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After Far-Right Marchers Chant ‘Death to Arabs,’ New Israeli Government Bombs Gaza

After Far-Right Marchers Chant ‘Death to Arabs,’ New Israeli Government Bombs Gaza

Just hours after far-right marchers chanted “Death to Arabs!” during a demonstration in the streets of Jerusalem, Israeli war planes bombarded the occupied Gaza Strip early Wednesday morning in the first series of airstrikes launched by the new government of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, a former IDF officer who once boasted that he has “killed a lot of Arabs.” While initial reports indicated that[Read More…]

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 Ilhan Omar & Moral Non-equivalence Of Hamas & Taliban Versus US & Israeli Invaders

 Ilhan Omar & Moral Non-equivalence Of Hamas & Taliban Versus US & Israeli Invaders

Somali-born and Muslim American Congresswoman Ilhan  Omar recently caused a storm by Tweeting “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban. I asked @SecBlinken where people are supposed to go for justice”. She was variously criticized[Read More…]

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Dancing With The Israeli Flag In Jerusalem: What It Means And Why Palestinians Rage

Dancing With The Israeli Flag In Jerusalem: What It Means And Why Palestinians Rage

Today, June 15, 2021, Israeli Jewish supremacists are marching in East Jerusalem as Palestinians call for a ‘Day of Rage’ in response. “We call on all free people everywhere to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people and its just cause and end the Israeli aggression on our people and holy places,” The Committee of Islamic and National Groups stated.[Read More…]

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On ‘Conflict’, ‘Peace’ and ‘Genocide’: Time for New Language on Palestine and Israel

On ‘Conflict’, ‘Peace’ and ‘Genocide’: Time for New Language on Palestine and Israel

On May 25, famous American actor, Mark Ruffalo, tweeted an apology for suggesting that Israel is committing ‘genocide’ in Gaza. “I have reflected and wanted to apologize for posts during the recent Israel/Hamas fighting that suggested Israel is committing ‘genocide’,” Ruffalo wrote, adding, “It’s not accurate, it’s inflammatory, disrespectful and is being used to justify anti-Semitism, here and abroad. Now[Read More…]

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On the Politics of Victory and Defeat: How Gaza Dethroned the King of Israel

On the Politics of Victory and Defeat: How Gaza Dethroned the King of Israel

How did Benjamin Netanyahu manage to serve as Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister? With a total of 15 years in office, Netanyahu surpassed the 12-year leadership of Israel’s founding father, David Ben Gurion. The answer to this question will become particularly critical for future Israeli leaders who hope to emulate Netanyahu’s legacy, now that his historic leadership is likely to end.[Read More…]

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The Violence of Israeli Settler-Colonialism

The Violence of Israeli Settler-Colonialism

On June 6, 2021, Israeli occupation forces detained Palestinian activist and journalist Muna al-Kurd, the leader of the campaign against the ethnic cleansing of the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood Sheikh Jarrah. A day before, Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Givara Budeiri was arrested by Israeli police while covering a demonstration in the same area; she was later released from custody. What do[Read More…]

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Illegal UN Sham Partition Torching Palestine Into Civil War a USA-UK Colonial Crime Against Humanity

Illegal UN Sham Partition Torching Palestine Into Civil War a USA-UK Colonial Crime Against Humanity

The murderous founding of the state of Israel at the cost of Arab and Jewish lives was brought about by the torching of Palestine into permanent civil war precipitated by an illegal and sham incendiary partition resolution forced through a incomplete incipient UN by American pressure and threats.[1]  The resolution embodying a preposterous UN plan of dividing Palestine into seven[Read More…]

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Antisemitism’s Misdirection: Who Gets Hurt?

Antisemitism’s Misdirection: Who Gets Hurt?

Unfounded or unconfirmed charges of antisemitism made by US pro-Israel organizations which are then parroted by the pro-Zionist US mainstream press, always increase when Israeli actions become so hideous they shame even some of its most dedicated supporters. With the latest Israeli shelling of Gaza, its evictions of Palestinians from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem, and the continuing Israeli[Read More…]

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 Remember the Name – Sheikh Jarrah

 Remember the Name – Sheikh Jarrah

Places have left their mark in the historical narrative – Lidice, where the Nazis, in the late spring of 1942, executed 173 men from the Czech village in reprisal for the assassination of Deputy of Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard Heydrich; Wounded Knee, where, on December 29, 1890, a dispute between soldiers from the Seventh U.S. Cavalry Regiment and an arrested band of[Read More…]

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A Memorial Day Celebration for Palestinian Freedom in a Hostile Occupied Land

A Memorial Day Celebration for Palestinian Freedom in a Hostile Occupied Land

THE HOLY DAY & SANCTITY OF THE MEANING OF MEMORIAL DAY Memorial Day is traditionally all about recognizing and keeping alive the supreme sacrifices of all the world’s fallen men, women and children warriors who once put themselves and their lives on the line, and ended up paying the ultimate price – their very existence in this world. On that[Read More…]

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Taken from slides in “Reconstruction of Memory — Lifta — 2007” by Malkit Shoshan

Israel, Don’t Raise the Roof Beams High as you “Resettle” Lifta; its Owners will Return

The latest crisis in Palestine cannot be set aside as another passing episode in Israel’s forever war against the Palestinian people. We are now witnessing shocks within Israel behind the Green Line, something that Israel had hitherto been able to contain. In the process, it pretended, along with much of the western world, that it is the “longest-lived democracy in[Read More…]

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Reading Between Blinken’s Li(n)es

Reading Between Blinken’s Li(n)es

Losses on both sides were profound — U.S. secretary of state Antony Blinken, May 25 press conference with Israel’s prime minister Netanyahu in Israel, AlJazeera. (All of the following li(n)es were uttered during the same press conference.) Yes. Losses were profound. But not on both sides. On one side, among Palestinians, of whom 253 were killed, including 66 children, and[Read More…]

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‘Mowing the Grass’ No More: How Palestinian Resistance Altered the Equation

‘Mowing the Grass’ No More: How Palestinian Resistance Altered the Equation

The ceasefire on May 21 has, for now, brought the Israeli war on Gaza to an end. However, this ceasefire is not permanent and constant Israeli provocations anywhere in Palestine could reignite the bloody cycle all over again. Moreover, the Israeli siege on Gaza remains in place, as well as the Israeli military occupation and the rooted system of apartheid[Read More…]

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Shield of Instability: Assessing Iron Dome’s Destabilizing Effect

Shield of Instability: Assessing Iron Dome’s Destabilizing Effect

As the smoke clouds over Gaza and Jerusalem slowly recede, the world nervously watches how long the newly brokered peace would sustain in the conflict-prone region. Though the Egypt brokered ceasefire has brought an end to the current conflict, the triumphant cries by both Hamas and Israel can hardly be heard as conciliatory notes. As their city lay in ruins,[Read More…]

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Palestine deserves a better hearing and support from the rest of the world

Palestine deserves a better hearing and support from the rest of the world

Two historical things have happened recently which have been passed off as non entity because it hurt the business interest of the powerful nations. The UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to form an International inquiry commission to investigate, ‘ “grave human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem” including violation of International laws and treaties,[Read More…]

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Mourners pray over the bodies of Palestinians killed in overnight Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on 16 May. Atia DarwishAPA images

UN Human Rights Council to probe Israel-Gaza conflict as potential ‘war crimes’

The U.N. Human Right Council has passed a resolution aimed to intensify scrutiny of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, after the U.N. rights chief said Israeli forces may have committed war crimes in their war with Hamas. The 11-day conflict killed at least 248 in Gaza, including 66 children and 39 women. In Israel, 12 people also died, including two children,[Read More…]

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The Omar al-Mukhtar neighborhood of Gaza City after it was pounded by Israeli airstrikes, 12 May. Mohammed ZaanounActiveStills

11 Day War

The cycle continues. Israel initiated further repression through the expulsion of four families in Sheik Jarrah and storming the Al Aqsa mosque during Ramadan, as if nearly 75 years of the most sustained, brutal state oppression in modern history wasn’t enough. In turn, Hamas threatened retaliation for Sheik Jarrah and Israeli police storming the mosque, but Israel did not relent.[Read More…]

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Palestine’s Moment: Despite Massive Losses, Palestinians Have Altered the Course of History

Palestine’s Moment: Despite Massive Losses, Palestinians Have Altered the Course of History

The ‘Palestinian Revolt of 2021’ will go down in history as one of the most influential events that irreversibly shaped collective thinking in and around Palestine. Only two other events can be compared with what has just transpired in Palestine: the revolt of 1936 and the First Intifada of 1987. The general strike and rebellion of 1936-39 were momentous because[Read More…]

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 Australian ABC Airs Former US Ambassador Adumbrating Total Expulsion Of Occupied Palestinians

 Australian ABC Airs Former US Ambassador Adumbrating Total Expulsion Of Occupied Palestinians

The Australian ABC (the taxpayer-funded Australian equivalent of the UK BBC) has recently aired a former US ambassador to Apartheid Israel and the UN  rejecting all present Palestine-Israel peace proposals as too hard, and his foreshadowing of a total  expulsion of all the Occupied Palestinians from Palestine in coming years. No dissent was offered by the ABC  nor  any Help[Read More…]

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The Al Jalaa Tower housing Al Jazeera and The Associated Press offices collapses after being hit by Israeli missile in Gaza City [Mohammed Salem/Reuters]

Israel’s Colonial Savagery

On May 24, 2021, Israel’s security apparatus launched a wave of mass arrests against the country’s Palestinian citizens as part of a violent attack on the anti-Zionist resistance movement. These arrests took place as part of a “law and order” campaign i.e. a mission of terrorization wherein thousands of police officers kick into doors, brutalize families and kidnap Palestinians. In[Read More…]

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Plight of Palestinians in an Unequal Fight

Plight of Palestinians in an Unequal Fight

Written  by Anandi Pandey and Sandeep Pandey Without consulting anybody from the Arab population, which outnumbered the Jews by about ten times, the British made public their intent to create a national home for Jewish people in Palestine on 2 November, 1917 through the Balfour declaration. Then on 29 November 1947 the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution recommending[Read More…]

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Building housing the offices of Associated Press and other media collapses after Israeli airstrike, Gaza City

Israel’s Pyrrhic victory in Gaza, Netanyahu is real winner

“The public opinion in the US has also been steadily becoming favourable to the Palestinians…But although Americans are warming to the Palestinians, they still favour Israel by wide margins…Western politicians obviously believe that the Palestinians should accept apartheid quietly, and should have the good grace silently to wither away… “Even if the Israeli military objective is realised, it can only[Read More…]

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An unexploded Israeli missile in a home in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, 20 May. Hatem RawaghAPA images

Jewish groups that aid Israel’s war crimes can’t deny all responsibility for those crimes

Here is something that can be said with great confidence. It is racist – antisemitic, if you prefer – to hold Jews, individually or collectively, accountable for Israel’s crimes. Jews are not responsible for Israel’s war crimes, even if the Israeli state presumes to implicate Jews in its crimes by falsely declaring it represents all Jews in the world. Very[Read More…]

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  Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) met Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, Tehran, (File photo) 

To Indians, Palestine’s Hamas remains a riddle

One major outcome of the current conflict in Gaza, West Bank and Jerusalem will be the emergence of Hamas as the charioteer of the Palestinian resistance movement against Israel. The Hamas’ ascendance poses a predicament for a number of countries who would have a sense of involvement with the Palestinian cause. India falls in that category. A policy adjustment becomes necessary.[Read More…]

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Truth about Palestine

Truth about Palestine

Too often, simple histories are being manipulated so that the truth is expelled from the dominant narrative. There are many cases, where the voices of the weak are silenced and falsehood is established. Truth is being ignored and frequently even criminalized. Speakers of truth are being discriminated and persecuted. Such is the situation of the Palestinians, and indeed the Arabs[Read More…]

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So what happens after the violence ends? Who won and who lost Israel vs Palestinians?

So what happens after the violence ends? Who won and who lost Israel vs Palestinians?

Self-defence, blood lust, ethnic cleansing, disproportionate response, mowing the lawn, genocide, death from the sky. Whatever way you wish to describe the unparalleled violence unleashed on Gaza is up to you. I describe it as shooting or in this case bombing Palestinians in a barrel. Let’s have a brief resume of what’s happened. The district of Sheikh Jarrah is in[Read More…]

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Apartheid – a global racist phenomenon

Apartheid – a global racist phenomenon

The current situation of Israeli house demolitions in Sheikh Jarrah is highlighting the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their indigenous lands in order to protect the demographic dominance of the Israeli Jewish population. The system well under way and being strengthened each year is that of apartheid. Historical moments In pre World War I Europe, the various empires were[Read More…]

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Palestine-Israel Conflict: Solution Prescribed Not to Work

Palestine-Israel Conflict: Solution Prescribed Not to Work

The latest US stand on the solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict is a mockery of reality. They want to convince the world that they have tried their best to solve the problem but have failed. Now it is up to the Palestinians and the Israelis to find out a solution. That is what Israel wants. It is actually an Israeli[Read More…]

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The Omar al-Mukhtar neighborhood of Gaza City after it was pounded by Israeli airstrikes, 12 May. Mohammed ZaanounActiveStills

Ceasefire ends Israeli terror in Gaza — for now

A ceasefire ending 11 days of intense violence in Gaza was announced late Thursday, taking effect in the early hours of Friday. Israeli airstrikes and Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza continued in the hours after the ceasefire was announced and before the time it was due to take effect. But after the clock counted down to ceasefire time, celebrations erupted from Gaza[Read More…]

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The Palestinian National Resistance has won yet again! Israel faces both a military & political defeat

The Palestinian National Resistance has won yet again! Israel faces both a military & political defeat

The Light is Beginning to Shine from Jerusalem yet again! Celebrations have broken out across Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, across all of historic Palestine. Clearly after the 11-day war, the Palestinian Resistance has emerged stronger, with more widespread & greater global support. The struggle of the Palestinian people to safeguard the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah from ethnic[Read More…]

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Head band of figure in the poster says “Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades”

For Palestinians, no Choice but to Speak Truth to Power

Pain mixed with hope; defiance in the face of unimaginable odds; celebrities show solidarity with Palestine; large protests held in solidarity with Palestinians around the world; Palestinians strike across all of occupied Palestine from the river to the sea; intifada everywhere; a sea change in public perceptions of Palestine and Israel, so much so that NPR this morning called Hamas[Read More…]

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The Al Jalaa Tower housing Al Jazeera and The Associated Press offices collapses after being hit by Israeli missile in Gaza City [Mohammed Salem/Reuters]

“Roof Knocking” in Gaza and the Myth of the Benevolent Drone

In its deadly attacks in densely populated Gaza, the Israeli Defense Force is employing a technique they call “roof knocking.” First drones fire small missiles without warheads on a residential building, intended only to shake the building before armed missiles destroy it minutes later. The IDF calls these “warning shots” and they are often preceded by telephone calls to some[Read More…]

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Palestinians recover the body of Yousif Abu Hussein after he was killed in an Israeli airstrike on his Gaza City home on 19 May. Bashar TalebAPA images

Israel has killed 14 families in their Gaza homes

Israeli warplanes and artillery attacks killed several more Palestinians in Gaza and destroyed more than a dozen residential buildings late Tuesday and Wednesday. A journalist, child and woman were among those who died as a result of Israeli strikes, according to Al Mezan, a human rights group in Gaza. The slain journalist, Yousif Abu Hussein, may have been deliberately targeted,[Read More…]

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Palestinians mourn members of the Abu Hatab family during their funeral in Gaza City on 15 May.   Ashraf Amra APA images

Latest Gaza Massacre Exposes Apartheid Israel’s Ongoing Palestinian Genocide

Palestinian protests over the war criminal eviction of Palestinian families from the culturally significant Shaikh Jarrah part of Occupied East Jerusalem led to Israeli soldiers violating the Al Aqsa Mosque compound (the third most holy site in Islam) on Friday 7 May 2021, a highly significant day for Muslims in the week marking the end of Ramadan. In response to[Read More…]

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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, to whom does it Belong?

Palestine is considered sacred to all three religions that trace their roots to (Prophet) Abraham; Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For the Jews, this is the place where the temple of (Prophet) Solomon stood, for the Christians this is the place where the Messiah, Jesus Christ was born, preached and was crucified. For the Muslims this is the place from where[Read More…]

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The sad saga continues: occupation and oppression of Palestinians

The sad saga continues: occupation and oppression of Palestinians

Here we go again with yet another deadly and devastating Israeli military attack on Gaza that has captured the world’s attention. However, this current crisis is notably different in scope from the numerous previous major Israeli war crimes against Gaza. This time there was already ongoing Palestinian resistance to Israeli provocations and violence in occupied East Jerusalem including the egregious[Read More…]

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The Democratic Party’s Big Mistake ─ Support for Israel

The Democratic Party’s Big Mistake ─ Support for Israel

Those who fear the end of democracy take no heed to a fundamental cause of the threat – Israel. President Biden has an opportunity to separate the Democratic Party from the worldwide chauvinists, who believe in their superiority and that might makes right. Followers of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer found guilty of murdering George Floyd, are chauvinists. No[Read More…]

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Seven Simple Talking Points To Defend Palestine

Seven Simple Talking Points To Defend Palestine

1) Palestine was colonized and replaced by a colonial settler state called “Israel”. The ideas was simply to take a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious country and transform it to a “Jewish state.” The core of this project (Zionism) is ethnic cleansing which started under British Rule (to fulfil the illegal Balfour declaration) and continued and accelerated under more direct Zionism control[Read More…]

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Palestinians recover the body of a Palestinian buried in the rubble of a home destroyed in an Israeli strike in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, on 13 May. Atia DarwishAPA images

Israel’s attack on Palestine: Imperialist Designs

From 6th May 2021 while Hamas, a radical Palestinian group has launched missiles on Israelis on the issue related to Al Aqsa mosque, the Israel has launched close to a full scale attack on Palestinians. In this conflict the causalities and destruction has been more on Palestinian side, death of nearly 200 people including 60 children, while on Israeli side[Read More…]

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Mourners pray over the bodies of Palestinians killed in overnight Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on 16 May. Atia DarwishAPA images

Gaza – US and the West Supports Israel’s Crimes Against Humanity – Understanding the Never-Ending Conflict

“I said we would exact a very heavy price from Hamas and other terror groups, and we are doing so and will continue to do so with great force,” Netanyahu said in a fiery video address. Israel’s PM Netanyahu is a war criminal and should be held accountable for war crimes throughout his PM-ship of Israel, according to the 1945 /[Read More…]

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Unity at Last: The Palestinian People Have Risen

Unity at Last: The Palestinian People Have Risen

From the outset, some clarification regarding the language used to depict the ongoing violence in occupied Palestine, and also throughout Israel. This is not a ‘conflict’. Neither is it a ‘dispute’ nor ‘sectarian violence’ nor even a war in the traditional sense. It is not a conflict, because Israel is an occupying power and the Palestinian people are an occupied[Read More…]

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Carnage in Gaza

Carnage in Gaza

There seems no end to the Zionist carnage in Gaza. On May 16, 2021, the US blocked for the third time within a week a statement at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) condemning Israeli violence against Palestinians and urging a ceasefire in Gaza. The blocked statement by the US was introduced by Norway, Tunisia, and China after an emergency Security[Read More…]

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Israeli warplanes hit the Gaza Strip early 17 May. Ashraf AmraAPA images

Gaza in the dark after Israel bombs power lines

Human rights groups are calling for an urgent investigation by the International Criminal Court as Israel’s merciless pounding of Gaza enters its second week. More than 200 Palestinians in the Strip have been killed since last Monday, including 60 children and 34 women, according to Al Mezan, a human rights group based in the territory. Three of the women were pregnant when[Read More…]

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Israel thanks Biden administration for blocking UN statement calling for ceasefire

Israel thanks Biden administration for blocking UN statement calling for ceasefire

Israel’s Defense Minister expressed gratitude to the U.S. for blocking a UN resolution calling for a ceasefire for the third time in a row. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the western part of Gaza, according to the Jerusalem Post, while local reports suggested that an office for Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs was targeted, as well as agricultural lands. A recent[Read More…]

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Sheikh Jarrah: History shows that empires have colluded to legalise ‘settler colonialism’ in Palestinian territories

Sheikh Jarrah: History shows that empires have colluded to legalise ‘settler colonialism’ in Palestinian territories

  On 8th May, Israeli occupation forces attacked the Palestinian protestors outside the old city, a day after they stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and injured about 200 Palestinians. According to the reports, 90 people have been grievously injured so far. Israeli police used bullet and stun grenades to inflict violence on the protestors, made several arrests and destroyed solidarity tents. The[Read More…]

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Israel’s land-grab and its unquenchable lust for more, Palestinian resistance and the familiar cycle of violence: when would it end?

Israel’s land-grab and its unquenchable lust for more, Palestinian resistance and the familiar cycle of violence: when would it end?

Palestinian casualties of Israeli bombs that according to Mr. Netanyahu, targeted the “terrorists” in Gaza Like most Israeli/Palestinian clashes of the past, recent clash was also triggered and fomented by the Israelis. Al Jazeera reports that “Anger has been growing over the forced expulsion of Palestinian families [by the Israelis] from the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, who[Read More…]

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How the United States Helps To Kill Palestinians

How the United States Helps To Kill Palestinians

Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies The U.S. corporate media usually report on Israeli military assaults in occupied Palestine as if the United States is an innocent neutral party to the conflict. In fact, large majorities of Americans have told pollsters for decades that they want the United States to be neutral in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But[Read More…]

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Mourners pray over the bodies of Palestinians killed in overnight Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on 16 May. Atia DarwishAPA images

Israel kills children, doctors in horrific nighttime massacre

Israel in the early hours of Sunday night obliterated multiple generations of families when it bombed their homes in Gaza. Around 1 am, Israeli warplanes launched a savage bombing campaign lasting at least an hour, firing 50 missiles at the area surrounding al-Wihda street in Gaza City. Without warning, the bombs hit residential buildings, bringing them down on top of[Read More…]

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‘Anti-Zionist Naples’: Award-Winning Italian Artist Speaks about Palestine and Why He Quit Photojournalism 

‘Anti-Zionist Naples’: Award-Winning Italian Artist Speaks about Palestine and Why He Quit Photojournalism 

Written by Romana Rubeo and Ramzy Baroud  On April 1, a mural appeared in the Southern Italian city of Naples, depicting Palestinian workers lining at an Israeli military checkpoint near the occupied city of Bethlehem, in the West Bank. It is called ‘Welcome to Bethlehem’. The mural, which quickly became popular in the town and on social media, was the[Read More…]

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Palestinians carry the body of Ibrahim al-Rantisi, a two-year-old who was killed in airstrike, Rafah, southern Gaza, 14 May. Abed DeebAPA images

They tried to bury seeds

After the darkest night, there is always a dawn We are all absolutely distraught and destroyed (as I am sure you and all people with hearts must be) with what is happening in Gaza/Palestine, which started with the attack on Al Aqsa during the night prayer on the 27th night of Ramadan, one of our holiest nights and has now[Read More…]

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Muhammad al-Hadidi comforts his infant child Omar, who survived the overnight Israeli attack that killed several members of his extended family, most of them children, at Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital on 15 May. Atia DarwishAPA images

Israel kills Gaza families in their homes on Nakba Day

More than 17,000 Palestinians in Gaza are experiencing yet another episode of displacement as Israel escalated its attack on civilian infrastructure on Saturday, the 73rd annual commemoration of Nakba Day. At least 145 Palestinians in Gaza, including 41 children, have been killed since Israel began bombing it on Monday. Around 1,000 more have been injured. We have now documented 41 Palestinian[Read More…]

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The Al Jalaa Tower housing Al Jazeera and The Associated Press offices collapses after being hit by Israeli missile in Gaza City [Mohammed Salem/Reuters]

Israel Bombs The Building That Houses AP, Al Jazeera etc In Gaza

Israel has bombed the building that houses media offices including AP, Al Jazeera , AJEnglish and other international news organisations. It was not immediately clear if there were casualties in Saturday’s attack. Live Al Jazeera video showed the 11-storey Al-Jalaa building, which also houses a number of residences and other offices, crashing to the ground after being bombed as dust[Read More…]

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A wounded Palestinian girl is being brought to Indonesian Hospital to receive medical treatment after Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip, on May 10, 2021 in Beit Lahia, Gaza. (Photo: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Israel Is Carrying Out Mass Murder, Aided and Abetted by the US

Israel is not exercising “the right to defend itself” in the occupied Palestinian territories. It is carrying out mass murder. It is a war crime.  Nearly all the words and phrases used by the Democrats, Republicans and the talking heads on the media to describe the unrest inside Israel and the heaviest Israeli assault against the Palestinians since the 2014[Read More…]

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Permanent Nakba

Permanent Nakba

May 15, 2021, marks the 73rd anniversary of Nakba (catastrophe). 1948, the year Israel was created, was also the year of the dispossession and expulsion of three-quarters of a million Palestinians and the destruction of more than 500 hundred villages and localities. Israel’s founding violently fragmented the Palestinian people and pushed them into multiple zones of space and classification: those[Read More…]

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Palestinians carry the body of Ibrahim al-Rantisi, a two-year-old who was killed in airstrike, Rafah, southern Gaza, 14 May. Abed DeebAPA images

Israel is killing women and children in Gaza

Women and children account for nearly half of the more than 120 Palestinians killed in Gaza since Monday, according to Al-Mezan, a human rights group in the territory. This contradicts Israel’s claims that it is targeting Hamas infrastructure and making great efforts to avoid harming civilians. The death toll will likely climb higher as bodies are recovered from the rubble of the[Read More…]

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Aggressive Policies Of Netanyahu Have Proved to be Very Costly and Destructive

Aggressive Policies Of Netanyahu Have Proved to be Very Costly and Destructive

Leaders in whose hands great trust is placed by their people must have an equally great sense of responsibility of not misusing this trust and of using their position and accompanying power very carefully. Israel is obviously a very important country which has elected Benjamin Netanyahu five times to the post of its Prime Minister. Well, he wasn’t always elected[Read More…]

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Double photo of the wall in Abu Dis:
Two photos joined, taken from the identical spot on either side of the Israeli wall as it severs Abu Dis in two (left=east, right=west; note the same minaret in both photos). The wall orphans Abu Dis on the right side into East Jerusalem. This both enlarges Israel’s claimed annexation of East Jerusalem, and facilitates the ethnic cleansing of the area’s people, since they now have the “wrong” ID cards (West Bank instead of East Jerusalem) in Israel’s bantustan system for non-Jews. Palestinians on the left side cannot go to the right side without special permission; for foreigners, it is perhaps a half-hour drive. Although Palestinians on the right side are free to go to the left side, they will likely never be able to return to the right side if they do. [photos: T Suárez]

Palestine: Five pivotal media fudges that empower Israel’s ongoing crimes

The western mass media’s coverage of the so-called “conflict” in Israel-Palestine is so flawed as to turn upside-down the public’s understanding of what is happening. Following are five specific points that are particularly relevant to the current violence. East Jerusalem is not in Israel. News analyses of Israeli actions at Sheikh Jarrah and the Al-Aqsa Mosque are invariably premised as[Read More…]

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A fire rages at sunrise in Khan Yunish following an Israeli airstrike on the southern Gaza Strip on May 12, 2021. (Photo: Youssef Massoud/AFP via Getty Images)

Israeli Barbarism in Gaza

Dr. Akram Kewidar, an assistant professor at the Israa University, Gaza, has sent me videos of the Zionist carnage occurring in the Palestinian enclave. Israeli bombs are reducing entire residential buildings to dust and rubble; bodies lie mangled in pulverized cars; corpses are strewn on the streets like the remains of flattened houses. As I write these words, nearly 83[Read More…]

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Palestinians recover the body of a Palestinian buried in the rubble of a home destroyed in an Israeli strike in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, on 13 May. Atia DarwishAPA images

More than 100 killed as Israel intensifies Gaza onslaught

Israel pounded the Gaza Strip for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday, with the health ministry in the territory reporting more than 100 killed in the most severe military offensive there since 2014. Palestinian armed groups in Gaza continued to retaliate by firing projectiles towards Israel. Seven people, including a soldier and two children, have been killed in rocket strikes in Israel[Read More…]

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Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike rocks Gaza City on 11 May. Ali HamadAPA images

UN chief, Biden, Putin and China on Israel’s Gaza attack

UN head Antonio Guterres implored the warring parties in Israel and Gaza to halt the bloodshed, amid reports that Israeli officials rejected a ceasefire plan floated by Egypt. “Out of respect for the spirit of Eid, I appeal for an immediate de-escalation and cessation of hostilities in Gaza and Israel,” the UN secretary-general said in a tweet on Thursday night.[Read More…]

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Seven Decades On, Where is Justice for Palestinian People?

Seven Decades On, Where is Justice for Palestinian People?

Where is Peace, and Where Are the Forces of Justice and Peace? While the overwhelming concern just now should of course be for steps which can check violence immediately, troubling questions remain as to what exactly have the efforts of over seven decades  achieved for bringing justice  to the people of Palestine and peace to the wider troubled region. While[Read More…]

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India Palestine Solidarity Forum Condemn The Israeli Apartheid Regime

India Palestine Solidarity Forum Condemn The Israeli Apartheid Regime

More than 130 prominent Indians condemn the attacks on the Palestinian worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque & the residents of Sheikh Jarrah, by the Israeli apartheid regime. We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people, as they valiantly resist the Israeli attempts to target & ethnically cleance the residents of Sheikh Jarrah & Silwan, both suburbs of East Jerusalem. We[Read More…]

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A fire rages at sunrise in Khan Yunish following an Israeli airstrike on the southern Gaza Strip on May 12, 2021. (Photo: Youssef Massoud/AFP via Getty Images)

Biden Administration Reportedly Blocking UN Cease-Fire Statement as Israel Bombards Gaza

The Biden administration is reportedly blocking the release of a United Nations Security Council statement calling for an immediate cease-fire as Israel continues its devastating assault on the occupied Gaza Strip, killing dozens of Palestinians and injuring hundreds more. According to Reuters, which cited anonymous diplomats and sources familiar with the Biden administration’s strategy, the United States is “delaying” the U.N.[Read More…]

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Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike rocks Gaza City on 11 May. Ali HamadAPA images

Tel Aviv hit after Israel destroys Gaza buildings

Israel deliberately destroyed a residential tower in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday despite warnings from Palestinian resistance groups not to target civilian infrastructure. Videos circulated on social media show the al-Hanadi apartment building collapsing after it was struck by an Israeli missile. #فيديو الاحتلال يدمر برج هنادي غرب مدينة #غزة الذي يضم 13 طابقا وأكثر من 40 شقة#غزة_تحت_القصف pic.twitter.com/3K9crPGgRt —[Read More…]

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Muna is Palestine, Yakub is Israel: The Untold Story of Sheikh Jarrah

Muna is Palestine, Yakub is Israel: The Untold Story of Sheikh Jarrah

There are two separate Sheikh Jarrah stories – one read and watched in the news and another that receives little media coverage or due analysis. The obvious story is that of the nightly raids and violence meted out by Israeli police and Jewish extremists against Palestinians in the devastated East Jerusalem neighborhood. For weeks, thousands of Jewish extremists have targeted[Read More…]

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Israel attacks Gaza after Jerusalem defeat

Israel attacks Gaza after Jerusalem defeat

Written by Ali Abunimah, Maureen Clare Murphy and Tamara Nassar Twenty Palestinians, nine of them children, were killed in Israeli bombing attacks in the Gaza Strip on Monday night. This came at the end of a day of violence that began in occupied East Jerusalem, where Israeli forces assaulted worshippers at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, injuring hundreds. Scenes of brutality[Read More…]

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American Muslim groups denounce night of terror at Al-Aqsa Mosque

American Muslim groups denounce night of terror at Al-Aqsa Mosque

American Muslim civil advocacy groups have denounced what they called Israeli aggression on unarmed Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque. The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), the largest coalition of major national, regional, and local Muslim organizations and Islamic institutions, strongly condemned the ongoing Israeli violence at Al-Aqsa Mosque during Ramadan that Friday night (7 May / 25 Ramadan) alone seriously[Read More…]

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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

Palestine’s Moment of Reckoning: On Abbas’ Dangerous Decision to ‘Postpone’ Elections

The decision on April 30 by Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, to ‘postpone’ Palestinian elections, which would have been the first in 15 years, will deepen Palestinian division and could, potentially, signal the collapse of the Fatah Movement, at least in its current form. Unlike the last Palestinian parliamentary elections in 2006, the big story, this time, was not the[Read More…]

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Quibbling Over Cruelties: Human Rights Watch, Israel and Apartheid

Quibbling Over Cruelties: Human Rights Watch, Israel and Apartheid

Criticism of Israel’s policies towards Palestinians has always induced a defensive rage from its defenders and advocates.   A Threshold Crossed, a report by Human Rights Watch, lit several fires of rage and disapproval.  Israel, according to the authors, is responsible for apartheid policies. The word, and the application of its meaning, is immemorially nasty.  This deeply though through policy of[Read More…]

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On the Insidious Discourse of “Terrorism” in the US and How it Functions to Demonize Palestine Advocates and Muslims

On the Insidious Discourse of “Terrorism” in the US and How it Functions to Demonize Palestine Advocates and Muslims

Professor Heike Schotten — Still captured from We Will Not Be Silenced webinar at the University of Massachusetts Boston After Heike Schotten, Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB), co-organized and moderated a webinar at the University of Massachusetts Boston entitled We Will not Be Silenced: The Repression of Academic Freedom and Resistance, from Leila Khaled to UMass Boston, UMB’s[Read More…]

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Bottom-up Politics: Grassroots Activism Behind Pro-Palestine Shift in the US

Bottom-up Politics: Grassroots Activism Behind Pro-Palestine Shift in the US

At a recent virtual J Street Conference, US Senators, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren broke yet another political taboo when they expressed willingness to leverage US military aid as a way to pressure Israel to respect Palestinian human rights. Sanders believes that the US “must be willing to bring real pressure to bear, including restricting US aid, in response to[Read More…]

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Palestine, Armed Resistance, Jewish Voice for Peace and Zoom

Palestine, Armed Resistance, Jewish Voice for Peace and Zoom

Left inset, JVP’s Executive Director Stefanie Fox/ Right: Professor Rabab Abdelhadi of AMED Studies, SFSU Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) has come a long way since its liberal Zionist days, finally declaring its anti-Zionist position, and has since been a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause. But apparently there are still limits. These limits surfaced in a recent meeting between JVP’s[Read More…]

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Why I decided to boycott the Israeli elections

Why I decided to boycott the Israeli elections

It was that time of the year last month, that Israelis rushed to the ballot lines to express their democratic right to vote for the Israeli parliament – the Knesset, for the third spring in a row. Israel takes pride in its “Jewish democracy” and claims that it does not discriminate non-Jews, while in fact it uses its engineered Jewish[Read More…]

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A Palestinian Prayer for Ramadan: May the Voices of the Oppressed Be Heard

A Palestinian Prayer for Ramadan: May the Voices of the Oppressed Be Heard

COVID-19 cases in Palestine, especially in Gaza, have reached record highs, largely due to the arrival of a greatly contagious coronavirus variant which was first identified in Britain. Gaza has always been vulnerable to the deadly pandemic. Under a hermetic Israeli blockade since 2006, the densely populated Gaza Strip lacks basic services like clean water, electricity, or minimally-equipped hospitals. Therefore,[Read More…]

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Neither the Israeli Elections nor the Palestinian Elections are about Democracy

Neither the Israeli Elections nor the Palestinian Elections are about Democracy

At a 2018 rally in Washington DC [Rima Najjar] In Israel, they are all about entrenching the Zionist regime in Palestine from the river to the sea; in the occupied territories, they are all about liberation and de-Zionization. Chances are, you are unaware that Palestinian elections are in the offing. But if you are following them, there is a lot to[Read More…]

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Facebook Evaluates Boosts Of Posts That Include Anti-Zionist Speech As Having A “low Quality Attribute”

Facebook Evaluates Boosts Of Posts That Include Anti-Zionist Speech As Having A “low Quality Attribute”

Dima Khalidi, founder and director of Palestine Legal (still from “Weaponizing anti-Semitism: IHRA and Ending the Palestine Exception.” For Palestinians, it takes a lot of courage to say, “Let’s talk about what Zionism means to Palestinians… We are not allowed to question the concept of Jewish self-determination in historic Palestine,” as Dima Khalidi, founder and director of Palestine Legal expresses[Read More…]

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Recognition of Palestine is ‘Symbolic’ but also Critical: The Australian Case

Recognition of Palestine is ‘Symbolic’ but also Critical: The Australian Case

Australia’s Labor Party’s recognition of Palestine as a State on March 30 is a welcomed position, though it comes with many caveats. Pro-Palestinian activists are justified to question the sincerity of the ALP’s stance and whether Australia’s Labor is genuinely prepared to fully adopt this position should they form a government following the 2022 elections. The language of the amendment[Read More…]

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Israel Rejects ICC Investigation: What Are the Possible Future Scenarios?

Israel Rejects ICC Investigation: What Are the Possible Future Scenarios?

The Israeli government’s position regarding an impending investigation by the International Criminal Court of alleged war crimes committed in occupied Palestine has been finally declared by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “It will be made clear that Israel is a country with rule of law that knows how to investigate itself,” Netanyahu said in a statement on April 8. Subsequently,[Read More…]

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Marwan Barghouti

From His Solitary Confinement, Marwan Barghouti Holds the Key to Fatah’s Future

If imprisoned Palestinian leader, Marwan Barghouti, becomes the President of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the status quo will change substantially. For Israel, as well as for the current PA President, Mahmoud Abbas, such a scenario is more dangerous than another strong Hamas showing in the upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections. The long-delayed elections, now scheduled for May 22 and July 31[Read More…]

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The Nakba of Sheikh Jarrah: How Israel Uses ‘the Law’ to Ethnically Cleanse East Jerusalem

The Nakba of Sheikh Jarrah: How Israel Uses ‘the Law’ to Ethnically Cleanse East Jerusalem

A Palestinian man, Atef Yousef Hanaysha, was killed by Israeli occupation forces on March 19 during a weekly protest against illegal Israeli settlement expansion in Beit Dajan, near Nablus, in the northern West Bank. Although tragic, the above news reads like a routine item from occupied Palestine, where shooting and killing unarmed protesters is part of the daily reality. However,[Read More…]

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Abbas Moves to Stamp out Constructive, Strategic Change within Fatah

Abbas Moves to Stamp out Constructive, Strategic Change within Fatah

Left: Dr. Nasser al-Qidwa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Yasser Arafat Foundation; Right: Hani Almasri, General Manager of Masarat Center — مركز مسارات At long last, there is a credible challenge from within to the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA), an increasingly autocratic and unpopular body that has a limited administrative function over enclaves in the Israeli occupied territories. This challenge[Read More…]

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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

Elections under Fire: Palestine’s Impossible Democracy Dilemma

Many Palestinian intellectuals and political analysts find themselves in the unenviable position of having to declare a stance on whether they support or reject upcoming Palestinian elections which are scheduled for May 22 and July 30. But there are no easy answers. The long-awaited decree by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas last January to hold legislative and presidential elections in[Read More…]

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“We Claim Responsibility for the Political Decisions of our Young Son, and our Decision is — NO!”

“We Claim Responsibility for the Political Decisions of our Young Son, and our Decision is — NO!”

Lee Camp (left) and Sivan Tal — captured from Moment of Clarity There is a “crack in the veneer that Israel can just oppress and destroy Palestinian lives forever” is how Lee Camp sums up after interviewing Sivan Tal in Moment of Clarity about the latter’s decision (along with his wife Dori) to refuse to allow his son to be conscripted in the[Read More…]

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Marwan Barghouti

In the Struggle for Palestinian Political Legitimacy, De-Normalizing Jewish Nationalism is Essential

To dismantle a system of oppression, intensely radical politics are required. That is why any resolution to the Palestinian Nakba in the form of a unitary state cannot possibly retain the fiction that Jews world-wide are a monolith “people” who need to be in-gathered in one place, that place being a geographic territory colonized and violently seized by atheist East[Read More…]

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‘Engaging the World’: The ‘Fascinating Story’ of Hamas’s Political Evolution

‘Engaging the World’: The ‘Fascinating Story’ of Hamas’s Political Evolution

Written by Romana Rubeo and Ramzy Baroud On February 4, representatives from the Palestinian Movement, Hamas, visited Moscow to inform the Russian government of the latest development on the unity talks between the Islamic Movement and its Palestinian counterparts, especially Fatah. This was not the first time that Hamas’s officials traveled to Moscow on similar missions. In fact, Moscow continues[Read More…]

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What Prince Hassan Fails to Recognize: Palestinian Struggle is an Advance Guard of the Arab Liberation Movement

What Prince Hassan Fails to Recognize: Palestinian Struggle is an Advance Guard of the Arab Liberation Movement

It’s time for a fresh start for Palestine, as Prince Hassan says, but a truly fresh start, not a variant mutation of the toxic past It’s déjà vu time for Palestine; we have lived through the same fiasco before only to get bogged down in the Oslo poisoned swamp. Déjà vu washed over me as I read a letter by[Read More…]

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Imagining Palestine: On Barghouti, Darwish, Kanafani and the Language of Exile

Imagining Palestine: On Barghouti, Darwish, Kanafani and the Language of Exile

For Palestinians, exile is not simply the physical act of being removed from their homes and their inability to return. It is not a casual topic pertaining to politics and international law, either. Nor is it an ethereal notion, a sentiment, a poetic verse. It is all of this, combined. The death in Amman of Palestinian poet, Mourid Barghouti, an[Read More…]

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Israel’s Impunity: Is The Tide Changing?

Israel’s Impunity: Is The Tide Changing?

I think it is. The tide of international dissent against Israel’s impunity is becoming a torrent since the introduction by the IHRA, International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance of what they have defined as ‘Antisemitism’. This new definition has been interpreted and used as a weapon to bash, intimidate and silence any voices of criticism against the government of Israel. Even the[Read More…]

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‘Leaving Aside’ International Law: Why Democrats are as Dangerous as Republicans to a Just Peace in Palestine

‘Leaving Aside’ International Law: Why Democrats are as Dangerous as Republicans to a Just Peace in Palestine

Motivated by their justifiable aversion to former US President Donald Trump, many analysts have rashly painted a rosy picture of how Democrats could quickly erase the bleak trajectory of the previous Republican administration. This naivety is particularly pronounced in the current spin on the Palestinian-Israeli discourse, which is promoting, again, the illusion that Democrats will succeed where their political rivals[Read More…]

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Stop Taking for Granted the Justification for the Existence of Israel

Stop Taking for Granted the Justification for the Existence of Israel

Soapbox (described on Facebook as Russia state-controlled media) is circulating a video of veteran Israeli journalist Gideon Levy lecturing against the Zionist occupation of the West Bank. In the first few frames Levy says: “Palestine must be demilitarized.” Sorry, why should Palestine be demilitarized? Don’t they [Palestinians] have their right to self-defense? Levy is here defending Palestinians’ right to armed[Read More…]

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The Russian Alternative: How Moscow is capitalizing on US Retreat in Palestine, Israel 

The Russian Alternative: How Moscow is capitalizing on US Retreat in Palestine, Israel 

Israeli anxiety was palpable when it was reported that Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was not contacted by the new American President, Joe Biden, for days after the latter’s inauguration. While much is being read into Biden’s decision, including Washington’s lack of enthusiasm to return to the ‘peace process’, Moscow is generating much attention as a possible alternative to the[Read More…]

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‘Freedom is Never Voluntarily Given’: Palestinian Boycott of Israel is Not Racist, It is Anti-Racist

‘Freedom is Never Voluntarily Given’: Palestinian Boycott of Israel is Not Racist, It is Anti-Racist

  Claims made by Democratic New York City mayoral candidate, Andrew Yang, in a recent op-ed in the Jewish weekly, ‘The Forward’, point to the prevailing ignorance that continues to dominate the US discourse on Palestine and Israel. Yang, a former Democratic Presidential candidate, is vying for the Jewish vote in New York City. According to the reductionist assumption that[Read More…]

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Our Mutual Fight: The Case against Pakistani Normalization with Israel 

Our Mutual Fight: The Case against Pakistani Normalization with Israel 

The Pakistani government should never, under any circumstances and no matter the pressure, normalize with Israel. Doing so is not only dangerous – as it will embolden an already vile, racist, violent apartheid Israel – but it would also be considered a betrayal of a historic legacy of mutual solidarity, collective affinity and brotherhood that have bonded Palestinians and Pakistanis[Read More…]

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If Facebook Were to Engage with Me about the Term “Zionist,” Here is What I Would Say

If Facebook Were to Engage with Me about the Term “Zionist,” Here is What I Would Say

Facebook is “independently engaging with experts and stakeholders” to discuss the usage of the term “Zionist.” According to The Verge, Facebook allows the term “in political discourse,” but not “when it’s used as a proxy for Jews or Israelis in a dehumanizing or violent way.” I am not an expert on Zionism though I have a book-shelf of information about[Read More…]

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Why the Far-Right Campaign to Cancel my Medium Blog will Fail

Why the Far-Right Campaign to Cancel my Medium Blog will Fail

I have been trying to normalize anti-Zionist, anti-Israel speech through my writing and social-media activism for many years now. It hasn’t been easy (see my account of suing Quora for muzzling anti-Zionist speech here). In today’s climate of right-wing vigilantism, it has just gotten worse. I am now the target of a campaign to cancel my Medium blog, where I[Read More…]

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If US Foreign Policy Toward Palestine is any Indication, Trump is Here to Stay

If US Foreign Policy Toward Palestine is any Indication, Trump is Here to Stay

As I watch the unfolding political drama of the impeachment trial in the US Senate, the glimmer of hope for change I had following the incredible scenes at the Capitol on Jan 6 is being dimmed. The question in my mind now is whether it is even possible, with the tools being used by Joe Biden, to turn the tide[Read More…]

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As Trump Departs, America Is Anti-Supremacist At Home But Pro-Supremacist For Israel

As Trump Departs, America Is Anti-Supremacist At Home But Pro-Supremacist For Israel

In the wake of the January 6 insurrection, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would have us believe that the United States and Israel have a common enemy. Pelosi implies that the American insurrectionists whose ideologies are rooted in racism, xenophobia and supremacy represent a threat to both the US and Israel — i.e., she believes antisemitism threatens the well-being and sanctity of the[Read More…]

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Fearing the Palestinian Narrative: Why Israel Banned ‘Jenin Jenin’

Fearing the Palestinian Narrative: Why Israel Banned ‘Jenin Jenin’

On January 11, the Israeli Lod District Court ruled against a Palestinian film-maker, Mahmoud Bakri, ordering him to pay hefty compensation to an Israeli soldier who was accused, along with the Israeli military, of carrying out war crimes in April 2002, in the Palestinian Jenin refugee camp located in the northern occupied West Bank. The case, as presented by Israeli[Read More…]

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Covid-19 under Apartheid: How Israel Manipulates Suffering of Palestinians

Covid-19 under Apartheid: How Israel Manipulates Suffering of Palestinians

  Israel’s decision to exclude Palestinians from its COVID-19 vaccination campaign may have surprised many. Even by Israel’s poor humanitarian standards, denying Palestinians access to life-saving medication seems extremely callous. Amnesty International, among many organizations, condemned the Israeli government’s decision to bar Palestinians from receiving the vaccine. The rights group described the Israeli action as evidence of the “institutionalized discrimination[Read More…]

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‘One State is a Game Changer’: A Conversation with Ilan Pappe and Awad Abdelfattah on the One Democratic State Campaign 

‘One State is a Game Changer’: A Conversation with Ilan Pappe and Awad Abdelfattah on the One Democratic State Campaign 

Written by  Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo As the US ruling elites have fully succumbed to Israel’s political discourse on Palestine, the Israeli government of right-wing Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, may feel that it, alone, is capable of determining the future of the Palestinian people. This conclusion is, perhaps, gleaned from Israel’s behavior in recent years and months. The expansion[Read More…]

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2021: Palestine’s Chance of Fighting Back

2021: Palestine’s Chance of Fighting Back

2020 will go down in history as the year that terminated the American-sponsored ‘peace process’. While 2021 will not reverse the monumental change in the US attitude and objectives in Palestine, Israel and the Middle East, the new year presents Palestinians with the opportunity to think outside the American box. The previous year began with an unmistakable American push to[Read More…]

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Gaza Bombing On Christmas

Gaza Bombing On Christmas

On 25 December, 2020, Israel bombed Gaza for six continuous hours as much of the world celebrated Christmas. A children’s hospital, a rehabilitation center for people with disabilities, a mosque, as well as private residences, were damaged. A six-year-old girl and a young man were injured, and much of the targeted region lost water and electricity. A fire broke out at the location of the[Read More…]

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Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Goodbye Trump, Hello Status Quo

Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Goodbye Trump, Hello Status Quo

Politically, there is a clear difference between Biden and Trump, but for the Palestinians, they both favor Israel over us — Palestinian taxi driver Ahmed Zayed, former member of Fatah, The Christian Science Monitor, December 2 Two days after that article was published in the Christian Science Monitor, Israeli Occupation Forces killed a teenage Palestinian boy named Ali Ayman Saleh[Read More…]

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Narratives in Conflict: The Rise of the Palestinian Literary Narrative

Narratives in Conflict: The Rise of the Palestinian Literary Narrative

         Without a doubt, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is one of the most irresolvable conflicts of our time. It has been the subject of the world’s top conflict resolution convoys, committees and UN-backed peace talks. As yet, it seems to only get worse with time. And the reason why this is the case is because this conflict is not only a dispute over territorial land. It is first and foremost a conflict of ideologies and narratives. As any conflict of ideologies, power dynamics intervene to champion only the most dominant narrative. Therefore, the recent rise of the Palestinian literary narrative could[Read More…]

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When the People Rose: How the Intifada Changed the Political Discourse around Palestine

When the People Rose: How the Intifada Changed the Political Discourse around Palestine

December 8 came and went as if it was an ordinary day. For Palestinian political groups, it was another anniversary to be commemorated, however hastily. It was on this day, thirty-three years ago, that the First Palestinian Intifada (uprising) broke out, and there was nothing ordinary about this historic event. Today, the uprising is merely viewed from a historic point[Read More…]

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Naji Al Ali

Arab Normalisation of Zionism – That Old Chestnut!

I am revising a previous article, Palestine’s Achilles Heel: The Begging Bowl, to expose that the normalisation of the recent UAE and Moroccan ties with the Jewish ‘state’ of Israel brokered by Trump is a piddly PR show. Spoiler alert! The Arab normalisation occurred 72 years ago and has never let up. This explains why Trump was not awarded the[Read More…]

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‘Long Live the (Dead) Peace Process’: Abbas Prioritizes US Ties over Palestinian National Unity 

‘Long Live the (Dead) Peace Process’: Abbas Prioritizes US Ties over Palestinian National Unity 

No one seemed as excited about the election of Joe Biden being the next President of the United States as Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas. When all hope seemed lost, where Abbas found himself desperate for political validation and funds, Biden arrived like a conquering knight on a white horse and swept the Palestinian leader away to safety. Abbas was[Read More…]

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Moving Past Apartheid: One-State is not Ideal Justice, but It is Just and Possible

Moving Past Apartheid: One-State is not Ideal Justice, but It is Just and Possible

Once again, Europe’s top diplomats expressed their ‘deep concern’ regarding Israel’s ongoing illegal settlement expansion, again evoking the maxim that Israeli actions “threaten the viability of the two-state solution”. This position was communicated by EU Foreign Affairs Chief, Josep Borrell, on November 19, during a video-conference with Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki. All Israeli settlements are illegal under international[Read More…]

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Anniversary UN Partition Plan Torching of Palestine – Albert Einstein Running Commentary

Anniversary UN Partition Plan Torching of Palestine – Albert Einstein Running Commentary

An Archetypical Anglo-American Colonial Crime Against Humanity! In order to militarily penetrate the oil rich Middle East, a courageous and noble socialist Zionism and despised Holocaust survivors, denied refugee status, were used by an Anglo-American colonial business elite that was anti-Semitic in outlook, coldly indifferent and even complicit, during the Holocaust its investments in rearming Germany made possible. An Archetypical[Read More…]

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Israel’s recent diplomatic ties and the issue of Palestine

Israel’s recent diplomatic ties and the issue of Palestine

In recent months, Israel made diplomatic deals with two Middle East countries such as the UAE and Bahrain. These formal diplomatic ties, brokered by the USA which earlier revealed a Middle East peace plan, have immediately caused heavy criticisms among many Muslim countries in the Arab region and beyond. Of course, mounting criticisms are not surprising at all since Muslims[Read More…]

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Expansion and Mass Eviction: Israel ‘Takes Advantage’ of Trump’s Remaining Days in Office

Expansion and Mass Eviction: Israel ‘Takes Advantage’ of Trump’s Remaining Days in Office

In a few words, a close associate of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, summed up the logic behind the ongoing frenzy to expand illegal Jewish settlements in Israel. “These days are an irreplaceable opportunity to establish our hold on the Land of Israel, and I’m sure that our friend, President (Donald) Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu will be able to[Read More…]

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United Nations panel calls for end of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory

United Nations panel calls for end of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory

The United Nations has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling for Palestinian self-determination and end to Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory since 1967. The resolution was approved on Thursday by the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee — the committee that deals with human rights and humanitarian affairs. It was passed 163 to 5, with 10 abstentions. Those who voted against were:[Read More…]

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As Israel Destroys EU Projects in Palestine, European Foreign Policy Remains Impotent

As Israel Destroys EU Projects in Palestine, European Foreign Policy Remains Impotent

Belgium is furious. On November 6, the Belgian government condemned Israel’s destruction of Belgian-funded homes in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank. Understandably, Brussels wants the Israeli government to pay compensation for the unwarranted destruction. The Israeli response was swift: a resounding ‘no’. The diplomatic row is likely to fizzle out soon; neither will Israel cease its illegal demolitions of Palestinian[Read More…]

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UAE and Israeli settlers find common ground in Jerusalem

UAE and Israeli settlers find common ground in Jerusalem

Weakened by Joe Biden’s electoral defeat of US President Donald J. Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu risks being caught between a rock and a hard place as Jordan, the Palestine Authority and the United Arab Emirates manoeuvre for control of what is to Jews the Temple Mount and to Muslims the Haram ash-Sharif, the third most holy site in[Read More…]

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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

‘Playing for Time’: The Non-strategy of Mahmoud Abbas 

“If we are going to live another four years with President Trump, God help us, God help you and God help the whole world.” These were the words of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, Mohammed Shtayyeh, during a virtual meeting with European legislators on November 3. While some may agree with Shtayyeh’s assessment, such utterances by a top Palestinian official are[Read More…]

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Israel’s Crucifixion of Mohammad Al Halabi

An UN document, Why  teach about the Holocaust asserts, “Never  before  had  civilians  been  targeted  by  military  planners  with  such  disregard  for  human life.  Never before had a state pursued, as a matter of national policy, the complete and total destruction of groups identified as unworthy of living.” For the people of Palestine suffering the savage and sadistic 72-year Zionist[Read More…]

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Escalating the Demographic War: The Strategic Goal of Israeli Racism in Palestine 

Escalating the Demographic War: The Strategic Goal of Israeli Racism in Palestine 

The discussion on institutional Israeli racism against its own Palestinian Arab population has all but ceased following the final approval of the discriminatory Nation-State Law in July 2018. Indeed, the latest addition to Israel’s Basic Law is a mere start of a new government-espoused agenda that is designed to further marginalize over a fifth of Israel’s population. On Wednesday, October[Read More…]

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‘They Tried to Freeze Me to Death’: Torture and Resistance in Israeli Prisons

‘They Tried to Freeze Me to Death’: Torture and Resistance in Israeli Prisons

Co-Written by Mohammad al-Deirawi and Ramzy Baroud Mohammad Ibrahim Ali al-Deirawi was born on January 30, 1978 in Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. His family is originally from Bir Al-Saba’, an ethnically cleansed Palestinian town located in the southern Naqab desert. Mohammad was arrested by the Israeli army at a military checkpoint in central Gaza on March 1,[Read More…]

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What Does Israel Have against Palestinian Singer, Mohammed Assaf?

What Does Israel Have against Palestinian Singer, Mohammed Assaf?

Why does Israel hate Palestinian singer, Mohammed Assaf? On October 16, Avi Dichter, Israeli Member of Parliament from the right-wing Likud Party, announced that Assaf’s special permit to enter the occupied Palestinian West Bank would be revoked. Assaf, originally from Gaza, now lives with his family in the United Arab Emirates. He achieved stardom in 2013, when he won the[Read More…]

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European Hypocrisy: Empty Words for Palestine, Deadly Weapons for Israel

European Hypocrisy: Empty Words for Palestine, Deadly Weapons for Israel

In theory, Europe and the United States stand on completely opposite sides when it comes to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. While the US government has fully embraced the tragic status quo created by 53 years of Israeli military occupation, the EU continues to advocate a negotiated settlement that is predicated on respect for international law. In practice, however, despite[Read More…]

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Zionist War on Palestinian Festival in Rome is Ominous Sign of Things to Come 

Zionist War on Palestinian Festival in Rome is Ominous Sign of Things to Come 

Co-Written by Romana Rubeo & Ramzy Baroud A Zionist-led war on a Palestinian cultural festival in Rome has exposed the fragility of the Italian political system when it comes to the conversation on Palestine and Israel. The sad truth is that, although Italy is not often associated with a ‘powerful’ pro-Israel lobby as is the case in Washington, the pro-Israel[Read More…]

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The Palestinian Struggle Betrayed

The Palestinian Struggle Betrayed

The Abraham Accord signed recently between Israel on the one hand and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain on the other, is touted as a peace deal. They were not at war. There was peace between them and much behind the scenes cooperation, reportedly for the last decade. Reports have it that the Accord promises Israel millions of dollars[Read More…]

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Palestinian Injustice Will Continue With A Biden Presidency

Palestinian Injustice Will Continue With A Biden Presidency

Over the past year several articles penned by this writer have questioned how well-suited Joe Biden is to lead the Democratic Party’s Progressive Movement in 2020 to make the kind of dramatic changes so sorely needed in every aspect of the American government, society, culture, foreign policy, universal health care and welfare of the American people. Specific questions have been[Read More…]

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Dying Alone: When We Stopped Caring for Palestinian Prisoners

Dying Alone: When We Stopped Caring for Palestinian Prisoners

“No one cares about the prisoners.” Over the past few years, I have heard this phrase – or some variation of it – uttered many times by freed Palestinian prisoners and their families. Whenever I conduct an interview regarding this crucial and highly sensitive topic, I am told, repeatedly, that ‘no one cares.’ But is this really the case? Are[Read More…]

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Palestine – Anniversary of the Death of a Child – 30 September 2000

Palestine – Anniversary of the Death of a Child – 30 September 2000

Palestine under siege for 72 years. A UK-prompted UN decision in 1947 allowed David Ben-Gurion, then the head of the Jewish Agency, to proclaim on May 14, 1948, the establishment of the State of Israel. The United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine, a UN proposal, recommended a partition of “Mandatory Palestine” at the end of the British Mandate. “Mandatory Palestine” (picture to the left[Read More…]

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Despite Ambiguity in International Law, Palestinians are Winning the ‘Legitimacy War’

Despite Ambiguity in International Law, Palestinians are Winning the ‘Legitimacy War’

‘International law’ remains one of the most discussed terms in the context of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It is almost always present, whether the discussion pertains to the Israeli wars and siege on Gaza, the expansion of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank or the encroaching apartheid throughout Israel and the Occupied Territories. Despite the importance and relevance[Read More…]

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Khalil El Halabi (and Mohammad’s children) campaigning for justice for his son.

Mohammad Al Halabi  – Israel’s Abuse of Innocence

Let me share a true story about the abuse of innocence. Mohammad Al Halabi, World Vision-Australia’s respected Gaza/WB coordinator, has been been illegally held without charge and tortured by Israel since 2016 and is forced to futilely attend court  – now 151 times! He is due in court again on 18-11-2020. Mohammad is a man of peace and love. On[Read More…]

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In Lieu of a Liberation Strategy: Palestinian Elections Are Designed to Buy Time

In Lieu of a Liberation Strategy: Palestinian Elections Are Designed to Buy Time

It is abundantly clear that Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, has underestimated the seriousness of the challenges facing Palestine and the Palestinians. The rushed agreement between his party, Fatah and Hamas in Istanbul on September 24, and the Palestinian leader’s speech at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly the following day, indicate that the Palestinian leadership insists on[Read More…]

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We Are the Children of Gaza: The Poet, the Fashionista and the Footballer 

We Are the Children of Gaza: The Poet, the Fashionista and the Footballer 

by Wafaa Aludaini and Ramzy Baroud The inevitable has finally happened, and the coronavirus pandemic is now ravaging the besieged Gaza Strip. On August 24, a total lockdown was imposed by the Gaza authorities following the discovery of several COVID-19 cases outside designated quarantine areas. Since then, over 1,000 cases have been identified and ten people have died. Experts estimate[Read More…]

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Palestinians Are Not Numbers: On the Future of the Palestinian Discourse 

Palestinians Are Not Numbers: On the Future of the Palestinian Discourse 

Palestine can never be truly understood through numbers, because numbers are dehumanizing, impersonal, and, when necessary, can also be contrived to mean something else entirely. Numbers are not meant to tell the story of the human condition, nor should they ever serve as a substitute for emotions. Indeed, the stories of life, death – and everything in-between – cannot be[Read More…]

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Apartheid Reaffirmed

Apartheid Reaffirmed

The accepted definition of Apartheid by the United Nations and the International criminal court is as follows: ‘Apartheid refers to the implementation and maintenance of a system of legalized racial segregation in which one racial group is deprived of political and civil rights. Apartheid is a crime against humanity punishable under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. It[Read More…]

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How do Democrats and Republicans Differ on Palestine and Israel? 

How do Democrats and Republicans Differ on Palestine and Israel? 

The polarized nature of American politics often makes it difficult to address fundamental differences between the country’s two main political rivals, Republicans and Democrats. As each side is intent on discrediting the other at every opportunity, unbiased information regarding the two parties’ actual stances on internal and external issues can be difficult to decipher. Regarding Palestine and Israel, however, both[Read More…]

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Palestine: A House of Hope

Palestine: A House of Hope

The bombings have begun. Sharp splinters of smooth, shiny bombs Penetrate into the rugged dreams of Palestinian emancipation Blinding, bruising, and burying it under the soot of crushing colonialism. Amid the bombardment, shaky screams of subjugated children Rend the sky into flakes of agony, Each flake swirling in a vortex of indescribable pain, Clenching in its fist the veined heart[Read More…]

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The ‘Desaparecidos’ of Palestine: Gantz Escalates Israel’s War on the Dead 

The ‘Desaparecidos’ of Palestine: Gantz Escalates Israel’s War on the Dead 

On September 2, the Israeli government approved a proposal that allows the military to indefinitely withhold the bodies of Palestinians who have been killed by the Israeli army. The proposal was made by the country’s Defense Minister, Benny Gantz. Gantz is the main political rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He also serves the role of the ‘alternate Prime Minister.’[Read More…]

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Palestine On The Edge Of The Precipice

Palestine On The Edge Of The Precipice

I believe that for us Arabs to survive and progress we must have in common more than religion, language and rhetoric. We need unity, transparency and honesty. We Palestinians are teetering on the edge of a precipice. Until very recently, every Arab leader, politician, cleric and pundit, given half a chance, would mount the platform and raise the Palestinian flag[Read More…]

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The Slow Death Of Gaza

The Slow Death Of Gaza

On August 31, 2020, Hamas announced that it had reached a ceasefire with Israel that would end the recent hostilities in Gaza. Since 6 August, the besieged Palestinian enclave was being bombed daily by the Israeli forces. In order to bomb Gaza, the “terror balloon” narrative has been used by the Zionist state. These so-called “terror balloons” are contraptions made from everyday materials, gas-soaked[Read More…]

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The Case for Israel as a Criminal Enterprise

The Case for Israel as a Criminal Enterprise

Missing from thoughtful decision is that the Emirates bewildering moment and the shattered Palestinian moment are due to a misrepresentation of what is called the Middle East conflict. The misrepresentation has led to a fallacious approach for rectification, and an impasse for obtaining peace with justice. Even the terminology seems incorrect. Is this a conflict between Palestinians and Zionists or has it[Read More…]

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Settlements should end for a lasting solution

Settlements should end for a lasting solution

Israeli settlements or Jewish communities in Occupied Palestine Territories, especially in the East Jerusalem and West Bank, are a major historical cause of concern, not only for Palestine and Israel but also for the entire Arab region and beyond. In fact, every Israeli effort to build expansionary settlements and outposts has, of course, created chaos between Palestine and Israeli and[Read More…]

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UAE Geopolitical Gamble Keeps Palestinian Peace Prospects on Life Support

UAE Geopolitical Gamble Keeps Palestinian Peace Prospects on Life Support

 The decision by the UAE to establish diplomatic relations with Israel keeps a negotiated solution with Palestine on life support. There is no indication that forging relations with Israel will be more successful in nudging the Jewish state towards peace with Palestine on mutually acceptable terms than the failed formula of offering Arab recognition in exchange for peace was. Like[Read More…]

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‘Dying to Fish’: How Israeli Piracy Destroyed Gaza’s Once Thriving Fishing Industry

‘Dying to Fish’: How Israeli Piracy Destroyed Gaza’s Once Thriving Fishing Industry

On August 16, the Israeli navy declared the Gaza sea a closed military zone. A few days later, a group of Gaza fishermen decided to take their chances by fishing within a mere two or three nautical miles off the Gaza shore. No sooner had they cast their nets, Israeli navy bullets began whizzing all around them. Soon after the[Read More…]

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Netanyahu vs Gantz: Gaza Escalation as Reflection of Israel’s Political Rivalry

Netanyahu vs Gantz: Gaza Escalation as Reflection of Israel’s Political Rivalry

Only recently, the Palestinian group, Hamas, and Israel seemed close to reaching a prisoner exchange agreement, where Hamas would release several Israeli soldiers held in Gaza while Israel would set free an unspecified number of Palestinian detainees held in Israeli prisons. Instead of the much-anticipated announcement of some kind of a deal, on August 10, Israeli bombs began falling on[Read More…]

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 ‘People of the Cave’: Palestinians Take Their Fight for Justice to the Mountains 

 ‘People of the Cave’: Palestinians Take Their Fight for Justice to the Mountains 

Palestinians are not going anywhere. This is the gist of seven decades of Palestinian struggle against Zionist colonialism. The proof? The story of Ahmed Amarneh. Amarneh, a 30-year-old civil engineer from the northern West Bank village of Farasin, lives with his family in a cave. For many years, the Amarneh family has attempted to build a proper home, but their[Read More…]

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‘Palestine is Still the Issue’: UN Vote Exposes, Isolates Canada

‘Palestine is Still the Issue’: UN Vote Exposes, Isolates Canada

Co-Written by Ramzy Baroud & Romana Rubeo The notion that ‘Canada is better’, especially when compared with US foreign policy, has persisted for many years. Recent events at the United Nations have, however, exposed the true nature of Canada’s global position, particularly in the matter of its blind and unconditional support for Israel. On June 17, Canada lost its second[Read More…]

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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)

How Israel wages war on Palestinian history

Nazareth: When the Palestinian actor Mohammed Bakri made a documentary about Jenin in 2002 – filming immediately after the Israeli army had completed rampaging through the West Bank city, leaving death and destruction in its wake – he chose an unusual narrator for the opening scene: a mute Palestinian youth. Jenin had been sealed off from the world for nearly[Read More…]

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Apartheid or One State: Has Jordan Broken a Political Taboo? 

Apartheid or One State: Has Jordan Broken a Political Taboo? 

What will it take for the idea of a two-state solution, which was hardly practical to begin with, to be completely abandoned? Every realistic assessment of the situation on the ground indicates, with palpable clarity, that there can never be a viable Palestinian state in parts of the West Bank and Gaza. Politically, the idea is also untenable. Those who[Read More…]

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Human Rights Defenders: Palestinian Eyewitness Testimony of the Execution of Abdul Fattah al-Sharif by Israeli Soldier, Elor Azaria

Human Rights Defenders: Palestinian Eyewitness Testimony of the Execution of Abdul Fattah al-Sharif by Israeli Soldier, Elor Azaria

As illegal Jewish settlers increase their attacks on Palestinian civilians in the occupied city of Al Khalil (Hebron), the people of the Palestinian city continue to mount a campaign of popular resistance. One of the channels of resistance is Human Rights Defenders, “a grass-roots, non-partisan Palestinian organization, working to support nonviolent popular resistance through popular direct action and documentation of[Read More…]

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List of Israeli Targets Leaked: Tel Aviv Fears the Worst in ICC Investigation of War Crimes

List of Israeli Targets Leaked: Tel Aviv Fears the Worst in ICC Investigation of War Crimes

When International Court of Justice (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, confirmed last December that the Court has ample evidence to pursue a war crimes investigation in occupied Palestine, the Israeli government responded with the usual rhetoric, accusing the international community of bias and insisting on Israel’s ‘right to defend itself.’ Beneath the platitudes and typical Israeli discourse, the Israeli government knew[Read More…]

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The One-State ─ Deposition Before Imposition

The One-State ─ Deposition Before Imposition

The one-state cannot be achieved without changing Israel’s legal and administrative structures, difficult tasks whose possibilities are remote. Deposing the characteristics of the Zionist mission that defines Israel is more plausible. Deposition precedes imposition; destroying the framework that supports Israel allows a new foundation for constructing a new state ─ a one-state, the natural state. Now that the two state[Read More…]

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Why Palestinian-Israeli Prisoners Exchange Deal Could Happen Soon? 

Why Palestinian-Israeli Prisoners Exchange Deal Could Happen Soon? 

For the first time since the Israeli war on Gaza in 2014, the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is signaling its willingness to engage in negotiations regarding the release of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers believed to be held by resistance groups in Gaza. But will another prisoner exchange similar to that of October 2011 follow anytime[Read More…]

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‘Optimism of the Will’: Palestinian Freedom is Possible Now

‘Optimism of the Will’: Palestinian Freedom is Possible Now

In a recent TV discussion, a respected pro-Palestine journalist declared that if any positive change or transformation ever occurs in the tragic Palestinian saga, it would not happen now, but that it would take a whole new generation to bring about such a paradigm shift. As innocuous as the declaration may have seemed, it troubled me greatly. I have heard[Read More…]

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Palestine Lost?

Palestine Lost?

In all the years that I have been involved in the desperate story of my country and my people I have never felt more despair than at this moment. My despair does not stem from the loss of faith in my people’s ability to fight, resist and sacrifice. No, not at all. We Palestinians have been resisting and fighting our[Read More…]

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“One Palestine, complete” was no joke

“One Palestine, complete” was no joke

The only traceable copy of the document, though not the one commonly quoted. (The Klau Library, Hebrew Union College) Jaffa, June 20, 1920, Herbert Samuel’s arrival in Palestine, ten days before the end of military rule and the beginning of his tenure as High Commissioner. (Library of Congress) Original hand-written title: Sir Herbert Samuel reading his Proclamation to the notables[Read More…]

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On Israel’s Bizarre Definitions: The West Bank is Already Annexed

On Israel’s Bizarre Definitions: The West Bank is Already Annexed

Wednesday, July 1, was meant to be the day on which the Israeli government officially annexed 30% of the occupied Palestinian West Bank and the Jordan Valley. This date, however, came and went and annexation was never actualized. “I don’t know if there will be a declaration of sovereignty today,” said Israeli Foreign Minister, Gabi Ashkenazi, with reference to the[Read More…]

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US, Australian & Anglosphere Responses To Apartheid Israel’s Illegal West Bank Annexation Plan

US, Australian & Anglosphere Responses To Apartheid Israel’s Illegal West Bank Annexation Plan

US lackey, Coalition-ruled Australia is second only to Trump America as a fervent supporter of Apartheid Israel, with similarly pro-Apartheid Israel and hence pro-Apartheid and US lackey Canada coming a close third in this Anglosphere race to the bottom of the Palestinian Genocide barrel. Evangelicals-beholden Trump has not yet committed to supporting further illegal Apartheid Israeli annexation in the West[Read More…]

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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…]

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Will the ICC Investigation Bring Justice for Palestine?

Will the ICC Investigation Bring Justice for Palestine?

Co-Written by Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo  In the past, there have been many attempts at holding accused Israeli war criminals accountable. Particularly memorable is the case of the late Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, (known, among other nicknames, as the ‘Butcher of Sabra and Shatila’) whose victims attempted to try him in a Belgian Court in 2002. Like all[Read More…]

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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…]

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‘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…]

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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

PA Political Circus: Why Abbas Must Hand the Keys over to the PLO

The painful truth is that the Palestinian Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas has already ceased to exist as a political body that holds much sway or relevance, either to the Palestinian people or to Abbas’ former benefactors, namely the Israeli and the American governments. So, when the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, Mohammed Shtayyeh, announced on June 9, that the Palestinian[Read More…]

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 Will Biden Remain Tone Deaf to Palestinian Rights?

 Will Biden Remain Tone Deaf to Palestinian Rights?

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Ariel Gold Joe Biden wants you to believe that he is opposed to Israel’s likely annexation of parts of the West Bank that Netanyahu plans to carry out in July. “I do not support annexation,” he said during a call with American Jewish donors on June 16. But only a month ago, Biden senior foreign[Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Palestine Bleeds: Execution of Autistic Man is Not an Exception but the Norm

Palestine Bleeds: Execution of Autistic Man is Not an Exception but the Norm

A 32-year-old man with the mental age of an 8-year-old child was executed by Israeli soldiers on May 30, while crouching behind his teacher near his special needs school in the Old City of Jerusalem. The cold-blooded murder of Iyad al-Hallaq might not have received much attention if it were not for the fact that it took place five days[Read More…]

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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…]

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What is Next for Palestinian Popular Resistance in Gaza? Speaking to Journalist Wafaa Aludaini

What is Next for Palestinian Popular Resistance in Gaza? Speaking to Journalist Wafaa Aludaini

Co-Written by Ramzy Baroud & Romana Rubeo Wafaa Aludaini is a witness to many of Gaza’s recent tragedies and also never-ending resistance. She experienced the violent Israeli occupation, the subsequent blockade on the impoverished Strip, and several wars that resulted in the death and wounding of tens of thousands of Palestinians. But none of Israel’s wars impacted Aludaini’s life as[Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Palestine Must Be Heard

Palestine Must Be Heard

As global affairs intensify, I often find myself in that category of those discouraged and disillusioned, fully cynical, wondering if anything I can do is worthwhile in the long run. A global pandemic, an economic collapse preceding the pandemic and severely worsened by it (and different reactions to it); an infrastructure continually pumping more and more carbon and other chemicals[Read More…]

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Palestinian Genocide Poem: “And Then They Stole The Falafel”

Palestinian Genocide Poem: “And Then They Stole The Falafel”

Some Palestinian friends in wonderful, peaceful  but presently Covid-19 lockdown Melbourne, were considering celebrating International  Falafel Day (12 June). The falafel is a delicious  Palestinian and Middle Eastern delicacy that is  a spicy, deep fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas and/or  fava beans. Apartheid Israel having stolen the whole country of Palestine  has also appropriated the falafel  as[Read More…]

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If Not Now, When?

If Not Now, When?

We have a saying in Arabic that literally translates into “An unprotected property will encourage a thief.” In this case the thief needs no encouragement. This is a particular thief, well-practiced, seasoned and used to getting away with ill-gotten gains. We are speaking of course of Israel. And most particularly about the current longest serving Prime Minister, Mr Benjamin Netanyahu.[Read More…]

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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…]

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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

Political Ambiguity or a Doomsday Weapon: Why Abbas Abandoned Oslo

This time, we are told, it is different and that President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is absolutely serious about his decision to absolve his leadership from all previous agreements signed with Israel and the United States. But this time is not different, and Abbas is not serious. “The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the state of Palestine are[Read More…]

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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)

Why Israel Fears the Nakba: How Memory Became Palestine’s Greatest Weapon

On May 15, thousands of Palestinians in Occupied Palestine and throughout the ‘shatat’, or diaspora, participated in the commemoration of Nakba Day, the one event that unites all Palestinians, regardless of their political differences or backgrounds. For years, social media has added a whole new stratum to this process of commemoration. #Nakba72, along with #NakbaDay and #Nakba, have all trended[Read More…]

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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…]

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What You Need to Know about the ICC Investigation of War Crimes in Occupied Palestine

What You Need to Know about the ICC Investigation of War Crimes in Occupied Palestine

Co-Written by Ramzy Baroud and Romana Rubeo Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), has, once and for all, settled the doubts on the Court’s jurisdiction to investigate war crimes committed in occupied Palestine. On April 30, Bensouda released a 60-page document diligently laying down the legal bases for that decision, concluding that “the Prosecution has carefully[Read More…]

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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…]

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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)

Oppose the Israeli Annexation of West Bank Settlements

It is time for the United States to end its bipartisan blanket support for Israeli policies that violate the human rights of Palestinians. At this critical moment, where Israel has announced its intention to annex Israeli settlements on the West Bank with the support of the Trump administration, we must speak out and resist this blatant violation of international law[Read More…]

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My Beit Daras, My Nakba: Two Palestinian Intellectuals Reminiscing about Their Destroyed Village 

My Beit Daras, My Nakba: Two Palestinian Intellectuals Reminiscing about Their Destroyed Village 

Dr. Ghada Ageel and Dr. Ramzy Baroud have more in common than their scholarly research on Palestinian history and politics. They are both refugees, and the direct descendants of Palestinian refugees who have been expelled from their historic village of Beit Daras at gunpoint during the catastrophic events that led to the Palestinian Nakba of May 15, 1948. Starting on[Read More…]

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Nakba: A Call For Justice In Palestine

Nakba: A Call For Justice In Palestine

Today, May 15th, is the 72nd anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe) and counting. I say ‘and counting’ because the theft of our land, the occupation, the siege on Gaza, the disposition of our people, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and replacement of the Palestinian nation with Jews with dual nationality from around the world continues more aggressively than ever.[Read More…]

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Arabs, UN Must Move to Swiftly Protect the Status of Palestinian Refugees

Arabs, UN Must Move to Swiftly Protect the Status of Palestinian Refugees

‘Heinous racism,’ is how the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor described a recent decision by Lebanese authorities to bar Palestinian refugee expats from returning to Lebanon. Lebanon’s restrictions on its ever-diminishing population of Palestinian refugees is nothing new. However, this event is particularly alarming as it may be linked to a long-term official policy regarding the residency status of Palestinian[Read More…]

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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…]

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US Recognises West Bank Settlements

US Recognises West Bank Settlements

 To flare up more tensions in the Middle East, United States has said that West Bank settlements are not inconsistent with international law. In November 2019, Mike Pompeo told reporters that the Trump administration believes any legal questions about settlements should be settled by Israeli courts, and that declaring them as an infringement of international law, hinders a negotiation for any[Read More…]

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 ‘Apartheid is a Crime’: Former Swedish Diplomat Speaks about His Experiences in Occupied Palestine (VIDEO)

 ‘Apartheid is a Crime’: Former Swedish Diplomat Speaks about His Experiences in Occupied Palestine (VIDEO)

Mats Svensson is a former Swedish diplomat, an author and a photographer. His books include “Crimes, Victims and Witnesses – Apartheid in Palestine.” His latest volume,  “Apartheid is a Crime – Portraits of Israeli Occupation,” was just released by Cunepress in Seattle. Svensson joined me and my co-host Romana Rubeo on “Palestine Chronicle TV”, on May 6, to discuss his[Read More…]

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‘Justice is Indivisible’: Placing Palestine Back at the Center of Muslim Discourse in the West

‘Justice is Indivisible’: Placing Palestine Back at the Center of Muslim Discourse in the West

It was nearly twenty years ago at a Muslim conference in Washington D.C. that I heard the distressing argument that Palestine should not be made a central topic in the American Muslim political agenda. The point, which took many by surprise, was enunciated by a young American Pakistani Muslim academic, whose name is not important for my purpose here. What[Read More…]

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100 Years of Shame: Annexation of Palestine Began in San Remo

100 Years of Shame: Annexation of Palestine Began in San Remo

One hundred years ago, representatives from a few powerful countries convened at San Remo, a sleepy town on the Italian Riviera. Together, they sealed the fate of the massive territories confiscated from the Ottoman Empire following its defeat in World War I. It was on April 25, 1920, that the San Remo Conference Resolution was passed by the post-World War[Read More…]

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Has Britain Re-Found Its Moral Compass?

Has Britain Re-Found Its Moral Compass?

Through the years I have battled to expose the hypocrisy and the double standards of western politicians when it comes to Israel and the Palestinians’ inalienable rights of freedom, justice and self determination. Why am I singling out western politicians and governments? The answer is simple, because they have been and still are the dominant power in the world since[Read More…]

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Spreading the Virus of Occupation

Spreading the Virus of Occupation

Spitting at someone is a universal insult. In Israel, however, spitting at Palestinians is an entirely different story. Now that we know that the deadly coronavirus can be transmitted through saliva droplets, Israeli soldiers and illegal Jewish settlers are working extra hard to spit at as many Palestinians, their cars, doorknobs, and so on, as possible. If this sounds to[Read More…]

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If coronavirus overwhelms Gaza, Israel alone is to blame

If coronavirus overwhelms Gaza, Israel alone is to blame

Nazareth: The Palestinians of Gaza know all about lockdowns. For the past 13 years, some two million of them have endured a closure by Israel more extreme than anything experienced by almost any other society – including even now, as the world hunkers down to try to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Israel has been carrying out an unprecedented experiment in[Read More…]

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A Palestinian Guide to Surviving a Quarantine: On Faith, Humor and ‘Dutch Candy’

A Palestinian Guide to Surviving a Quarantine: On Faith, Humor and ‘Dutch Candy’

Call it a ‘quarantine’, a ‘shelter-in-place’, a ‘lockdown’ or a ‘curfew’, we Palestinians have experienced them all, though not at all voluntarily. Personally, the first 23 years of my life were lived in virtual ‘lockdown’. My father’s ‘quarantine’ was experienced much earlier, as did his father’s ‘shelter-in-place’ before him. They both died and were buried in Gaza’s cemeteries without ever[Read More…]

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Tunisia Leads the Way: New Report Exposes Israel’s False Democracy

Tunisia Leads the Way: New Report Exposes Israel’s False Democracy

Tunisia is the Middle East’s greatest success story, according to the findings of the V-Dem Annual Democracy Report 2019. One of the world’s most regarded annual reports on democracy and good governance, the V-Dem Report is produced by the V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Institute at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. While Tunisians can be proud of the prospect of[Read More…]

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Gaza Fights for Freedom – Review

Gaza Fights for Freedom – Review

(Gaza Fights for Freedom. Abby Martin, Empire Files). A story that is not presented in mainstream media is that of the suffering and punishment of the people of Gaza at the whim of the Israeli military in the open-air prison that is their home. In “Gaza Fights For Freedom” Abby Martin of The Empire Files has created a documentary that[Read More…]

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‘A Policeman, A Pastor and A Palestinian’: The ‘Chilestinians’ as a Model for Palestinian Unity

‘A Policeman, A Pastor and A Palestinian’: The ‘Chilestinians’ as a Model for Palestinian Unity

I was only introduced to the term ‘Chilestinians’ last February at a conference in Istanbul, during a presentation by the Director of the Palestinian Federation of Chile, Anuar Majluf. When Majluf referred to the well-rooted Palestinian community in Chile, who number between 450,000 and half a million, using that unfamiliar and peculiar phrase, I smiled. Others did, too. It is[Read More…]

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Abuse, Oppression and Murder: The PA Does Israel’s Dirty Work in the West Bank 

Abuse, Oppression and Murder: The PA Does Israel’s Dirty Work in the West Bank 

Merely two weeks after Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, declared that the PA will suspend all ‘security coordination’ with Israel, Palestinian security forces in the West Bank killed unarmed teenager, Salah Zakareneh. Zakareneh is not the first and, sadly, will not be the last Palestinian to be killed by the PA security forces, which in recent years have dramatically increased[Read More…]

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Crisis Solution – Return the Region to United Nations Resolution 181

Crisis Solution – Return the Region to United Nations Resolution 181

The Palestinian plight has had significant attention, and that attention has not resolved the situation. Does the solution lie elsewhere? Is the solution with the international community, in its becoming more alert tothe disastrous effects of Israel’s actions on the entire world—antagonistic behavior to the Muslim community that has contributed to global terrorism, continuous wars that have produced Middle East[Read More…]

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‘The Donald Trump I know’: Abbas’ UN Speech and the Breakdown of Palestinian Politics

‘The Donald Trump I know’: Abbas’ UN Speech and the Breakdown of Palestinian Politics

A precious moment has been squandered, as Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, had the chance to right a historical wrong, by reinstating Palestinian national priorities at the United Nations Security Council on February 11, through a political discourse that is completely independent from Washington and its allies. For a long time, Abbas has been a hostage to the very language[Read More…]

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UN list of firms aiding Israel’s settlements was dead on arrival

UN list of firms aiding Israel’s settlements was dead on arrival

Nazareth: After lengthy delays, the United Nations finally published a database last week of businesses that have been profiting from Israel’s illegal settlement activity in the West Bank. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, announced that 112 major companies had been identified as operating in Israeli settlements in ways that violate human rights. Aside from major Israeli[Read More…]

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The Steal of the Century

The Steal of the Century

Much has been said of the proposed “Steal of the Century,” rigged by the United States Executive Department to advance powerful Israel and silence the powerless Palestinians. Touted as a fresh approach to Middle East Peace by Israeli Representative to the UN, Danny Danon, who claims, “That’s what makes it good,” the fresh plan is a stale and obvious continuation[Read More…]

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Breaking with Washington: Arabs and Muslims Must Take a United Stance for Palestine

Breaking with Washington: Arabs and Muslims Must Take a United Stance for Palestine

A negotiated solution to the ‘Palestinian-Israeli conflict’, at least the way envisaged by successive US administrations, has failed. Now, Palestinians and their allies would have to explore a whole new path of liberation that does not go through Washington. It is easy to place all the blame on the current US administration, setting apart dodgy characters such as the President’s[Read More…]

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Palestine: Still Chasing The Mirage

Palestine: Still Chasing The Mirage

In all my years on this earth I have never had any doubt that we Palestinians will one day get our rights recognised and our land liberated and that we will, at last, have the right to return home. When I say, ‘we the Palestinians’ I do not refer to officialdom. I do not refer to The Palestinian Authority, to[Read More…]

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Palestinian rights and Western duplicity

Palestinian rights and Western duplicity

President Trump’s fraudulent Middle East deal runs roughshod over Palestinian rights, harms long-term Israeli interests, and is only the latest example of the US arrogance and disdain for international law. Essentially Trump’s offer, negotiated without any Palestinian input, requires the Palestinians to sell out their hopes for justice and a decent life free of occupation for money. Trump was attempting[Read More…]

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Palestinians have no choice but to resist injustice!

Palestinians have no choice but to resist injustice!

For more than seventy years, the Palestinians have been awaiting international justice. They have hoped that they will obtain their rights through international laws. They have long believed that the world will not accept this injustice they subjected to. They also think that they have enough UN resolutions to their side to restore their stolen rights. In 1947, when a[Read More…]

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Duh, Jared! So who built the PA as a ‘police state’?

Duh, Jared! So who built the PA as a ‘police state’?

Nazareth: Maybe something good will come out of the Trump plan, after all. By pushing the Middle East peace process to its logical conclusion, Donald Trump has made crystal clear something that was supposed to have been obscured: that no US administration has ever really seen peace as the objective of its “peacemaking”. The current White House is no exception[Read More…]

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Crisis and Opportunity: The ‘Deal of the Century’ Challenge for Palestinians

Crisis and Opportunity: The ‘Deal of the Century’ Challenge for Palestinians

After several postponements, US President, Donald Trump, has finally revealed the details of his Middle East plan, dubbed ‘Deal of the Century’, in a press conference in Washington on January 28. Standing triumphantly beside Trump, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, must have surely understood that the timing of the announcement, only a few weeks before Israel’s third general elections in[Read More…]

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The Zionists Shall Be Defeated No Matter What They Do!

The Zionists Shall Be Defeated No Matter What They Do!

During the crusades time in Palestine, which, lasted about 200 years, there was a wise crusade prince who knew that the only possibility to stay in the region is to reconcile with the area. He got it right. He knows that crusaders are a minority in an Arab sea; he knew there is no way to win the war in[Read More…]

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Palestine – “Deal of the Century” – or Fraud of the Century?

Palestine – “Deal of the Century” – or Fraud of the Century?

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas demolished President Trump’s “Peace Plan” or, as the Donald called it, “The Deal of the Century”, calling out “Jerusalem is not for sale”, warning that the “conspiracy deal will not pass. The Palestinian people will reject it.” He added, “[the Plan] belonged to the dust bin of history”. And he is absolutely right. That is an[Read More…]

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‘Deal of the Century’ : Never Trust Foreigners

‘Deal of the Century’ : Never Trust Foreigners

In 1929, as a result of extreme British mandatory forces’ oppression and a huge increase in Jewish immigration to Palestine, the beleaguered Palestinians showed their first act of defiance. They announced a general strike and raised black flags. The British Government’s answer to that legitimate protest was to hang the three leaders of the resistance; Hijazi, Zeir and Jamjoum. Their[Read More…]

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Trump Attempting To Consolidate The Balfour Declaration

Trump Attempting To Consolidate The Balfour Declaration

There are two schools of thought as to whither the fate of the newly revealed proposed settlement to the protracted Palestine problem. One espoused by Scott Ritter, former UN Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Inspector, that it is an offer that Palestinians cannot refuse and the other that it must be rejected, not least because of its total disregard of[Read More…]

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Protests in Palestine against U.S. plan

Protests in Palestine against U.S. plan

  Palestine has erupted in protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump announced plan on Palestine. Tens of thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to protest Trump’s proposal. The plan is a sellout of the Palestine people, as the Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas has told. Gaza Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza Strip observed a general strike on Wednesday. All the[Read More…]

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The deal of the century is a project for more wars

The deal of the century is a project for more wars

After more than two years of preparation for the American initiative known as the Deal of the century, we have Trump, with proposals that will back away from everything that was decided by the international community throughout the past years. It reached a ridiculous level when the US foreign minister considers Jewish settlement as maintaining peace: Trump’s plan finds its[Read More…]

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Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ won’t bring peace – that was the plan

Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ won’t bring peace – that was the plan

Much of Donald Trump’s long-trailed “deal of the century” came as no surprise. Over the past 18 months, Israeli officials had leaked many of its details. The so-called “Vision for Peace” unveiled on Tuesday simply confirmed that the US government has publicly adopted the long-running consensus in Israel: that it is entitled to keep permanently the swaths of territory it[Read More…]

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Jerusalem is not for sale, your conspiracy will not pass, Abbas reacts to Trump’s Middle East proposal

Jerusalem is not for sale, your conspiracy will not pass, Abbas reacts to Trump’s Middle East proposal

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has slammed U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East “peace” plan, declaring “Jerusalem is not for sale”. Abbas warned that the “conspiracy deal will not pass.” “Your conspiracy deal will not pass and the Palestinian people will reject it,” Abbas warned on Tuesday after Trump unveiled his long-awaited plan for peace between Israel and Palestine. Calling it[Read More…]

Macron’s Macro-hypocrisy on Palestine

Macron’s Macro-hypocrisy on Palestine

“President Emmanuel Macron made a scene in occupied East Jerusalem on Wednesday when he angrily told Israeli security officers to get out of the Church of Saint Anne, which is traditionally under France’s control: “Everybody knows the rules. I don’t like what you did in front of me,” Macron ordered. “Go out – outside!”  Abunimah Ah the Hypocrisy! Macron telling[Read More…]

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Palestinians at an Israeli Checkpoint in occupied territory Source: Haretz.com

‘Leave No One Behind’, but the world already has: Palestine’s Tryst with SDGs

Co-Written By Mahmoud Alshrafi and Professor M. Adil Khan   In September 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York, the member states adopted the 2015-2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,the global framework of development. Underpinned by the principle of ‘Leave No One Behind’ the Agenda has set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 169 targets and 230 indicators. The outstanding feature of[Read More…]

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Break The Silence And Speak Up For The People Of Palestine

Break The Silence And Speak Up For The People Of Palestine

The third Monday of January every year has been designated a national holiday in the USA to honour the memory of slain civil rights leader, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. — who was assassinated April 4, 1968 in Memphis. This honour was proposed during the Reagan era in 1986 but it was not recognised nationally until the year 2000. Even[Read More…]

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Sealed Off and Forgotten: What You Should Know about Israel’s ‘Firing Zones’ in the West Bank

Sealed Off and Forgotten: What You Should Know about Israel’s ‘Firing Zones’ in the West Bank

A seemingly ordinary news story, published in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, on January 7, shed light on a long-forgotten, yet crucial, subject: Israel’s so-called “firing zones” in the West Bank. “Israel has impounded the only vehicle available to a medical team that provides assistance to 1,500 Palestinians living inside an Israeli military firing zone in the West Bank,” according to[Read More…]

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Embracing Palestine: How to Combat Israel’s Misuse of “Antisemitism”

Embracing Palestine: How to Combat Israel’s Misuse of “Antisemitism”

At a talk I delivered in Northern England in March 2018, I proposed that the best response to falsified accusations of antisemitism, which are often lobbed against pro-Palestinian communities and intellectuals everywhere, is to draw even closer to the Palestinian narrative. In fact, my proposal was not meant to be a sentimental response in any way. “Reclaiming the Palestinian narrative”[Read More…]

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Justice at Last? ‘Panic’ in Israel as the ICC Takes ‘Momentous Step’ in the Right Direction

Justice at Last? ‘Panic’ in Israel as the ICC Takes ‘Momentous Step’ in the Right Direction

At long last, Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has uttered the long-anticipated conclusion that “all the statutory criteria under the Rome statute for the opening of an investigation (into alleged war crimes in the Occupied Palestinian Territories) have been met”. Bensouda’s verdict has been in the making for a long time and should, frankly,[Read More…]

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Waiting For A Miracle

Waiting For A Miracle

A new year. A new decade. What we Palestinians need is a new revolutionary approach and a new school of thought based on total unity of purpose for the common good, not just for the benefit of one faction or another. For that to happen, without shedding one drop of Palestinian blood, both Fateh and Hamas, the two main Palestinian[Read More…]

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Who is Archbishop Atallah Hanna, and Why Israel Hates him

Who is Archbishop Atallah Hanna, and Why Israel Hates him

“They will run and not grow weary,” is a quote from the Bible (Isaiah, 40:41) that adorns the homepage of Kairos Palestine. This important document, which parallels a similar initiative emanating from South Africa during the anti-apartheid struggle years, has come to represent the unified voice of the Palestinian Christian community everywhere. One of the main advocates of Kairos Palestine[Read More…]

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Still Angry, Still Looking, Still waiting

Still Angry, Still Looking, Still waiting

My journey with activism started early on in my youth in 1958 in Jenin, my place of birth. I was fifteen years of age. Angry at the loss of a huge chunk of our land to the Zionists. Angry at the lack of preparation to reclaim not only our land but also our dignity and honour. Angry at what I[Read More…]

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From a Blessing to a Curse: How UN Resolution 2334 Accelerated Israel’s Colonization in the West Bank 

From a Blessing to a Curse: How UN Resolution 2334 Accelerated Israel’s Colonization in the West Bank 

Three years ago, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2334. With fourteen members voting in favor and one abstention, the Resolution was the equivalent of a political earthquake. Indeed, it was the first time in many years that Israel was roundly condemned by the international body for its illegal settlement policies in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Unlike previous attempts[Read More…]

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‘Elected by Donors’: The University of Cape Town Fails Palestine, Embraces Israel

‘Elected by Donors’: The University of Cape Town Fails Palestine, Embraces Israel

It was a scandal of the highest caliber. On November 23, the Senate of the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa was practically bullied to reverse an earlier decision that called for the academic boycott of Israel. While the story may seem relevant in South Africa’s political and academic contexts, in reality, it exemplifies the nature of a[Read More…]

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Peace. Goodwill And Joy On Earth At Christmas For Palestine

Peace. Goodwill And Joy On Earth At Christmas For Palestine

Peace, Good Will and Joy at Christmas! But what does that mean for Palestine and Palestinians? Every year, on the 11th day of the 11th hour of the 11th month, the human spirit pauses to pay tribute to world peace, good will and joy towards all and commemorate that dark moment in modern world history, a century ago, when an[Read More…]

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The Most Enduring Media Cover-Up

The Most Enduring Media Cover-Up

Clearing the FOG hosts Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese interviewed Alison Weir, journalist and founder of If Americans Knew, a website that provides factual information about the Israeli State and Palestine. Weir describes how she learned firsthand that US media provide a false and one-sided narrative about Occupied Palestine and why she has dedicated the past twenty years to counter that.[Read More…]

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Israel’s Next Move: The Real Danger in US Decision to Normalize Illegal Jewish Settlements  

Israel’s Next Move: The Real Danger in US Decision to Normalize Illegal Jewish Settlements  

It is hardly shocking that the United States government has finally decreed that illegal Jewish settlements which have been built in defiance of international law, are, somehow, “consistent” with international law. US foreign policy has been edging closer towards this conclusion for some time. Since his advent to the White House in January 2017, President Donald Trump has unleashed a[Read More…]

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Another Syllogism of Death

Another Syllogism of Death

  Examination of Israel’s November 2019 missile attacks on Gaza reveals deliberate actions that can be expressed by propositions, which lead to formulation of a syllogism – a syllogism of death that does not spare civilians. Israeli military targeted Bahaa Abu al-Ata, “a top Islamic Jihad commander,” who, Prime Minister Netanyahu claimed, “… was a ticking bomb, in the midst[Read More…]

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Occupied Palestine: From BDS To ODS

Occupied Palestine: From BDS To ODS

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers We spent the last week in Occupied Palestinian Territory, commonly referred to as Israel, where we traveled around the country to visit communities in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Bethlehem, the West Bank, the Nagab, and more. We call Israel Occupied Palestine because it is not just the West Bank and Gaza that are occupied, but[Read More…]

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The Olive Branch or The Gun?

The Olive Branch or The Gun?

“Today I come bearing an olive branch in one hand, and the freedom fighter’s gun in the other. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand. I repeat, do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.” Yasser Arafat November 13th 1974 UN General Assembly. The late Abu Ammar – Yasser Arafat -believed not only his Arab[Read More…]

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A Changed Israel – Only route to Middle East peace

A Changed Israel – Only route to Middle East peace

The world hosts many oppressions — Royhingya in Myanmar, ethnic groups in both North and South Sudan, Shi’a communities in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain are just a few examples. Although a large part of the international community sympathizes with the oppressed groups, petitions world bodies to relieve the oppressions, and provides some relief and support, substantial action is not taken to[Read More…]

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How Western Media Bias Allows Israel to Getaway with Murder in Gaza

How Western Media Bias Allows Israel to Getaway with Murder in Gaza

An Israeli attack on Gaza was imminent, and not because of any provocations by Palestinian groups in the besieged, impoverished Gaza Strip. The Israeli military escalation was foreseeable because it factors neatly in Israel’s contentious political scene. The war was not a question of “if”, but “when”. The answer came on November 12, when the Israeli military launched a major[Read More…]

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What is your religion? Life In Occupied Palestine!

What is your religion? Life In Occupied Palestine!

  Israeli soldiers’ demand to know one’s religion, begs two larger questions: What does it mean to “be” a certain religion? And for what purpose is the question being asked? “Religion” here has nothing to do with theology, but with descent, one’s lineage — essential information for a state founded and perpetuated on the basis of ethnic identity. If Israel’s[Read More…]

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A Lesson for the Palestinian Leadership: Real Reasons behind Israel’s Arrest and Release of Labadi, Mi’ri

A Lesson for the Palestinian Leadership: Real Reasons behind Israel’s Arrest and Release of Labadi, Mi’ri

The release on November 6 of two Jordanian nationals, Heba al-Labadi and Abdul Rahman Mi’ri from Israeli prisons was a bittersweet moment. The pair were finally reunited with their families after harrowing experiences in Israel. Sadly, thousands of Palestinian prisoners are still denied their freedom, still subjected to all sorts of hardships at the hands of their Israeli jailers. Despite[Read More…]

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Israel is silencing the last voices trying to stop abuses against Palestinians

Israel is silencing the last voices trying to stop abuses against Palestinians

Nazareth: It has been a week of appalling abuses committed by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank – little different from the other 2,670 weeks endured by Palestinians since the occupation began in 1967. The difference this past week was that several entirely unexceptional human rights violations that had been caught on film went viral on social media. One shows[Read More…]

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FILE- In this May 11, 2017, file photo, members of a design team at Cirque du Soleil demonstrate use of Microsoft's HoloLens device in helping to virtually design a set at the Microsoft Build 2017 developers conference in Seattle. Federal contract records show the U.S. Army has awarded Microsoft a $480 million contract to supply its HoloLens headsets to soldiers. The head-mounted displays use augmented reality, which means viewers can see virtual imagery superimposed over the real-world scenery in front of them. Microsoft says the technology will provide troops with better information to make decisions.(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Microsoft Should Not Fund Israeli Spying on Palestinians

  In the past, Israel used basic technologies to identify Palestinians who take part in protests and mobilize the people in various popular activities. TV news footage or newspaper photos were thoroughly deciphered, often with the help of Israel’s collaborators in the Occupied Territories, and the ‘culprits’ would be identified, summoned to meet Shin Bet intelligence officers or arrested from[Read More…]

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Balfour Declaration: A Wrong Waiting To Be Righted

Balfour Declaration: A Wrong Waiting To Be Righted

Today, November 2nd 2019 is the 102nd anniversary of one of the darkest days in the bloody history of the British Empire. For exactly 102 years ago today the then British Foreign Secretary, Lord Arthur Balfour wrote a personal letter to Lord Walter Rothschild in which he gifted him Palestine as a ‘home’ for the Jews. That fact that Palestine,[Read More…]

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The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinian Christians that nobody is talking about

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinian Christians that nobody is talking about

Palestine’s Christian population is dwindling at an alarming rate. The world’s most ancient Christian community is moving elsewhere. And the reason for this is Israel. Christian leaders from Palestine and South Africa sounded the alarm at a conference in Johannesburg on October 15. Their gathering was titled: “The Holy Land: A Palestinian Christian Perspective”. One major issue that highlighted itself[Read More…]

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Palestine: Liberation Not Capitulation

Palestine: Liberation Not Capitulation

In all the years that I have been actively involved in our struggle for liberation and justice I have never reached such a low point than in the last few weeks. Listening to pronouncements from both Ramallah and Gaza about the so-called forthcoming general elections had me hitting rock bottom. Can a meaningful, unencumbered, straightforward election happen in Palestine? Of[Read More…]

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Israel’s new moves to airbrush the occupation

Israel’s new moves to airbrush the occupation

Nazareth: The United Nations’ independent expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories issued a damning verdict last week on what he termed “the longest belligerent occupation in the modern world”. Michael Lynk, a Canadian law professor, told the UN’s human rights council that only urgent international action could prevent Israel’s 52-year occupation of the West Bank transforming into de[Read More…]

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Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 3 of Uncountable

Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 3 of Uncountable

Two things in America create “bipartisanship”: support for Israel’s apartheid regime and support for endless US war and intervention around the world. — Ali Abunimah, October 16. It’s September-October and I’m sitting at my Sidewalk Museum of Congress (SMoC) studio outside Kansas’ 1st District Rep. Roger Marshall’s office embroidering portraits of the Palestinian al-Farra family, most of whom were killed[Read More…]

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She Deserves Our Support: Betty McCollum Wants US to Stop Subsidizing Torture of Palestinian Children

She Deserves Our Support: Betty McCollum Wants US to Stop Subsidizing Torture of Palestinian Children

In December 2018, 17-year-old Palestinian teen, Ayham Sabah, was sentenced by an Israeli military court to 35 years in prison for his alleged role in a stabbing attack targeting an Israeli soldier in an illegal Jewish settlement in the West Bank. Sabah was only 14 years old when the alleged attack took place. Another alleged attacker, Omar al-Rimawi, also 14,[Read More…]

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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 Last Lifeline: The Real Reason Behind Abbas’ Call for Elections

The call by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for elections in the Occupied Territories is a political ploy. There will be no true, democratic elections under Abbas’ leadership. The real question is: why did he make the call in the first place? On September 26, Abbas took on the world’s most important political platform, the United Nations General Assembly, to[Read More…]

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Israel prepares to turn Bedouin citizens into refugees in their own country

Israel prepares to turn Bedouin citizens into refugees in their own country

Nazareth: The decades-long struggle by tens of thousands of Israelis against being uprooted from their homes – some for the second or third time – should be proof enough that Israel is not the western-style liberal democracy it claims to be. Last week 36,000 Bedouin – all of them Israeli citizens – discovered that their state is about to make[Read More…]

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False Chivalry

False Chivalry

“We will prevent the Israeli occupation army from raiding Area A, not with violence but with our bodies.” So said the recently appointed Prime Minister of the so-called Palestinian Authority, Dr Mohammed Shtayyeh . He went on to say, “Israel is invading the PA’s territories, and the signed agreements do not allow for such invasions.” There is a very apt[Read More…]

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Administrative Torture: Free Heba al-Labadi, a Jordanian Citizen in Israeli Prison

Administrative Torture: Free Heba al-Labadi, a Jordanian Citizen in Israeli Prison

On August 20, Heba Ahmed al-Labadi fell into the dark hole of the Israeli legal system, joining 413 Palestinian prisoners who are currently held in so-called administrative detention. On September 26, Heba and seven other prisoners declared a hunger strike to protest their unlawful detention and horrific conditions in Israeli prisons. Among the prisoners is Ahmed Ghannam, 42, from the[Read More…]

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Nahr al-Bared, north of Tripoli. It shows the bombing of 2007 and behind the new camp that has partially been rebuilt

An outside view from the Palestinian Camps of Lebanon

An outside view from the Palestinian Camps of Lebanon raises troubling questions: who and what is driving injustice and conflict. Every time I return from visiting Palestinian refugee camps dispersed throughout Lebanon, I’m haunted by the monumental suffering that has been systematically imposed on the twelve million Palestinians. There are between 5-6 million Palestinians in exile;, and 6 million under[Read More…]

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The Africa-Palestine Conference: Why South Africa Must Lead the Way 

The Africa-Palestine Conference: Why South Africa Must Lead the Way 

On September 16, I visited South Africa, a country where many Palestinians have always felt welcomed, if not overwhelmed by the degree of genuine and meaningful solidarity. While having the honor to address many audiences in six, major cities, I have also learned a great deal. An important and sobering lesson is that while apartheid laws can be dismissed in[Read More…]

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sraeli bulldozers work on a new Israeli settler road, in Nabi Elias village, in the occupied West Bank, on 6 February. Some 700 olive trees were uprooted from private Palestinian land to build the road. Ahmad Al-Bazz ActiveStills

Apartheid Made Official: Deal of the Century is a Ploy and Annexation is the New Reality

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is moving quickly to alter the political reality in Palestine, and facing little or no resistance. On September 10, Netanyahu declared his intentions to annex swathes of Palestinian land adjacent to the Jordan River, an area that covers 2,400 square kilometers, or nearly a third of the Occupied West Bank. That region, which extends from[Read More…]

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Sins of The Arab Leaders

Sins of The Arab Leaders

An American friend asked me the following question: How is it that the large Arab World that extends from the Persian Gulf east all the way to the Atlantic Ocean west, and from Turkish border north to the Indian Ocean south with all its wealth of oil and gas, and spending trillions of dollars acquiring American, British and French sophisticated[Read More…]

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Jewish Settlers Rule the Roost in Israel, But at What Price? 

Jewish Settlers Rule the Roost in Israel, But at What Price? 

Israeli Jewish settlers are on a rampage in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. While settler violence is part of everyday routine in Palestine, the violence of recent weeks is directly linked to the general elections in Israel, scheduled to be held on September 17. The previous elections, on April 9, failed to bring about political stability. Although Israeli leader Benjamin[Read More…]

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Israel pushing Palestinians to leave Gaza

Israel pushing Palestinians to leave Gaza

Israel is actively encouraging and ready to facilitate mass emigration of Palestinians from Gaza, according to a senior government official. “Israel is ready to carry the costs of helping Gazans emigrate,” and would potentially use air force bases in Israel for that purpose, The Times of Israel reported on Monday. The unnamed official, in Kyiv as part of Benjamin Netanyahu’s delegation to Ukraine,[Read More…]

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Why Palestine?

Why Palestine?

Is it because when ‘God’ created this land, with its sweeping landscapes, its proud hills, its sweet streams, its succulent figs, its crunchy grapes, its juicy oranges and its mighty olive trees he was overwhelmed with its beauty? Maybe because of all this he decided to call this land his own and, as such, plagued it or blessed it from[Read More…]

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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…]

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The War on Innocence: Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Court

The War on Innocence: Palestinian Children in Israeli Military Court

On July 29, 4-year-old Muhammad Rabi’ Elayyan was reportedly summoned for interrogation by the Israeli police in occupied Jerusalem. The news, originally reported by the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA), was later denied by the Israeli police, likely to lessen the impact of the PR disaster that followed. The Israelis are not denying the story in its entirety, but are rather arguing that it was[Read More…]

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Palestine: Is history repeating itself?

Palestine: Is history repeating itself?

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/nelson-mandela/10139739/Nelson-Mandela-the-orator-his-most-powerful-speeches.html “We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians” These are one of the most famous words of a leader who is looked up everywhere with the highest of regards- NELSON MANDELA. How his solidarity with the Palestinian struggle is related to his own legacy of struggling against Apartheid is a little tricky[Read More…]

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Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 2 of Uncountable

Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 2 of Uncountable

What do Shahed Amer al-Bayoumi, Abdel-Raouf Salha, Arafat Jaradat, Ayoub Asaleya, Mohammed Suleiman, Sawsan Ali Dawud Mansour, Mohammad H., Isma’il Muslem Hamad Abu Bteihan, Ala Ziad Abu ‘Aasi, Fadi al-Darbi, Atef al-Maqousi, Jaber Ibrahim Abu Hweige, Fadiyah Jaber Abu Hweige and Muhammad Jaber Abu Hweige have in common? They are Palestinians between the ages of 9 and 69 who have[Read More…]

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With criticism crushed in the west, Israel can enjoy its impunity

With criticism crushed in the west, Israel can enjoy its impunity

Nazareth: Recent events have shone a spotlight not only on how Israel is intensifying its abuse of Palestinians under its rule, but the utterly depraved complicity of western governments in its actions. The arrival of Donald Trump in the White House two-and-a-half years ago has emboldened Israel as never before, leaving it free to unleash new waves of brutality in[Read More…]

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Bassam Shakaa: The Making of a Palestinian ‘Organic Intellectual’

Bassam Shakaa: The Making of a Palestinian ‘Organic Intellectual’

It would be unfair to claim that Palestine has not produced great leaders. It has, and Bassam Shakaa, the former Mayor of Nablus, who passed away on July 22 at the age of 89, was living proof of this. The supposed deficit in good Palestinian leadership can be attributed to the fact that many great leaders have been either assassinated,[Read More…]

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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…]

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Holocaust Never Again but to Palestinians

Holocaust Never Again but to Palestinians

Israel is a Zionist colonial project based on the destruction of Palestinian homes and cities, the ethnic cleansing of all Christian and Moslem goyim Palestinians, and the implanting of Zionist foreign Jews in the land. Such destruction and expulsion were accomplished through terror, massacres and devastated wars; a real Palestinian holocaust. This holocaustal expulsion ideology could be seen in the[Read More…]

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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

Abbas suspends all agreements with Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced: All standing agreements with Israel will be suspended indefinitely. President Abbas announced the decision on Thursday afternoon. The Palestine President said the suspension would take effect by Friday. The move by Palestine comes in response to the Israeli government’s demolition of homes in Wadi Hummus, a Palestinian community in southeast Jerusalem. Israeli authorities claim[Read More…]

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Killing Tariq: Why We Must Rethink the Roots of Jewish Settlers Violence

Killing Tariq: Why We Must Rethink the Roots of Jewish Settlers Violence

Seven-year-old Tariq Zabania from Al-Khalil (Hebron) was killed on the spot when an Israeli Jewish settler ran his car over him on July 15. Little Tariq’s photograph, lying face down on the road, was circulated on social media. His untimely death is heartbreaking. Tariq’s innocent blood must not go in vain. For this to happen, we are morally obliged to[Read More…]

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The Ongoing Dread in Gaza: So Many Names, So Many Lives

The Ongoing Dread in Gaza: So Many Names, So Many Lives

“I felt shaky and uneasy all day, preparing for this talk” – Jehad Abusalim, a Palestinian from the territory of Gaza Jehad Abusalim, a Palestinian now living in the United States, grew up in Gaza. In Chicago last week, addressing activists committed to breaking the siege of Gaza,  he held up a stack of 31 papers. On each page were names of[Read More…]

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How the Goliath of the Jerusalem settler movement persuaded the world it’s really David

How the Goliath of the Jerusalem settler movement persuaded the world it’s really David

Jerusalem: Israeli police forced out the Siyam family from their home in the heart of occupied East Jerusalem last week, the final chapter in their 25-year legal battle against a powerful settler organisation. The family’s defeat represented much more than just another eviction. It was intended to land a crushing blow against the hopes of some 20,000 Palestinians living in[Read More…]

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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 Book of Palestine: National Liberation vs Endless Negotiations

Those who are still hoping that the new American agenda on Palestine and Israel is temporary, or reversible, should abandon this false hope. Washington’s complete adoption of Israel’s messianic, extremist policies regarding Occupied Palestine has been a long time in the making. And it is here to stay. Despite the unmistakable clarity in the American political discourse regarding Palestine, the[Read More…]

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Africa and Palestine: A Noble Legacy That Must Never Be Betrayed

Africa and Palestine: A Noble Legacy That Must Never Be Betrayed

Europe’s “Scramble for Africa” began in earnest in 1881, but never ended. The attempt at dominating the continent using old and new strategies continues to define the western relationship with this rich continent. This reality was further validated when I arrived in Nairobi, Kenya on June 23. Although my objective was to address various Kenyan audiences at universities, public forums[Read More…]

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Trump’s peace plan has been designed to fail – exactly like its predecessors

Trump’s peace plan has been designed to fail – exactly like its predecessors

Nazareth: Donald Trump’s supposed “deal of the century”, offering the Palestinians economic bribes in return for political submission, is the endgame of western peace-making, the real goal of which has been failure, not success. For decades, peace plans have made impossible demands of the Palestinians, forcing them to reject the terms on offer and thereby create a pretext for Israel[Read More…]

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The Lie Of The Century

The Lie Of The Century

Well it’s happened. It’s real. Mr Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and Senior Advisor of President Trump has delivered 136 pages of lies, suppositions and conjuring tricks to seduce or compel us Palestinians to accept our fate and surrender our rights. What rights? As far as this document is concerned Palestinians have no rights whatsoever and as for a Palestinian perspective,[Read More…]

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Palestine and Kenya: Our Historic Fight against Injustice Is One and the Same

Palestine and Kenya: Our Historic Fight against Injustice Is One and the Same

In 1948, my grandfather, along with thousands of Badrasawis, was expelled by Israeli military forces from our ancestral village of Beit Daras in Palestine. Like hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from over 500 other villages, my grandfather assumed he would be back home in a few weeks. “Why bother to haul the good blankets on the back of a donkey,[Read More…]

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A Hackneyed Betrayal of Gaza

A Hackneyed Betrayal of Gaza

This week Australians watched on TV a ‘story about fear, hate, blood and hope’ in Tod Sampson’s Body Hack documentary on  extraordinary people under extreme conditions that was filmed in Gaza over 3 days from the 25th February 2019. It opens in the midst of the Great March of Return with Israeli bullets whizzing past Sampson’s and protestors’ heads. Nevertheless[Read More…]

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The Shameful Deal of the Century

The Shameful Deal of the Century

Much have been said and written about the so-called “Deal of the Century”, also called by different names depending on the perspective of different parties. The deal has been in development for two years and is eventually being unveiled this week in Manama, Bahrain after long periods of postponement.  It was headed by Trump’s son-in-law; Jared Kushner, with the assistance[Read More…]

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Breaking News: The Salvation of the Century

Breaking News: The Salvation of the Century

In an unexpected move, the Arab governments, headed by those with close ties to the US, announced a new plan: The Salvation of The Century to end the century long destruction of Palestine and Palestinians and to end the instability which ruined the lives of millions of people in the Middle East since Balfour Declaration. The Plan was endorsed secretly[Read More…]

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The Day After: What if Israel Annexes the West Bank?

The Day After: What if Israel Annexes the West Bank?

Calls for the annexation of the Occupied West Bank are gaining momentum in both Tel Aviv and Washington. But Israel and its American allies should be careful what they wish for. Annexing the Occupied Palestinian Territories will only reinforce the current rethink of the Palestinian strategy, as opposed to solving Israel’s self-induced problems. Encouraged by the Donald Trump administration’s decision[Read More…]

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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…]

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Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 1 of Uncountable

Patterns of Occupied Palestine: Part 1 of Uncountable

There is no one poster child who embodies the struggle of the Palestinian people living in the shadow of Israeli settlers and military occupation. Every Palestinian child, woman, and man will tell you intricate stories of what life and death is like under the perennial burden of occupation, and what that means for the land beneath their feet, their usurped[Read More…]

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Has India Abandoned Palestine?

Has India Abandoned Palestine?

India has recently voted in support of Israel at the United Nations (UN) for the first time in its post-independence history. At the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on June 6 she voted with Israel to deny a Palestinian non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Shahed, an observer status. To many this may appear innocuous. Israel has persuaded India that Shahed[Read More…]

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Forget Trump’s ‘deal of the century’. Israel was always on course to annexation

Forget Trump’s ‘deal of the century’. Israel was always on course to annexation

Nazareth: When Israeli prime ministers are in trouble, facing difficult elections or a corruption scandal, the temptation has typically been for them to unleash a military operation to bolster their standing. In recent years, Gaza has served as a favourite punching bag. Benjamin Netanyahu is confronting both difficulties at once: a second round of elections in September that he may[Read More…]

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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)

‘World Refugee Day’: Palestinians Keep Their Right of Return Alive Through Hope, Resistance

The United Nations’ World Refugee Day, observed annually on June 20, should not merely represent a reminder of “the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.” It should also be an opportunity for the international community to truly understand and actively work towards finding[Read More…]

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The Truth of Viva Palestina Convoy

The Truth of Viva Palestina Convoy

The smearing of George Galloway and widely reported false disinformation that there was no evidence to support the claim that Viva Palestina delivered aid, raises serious concerns, not just in this case, but far beyond. It is seriously disturbing how disinformation and lazy ‘cut and paste’ journalism has become common place within the mainstream media of the UK. One wonders[Read More…]

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Kushner as a Colonial Administrator: Let’s Talk About the ‘Israeli Model’

Kushner as a Colonial Administrator: Let’s Talk About the ‘Israeli Model’

In a TV interview on June 2, on the news docuseries “Axios” on the HBO channel, Jared Kushner opened up regarding many issues, in which his ‘Deal of the Century’ was a prime focus. The major revelation made by Kushner, President Donald Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, was least surprising. Kushner believes that Palestinians are not capable of governing themselves. Not[Read More…]

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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)

Surrender or Starve?

This vile ultimatum that’s been the undercurrent of the so very well touted ‘Deal Of The Century’ has a touch of the deja vu for me. Obviously I’ve seen it before. To be exact, over 71 years ago when the Hagganah Zionist terrorist organisation, after committing massacre after massacre in Palestine in 1948, pursued the fleeing Palestinians who were advancing[Read More…]

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Abdul Rahman Nofal, 11, Gaza war-zone, was shot with an explosive bullet by a Jewish sniper and his leg was amputated. 19-4-18. Abdul loved playing football.

Facing the Facts: Israel Cannot Escape ICC Jurisdiction

The Chief Military Advocate General of the Israeli army, Sharon Afek, and the US Department of Defense General Counsel, Paul Ney, shared a platform at the ‘International Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict’, which took place in Herzliya, Israel between May 28-30. Their panel witnessed some of the most misconstrued interpretations of international law ever recorded. It was as[Read More…]

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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…]

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Massive Demonstration At New Delhi, India In Support Of The Struggling People of Palestine on International Quds Day!

Massive Demonstration At New Delhi, India In Support Of The Struggling People of Palestine on International Quds Day!

Co-Written by Dr. P.S. Sahni & Shobha Aggarwal As part of worldwide demonstrations for freedom of Palestinians over a thousand Muslims assembled at JantarMantar, New Delhi, India on 31 May, 2019 in solidarity with and support of the struggling people of Palestine. It was a two hour long protest dharna (sit-in) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. under scorching heat[Read More…]

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Al Quds

Al Quds

This is the Arabic name for the holiest of cities, the most sacred of cities, the most beautiful yet tragic of cities in the world. Jerusalem. I have known Jerusalem all my life. I travelled to Jerusalem most weekends when I was young and walked through the cobbled streets and the alleyways of the ancient city. I ventured into each[Read More…]

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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…]

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Resurrecting the PLO is Palestine’s Best Response to the ‘Deal of the Century’

Resurrecting the PLO is Palestine’s Best Response to the ‘Deal of the Century’

Palestinian groups, Fatah, Hamas and others should not confine themselves to simply rejecting the Trump Administration’s so-called ‘Deal of the Century’. Instead, they should use their resistance to the new American-Israeli plot as an opportunity to unify their ranks. Leaked details of the ‘Deal of the Century’ confirm Palestinians’ worst fears: the ‘Deal’ is but a complete American acquiescence to[Read More…]

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Madonna’s Fake Revolution: Eurovision, Cultural Hegemony and Resistance

Madonna’s Fake Revolution: Eurovision, Cultural Hegemony and Resistance

Rim Banna, a famous Palestinian singer who translated Palestine’s most moving poetry to song passed away on March 24, 2018, at the age of 51. Rim captured the struggle for Palestinian freedom in the most dignified and melodious ways. If we could imagine angels singing, they would sound like Rim. When Rim died, all Palestinians mourned her death. Although a[Read More…]

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 10 Points on Palestine’s Nakba and ‘Israel’s’ Illegitimacy

 10 Points on Palestine’s Nakba and ‘Israel’s’ Illegitimacy

Nakba Day, the Day of the Catastrophe, is commemorated on the 15th May, the day after the Jewish terrorist Ben Gurion unilaterally proclaimed the Israeli Declaration of Independence on a gaping fault line of delegitimisation. 1.  The Balfour Declaration illegally promising to facilitate a Jewish national homeland in Palestine with the stipulation – “it being clearly understood that nothing shall[Read More…]

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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…]

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The Nakba of Two Palestinians

The Nakba of Two Palestinians

Do you ever sit with your thoughts and wonder what religion has done for you or to you? As a Palestinian I often do and this is the reason that many years ago I declared myself to be agnostic. It is because of religion and unproven words in an old text called The Bible that a group of atheist Zionists[Read More…]

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Israel’s Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza

Israel’s Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza

On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets. The clashes were instigated by Israel, when the Israeli military killed four Palestinians in Gaza[Read More…]

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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…]

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The Two Narratives of Palestine: The People Are United, the Factions Are Not

The Two Narratives of Palestine: The People Are United, the Factions Are Not

The International Conference on Palestine held in Istanbul between April 27-29 brought together many speakers and hundreds of academics, journalists, activists and students from Turkey and all over the world. The Conference was a rare opportunity aimed at articulating a discourse of international solidarity that is both inclusive and forward thinking. There was near consensus that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)[Read More…]

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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…]

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Israel pounds Gaza, stoking fears of invasion

Israel pounds Gaza, stoking fears of invasion

Just days after being sworn into Israel’s new parliament following the victory of his far-right bloc in last month’s elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorised a massive aerial assault on Gaza’s defenceless population, targeting at least 150 sites over the weekend. In addition, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the most powerful military force in the region, used artillery fire to[Read More…]

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France and the EU, Recognizing Yet Supporting Apartheid Reality in Palestine | RamzyBaroud

France and the EU, Recognizing Yet Supporting Apartheid Reality in Palestine | RamzyBaroud

A recent statement made by the outgoing French Ambassador to the US regarding the nature of Israeli apartheid accentuates a larger ailment that has afflicted the European Union foreign policy. The EU is simply gutless when it comes to confronting Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine. Ambassador Gerard Araud was, of course, right when he told the US magazine, the ‘Atlantic’,[Read More…]

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Notre Dame of Gaza: Our Mosques and Churches are Also Burning

Notre Dame of Gaza: Our Mosques and Churches are Also Burning

As the 300-foot spire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris tragically came tumbling down on live television, my thoughts ventured to Nuseirat Refugee Camp, my childhood home in the Gaza Strip. Then, also on television, I watched as a small bulldozer hopelessly clawed through the rubble of my neighborhood mosque. I grew up around that mosque. I spent many[Read More…]

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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…]

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The Palestine Marathon

The Palestine Marathon

A Window Into Occupation and Survival in a Less Than Holy Land I never intended to run a marathon, but when I realized that I would be on hand for the 2019 Palestine Marathon, I registered. I did so in solidarity with the goals of the aptly named Right to Movement, the global running community founded in 2013 to organize the[Read More…]

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The Unfinished Gaza War: What Netanyahu Hopes to Gain from Attacking Palestinian Prisoners

The Unfinished Gaza War: What Netanyahu Hopes to Gain from Attacking Palestinian Prisoners

The current violence targeting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails dates back to January 2. It was then that Israel’s Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan declared that the “party is over.” “Every so often, infuriating pictures appear of cooking in the terrorist wings. This party is coming to an end,” Erdan was quoted in the Jerusalem Post. Then, the so-called Erdan’s[Read More…]

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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…]

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‘The Essence of Being Palestinian’: What the Great March of Return is Really About

‘The Essence of Being Palestinian’: What the Great March of Return is Really About

The aims of the Great March of Return protests, which began in Gaza on March 30, 2018 are to put an end to the suffocating Israeli siege and implementing the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees who were expelled from their homes and towns in historic Palestine 70 years earlier. But there is much more to the March of Return[Read More…]

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Our Precious Land

Our Precious Land

Today, March 30th, is the anniversary of two ominous events that occurred on our land and to our people. The first anniversary happened 43 years ago to the day. That was when the Israeli army in 1976 usurped over 2000 hectares of land owned by Palestinian families in the Galilee area. All the government of Israel needed to do was[Read More…]

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Mohammad Shtayyeh

Uniting Fatah, Not Palestinians: The Dubious Role of Mohammed Shtayyeh

Political commentators sympathetic to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Fatah Movement, in particular, fanned out as soon as the news was announced of Mohammad Shtayyeh’s appointment as the new Palestinian Prime Minister. It is no surprise to witness this gush of support and enthusiasm, for Shtayyeh is a Fatah man, par excellence. Gone are the days of the factional[Read More…]

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Anti-Semiticism And “The Israel Project”

Anti-Semiticism And “The Israel Project”

Israel is off-limits. The criminalisation of anti-Semitism means nothing short of this. In fact, France’s President Macron says anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Semitism and both are now legally defined as “hate crimes”. Will this be a global precursor? Will the world uphold such a sweeping, broad legal definition that has the potential to embrace the inhumanity and egregious acts[Read More…]

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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

Chasing Mirages: What Are Palestinians Doing to Combat the ‘Deal of the Century’?

More US measures have been taken in recent weeks to further cement the Israeli position and isolate the Palestinian Authority (PA), before the official unveiling of President Donald Trump’s so-called ‘deal of the century’. But while attention is focused on spiteful US actions, little time has been spent discussing the PA’s own responses, options and strategies. The last of Washington’s[Read More…]

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The Green Shoot Of Hope

The Green Shoot Of Hope

I have been coming to Australia, particularly to Perth, Western Australia, for the last 43 years. My wife, Sandra was born here and now our daughter and her family live here. When I first arrived in December 1976 Perth reminded me of Haifa, in Palestine. There are the eucalyptus trees dotted everywhere, there is the warm blue expanse of the[Read More…]

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The UN fails to name and shame firms aiding Israel’s illegal settlements

The UN fails to name and shame firms aiding Israel’s illegal settlements

Nazareth: The United Nations postponed last week for the third time the publication of a blacklist of Israeli and international firms that profit directly from Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied territories. The international body had come under enormous pressure to keep the database under wraps after lobbying behind the scenes from Israel, the United States and many of the[Read More…]

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Can We Imagine a Just Peace for Palestine?

Can We Imagine a Just Peace for Palestine?

While waiting without even a glimmer of hope for the Trump ‘deal of the century’ the Palestinian ordeal unfolds day by day. Many Israelis would like us to believe that the Palestinian struggle to achieve self-determination has been defeated, and that it is time to admit that Israel is the victor and Palestine the loser. All that needs to be[Read More…]

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Abdul Rahman Nofal, 11, Gaza war-zone, was shot with an explosive bullet by a Jewish sniper and his leg was amputated. 19-4-18. Abdul loved playing football.

Paralympic Body Shields Israeli Systematic Mutilation Machine

Malaysia, on 12 January, one of the international hosts of the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships ethically boycotted Israel as a competitor. Malaysia’s principled boycott was not directed against the athletes but against the Jewish state of Israel in protest of decades of Israel’s brutal illegal occupation, its 12 year illegal siege of Gaza and its months of recent sustained[Read More…]

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War on in Al-Aqsa: What Price Netanyahu’s Victory

War on in Al-Aqsa: What Price Netanyahu’s Victory

On February 18, members of extremist Jewish groups raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem). They clashed with Palestinian worshippers, as the settlers attempted to shut down the gate of Al-Aqsa itself. The clashes involved the Israeli army and police as well, who opened fire and brutally assaulted Palestinians, leading to scores of injuries. On February 19, the Israeli army carried out[Read More…]

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Is Israel’s tax grab a prelude to further hollowing out the PA?

Is Israel’s tax grab a prelude to further hollowing out the PA?

Nazareth: Israel’s decision to withhold part of the taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and plunge it deeper into crisis starkly illustrates the hypocrisies and deceptions at the core of the two governments’ relationship. Under the terms of what are now the quarter century-old Oslo accords, Israel is responsible for collecting about $200 million each month in[Read More…]

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Russian Mediation: The Critical Messages of the Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow

Russian Mediation: The Critical Messages of the Hamas-Fatah Talks in Moscow

The Russian-sponsored Palestinian unity talks in Moscow on February 11 were neither a success nor failure. Uniting Palestinian factions was not the main objective of the Moscow conference, in the first place. Instead, the nature of the event, the host country and the clear messages sent to Washington and Tel Aviv were all meant to communicate something else entirely. And[Read More…]

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In Hebron, Israel Removes The Last Restraint on Its Settlers’ Reign of Terror

In Hebron, Israel Removes The Last Restraint on Its Settlers’ Reign of Terror

Nazareth: You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers against Palestinians, in a city under occupation, would provoke condemnation from European and US politicians. But you would be wrong. The leaking in December of the report on conditions in the city of Hebron, home to[Read More…]

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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…]

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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

As Abbas Ages, Fatah Moves to Consolidate Power

Five years after spearheading what is inaptly referred to as a ‘government of national reconciliation’, Palestinian Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah, has finally resigned. “We put our government at the disposal of President Mahmoud Abbas and we welcome the recommendations of the Fatah Central Committee to form a new government,” Hamdallah tweeted, shortly after Abbas had ordered him to dismantle the[Read More…]

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Hebron on My Mind

Hebron on My Mind

It’s been exactly a week since the colonisers of our land, Mr. Netanyahu and his gang of war criminals, decided not to renew the mandate of TIPH, the Temporary International Presence in Hebron whose role has been to observe and report. These observers were volunteers and they come from Turkey, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden and Italy and their job was to[Read More…]

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Now Chad, then Mali: Why African Countries Are Normalizing with Israel

Now Chad, then Mali: Why African Countries Are Normalizing with Israel

Forget the hype. Israel’s ‘security technology’ has nothing to do with why some African countries are eager to normalize relations with Israel. What is it that Israel is able to offer in the technology sector to Chad, Mali and others that the United States, the European Union, China, Russia, India, Brazil, South Africa and others cannot? The answer is ‘nil’,[Read More…]

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 Israeli general mounts challenge to Netanyahu by flaunting Gaza carnage

 Israeli general mounts challenge to Netanyahu by flaunting Gaza carnage

Nazareth: With April’s elections looming, Benjamin Netanyahu has good reason to fear Benny Gantz, his former army chief. Gantz has launched a new party, named Israeli Resilience, just as the net of corruption indictments is closing around the prime minister. Already, at this early stage of campaigning, some 31 per cent of the Israeli public prefer Gantz to head the[Read More…]

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End The Siege

End The Siege

DRIP, DRIP, DRIP These are three simple words that represent many aspects of human survival. There is a drip of water that quenches the thirst. There is a teardrop running down the cheek, be it in sorrow or happiness and there is a drip of rain that keeps the ground fertile, green and alive. But then there is the drip[Read More…]

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False ‘Victories’: Is the PA Using the ‘State of Palestine’ to Remain in Power?

False ‘Victories’: Is the PA Using the ‘State of Palestine’ to Remain in Power?

The ‘State of Palestine’ has officially been handed the Chairmanship of the G-77, the United Nations largest block. This is particularly significant considering the relentless Israeli-American plotting to torpedo Palestinian push for greater international recognition and legitimacy. It is now conclusive that the main mission for former United States Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, was an unmitigated failure. When[Read More…]

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Cruelty In The Extreme

Cruelty In The Extreme

When Donald Trump, the current incumbent of The White House, threw his hat into the ring of the US Presidential elections in 2016 we Palestinians who keep a close watch on the politics of Washington held our breath. Not in expectation. Not in awe, but in fear and trepidation. Here is a man who is ignorant. Here is a man[Read More…]

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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)

A Bitter Harvest

2018 is on its last breath and I, for one, will not shed a tear. In fact I hope that such a year will never be repeated. Not for us Palestinians. Not for any oppressed people of the world. Nor even for the people of my adopted country, England, who are grappling with the toxic effect of the Brexit debacle.[Read More…]

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A Question Every American Must Confront: Apartheid Israel or US Democracy?

A Question Every American Must Confront: Apartheid Israel or US Democracy?

Bahia Amawai is a US citizen and Texas-based language specialist who helps autistic and speech-impaired children overcome their impairment.   Despite the essential and noble nature of her work, she was fired by the Pflugerville Independent School District, which serves the Austin area. Every year, Amawai signs an annual contract that allows her to carry on with her tasks uninterrupted.[Read More…]

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Democratic One-State Solution (Unitary State, Bi-National State) For Post-Apartheid Palestine.

Democratic One-State Solution (Unitary State, Bi-National State) For Post-Apartheid Palestine.

The ethnic cleansing of 90% of the land of Palestine means that the 2-state solution dishonestly espoused by Apartheid Israel and its pro-Apartheid US Alliance supporters is now dead. Further, it is clear that the racist Zionists running Apartheid Israel are locked in to continuation of Jewish Israeli domination of all of Palestine, with the boundary prospects of endless Apartheid[Read More…]

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Is There a Plot to Depopulate Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon?

Is There a Plot to Depopulate Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon?

An eerie video composed of a recorded audio prayer and a photo of one ‘Hajj Jamal Ghalaini’ occasionally pops up on Facebook. The voice is that of an alleged religious sheikh, praying for the well-being of the man in the photo for saving the Palestinian refugee youth of Lebanon, by facilitating their departure to Europe. The video would have been[Read More…]

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Israel: Ethnic Cleansing, Land Theft, Apartheid And Jim Crow

Israel: Ethnic Cleansing, Land Theft, Apartheid And Jim Crow

Co-Written By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers In recent weeks, racism against Palestinian people and the expansion of apartheid-Jim Crow policies have escalated. The Israeli lobby and its supporters attacked freedom of speech in the United States, showing how far they will go to prevent the US public from being aware of their behavior. If more people in the US[Read More…]

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Growing US public support for one state shared equally by Israelis and Palestinians falls on deaf ears

Growing US public support for one state shared equally by Israelis and Palestinians falls on deaf ears

Nazareth: Two years of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu as a Middle East peacemaking team appear to be having a transformative effect – and in ways that will please neither of them. The American public is now evenly split between those who want a two-state solution and those who prefer a single state, shared by Israelis and Palestinians, according to[Read More…]

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The Australian Prime Minister’s Rapture for Jerusalem

The Australian Prime Minister’s Rapture for Jerusalem

  Trump’s declaration on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the Israeli state and the transfer of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is the natural continuation of 100 years of colonization in Palestine and the 1917 Balfour Declaration. It is part and parcel of the ongoing attempt to liquidate Palestinian rights and to accelerate the ethnic cleansing[Read More…]

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Having it All Ways: Scott Morrison’s Jerusalem “Compromise”

Having it All Ways: Scott Morrison’s Jerusalem “Compromise”

The pieces were already put in place during the Wentworth federal by-election, a hopeless, needless gambit that reduced the Coalition government’s majority whilst giving the outgoing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull a crack at some vengeance.  His successor, Scott Morrison, decided to make himself a prisoner of policy in advance.   That prison cell, it transpired, was Australian policy towards Israel and[Read More…]

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The Real Face of Justin Trudeau: Are Palestinians Canada’s New Jews?  

The Real Face of Justin Trudeau: Are Palestinians Canada’s New Jews?  

How does one explain Canada’s contradictory foreign policy regarding Palestine and Israel? On December 4, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, praised Canada’s commitment not to follow the footsteps of the US Donald Trump Administration by transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But there is little worth praising here. Respecting the internationally-recognized status of Jerusalem[Read More…]

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Israel’s new war of attrition on Jerusalem’s Palestinians

Israel’s new war of attrition on Jerusalem’s Palestinians

Czech president Milos Zeman offered Benjamin Netanyahu’s ultra-nationalist government a fillip during his visit to Israel last week. He inaugurated a cultural and trade centre, Czech House, just outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls. At the opening, he expressed hope it would serve as a precursor to his country relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. If so, the Czech[Read More…]

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Netanyahu’s Predicament: The Era of Easy Wars is over

Netanyahu’s Predicament: The Era of Easy Wars is over

When Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, ordered his army to carry out a limited operation in the besieged Gaza Strip on November 12, he certainly did not anticipate that his military adventure would destabilize his government and threaten the very survival of his right-wing coalition. But it did, far more than the multiple police investigations into variouscorruption cases involving Netanyahu’s family[Read More…]

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The Tide is Turning: Israel Is Losing on Two War Fronts

The Tide is Turning: Israel Is Losing on Two War Fronts

The November 12 botched Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip is delineating Tel Aviv’s failure to utilize its army as a tool to achieve Palestinian political concessions. Now that the Palestinian popular resistance has gone global through the exponential rise and growing success of the Boycott Movement, the Israeli government is fighting two desperate wars. Following the Gaza attack,[Read More…]

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Netanyahu’s ceasefire is meant to keep Gaza imprisoned

Netanyahu’s ceasefire is meant to keep Gaza imprisoned

Nazareth: Palestinians in Gaza should have been able to breathe a sigh of relief last week, as precarious ceasefire talks survived a two-day-long, heavy exchange of strikes that threatened to unleash yet another large-scale military assault by Israel. Late on Tuesday, after the most intense bout of violence in four years, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas, the Islamic[Read More…]

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US- , Apartheid Israel- And Zionist-beholden Australian Government & ABC Betray Australia’s Reputation & International Relations

US- , Apartheid Israel- And Zionist-beholden Australian Government & ABC Betray Australia’s Reputation & International Relations

Australia has an appalling 70 year record, surpassed only by the US, of support for genocidally racist  Apartheid Israel and hence of the ongoing Palestinian Genocide that commenced with the British invasion of Palestine in WW1. Recently the fervently pro-Zionist and hence pro-Apartheid Australian Coalition Government caused suspension of the signing a major Free Trade Agreement with Indonesia (the world’s most[Read More…]

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In Breach of Human Rights, Netanyahu Supports the Death Penalty against Palestinians

In Breach of Human Rights, Netanyahu Supports the Death Penalty against Palestinians

Right-wing Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is escalating his war on the Palestinian people, although for reasons almost entirely related to Israeli politics. He has just given the greenlight to a legislation that would make it easier for Israeli courts to issue death sentences against Palestinians accused of carrying out ‘terrorist’ acts. Netanyahu’s decision was made on November 4, but[Read More…]

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Translating the Palestinian Declaration of Independence

Translating the Palestinian Declaration of Independence

On November 15, 1988 the Palestine National Council (PNC) proclaimed the Palestinian Declaration of Independence at Algiers in Arabic, the language of the desert and of the holy Koran. Arabic shall always remain the sole, exclusive, official, and only authentic language for the Palestinian Declaration of Independence. Immediately thereafter, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) gave the Arabic language text of[Read More…]

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The Jerusalem Tangle: ScoMo’s Recognition Policy Stumbles

The Jerusalem Tangle: ScoMo’s Recognition Policy Stumbles

Jerusalem, deemed a holy city, and seen as trade item, bargaining chip and bartering tool over the centuries.  Sought by the major faiths, despoiled at stages by various empires, revived and chalice of poison in international law.  Australia’s Scott Morrison, charmless in his ignorance, has come to realise the problems of relocating the Australian embassy from Tel Aviv Jerusalem. International[Read More…]

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The Palestinian Declaration of Independence

The Palestinian Declaration of Independence

On  15 November 1988, the Palestine National Council meeting in Algiers proclaimed the existence of the new independent state of Palestine.  Later that evening, after the close of prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, the worshippers came out of the Mosque into the Great Courtyard in front of the Dome of the Rock, where the Prophet Muhammad (May Peace Be[Read More…]

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Open Letter To Canadian PM Trudeau – Re: The unapologetic irony of Canada’s historic rejection of the Palestinian people

Open Letter To Canadian PM Trudeau – Re: The unapologetic irony of Canada’s historic rejection of the Palestinian people

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau House of Commons Parliament of Canada justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca   Prime Minister, History is repeating itself. You have dishonourably exploited your apology for Canada’s historical rejection of Jewish refugees during World War II to falsely conflate antisemitism with and callously reject Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) efforts to protect the human rights of generations of Palestinian refugees ‘chased[Read More…]

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Why Is Israel Afraid of Khalida Jarrar?

Why Is Israel Afraid of Khalida Jarrar?

When Israeli troops stormed the house of Palestinian parliamentarian and lawyer, Khalida Jarrar, on April 2, 2015, she was engrossed in her research. For months, Jarrar had been leading a Palestinian effort to take Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Her research on that very evening was directly related to the kind of behavior that allows a group of[Read More…]

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TOPSHOT - Brazil's right-wing presidential candidate for the Social Liberal Party (PSL) Jair Bolsonaro (C) gestures flanked by his son and Rio de Janeiro's elected Senator Flavio Bolsonaro (L) and the president of the Social Liberal Party (PSL) Gustavo Bebianno during a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 11, 2018. - The far-right frontrunner to be Brazil's next president, Jair Bolsonaro, stumbled Wednesday by spooking previously supportive investors, while a spate of violent incidents pointed to deep polarization caused by the election race. (Photo by Mauro Pimentel / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP/Getty Images)

 With Brazil’s Bolsonaro, Israel finds another natural partner on the far-right

Nazareth: The victory of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s presidential election last week has won Israel a passionate new friend on the international stage. The world’s fifth-most populous nation will now be “coloured in blue and white”, an Israeli official said, referring to the colours of Israel’s flag. The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately called to congratulate Bolsonaro, a former[Read More…]

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Omar Arif Bisharat stands in front of the rubble of his home in al-Hadidiya. Annelies Verbeek

Nowhere to go, nowhere to live

With attention focused on the planned demolition of Khan al-Ahmar village, other areas of the Jordan Valley have fallen off the radar. Out of sight, however, Israeli consolidation over the Jordan Valley is continuing apace. Last month, the Israeli army demolished several Palestinian structures in the communities of al-Hadidiya and the al-Musafa area east of Jiftlik village. In al-Hadidiya, in the northern Jordan Valley, the bulldozers arrived on[Read More…]

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Israel’s Nation State Law Transforms States into Tribal Governances

Israel’s Nation State Law Transforms States into Tribal Governances

Israel’s Nation State Law Transforms States into Tribal Governances The Middle East crisis is now a more intensified international challenge Read it carefully ─ Israel’s Nation State Law has not reinforced a nation state; it has established a privileged Jewish community, governed by communal administration, with an extension to Jews in other nations, who can align themselves with Israeli society.[Read More…]

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‘A Cruel Choice’: Why Israel Targets Palestinian Schools

‘A Cruel Choice’: Why Israel Targets Palestinian Schools

  Several Palestinian students, along with teachers and officials, were wounded in the Israeli army attack on a school south of Nablus in the West Bank on October 15. The students of Al- Sawiya Al-Lebban Mixed School were challenging an Israeli military order to shut down their school based on the ever-versatile accusation of the school being a “site of[Read More…]

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International Hypocrisy

International Hypocrisy

By now all international media resources; newspapers, magazines, TV channels, and internet social media, are busy reporting the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi; a Saudi reporter, who was loyal to the regime until he turned against Muhamad bin Salman (MBS) and his suppressive policies. Once MBS was announced crowned prince in 2015 and started his war against Yemen, critic Khashoggi[Read More…]

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The UN ‘Sheriff’: Nikki Haley Elevated Israel, Damaged US Standing

The UN ‘Sheriff’: Nikki Haley Elevated Israel, Damaged US Standing

US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has made her post a “more glamorous” position than her predecessors – as President Donald Trump described Haley’s 2-year term at the UN, following her resignation announcement. We may never know the nature of Haley’s purported ‘glamour’ at the UN, but we certainly know that, during her relatively brief stint, Haley has further diminished her[Read More…]

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Unbridled Power

Unbridled Power

The power I am speaking of is that of the Zionist occupiers of our land who will not stop at anything to wipe every Palestinian off the face of this earth and erase every semblance of Palestinian life and culture of our ancestral home. This savage power has been enabled and empowered throughout the last century by various western powers,[Read More…]

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That Single Line of Blood: Nassir al-Mosabeh and Mohammed al-Durrah

That Single Line of Blood: Nassir al-Mosabeh and Mohammed al-Durrah

As the frail body of 12-year-old Nassir Al-Mosabeh fell to the ground on Friday, September 28, history was repeating itself in a most tragic way. Little Nassir was not just another number, a ‘martyr’ to be exalted by equally poor refugees in Gaza, or vilified by Israel and its tireless hasbara machine. He was much more than that. The stream of blood[Read More…]

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Everyone washes their hands as Gaza’s economy goes into freefall

Everyone washes their hands as Gaza’s economy goes into freefall

Nazareth: The moment long feared is fast approaching in Gaza, according to a new report by the World Bank. After a decade-long Israeli blockade and a series of large-scale military assaults, the economy of the tiny coastal enclave is in “freefall”. At a meeting of international donors in New York on Thursday, coinciding with the annual meeting of the United[Read More…]

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Khan Al Ahmar On My Mind

Khan Al Ahmar On My Mind

Did you hear the story of the small Palestinian, Bedouin community of Khan Al Ahmar? Threatened by the Israeli Occupation Forces’ bulldozers yet again? Please let me remind you here that these Bedouins were forcibly removed from their original habitat in the Negev Desert at least twice before. When they arrived in their area close to Jerusalem in the 1950s[Read More…]

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Where is Hope? (A report from Nahr al-Bared Palestinian Refugee Camp, Lebanon)

Where is Hope? (A report from Nahr al-Bared Palestinian Refugee Camp, Lebanon)

Situated on a coastal location on the outskirts of Tripoli, with golden sands and an expansive view of the Mediterranean Sea, the Palestinian Refugee Camp of Nahr al-Bared could be a beautiful environment in which to raise a child… It isn’t. The sense of despair is as dark as I have known it during these past three years of visiting[Read More…]

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Paramedics carry an injured protester during Great March of Return demonstrations east of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on 28 September. Ashraf Amra  - APA images

Bloody Friday as Gaza marks six months of protests

Friday marked what Gaza’s health ministry described as the single bloodiest day of the Great March of Return protests since 14 May, when Israeli occupation forces fatally injured more than 60 Palestinians. A photo shared on social media following news of his death shows Muhammad al-Hawm, 14, taking part in the football team sponsored by his local mosque. (via Facebook) Seven Palestinians, including two[Read More…]

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The Real Reasons behind Washington’s War on UNRWA

The Real Reasons behind Washington’s War on UNRWA

The US government’s decision to slash funds provided to the United Nations agency that cares for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, is part of a new American-Israeli strategy aimed at redefining the rules of the game altogether. As a result, UNRWA is experiencing its worst financial crisis. The gap in its budget is estimated at around $217 million, and is rapidly increasing. Aside from future catastrophic[Read More…]

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Palestine: The testbed for Trump’s plan to tear up the rules-based international order

Palestine: The testbed for Trump’s plan to tear up the rules-based international order

Nazareth: Washington’s decision to intensify swingeing aid cuts to the Palestinians – the latest targets include cancer patients and peace groups – reveals more than a simple determination to strong-arm the Palestinian leadership to the negotiating table. Under cover of a supposed peace effort, or “deal of the century”, the Trump administration hopes to solve problems closer to home. It[Read More…]

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Why Israel Demolishes: Khan Al-Ahmar as Representation of Greater Genocide

Why Israel Demolishes: Khan Al-Ahmar as Representation of Greater Genocide

Like vultures, Israeli soldiers descended on Khan Al-Ahmar, on Sep. 14, recreating a menacing scene with which the residents of this small Palestinian village, located East of Jerusalem, are all-too familiar. The strategic location of Khan Al-Ahmar makes the story behind the imminent Israeli demolition of the peaceful village unique amid the ongoing destruction of Palestinian homes and lives throughout[Read More…]

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Opposing Israel Is NOT Anti-Jewish: Major Fascist Move to Repress  Criticism of Israel on U.S. Campuses

Opposing Israel Is NOT Anti-Jewish: Major Fascist Move to Repress  Criticism of Israel on U.S. Campuses

The Trump/Pence regime, acting through the Department of State has officially adopted a definition of anti-Semitism (racist hatred of Jewish people) that classifies a broad range of opposition to the state of Israel and/or the ideology of Zionism as, by definition, anti-Semitic. And now the Department of Education is using this definition to attack and suppress campus protests in support[Read More…]

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Wiping Palestine off the Map

Wiping Palestine off the Map

Trump’s policies towards the Arab/Israeli conflict have demolished all illusions some Palestinian politicians might had about the US as an honest broker in peace negotiations that previous administrations had built. The fact is all successive American administrations since 1948 until the present have been completely pro-Zionist and anti-Palestinian. Through money, sexual exploitation, bribery and intimidation the Zionist Jewish influence and[Read More…]

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Palestine’s National Treasure, Dr Salman Abu Sitta chronicles war crimes, truth and hope

Palestine’s National Treasure, Dr Salman Abu Sitta chronicles war crimes, truth and hope

  Dr Salman Abu Sitta is a pragmatic and principled visionary whose unwavering yearning for home has morphed into the Palestinian Land Society, his literal pièce de résistance, that has created the phenomenal Atlas of Palestine, 1917-1966 and meticulous plans for the inevitable return home. His every breath and step that began in the 1948 Nakba from Bir as Saba to a refugee camp[Read More…]

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Green Party urges Int’l Criminal Court to probe Israel’s war on Palestinians

Green Party urges Int’l Criminal Court to probe Israel’s war on Palestinians

The Green Party has endorsed a letter to the International Criminal Court (ICC) that was drafted by the party’s Peace Action Committee. The letter, which is appended below, outlines the history of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and requests that alleged war crimes by Israel that have been reported since June 2014 be investigated by the ICC. The ICC opened a preliminary examination into[Read More…]

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The Veiled Danger of the ‘Dead’ Oslo Accords

The Veiled Danger of the ‘Dead’ Oslo Accords

Yossi Beilin is back. This unrepentant Israeli ‘peacemaker’ is like the mythical phoenix, constantly resurrecting from its own ashes. In a recent article in Al-Monitor, Beilin wrote in support of the idea of a confederation between Israel and Palestine. A confederation “could prevent the need to evacuate settlers and allow those interested to live in Palestine as Israeli citizens, just as a[Read More…]

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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)

Stripped and Exposed: At last the naked Truth

By continuing to punish the Palestinian people for being Palestinian and unfortunately in the way of the American/Zionist juggernaut of power and supremacy Mr Trump and his team of right wing ultra Zionists have done us all a favour. The final fig leaf has just dropped revealing the true nature of the American ‘honest broker’ for the so-called Deal Of[Read More…]

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The Palestinian Phoenix

The Palestinian Phoenix

Last Friday was an eventful and emotional day for this exiled Palestinian. I recorded a TV programme, ‘Eye on Palestine’ for Al Magharibia Channel on the continuing plight of the Palestinian refugees. I’ll share the link with you when I receive it. But the evening was the major event when both my wife and I attended the second yearly awards[Read More…]

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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…]

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What Lies Beneath: The US-Israeli Plot to ‘Save’ Gaza

What Lies Beneath: The US-Israeli Plot to ‘Save’ Gaza

Israel wants to change the rules of the game entirely. With unconditional support from the Trump Administration, Tel Aviv sees a golden opportunity to redefine what has, for decades, constituted the legal and political foundation for the so-called ‘Palestinian-Israeli conflict.’ While US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy has, thus far, been erratic and unpredictable, his administration’s ‘vision’ in Israel and[Read More…]

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US cuts to UNRWA point to the dark future being readied for the Palestinians

US cuts to UNRWA point to the dark future being readied for the Palestinians

Nazareth: The Trump administration’s decision to scrap all future aid payments to the main agency helping Palestinian refugees marks a new – and most likely disastrous – chapter in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The US State Department said on Friday it would no longer continue its $360 million annual contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees[Read More…]

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Deny Them Their Daily Bread

Deny Them Their Daily Bread

The assault on the Palestinian people by the Trump administration has taken a vicious turn. Not only does it deny them their right of return, and compensation for damage done to their lives and livelihoods as enshrined in UN resolution 194, it also just denies them their daily bread. This is not new. In 2016, Mr Trump, the then Republican[Read More…]

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Over Abba$’ dead body there will be a ceasefire. What the?

Over Abba$’ dead body there will be a ceasefire. What the?

“ yet straw upon straw was laid till the last straw broke the camel’s back.” How many straws will it take to finally break the back of the Palestinian Authority (PA)? Well, here’s three that should be the last straws to dismantle the Abba$ dictatorship and trigger democratic elections. Ceasefire for Gaza: “Over my dead body will there be a[Read More…]

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People waiting outside a mobile health clinic set up by CARE and local partner organization Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) at primary school in Gaza city August 6 2014. 2400 people were sheltering at the school. Each mobile health clinic sees an average of 200 patients a day. CARE WBG CD, René Celaya, in the doorway. PHOTO: PMRS

When Illness is a ‘Death Sentence’: The Victimization of Gaza Women

Hanan al-Khoudari resorted to Facebook in a cry for help when Israeli authorities rejected her request to accompany her three-year-old son, Louay, to his chemotherapy treatment in East Jerusalem. The boy is suffering from an ‘aggressive soft tissue sarcoma’. Israeli authorities then justified their decision based on a vague claim that one of Hannan’s relatives is a ‘Hamas operative.” The rights group, Gisha[Read More…]

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It is Israel and its supporters who conflate Israel with all Jews, and then claim that condemning Israel, its laws, policies, actions and ideology amounts to condemning the Jewish people.  See Li CrowdSpark

Anti-Semitism vs. anti-colonialism

Much of the ongoing acrimonious and toxic debate in Britain about allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party centers on expressions of opposition to Israeli laws, policies, ideologies, actions and declarations. No thinking person, for example, is expected to believe that descriptions of Jews as engaging in a “worldwide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization,” as Winston Churchill accused “international[Read More…]

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 Israel an Enemy of Freedom-Loving People Everywhere

 Israel an Enemy of Freedom-Loving People Everywhere

Israel is fighting constantly not only against Gazans, and against Palestinians generally; it is fighting constantly against freedom-loving people everywhere, who oppose dictatorship of any type, and in any country, on principle, irrespective of nationality. Here’s an example showing how much of a dictatorship and enemy of democrats it is: Anna Dressler was a ship-hand on a flotilla of two[Read More…]

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Regional players manoeuvre to reengineer the Israeli Palestinian landscape

Regional players manoeuvre to reengineer the Israeli Palestinian landscape

A possible ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, is proving to be much more than an effort to end escalating violence that threatens to spark yet another Middle Eastern war. United Arab Emirates-backed Egyptian and United Nations efforts to mediate an agreement, with the two countries’ nemesis, Qatar, in the background, are about[Read More…]

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Gaza without Cancer Medicine as Haley Blames Arabs for Washington’s Sins

Gaza without Cancer Medicine as Haley Blames Arabs for Washington’s Sins

On Sunday August 12, news from Gaza was distressing: The Ministry of Health announced that it would no longer be able to treat cancer patients in the Israel-besieged Strip. “Colon and lung cancer, as well as lymphoma patients cannot be provided with the necessary therapy now,” said Dr. Mohammed Abu Silmiya, director of Abdulaziz Al-Rantisi Hospital for Children. Israel is ultimately[Read More…]

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Not The Eid Of My Childhood

Not The Eid Of My Childhood

Today is known in Islamic tradition as ‘Youm Arafah’ Or ‘Waqfet Arafah’ . What it means is that all Muslims who are able to make the Pilgrimage, ‘Al-Hajj’ to Mekka, a main tenet of Islam will gather on top or around Mount Arafat cloaked in their white unstitched shrouds in total subjugation to their faith and maker. They will spend[Read More…]

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Palestinian medics treat a wounded protester after he was shot by Israeli soldiers during Great March of Return protests in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, 10 August. Ashraf Amra APA images

Israel normalizing war crimes in Gaza

Gaza’s fuel crisis remains unresolved a week after a United Nations humanitarian official warned that hospitals and water sanitation facilities would soon shut down as a result. “Despite our continued engagement with the concerned bodies, we have not encountered any preparations to contain the fuel crisis that threatens health services and facilities in the Gaza Strip,” the health ministry in the territory stated on[Read More…]

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Mission Accomplished: Why Solidarity Boats to Gaza Succeed Despite Failing to Break the Siege

Mission Accomplished: Why Solidarity Boats to Gaza Succeed Despite Failing to Break the Siege

When Mike Treen, the National Director of the ‘Unite Union’ in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance. For them, Mike, as all[Read More…]

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Mahmoud Abbas: Stop Exploiting Ahed Tamimi for Personal Gain

Mahmoud Abbas: Stop Exploiting Ahed Tamimi for Personal Gain

The father of 11-year-old, Abdul Rahman Nofal contacted me, asking for help. His son was shot in the leg during Gaza’s ‘Great March of Return’ protests. The Strip’s dilapidated health care system could not save the little boy’s leg, as it was later amputated. His father, Yamen, himself a young man from the Buraij Refugee Camp in central Gaza, only wants his[Read More…]

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Palestine: Freedom or a loaf of bread?

Palestine: Freedom or a loaf of bread?

Many a pundit, commentator or analyst witnessing what has been going on in Palestine for the last hundred years can draw parallels between our situation and that of Apartheid South Africa and/or the liberation movement in Algiers. Though there are similarities with our cause in the struggle for freedom in both those countries there are also vast differences. International conditions[Read More…]

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KUALA LUMPUR 30 JULAI 2018. Sebuah kapal yang dalam misi kemanusiaan ke Palestin bersama 22 aktivis dipercayai dirampas Israel, ketika ia menghampiri Gaza. Kapal Al-Awda terputus hubungan komunikasi dengan pihak media Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) dan dalam laporan terakhir radio kapal, ketua kapal menyatakan mereka melihat 4 kapal perang Israel sedang menghampiri kapal itu. EMAIL.

Israel’s Criminal Behaviour

The violent assault upon a number of unarmed passengers on board Al Awda, a ship bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza has exposed yet again the hideous face of Israeli occupation. Reports suggest that some of the victims of the 31st July attack had sustained injuries —- one of them being the renowned Penang-born Palestinian activist, Dr.Ang Swee Chai. An eye-witness[Read More…]

 Israel’s “Jewish Nation-State Bill,” Escalating U.S.-Israeli Crimes Against the Palestinian People, and Threats of War Against Iran

 Israel’s “Jewish Nation-State Bill,” Escalating U.S.-Israeli Crimes Against the Palestinian People, and Threats of War Against Iran

On Thursday, July 19, Israel’s Knesset (parliament) passed a new law proclaiming that Israel is the “Nation-State of the Jewish People.” This bill legally enshrines—and heightens—the racist oppression and subordinate status of Israel’s 1.9 million Palestinian citizens. And its declaration that only Jewish people have the right to “national self-determination” and its call for more settlements ominously opens the door[Read More…]

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A Palestinian Wall Image

Six weeks in Palestine: Lived Impressions of a Research Scholar

As part of an effort to be balanced in the final stages of a Phd on counter-terrorism,I recently spent six weeks in Palestine ‘to see things for myself’. I can’t think of another ‘place nor issue’ in world affairs that is more emotive, misrepresented, ‘linked to terrorism’, and further sits at the heart of grievance in the Muslim world. I[Read More…]

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Birthright Trips Are The Most Honest Thing About The Israeli Regime

Birthright Trips Are The Most Honest Thing About The Israeli Regime

I recently watched a video (https://bit.ly/2mzut9M) of a Birthright trip gone wrong. A young man confronted the Birthright guide asking why the West Bank is not shown on the map distributed to the group, that instead names the territory “Judea and Samaria”. The guide states that it is Israel’s position that the entire land belongs to Israel…it is part of[Read More…]

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In a photo taken on 1 April, Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar helps an injured man at an emergency medical tent near Khan Younis, during protests in Gaza near the boundary with Israel. Al-Najjar was fatally shot by an Israeli sniper as she performed her duties on on 1 June.   Ashraf Amra APA images

Israeli sniper deliberately killed medic Razan al-Najjar, investigation finds

An Israeli sniper deliberately targeted Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar, an investigation by the human rights group B’Tselem has found. Al-Najjar, 21, was killed on 1 June, as she and her colleagues treated Palestinians taking part in Great March of Return protests in Gaza, near the boundary fence with Israel, east of Khan Younis. According to B’Tselem, al-Najjar “was fatally shot by a member of the security forces[Read More…]

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Defending Israel’s Fascism

Defending Israel’s Fascism

“Israel was created as a rather conventional European colony, to meet the demands of the European Zionist movement and to keep a western foothold in the Arab world. Built on an invented racial ideology which parallels that of the Nazi persecutors of European Jews, Israel almost managed to convince the world that it is a legitimate nation. But Palestinian resistance[Read More…]

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By razing Khan al-Ahmar, Israel will bulldoze illusions of peace process

By razing Khan al-Ahmar, Israel will bulldoze illusions of peace process

Nazareth: Israel finally built an access road to the West Bank village of Khan al-Ahmar last week, after half a century of delays. But the only vehicles allowed along it are the bulldozers scheduled to sweep away its 200 inhabitants’ homes. If one community has come to symbolise the demise of the two-state solution, it is Khan al-Ahmar. It was[Read More…]

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Israel seeks to muzzle witnesses of its crimes

Israel seeks to muzzle witnesses of its crimes

Israel is trying to silence people who witness its atrocities. The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, is considering a bill that would criminalize filming or recording Israeli soldiers and publishing the content. The law calls for a five-year prison sentence for those who film “to harm the morale of Israel’s soldiers or its inhabitants,” and a 10-year prison sentence for those who film to “harm the[Read More…]

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Saudi's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 7, 2017. Photo by Thaer Ganaim

‘Deal of the Century’ is Not New and the PA Leadership is Not a Victim

Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ will fail. Palestinians will not exchange their 70-year long struggle for freedom for Jared Kushner’s cash; nor will Israel accept even if there is a demilitarized Palestinian state in the West Bank. The order of that anticipated failure is likely to go something like this: the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Ramallah is likely to[Read More…]

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Al-Quds is not Jerusalem

Al-Quds is not Jerusalem

The Zionist Israeli state calls on the Old Testament/Torah as a historical document to prove its legality to “re-claim” Palestine; their god’s promised land. To assert this legality and the myth of the promised land Zionist Organization, since its establishment, had recruited the science of archaeology, employing western Christian biblical archaeologists, to provide the required “historic” proof of the right[Read More…]

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 An Open Letter To Gary Lineker

 An Open Letter To Gary Lineker

“A rehabilitation centre in Gaza has created ‘Heroes FC’, a team formed from the many amputees from Israel’s wars on Gaza and the recent violent response to protests along the border fence.”  https://bit.ly/2K3FzBi Hello Gary, With the World Cup being on, we have been seeing a lot more of you than usual. So I have decided to take the opportunity[Read More…]

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Cry-Baby Israel

Cry-Baby Israel

A cry baby is not an infant, but a fully grown adult who cries over the smallest thing out of self pity. (composed from Urban Dictionary) Israel, one of the most technologically advanced military superpowers, is making a colossal fool of itself on the global stage by crying Wolf – ‘We have the right to defend ourselves from – from[Read More…]

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Indonesian Muslim leader signals global shifts in meetings with Pence and Netanyahu

Indonesian Muslim leader signals global shifts in meetings with Pence and Netanyahu

Yahya Staquf, a diminutive, soft-spoken leader of Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest Muslim movement, and Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s advisor on religious affairs, has held a series of meetings in recent weeks that reflect the Muslim world’s shifting attitudes towards Israel and the Palestinians and a re-alignment of socially conservative Muslim and Christian interests. Just this month, Mr. Staquf, a[Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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TOPSHOT - Palestinians clash with with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. - Dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire on May 14 as tens of thousands protested and clashes erupted along the Gaza border against the US transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem, after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump's decision tossing aside decades of precedent. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

Exposing Israel’s Self-indictments in Gaza Protests

In May 2018 Gaza demonstrations, by Its arrogant and aggressive stance toward legitimate demands of a people it has oppressed for decades, Israel indicted itself several times, validated Palestinian actions, and exposed its tyrannical manner. Translating Israel’s self-indictments to actions by the world community is an obligatory challenge for those who comprehend Israel’s oppressive policies. One self-indictment ─ Israel’s effort[Read More…]

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Gaza: No rest for the persecuted

Gaza: No rest for the persecuted

Thousands thronged to pay tribute to Razan al-Najjar, 20, as her mortal remains were buried. She was an intrepid medic who was shot by Israeli forces trying to save lives. She ran towards the Gaza fence, undaunted, to help an injured protester when bullets from Israeli sniper pierced her flesh. Even as an identifiable healthcare professional and non-combatant, she was[Read More…]

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Beating the US ‘Veto’: Palestinians Need Urgent Protection from Israel

Beating the US ‘Veto’: Palestinians Need Urgent Protection from Israel

What is taking place in Palestine is not a ‘conflict’.  We readily utilize the term but, in fact, the word ‘conflict’ is misleading. It equates between oppressed Palestinians and Israel, a military power that stands in violation of numerous United Nations Resolutions. It is these ambiguous terminologies that allow the likes of United States UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, to champion Israel’s[Read More…]

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International Quds Day

International Quds Day

Friday June 8th the last Friday of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, is “International Quds Day” designated in solidarity with the Palestinians against the Israeli occupation by the late Iranian leader Imam Khomeini after the 1979 Iranian revolution that ousted the Shah Reza Bahlavi, who was an American/Israeli puppet. After the revolution Iran denounced the terrorist Israeli state, evicted[Read More…]

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Knesset foils efforts to end Israeli apartheid

Knesset foils efforts to end Israeli apartheid

Nazareth: For most of the seven decades after its establishment, Israel went to extraordinary lengths to craft an image of itself as a “light unto the nations”. It claimed to have “made the desert bloom” by planting forests over the razed houses of 750,000 Palestinians it exiled in 1948. Soldiers in the “most moral army in the world” reputedly cried[Read More…]

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