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Archives by Tag 'Palestinians'
Fall Semester Brings New Hope for Lebanon’s Palestinians
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut. As fall semester begins this week for colleges and universities, Lebanon’s 12 Palestinian camps and 12 campuses, continue to swelter under unseasonably high temperatures and heavy humidity with no early relief in sight. Yet, there is final...
Israel’s Refugee Pawns
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. In the shadow of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s theatrics at the United Nations last week, armed with his cartoon Iranian bomb, Israeli officials launched a quieter, but equally combative, initiative to extinguish whatever hopes have s...
Salam Fayyad, the World Bank and the Oslo Game
NEVE GORDON
Triggered by gas-price increases, tens of thousands of Palestinian taxi, truck and bus drivers in the West Bank observed a one-day strike, effectively shutting down cities. This, as Al Jazeera ...
Romney and Netanyahu
URI AVNERY
Once upon a time, President Richard Nixon wanted to appoint a certain lawyer to the US Supreme Court. “But the man is a complete moron!” one senator exclaimed. “So what,” answered another, “There are a great many morons in the US, and they have a r...
New Challenges Grip Lebanon’s Palestinian Camps
FRANKLIN LAMB
Shatila Camp. The Sabra-Shatila Massacre: it seems like a dozen weeks, not 30 years ago. This year American citizens received messages to stay away from Beirut and the annual commemoration of the Israeli facilitated Massacre at Sabra-Shatila from their S...
The Inexplicable Massacres
PEGGY THOMSON
September 18, 1982. A day that will live in infamy. At least as far as many Lebanese and Palestinians are concerned. And yet it often feels like I’m the only person in America who remembers it. For it was on this day thirty years ago that the world first learned about w...
The Struggle for Rachel Corrie’s Legacy
PATRICK O. STRICKLAND
Ramallah. Two weeks ago, an Israeli court ruled that the death of Rachel Corrie, a Palestinian solidarity activist crushed by an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) armored bulldozer in Gaza in 2003, was her own fault and not the result of military negligence. Br...
Sabra-Shatila 1982; Iran 2012?
BARRY LANDO
The outburst of anti-Americanism sweeping much of the Arab world was ignited by an...
Protest in Ramallah
URI AVNERY
Ramallah. Visiting Ramallah after an absence of several months, I was again amazed by the ongoing building activity. Everywhere new high-rise buildings are going up, and many of them are beautiful. (Arabs seem to have an innate talent for architec...
Ripping Open the Curtain on the Forbidden
ALISON WEIR
Alexander Cockburn  was a brilliant, witty, and courageous opponent of falsehoods and injustice. He stood on the side of the oppressed, the weak, and the victimized – even those victims that many writers and human rights defenders chose to ignore. With his scath...
Israel’s Growing Isolation
RAMZY BAROUD
Should Israel be worried? Very much so, for the age of total impunity is coming to an end. Critical voices of the Israeli occupation and mistreatment of Palestinians are rising – not only within civil society circles, but among world governments as well. The ...
T-Shirt Trouble in Jerusalem
MICHAEL DICKINSON
Having arrived from Istanbul at Tel Aviv airport in Israel last month, I was queuing at passport control.  The line was long but people were getting through quite quickly, and I was fairly optimistic that I might too.  More fool me. “I’d rather not have an Is...
The Massacre at Sabra and Shatila, Thirty Years Later
SONJA KARKAR
It happened thirty years ago – 16 September 1982.  A massacre so awful that  people who know about it cannot forget it.  The photos are gruesome  reminders – charred, decapitated, indecently violated corpses, the smell of  rotting flesh, still as foul to those wh...
The Pope and the Palestinians
FRANKLIN LAMB
Shatila Refugee Camp. The only time this observer recalls Yassir Arafat ever becoming frustrated with the late American journalist Janet Stevens, whom he adored as a daughter, was during a visit in August of 1982 when the PLO leader, mentioned in conversat...
A Prayer for Mark
RAOUF J. HALABY
In response to my August 1, 2012 CounterPunch  essay (The Pandering Game) on Romney’s assertion that, because of an inferior culture, Palestinians are...
Incarcerated Inside Israel
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Detention without trial, the presumption of guilt, denial of family visits, solitary confinement, torture, violent interrogation, and denial of access to appropriate health care, such is the Israeli judicial system and prison confinement experienced by Palestinian men, wo...
Palestine in Protest
PATRICK O. STRICKLAND
Jaffa. At first glance, it may appear that the demonstrations which alighted across the West Bank on 05 September were routine. Weekly demonstrations, sit-ins, marches, hunger strikes, and graffiti are only a small fraction of the vast reserve of strategi...
The Plight of Palestinian Refugees From Syria
RAMZY BAROUD
The official position of Arab nations is unambiguous: solidarity with Palestine is paramount. But facts on the ground point to a disturbingly different reality, one in which Palestinians are mistreated beyond any rational justification in various Arab countries. The worst...
The Rachel Corrie Verdict
HUSSEIN ABU HUSSEIN
On Tuesday, Judge Oded Gershon of the Haifa District Court dismissed the civil lawsuit I brought on behalf of Rachel Corrie’s family against the State of Israel for the unlawful killing of their daughter, an American peace activist and human rights defender who legally ...
The Crimes Behind Israel’s Crimes
SHERRY WOLF
Last Friday, Palestinian activist Mohammed Khatib, dubbed “a modern-day Gandhi” by the LA Times, was beaten by Israeli armed forces at a peaceful protest. A leader of popular resistance in the West Bank town of Bil’in, Khatib lives by the credo: “...
Anne and Rachel: a Legacy of Two Martyrs
JENNIFER LOEWENSTEIN
Sixty-Seven years after the end of World War II, a team of researchers and cameramen from the Anne Frank House in Holland showed up at the Capitol Lakes retirement center in Madison, Wisconsin to interview my father-in-law, Fritz Loewenstein. Fritz is the only known perso...
Israel’s Master of Mischief
URI AVNERY
Avigdor Lieberman has a restless nature. From time to time he has to do something, anything. As Minister of Foreign Affairs he should be doing something about, well, foreign affairs. Trouble is, Israel’s foreign affairs are managed by others. The most impo...
When Will Palestinians Become Human?
AMER ZAHR
We Palestinians have been struggling for a long time.  I am not speaking of the struggle to be recognized as an independent state, or the struggle to be recognized in the United Nations, or even the struggle to be recognized in international courts.  I am speaking, ra...
Thirsting for Justice
KATHY KELLY
At Maryhouse Catholic Worker, in New York City, word arrived, on a hot August day that, due to street construction, the water would be cut off for four hours the following day.  The Catholic Worker community serves scores of guests each day, and the water shortage would ...
Hope and Despair for Lebanon’s Palestinians
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut. Remarkably, this Ramadan holiday season in Lebanon designees from both the Shia Higher Islamic Shiites Council and the Sunni Dar el Fatwa, figuratively speaking, pointed their binoculars deep into the eastern sky and in almost unheard of unison, pr...
The Forgotten Palestinians
PATRICK O. STRICKLAND
Tel Aviv. On May 15, the New York Times ran an editorial authored by Aaron David Miller under the title of “Preserving Israel’s Uncertain Status Quo.” Miller argues that the Israeli government’s attempts to achieve a “more peaceful and p...
Breaking Free of the US-Israeli Shadow
VIJAY PRASHAD and PRABIR PURKAYASTHA
The Arab Spring changed the political topography of the Middle East. Stalwart regimes of the old order gave way to democratically elected governments. Since 1979, these old regimes have provided an element of “stability” that favoured the aims of the United States and...
The Sinai Joins the Axis of Resistance
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut The Sinai Peninsula has rejoined the Arab and Islamic Resistance as this great awakening spreads inexorably across the region toppling Western imposed security states and replacing them with governments of greater popular legitimacy.  Egypt and oth...
The Clash of Civilizations Revisited
MOHAMMED AYOOB
In what was probably the most influential essay published in the 1990s Samuel Huntington argued in Foreign Affairs that henceforth “The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural. Nation states will remain the most po...
Arafat Reconsidered
JEFFREY BLANKFORT
There has been a spate of recent articles concerning Israel’s involvement in the death of the former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. I suggest that this is less important than analyzing the role actually played by Arafat in the Palestinian struggle for liberation whil...
The Murder of Arafat
SAM BAHOUR
“We have to get rid of Arafat” ~Israeli defense Minister Shaul Mofaz to Prime Minister Sharon caught on an open mic ...
History on a Billboard
LAWRENCE DAVIDSON
For the past few weeks, those taking local trains from New York City’s wealthier suburbs into Manhattan have encountered ...
Hebron: the Occupation’s Ugly Face
PATRICK O. STRICKLAND
Hebron. A winding road, smooth and freshly paved, carries passengers from Jerusalem to Hebron, situated deep in the stomach of the West Bank. This route, like 80 percent of the total highway system in the West Bank, is prohibited for Palestinian use...
Talking Zionism
URI AVNERY
“HE TALKS Zionism,” used to be a very derogatory comment when I was young. It meant that some elderly functionary had come to waste our time with a boring speech consisting largely of empty phrases. That was before the foundation of the State of Israel. Since t...
Palestinian Refugees in Syria
RAMZY BAROUD
“The flames are quickly approaching Yarmouk (as) someone is trying to drag the Palestinians into the fire,” reported Palestinian commentator Rashad Abu Shawar (as cited in Israeli Jerusalem Post, July 20). Yarmouk is the largest Palestinian refugee cam...
Does It Matter What Israelis Do?
SAUL LANDAU
Western leaders met in Paris last week to discuss possible intervention in Syria where almost 10,000 people have died over the last year of internal conflict. The West has never even considered holding such a meeting on Israel’s murderous behavior, however, despite a Ju...
Now’s Not the Time for Hezbollah to Cut-and-Run
FRANKLIN LAMB
Dahiyeh, South Beirut. This observer admits that politically speaking, things might appear a bit tough for Hezbollah these days but will spare the dear reader the tedium of a laundry list of what the Party has experienced over the past 20 months in terms o...
Talking Palestine to Power
SONJA KARKAR
Today, there is no excuse for not knowing the truth about Palestine.  Even taking the disinformation spread in mainstream media, there are enough glimpses one gets of an oppressed people in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem that should compel us to ask questions. Th...
The Most Successful Terrorist of the 20th Century?
URI AVNERY
Two former Prime Ministers of Israel are in the news these days. They represent two of the many faces of Israel. They also raise a universal question: which is preferable – an honest fanatic or a corrupt pragmatist? Yitzhak Shamir died two weeks ago an...
The Bravest Theater in the World
MICHAEL DICKINSON
First the good news.  On July 12, Nabil Al-Raee, the Artistic Director of The Freedom Theatre in Jenin, was released after more than a month in detention following his arrest at his home in the early hours of the morning in June by Israeli Armed Forces, Not accuse...
How We All Became Palestinians
GILAD ATZMON
William A. Cook’s ‘Decade of Deceit’ is a collection of spectacular articles written by a man...
Boycotting Apartheid Israel
BLAINE COLEMAN
You may have noticed that Israel is getting hit with more boycott campaigns, not less. It started on April 17, 2003. That night, the ...
A Post ‘Arab Spring’ Palestine
RAMZY BAROUD
Will the Arab Spring serve the cause of Palestine?” is a question that has been repeatedly asked, in various ways, over the last year and a half. Many media discussions have been formulated around this very inquiry, although the answer is far from a simple “yes” or ...
Did the New York Times Lead Anthony Shadid to His Death?
ALISON WEIR
Anthony Shadid was an astounding journalist. By 43 he was legendary for his courage and lyrical, powerful reporting. He had received the Pulitzer Prize twice for his moving reports from the middle of the Iraq war and had built, as the Washington Post noted...
Netanyahu’s Message to Obama Campaign
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut Presidential candidate Barack Obama is being targeted by the US Israel lobby from A to Z, (Ackerman, Gary & Aipac to Zuckerman, Mort & the Zionist Organization of America) as no American President seeking re-election has been in the country...
The Scheme to Define Away Palestinian Refugees
SALMAN ABU SITTA
In May 2012, Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) made an outstanding discovery, which had escaped scores of politicians, diplomats and experts for six decades. He discovered that the number of Palestinian refugees is not five million as United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)...
Memo to the J14 Movement
PATRICK O. STRICKLAND
JERUSALEM. The organizers of Israel’s J14 movement demand social justice. Outraged by the increasing concentration of wealth and the soaring cost of living, many Israelis have stood up and called for cheaper housing, food, education, and taxes, among oth...
Our Muslim Brothers
URI AVNERY
Everybody knows by now why we are stuck in Palestine. When God instructed Moses to plead with Pharaoh to let his people go, Moses told him that he was unfit for the job because “I am slow of speech and of a slow tongue” (Exodus 4:10). Actually, in the He...
The State of Siege in Gaza
RAMZY BAROUD
On June 14, fifty international organizations marked the fifth anniversary of the Israeli siege on Gaza by calling on Israel to end its blockade of the small, impoverished strip. “For over five years in Gaza, more than 1.6 million people have been under blockade ...
A Tale From a Time of Heroes
RON JACOBS
There was once a time not so long ago when the world seemed to be full of revolutionary heroes.  These heroes were both men and women.  The actions and accompanying commitment of these individuals inspired millions of others to join movements and organizations dedicated...