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30 December, 2006

Former Longtime Confidant Accuses Ariel Sharon Of
Assassinating Yasser Arafat

By Stephen Lendman

Longtime and now recently deceased confidant to former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Uri Dan, published a book in France that may have been his 2006 one titled Ariel Sharon: An Intimate Portrait in which he accused the former prime minister of assassinating Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat by poisoning him

In Gaza: Democracy And Its Discontents
By Ramzy Baroud

What is taking place in the Occupied Territories, particularly in the Gaza Strip has much less to do with inter-factional rivalries and a lot more with regional and international power plays, in which some foolhardy Palestinians decided to involve themselves for the sake of maintaining personal and factional gains

26 December, 2006

Pre-empting Arab Mediation
In Palestinian Divide

By Nicola Nasser

The U.S administration and Israel are accelerating their coordinated meddling in the internal Palestinian divide between the Fatah-led presidency and the Hamas-led government to pre-empt a series of Arab mediation efforts, the latest of which is a UAE-Syrian try according to a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization

24 December, 2006

What Would Happen If The Virgin Mary
Came To Bethlehem Today?

By Johann Hari

Fadia Jemal is a gap-toothed 27-year-old with a weary, watery smile. "What would happen if the Virgin Mary came to Bethlehem today? She would endure what I have endured"

Middle East Peace Process: Stagnation By Design
By Ramzy Baroud

Amid this deliberate stagnation, the Palestinian people are left with no option but to revolt, as costly and uncertain as it has been throughout the years. Thus, it must be stated that Palestinian resistance, which for the most part has been a nonviolent and popular movement, shall continue as long as the circumstances that contributed to its commencement remain in place

23 December, 2006

Apartheid In The Holy Land
By Desmond Tutu

I've been very deeply distressed in my visit to the Holy Land; it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa. I have seen the humiliation of the Palestinians at checkpoints and roadblocks, suffering like us when young white police officers prevented us from moving about

22 December, 2006

Jimmy Carter's Apartheid Charge Rings True
By Saree Makdisi

Former President Jimmy Carter has come under sustained attack for having dared to use the term "apartheid" to describe Israel's policies in the West Bank. However, not one of Carter's critics has offered a convincing argument to justify the vehemence of the outcry, much less to refute his central claim that Israel bestows rights on Jewish residents settling illegally on Palestinian land, while denying the same rights to the indigenous Palestinians

21 December, 2006

Palestinian Boiling Pot
By Dr. Elias Akleh

It is cynical to notice that external powers, (Israel, US, and UK, the enemy of Palestinians, who rejected their democratic election, and who imposed economical siege against them) had rushed to support “Abbas” call for early election, while most of the Palestinian factions (including within Fatah itself) inside and outside occupied Palestine had rejected it because they believe that the previous election, recognized by international observers as free and democratic, is legal

There Is Still Another Way For Palestine
By Hasan Abu Nimah & Ali Abunimah

Hamas and all other factions committed to resisting occupation should focus on intensified civil struggle and solidarity. This is the best way to isolate those who would push for civil war in order to retain their privileges and power

20 December, 2006

Palestine On The Brink Of Civil War?
By Nigel Parry

Since the Palestinian elections on 25 January 2006 brought a resounding Hamas victory, Fatah and its US and Israeli allies have been working to destabilize the democratically-elected government

End Of The Strongmen
By Jonathan Cook

Do America and Israel want the Middle East engulfed by civil war?

Under An Iron Fist
By Karma Nabulsi

Palestinians don't want fresh elections in the occupied territories, but a free vote for a truly national ruling body

The Streets Of Gaza
By Laila El-Haddad

The average person don't know what to think anymore. They are confused and and exhausted and mostly very, very afraid.As a friend of my mother put it today, "We don’t’ know anymore who's right and who’s wrong, and who’s at fault and who isn’t. And we just want it to end."

19 December, 2006

A Counterproductive U.S. Advice To Palestinians
By Nicola Nasser

Regardless of good will or bad faith, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to go without national consensus to early presidential and parliamentary elections was divisive, counterproductive and conforms to U.S.-Israeli plans to remove the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” from power or pressure it into accepting what its rival Fatah had accepted: A peace process on their dictated terms and conditions

Abbas Attempts A Political Coup
On Behalf Of Washington

By Jean Shaoul

Mahmoud Abbas, the Fatah president of the Palestinian Authority, has announced that he will dissolve the recently elected parliament and call new presidential and parliamentary elections

16 December, 2006

Israeli High Court Sanctions Political Assassinations
By Bill Van Auken

Israel’s high court Thursday ruled that the Zionist regime’s use of political assassination—so-called “targeted killings”—against members of Palestinian organizations in the occupied territories is not only justified but in conformity with international law

The Trap Of Recognising Israel
By Jonathan Cook

Regional and possibly global war may be triggered simply to ensure that Israel’s “existence” as a state that offers exclusive privileges to Jews continues

Hudna Or Not: Palestinian
Rights Must Be Preserved

By Ramzy Baroud

While proposing a hudna is maybe an expression of the current Palestinian government's commitment to peace, or perhaps a way out of a terrible bind; regardless, it should neither override nor cancel out the Palestinian people's uncompromising adherence to their just demands for freedom and rights, determined by a Palestinian national consensus and cemented in international law

Dear Santa, Or Someone
By Deb Reich

I live in Israel/Palestine and I think I am probably addicted to the big bad conflict we have here. But Our souls are ready to reach past this conflict to a new shared future, as the blades of grass are ready to poke through the dirt again, all over this sorrowing land, reaching up regardless through the blood-soaked soil: little green stalks of life and hope, irrepressible. And over every blade of grass hovers its own angel, whispering: Grow, lovely one! Shaatr! Ta’al! Come to me… Grow!

Baker's Cake
By Uri Avnery

Baker has presented his plan at a time when the US is facing disaster in Iraq. President Bush is bankrupt, his party has lost control of Congress and may soon lose the White House. The neo-conservatives, most of them Jews and all of them supporters of the Israeli extreme Right, who were in control of American foreign policy, are being removed one by one. Therefore, it is possible that this time the President may listen to expert advice

06 December, 2006

An Appeal For An Abandoned People
By Donald Macintyre

Maybe they are just conveniently forgetting other periods in Gaza's turbulent and blood-stained history, but most Gazans will tell you that 2006 is the worst year they can remember

04 December, 2006

A Young Man's Chronicle Of Hell
By Randolph T. Holhut

At a time when journalism is under siege by market pressures, by government, by the general dumbing down of the culture, Omer's example of courage, passion and commitment gives me hope that a new generation is rising up to bring us the uncomfortable truths about our world, regardless of the personal cost

03 December, 2006

The Checkpoint Generation
By Amira Hasss

For nearly a month now, a young Palestinian has been hospitalized at Beilinson Hospital; soldiers shot him at a checkpoint in northern Nablus on Saturday, November 4. Haitem Yassin, 25, is conscious now, but he is still hooked up to a respirator

01 December, 2006

Palestinians Are Being Denied
The right To Non-Violent Resistance

By Jonathan Cook

If one thing offers a terrifying glimpse of where the experiment in human despair that is Gaza under Israeli siege is leading, it is the news that a Palestinian woman in her sixties -- a grandmother -- chose last week to strap on a suicide belt and explode herself next to a group of Israeli soldiers invading her refugee camp

Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid
By John Dugard

Former President Jimmy Carter's new book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," is igniting controversy for its allegation that Israel practices a form of apartheid

20 November, 2006

No Peace, No Place For Palestine
By Sheila Samples

The last Palestinian standing will be waiting for Israel's bombs and tanks and bulldozers. And he'll have a rock clenched in each hand

18 November, 2006

Killing Hope In Beit Hanoun
By Ramzy Baroud

“God is greater than Israel and America,” was the echoing cry of tens of thousands of Palestinians, who descended into the graveyard in grief stricken Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip. They congregated in yet another familiar scene to bury their loved ones, killed by Israel’s brutal war against the Palestinians

Peace Will Need More Than
David Grossman -- Or Uri Avnery

By Jonathan Cook

But fortunately, whatever Avnery claims, his peace camp is not the only alternative to the sham agonising of Peace Now. Avnery is no more standing at the very edge of the abyss than Grossman. The only abyss Avnery is looking into is the demise of his Jewish state

15 November, 2006

Lieberman And Israeli Apartheid
By Saree Makdisi

The only thing that distinguishes Avigdor Lieberman from run of the mill politics in Israel is that he is willing to take Israel’s vision of itself to its logical conclusion. Rather than tolerating non-Jews as second or third class citizens, he wants them out altogether

14 November, 2006

Call It What It Is: A Massacre
By Uri Avnery

News from America pushed aside the terrible reports from Beit Hanoun. Instead of making the headlines, they were relegated to the bottom of the page

South Africa seen As Model For Palestine
By Ali Abunimah

Palestinians and Israelis would not simply be able to take the new South Africa as a blueprint. They would have to work out their own distinct constitution, including mechanisms for ethnic communities to have autonomy in matters that concern them, and to guarantee that no one group can dominate another

11 November, 2006

Israel Carries Out Deliberate Massacre In Gaza
By Chris Marsden

Israel’s November 8 massacre of 19 civilians at Beit Hanun in Gaza has sparked angry protests throughout the Palestinian territories and within Israel itself

We Overcame Our Fear
By Jameela al-Shanti

Yesterday at dawn, the Israeli air force bombed and destroyed my home. I was the target, but instead the attack killed my sister-in-law, Nahla, a widow with eight children in her care. In the same raid Israel's artillery shelled a residential district in the town of Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip, leaving 19 dead and 40 injured, many killed in their beds

Treacherous Road To Oslo Begins Here
By Ramzy Baroud

The Hamas goverment in palsetine is facing a siege from within and without, aided by occasional, but determined Israeli onslaughts - the latest in Beit Hanun in northern Gaza that has already killed scores, including peaceful women protestors - is pressuring the government to desperately seek alternatives

08 November, 2006

European Inaction And Complicity As Gaza Burns
By Ali Abunimah

I wholeheartedly agree with that part of your statement which says, "Violence will only aggravate an already grave situation in the region." But violence will not be ended by empty condemnation of the victims and craven appeasement of the occupier. It will end when governments like yours take action to make Israel, as the occupying colonial power, accountable

The Conflict Cannot Wait
By Roni Ben Efrat

As long as America is paralyzed, very little can change here. In Lebanon, to be sure, the recent war damaged Hezbollah's autonomy. But on the major question, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we can only see years of deep freeze ahead

Pummeling The Victim
By Rima Merriman

The terrible imbalance of power between the Israelis and Palestinians makes it impossible for Israel, regardless of which government is in power, to deal with the Palestinians in any way except through a lens of assumed moral, cultural, and racial superiority, as though military prowess equates with civilization and home-made rockets equate with savagery and a sub-human status

05 November, 2006

Palestine As A Foil For People’s Unconnected Dreams
By Ramzy Baroud

Thousands of people recently marched in London to commemorate Quds Day, an annual day of solidarity with the Palestinian people that emanated from Tehran some 26 years ago.However, the scene in London was too surreal, and brought into question the usefulness of such displays of solidarity with the Palestinians

03 November, 2006

Israeli Left-Right Divide Unmasked As Phony
By Nicola Nasser

Avigdor Lieberman’s ascent to a strategic executive role in Israel has unmasked the artificial divide between left and right and revealed the mainstream ruling elite as still in consensus on the Zionist goals

01 November, 2006

Unmasking The Second Palestinian Intifada
By Remi Kanazi

A principal impediment facing the Palestinian struggle today is the constant reaffirmation that the Palestinian people—deemed by Israel and the US—are “terrorists,” “militants,” or animalistic beings lesser than those of the “civilized world.” In Ramzy Baroud’s new book, The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of People’s Struggle, this myth is shattered

28 October, 2006

A Jewish Hitler?
By Justin Raimondo

With the entry of Avigdor Lieberman into the government as deputy minister for "strategic threats" – essentially in charge of preparing for war with Iran – Israel makes a qualitative step toward a regime that increasingly resembles, in all its essentials, a rogue state, and, I might add, potentially a very dangerous one

27 October, 2006

Lieberman Is Not An Israeli ‘Internal Affair’
By Nicola Nasser

The absence of a proportionate Palestinian reaction to the ascendancy of Israel’s far right leader, Avigdor Lieberman, into the mainstream strategic decision-making in Tel Aviv has indicated of how dangerously the inter-Palestinian divide is overshadowing the Israeli threats

26 October, 2006

World Silent As Fascists Join Israel Government
By Ali Abunimah

In a frightening but long expected move, Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has brought the Yisrael Beitenu party into his coalition government. Yisrael Beitenu is a dangerous extremist party with fascist tendencies that has openly advocated the "transfer" of Palestinians, including the transfer of Arab towns within Israel to a Bantustan-like future Palestinian entity

Out Of The shadows: Israel's
Minister Of Strategic Threats

By Jonathan Cook

So why are Israel’s politicians, of the left and right, so comfortable sitting with Lieberman, the leader of Israel’s only unquestionably fascist party? Because, in truth, Lieberman is not the maverick politician of popular imagination, even if he is every bit the racist -- a Jewish Jorg Haider or Jean Marie Le Pen. In reality, Lieberman is entirely a creature of the Israeli political establishment, his policies sinister reflections of the principles and ideas he learnt in the inner sanctums of the Likud party

25 October, 2006

Israel, Palestine And Canada
By John Chuckman

Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper said that his government supports a two-state solution in the Middle East. That is the policy of most Western governments, and there was nothing original in Harper's way of stating it. It was the kind of vague, tepid stuff we might hear from Olmert himself

19 October, 2006

The Palestinian Cause: A Routine For Deception
By Ghali Hassan

It is becoming a routine for Western leaders to use the “Palestinian cause” as a way to further their own interests at the expense of Palestinian lives and Palestinian struggle to self-determination. The main objective is to manipulate public opinion and serve U.S.-Israel Zionist agenda

Viable Solutions For Israeli-Palestinian Peace
By Sonia Nettnin

Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Professor Jeff Halper spoke about the Israel-Palestine conflict and viable solutions to bring peace to the Middle East

17 October, 2006

The Great Experiment In Gaza
By Uri Avnery

Is it possible to force a whole people to submit to foreign occupation by starving it?The governments of Israel and the United States, in close cooperation with Europe, are now engaged in a rigorous scientific experiment in order to obtain a definitive answer.The laboratory for the experiment is the Gaza Strip, and the guinea pigs are the million and a quarter Palestinians living there

14 October, 2006

The Logic Behind Rice's Grin
By Ramzy Baroud

Rice's visit to the region was neither intended to "reinvigorate" the peace process nor to support the voice of "moderation" in the region. It was meant to ensure the fortitude of her allies and secure and extend the collective punishment of the Palestinian people until they repent and throw out their democratically elected government

13 October, 2006

Abusing The Arab Peace Initiative
By Nicola Nasser

The failed Qatari mediation in the still unresolved inter-Palestinian divide was in practice an American success in turning the Arab Peace Initiative (API) into a pressure tool that further exacerbates fractures both in Arab and Palestinian ranks

12 October, 2006

A Re-Run Of The Lebanon War In Palestine?
By Hasan Abu Nimah & Ali Abunimah

There are ominous signs that the long-contemplated plan to overthrow the democratically-elected Hamas-led Palestinian Authority cabinet is about to enter its most dangerous phase: a political coup, supported by local militias, with foreign and regional backing. This could ignite serious intra-Palestinian violence

10 October, 2006

The King Of The Jungle
By Rima Merriman

When it comes to imposing law and order on the Palestinians, what applies is not international humanitarian law, but the law of the jungle. And, of course, it is quite clear who the king of the jungle is

09 October, 2006

Hazardous Intent: US Brokers In Palestine
By Remi Kanazi

The Palestinians for their part have fallen into the trap set by Israel and America -- divide and conquer each other. Hamas and Fatah know well that the way forward is together rather than in disgruntled factions vying for power. Civil war status will bear fruit for no one

07 October, 2006

Just Another Mother Murdered
By Alison Weir

Foolishly or valiantly, how is one to say, the 35-year-old woman had interfered. She tried to explain that her husband was deaf, screamed at the soldiers that her husband couldn't hear them and attempted to stop them from hitting him. So they shot her. Several times. Her name was Itemad Ismail Abu Mo'ammar

06 October, 2006

Palestinian Power-Struggle: Siege Within
By Ramzy Baroud

The current leadership struggle in Palestine is an illustration of the misguided priorities of Palestinian leaders, and for once, Palestinians must possess the courage to realise and confront it

The Struggle For Palestine's Soul
By Jonathan Cook

If the goal of establishing a Palestinian state cannot be realised, then the danger is that many Palestinians will look elsewhere for their liberation, not necessarily in national but in wider, regional and religious terms. The Islamic component of the struggle -- at the moment a gloss, even for Hamas, on what is still a national liberation movement -- will grow and deepen. National liberation will take a back seat to religious jihad

05 October, 2006

The Siege Of Gaza Goes On
By John Dugard

In August last year Israel withdrew its settlers and armed forces from Gaza, claiming that this brought to an end 38 years of military occupation. Of course, it did nothing of the sort. Israel retained power over Gaza by controlling its air space, sea space and external borders

The Economy Of Gaza
By Sara Roy

The pauperization of Gaza's economy is not accidental but deliberate, the result of continuous restrictive Israeli policies (primarily closure), particularly since the start of the current uprising six years ago, and more recently of the international aid embargo imposed on Palestinians

03 October, 2006

Paralysis Of The Palestinian 'Authority':
What's To Be Done?

By Rima Merriman

The paralysis of the present Palestinian Authority has simply highlighted to the world and to the Palestinians themselves, who are persistently in denial about this, the real Wizard-of-Oz nature of their Authority and public institutions

Road Map To Nowhere
By Eric Hazan

Interview With Tanya Reinhart

02 October, 2006

Sixth Anniversary Of Al-Aqsa Mosque
Intifada Passes Still Unresolved

By Stephen Lendman

September 28 marked the sixth anniversary of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's provocative visit to the al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem (the Noble Sanctuary for Muslims and Temple Mount for Jews and Christians) that caused the eruption of the al-Aqsa Intifada still raging today with Palestinians on the painful receiving end of most of it

Seeing The Forest For The Trees
By Rima Merriman

The Quartet (along with the international community generally) has failed to enable the Palestinian president to act credibly towards the goal of making "progress towards a two-state solution through dialogue and parallel implementation of obligations."

29 September, 2006

Bad Faith And The Destruction Of Palestine
By Jonathan Cook

But why should we think Israel is acting in good faith, even if in bad temper, in destroying Gaza’s power station? Why should we assume it was a hot-headed over-reaction rather than a coldly calculated deed?

23 September, 2006

How Israel’s 'New Anti-Semitism'
Is Leading To Nuclear Holocaust

By Jonathan Cook

Faced with the evil designs of the “Islamic fascists”, such as those in Iran, Israel’s nuclear arsenal -- and the nuclear Holocaust Israel can and appears prepared to unleash -- may be presented as the civilised world’s salvation

The Next Palestinian Struggle
By Ramzy Baroud

But amid the rush to form a government, key questions won't be laid to rest: Who will speak on behalf of the Palestinian people internationally? Who will formulate their foreign-policy agenda? And who will be entrusted with the task of defending or redefining their national constants. Will it be Abbas, chairman of the PLO, or the elected legislative council and government?

20 September, 2006

'Quiet Transfer' In East Jerusalem
Nears Completion

By Elodie Guego

Israel is close to implementing a long-term plan to transform the demographic structure of annexed East Jerusalem. Policies to revoke the residency permits of Palestinian Jerusalemites and to Judaise the city have been described as ethnic cleansing

19 September, 2006

The Children Killed In A War The World
Doesn't Want To Know About

By Donald Macintyre In Rafah

Nayef Abu Snaima says his 14-year-old cousin Jihad had been sitting on the edge of an olive grove talking animatedly to him about what he would do when he grew up when he was killed instantly by an Israeli shell

08 September, 2006

'Gaza Is A Jail - We Are All Starving Now'
By Patrick Cockburn

Gaza is dying. The Israeli siege of the Palestinian enclave is so tight that its people are on the edge of starvation. Here on the shores of the Mediterranean a great tragedy is taking place that is being ignored because the world's attention has been diverted by wars in Lebanon and Iraq

06 September, 2006

Kidnapped In Gaza: Chaos As A Strategy
By Ramzy Baroud

The kidnapping episode will certainly be milked for all its worth – while the deliberate targeting of the two Reuters journalists by the Israeli army will hardly register for more than a day or two as a fleeting and extraneous piece of news

Palestinian Donors: What Mission?
By Nicola Nasser

The Palestinians have been too grateful and too helpless for too long to be critical of the political agenda of their donors who have practically nailed them down as political hostages to the donors’ money, which was promised initially to help build an independent Palestinian state, but ended as a political instrument effectively used by the Israeli occupying power

05 September, 2006

Gaza Doctors Encounter 'Unexplained Injuries'
By Donald Macintyre

Doctors in Gaza are reporting what they say are unexplained injuries among the dead and wounded in operations by the Israeli military, which have killed more than 200 Palestinians in the past nine weeks

04 September, 2006

Genocide In Gaza
By Ilan Pappe

A genocide is taking place in Gaza. This morning, 2 September, another three citizens of Gaza were killed and a whole family wounded in Beit Hanoun. This is the morning reap, before the end of day many more will be massacred. An average of eight Palestinian die daily in the Israeli attacks on the Strip. Most of them are children. Hundreds are maimed, wounded and paralyzed

31 August, 2006

Hurtling Towards The Next Intifada
An Interview with Jonathan Cook

Sooner or later they will find a way to fight back, even from behind their walls. My guess is that the next intifada will be called the Qassam intifada after the homemade rockets Palestinians fire out the Gaza Strip to try to hit Israeli communities. We are going to see more of that kind of resistance

Murder On Rucarb Street
By Eliza Ernshire

Palestine has been so reduced and so humiliated that it is now a country where the Occupying force can walk into a main city on nightfall, can walk down the main street of that city and kill a man and then walk away again as if that is a damn right of theirs and no one is going to blink an eye at it

22 August, 2006

Israeli Apartheid: The striking Parallels
To South Africa

By Bruce Dixon

Someday the sun will rise on a post-apartheid Jerusalem, one that belongs to all the people who live there of whatever origin. This is bound to happen because Palestinians as well as substantial numbers of Israeli Jews do and will continue to resist the regime. They will do what they can. What will we do?

19 August, 2006

Don't Forget Gaza
By Khaled Amayreh

With the UN-sponsored ceasefire between Israel and Hizbullah going into effect, Palestinians are apprehensive that Israel might embark on a fresh rampage in Gaza in order to boost the morale of a conspicuously dispirited Israeli public

18 August, 2006

The Gaza "Disengagement" Plan
And West Bank "Expansion" Plan

By George Bisharat

Thus, the Gaza "disengagement" plan is also the Jerusalem and West Bank "expansion" plan. The number of Israelis settling in the West Bank this year exceeds the number withdrawn from Gaza

17 August, 2006

Palestinian Self-Defeating Unilateralism
By Nicola Nasser

With the Palestinian – Israeli peace process dormant, deadlocked and declared “dead” and at least two thirds of the Palestinians living in exile hosted and influenced by regional powers, the Palestinian leadership is facing an overdue review of its self-defeating unilateral approach to change course towards a multilateral, or better a collective, Arab approach to resolving the conflict with Israel

09 August, 2006

"Positive Conditions" - The Water Crisis In Gaza
By Alice Gray

The political rhetoric and frequent violence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict often serve to mask underlying environmental issues which, if not resolved, may pose an even greater threat to the well-being of the Palestinian population than the guns and bombs of the military occupation

07 August, 2006

Israel Tightens The Siege Of Gaza
By Rick Kelly

While the world’s media has focused attention on Israel’s four-week offensive in Lebanon, a no less ferocious assault is also underway in Gaza. The Palestinian territory’s 1.4 million residents have been subjected to an unrelenting Israeli military offensive, as well as an air, land, and sea blockade which threatens a humanitarian catastrophe

17 July, 2006

The BBC: A Zionist Propaganda?
By Ghali Hassan

A study by Greg Philo and Mike Berry of the Glasgow University Media Unit in Scotland reveals that the British media, including the BBC denying the public an opportunity to understand the rights of the Palestinian people resistance to Israel’s terror and Israeli occupation of Palestinian land

Why Is Israel Back In Gaza?
By Ramzy Baroud

It’s not clear where this Israeli experiment is heading. But what is hardly unmistakable is that by maintaining low intensity warfare in Gaza, Israel is creating the perfect cover up to its army bulldozers to partition the rest of the West Bank and Jerusalem in accordance with the second phase of Olmert’s Disengagement Plan which intends to slice up the West Bank into various enclaves with no physical continuity

15 July, 2006

Israel’s Latest Bureaucratic Obscenity
By Jonathan Cook

Israel’s interior ministry has been quietly implementing a new rule since April that allows it to refuse entry to Palestinians holding foreign passports to Israel and the occupied territories. Most of those affected are Palestinians who today have citizenship in America or Europe

14 July, 2006

Racism Plagues Western Media Coverage
By Ramzy Baroud

By not challenging the Israeli narrative in any meaningful way, the uncritical media has become a tool in the hands of Israel's war strategists and their eternal concoctions

13 July, 2006

“Nobody Is safe”
By Mona El-Farra

MONA EL-FARRA is a physician and human rights activist living in Gaza. She has been writing a blog from her home since the beginning of Israel’s assault--when the flow of electricity permits. Here, we reprint excerpts from her blog entries

12 July, 2006

My Life In Gaza
By Mona El-Farra

Most Gazans also believe that Israel's latest assault was pre-planned, that the soldier's capture is merely a trigger. Israel dropped thousands of shells on Gaza, killing women, children and old people, long before his capture

11 July, 2006

A One-Sided War
By Uri Avnery

The world cup is over and now the public can return to less important matters, such as the daily killing and destruction, the captured soldier, the launching of Qassam rockets and everything else connected with the invasion of Gaza

10 July, 2006

The ‘Roadmap’ To Palestinian Ghettos
By Ghali Hassan

Just as the civilised world stood together against Fascism and Apartheid, so it today must join to condemn Israel and call on it to stop committing crimes against the Palestinian people

Global Powers Failing Palestinians Once Again
By Jamal Juma

This year the 9th of July is a bitter day for Palestinians. The Occupation Army besieges Gaza, massacres its people and attacks its infrastructure. The ghettos of the West Bank take shape as the Apartheid Wall edges closer to completion and the Palestinian exodus from Jerusalem has begun

It’s Time To End The "Last Taboo"And
Hold Israel Accountable For Its Actions

By Stephen Lendman

Will the world community finally take note and act to stop a likely impending slaughter. The past record indicates it won’t. It’s the purpose of this writing to demand it does so and quickly and to hold a criminal Israeli leadership accountable for its war crimes and crimes against humanity

The Reoccupation Of Gaza:
Israel And The Big Lie

By Chris Marsden

There is arguably no modern state that more shamelessly employs the propaganda technique of the Big Lie than Israel. Since July 6, Israel has been deploying its military forces in an operation to reoccupy Northern Gaza, killing dozens of Palestinians, including civilians, and injuring many more

09 July, 2006

Israel's Experiment In Human Despair
By Jonathan Cook

If this experiment in human despair works in the small Gaza Strip, its lessons can be applied to much bigger effect in the West Bank ghettoes left behind after convergence. This is how ethnic cleansing looks when it is designed not by butchers in uniforms but by technocrats in suits

08 July, 2006

The Second Palestinian Intifada:A Chronicle
Of A People’s Struggle

Book Review By Jim Miles

A chronicle is a “continuous register of events on order of time” and within that framework, Ramzy Baroud recounts the reality of the Intifada as seen from inside the wall, through the distorted lenses of the western media, as well as a more analytical view of politics

12 May, 2006

Israel’s Road To ‘Convergence’ Began With Rabin
By Jonathan Cook

With his coalition partners on board, Israel’s prime minister Ehud Olmert is plotting his next move: a partial withdrawal from the West Bank over the next few years which he and his government will declare as the end of the occupation and therefore also any legitimate grounds for Palestinian grievance.From hereon in, Israel will portray itself as the benevolent provider of a Palestinian state

08 May, 2006

The Long Path Back To Umm al-Zinat
For Palestine’s Refugees

By Jonathan Cook

On Wednesday 3 May, Israel celebrated its 58th Independence Day, marking the declaration of statehood on midnight 14 May 1948.But not everyone was included in the celebrations. One in five of Israel’s population is Palestinian. The names of their dead from the 1948 war -- including unarmed women and children killed in a spate of massacres documented by Israeli historians -- were not listed on television

04 May, 2006

Call A Spade A Spade
By Remi Kanazi

How long is a sane man expected to sit on his hands while his enemy slaps him in the face? The Palestinian people have endured a prolonged aggression by a pariah state, and yet the world not only expects them to sit on their hands, the world blames them for it

29 April, 2006

Hamas’ Impossible Mission
By Ramzy Baroud

It should be established by now that most Western governments are the least interested in honoring the decided democratic choice of the Palestinian people, which elevated to power a movement that is branded ‘terrorist’ by Israel, thus by much of the Western hemisphere

22 April, 2006

The Real Meaning Of Deporting
Hamas Members Of Parliament

By Jonathan Cook

In the wake of Monday’s suicide bombing in Tel Aviv Olmert revoked the rights of three Hamas MPs and a Palestinian cabinet minister, Mahmoud Abu Tir, to reside in Jerusalem. The intention is to deport them to the West Bank.Apparently Israel is considering extending this punishment to other members of Hamas in Jerusalem and possibly anyone working for the Palestinian Authority

21 April, 2006

A Case For The Palestinian Government
By Ramzy Baroud

Palestinians in the Occupied Territories are on the brink of a humanitarian disaster, being punished for making a democratic choice that has been deemed unacceptable from an Israeli point of view and from its benefactors elsewhere

11 April, 2006

Palestinian Health Care Conditions
Under Occupation

By Sonia Nettnin

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 36 health care workers have been killed, 447 health providers have been wounded and 129 patients have died at Israeli checkpoints. How? There have been 375 attacks on health care centers, 383 attacks on ambulances, with 38 ambulances destroyed altogether. Since September 28, 2000, at least 67 women have given birth at Israeli checkpoints. As a result, 39 newborns died or they were delivered stillborn

06 April, 2006

Another Brick In The Wall
By Robert Fisk

The wall will soon run from top to bottom of the occupied Palestinian West Bank - and it is going to stay

05 April, 2006

US Attitude To Hamas: The Disturbing
Parallel With Nicaragua

By Ramzy Baroud

What is currently transpiring in the Occupied Territories is by far a worst-case scenario, ironically one made possible with the direct help of many Palestinians themselves. The democratically elected Palestinian government is now officially isolated.The final outcome is that turning Palestine into another Nicaragua is working

04 April, 2006

The Israeli Elections - A Decisive
Vote For Apartheid

By Omar Barghouti

The Israeli majority has chosen apartheid. And since Western governments have welcomed the result as a breakthrough for peace, Israel's Wall and colonies can only be expected to grow more aggressively under the pretence of "consolidation" and "separation," condemning the entire region to endless bloody conflict

01 April, 2006

Rachel’s Words Live On
By Remi Kanazi

On March 22, a congregation of ardent supporters gathered to commemorate Rachel’s life and spread her words in the very church Martin Luther King first chastised the war in Vietnam

30 March, 2006

The New Israel: Plans To Redraw
Border On West Bank

By Donald Macintyre

Election victory gives Ehud Olmert a mandate to implement his controversial plan to redraw border and annex Palestinian territory

Narrow Victory For Kadima In Israeli Elections
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland

The victory of Kadima in Israel’s general election has been hailed as a popular mandate for the unilateral redrawing of the country’s borders by 2010 and the creation of a new “political centre-ground.” In reality, the vote reveals a deeply fractured society that is politically, economically and socially unstable

The Suffering Palestinian
Women Undergo Every Day

By Nurit Peled-Elhanan

Speech Nurit Peled-Elhanan delivered at the European Parliament, Strasbourg, on March 8 on the occasion of International Women's Day

29 March, 2006

Are Israel’s Interests In Americas’ Interests?
By Ghali Hassan

The war against the Iraqi people proves to be a carbon copy of the war on the Palestinian people. In the same way Israel is destroying Palestine, US illegal war on Iraq has destroyed the entire nation. Why a premeditated mass murder of innocent civilians is good for the Jewish people or the American people?

Galilee Bishop Speaks For Justice,
Friendship And Peace

By Sonia Nettnin

Rev. Dr. Abuna Elias Chacour spoke about the need for security and peace between Israelis and Palestinians. He said people need to take responsibility for one another by befriending people they consider their enemies

24 March, 2006

Israel Announces Plans To Annex
More Palestinian Land

By Jean Shaoul

Ehud Olmert, Israel’s acting prime minister, whose Kadima party is expected to win the national election on March 28, recently announced that Israel would unilaterally redraw its borders by 2010, annexing Palestinian land without negotiations with the Palestinians

A Disgusting Exercise
By Uri Avnery

Many Israelis believe that the Jericho action was a brilliant exercise. I found it simply loathsome

23 March, 2006

US Media Bias: Covering Israel/Palestine
By Remi Kanazi

I understand why The New York Times and CNN reports the way it does. They are media hacks run by the corporate dollar. Injustice is injustice. Murder is murder. While Palestinian suffering goes on unreported children like Ragheb Al-Masri remain dead and forgotten, and the American press remains biased and forgiven

The Power Of Saying No
By Jeff Halper

The vote for Hamas was not a closing of the door at all, but a rational, intentional and powerful statement of non-cooperation in a political process that is only leading to Palestinian imprisonment. Hamas, if anything, stands for steadfastness, sumud, the refusal to submit

22 March, 2006

The Jericho Prison Raid
By Ramzy Baroud

Could it be possible that the Israeli army raid on a Jericho prison on March 14 was done without careful coordination between Israel, the United States and Britain?

16 March, 2006

Israel's Attack On Jericho: Palestinians
Remain Without Protection

By Ali Abunimah and Arjan El Fassed

The Israeli attack on Jericho and kidnap of a number of Palestinian prisoners, including the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) demonstrates once again the fiction that there is a functioning Palestinian "government" in the occupied territories

15 March, 2006

Mass Starvation And Democracy Prevention
By Ghali Hassan

Nothing has displeased the US and its allies more than free and fair democratic elections. The recent Palestinian elections are just a case in point. While Hamas won the Palestinian legislative elections freely and fairly, the next step for the US, Israel and their European vassals is to demonise Hamas, undermine democracy and continue the violence and the destruction of the Palestinian society

13 March, 2006

The European Union Dilemma: Israel,
Palestine And The Geneva Initiative

By Am Johal

The European Union, as well as other parties, will need to utilize their economic arrangements with Israel and the Palestinian Authority to meet the stated obligations both nations have committed themselves to under the Roadmap to Peace process and earlier agreements

10 March, 2006

Middle East Democracy And The Hamas Factor
By Ramzy Baroud

While Israel sees little harm in making Palestinians a 'whole lot thinner' as a result of its economic sanctions policy, the US' rash response in chastising Palestinians will likely scar US credibility, or whatever remains of it

24 February, 2006

Punishing Hamas Is Punishing
The Palestinian People

By Hasan Abu Nimah

Punishing Hamas for being elected and punishing the Palestinians for practising their right to democratic life is wrong, irresponsible and not conducive to peace and security

16 February, 2006

Clearing The Jordan Valley Of Palestinians
By Amira Hass

The Palestinians have disappeared from the valley, aside from a few thousand who live there plus some to whom Israel agrees to give daily entrance permits for various reasons

14 February, 2006

Life In Occupied Palestine
By Stephen Lendman

If real justice is ever to be achieved, 6 decades of Israeli Zionist oppression must be fully exposed and condemned for what it's been and still is - crimes as grievous as everything the Nazis did to the Jews except for the mass production death camps. The Zionists have their own type death camps - slow motion genocide behind the false facade of conciliation

08 February, 2006

The Third Intifada
By Sam Bahour

welcome to the third Palestinian intifada. The first was with stones, the second a mix between non-violent and more violent means, and this one via a ballot box. With Hamas' landslide victory in the Palestinian elections breaking years of political stagnation, we are witnessing, right before our eyes, a chapter of history being made

Olive Oil In North America
By Sonia Nettnin

An economic market with international growth potential that has emerged recently is the fair trade of Palestinian products in North America. Farmers in village cooperatives and farming collectives have the opportunity to sell goods, such as olive oil and olive soap at fair prices

Is It really So Surprising? –
Hamas Victory In Palestine

By Brita Rose

This is not the end of the peace process, which is no worse of than it was a month ago – going nowhere. If Hamas channels its energies on more realistic goals like negotiating with the international community and a nation that already exists like it or not, it will gain respect

31 January, 2006

The Only Democracy In The Middle East
By Remi Kanazi

These elections have proven the failure of unilateralism. An occupier cannot force the occupied into concession by pretending they don't exist. In this case, the occupied shifted towards a conservative movement that does a better job feeding Palestinian children, sending them to school, and rebuilding bulldozed houses. Hamas chose to fight against injustice, rather than give into it

The Hamas Victory: Democratization –
But Not what The US Expected

By Laurie King-Irani

Wednesday’s landslide victory for Hamas over Fatah in the Palestinian legislative elections should surprise no one. More than a dozen years after the Oslo accords, Palestinians have passed a public verdict on the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the old guard that it represents

30 January, 2006

Hamas Success
By Ghali Hassan

Hamas had won the elections so overwhelmingly and fairly should encourage the West, and the U.S. in particular, to reach out to the Palestinian people, and act as honest brokers for a just and lasting peace in Palestine

New Paradigm After The Victory Of Hamas
By Sam Bahour

The US and Israel shouldn't set pre-conditions on duly elected leadership

27 January, 2006

Hamas Election Victory: A Vote For Clarity
By Ali Abunimah

Hamas' success is as much an expression of the determination of Palestinians to resist Israel's efforts to force their surrender as it is a rejection of Fatah. It reduces the conflict to its most fundamental elements: there is occupation, and there is resistance

The Hamas Victory
By Uri Avnery

Many of the votes given to Hamas had nothing to do with peace, religion and fundamentalism, but with protest

25 January, 2006

Illusion Of Democracy: The Palestinian Elections
By Saree Makdisi

With about 80 percent of eligible voters registered, and more than 700 candidates running in a hotly contested campaign for 132 seats on the Palestinian Legislative Council, the stage is set for what is being packaged as an impressive exercise in democracy when Palestinians in the occupied territories go to the polls on Wednesday

19 January, 2006

Despair Plagues Exiled Palestinians
By Sam Bahour and Michael Dahan

The 38-year Israeli military occupation of Palestine and 57 years of ongoing Palestinian dispossession at the hands of the State of Israel has brought us to a point of total despair. Today, in 2006, Palestinians have been condensed into pockets of caged-in communities, taking on varying shapes and forms

13 January, 2006

Israeli Army Uprooting Olive Groves
By Khalid Amayreh

"They uprooted the huge olive trees with the jackhammers, trimmed the bigger branches with large electric saws and then lifted the trees aboard awaiting trucks apparently in order to replant them elsewhere in Israel."

08 January, 2006

The Dying Of Ariel Sharon
By Andrew Wilsom

What if he was reincarnated in the womb of a Palestinian woman?

07 January, 2006

Ready, Aim, Cease-Fire
By Remi Kanazi

birds living in Gaza are collectively punished. The "promised" bombardment of Gaza began the last week of December,striking a Fatah office and ten roads. But it's ok because Israeli forces dropped leaflets, in Arabic and English, to warn Gazans that "Israel is on the attack."

Three wishes For The New Year
By Hasan Abu Nimah

The new year is a moment to wish and campaign for meaningful change in the way the world is. And despite the breathtaking enormity of human progress, there remains too much to wish for still in terms of ending violence, injustice and poverty. For our region I have three specific wishes which if realised, would contribute substantially to a safer and better-managed world

03 January, 2006

Torture: The Israeli Denial
By Ghali Hassan

As the U.S. methods of torture are exposed around the world, Israeli methods of systematic torture on the Palestinians remain unbroken taboo

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