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Joy And Fear: A Mother’s Lot In Gaza

The doctor studied the test results, raised her head and smiled. “Pregnant,” she said. “Congratulations, you are pregnant!” All I could muster in response was: “Why?” Joy, excitement and fear knotted inside me. My husband and I would soon have a baby, filling our life with love and noise. But a storm of questions raged in my head. I immediately[Read More…]

Palestinian Was On Way To chemotherapy When Shot By Soldiers

Palestinian Was On Way To chemotherapy When Shot By Soldiers

A Palestinian man was on his way to a chemotherapy session when he was shot by Israeli soldiers last November, his family told an Israeli journalist this week. Muhammad Amar Jallad was being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, his family told Haaretz reporter Gideon Levy. Jallad was reported to have died in an Israeli hospital where he was being treated for[Read More…]

Trump, Netanyahu Dismiss “Two-State Solution,” Threaten Iran

Trump, Netanyahu Dismiss “Two-State Solution,” Threaten Iran

  In a White House press conference Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump backed away from a decades-old pretense by Washington of a commitment to the pursuit of a “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Instead, echoing remarks by Netanyahu, Trump advanced a “much bigger deal, a much more important deal” that “would take in[Read More…]

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

Farewell To Doublespeak: Israel’s Vision For The Future Is Terrifying

  Empirical historical evidence combined with little common-sense are enough to tell us the type of future options that Israel has in store for the Palestinian people: perpetual Apartheid or ethnic cleansing, or a mix of both. The passing of the ‘Regularization Bill‘ on February 6 is all we need to imagine the Israeli-envisaged future. The new law allows the[Read More…]

A classroom at the Martyrs School in Khuzaa, which was damaged by Israeli shelling in the summer of 2014, as well as in previous assaults on Gaza, photographed in August 2015. Ashraf Amra APA images

Learning In The Line Of Fire

Wala, 16, always finds a seat away from the windows. The girl is a student at the Hayel Abdul Hamid secondary school in Beit Hanoun, a United Nations facility in the northern Gaza Strip. She has developed a phobia of sitting next to windows, afraid, she told The Electronic Intifada, of stray bullets. Her fear is well-founded. Beit Hanoun lies[Read More…]

Israel’s Settlers Clear Path To Annexation With New Land Law

Israel’s Settlers Clear Path To Annexation With New Land Law

Nazareth: The Israeli parliament passed the legalisation law on Monday night – a piece of legislation every bit as suspect as its title suggests. The law widens the powers of Israeli officials to seize the final fragments of Palestinian land in the West Bank that were supposed to be off-limits. Palestinian leaders warned that the law hammered the last nail[Read More…]

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

Israel Passes Law To Legalize Theft Of Private Palestinian Land

Late Monday night, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, approved a bill to retroactively legalize the expropriation by settlers of private Palestinian land that has taken place over the last two decades. Passed by 60-52, the so-called Regularization Bill will legalize around 4,000 settlement homes in so-called unauthorized outposts and settlements. Human Rights Watch swiftly condemned the vote, noting that the Regularization[Read More…]

Netanyahu Steps Up Settlement Construction

Netanyahu Steps Up Settlement Construction

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has launched a series of provocative moves against the Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and inside Israel itself. His aim is to distract public attention from the corruption probe that could force his resignation and bring down his government. In doing so, he has been emboldened by strong support from the incoming Trump administration.[Read More…]

The Paris Peace Conference:  Signaling An End To A Western-Dominated Era?

The Paris Peace Conference:  Signaling An End To A Western-Dominated Era?

No, it was not just ‘another Middle East peace conference,’ as a columnist in Israeli ‘Jerusalem Post’ attempted to depict the Paris Peace Conference held on January 15, with top official representations from 70 countries attending.  If it was, indeed, just ‘another peace conference’, representatives from the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority (PA) would have attended as well. Instead, it was[Read More…]

Is President Trump Going To Be Hoodwinked By Netanyahu Like Barack Obama?

Is President Trump Going To Be Hoodwinked By Netanyahu Like Barack Obama?

If President Trump doesn’t watch out, he is going to be Netanyahu’s chump, says Thomas L. Friedman from the New York Times.[1] Trump’s statements about the abstention of the latest UNSC-vote by the US and his appointments for the ambassadorship to David Friedman or his son-in-law Kushner in the White House are causing serious fears. He seems ideologically so close[Read More…]

The Paris Conference Must Send A Strong Message From The World To Israel!

The Paris Conference Must Send A Strong Message From The World To Israel!

  Many believed in the Middle East that the Paris conference held today, Jan. 15, on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with the participation of 70 countries and international organisations could be a final attempt by the international community to resolve the conflict in Palestine based on two-state solution. The conference came after several developments, the most important of it is the[Read More…]

Enough Fearmongering: Only One Democratic State Is Possible In Palestine And Israel

Enough Fearmongering: Only One Democratic State Is Possible In Palestine And Israel

  Long before December 28, when Secretary of State, John Kerry took the podium at the Dean Acheson Auditorium in Washington DC to pontificate on the uncertain future of the two-state solution and the need to save Israel from itself, the subject of a Palestinian state has been paramount. In fact, unlike common belief, the push to establish a Palestinian and a[Read More…]

Fury At Azaria Verdict Is Israel’s Trump Moment

Fury At Azaria Verdict Is Israel’s Trump Moment

  Nazareth: The United Kingdom has Brexit. The United States, an incoming president Trump. And Israel now has Elor Azaria. It may not have the same ring, but ultimately the turning point could prove as decisive. Two fallacious narratives have greeted the army medic’s manslaughter conviction last week, after he was filmed firing a bullet into the head of a[Read More…]

The Welcome Condemnation Of Israeli Settlement Expansion

The Welcome Condemnation Of Israeli Settlement Expansion

On December 23, 2016 the UN Security Council by a vote of 14-0 adopted Resolution 2334, notably with the United States abstaining, condemning Israeli settlement expansion. It was treated as big news in the West because the Obama presidency had finally in its last weeks in office refused to use its veto to protect Israel from UN censure. Especially in[Read More…]

A Blessing In Disguise?  The Trump Presidency And Palestine

A Blessing In Disguise?  The Trump Presidency And Palestine

  Israel is dizzy. January 20th has been like another Christmas Day and Donald Trump is jolly old Santa Claus bearing gifts. The writing is already on the wall as President-elect Trump has appointed an extremist, David Friedman, as the next US Ambassador to Israel who intends to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and who supports[Read More…]

Open Letter To The Prime Minister Of New Zealand On UN Res. 2234’s Flaw: The Two-State Solution

Open Letter To The Prime Minister Of New Zealand On UN Res. 2234’s Flaw: The Two-State Solution

Will you dare do serious independent research and thinking on the matter of Palestine? Will you withdraw from the pact supporting a fake two state solution? Will you challenge Israeli impunity to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity? Will you replace the zionist mouthpiece McCully with a foreign minister prepared to put international law above US and Israel interests? Will you, Bill English, dare to morally defend the Palestinian right to life and their political and human rights?

Palestine 2017: Time To Bid Farewell To Washington And Embrace The Globe

Palestine 2017: Time To Bid Farewell To Washington And Embrace The Globe

  There is no doubt that the UN Security Council condemnation of Israel on Friday, December 23, was an important and noteworthy event. True, the United Nations’ main chambers (the Security Council and the General Assembly) and its various institutions, ranging from the International Court of Justice to the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, have repeatedly condemned the Israeli occupation, illegal[Read More…]

Is UN Security Council Resolution 2334 The Beginning Of The End For Apartheid Israel?

Is UN Security Council Resolution 2334 The Beginning Of The End For Apartheid Israel?

  Resolution 2334 (2016) of the UN Security Council could have been stronger by condemning the Occupation but it nevertheless condemned other Israeli crimes in the Palestinian Territory that are in gross violation of international law,   and was passed 14-0 on 23 December 2016,  with the racist, pro-Zionist, pro-Apartheid US Obama Administration remarkably failing to veto and recording an unprincipled[Read More…]

Stifling The Debate On Israel: For Palestinians, Zionism Only Means One Thing

Stifling The Debate On Israel: For Palestinians, Zionism Only Means One Thing

The British government of Theresa May officially adopted on December 12 a new definition of anti-Semitism that includes legitimate criticism of Israel. The definition was adopted earlier in the year by a pro-Israeli group IHRA, although it was considered but abandoned by the European anti-racism agency in 2005. It is also a rather dangerous move which will most likely lead[Read More…]

Palestine’s Achilles Heel: The Begging Bowl

Palestine’s Achilles Heel: The Begging Bowl

Poor Palestine – the major Palestinian players, Fatah and Hamas have degraded and set back the liberation movement by crawling with begging bowls to self-interested, absolutely not Palestine-interested, Arab states, and furthermore both are fickle beggars switching loyalties to conform to the US volatile currents in the Middle East. Arab regimes quarter-hearted support for Palestine goes back to the Nakba,[Read More…]

Maryam Hamad, from the West Bank village of Silwad, is pictured with the Israeli Ofra settlement in the background. She is one of the landowners on whose land the nearby Amona outpost was built. According to an Israeli high court decision, the settlers must evacuate this month.  Photo/Keren Manor/ ActiveStills

In West Bank, Israel “Replacing One Land Theft By Another”

Christmas Day is the court-ordered deadline to evacuate around 330 settlers from the Amona outpost. The colony is built on the farmland of Palestinian families who still live nearby, north of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Eighty-year-old Maryam Hamad, who lives in the neighboring Palestinian village of Silwad, owns six acres there, where she once cultivated wheat. She has[Read More…]

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O Little Town of Bethlehem

It was December of 1991 and I was serving as Legal Advisor to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations in Washington DC. The Israelis were stalling,not even negotiating in bad faith, and the Americans under Baker and Ross were doing nothing to get the negotiations started. This had been going on for 3 weeks and Christmas was[Read More…]

Israel’s West Bank Tourism Drive Makes Palestinians Invisible

Israel’s West Bank Tourism Drive Makes Palestinians Invisible

Nazareth: At first glance, it looked like a generous promotional stunt by Israel to aid the Palestinians’ struggling tourism industry. Israeli military authorities published this month a video on social media publicising Palestinian attractions in the West Bank. Most are Christian, including Jesus’s birthplace in Bethlehem – now the Church of the Nativity – and more obscure locations such as[Read More…]

Fatah, Hold Your Applause: Palestinian Body Politic Rotten To The Core 

Fatah, Hold Your Applause: Palestinian Body Politic Rotten To The Core 

In July 2003, the then Palestinian Authority Chairman, Yasser Arafat, described Mahmoud Abbas as a ‘traitor’ who “betrayed the interests of the Palestinian People.” Arafat loathed Abbas to the very end. This particular outburst was made during a meeting with the United Nations envoy, Terje Larsen. The meeting took place a few months after Arafat was coerced, by the US,[Read More…]

Cancer patients take part in a rally to raise awareness about Breast Cancer in Gaza City on 26 October. Mohammed Asad APA images

Israel Blocks Gaza Women From Breast Cancer Treatment

Khuloud Abu Qamar spoke quietly but her words still shocked. “Israel is killing me slowly,” she said. “And it is killing my children, too.” After undergoing surgery for breast cancer last year, Abu Qamar requires further treatment which she has not been able to receive in Gaza. She has asked Israel for permission to travel. Her applications have so far[Read More…]

Less Symbolism, More Action: Towards Meaningful Solidarity With Palestine

Less Symbolism, More Action: Towards Meaningful Solidarity With Palestine

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has designated the week, November 25 to December 3, as the ‘biggest-ever campaign’ aimed at boycotting Israeli products and those of companies that contribute to the Israeli military occupation of Palestine. In a recently issued press release, the civil society-led group highlighted “99 actions that will take place across the world to highlight what they described[Read More…]

Trump Allies With Israel’s Justice Minister Who Advocated Exterminating Palestinians

Trump Allies With Israel’s Justice Minister Who Advocated Exterminating Palestinians

Many news-reports indicate that President-Elect Donald Trump’s Israel policy is in accord with that of his Orthodox Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner, who allegedly allies himself with Israel’s Jewish Home Party, which favors Israel’s absorbing both the West Bank and the Gaza strip and imposing upon Palestinians the full rule by Israel’s government, regardless whether they accept it or not. The[Read More…]

What Should Palestinians Expect – Can Trump Be Any Worse?

What Should Palestinians Expect – Can Trump Be Any Worse?

  Fear and trepidation are slowly building up, as US President-elect, Donald Trump, is fortifying his transitional team with people capable of bringing about a nightmare scenario, not only for Americans but for the rest of the world, as well. For Palestinians, however, the signs are even more ominous. From former New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani, to Republican leader Newt[Read More…]

Siham Abu Rashid’s family depends on the income from harvesting herbs in Gaza’s dangerous no-go zone. Abed Zagout

Life Is Lived On The Edge Along Gaza’s Boundary

Don’t get too close, Omar Abu Khater warned. We were picking our way cautiously through the rubble of demolished farms and buildings on a recent afternoon in the al-Faraheen neighborhood of the town of Abasan al-Kabira in the southern Gaza Strip, east of Khan Younis. His caution was warranted. Just 100 meters away loomed a concrete wall, part of the[Read More…]

Praying For Freedom: Why Is Israel Silencing The Call For Prayer In Jerusalem? 

Praying For Freedom: Why Is Israel Silencing The Call For Prayer In Jerusalem? 

As I was growing up, I was always reassured by the sound of the ‘Muadhin’ making the call for prayer in our refugee camp’s main mosque in Gaza. Whenever I heard the call very early in the morning, announcing in a melodic voice that the time for the ‘Fajr’ (dawn) prayer was upon us, I knew it was safe to[Read More…]

Trump May Kill Netanyahu With Kindness

Trump May Kill Netanyahu With Kindness

Nazareth: While the United States presidential election bitterly divided the American public, most Israelis were sanguine about the race. Both candidates – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – were keen to end eight years of icy mistrust between Barack Obama, the outgoing president, and Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister should – at least on paper – be happier with[Read More…]

“I am from Deraa camp” reads a sign held by a girl during a demonstration outside UNRWA’s Gaza City headquarters in October 2013./ Ashraf Amra APA images

Uprooted From Syria, Stranded In Gaza

Nassar al-Adeeni has vivid memories of how an uprising began in Syria more than five years ago. At least 15 children were captured and tortured in Deraa, the city where he lived, after graffiti critical of the Damascus government was found on a school wall. The authorities’ “barbaric deeds were the main factors behind how the uprising spread quickly,” Nassar[Read More…]

What Will President Trump Mean For Palestine?

What Will President Trump Mean For Palestine?

On a day that most people expected not to see, we can say few things with certainty. One of them is that Hillary Clinton would have been a disastrous president for those supporting the Palestinian struggle for their rights. Her failed campaign pitched her as the natural successor to President Barack Obama, the Democrat who just unconditionally handed Israel the[Read More…]

The Infamy Of The Palestinian Elites: An Imminent Split Within Fatah? 

The Infamy Of The Palestinian Elites: An Imminent Split Within Fatah? 

The Fatah movement is involved in a massive tug-of-war that will ultimately define its future. Though the conflict is between current Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, and once Gaza strongman, Mohammed Dahlan, is in no way motivated by ending the Israeli Occupation, their war will likely determine the future political landscape of Palestine.   The issue cannot be taken lightly,[Read More…]

Why Palestinians Want To Sue Britain: 99 Years Since The Balfour Declaration

Why Palestinians Want To Sue Britain: 99 Years Since The Balfour Declaration

  Last July, the Palestinian Authority took the unexpected, although belated step of seeking Arab backing in suing Britain over the Balfour Declaration. That ‘declaration’ was the first ever explicit commitment made by Britain, and the West in general, to establish a Jewish homeland atop an existing Palestinian homeland. It is too early to tell whether the Arab League would[Read More…]

Western Leaders Grow Deaf To Israeli Abuses

Western Leaders Grow Deaf To Israeli Abuses

  Nazareth: Israel has just emerged from its extended, three-week high holidays, a period that in recent years has been marked by extremist religious Jews making provocative visits to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem. Many go to pray, in violation of Israel’s international obligations. Most belong to groups that seek the mosque’s destruction and replacement with a[Read More…]

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The War On UNESCO: Al-Aqsa Mosque Is Palestinian And East Jerusalem Is Illegally Occupied 

The War On UNESCO: Al-Aqsa Mosque Is Palestinian And East Jerusalem Is Illegally Occupied 

Did Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, actually read the full text of the UNESCO resolution on Palestine and Israel, before he raved with anger?     “I think this is a mistaken, inconceivable resolution,” he said. “It is not possible to continue with these resolutions at the UN and UNESCO that aim to attack Israel. It is shocking and I have ordered[Read More…]

Israel’s Bogus History Lesson

Israel’s Bogus History Lesson

It was presumably intended as an Israeli history lesson to the world. A video posted to social media by Israel’s foreign ministry shows an everyday Jewish couple, Jacob and Rachel, in a home named the “Land of Israel”. A series of knocks on the door brings 3,000 years of interruptions to their happiness. First it’s the Assyrians, followed by the[Read More…]

Zionism Is Racism

Zionism Is Racism

Hardly any knowledgeable person doubts that Zionist ideology is the purest form of racism. Zionism is Jewish disguised racism as a raison d’etat. Israel comes right after the U. S., as far as racism is concerned. That is why the U. S. donates to this racist regime $ 3.8 bn per year in order to keep this occupation regime going.[Read More…]

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John Salisbury Shaking Australia For Palestine

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi While Australia slept, John Salisbury, a true gentleman activist from Melbourne, rose daily to the moral occasion of walking the tough 300 kilometres from the Sydney Opera House to Canberra, the seat of the Australian parliament. There, on 11 October, he presented to Maria Vamakinou MP, head of[Read More…]

The Convoluted Discourse: Was The Women’s Boat To Gaza An Existential Threat?  

The Convoluted Discourse: Was The Women’s Boat To Gaza An Existential Threat?  

  The Israeli official narrative regarding its conflict with the Palestinians is deliberately confounded because a muddled up discourse is a convenient one. It allows the narrator to pick and choose half-truths at will, in order to create a falsified version of reality. For instance, this is part of what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the United Nations[Read More…]

Open Letter To  Australian MPs Re  Israeli Kidnap Of Gaza-bound Australian Woman  In International Waters

Open Letter To  Australian MPs Re  Israeli Kidnap Of Gaza-bound Australian Woman  In International Waters

  In its latest act of piracy,  Apartheid Israel has seized a Gaza-bound ship Zaytouna-Oliva in international waters and kidnapped, robbed and imprisoned 13 humane, anti-racist  women including the Australian captain, Madeleine Habib (from my hometown Hobart, Tasmania),  Northern Ireland Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire and New Zealand Greens  MP Marama Davidson. Apartheid Israel has repeatedly kidnapped Australian women[Read More…]

Israel Intercepts Women’s Boat To Gaza

Israel Intercepts Women’s Boat To Gaza

Israeli forces intercepted a boat carrying women solidarity activists as it was approximately 40 miles from Gaza’s shore on Wednesday. Israel said its navy escorted the vessel ashore and that the takeover was brief and “uneventful.” “The Israeli military said the navy carried out the raid ‘after exhausting all diplomatic channels,’” the Associated Press reported. “It said forces ordered the[Read More…]

The Palestine Exception To Free Speech In The U. S.

The Palestine Exception To Free Speech In The U. S.

The Palestine human rights movement and its advocates in the U. S. are under a growing pressure because of their criticism of Israel’s oppressive and deadly policy against the People of Palestine.[1] The BDS campaign was the last straw that led to a coalition, which uses all available means to suppress freedom of speech.  Since the  BDS movement gained momentum,[Read More…]

Women’s Boat To Gaza Ready To Break Blockade

Women’s Boat To Gaza Ready To Break Blockade

“If somebody falls overboard, all you see is their head. It’s about the size of a coconut.” With those words, Captain Madeleine Habib ensured the attention of her passengers, all now digesting the image of the vastness of the sea enveloping a human body. Habib, a Tasmanian-Egyptian and an experienced captain with Greenpeace and Doctors Without Borders, was delivering the[Read More…]

Palestinian families marching and remembering their loved ones murdered 34 years ago at Shatila camp, Beirut.  Photo: Franklin Lamb

34 Years After The Sabra-Shatila Massacre

  Shatila Palestinian Refugee camp, Beirut: The intense summer heat was gone and the evening was breezy and cool that fateful Thursday evening, September 15, 1982, according to survivors of the Sabra-Shatila Massacre who, 34 years later, still remember and recount many details of the slaughter that was soon to follow. It was following the 9/14/1982 assassination of President-elect BachirGemayel, leader[Read More…]

US Aid Deal Gives Green Light To Israel’s Erasure Of Palestine

US Aid Deal Gives Green Light To Israel’s Erasure Of Palestine

   Nazareth: The announcement last week by the United States of the largest military aid package in its history – to Israel – was a win for both sides. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu could boast that his lobbying had boosted aid from $3.1 billion to $3.8bn a year – a 22 per cent increase – for a decade starting[Read More…]

Obama Hands Israel The Largest Military Aid Deal In History

Obama Hands Israel The Largest Military Aid Deal In History

The Obama administration has signed a $38 billion military aid pact with Israel in what the State Department boasts is the “single largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in US history.” The record agreement will provide Israel with $3.8 billion annually over 10 years beginning in 2019, up from $3.1 billion under the current deal. At a time when the US[Read More…]

Israel’s Bogus Civil War

Israel’s Bogus Civil War

 Nazareth: Is Israel on the verge of civil war, as a growing number of Israeli commentators suggest, with its Jewish population deeply riven over the future of the occupation? On one side is a new peace movement, Decision at 50, stuffed with former political and security leaders. Ehud Barak, a previous prime minister who appears to be seeking a political comeback,[Read More…]

The Human Rights Of The Settler

The Human Rights Of The Settler

Just a few weeks after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that he cares about the rights and lives of Palestinians in Gaza more than the Palestinian leadership does, he posted a new video message on his Facebook wall, arguing that any future dismantlement of Jewish settlements in the West Bank would amount to “ethnic cleansing.” He went on to intimate that insofar as the U.S. and other western countries support the uprooting of Israeli settlements as part of an agreement with the Palestinians, they were, in effect, supporting the cleansing of Jews

Israeli Defense Minister,Avigdor Lieberman (Image: Hareetz)

Is Israel Pushing For A Palestinian Civil War?

  Division within Palestinian society has reached unprecedented levels, becoming a major hurdle on the path of any unified strategy to end Israel’s violent occupation or to rally Palestinians behind a single objective. Newly-appointed Israeli ultra-nationalist, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, understands this too well. His tactic since his ascension to office last May is centered on investing more in these divisions as[Read More…]

Punishing The Messenger: Israel’s War On NGOs Takes A Worrying Turn

Punishing The Messenger: Israel’s War On NGOs Takes A Worrying Turn

“You deserve to see your loved ones suffer and die. But, maybe, you would be hurt before them,” was part of a threatening message received by a staff member at ‘Al-Mezan’, a Gaza-based human rights group. The photo attached to the email was of the exterior of the activist’s home. The gist of the message: ‘we are coming for you.’[Read More…]

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The Way To The Spring: Life And Death In Palestine

The Way To The Spring: Life And Death In Palestine

A small town in Palestinian West Bank, north of Jerusalem, Nabi Saleh, essentially the home-town of the Tamimi clan, has like all other Palestinian towns suffered under the occupation of Israeli military forces and settler villages. Ben Ehrenreich’s book “The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine” documents his many months in the town and in surrounding areas.[Read More…]

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Divide And Rule: How Factionalism In Palestine Is Killing Prospect For Freedom 

Divide And Rule: How Factionalism In Palestine Is Killing Prospect For Freedom 

 As Palestinians in the Occupied Territories begin preparations for local elections which are scheduled for next October, division and factionalism are rearing their ugly head. Palestinian political platforms and social media are abuzz with self-defeating propaganda: Fatah supporters attacking Hamas’ alleged failures, and Hamas’ supporters doing the same. What is conveniently overlooked by all sides is that the performance of[Read More…]

The Horror Of Childhood Under Occupation

The Horror Of Childhood Under Occupation

Norma Hashim’s engagement with the issue of Palestinian prisoners has previously produced one book — The Prisoners’ Diaries: Palestinian Voices from the Israeli Gulag — which has been described by former hunger-striker Hana al-Shalabi as “A humane, beautiful, valuable but painful book.” Hashim’s Dreaming of Freedom is worthy of a similar description. In this collection children recount their experiences of solitary confinement, beatings, torture and humiliation[Read More…]

Mohammed El Halabi, World Vision's Area Development Programme Manager in Gaza, meets with children displaced by the violence during the brief ceasefire. Photo by Mohammad Awed

Israel and The World Vision Crime Sham

 The crackpot Israeli Hasbara* Circus featuring the four clowns of the truth apocalypse, Shin Bet, the Israel government, Shurat HaDin and the mainstream media fools, has, yet again, hit the world stage with the usual lame show of fact contortions, tight rope slander  and smoke and mirrors fantasies. Taking a leaf from the Bush-Blair weapons of mass destruction hoax, Israel[Read More…]

 Israeli Racism Unmasks Netanyahu Goodwill Video

 Israeli Racism Unmasks Netanyahu Goodwill Video

Nazareth: Was it meant as an epic parody or an insult to his audience’s intelligence? It was hard to tell. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to social media to apologise for last year’s notorious election-day comment, when he warned that “the Arabs are coming out to vote in droves” – a reference to the fifth of Israel’s population who[Read More…]

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A Palestinian woman fills a jerrican with spring water on June 27, 2016 in Salfit, north of Ramallah, where some of the West Bank village's inhabitants have been without water for days. Tens of thousands of Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank have gone without water in recent weeks, victims of the latest dispute between Israeli and Palestinian officials over the region's most valuable resource. Photo by Nedal Eshtayah

Israel’s Hydro-Apartheid Keeps West Bank Thirsty

Water shortages are not new for Palestinians. Whether in the occupied Gaza Strip or the West Bank including East Jerusalem, the supply of water flowing into Palestinian homes is strictly capped or obstructed by Israel. As temperatures climb during the summer, taps run dry. Clemens Messerschmid, a German hydrologist who has worked with Palestinians on their water supply for two[Read More…]

Farewell To Yarmouk: A Palestinian Refugee’s Journey From Izmir To Greece 

Farewell To Yarmouk: A Palestinian Refugee’s Journey From Izmir To Greece 

(Based on interviews with Palestinian refugees from Syria.) The refugee camp of Yarmouk was ever present in his being, pulling him in and out of an abyss of persistent fears that urged him to never return. But what was this refugee without Yarmouk, his first haven, his last earth? How could any other spot in this unwelcoming universe ever be[Read More…]

Palestinians wait for permission to enter Egypt at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, on December 3, 2015. Egypt is due to re-open its Rafah border crossing with the Palestinian coastal enclave for two days. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib

My Daughter Sends Joy To Gaza

It has been a long time since my family has had reason to celebrate. For nine years my wife Faten and I have been intermittently separated from our school-age children as we traveled back and forth between our home in Gaza and Cairo as Faten needed brain surgery and radiotherapy treatment unavailable here. Palestinians in Gaza are not able to[Read More…]

A Roadmap For Lebanon To Grant Civil Rights For Palestinian Refugees In Lebanon

A Roadmap For Lebanon To Grant Civil Rights For Palestinian Refugees In Lebanon

The United Nations Human Rights Council, along with the global community and many in Lebanon, has become increasingly concerned about the massive violations of Palestinian civil rights. As noted in Part I of this discussion, Palestinians in Lebanon suffer from more than two dozen targeted violations including ambiguous legal status, absence of protection; the outlawing of their right to work[Read More…]

Money Talks As Trump Does U-Turn On Israel

Money Talks As Trump Does U-Turn On Israel

  Nazareth: The grubby underside of US electoral politics is on show once again as the Democratic and Republican candidates prepare to fight it out for the presidency. And it doesn’t get seamier than the battle to prove how loyal each candidate is to Israel. New depths are likely to be plumbed this week at the Republican convention in Cleveland, as[Read More…]

Life Turned Upside Down In Gaza

Life Turned Upside Down In Gaza

Inas Abu Muhadi cannot understand that she will never see her dad again. She remembers that her dad had a scooter. And each time she hears one, she expects to see her dad arriving home. The young girl’s father passed away from natural causes in July 2013. “Our life turned upside down after that day,” said her mother, Rajaa Abu[Read More…]

Lebanon Escalates Its Denial Of Civil Rights For Palestinian Refugees

Lebanon Escalates Its Denial Of Civil Rights For Palestinian Refugees

Yarmouk Palestinian camp, Damascus:  In Lebanon today, Palestinians are beingthreatened by the governmentthat ISIS (Daesh) and Al Nursa are plotting to take over Ain el-Helweh and the other 11 camps in Lebanon. Palestinian factions and the residents of the Ain el ­HilwehPalestinianrefugee camp in Saida Lebanon know verywellthat militant jihadist groups including ISIS (Daesh) and Al-Nusra  are nowdeeplyimplanted in theirmidst[Read More…]

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Israeli border police push Palestinian men as they try to cross through the Qalandiya checkpoint, between the cities of Jerusalem and Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on 11 July. 
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Jerusalem: City Of Fear 

  A few days ago, I was driving through Qalandiya checkpoint for the first time since I came back to Jerusalem. My dad, sitting next to me, had to yell “stop here!” at me as I was queuing behind a car at the checkpoint. “You’re too close,” he said, “stop and wait for them to call you, otherwise they’ll shoot[Read More…]

Oktoberfest In Palestine

Oktoberfest In Palestine

Taybeh is the last all-Christian and self-sufficient community in the occupied state of Palestine. “Taybeh” means delicious when referring to food or drink. “Taybeh” means “kind” and “good” when referring to people or places. Following the signing of the Oslo Peace Agreement [1993] and inspired by their late father, Canaan David Khoury, David and Nadim returned to their home village[Read More…]

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Being Black Palestinian: Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology 

Being Black Palestinian: Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology 

Last year, I wrote an article that made many readers unhappy. As soon as it was published, I began receiving messages of abuse and angry, threatening calls. I hesitated about reporting the threats to the local police in Washington State and, in the end, I resolved to file the unpleasant experience under a burgeoning folder of ‘controversies’ caused by my[Read More…]

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People Above Politics: Political Deal Will Not Hamper The Turkish-Palestinian Bond

People Above Politics: Political Deal Will Not Hamper The Turkish-Palestinian Bond

  Hyped emotions, and political opportunism aside, the Israel-Turkey normalization deal, signed on June 27 is unfavorable for Palestinians – and for Gazans, in particular. There is much that is being said to blame Turkey or placate the damage of seeing Turkey – which has for years been  one of the most visible backers of Palestinian Resistance – reaching out to Israel. Yet, no amount of[Read More…]

Israel Implements Collective Punishment After The Stabbing Of Teenager

Israel Implements Collective Punishment After The Stabbing Of Teenager

Following the stabbing of a 13-year-old Israeli girl in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba by a young Palestinian on Thursday, Benyamin Netanyahu’s coalition government moved swiftly to implement their now standard measures of collective punishment, in flagrant violation of international law. At the same time, the government is using the attack to expand the settlements and incorporate Area[Read More…]

A Palestinian fighter from the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, stands inside an underground tunnel in Gaza August 18, 2014. A rare tour that Hamas granted to a Reuters reporter, photographer and cameraman appeared to be an attempt to dispute Israel's claim that it had demolished all of the Islamist group's border infiltration tunnels in the Gaza war. Picture taken August 18, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Gaza Tunnels Seen As Vital Tool Of Resistance

It was a warm night in Jabaliya, northeast of Gaza City. Abu Zein and his wife were fast asleep when what the couple first thought was an earthquake shook their bed so hard, its legs buckled. They immediately jumped up and ran out of the home they had only recently moved into after getting married. But outside was quiet. No[Read More…]

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Turkey-Israel Deal Leaves Gaza Siege Intact

Turkey-Israel Deal Leaves Gaza Siege Intact

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip expressed anger and dismay on Monday about the deal normalizing relations between Israel and Turkey that leaves them under a suffocating siege. An Israeli human rights group that monitors the decade-old Israeli blockade of Gaza has also confirmed that the deal does not end Israel’s tight control over the territory that has greatly exacerbated the[Read More…]

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Palestinian fishermen display their catch in Gaza’s seaport in April 2016. (Ashraf Amra /  APA images)

Gaza Fishermen Suffocated At sea

A group of Gaza fishermen were working an early morning shift when the Israeli navy opened fire. Rajab Abu Riyala and his brother Khaled were shot during that 31 May incident. A bullet had to be removed from Rajab’s knee as a result. They were among five fishermen arrested on two vessels by Israel. All were brought to Ashdod, a[Read More…]

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Palestine’s ‘Prayer For Rain’: How Israel Uses Water As A Weapon Of War 

Palestine’s ‘Prayer For Rain’: How Israel Uses Water As A Weapon Of War 

Entire communities in the West Bank either have no access to water or have had their water supply reduced almost by half.   This alarming development has been taking place for weeks, since Israel’s national water company, “Mekorot”, decided to cut off – or significantly reduce – its water supply to Jenin, Salfit and many villages around Nablus, among other[Read More…]

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Israel’s Fear Of The ‘Desert’ Jews In Its Midst

Israel’s Fear Of The ‘Desert’ Jews In Its Midst

Ashkenazim feared that one day the Arab Jews might make a political alliance with the native population, the Palestinians. Then the Ashkenazim would be outnumbered. The Mizrahim, who came from countries as diverse as Morocco and Iraq, had a lot more in common with Palestinians than they did with the recently arrived Europeans.

(L to R) French Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, French President Francois Hollande and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pose prior to an international and interministerial conference in a bid to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, in Paris, France, June 3, 2016.   REUTERS/Stephane de Sakutin/Pool - RTX2FHFG

Conquest And Tyranny vs Peace And Justice

Conquest and tyranny, at some earlier period, dispossessed man of his rights, and he is now recovering them. And as the tide of all human affairs has its ebb and flow in directions contrary to each other, so also is it in this. Government founded on a moral theory, on a system of universal peace, on the indefeasible hereditary Rights[Read More…]

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Israel Wants A Peace Process – But Only If It’s Doomed To Fail

Israel Wants A Peace Process – But Only If It’s Doomed To Fail

Nazareth: In a familiar muddying of the waters, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spent the past week talking up peace while fiercely criticising Friday’s summit in France – the only diplomatic initiative on the horizon. As foreign ministers from 29 nations arrived for a one-day meeting in Paris, Netanyahu dusted off the tired argument that any sign of diplomatic[Read More…]

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Israel’s Future Is Terrifying: Moshe Ya’alon And Israel’s Disconcerting ‘Morality’

Israel’s Future Is Terrifying: Moshe Ya’alon And Israel’s Disconcerting ‘Morality’

Israeli society is constantly swerving to the Right and, by doing so, the country’s entire political paradigm is redefined regularly. Israel is now ‘ruled by the most extreme rightwing government in its history’ has grown from being an informed assessment to a dull cliché over the course of only a few years. In fact, that exact line was used in[Read More…]

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Dreams Of Control: Israel, Global Censorship, And The Internet

Dreams Of Control: Israel, Global Censorship, And The Internet

“Under the cover of darkness, there is no limit to the expansion of Big Brother.” Ilan Gilon, Meretz Party (Israel), Times of Israel, Feb 4, 2016 While Israel’s central justification for its often reactionary policies is couched in hyper-exceptionalist rhetoric, nourished by the ashes of Holocaust remembrance, current interest in censoring the Internet is far from exceptional. Like a machine[Read More…]

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Israel incorporates British colonial rules into its law

Israel incorporates British colonial rules into its law

Israel’s parliament adopted a sweeping law on Wednesday that critics warn further criminalizes Palestinian political activity by expanding what it defines as “terrorism.” Meanwhile, it has emerged that Israel has subjected a Palestinian journalist and prisoners’ rights worker from Jerusalem to more than a month of secret, abusive interrogation. Israel has also renewed the detention without charge of a Palestinian[Read More…]

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