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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 ...