Palestinian history is now evolving in two opposing directions. (Activestills) Palestine’s Future in Safe Hands By Ramzy Baroud The commemoration of the Nakba needs to be more than a ritualistic event; the remembrance should be integrated into a clear and comprehensive national project aimed at offsetting the harm wrought to generations of Palestinians. There [...]
When West Bank settlers shoot at unarmed Palestinians while Israeli soldiers look on without intervening, that’s a story–especially when one of the Palestinians suffers a head wound. So it’s natural that this weekend’s conflict near the Palestinian village of Asira al-Qibliya has been covered widely–in 972, the Guardian, theWashington Post, Haaretz, the Daily Dish, and elsewhere. Still, it’s important [...]
For obvious reasons, Israel’s image is deteriorating worldwide. (Activestills) By Jamal Kanj In response to questions rating which country ‘… is having a mainly positive or mainly negative influence in the world?’ Israel was tie with N Korea for third place with highest negative influence on the global stage. The 2012 BBC Country Ratings [...]
Nazism, Zionism, and the Arab World Countering the myths spread by pro-Israel ideologues By Annette Herskovits May 21, 2012 “Information Clearing House” — The intricate, sprawling architecture of deception that shapes understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict in America is probably unique in history. For over six decades, the U.S. Congress, [...]
I do not recall any reference to the refugees in Peace Now publications. Erasing the Nakba By Neve Gordon I first heard about the Nakba in the late 1980s, while I was an undergraduate student of philosophy at Hebrew University. This, I believe, is a revealing fact, particularly since, as a teenager, [...]
THOUGHTS AFTER INTERVIEWING GILAD ATZMON THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012 AT 3:23PM GILAD ATZMON Thoughts After Interviewing Gilad Atzmon: March 13, 2012, Geneva New York http://www.deliberation.info/ by Pat Carmeli From the wrath expressed by many in the solidarity movement at the mere mention of his name, I was expecting to dislike Gilad Atzmon or at least feel [...]
The Zionist Scenario: Now And In The Future By Lawrence Davidson May 15, 2012 “Information Clearing House” — Over the past month Palestinian leaders have begun to publicly acknowledge that continuing actions by the Israeli government, and corresponding inaction by the “international community,” have destroyed any reasonable hope of a viable and independent Palestinian [...]
‘Victory’: Palestinians End Hunger Strike After Israel Agrees to Demands Though deal does not end future use of ‘indefinite detention’, all current detainees will be charged or released – Common Dreams staff
A Palestinian, showing solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, stands chained to a cage during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (Credit: Abbas Monani / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images) ‘Victory’: Palestinians End Hunger Strike After Israel Agrees to Demands Though deal does not end future use of [...]
Israel’s Buffoon: The UN Nakba By Vacy Vlazna On May 15, 1948 the unilateral proclamation of the State of Israel which erupted into the brutal Palestinian Nakba or Catastrophe was also catastrophic for United Nations (UN) ringing the death knell for its stature and authority. Like medieval kings, the [...]
Empty Stomachs, Clenched Fists: How Palestinians Are Fighting Israel’s Unaccountable Prison System Israeli policy toward Palestinian prisoners is now facing unprecedented scrutiny due to a mass hunger strike aimed at ending administrative detention and other harsh policies.
Empty Stomachs, Clenched Fists: How Palestinians Are Fighting Israel’s Unaccountable Prison System Israeli policy toward Palestinian prisoners is now facing unprecedented scrutiny due to a mass hunger strike aimed at ending administrative detention and other harsh policies. By Anna Lekas Miller May 13, 2012 “Information Clearing House” – Thaer [...]
US Concerned Israel May Attack Iran “at Any Moment” – Common Dreams staff The Obama administration is worried that Israel’s new coalition government in could signal an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities at “any given moment,” one of Israel’s leading TV stations reported Thursday night. Netanyahu and MofazShaul Mofaz and his Kadima party’s joining a [...]
Click image to see more: Palestinians attend a mass near Beit Jala to mark Nakba day May 11, 2012 (MaanImages/Jenny Baboun) By Jenny Baboun BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinian Christians held a mass Friday on the lands of the Cremisan monastery near Bethlehem, which is threatened by construction of Israel‘s separation barrier. Rev. Ibrahim Shomali, the Roman [...]
Supporters have erected solidarity tents for hunger-striking prisoners across the West Bank and Gaza Strip. JENIN (Ma’an) — Hunger-striker Bilal Diab has sent a will to his family in the northern West Bank on his 75th day without food, relatives said on Saturday. Diab, 27, has refused food since Feb. 29 to protest his detention [...]
23:21 05/10/2012 Operetta in 5 Acts: Netanyahu’s Own Theater By Uri Avnery The master magician has drawn another rabbit from his top hat. A real and very lively rabbit. He has confounded everybody, including the leaders of all parties, the top political pundits and his own cabinet ministers. He has also shown [...]
Israel‘s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem December 25, 2011. (REUTERS/Uriel Sinai/Pool) Netanyahu Crowns Himself King of Israel Will the Israeli left finally stir? by Jonathan Cook Israelis barely had time to absorb the news that they were heading into a summer election when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu yesterday [...]
LAUREN BOOTH REPORTS FROM KUALA LUMPUR WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012 AT 8:29AM GILAD ATZMON http://www.deliberation.info/ Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal Day 1 When authority entrusted to further truth and justice betrays that trust, two options remain: one is to throw up your hands in despair and [...]
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The national committee to remember the Nakba is planning a protest in Ramallahon Tuesday to mark Nakba day. Ramallah protest planned for Nakba day BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — The national committee to remember the Nakba is planning a protest in Ramallah on Tuesday to mark Nakba day. On May 15, Palestinians commemorate the [...]
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli authorities demolished an under-construction house in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina on Wednesday morning, witnesses said. Forces blocked off the Al-Mouroha district and broke into the house, demolishing its foundations, the owner Waleed Sadeq Idkedek said. Idkedek said the demolition took place without prior warning, and called on [...]
Click for more images RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — A group of protesters blocked the entrance to the United Nations office in Ramallah Wednesday morning, slamming the UN for not intervening to save hunger-striking prisoners. Around 50 Palestinian youth began the sit-in outside the UN compound at 9 a.m., carrying banners accusing the UN of collusion with [...]
A Palestinian man stands amid rubble after Israeli forces demolished a home in Susiya, southern Hebron, in November 2011. (MaanImages/EAPPI, File) By Charlotte Alfred BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A tiny village of Palestinian families in the southern West Bank has had an unwelcome visitor in recent months. “He comes with small weapons and his camera, sometimes [...]
By RAMZY BAROUD Tumultuous Israeli politics will not bring peace Israel is currently experiencing the kind of turmoil that may or may not affect its political hierarchy following the next general election. However, there is little reason to believe that any major transformations in the Israeli political landscape could be of [...]
Israeli border police are seen patrolling in Hebron (MaanImages/File) BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces detained three Palestinians Tuesday during a raid of their houses in Herodium area east of Bethlehem, locals told Ma’an. Some 20 vehicles raided the village at around 10 a.m., and forces used dogs to conducts searches which damaged furniture and belongings [...]
Slamming the door to justice on Palestinians Israel’s ability to commit crimes against Palestinians with impunity relies on international complicity.
The Samouni family narrated the horror they lived through in a short movie named ‘Samouni Street’ [AP] Chicago, IL - There is a determined international effort to ensure that Palestinians are shut out of every legal forum where they could pursue justice for Israel’s crimes against them. Nothing illustrates this better than the horrifying case of [...]
Palestinian hunger strikes: Media missing in action Is the mass Palestinian prisoner hunger strike the beginning of the Palestinian Spring?
Settlement expansion and targeted killings have increased as Palestinians move towards political restraint and away from violence [GALLO/GETTY] Santa Barbara, CA - Can anyone doubt that if there were more than 1,500 prisoners engaged in a hunger strikein any country in the world other than Palestine, the media in the West would be obsessed with the story? [...]
Ulpana illegal outpost must be gone by July, Israeli government is warned Judges reject coalition’s plea for delay and set new deadline for demolition of unauthorised buildings on Palestinian land
Israeli flags fly over Ulpana. Photograph: Sebastian Scheiner/AP Ulpana illegal outpost must be gone by July, Israeli government is warned Judges reject coalition’s plea for delay and set new deadline for demolition of unauthorised buildings on Palestinian land The Israeli government has been given a fresh deadline for the controversial demolition of a Jewish outpost [...]
Zionist history: A short quiz Take this test to find out how much you know about the gradual shift in Israeli political thought over the decades.
Israeli politics have shifted far to the right over the past six decades [GALLO/GETTY]Be’er-Sheva, Israel - Not long after Israel celebrated its 64th Independence Day on April 26, a friend prepared a quiz of sorts. She read out loud political quotes to about ten guests who were having dinner at my house, and asked us to [...]
Where Historical Facts Are Crimes: Why Israel is a ‘Fear Society’ Key figures in the Israeli government have offered up a famous ‘town square’ test to determine whether a society is free–and Israel is failing that test.
Israeli riot policemen arresting an Israeli activist, after Israeli police blocked the exit from an event by Zochrot (“Remembering”) organization, commemorating the Palestinian Nakba, in the midst of the Zionist Independence day celebration, in central Tel Aviv, April 25, 2012. Photo Credit: Activestills.org Where Historical Facts Are Crimes: Why Israel is a ‘Fear Society’ Key [...]
Israel and the walls that surround it Does the new border wall with Lebanon highlight Israel’s precarious relationship with its neighbours? A wall is sometimes built to protect, sometimes to separate and occasionally to do both – but will Israel’s latest project protect it or further seal the country’s isolation in the region?
Israel and the walls that surround it Does the new border wall with Lebanon highlight Israel’s precarious relationship with its neighbours? A wall is sometimes built to protect, sometimes to separate and occasionally to do both – but will Israel’s latest project protect it or further seal the country’s isolation in the region? “Israeli isolation [...]
Israel is plotting its version of the endgame in Palestine. Illegal Settlements Bonanza: Israel Plots an Endgame By Ramzy Baroud Israel’s colonization policies are entering an alarming new phase, comparable in historic magnitude to the original plans to colonize Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem following the war of 1967. On April 24, [...]
Many Injured, Anger Grows as Israel Cracks Down on Hunger Strike Solidarity ‘We will not accept our prisoners returning in coffins’ – Common Dreams staff
Many Injured, Anger Grows as Israel Cracks Down on Hunger Strike Solidarity ‘We will not accept our prisoners returning in coffins’ – Common Dreams staff Protests and rallies were held around the West Bank and Gaza this week in support of Palestinian hunger strikers currently held in Israeli prisons. As an increasing number of prisoners [...]
The radical transformation of Palestine’s environment Israel’s occupation is largely responsible for the pollution and radical transformation of the Palestinian environment.
Israel often builds or relocates its most enviromentally harmful factories to the occupied West Bank [GALLO/GETTY] Ramallah, West Bank - Nowhere is the relationship between environmental protection and social justice displayed more clearly than between Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPT). The Israeli government takes great care to guarantee that its citizens enjoy the benefits [...]
THE EGYPTIAN-SAUDI DISPUTE 30 April 2012 No one wants to inflict any harm to the Saudi embassy or the diplomats working in it, nor to any Saudi consulate around the world. This embassy represents a brotherly Arab nation. However, the Egyptian people have the right to demonstrate outside it and [...]
Israel and the Power Struggle over Iran By Ludwig Watzal Should Israel attack Iran’s nuclear installations? Over this question, a fierce dispute flared up among Israel’s security establishment. In the beginning of the year, the former chief of the Israeli Mossad, Meir Dagan, was a lone voice in the wilderness. [...]
64 Years of Racism By Jamal Kanj Much has been written on Israeli policies seizing Palestinian land and building illegal ‘Jewish only’ colonies in the West Bank. However the discrimination against the original natives, the non-Jewish Israeli citizens, has gone unnoticed for 64 years. The creation of Israel in May [...]
Dear David Horowitz, stop the slander and come to Palestine Horowitz seems to liken supporters of the BDS campaign against Israel to those who would support Nazi attacks on Jews.
People from all walks of life, and from all around the world, make up the supporters of the BDS campaign [EPA] Dear David, It’s been too long. I was a little surprised that I was not part of your just published list of dangerous, Jew- (self-) hating, Nazi-loving supporters of Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions against [...]
Bassam Diab sits next to posters depicting his brother Palestinian prisoner Bilal Diab at his home in Kafr Rai near the West Bank town of Jenin on April 30, 2012. (Reuters/Mohamad Torokman) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — After 63 days on hunger-strike, two Palestinian prisoners face severe health deterioration and are at risk of death, lawyers [...]
(MaanImages/File) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli military vehicles opened fire on a border area in the southern Gaza Strip on Tuesday, trapping journalists at the scene, witnesses said. Ten military vehicles crossed several hundred meters into Gaza, east of Khan Younis, firing towards houses and farmlands, residents said. A crew of journalists took cover for [...]
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli plans to build nine hotels in a settlement neighborhood in East Jerusalem aim to undermine tourism in Bethlehem, a Palestinian researcher warned Tuesday. Israel on Tuesday pushed forward with plans to build 1,100 hotel rooms in Givat Hamatos, a neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem close to Israel’s checkpoint to Bethlehem. Khalil [...]
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. (photo: Violaine Martin / UN Photo Geneva) UN: Israeli Restrictions on NGOs Undermining Human Rights – Common Dreams staff A UN official has added Israel to a list of countries whose restrictions on NGOs (non-governmental organizations) are undermining human rights. In the announcement on [...]
UK Supermarket Chain to Boycott Israeli Produce from Settlements – Common Dreams staff One of the largest supermarket chains in Britain has announced that it intends to boycott Israeli agricultural exporters that market produce from the West Bank settlements.
UK Supermarket Chain to Boycott Israeli Produce from Settlements – Common Dreams staff One of the largest supermarket chains in Britain has announced that it intends to boycott Israeli agricultural exporters that market produce from the West Bank settlements. One of the largest supermarket chains in Britain has announced that it intends to boycott Israeli [...]
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Israeli military vehicles crossed into the northern Gaza Strip on Monday, witnesses told Ma’an. Seven army vehicles including bulldozers entered Gaza north of Beit Hanoun and dug up lands in the border area, they said, adding that gunshots were heard in the area. Meanwhile, four Israeli vehicles crossed the border east [...]
Palestinian women attend a rally to show solidarity with Palestinians prisoners held in Israeli jails, in Gaza City, on April 30, 2012. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called on Monday for a new intifada to support Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, who started a mass hunger-strike two weeks ago. [...]
More walls: Israel starts building wall on Lebanon border Israeli army begins constructing wall, set to stretch for more than 2km, to “avoid frictions on the border”.
The Lebanese-Israeli border has witnessed sporadic clashes since the 2006 conflict between Israel and Lebanon [AFP] The Israeli army has begun building a wall that will run several kilometres along part of its border with Lebanon, a military spokeswoman has said. “This construction, which began on Monday, is being carried out in co-ordination with UNIFIL (the [...]
HURSDAY 26, APRIL 2012 Afghanistan, Pakistan and the post 9/11 war economy Dear all, The post 9/11 world has created a vibrant and highly profitable war economy. Countless corporations in the West and beyond saw a unique opportunity to support American designs in the “war on terror”. This has created [...]
Netanyahu: Israel soon to require national service for Israeli Arabs PM speaks to anti-Tal Law protesters and promises a more equal enlistment law, but does not mention the ultra-Orthodox; PM says question of early elections in Israel to soon be clarified. By Barak RavidTags: Benjamin Netanyahu Avigdor Lieberman IDF ultra-Orthodox Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday [...]
Villagers relaxing in Deir Istiya, 2009. (Photo: Genevieve Long) Earlier this week, Israel ordered Palestinian farmers in Deir Istiya, a major West Bank olive producing village, to uproot 1,400 trees by the end of this month. By comparison, this order is 400 more trees than the total number uprooted in all of 2011. “This is the [...]