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Archives by Tag 'Palestinians'
How 20 Tents Rocked Israel
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. When the Palestinian leadership won their upgrade to non-member observer status at the United Nations in November, plenty of sceptics on both sides of the divide questioned what practical benefits would accrue to the Palestinians. The doubters ha...
The Human Right to Settle?
NICOLA PERUGINI
In a recent article in the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronot, columnist Rafael Castro ...
An Interview With Norman Finkelstein
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
Ken Klippenstein: What do you think the significance of the Arab Spring was to Palestinian rights? Norman Finkelstein: It’s still a work in progress. The results seemed more encouraging in the initial phase than th...
Subsidizing Land Theft
YVES ENGLER
The double standard of Israel-no-matter-what supporters can reach spectacular proportions. The recent case of Liberal Party leadership candidate Justin Trudeau’s speech proves the point and also illustrates the tactics employed to demonize the Islamic community. ...
Tragedy of Syria’s Palestinians and Centrality of Right of Return
RAMZY BAROUD
It must have been 2007, although I cannot remember the exact date. I do recall getting lost in what seemed like a futile search for the headquarters of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Rome. There was a meeting of NGOs and some General Assembly body, consist...
Why the Self-Defense Doctrine Doesn’t Legitimize Israel’s Assault on Gaza
JAMES MARC LEAS
Supporting all aspects of the Israeli assault on Gaza in November, President Obama gave Israeli forces a green light, ...
Terror in a Christmas Tree
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Israel’s large Palestinian minority is often spoken of in terms of the threat it poses to the Jewish majority. Palestinian citizens’ reproductive rate constitutes a “demographic timebomb”, while their main political programme – Israel...
The Politics of Partition of Historic Palestine
MAHMOUD N. MUSA
Paris. “At some point, Mr Abbas must admit to his people that most of the refugees will never return to Israel: that is the price of partition”. This statement appeared on page 14 of the issue of the Economist dated Sept...
Refugees in Their Own Land
RAOUF J. HALABY
In Early November a colleague requested that I compose a few thoughts for our church’s Advent 2012 booklet. I selected the Luke 2: 1-7 text for reasons personal, professional, and textual. What follows (with additional poi...
The UN Stumbles on Israeli Settlements
VIJAY PRASHAD
On December 19, the US was saved from having to whip out its veto to defend Israel. The UN Security Council (UNSC) debated the issue of settlement building by Israel on the occupied Palestinian Territories. The bloc of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) hoped for a vote that ...
Understanding Hamas at 25
RAMZY BAROUD
“In a moment of high theatre he dropped to his knees, placed his lips on the ground and kissed the land he has commanded by proxy”. This is how Robert Tait of the British Telegraph worded the moment Khaled Meshaal arrived in Gaza on Dec 07. Tait’s report on what man...
“This is Palestine. I Drew Her Bleeding.”
VIJAY PRASHAD
For Mohammed Ziad Awad Salayma, age 17, killed on his birthday (12-12-12) because, being hard of hearing, he did not understand Israeli soldier Nofar Mizrahi, who shot him at point blank range. There is something hapless about Guy Delisle’s character in ...
The Beginning of the End for Mindless America Support for Israel?
JOHN GRANT
The legacy of the Zionist revolutionaries who once enraptured the parlors of Europe and America with talk of a Jewish homeland as a moral beacon in a benighted region has instead bequeathed to the Jewish world and the West a highly militarized dependency &...
Wrecking Gaza
JAMES MARC LEAS and THERESA McDERMOTT
The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) claims vast military gains from its targeting of hundreds of sites in Gaza, including substanti...
Israel’s Lesson to Palestinians
MEDEA BENJAMIN
Eman El-Hawi, a smart and perky 24-year-old business student from Gaza got teary when she told our delegation about what she witnessed during the eight days that Israel pounded Gaza. “I saw the babies being brought into the hospital, some dead, some wounded. I couldn’...
The World Has Spoken
JOHN V. WHITBECK
The UN General Assembly has now voted, by 138 votes to 9, with 41 abstentions and 5 no-shows, to recognize the existence as a state “of the State of Palestine on the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967”. The “no” votes were cast by Israel, th...
Iran, Israel and International Law
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The trite old phrase ‘What’s Sauce for the Goose is also Sauce for the Gander’ means quite simply that if a person does something that is approved by society, then another person should not be criticized or penalized for doing exactly the same thing.  That seems f...
Accelerating the Occupation
BINOY KAMPMARK
This is the answer. Outmanoeuvred in the UN, Israel has huffed and puffed against the house that is the international community and taken the policy of increasing settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank in the corridor of land termed E1 out of cold storage.  The ...
Israel’s Doomsday Settlement
NICOLA NASSER
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has definitely crossed an international red line to vindicate a swift and firm rejection from Israel’s closest allies when he announced plans recently to build a new settlement on a corridor of occupied Palestinian land in East ...
The Demographic Success of Israel’s Settlement Project
YINON COHEN and NEVE GORDON
The United Nations General Assembly recognised Palestine as a “nonmember state”. But it may very well be that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has already missed the boat. With the help of graphic designer, Michal Vexler, we have created an inf...
Israel and Gaza, Again
SAUL LANDAU
Again Israel used its superior military force and technology to kill residents of Gaza, and destroy their homes and property while revving up its media war to justify its barbarous behavior. This assault on Gaza follow an old Zionist strategy, outlined by Zionist ideologu...
Justice, Peace and the Israeli State
WILLIAM A. COOK
“As for the rights of Jewish people in this land, I have a simple message for those people gathered in the General Assembly today, no decision by the U.N. can break the 4,000-year-old bond between the people of Israel and the land of Israel.” &#...
We Want It to Stop
KATHY KELLY
Gaza City. On November 15, 2012, day three of the recent eight day bombardment of Gaza, Ahmed Basyouni and his family were watching news of the attacks on TV in their home in the eastern section of Beit Hanoun. He and his wife assured his older children th...
Midnight Thoughts in Gaza
JOHNNY BARBER
Tonight I am confused. I have been in Gaza for five days now and I am having difficulty understanding the 8-day war and the subsequent ceasefire. Let me explain the difficulty I am having. The Israeli Offensive Forces insist they protect civilians in Gaza, only tar...
Pillars or Pandoras?
MIRIYAM AOURAGH
West Bank. The news is dominated by celebrations for a UN observer state. But it has only been a week since Gaza’s nightmare. The tiny densely populated city that really did experience ‘Pillar of Clouds’ as the Bible ...
The UN and Palestine
URI AVNERY
It was a day of joy. Joy for the Palestinian people. Joy for all those who hope for peace between Israel and the Arab world. And, in a modest way, for me personally. The General Assembly of the United Nations, the highest world forum, has voted...
Palestine, the UN and Australian Labor
RICK KUHN
One week Australia’s Labor Party Prime Minister Julia Gillard cheers on Israel’s murderous assault on Gaza, the next the parliamentary Labor Party caucus rolls her over recognition of Palestine by the United Nations General Assembly. In the United Nations, Labo...
A Different War in Gaza
RAMZY BAROUD
In life, some phenomena cannot be explained by ordinary logic or technical language, let alone official discourses. How did Gaza manage to fight back with such ferocity and undying vigor in quelling the latest Israeli war despite years of a bloody siege and one-sided war ...
Israel’s War on Palestinian Children
VIJAY PRASHAD
On 18 November, the Israeli armed forces bombed a house and killed the al-Dalou family, all ten members that were present and two neighbors. When the dust and fires settled, it became clear that amongst the dead were five children and five women. Among them was Mohammed J...
Genocidal Yearnings
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
By the middle of the 19th century the multi-ethnic empire was on its way out as the dominant political paradigm in Europe.  Replacing it was the nation-state, a political form which allowed the concentration of ethnic groups within their own political borders.  This in ...
Where’s the Accountability for Israeli War Crimes?
AUDREY BOMSE and JAMES MARC LEAS
Gaza City. The Palestinian Authority would be “traitors” if they agreed to a condition the UK is seeking to impose in exchange for agreeing to  support Palestine upgrading its membership in the UN. So said Raji Sourani, Director of the ...
Global Intifada
BILL V. MULLEN
On 25 July, Spanish coal miners in the northern village of Cinera blocked their roads in protest against the austerity cuts. When state subsidies fell by 63%, and miners lost their jobs, homemade slings hurled rocks at the police. This protest took place as the Spanish ...
Gaza: Same Time, Same Place
RAMZY BAROUD
Many key phrases have been presented to explain Israel’s latest military onslaught against Gaza, which left scores dead and wounded. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is flexing his muscles in preparation for the Israeli general elections in January, suggested s...
Weaponizing Trauma
NICOLA PERUGINI
The recent operation “Pillar of Defence” coincided with a widespread use of social media by the Israeli army. A military tweet sent by the army spokesperson’s account on November 18 reads: “‘Harmless’ rockets? Staggering number of kid...
Why Israel Desires to be Hated by Palestinians
OREN BEN-DOR
Yet another massacre is unfolding in Gaza, the largest prison in the world.  We are surrounded by familiar chatter: ‘Israel’s right to defend itself’; ‘Palestinians’ legitimate resistance to (the 1967) occupation’; ‘who started it this time?’ Most insidio...
Kafka in Israel
LINH DINH
“We want to be troubled no more by Arabs; room to breathe; a skyline cleansed of them; no more bleating of sheep knifed by an Arab; every beast to die a natural death; no interference till we have drained the carcass empty and picked its bones clean. Cleanliness, nothin...
Death in Gaza, Déjà Vu
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
It is a recurring nightmare. The sounds and smells are so familiar; the tension in the air so thick that you can see it like the grit and grime that collects on your clothes and shoes after being outside for only a short while.  In July, sand blows in off the shore whip...
The American Puppet State
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The United States government and a majority of the subjects, especially those members of evangelical churches, grovel at the feet of the Israeli Prime Minister? How is a country a superpower when it lacks the power to determine its own foreign policy in the Middle East?...
The Absolute Right of Palestinian Resistance
LYNDA BURSTEIN BRAYER
Once again the bombs are falling on the Gaza Strip, a stretch of territory excised from Palestine proper as a result of continuing illegal and illegitimate actions by Israel. In fact, Gaza has become a closed ghetto, first cut off from Palestine in violation of the partit...
Israel’s Gaza Calculus
GREGORY HARMS
 The recent violence between Gaza and Israel can be considered in three frames of reference. The first is the immediate context of Israel’s targeted killing of Hamas military commander Ahmed al-Jabari. This action was taken during back-channel negotiations of...
Why Gaza Must Suffer Again
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. A short interview broadcast by CNN late last week featuring two participants – a Palestinian in Gaza and an Israeli within range of the rocket attacks – did not follow the usual script. For once, a media outlet dropped its role as gate...
Netanyahu’s Gaza Quickie
ROB PRINCE
Unable to – or restrained from – attacking Iran (or getting the United States to do so), Israel had to shoot its military rocks off somewhere else, so it has turned its fire power on Gaza? As in 2008, Netanyahu and Lieberman waited until after the U.S. ...
Israel’s Gaza Attack: Not Defence But Murder of Unarmed Civilians
MAIREAD MAGUIRE
Belfast. It is with the greatest sadness, mixed with frustration, and a sense of helplessness, that many people around the world, myself included, watched on television the horrific scenes of death and destruction perpetrated, yet again, by the latest Isra...
The Ideology of Hatred
NEVE GORDON
After 9/11, hate began colonizing new spheres, operating as a social and political force that manipulates and mobilizes entire publics in very specific ways. In order to understand the recent events in Gaza you should read Niza Yanay’s new book ...
Don’t Expect Obama to Take On Israel
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. Barack Obama’s victory in the US presidential election last week was greeted with general unease in Israel. Surveys conducted outside the US shortly before polling day showed Obama was the preferred candidate in every country but two –...
The Different Faces of ‘Popular Resistance’ in Palestine
RAMZY BAROUD
Apparently, ‘popular resistance’ has suddenly elevated to become a clash of visions or strategies between the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and its rivals in Gaza, underscoring an existing and deepening rift between various factions and leaderships. Address...
War is Too Serious to be Left to (These) Politicians
URI AVNERY
Everybody in Israel knows this story. When Levy Eshkol was Prime Minister, his assistants rushed up to him in panic: “Levy, there is a drought!” “In Texas?” Eshkol asked anxiously. “No, in Israel!” they said. “Then it doesn’t matter,...
Discovering Rachel Corrie
ELENA CARTER
On March 16, 2003, when Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer, I was thirteen. When I was in middle school, the death of a young woman on the other side of the planet didn’t mean much to me. My parents remember her. My parents’ friend, Peter Bohme...
Jim Crow and the Palestinians
ANGELA DAVIS
The controversy generated by Newt Gingrich’s outrageous statement last year that Palestinians are “an invented people” should have led to greater caution in the formulation of politicians’ public statements on Is...
Tom Friedman’s Special Relationship
BELÉN FERNÁNDEZ
The following is an excerpt from The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work...