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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 ...
The Political Ritual at Herzl’s Tomb
NICOLA PERUGINI
A visit to a grave is often part of the political rituals that presidents and other political representatives include in their schedules during their State visits. In spite of the apparent mechanicity and automatism behind these gestures, they still constitute valid space...
Farming Under the Wall
EMMA MANCINI
Al Walaje (Bethlehem, West Bank). “My land extended beyond the  Wall. I used to have olive trees, apricots, plums, lemons. I also  had 65 hives and more than 100 sheep. Then Israel planned the  Separation Wall. They uprooted 100 olive trees and destro...
Zionists Make Great Homebuilders
D. SIDNEY POTTER
With the conclusion of Barrack Obama’s recent trip to Israel and Palestine, the subject of protected lands from the 1967 border agreement comes to mind — and with it, we are reminded of the Israeli governments’ voracious appetite for new development opportunitie...
Papa Obama and President Drone
ANDREW LEVINE
When Barack Obama first appeared on the national scene, he was a Rorschach inkblot upon whom gullible liberals projected their hopes and anxious “conservatives” their fears. The scare quotes are justified because then, as now, there was not much that is genuine...
Something is Rotten in the State of Israel
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
It is said that the devil has about him the smell of fire and brimstone (sulphur). Evil deeds are often described as “most foul.” On the other hand, people who appear, accurately or not, as always innocent are described as “smelling like roses.” There seems, then,...
Obama, Israel, and the Politics of Catharsis
NORMAN POLLACK
Obama’s Middle East mission, given star treatment at every turn, demonstrates, like the famous Cairo speech in his first term, verbal subterfuge, a handy cover for insinuating US power in the region even more than sought by his predecessors.  Oil is too simple a reason...
The Speech That was Not Delivered
URI AVNERY
Note: This text was written on Wednesday, a day before President Obama made his historic speech in Jerusalem. It appears that my text  came much closer to his actual speech than I had dared to hope. Some passages are almost identical. Readers may want to compare the text...
The Unheard Voices of Palestinians
ALAN WIEDER
David Grossman did the interviews for his book, The Yellow Wind, in May 1987, six months bef...
More Apartheid
CESAR AGUEL
Where? Well . . . Take a guess. Choose two places and one does not count. We are of course referring to the new measures taken by the Israeli Transport Ministry, for the daily transfer, back and forth, of Palestinians residing in the Occupied Territor...
Obama in the West Bank
RUTH MICHAELSON
Obama’s visit to Israel and the West Bank has been labelled as an opportunity by some. Indeed, it is an opportunity- and it’s likely to be one that will be deliberately skirted by the administration, in a bid to ensure that Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu does a be...
The Corries’ Ten-Year Quest for Justice
TOM WRIGHT and THERESE SALIBA
“Parents can be awakened by their children” –Cindy Corrie, 2003 Commencement address Ten years have now passed since we received ...
“5 Broken Cameras'” Strange Trip to the Oscars
URI AVNERY
This does not happen every day: a Minister of Culture publicly rejoices because a film from her country has not been awarded an Oscar. And not just one film, but two. It happened this week. Limor Livnat, still Minister of Culture in the outgoing government...
The Third Intifada?
URI AVNERY
Is this the third intifada? This question was raised this week by a number of Israeli security experts. And not only by them – their Palestinian colleagues were almost as perplexed. All over the West Bank, Palestinian youth threw stones at Israeli soldiers. All t...
Obama’s Israel Trip
JONATHAN COOK
Israeli and Palestinian officials have been in Washington laying the ground for President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel and the West Bank, scheduled for next month and the first since he took office four years ago. Topping the agenda, Israeli Prime Minister ...
Israel’s Wall of Madness
ANDRE VLTCHEK and LYNDA BURNSTEIN BRAYER
Golan Heights. If someone would say: “Israel, Palestine and Golan Heights! And you have only two seconds to describe what first comes to your mind.” Then I would immediately put into words two images that would enter my mind: “Mental asylum, a...
Israel’s Basic Contradiction
URI AVNERY
The sole contribution of Ya’ir Lapid to Israeli folklore so far is his saying that he would not join a move to block Binyamin Netanyahu, since this would mean joining forces with “the Zuabis”. This needs explanation to a foreign audience. The Zuabi family is ...
The World Bank and the Palestinians
MATS SVENSSON
We used to meet at Borderline Restaurant, myself and three young, well-educated men (always men) from “The Bank.” We were discussing the recent World Bank meeting in Al Ram. President Arafat had just died in Paris. The meeting in Al Ram, therefore, had an unusually hi...
Making Sense of Yair Lapid and the Israeli Center
NEVE GORDON
Former anchorman and middle-class darling Yair Lapid stunned the Israeli political scene in the recent elections. His party, Yesh Atid (There is a Future) won 19 seats, second in size only to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s Lik...
Bullldozers and More Talks
RAMZY BAROUD
Despite much saber-rattling by Israel and the US administration and hyped-up expectations by the Palestinian leadership, the recognition of Palestine as a non-member observer state late last year is on its way to becoming yet another footnote in protracted conflict that h...
His Hunger, Our Shame
AHMAD BARQAWI
Amman, Jordan. The human chain stretched into the distance each way; representing the path of Samer Al Issaw’s daily struggle and physical agony, a path of dignity and courage; and a path of our own helplessness and shame; every demonstra...
Drones, Israel, and the Eclipse of Democracy
NORMAN POLLACK
Murder,  she said; No, not the popular song, not Brecht’s Arturo Ui (rhymes with phooey), not Chicago’s SouthSide gangland variety, but the real stuff of modern times: cold-blooded, methodical, depraved, the peculiar mix of militarism-ideology-practical realism, ...
The Exterminators
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In the 21st century Americans have experienced an extraordinary collapse in the rule of law and in their constitutional protections. Today American citizens, once a free people protected by law, can be assassinated and detained in prison indefinitely without any evidence ...
The Case of Gilad Atzmon
BLAKE ALCOTT
Panel at Cooper Union NYC led by Anne-Marie Slaughter, 28 September 2006: Tony Judt:  I just… I’d just like to say one very quick thing about [the difficulty of getting anything critical of Israel into the mainstream media]. When I submitted an ar...
Plant a Tree for Palestine
JOSIE SHIELDS-STOMSNESS
For 112 years, the Jewish National Fund has played a central role in the on-going displacement and dispossession of Palestinians from their land and homes. The JNF was instrumental in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 and continues to play a central role in maint...
The Palestinian Prisoners’ Intifada
RAMZY BAROUD
If Palestinian leaders only knew how extraneous their endless rounds of “unity” talks have become, they might cease their enthusiastic declarations to world media about yet another scheduled meeting or another. At this point, few Palestinians have hope that their “l...