ex...
The Albatross of Israel
NORMAN POLLACK
Appropriately, today is May Day, and in mid-Michigan a strikingly beautiful a.m., unusual for the dismal gray to which we have become accustomed of late, and moments ago, I awoke from sleep with a phrase recurring in mind, one that easily rolls off the tongue, yet that th...
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 ...
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 ...