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History’s Revenge
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The “global war on terror” started by President George W. Bush more than a decade ago has taken a new and more sinister turn. Now we know that Barack Obama, the current president, goes through the profiles of people he wants eliminated (...
South Africa: What’s in a label?
NEVE GORDON
Be’er-Sheva, Israel. South Africa’s recent demand that products originating in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and Golan Heights remove the label “Made in Israel” is extremely significant – much m...
The War on Palestinian Soccer
RAMZY BAROUD
On June 3, Palestinian national soccer team member Mahmoud Sarsak completed 80 days of a grueling hunger-strike. He had sustained the strike despite the fact that nearly 2,000 Palestinian inmates had called off their own 28-day hunger strike weeks ago. Although the...
Israeli Mustard
URI AVNERY
IT’S A true story. I have told it once, and I shall tell it again. A friend of mine in Warsaw, who is half Jewish, advised a well-known Polish journalist to visit Israel, to see for himself. When the journalist came back, he called my friend and reported b...
Living Without Your Name
NEVE GORDON
My friend’s wife was accepted to a PhD program at McGill University in Montreal. They decided to move to Canada with their two children at about the same time that I was offered a fellowship at Princeton and decided to move with my family to New Jersey for a year...
Countering the Israel Lobby’s Dominance
ALAN NASSER
 “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensi...
Battlelines Being Drawn for Next Phase: a Plus for Palestinians?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut The official results of the first round of the historic Egyptian presidential elections, the first ever in Mother Egypt where the results were not known in advance, present an encouraging snapshot of “new democratic Egypt” given that the choice...
The Negation of the Palestinian State
URI AVNERY
On May 15, the anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, its Arab citizens observed a day of mourning for the victims of the Naqba (“catastrophe”) – the mass exodus of half the Palestinian people from the territory which became Israel. Like every ye...
“Take Him Out!”
MATS SVENSSON
Daniel has returned home. He had felt a lump in his stomach even before stepping on the plane in Mumbai. He felt sick when he saw all the young boys and girls checking everyone’s identity at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. Mom, dad, his older sister and younger b...
The Meaning of the Nakba
NASEER ARURI
During the middle of May, Zionists celebrate an event that they call the War of Independence. The same occasion is observed by Palestinians, who call it al-Nakba, meaning the catastrophe, which began with the internal displacement of some 200,000 Palestinians, reac...
The American Press and the Middle East
JAMES ABOUREZK
In the May 3 edition of the International Herald Tribune (but not its domestic sister publication, The New York Times), Raja Shehadeh wrote a personal observation resulting from his experience as a human rights worker in Palestine. Here are two paragraphs from his...
Peacemaking Without Mediators
NICOLA NASSER
A surplus of mediators have been around all the time, including the heavy weight Quartet of the UN, U.S., EU and Russia, as well as heaps of terms of reference of UNSC resolutions, bilateral signed accords and “roadmaps,” in addition to marathon bilateral talks that h...
Erasing the Nakba
NEVE GORDON
Be’er-Sheva, Israel. I first heard about the Nakba in the late 1980s, while I was an undergraduate student of philosophy at Hebrew University. This, I believe, is a revealing fact, particularly since, as a teenager, I was a member of...
Keffiyeh Crime in Turkey
MICHAEL DICKINSON
On February 20th 2010 Cihan Kırmızıgül, a junior industrial engineering student of Galatasaray University, was waiting at a bus stop in Istanbul after a visit to a college friend’s home.  Suddenly he was approached by Turkish police who arrested him violently, one ...
Empty Stomachs, Palestinian Spring
PATRICK O. STRICKLAND
Ramallah. Following the examples of Khader Adnan and Hana Shalabi, 1,500 Palestinian prisoners have joined a mass hunger strike campaign inside Israeli military prisons. They are calling for an immediate termination of the policy of administrative detentio...
Israel Plots an Endgame
RAMZY BAROUD
Israel’s colonization policies are entering an alarming new phase, comparable in historic magnitude to the original plans to colonize Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem following the war of 1967. On April 24, an Israeli ministerial committee approved three se...
For Israel, Punishing Palestinians is Not Enough
AMIRA HASS
In faraway, frozen Finland – otherwise known as the infirmary of Ramle Prison – the lives of four detainees who have been on a hunger strike for at least 60 days hang in the balance. Nearly 2,000 inmates in the Nafha, Ashkelon, Gilboa and other prisons around ...
Confessions of an Optimist
URI AVNERY
I AM an Optimist. Period. No ifs. No buts. No perhapses. Maybe it’s genetic. My father was an optimist. Even when, at the age of 45,  he had to flee his native Germany to a primitive little country in the Middle East, his spirits remained high. Though he ...
The World’s Largest Open-Air Gulag
RALPH NADER
Have you heard much lately about the 1.5 million Palestinians illegally imprisoned by the Israeli government in the world’s largest open-air Gulag? Their dire living conditions, worsened by a selective Israeli siege limiting the importation of necessities of life – me...
Israel’s Mental Illness
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut It may be that researchers would want to examine as long ago as the period from the 3rd century BC until the beginning of the 17th century in order to find a regime so frenetically building walls and barriers in a hopeless quest to hold onto stolen ...
The Disgusting Attacks on Gunter Grass
TARIQ ALI
The German writer Gunter Grass (The Tin Drum) had already predicted the response to his ...
Lebanon’s Oppressed: Domestic workers, Women, Palestinians
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut University students surveyed last month in Lebanon on the subject of how to improve their society and move it in the direction of meeting international human and civil rights norms identified three groups most in urgent need of immediate Lebanese go...
What Really Matters
JEN MARLOWE
It’s hard to believe that ten years have passed since I wrote this piece, which was, at the time, an email update to friends and family. It’s even harder to believe it’s been a decade since the events this essay chronicles (the spate of bloody suicide bombings i...
What Marwan Barghouti Really Means to Palestinians
RAMZY BAROUD
Last week Marwan Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian political prisoner and Fatah leader, called on Palestinians to launch a “large-scale popular resistance” which would “serve the cause of our people.” The message was widely disseminated as it coincided w...
They Shoot Youth, Don’t They?
JOHNNY BARBER
On March 30, 1976, the Palestinian people declared a general strike and demonstrated against the Israeli confiscation of thousands of acres of land in the Galilee. The Israeli’s responded with violence, killing six unarmed Palestinian demonstrators and injuring hundreds...
Palestine Has Always Been Off the Agenda
GREGORY HARMS
It was recently noted, correctly, by Al Jazeera and the New York Times that the Palestinians and their situation have been “sidelined” and moved off the “world agenda.” On account of factors including US-Israeli tensions with Iran, unfol...
The New Mandela
URI AVNERY
MARWAN BARGHOUTI has spoken up. After a long silence, he has sent a message from prison. In Israeli ears, this message does not sound pleasant. But for Palestinians, and for Arabs in general, it makes sense. His message may well become the new program of the...
America’s Obsession With Israel and Iran
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The United States is obsessed with Iran and Israel.  It’s not just the Administration in Washington that enjoys this weird fixation, because many Americans, including all Republican presidential candidates, agree with Israel that Iran is an enemy and must be dealt wit...
The Ambassador of Vitriol
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut  One fellow who works at the Beirut US Embassy tells the story of how, each year around the time of the vernal equinox, since 2005 when Jeffrey Feltman became the American Ambassador (given Jeff’s domination of US Middle East Policy, he ...
Two Stray Bullets in Gaza
JOHNNY BARBER
On Sunday it was reported that a young boy had been shot on farmland near the Rafah crossing. The details were unclear. Several colleagues and I traveled to Rafah to find out what happened. After making several inquiries, we entered a Bedouin area several hundred meters n...
Preparing Israel for War
NEVE GORDON
Preparing Israel for war Recent raids on Gaza were not just about allocating more money to defense – they were also about war with Iran. In response to the recent assassination of Zuhair al-Qaisi, the Secretary General of the Popular R...
Occupy A Country
PATRICK COCKBURN
Cairo I remember walking into Sabra and Shatila in south Beirut in 1982 just after the massacre of at least 1,700 Palestinians by Christian militiamen loosed on the refugee camps by the Israeli army. The bodies  were beginning to bloat as they lay heaped ...
Two Days in Gaza
JOHNNY BARBER
Gaza. I have read several accounts over the last few days of how life in Southern Israel has become unbearable for the people living there. In retaliation for the latest provocation by Israel over 200 rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel. 11 people wer...
The Enigma of Israel
GABRIEL KOLKO
Zionism was supposed to make Jewish existence “normal;”  very different than in a Diaspora peopled by goyim, but there is nothing ”normal” in the life and culture of Israel today—which has not lived in peace with its neighbors, much less let the Palestinians ha...
The Fighting in Gaza
URI AVNERY
“What have you learned in school today, my son?” “There was no school today. There is an emergency!” “And what have you learned from that, my son?” ACTUALLY, QUITE a lot. This week’s “round”, as the army likes to call it, foll...
Health Care in the Occupied Territories
RAVI KATARI
Healthcare is a unique issue in international politics and discussions of modern civilization.  As an institutional entity, it has both a substantial and direct implication regarding the very existence of human populations.  That’s in contrast to markers such as emplo...
How Israel Stacks the Legal Deck
GEORGE BISHARAT
Palestinian baker and activist Khader Adnan captured headli...
Palling About With Terrorists
JAMES ABOUREZK
I shudder when Sarah Palin comes on the television accusing President Obama of palling around with terrorists, mostly I fear that she may, someday, catch up with me to disclose to the public my history of palling around with terrorists.   To pre-empt Sarah, I will tell ...
The Anthem Incident
URI AVNERY
ON THE face of it, it was a trivial incident. In the presence of the entire political and legal establishment, the liberal President of the Supreme Court, Dorit Beinisch, who has reached the age limit of 70, was replaced by the conservative Justice Asher Dan Grunis. ...
Why Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart” is Terrifying Daniel Pipes
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut Daniel Pipes, the anti-Arab Islamophobe is reportedly spooked these days. “Actually he has become an almost terrified man”, so says a colleagues at Pipes’ Islamophobic Middle East Forum and the Campus Watch Organization. MEF was fo...
The Absurdity of US/Israeli Relations
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
“We are you, and you are us,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrogantly proclaimed to President Barack Obama in the White House recently. How is it possible that Israel, a tiny country with only eight million people, can have so much influence over t...
A Shining Victory for Non-Violence
URI AVNERY
A PALESTINIAN village, somewhere in the West Bank. In the middle of the night, banging on the door and shouts in Arabic: “Israeli army. Open up!” Somebody – most often the mother – opens the door. The heavily armed soldiers rush in and drag the v...
Occupying Palestinian Water
STUART LITTLEWOOD
There are few crimes more despicable than stealing your neighbour’s water, and polluting what’s left, then watching him and his children suffer thirst, disease and ruin. Most of us would want nothing to do with the perpetrators of such evil. British Wat...
Palestine and the UN
JOHN V. WHITBECK
Dear President Abbas, There was visible and audible euphoria at the UN General Assembly in September when you announced Palestine’s appl...
You Can’t Get There From Here
JEFF HALPER
Even as I write this, the bulldozers have been busy throughout that one indivisible country known by the bifurcated term Israel/Palestine. Palestinian homes, community centers, livestock pens and other “structures” (as the Israel authorities dispassionately call them)...
Meet the New York Times’ New Israel-Palestine News Chief
ALISON WEIR
Michael Lerner, the editor of Tikkun Magazine, is known for his frequent condemnations of Israeli violence against Palestinians. He is labeled “pro-Palestinian” for such statements and is regularly attacked by pro-Israel zealots who charge that he is disloyal to the J...
The Suicide State
URI AVNERY
AFTER THE founding of Israel, God appeared to David Ben-Gurion and told him: “You have created a state for my chosen people in my holy land. This merits a great reward. Tell me what you wish, and I will grant it.” Ben-Gurion answered: “Almighty God, I wish th...
Khader Adnan’s Hunger Strike
CHARLOTTE SILVER
A month ago only those who had met him knew Khader Adnan. Now all of Palestine and people across the world know his name and his cause. Before December 17, when Khader was arrested for the eighth time from his home in Jenin, he was one of thousands of Palestinians ...
What Iran Can Do for Lebanon’s Palestinians
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut. Around noon on Tuesday September 14, 1982, the day before Israel gave the green light for the launch of the three day Sabra-Shatila Massacre, two white vans pulled into Rue Sabra, diagonal from Akka Palestinian Hospital (PCRS), the main Shatila cam...
An Embarrassment to Canada
MURRAY DOBBIN
It is hard to credit the latest statements and actions by Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. On both Iran and Israel Baird seems to almost deliberately seek to humiliate both himself and the country he is supposed to represent on the international stage. Taki...