Articles by: Rima Najjar

Palestine, Annexation and the Wrong Story

Palestine, Annexation and the Wrong Story

Image: Capture from a Facebook Middle East Monitor video clip titled “Jewish settlers protest West Bank annexation plan” https://www.facebook.com/middleeastmonitor/videos/2683394251938434/ The other night I watched PBS NewsHour with Judy Woodruff. The report on the annexation (do I need to qualify or explain “annexation”? What other country has or is likely ever to declare its impending annexation of someone else’s land to[Read More…]

by July 5, 2020 Palestine
Why Jewish Supremacy In Palestine Must Be Called Out

Why Jewish Supremacy In Palestine Must Be Called Out

Jewish supremacy is a characteristic of the Zionist Jewish state of Israel. Some Israeli human rights activists deny this fact. Some know it but avoid discussing it for fear of being attacked as anti-Jewish. It is safer for critics of Israel to address the other characteristics of the Zionist state — its settler-colonial origins, its apartheid as enshrined in law, or the[Read More…]

by June 30, 2020 Palestine
‘Ordinary’ Israelis Don’t Perceive Themselves As Ordinary People

‘Ordinary’ Israelis Don’t Perceive Themselves As Ordinary People

On reading the enduring horrific daily news coming out of Palestine/Israel relating to the ongoing Jewish-state Nakba, I invariably feel a strong desire to discuss what is often the elephant in the room. It’s an issue constantly on the minds of Israelis and Palestinians alike, while at the same time being difficult to discuss frankly and directly in polite society.[Read More…]

by June 26, 2020 Palestine
When Will Racism, Rather Than ‘Jewish Redemption’, Become The Defining Experience Of Israel’s Founding?

When Will Racism, Rather Than ‘Jewish Redemption’, Become The Defining Experience Of Israel’s Founding?

An Israeli flag flies over the illegally annexed city of Jerusalem from a Jewish settlement. Establishing settlements has been the method through which Israel has Judaized Jerusalem and parts of the West Bank. (DAVID SILVERMAN/Getty Images) Today we are experiencing in the American public space an electric historic occurrence. We are, as a society, finally passing vocal moral judgment on[Read More…]

by June 22, 2020 Palestine
When Will the Statue of Theodor Herzl Fall?

When Will the Statue of Theodor Herzl Fall?

Statue of the founder of Zionism Theodor Herzl, unveiled in 2012 at the Mikveh Israel synagogue in Tel Aviv. It is called “Herzl meets Emperor Wilhelm II” Medium has just introduced Momentum, a Medium blog about the fight against anti-Black racism. Medium’s announcement says, Momentum is a blog that captures and reflects the moment we find ourselves in, one where rampant[Read More…]

by June 20, 2020 Palestine
Annexation or Uneventful Occurrence — what do you see?

Annexation or Uneventful Occurrence — what do you see?

Israeli soldier executing the kidnapping of several Nahalin villagers southeast of Bethlehem in the West Bank, including Mohammad Afif Fannoun, on June 12, 2020 When you visualize it, as I try to, what does Israel’s forthcoming annexation of parts of the West Bank look like to you? I mean, what images do you expect to see when Israel makes its declaration,[Read More…]

by June 16, 2020 Palestine
The ruins of a mosque in the forcibly depopulated Palestinain village of Hittin, located a few kilometers west of Tiberias [Photo credit: Jehad Abu Rayya]

Don’t call me Ishmael; don’t call me Israel — call me one democratic state!

“Who excavates Muslim Palestinian graves and mosques in [Palestine’s] depopulated towns and why?”, asks Haifa-based Palestinian advocate Jehad Abu-Rayya. “Recently,” he goes on, “these desecrations have been on the increase — In the village of Beit Jibreen, in the village of Al-Lajjun, in the village of Amwas, in the village of Al-Ghabisiya, village of Hittin — and these are only a few of such[Read More…]

by June 11, 2020 Palestine
Camouflage: How the Israeli Left continues to hoodwink us with corrupted slogans 

Camouflage: How the Israeli Left continues to hoodwink us with corrupted slogans 

To reach the hearts and minds of Americans, the Zionist Israeli Left is manipulating the Black Lives Matter movement. The slogans and images of protestors coming out of Tel Aviv continue to hoodwink the world with a sudden and self-serving concern for Palestinian lives. Two slogans are circulating among the Zionist Israeli Left: ‘Jewish and democratic’ and ‘Palestine Lives Matter’.[Read More…]

by June 8, 2020 Palestine
RAFAH REFUGEE CAMP, GAZA STRIP - MAY 15:  Palestinian refugee Mohamad Mahmoud Al-Arja, 80, from the Rafah refugee camp, holds up a key allegedly from his house in Beer AI-saba, now located in Israeli, during a rally May 15, 2007 the in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza strip. Palestinians are marking May 15, as Nakba Day or Catastrophe Day, as the 59th anniversary of the al-Nakba, the day the Israeli state was created in 1948.  (Photo by Getty Images)

Palestine is gone! Gone! راحت فلسطين

Lately, a particular memory/image of my grandmother Sitti Fattoum has been coming back to me vividly. She’d be sitting in a chair, maybe watching TV, or at the kitchen table drinking a cup of coffee, when suddenly, without provocation, she would clap her hands. the palm of one striking the back of the other, and say, to no one in[Read More…]

by June 6, 2020 Palestine
Countering the Judaization of the rest of Palestine

Countering the Judaization of the rest of Palestine

A Jewish family looks out over Haram al-Sharif compound, March 2013. (photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) Netanyahu’s impending annexation of the Judaized parts of the West Bank (he says July 1st) is a transformative event for Palestinian politics, and the Palestinian people, who have long been reined in by impositions that accept Zionist myths and outright falsehoods and pay only lip-service[Read More…]

by May 28, 2020 Palestine
One State; Not a Jewish State!

One State; Not a Jewish State!

There, I said it. One Democratic state in Palestine from the river to the sea. Yes, that means no Jewish state, but rather a dismantling of the structures and ideologies of the colonial apartheid Jewish state of Israel and its occupied Palestinian lands (including those parts of the West Bank about to be annexed by Netanyahu) and replacing them with[Read More…]

by May 20, 2020 Palestine
Jews to Palestinian Whose Home They Occupy: What do you want?

Jews to Palestinian Whose Home They Occupy: What do you want?

An encounter between a Jewish couple in Ijzim, Israel (south of Haifa) the the displaced Palestinians in whose house that couple resides, who are denied return to their village and property. “On the anniversary of the Nakba … a tour through depopulated Palestinian villages within Israel … and rare meetings between the owners of the original Palestinian homes and their[Read More…]

by May 17, 2020 Palestine
Governor Cuomo, the Virus, the Nakba and Me

Governor Cuomo, the Virus, the Nakba and Me

To me, an American-Palestinian, the world tainted by the corona virus is analogous to Israel tainted by the evil it contains. Every day for the past few days, I have been listening to New York Governor Cuomo give his daily briefing on the virus. His words resonate with me eerily transforming themselves to advice on how to handle Israel’s cruel[Read More…]

by May 13, 2020 Palestine
Rebecca Vilkomerson of JVP, can we talk?

Rebecca Vilkomerson of JVP, can we talk?

Jewish Groups, like J Street, are being called “progressive” as in a Newsweek headline in connection with the so-called “Deal of the Century”, when they “Dismiss Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan As ‘Utterly Bankrupt’ and a ‘Sham’”. I have to ask — of them and of all such Jewish “progressives”, who hold “diverse opinions” regarding the origins of and solutions[Read More…]

by January 30, 2020 World
Tlaib And Omar’s Denial Of Entry Is Not A “Freedom Of Speech” Issue 

Tlaib And Omar’s Denial Of Entry Is Not A “Freedom Of Speech” Issue 

For how long will discourse on the plight of the Palestinian people be hostage to the notion that “impartial observers”, i.e., the silent majority on Israel, must be addressed in a manner that accounts for “where they are, not where we’d like them to be”? And who defines where these people are in the first place? According to Robert Cohen,[Read More…]

by August 16, 2019 Palestine
When will Ayanna Pressley realize that “the pain” she feels is the identical pain Palestinians feel?

When will Ayanna Pressley realize that “the pain” she feels is the identical pain Palestinians feel?

When Michelle Alexander, a distinguished African-American scholar, wrote her now famous column in The New York Times, ‘Time to Break the Silence on Palestine’,her sympathetic words toward Palestinians received huge attention. Her article became a “watershed moment … with arguably even more impact on mainstream U.S. opinion than Israel’s onslaught last spring against Gaza’s Great March of Return, which left[Read More…]

by July 28, 2019 Palestine
U.S. Rejectionist Policy toward Palestinian Participation, Rights

U.S. Rejectionist Policy toward Palestinian Participation, Rights

  Upon hearing the news that Palestinian diplomat Dr. Hanan Ashrawi had been denied entry to the United States on a speaking engagement, my husband wrote an e-mail to Indiana Senator Mike Braun titled, ‘Tell State Dept & Trump to give Ashrawi a visa now!’ His letter was brief and to the point: Dear Senator Braun: The State Department under[Read More…]

by June 25, 2019 Palestine
“Not Capable of Governing themselves”: To Kushner, Final Status is the Status Quo

“Not Capable of Governing themselves”: To Kushner, Final Status is the Status Quo

When the President of Israel and the Jewish son-in-law of the President of the United States make surprisingly thoughtless statements about Palestine, they show us just how deliberately ignorant of history they are — and how uncaring they are for Palestinian suffering at a deeply subconscious level. Hatim Kanaaneh, Palestinian doctor and author of A Doctor in Galilee: The Life and Struggle[Read More…]

by June 6, 2019 World
The Judaization of Al-Quds, Jerusalem — How it Works

The Judaization of Al-Quds, Jerusalem — How it Works

The Judaization of Jerusalem. It used to work under cover of darkness, at least in the mainstream media, but now it’s out in the open with official recognition of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem from the United States. Israel implements its judaization of Jerusalem by directly undermining the sanctity of both Muslim (the Haram al Sharif) and Christian (the Via Dolorosa)[Read More…]

by June 3, 2019 Palestine
Stripped of their Rights: Understanding the Gaza Strip

Stripped of their Rights: Understanding the Gaza Strip

Many wonder why Israel continues to persecute the Palestinians in Gaza with such brutal repression. The answer is simple; Palestinians in Gaza pose a demographic and, indeed, an existential threat to the Jewish state, which created the inferno that is Gaza today in order “to exist” as such. The Russian Zeev Jabotinsky described his position on the Zionist colonization of[Read More…]

by May 31, 2019 Palestine
Defunding UNRWA: Trump’s Legal Sleight of Hand

Defunding UNRWA: Trump’s Legal Sleight of Hand

Trump wants to dismantle the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and shift responsibility for Palestine refugees to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). What has UNHCR got to say about that? Is it worried about any negative effects, such as what it has to say about Iran?[Read More…]

by May 23, 2019 World
Israel was Forced on Palestinians — as in Rape

Israel was Forced on Palestinians — as in Rape

Palestine is about to be gang-raped again. It’s been 71 years now, to the day, and the Jewish State of Israel, the bastard progeny of Zionism’s rape of Palestine, is still “thriving” among us as the fictitious “ancestral homeland” of Jews — a deceptive rhetorical ploy Thomas Friedman, among many others, has been spouting, without check — until recently. “The term ‘Jew’ is fuzzy[Read More…]

by May 15, 2019 Palestine
The Zionist Idea has Never been more Terrifying than it is Today

The Zionist Idea has Never been more Terrifying than it is Today

On this seventy-first annual commemoration of Palestine’s Jewish-state Nakba, let’s resolve not to continue to oversimplify things. Whether you believe the American rabbi and historian Arthur Hertzberg’s assessment of the Zionist idea as “unprecedented … an essential dialogue between the Jew and the nations of the earth”, rather than a matter between Jews and God, or you believe the assessment of[Read More…]

by May 11, 2019 Palestine
Palestine’s Martyrs, Liquidation, and the Power of the Dead

Palestine’s Martyrs, Liquidation, and the Power of the Dead

The concept of martyrdom has sustained the Palestinian struggle for decades and continues to be the single most formidable obstacle in the path of the forces that would liquidate (in Arabic, تصفيهtassfiyah) the cause. You don’t hear the term “liquidation” used in the English press in connection with the struggle. There, politically correct terms such as “negotiations” or, until recently,[Read More…]

by May 7, 2019 Palestine
What now for the Palestinian People?

What now for the Palestinian People?

The West Bank is under threat of annexation by Israel now; the caged Palestinians in Gaza are clamoring, at a grassroots level, for the right to return to their homes and property a few kms away in Israel, as per UN Res 194, and being pushed back with brutality. The “deal of the century” is looming darkly in the horizon. [Read More…]

by April 24, 2019 Palestine
Should Palestinian citizens of Israel boycott the April 9 Knesset elections?

Should Palestinian citizens of Israel boycott the April 9 Knesset elections?

Photo caption: Welcome to Israeli elections where advocating war crimes gets you votes! Sign reads “No to ceasefire. It’s time for continuous (non-stop) fire.” As Haidar Eid, Associate Professor at al-Aqsa University on the Gaza Strip,put it, If we are to gain anything from this critical moment, we should seize the opportunity offered us by the blatant racism of Israeli[Read More…]

by April 9, 2019 Palestine
Christchurch Shooting vs. Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre — Fascism in our time

Christchurch Shooting vs. Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre — Fascism in our time

Jewish supremacists in 2000 celebrating Baruch Goldberg’s massacre of 29 Palestinian Muslims in the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron The Christchurch shooting and ensuing furor over white supremacy brought to mind a similar massacre of Muslims in a mosque in Palestine perpetrated by a Jewish supremacist several decades ago. Two recent headlines about fascism have coalesced in my mind into mirror images.[Read More…]

by March 21, 2019 World
The Fake Justice of 100 ‘Liberal’ U.S. Rabbis

The Fake Justice of 100 ‘Liberal’ U.S. Rabbis

How can historical facts like ethnic cleansing, Apartheid and the Palestinian struggle for justice in general, be subject to “diverse opinions” by 100 liberal rabbis so highly committed to the Jewish tradition? How is that possible? The 100 rabbis who signed a letter in defense of Michelle Alexander published by Tikkun Magazine perplex and confuse me. What exactly do they[Read More…]

by February 12, 2019 Palestine
It’s time to recognize the term “anti-Semitism” as a misnomer

It’s time to recognize the term “anti-Semitism” as a misnomer

This morning I woke up to two news reports in my mailbox that indicated two things to me: Bigotry against Jews can no more nor less be distinguished from bigotry against any other group of people or religion. Sectarianism by any other name is sectarianism. The insistence on making bigotry against Jews (in its sense of sectarianism) a separate or[Read More…]

by December 10, 2018 World
Once again, Palestinians are shafted by “UK JEWRY”

Once again, Palestinians are shafted by “UK JEWRY”

I am appalled and angry at the British government’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism following pressure by various Jewish Zionist groups for the same reason I am against another document the British government was pressured into adopting – the Balfour Declaration of 1917, “a short letter by Arthur Balfour to arguably one of the[Read More…]

by September 7, 2018 Palestine
Photo above: First large meeting of One Democratic State Campaign (ODSC) with Israeli Jews in Jaffa: Awad Abdel Fattah, Jeff Halpern, IlanPappe and Yoav Haifawi [Jeff Halper]

With help from their Jewish Israeli friends: A Palestinian political initiative (in the making)

A Trump political initiative for peace is looming on the horizon, but no one expects that “Ultimate Deal” to be, in any sense, a “Palestinian political initiative”. It is difficult to formulate a Palestinian “political initiative”, period. Palestinians are not free political agents. A Palestinian citizen of Israel (example, Haneen Zoabi) is not a free agent politically, even as a[Read More…]

by June 21, 2018 Palestine
GhadaKarmi (left) and Ellen Siegel, demonstrate the injustice of Israel’s law of ‘return’ in 1973

The more plausible and reasonable history of Palestine and Israel

The history behind Palestine and Israel is a history of Jewish European settler-colonialism — i.e., Zionism. And since racism is a symptom and a tool of settler-colonialism, Zionism is also viewed as anti-Semitism, and as ethno-supremacy or Jewish supremacy, Arabophobia and Islamophobia. The triangulation of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Arabophobia in the history of Palestine and Israel is part of the settler-colonial movement[Read More…]

by June 19, 2018 Palestine
Israel and its spokespeople can “justify” only through lies and deflections

Israel and its spokespeople can “justify” only through lies and deflections

Chris Hayes’ incredulous tweet on the killing of Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar in Gaza is being echoed everywhere it seems on social media.Hayes hosts All In with Chris Hayes, a weekday news and opinion television show on MSNBC. On June 7, 2018 he tweeted: “The wording of that [Israel Defense Forces] IDF video is so bizarre. Hamas “incited” a woman[Read More…]

by June 11, 2018 Palestine
Western media continue to use the Jewish state of Israel as a foil to Islam

Western media continue to use the Jewish state of Israel as a foil to Islam

Despite Israel’s intensive cover-up of its ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people, stark images and indisputable facts continue to seep through from the Gaza Strip. The world has never witnessed a braver, more steadfast and resolute people than the en-caged Palestinians of Gaza — and that goes for every man, woman and child, from Hamas down, enduring unspeakable conditions and saying, in a voice[Read More…]

by June 5, 2018 Palestine
The Saudi Prince and the Palestinian Paupers

The Saudi Prince and the Palestinian Paupers

As a Palestinian, I barely raise an eyebrow when I hear Mohammed bin Salman say things like, Palestinians“must accept what US offers or stop complaining.” That’s because I don’t make the mistaken assumption (as many people do) that the ideology of “Arab Nationalism” plays a factor today in politics related to Israel and the Jewish settler-colonial occupation of “mandate” Palestine.[Read More…]

by May 3, 2018 Palestine
Why Oranges Stick in My Throat

Why Oranges Stick in My Throat

During the time that Palestinians call The Great Rebellion, or Revolt against British pro-Zionist policies in Palestine, 1936 – 1939, things began to go seriously wrong for Palestinian Arabs living in Jaffa and have continued to deteriorate with no reprieve yet. Jaffa, at the time, was a major economic center in Palestine, a port and commercial hub.In the 19th century,[Read More…]

by April 25, 2018 Palestine
“Just shut up and die or disappear”: Reaction of Israelis to the Gaza massacres

“Just shut up and die or disappear”: Reaction of Israelis to the Gaza massacres

The reaction of Israelis to The Great March of Return depends on the “nationality” of the Israeli being referred to. In Israel, there are Israeli citizens but no Israeli nationality – only “Jewish nationality” or “Palestinian Arab”, etc. (this is intentionally aimed at maintaining Israel as a Jewish State). So, we have Palestinian-Arab MK Haneen Zoabi reacting to Israel’s massacres in Gaza as follows, and in the[Read More…]

by April 10, 2018 Palestine
Israel’s “Security”,Yada Yada

Israel’s “Security”,Yada Yada

Israel’s official mantra to explain and defend its crimes against Palestinians, including massacres, has always been, and continues to be, “security”. For Israel, the word “security” means the security to exist as a Zionist Jewish state on part or all of historic Palestine — to exist as a state meant to be populated by as many Jews from around the world as it[Read More…]

by April 6, 2018 Palestine
The Jewish state itselfisunjustifiable and inexcusable – not just what’s happening in Gaza now

The Jewish state itselfisunjustifiable and inexcusable – not just what’s happening in Gaza now

  You can justify what’s happening now to Palestinians in Gaza only if you can justify our Nakba – the violent establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine in 1948 against the will of Palestinian non-Jewish Arabs, the vast majority at the time. UK Jewish Voice for Labor (JVL) is calling for “an unconditional end to Israel’s inhuman siege of Gaza.” They should be calling[Read More…]

by April 1, 2018 Palestine
My great grandfather’s house (Ismail Najjar) in upper Lifta, now inhabited by Jews [Photo: Rima Najjar]

Will the Jews whom Israel is to house on the ruins of Umm al-Hiran feel any shame or complicity?

If you have never heard of Umm al-Hiran, don’t blame yourself. What’s happening there is a well-kept secret in the international media, along with Israel’s other ongoing crimes. But within Israel, Umm al-Hiran (and other forced evictions and ethnic-cleansing projects taking place today in the Naqab, the Jordan Valley, Jerusalem and elsewhere) is run-of-the-mill news coated with hasbara that doesn’t flinch even at an image[Read More…]

by March 30, 2018 Palestine
Israel As A Majority Muslim Arab State – A Desirable Inevitability

Israel As A Majority Muslim Arab State – A Desirable Inevitability

If Israel were to become a majority Muslim Arab state, we can expect such a unitary bi-national (since the minority of Jews will remain substantial) state to be secular and democratic. There is no reason to expect otherwise, especially as the existing Jewish settler-colonial regime brought along with it from Europe democratic ideals to Palestine. These ideals manifest themselves in[Read More…]

by March 26, 2018 World
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a meeting of the UN Security Council at UN headquarters in New York, U.S., February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

It’s not over until Mahmoud Abbas sings

  Mahmoud Abbas today is in the terrible grip of the second phase of the Oslo accord of 1993, also known as “the peace process”. Many, including myself, have written about the death of this agonizing process, but in reality, it is not dead; it is very much in progress as scripted. The epic tragedy of the “Peace Process” is[Read More…]

by March 23, 2018 Palestine
President Trump, put on a keffiyeh and pray in al-Aqsa

President Trump, put on a keffiyeh and pray in al-Aqsa

Palestinians are in a constant state of rage. And the question that presents itself daily is: Against whom to focus this rage? Today, 19 March 2018, our rage is split, as summed up by KamelHawwash on Twitter: “#Abbas launches stinging attack on #Hamas holding it responsible for the explosion that targeted Prime Minister Hamdallah’s convoy when he visited #Gaza but also calls US Ambassador Friedman a[Read More…]

by March 21, 2018 Palestine
Jewish Supremacy In Palestine Is A Dirty Reality; It Is Not “Uncivil” To Point It Out

Jewish Supremacy In Palestine Is A Dirty Reality; It Is Not “Uncivil” To Point It Out

  Stop the censorship! It is impossible for Palestinians to advocate against Israel without using the words “Jews” And “Jewish”. My answer on Quora to ‘What is the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)” movement regarding Israel?’ does not break any Quora rules, certainly not the one meant to keep discourse on Quora civil, even when the question itself was altered[Read More…]

by March 19, 2018 Palestine
Ala Qabaha

CNN, Surely You Can Do Better 

  Regarding the story Al-Jazeera headlines as: ‘Two Israeli soldiers killed in West Bank attack Incident in the West Bank comes amid ‘100 days of rage’ protests by Palestinians against Trump’s #Jerusalem embassy move.’ CNN, which also broke the news, could use the following pointers from a Palestinian reader to improve its presentation of the story to a world-wide audience. FIRST, notice that[Read More…]

by March 17, 2018 Palestine
Sarah Silverman’s “Shocking” Tweet and her Jewish Identity

Sarah Silverman’s “Shocking” Tweet and her Jewish Identity

  “I am done with you!” This, coupled with an accusation of bigotry, is the reaction by an anti-Zionist Israeli Jew to my questioning of the pro-Palestine speech of another Israeli Jew and assuming he was a liberal-Zionist. This characterization on my part meant that I believed all Jews are Zionists – such was her knee-jerk assumption. All Jews are[Read More…]

by March 15, 2018 Palestine
There is no peace in Palestine because Schumer, Dems and Trump are historically illiterate

There is no peace in Palestine because Schumer, Dems and Trump are historically illiterate

How deep is the historical illiteracy of Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic Party and Donald Trump and his party? It is so deep, they are even immune to déjà vu, also known as “cryptomnesia”, which is where history is forgotten but nevertheless stored in the brain. Consider how AIPAC and the White House and State Department advisers[Read More…]

by March 10, 2018 Palestine
Protest outside AIPAC Convention,  Washington 2015

How Do I Hate Thee, AIPAC? Let Me Count The Ways

I hate the American Israel Public Affairs Committee – AIPAC, “the preeminent power in Washington lobbying” today. I hate it with a strong, unadulterated passion that has been burning inside me for decades. Throughout most of these decades, there was no outlet for me to say these words or to do anything about them (Watch U.S.-Israel Relations and Middle East[Read More…]

by March 8, 2018 Palestine
Zionism And The Jewish State It Spawned in Palestine Are at the Heart of the Palestinian Tragedy

Zionism And The Jewish State It Spawned in Palestine Are at the Heart of the Palestinian Tragedy

In breathtaking cognitive dissonance that is impossible to explain, so-called liberal Zionists stand against every wrong known to man except for the wrong meted out by the Zionist movement to Palestinian Arabs. Zionism is, as Dr Gideon Polya put it, “genocidal racism in awful theory and appalling, intentional genocidal practice”. [See Zionist quotes reveal genocidal racism and Palestinian Me Too: 140 Alphabetically-listed Zionist crimes Expose Appalling[Read More…]

by March 5, 2018 Palestine
Hillel And Facebook Censorship:  Conflating Zionism With Judaism

Hillel And Facebook Censorship:  Conflating Zionism With Judaism

In applying its community standards, Facebook frequently conflates anti-Zionist attacks with anti-Semitism.  A case in point is a post for which I have just been put in Facebook jail (i.e., blocked from posting for 30 days).  The post says, “#Hillel, a racist organization, has as much place on university campuses as does the #KKK.” And Facebook removed it, saying: “We[Read More…]

by February 26, 2018 Palestine
Conflating Zionism with Judaism, President of San Francisco State University Embraces Apartheid

Conflating Zionism with Judaism, President of San Francisco State University Embraces Apartheid

  Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is a movement that came into prominence, as Ali Abunimah documents in The Battle for Justice in Palestine: The Case for a Single Democratic State in Palestine (2014), after the collapse of the so-called “two-state solution” in response to the escalating problem of the partitioning of Palestine in 1948. As Columbia University MESAAS professor Joseph Massad wrote about[Read More…]

by February 25, 2018 World
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a meeting of the UN Security Council at UN headquarters in New York, U.S., February 20, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The Palestinian People Are Not Fooled Anymore

  As a Palestinian, I am skeptical about Mahmoud Abbas’s address, billed by the press as “Abbas delivers rare address at UNSC meeting”, which calls for two states. Whereas I believe that BDS goals can be achieved through more than one political accommodation, including a two-state scenario in historic Palestine as a solution to its violent partition in 1948, I am skeptical about[Read More…]

by February 21, 2018 Palestine
Facebook And Palestinian Revolt Against The Jewish State

Facebook And Palestinian Revolt Against The Jewish State

  Facebook is under pressure to chill or suppress speech that delegitimizes theJewish state in the context of the Palestinian national liberation movementand international solidarity for Palestinians. At the same time, speech that delegitimizes Palestinians as a people with fundamental human rights is freely promoted on Facebook, not least by Israeli and U.S. officials themselves. The battle for hearts and minds over Palestine has long been[Read More…]

by February 18, 2018 Palestine
An Exodus of Jews From Palestine Is Inevitable

An Exodus of Jews From Palestine Is Inevitable

  Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) has come a long way in advocating for Palestinian rights. They now fully embrace the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, seeing it as the most effective method to effect change. JVP is on Israel’s BDS Ban List and is described by another Jewish group in the US (the Anti-Defamation League — ADL) as “the largest[Read More…]

by February 12, 2018 Palestine
My Jewish Learning

My Jewish Learning

A continuum of oppression is pervasive in Palestinian society, ranging from the matrix of control the Jewish state has imposed on Palestine to the oppression of cultural norms, such as those having to do with patriarchy, gender and class that are common to all societies toone degree or another. Because of the degradation, humiliation and devaluation Palestinians daily encounter, even[Read More…]

by February 6, 2018 Palestine
The American Zionist Movement And The Holocaust

The American Zionist Movement And The Holocaust

  Herbert Block, the new executive director of the American Zionist Movement (AZM), says he wants to “rebrand” Zionism. What direction this re-branding will take is anybody’s guess, as he is still talking in the language of the existing brand of Zionism, which equates Zionism with being a Jew. The days are long gone when, as in the movement’s infancy, Zionism was largely opposed by[Read More…]

by January 31, 2018 Palestine
The Palestinian Struggle Is Not About Rights Within A Legitimized Israel; It’s About Liberation And Self-Determination

The Palestinian Struggle Is Not About Rights Within A Legitimized Israel; It’s About Liberation And Self-Determination

The #BDS Movement is a nonviolent grassroots movement originating in the occupied territory of Palestine. Its overriding principles are consistency and commitment to universal human rights, and it has proven to be effective, as a tactic, not least for changing the conversation on Israel. [See What is BDS]. The fact that the BDS Movement is a rights-based, apolitical approach does not mean[Read More…]

by January 24, 2018 Palestine
Tell Ahed She Can Make Them Go Away, By Magic, And To Sing

Tell Ahed She Can Make Them Go Away, By Magic, And To Sing

  I wish Caryl Churchill would write a follow up to her play Seven Jewish Children and call it Seven Palestinian Children. Churchill’s play, first produced in February of 2009, was “for Gaza”, and was predictably received along political lines, either as a “heartfelt lamentation” on one side and “wantonly inflammatory” on the other — inflammatory in the same way as the[Read More…]

by January 21, 2018 Palestine
Dima Wawi, the youngest Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails, being comforted by her parents. She was released in April 24, 2016 after 75 days on charges of allegedly trying to stab an IDF soldier while on her way to school.

Yes, Palestinians Teach Their Children To Hate The Jewish State

  Zionism [see http://state-of-terror.net/] is an insidious ideology. Its ideologues often gain traction by well-placed and oft repeated constructs – in films and TV series, in posts and comments on social media, and even in academia. So, it is no wonder that people end up having ideas about certain things, like the nature of Israel, the Zionist Jewish state, or[Read More…]

by January 8, 2018 Palestine
RAFAH REFUGEE CAMP, GAZA STRIP - MAY 15:  Palestinian refugee Mohamad Mahmoud Al-Arja, 80, from the Rafah refugee camp, holds up a key allegedly from his house in Beer AI-saba, now located in Israeli, during a rally May 15, 2007 the in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza strip. Palestinians are marking May 15, as Nakba Day or Catastrophe Day, as the 59th anniversary of the al-Nakba, the day the Israeli state was created in 1948.  (Photo by Getty Images)

Jewish Identity Politics And The Struggle To Liberate Palestine

Jewish identity politics complicate the Palestinian response to the existence of Israel as a Jewish state. Sometimes it seems impossible to address the crux of the matter, the Jewish state Nakba in Palestine, without being subjected to attacks one way or another. On the last day of 2017, I posted a meme on my Facebook wall that provoked a long and heated argument. The meme[Read More…]

by January 2, 2018 Palestine
Ahed Tamimi Is Part Of The Palestinian Generations R – For Return

Ahed Tamimi Is Part Of The Palestinian Generations R – For Return

The detention of Ahed Tamimi of the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, along with her human rights activist mother Nariman Tamimi, for “lightly slapping” an Israeli soldier, as Amira Hass put it in Haaretz, is remarkable only because of the high profile, courage and sumoud (steadfastness) of the Tamimi family, who were featured on the cover of The New[Read More…]

by December 23, 2017 Palestine
On Hanukkah 2017, Light A Candle For Palestine!

On Hanukkah 2017, Light A Candle For Palestine!

Since 1897, the first Zionist Congress, Judaism has been entangled with Zionism. It’s time to disengage the two – no easy matter. When Zionist Jewish terrorist gangs in Palestine were transformed into Israel’s Defense Forces, they continued systematically practicing sociocide, politicide, ethnic cleansing, and incremental genocide on the Palestinian people under the banner of a bastardized Star of David. “The[Read More…]

by December 20, 2017 Palestine
It’s Not Simply Jerusalem, It’s All Of Palestine

It’s Not Simply Jerusalem, It’s All Of Palestine

What’s going on in Jerusalem is what has always been going on in Palestine since 1948 –the forced dispossession of Palestinian Arabs of their identity, land and heritage. Because of Donald Trump’s declaration to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and the resultant global outrage regarding this decision, many people have become interested in understanding what is going on in[Read More…]

by December 12, 2017 World
Triple Bind: Balfour Explained In Eight Memes

Triple Bind: Balfour Explained In Eight Memes

In 1917, the British government unleashed the Zionist Jewish colonial enterprise that is now Israel. In the process, it meted out on Palestinians destruction, dispossession and oppression that are ongoing to this day. [Watch Al Jazeera English video: 100 Years On: The Balfour Declaration explained] The language used in the document that facilitated this disaster, the Balfour Declaration,is devious and[Read More…]

by November 4, 2017 Palestine
Zionism:  The Ideological Cover-Up To Jewish Supremacy

Zionism:  The Ideological Cover-Up To Jewish Supremacy

The benign-sounding term “settler” or “settlement” is used so often in the news without reference to Jewish colonization of Palestine that the world often loses sight of the immoral nature of the Zionist project in Palestine. The term is used to describe Jews moving illegally to the West Bank, and commandeering land that belongs to Palestinians. Waves of Jews moving[Read More…]

by October 2, 2017 Palestine
UN Must Take A Leaf From The Global Grassroots BDS Movement

UN Must Take A Leaf From The Global Grassroots BDS Movement

  Among ongoing outrageous actions and in defiance of international law, Israel’s HabayitHayehudi party has just approved a plan for annexing the remaining occupied Palestinian territory “while either facilitating the exit of Palestinian residents or allowing them to remain but without voting rights.” This is by no means a surprising outcome, nor is it simply a reflection of so-called right-wing[Read More…]

by September 21, 2017 Uncategorized
Ashkenazi Man’s Burden

Ashkenazi Man’s Burden

  It’s been almost one hundred years since the Balfour Declaration and we are still trying to “understand” Zionism and Jewish supremacy in Palestine. For a long time, what stood in the way of full understanding is the desire in Jewish intellectual circles on the left to fuse Zionism and Socialism in the belief that such a fusion would achieve[Read More…]

by September 11, 2017 World
The Zionist Exception

The Zionist Exception

Today, we hear a lot about White supremacy but very little about Jewish supremacy, as if the former stands for the latter. It is true there are more similarities than differences between Jewish supremacy and White supremacy. Both are based on ethnic/nationalist bias and racism. They are both “historically based, institutionally perpetuated system[s] of exploitation and oppression … a web of[Read More…]

by August 31, 2017 Palestine
“American And democratic” Is Possible, But “Jewish And Democratic” Is Not

“American And democratic” Is Possible, But “Jewish And Democratic” Is Not

  As Richard Falk points out, “anti-Semitism, and its links to Nazism and Fascism, and now to Trumpism, are genuinely menacing”, but Jews who call Trump himself an anti-Semite (in the sense of having an animus against Jews) are being false and so are those who perceive that the Labour Party in the U.K. is “too tolerant of anti-Semitism”. Consider these[Read More…]

by August 22, 2017 Palestine
An Open Letter To Jews Worldwide From A Palestinian Arab

An Open Letter To Jews Worldwide From A Palestinian Arab

  Look at me. Look at me as I am — a fellow human being. Look at me independently from your Jewish identity and your Jewish suffering. Are you offended? Does your worldview need wrenching out of a life-long schooling in a painful collective memory? Does it need, as a Jewish friend explained, an “internal revolution” to coax you out into a[Read More…]

by August 19, 2017 Palestine
Shame! The Good Wife Does A Good Job Of Branding Israel

Shame! The Good Wife Does A Good Job Of Branding Israel

Seasons six and seven of The Good Wife, an otherwise smart, sophisticated TV series with inspired acting, does a pretty good hatchet job on Palestine and Palestinians by hardly mentioning them and whitewashing Israel. This series, written by Robert and Michelle King, has attracted millions of viewers all over the world. The accumulation of bits and pieces about Israel and[Read More…]

by August 12, 2017 Palestine
Ariel Gold, A New Breed Of Jewish Activist Against Israel

Ariel Gold, A New Breed Of Jewish Activist Against Israel

I first heard of Ariel Gold through a Haaretz article that described her in the headline like this: Jewish Mother and BDS Activist: Code Pink’s Ariel Gold vs. Israel’s Travel Ban: The pro-Palestinian provocateur is under attack after a newspaper alleged that she ‘tricked’ her way into Israel last month. She says she will be ‘heartbroken’ if the authorities ban[Read More…]

by August 4, 2017 Palestine
70 Years On, Palestinians Are Still Locked In The Same Position

70 Years On, Palestinians Are Still Locked In The Same Position

  Few people know that, as a condition for admission to the UN in 1949, Israel accepted UN Resolution 194, which stipulates that Palestinians who fled or were expelled during the Jewish takeover of 1947-49 in Palestine, have the right of return. As with every other legitimate claim that Palestinians have made about their situation over the long years since[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 Palestine
Anti-Semitism Is Not The Issue; Palestine Is

Anti-Semitism Is Not The Issue; Palestine Is

Anti-Semitism should not be used as an issue in discussions and debates over the struggle for the liberation of Palestine.  Ever since the establishment of the Jewish state in Palestine and all throughout the unfolding of Zionist policy, Jews like Chaim Weizmann have expressed the idea that Zionist crimes in Palestine are to be deplored, not so much because of[Read More…]

by August 1, 2017 Palestine
Jews Worldwide Must Support The Palestinian Cause

Jews Worldwide Must Support The Palestinian Cause

  When I write about the Jewish state, I am forced to write about Jews.  Although there is controversy among Jews themselves about Jewish identity, the fact remains that Israel manifests itself in Palestine as Jewish, both in the sense of “Jewish nationality”, an invention of political Zionism whose early leaders were atheists, as well as in the religious sense[Read More…]

by July 29, 2017 Palestine
“If Israel Placed Roses Instead Of Metal Detectors In Al-Aqsa, We Would Still Reject Them”

“If Israel Placed Roses Instead Of Metal Detectors In Al-Aqsa, We Would Still Reject Them”

As usual, commentary on the latest stand-off between Israel’s forces and Palestinian Muslims due to the closure of al-Aqsa mosque compound to Friday prayers on July 21, 2017 was confusing. One commentary goes like this: Yes, these are Muslims being killed, gassed and pushed around, but the “clashes” are not really about the encroachment on al-Aqsa by the so-called Temple[Read More…]

by July 22, 2017 Palestine
Israel In Palestine As Dysfunctional Judaism

Israel In Palestine As Dysfunctional Judaism

I view Saudi Arabia as a dysfunctional manifestation of Islam.  In the same way, I view Israel as a dysfunctional manifestation of Judaism.  This is not to mean, I hasten to say, that either Judaism or Islam is inherently at odds with the social, cultural or political lives of its adherents or with universal moral values. The point I am[Read More…]

by July 17, 2017 Palestine
Terrorism Is A Tool Used By The Militarily Strong, Not Just By The Weak

Terrorism Is A Tool Used By The Militarily Strong, Not Just By The Weak

Hasan Breijieh is a Palestinian activist and spokesperson for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).  He participates in weekly protest activities against the Israeli military presence in the West Bank (aka occupation), the illegal Jewish colonies turned into townships on stolen Palestinian land (aka settlements) that choke off Palestinian villages around Bethlehem and elsewhere, and the illegal[Read More…]

by July 13, 2017 World
Why Israel Has A Law That Gives Police The Power To Block Certain Websites From Israelis

Why Israel Has A Law That Gives Police The Power To Block Certain Websites From Israelis

  The new Israeli law giving police power to block websites that purportedly publish “criminal” or “offensive” content follows a similar blockade of various websites in Palestine by the 13-year president of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas – all in the name of “law and order”, “peace” and “fighting terrorism”. The equation is simple and has long been propagated by[Read More…]

by July 6, 2017 Palestine
Israel’s Illegitimate Tactics Against Palestinian Armed Resistance vs. Legitimate Global Security Concerns

Israel’s Illegitimate Tactics Against Palestinian Armed Resistance vs. Legitimate Global Security Concerns

Israel, a rogue state if ever there was one, pursues its “security” as a Jewish Zionist entity on all of Mandate Palestine through demonizing Palestinian Arabs, whom it has long subjected to a racist campaign that defines their resistance, both violent and non-violent, as anti-Semitism on the one hand and as terrorism on the other. Thankfully, Israel’s cover for its[Read More…]

by June 29, 2017 World
Palestinians Are Seeking Justice In Jerusalem – Not An Abusive Life-Long Mate

Palestinians Are Seeking Justice In Jerusalem – Not An Abusive Life-Long Mate

  Several articles have been published about the “legal limbo” in which Palestinian Jerusalemites exist and proposals as to what Israel ought to do about this 50-year old travesty, among them being righting “the wrong” of denying Palestinian Arabs in East Jerusalem Israeli citizenship. In my view, such articles both define the injustice done to Palestinians deceptively and are meant[Read More…]

by June 27, 2017 World
Lawfare Is Meant To Convert Jews Worldwide To Zionism

Lawfare Is Meant To Convert Jews Worldwide To Zionism

  Lawfare as used by the Zionist organization The Lawfare Project and others is meant to persuade every Jew in the world (and not just Israeli Jews) that his or her Jewish identity, welfare and security are inextricably related to the continued suppression of justice, equality and freedom of Palestinian Arabs or, in other words, to the Apartheid Zionist Jewish state. Lawfare is a[Read More…]

by June 23, 2017 World
Are Attacks On Israeli Police In East Jerusalem Terrorism?

Are Attacks On Israeli Police In East Jerusalem Terrorism?

East Jerusalem is occupied by Israel. It is also illegally annexed. It is also illegally separated from the rest of the West Bank by an illegal wall. In Jerusalem, Israel boasts of 220,000 illegal Jewish settlers settled on land confiscated from 300,000 Palestinian residents who are now landless. It boasts of 50,000 illegally displaced Palestinian Arabs and 685 illegally demolished Palestinian homes that have rendered 2,500[Read More…]

by June 18, 2017 Palestine
Question Deleted

Question Deleted

  For some time now, the discourse on Israel has been shifting from a place where Israeli “hasbara” disinformation had the upper hand no matter where one turned, to a place where Israeli criminal policies are more frankly discussed and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), which is now championed by some academic associations, church groups and labor unions[Read More…]

by June 3, 2017 Palestine