Category Archives: Opinion/Analysis

21 Jul
5:47

Boycott Israel, Go to Jail?

A bipartisan Senate bill would make boycotting Israel punishable by up to 20 years in prison. But, a new pushback from groups, including the ACLU, could help stop the ‘draconian’ measure, says Josh Ruebner of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. TRNN transcript: AARON MATE: It’s The Real News. I’m […]

18 Jul
3:01

Al Mezan Joint Press Release: Zero Accountability

In July 2014, Israel began a military assault on the Gaza Strip, including an indiscriminate bombing campaign and a brutal ground invasion. In total, the assault killed 1,545 Palestinian civilians, including 556 children, and made 11,166 families homeless. Three years on, no justice has been attained for victims and survivors […]

17 Jul
7:09

Israel Is Not As Christian-Friendly As You Think

By Kathryn Shihadah, If Americans Knew – The New Testament records that Jesus Christ took two loaves of bread and five fish, and fed five thousand people. Ancient believers identified the place where they believe this miracle happened and built a church on the site. Today the Church of the Multiplication […]

15 Jul
5:57

Gaza Economy – Nearing Total Collapse: A UNDP Report on Challenges to Economic Recovery and Long-Term Development in Gaza

Gaza Economy – Nearing Total Collapse: Living conditions in Gaza have deteriorated to a breaking point, rendering the Gaza population among the most impoverished, left alone and exposed to vulnerabilities globally. Gaza’s private sector, the engine of future economic growth potential, is presently incapacitated due to the blockade, restrictions on […]

13 Jul
8:13

Gaza is Headed for a Deeper Political and Humanitarian Crisis

by Haidar Eid, Ayah Abubasheer on July 13, 2017 Download Facebook Twitter Google Email Print Political players both in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) and the region are repositioning themselves after the recent emergence of a coalition between Hamas and Mohammed Dahlan, the former leader of Fatah in Gaza and Hamas’s long-standing enemy, as […]

10 Jul
1:17

Who is Served by Militarized Aid to Palestine?

Nora Lester Murad warns that aid to Palestine serves the Israeli occupation. Nora Lester Murad, PhD, is a writer and activist from the US living in Jerusalem, Palestine. She co-founded Dalia Association, Palestine’s community foundation, and Aid Watch Palestine, a civil society initiative to make aid accountable to Palestinians. She […]

09 Jul
5:43

Empire Files Rewind: The Untold History of Palestine & Israel

Published on Oct 13, 2016 Previewing Abby Martin’s on-the-ground investigation in Palestine, The Empire Files looks at the long history of Zionist colonization, expansion and expulsion of Palestine’s indigenous inhabitants. Giving critical historical context the occupation today, this timeline explores the creation of the state of Israel and how it […]

09 Jul
5:25

Apartheid Illustrated: Israeli Soldier Shoots another Soldier in Hebron

On Tuesday, 4th July 2017, Israeli forces were conducting a ‘military training’ in a civilian Palestinian neighborhood near Gilbert checkpoint in Tel Rumeida in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron). The result of this ‘military training’ was a fatal shot by one Israeli soldier to the other. The injured commander was immediately evacuated […]

02 Jul
9:30

Don’t Historicize the Balfour Declaration: The Past is Still the Palestinians’ Present

by Yara Hawari  Overview The political turmoil in the United Kingdom following Prime Minister Theresa May’s re-election with a reduced, precarious majority and the implications for the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union have overshadowed Britain’s other foreign policy concerns. Among other repercussions, it casts doubt on the way in […]

01 Jul
7:26

Israel-Palestine: Does Jared Kushner have the Chops to Negotiate Peace in a 50 Year Conflict?

Daoud Kuttab, award winning Palestinian journalist discusses the tensions Kushner faces as Trump’s peace negotiator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist and media activists. He is the former Ferris Professor of Journalism at PrincetonUniversity. Daoud Kuttab is currently the director general of Community Media Network (CMN) a […]

30 Jun
4:05

Al Haq: Blocking of Websites Critical of PA is a Violation of International and Domestic Laws

Beginning in early June, Palestinian internet providers began blocking approximately sixteen websites allegedly on grounds of a decision made by the Attorney General. Since then, these websites have been blocked and inaccessible to the public. The blocked websites often post news or opinions that are critical of the Palestinian Authority. […]

28 Jun
4:07

Empire Files Rewind — Israeli Soldier’s Explosive Tell-All: “Palestinians are Right to Resist”

Published on Mar 20, 2017 In a rare, candid conversation, Abby Martin interviews a former Israeli army combat soldier who served as an occupier in Palestine’s Hebron City. Eran Efrati spent years as a sergeant and combat soldier in the Israeli military, but has since become an outspoken critic of […]

27 Jun
1:04

Israel Attacks Syrian Positions, Protects Al-Nusra Terror Hordes in the Occupied Golan

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The Israeli army launched two attacks against Syrian Arab Amy (SAA) position within two days, claiming shells had been fired from Syrian-controlled territory into the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan heights. Israeli involvement and manipulations have, since 2013, created a “safe zone” for Al-Nusra and affiliated terrorists in […]

20 Jun
7:26

PCHR 2016 Annual Report

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) has published its annual report for the year of 2016. A fully detailed PDF version of the report can be downloaded by clicking here. The Centre is an independent Palestinian human rights organization (registered as a non-profit Ltd. Company) based in Gaza City. […]

17 Jun
6:27

Nabil Maarouf (pt2): How Can 50 Years of Israeli Occupation be Brought to an End?

Nabil Maarouf, Palestine’s Representative in Canada, calls for sanctions, boycotts and criminal prosecutions to being an end to Israel’s system of apartheid. TRNN transcript: Dimitri L.: This is Dimitri Lascaris for the Real News. This is part two of our interview with Nabil Maarouf, the chief of the Delegation, the […]

16 Jun
5:14

Empire Files Rewind: Anti-Black Racism Reveals Israel’s White Supremacy

Published on Mar 31, 2017 While the Israeli state espouses multiculturalism and diversity, it oppresses not just the Palestinian population, but also any black person within its borders. From warehousing African asylum seekers in giant prison camps, to criminalizing and carrying out eugenics programs against its Ethiopian Jewish citizens, Israel’s […]

16 Jun
4:55

Canada’s Complicity in Fifty Years of Israeli Occupation

Nabil Maarouf, Palestine’s Representative in Canada, discusses the Trudeau Government’s continuation of Stephen Harper’s extreme pro-Israel policies. TRNN transcript: Dimitri L.: This is Dimitri Lascaris, reporting from Parliament Hill in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario. 50 years ago this month, Israel waged the Six-Day War against three of its neighboring Arab […]

11 Jun
8:38

How Have 50 Years of Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Land Changed Israel? (VIDEO)

Denial and lies about the occupation have allowed Israelis to cover up the reality of what the occupation has done to Palestinians, and so the occupation could continue for another 50 years, says Israeli journalist Gideon Levy. Gideon Levy is a prominent Israeli journalist and author of the weekly column […]

11 Jun
7:55

Ashrawi Deems Adoption of UN Resolution a Victory for Palestinian Women

PLO Executive Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi welcomed the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s (ECOSOC) adoption of a draft resolution entitled, “Situation of and assistance to Palestinian women,” which was recommended by the Commission on the Status of Women in its sixty-first session in March: “On behalf of the Palestinian […]

06 Jun
5:50

Empire Files Rewind: Inside the Hotbeds of Israeli Settler Terror

Published on Jan 10, 2017 Abby Martin goes on-the-ground to the epicenters of state-backed settler terrorism in Palestine’s occupied West Bank. This installment visits both the rural countryside of Douma—interviewing the surviving members of the Dawabsha family, victims of a horrific arson attack that left three dead—and the urban center […]

06 Jun
5:41

Tracking the Trends of the Palestinian Cause Since 1967

by Nadia Hijab, Mouin Rabbani  The Palestinian cause today has in some respects reverted to where it stood before the 1967 War. It is worth retracing this trajectory to understand how we reached the current situation, and derive insights on where to go from here. Looking Back On the eve […]

05 Jun
1:29

50 Years of Israeli Occupation a Shame for the International System: PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat

nsnbc: Marking 50 years of Israeli occupation, Dr. Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), stressed that the anniversary puts to shame the international system. In a statement released by the PLO negotiations Affairs Department on June 4, 2017, Dr. Saeb Erekat notes that “We are marking […]

03 Jun
7:14

Beyond the Binary: Two States, One State, Failed State, No State

by Amal Ahmad Though the international community has hailed the two-state solution since the early 1990s, it has become clear that Israel’s fragmentation of Palestinian people and territory over the past 50 years aims to make a sovereign Palestinian state impossible. While politicians explain this as a result of misunderstandings or […]

25 May
5:10

Empire Files Rewind: Home Demolitions for Illegal Settlements Surging

Published by Telesur on Oct 31, 2016 The demolition of Palestinian homes for Israeli settlements reached a ten-year high in 2016. While this activity, led by the fanatical settler movement, is illegal under international law, it is completely aided and abetted by the Israeli government. With hundreds on notice to […]

24 May
11:46

The Palestinian Authority Security Forces: Whose Security?

by Alaa Tartir, for Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network. “To speak of Israeli-Palestinian “cooperation”
is to use no less than a misnomer. This is not, however, simply because “the outcome of cooperation between an elephant and a fly is not hard to predict,” as Chomsky so pithily writes
but because under Oslo, […]

24 May
3:14

Can Trump Find the Elusive Land of ‘Peacerael’?

nsnbc : U.S. President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, said both Israeli and Palestinian leaders were ready for peace. The statement was made alongside Israeli Prime Minister benjamin Netanyahu in a speech at the Israel Museum. Trump both met Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Trump had held talks with […]

22 May
8:10

Trump visits Israel: No to Israeli leaders at the Western Wall in Palestine

nsnbc : U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Israel after a direct flight from Saudi Arabia. Trump’s two-day visit to Israel includes separate meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. U.S. President Donald Trump earlier described an Israeli – Palestinian peace as “the ultimate […]

20 May
6:35

Empire Files Rewind: Israeli Military Rule Jails All Activism in Palestine

Published by Telesur on May 11, 2017. Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is an internationally-recognized human rights crime—but those being impacted are harshly punished for not only acts of resistance, but even mere advocacy for their rights. Getting detailed facts about Israel’s imposition of Military Law in the West […]

19 May
11:59

International Campaign is Criminalizing Criticism of Israel as ‘Anti-semitism’

For two decades, some Israeli officials and Israel partisans have worked to embed a new, Israel-focused definition of antisemitism in institutions around the world, from international bodies and national governments to small college campuses in heartland America. This effort is now snowballing rapidly. As a result, advocacy for Palestinian rights […]

15 May
8:02

BNC: Upholding our Rights, Resisting the Ongoing Nakba

The BDS National Committee (BNC) Commemorates the 69th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba. It is possible
 It is possible at least sometimes
 It is possible especially now To ride a horse Inside a prison cell And run away
 It is possible for prison walls To disappear. For the cell to become […]

15 May
7:18

VIDEO: Economic Dimensions, Militarized Palestine

Alaa Tartir explains that the Palestinian Economy is unable to grow or develop because the Israeli occupation controls all aspects of the economy.  Alaa Tartir is the Program Director of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. Tartir is also a Research Fellow at the Centre on Conflict, Development, and Peacebuilding (CCDP), The […]

10 May
6:27

Empire Files Rewind: Silencing Palestine – Prison & Repression

Published by Telsur on Apr 11, 2017 Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is an internationally-recognized human rights crime — but those being impacted are harshly punished for not only acts of resistance, but even mere advocacy for their rights. Getting detailed facts about Israel’s imposition of Military Law in […]

10 May
6:21

Researching Palestinian Refugees: Who Sets the Agenda?

Overview Only a handful of research articles on Palestinian refugees in Syria could be found until a few years ago. After the uprooting of a significant part of the community following the bombardment and siege of Yarmouk Camp at the end of 2012, research and publications proliferated. Completed and in-process […]

04 May
5:15

Above the Law: Israel’s Non-implementation of UN Resolutions on Occupied Palestine

Half a century has elapsed since Israel established its brutal occupation of Palestine, and almost seven decades have passed since the 1948 Palestinian Nakba, which constitutes the beginning of discrimination, dispossession and displacement for Palestinians and their persistent suffering. Since then, the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people have figured prominently […]

12 Apr
4:36

Has the Mentality of the Colonial Powers Been Passed On?

Is everybody really born equal or is that just an empty platitude? During the era of the colonial powers, the lands that originally belonged to the natives were taken away and the natives became subjugated in their own land. Their lives were presumably worth less than the lives of the […]

08 Apr
7:50

Empire Files Rewind: Inside Palestine’s Refugee Camps

Published by Telesur on October 6, 2016. In her first on-the-ground report from Palestine, Abby Martin gives a first-hand look into two of the most attacked refugee camps in the West Bank, the Balata and Aida camps. With millions of displaced Palestinians around the world, hundreds of thousands are refugees […]

08 Apr
7:34

Will Hamas Party Charter Accept a Two State Solution? (VIDEO)

A leaked Hamas charter suggests a willingness to accept a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, says Palestinian researcher at the Free University of Berlin, Dr. Imad Alsoos. Shir Hever is an Economist working at The Real News Network. His economic research focuses on Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory; international […]

03 Apr
12:50

PFLP Reiterates Call to Confront Oslo Accords, Criticizes Al-Fateh, Palestinian Authorithy and Hamas

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The Central Committee of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has reiterated its call for confronting the Oslo Accords. The PFLP is the second-largest Palestinian party organized in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and has repeatedly called for the discontinuation of policies under the […]

02 Apr
10:42

Breaking the Silence Director Yuli Novak Delivers Powerful Speech in Jerusalem

Last night, in Jerusalem, thousands of Israeli and Palestinian citizens came together in solidarity, to protest the enduring state of chaos and civil strife perpetuated by decades of violent military oppression imposed on the region. Yuli Novak, executive director of “Breaking the Silence,” a group of former Israeli soldiers who […]

31 Mar
5:29

Empire Files Rewind: How Palestine Became Colonized

First published on September 28, 2016. Previewing Abby Martin’s on-the-ground investigation in Palestine, The Empire Files looks at the long history of Zionist colonization, expansion and expulsion of Palestine’s indigenous inhabitants. Giving critical historical context to the occupation today, this timeline explores the creation of the state of Israel and […]

26 Mar
11:24

Whose “Ethnic Cleansing?”: Israel’s Appropriation of the Palestinian Narrative

by Dina Matar, Al Shakaba Palestinian Policy Network Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently claimed, in a video posted on his Facebook page, that the Palestinian demand to dismantle illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) constitutes an act of “ethnic cleansing” against Israeli Jewish settlers.  The term, […]

25 Mar
6:30

Senior Militant Hamas Leader Mazen Fuqaha Assassinated – Beyond the “Israel did it” PR

Fahwad Al-Khadoumi (nsnbc) : Mazen Fuqaha, one of the senior leaders of the armed wing of Hamas, has been assassinated, confirmed Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades. On their website, the brigades blame Israel, but the list of possible and probable suspects is longer than the PR-laundry list. (Photo: Mazen Fuqaha during the 2011 […]

25 Mar
1:44

Empire Files Rewind: The Distortion & Death Behind Israel/Palestine Coverage

First published on November 6, 2015. A crisis in Palestine is again all over the headlines. From stabbings and molotov cocktails, to the killing of protesters and anti-Arab lynch mobs–how much of the mass media coverage can we really trust? Abby Martin takes a look at how the so-called “Israeli-Palestine […]

21 Mar
9:00

Israeli Apartheid: TRNN Discussion on Scrapped UN Report (VIDEO)

Shir Hever is an Economist working at The Real News Network. His economic research focuses on Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory; international aid to the Palestinians and to Israel; the effects of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories on the Israeli economy; and the boycott, divestment and sanctions […]

19 Mar
4:18

The UN Report Israel Does Not Want You To Read

A new UN report offers explicit backing for the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign to end Israeli apartheid and support a just peace. The landmark report’s endorsement of boycotts, economic sanctions and other grassroots initiatives comes at a moment when Israel is desperately attempting to criminalize and suppress international support for Palestinian rights. Published […]

19 Mar
3:39

Palestine Says Popular Struggle Is the Path to Liberation

As support for the two-state solution declines, Palestinians in occupied territory identify popular resistance as the antidote to Israeli occupation and settlement expansion. A study published by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR), on Tuesday, provides clues as to the current overriding hopes and fears of Palestinians […]

13 Mar
9:11

How Israel Uses Gas to Enforce Palestinian Dependency and Promote Normalization

Overview Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory does not only exist above ground. Since 1967, Israel has systematically colonized Palestinian natural resources and, in the field of hydrocarbons, has prevented Palestinians from accessing their own oil and gas reserves. Such restrictions have ensured the continued dependence of Palestinians on Israel for […]

01 Mar
1:26

Why Hollywood Has Abandoned Brand Israel

Oscar nominees’ refusal to be paid props for Brand Israel could reflect a desire to avoid a very polarised discussion. (Todd Wawrychuck/ EPA) via the BDS National Commitee. As Israel moves ever more dangerously rightward – evidenced by the latest law legalising the state’s expropriation of private Palestinian lands and the extremely conservative appointees […]

26 Feb
9:45

Palestinian Children Requiring Military Escorts Subject to Retaliatory Collective Punishment

Systemic human rights violations challenge Palestinian life in South Hebron Hills. Human rights violations are a daily occurrence in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank, Operation Dove’s January report affirms. The Israeli army commits the vast majority of violations of Palestinian rights as a part of its administration […]

26 Feb
8:46

(VIDEO) Sentencing of Israeli Soldier for Killing of Palestinian Exposes Contradictions of Occupation

Shir Hever is an Economist working at The Real News Network. His economic research focuses on Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory; international aid to the Palestinians and to Israel; the effects of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories on the Israeli economy; and the boycott, divestment and sanctions […]

17 Feb
10:11

Erekat: “Only Alternative to Israeli Apartheid is a Secular One-State Solution”

nsnbc: Following a meeting with the Speaker of Britain’s House of Commons, John Bercow, PLO Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat noted that the PLO consistently stated that the PLO consistently supported a two-State solution, but that the only alternative to a de-facto Israeli Apartheid State is a secular one-State solution. Erekat […]

14 Feb
1:13

The Economic Exploitation of Palestinian Political Prisoners

Israeli prisons serve both as an instrument of political persecution and economic exploitation, says Addameer: Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association in a new report. ~ Alternative Information Center (AIC). Addameer: Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association explains in a new report how the arrest and detention of Palestinians is “central […]

10 Feb
10:24

Torture: As Described by the Interrogators

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By Chaim Levinson for Haaretz, via Days of Palestine. For years, the Israeli establishment has tried to conceal what happens in interrogation rooms. When interrogators use torture – or “special means,” to use the establishment’s term – the concealment efforts are redoubled. Even when testimony of torture reaches the public, […]

09 Feb
1:22

New Report by Breaking The Silence – “The High Command” (VIDEO)

BTS official, 02/07/17: “Dear Friends, Last week we published a new report addressing the relations between settler and the IDF: “The High Command – Settler influence on IDF conduct in the West Bank.” The report was written following a comprehensive research and in the context of the contentious public debate surrounding […]

08 Feb
7:07

UK Invites Netanyahu to Balfour Centennial Celebrations: Palestinian Presidency Protests

By Christof Lehmann (nsnbc): Nabil Abu Rodeina said Britain is responsible for the disaster that befell the Palestinian people a hundred years ago. “Instead of correcting the historic mistake and recognizing the Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, it is preparing to celebrate an incident considered by the […]

05 Feb
11:55

Statement: “The Lie Of Amona Eviction”

This is a translation of a statement posted by Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, the secretary-general of the Palestinian National Initiative, regarding the “eviction of Amona illegal Israeli colony.” At the same time as the eviction, Israel approved thousands of new units for illegal colonizers, living on stolen Palestinian land. “The Lie […]

31 Jan
10:09

The Checkpoint Regime: Israel and the Fragmentation of Palestinian Society

31st January 2017 | International Solidarity Movement | al-Khalil Team There are 17 permanent checkpoints in the H2 area under full Israeli military control in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron), manned by Israeli forces and impeding Palestinian freedom of movement. The official rhetoric of the Israeli government is that these checkpoints serve […]

28 Jan
3:59

OCHA: One in Two Palestinians to Need Humanitarian Assistance in 2017

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) discusses what to expect in 2017 as East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza mark 50 years under Israeli occupation. “The humanitarian context of [the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT)] is unique amongst today’s humanitarian crises and remains directly tied to […]

25 Jan
10:33

Settler Living in Illegal Outpost Orders Demolition of Palestinian Homes

~ Madeeha Araj/ National Bureau for the Defending of Land and Resisting Settlement/PNN The racism in Israel is reflected in every aspect of life, the most recent of which comes within the context of disclosing that the head of the Regional Unit for enforcing laws of planning and building at the […]

24 Jan
2:48

Al-Quds: ‘The Key to Peace, The Key to War’

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrate, in the West Bank, against relocating the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Written by Ahmad Jaradat, Senior Project Coordinator at the Alternative Information Center (AIC). Edited for the IMEMC by chris @ imemc.org. Under the slogan “al-Quds is the key to peace and the […]

16 Jan
8:17

US Had ‘Secret Accord’ to Continue ‘Natural Growth’ of Israeli Settlements

A leaked cable from Paris reveals that the Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak advertised the fact that the US and Israel had a ‘secret accord’ to ‘continue the natural growth of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.’ ~ Rory Wood, Wikileaks According to the cable [09PARIS827], the MFA Middle East […]

01 Jan
12:47

Annotated Transcript and Video Coverage of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s Historic 12/28/16 Speech

“Thank you, all. It’s good to be here, even in the middle of a holiday week. I wish you all a happy and productive new year. Today, I want to share candid thoughts about an issue that, for decades, has animated the foreign policy dialogue, here and around the world […]

24 Dec
10:10

UN Security Council Adopts Resolution Against Illegal Israeli Settlements ?

Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution which states that Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 have no legal validity, constitute a flagrant violation under international law and are a major obstacle to a two-State solution and a comprehensive peace. The adoption of the […]

13 Dec
4:34

Poverty, Hard Data and Colonization

The impoverished population in Israel is growing and it mostly consists of Palestinians. ~ Sergio Yahni, Alternative Information Center (AIC) Twenty-five percent of the adult population in Israel and 35 percent of the children live in poverty, according to a report published by Latet, an organization that aims to reduce poverty […]

10 Dec
5:16

Reparations and the Nakba

What does it mean to advocate for compensation and repatriation when these processes are embedded within settler colonial and colonial frameworks? ~Susan Slyomovics, Alternative Information Center (AIC) Since 1948, there have been numerous maximalist and minimalist proposals to resolve the fates of Palestinian refugees by those outside the homeland and […]

08 Dec
2:26

Colonial Misogynists

The Israeli military appoints a settler as chief rabbi who once said soldiers can rape ‘enemy’ women, and relieves a decorated war criminal of prison time for rape.  Eyal Krim, the new chief rabbi of the Israeli army, and Ofek Buchris, a former Israeli colonel, are inspirational symbols to national-religious […]

03 Dec
6:46

UN General Assembly Adopts “Paper Tiger” Resolution on Israel’s Withdrawal from the Syrian Golan

Fahwad Al-Khadoumi (nsnbc) : The UN General Assembly adopted yet another resolution demanding Israel to withdraw from the occupies Syrian Golan Heights in line with the resolution of June 4, 1967. However, UN General Assembly resolutions are non-binding and no more than a paper tiger without a unanimous decision by […]

29 Nov
7:35

BDS Movement Counts Successes for 2016

(Photo: A campaigner in the West Bank puts up a poster in support of a campaign during Ramadan encouraging people to boycott Israeli products. Community boycott campaigns are spreading across the West Bank and the whole of Palestine.) The year 2016 will be remembered by Palestinians and supporters of Palestinian freedom, […]

27 Nov
4:21

Equal Israeli Access to Stolen Palestinian Land

The ‘regularization law’ to sanction land theft in the West Bank has a solid basis: most Israelis live on Palestinian land confiscated in 1948. The cries of the Cossacks in the West Bank Samarian hills are not meant to arouse compassion in the heart of the average Israeli liberal, who […]

27 Nov
4:12

Israeli Settlements: More than just ‘Obstacles to Peace’

(Photo: A Palestinian stands on his property overlooking the Israeli settlement Har Homa, West Bank, February 18, 2011. UPI/Debbie Hill) With the election of businessman and erstwhile reality TV star Donald Trump to the presidency, all conventional political ‘wisdom’ was upended. This, in and of itself, may not be a […]

19 Nov
8:16

Israel Consolidates Grip on Golan Under Cover of Syria’s Chaos

Israeli landmines in the occupied Golan Heights pose a lethal risk to farmers. ~Matt Broomfield, Electronic Intifada “Listen,” Salman Fakherldeen said. “Do you hear?” Below the drone of a farmer’s tractor, the distant clatter of automatic gunfire steadily increased in volume and intensity. Fakherldeen is an activist in the Israeli-occupied […]

18 Nov
5:54

Nothing is Simple in Palestine

11/17/16 | International Solidarity Movement (ISM) | al-Khalil Team Almost nothing in Palestine is what you expect, for the most part. And, this is so true of the negative things you see. No matter how bad you think things are or expect them to be, you are almost always guaranteed that […]

16 Nov
7:33

Trump’s Win Has Emboldened Racists in Israeli Government

Senior Israeli government officials see Trump’s victory as a free rein to finally bury the two-state solution. They should think seriously, however, about what could come next. By Dr. Saeb Erekat- PNN/ Ramallah/ Last week’s election of Donald Trump has sent shock waves throughout the world. In the U.S., it […]

11 Nov
4:53

Settlements Aren’t an Obstacle to Peace says Top Trump Advisor

Jason Greenblatt, prospective advisor to Donald Trump on Israel, emboldens Israeli hopes of annexing the West Bank.  ~Sergio Yahni, Alternative Information Center (AIC) The U.S. election results, on Wednesday, were welcomed with excitement in Israel. Israeli minister of education Naftali Bennett (Habait Hayehudi) called the election of Donald Trump a […]

10 Nov
7:11

VIDEO: Quizzed About Israel’s Crimes, US Tries to Change Subject

by Michael F. Brown John Kirby, US State Department spokesperson and self-described “lover of history,” knows “the media pivot.” He can ably transition from uncomfortable political terrain – Israeli wrongdoing – to the preferred territory of criticizing Palestinians living under military occupation. Last week provided Kirby just such an opportunity. […]

31 Oct
5:02

Commemorating the Kafr Qasim Massacre

The story begins with the quiet life in the village before the massacre and ends with the Israeli government’s attempt to cover up the crime. The 29th of October 1956 started as a quiet day in the village of Kafr Qasim, then under military rule since it was transferred to […]

27 Oct
5:40

One Hundred Years and Counting: Britain, Balfour, and the Cultural Repression of Palestinians

Overview If Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour passes over the perimeter of her home’s driveway in her village of Reineh in the Galilee, an alarm will sound at the British multinational security firm G4S and the Israeli authorities will be alerted. Israeli police arrested Tatour in the early hours of October […]

25 Oct
6:31

Gaza: Over 1,000 Families Still Living in Caravans

After his home was bombed by the Israeli air force, during the last aggression on blockaded Gaza, Abu Muhammad al-Sharif moved from place to place in hope of having permanent house for his seven-member  family.   Whenever Abu Muhammad became stabilized in a house, he found himself forced to leave […]

20 Oct
5:49

MADA Report: Social Media a “New Venue to Censor and Prosecute Journalists”

The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) has released a special report regarding the prosecution of Palestinian journalists, in relation to what they post on social media sites. The report, entitled “Social Media 
 A New Venue to Censor and Prosecute Journalists” — which, according to the PNN, […]

17 Oct
7:11

Palestine Solidarity Campaign: Opposition to Anti-semitism Must not Prevent Scrutiny of Israeli Abuses

via the Palestine News Network (PNN). The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has responded to the Home Affairs Select Committee report on anti-semitism: PSC / Bethlehem — Chair of Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Hugh Lanning, criticizes its recommendations as it is “muddled and fails to differentiate between the actions rightfully needed to combat anti-semitism […]

13 Oct
4:22

Decolonizing the Vocabulary of Palestinian Human Rights Work

Today’s human rights realities did not begin in 1993 nor in 1967, but with the emergence of Zionist colonisation of Palestine. Human rights organisations will not find a solution if they pretend otherwise. Israeli practices and policies are a combination of apartheid, military occupation, and colonization. This regime is not […]

13 Oct
3:59

The West Bank Olive Harvest, In Light of Settler Attacks

(Photo: The harvest season represents a symbol to strengthen the steadfastness of the Palestinian farmers, and a refuge for impoverished families.) The olive harvest, in the occupied West Bank, is considered to be as a Palestinian wedding which comes in October of every year; yet, it remains unsafe from the […]

11 Oct
7:05

PLO Report: 248 Palestinians Killed Since Last Year

This report, prepared by the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), summarizes Israel’s violations, committed by its occupation forces and armed settlers, for over a year: between September 13th, 2015 and September 30th, 2016 (384 days), against occupied Palestine. Such grave violations of international law illustrate, according to the PNN, Israeli policies […]

07 Oct
6:58

No Matter Who Wins the US Presidential Election, Palestine Has Already Lost

October, 2016 | International Solidarity Movement (ISM) | al-Khalil Team One week ago, the United States and much of the world turned on their televisions to tune into the 2016 Presidential debate. (photo credit: Brian Snyder – Reuters) Advertised as the most anticipated debate in a generation, millions watched as Democrat […]

07 Oct
6:31

Netanyahu at the UN General Assembly: An Exercise in Absurdity

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims the greatest challenge facing the peaceful democracy of Israel is the Palestinian people’s refusal to accept its Jewish character.  In his speech at the 71st session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, didn’t engage only in […]

22 Sep
10:34

Distortions of Palestinian Identity: ‘The Merry Christmas People’

When Palestinian Minister of Sports and Youth Jabril Rajoub called Palestinian Christians ‘the Merry Christmas people’ he fueled the problematic debate of who is truly Palestinian. by Nassar Ibrahim Usually I do not engage in discussions that challenge my sense of national or social dignity. For instance, I am not […]

12 Sep
5:46

Israel’s Anti-BDS Task Force Enjoys Unchecked Power to ‘Struggle Against Terror’ (VIDEO)

09/12/16, Sergio Yahni, Alternative Information Center (AIC) Even Israeli occupation officials question the amount of secrecy afforded to the Ministry of Strategic Affairs’ anti-BDS campaign.  Yossi Melman details in his recent article [link: Hebrew] in Maariv newspaper what little is known about the Israeli government’s efforts to undermine the Boycott Divestment and […]

09 Sep
9:16

Update: Israel Starts Home Demolitions in Syrian Golan, Plans Annexation (VIDEO)

(Featured image: see below for details.) Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Israel has, for the first time, used the illegal home demolition policy it uses in Palestine in the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights. Tel Aviv declared that Israel and the Golan are “part and parcel” and that the international community should […]

05 Sep
12:43

Striking Gaza 50 times: Lieberman’s Phantom Victory

Israel’s latest disproportionate response to a rocket launched from Gaza is indicative of longstanding Israeli policy – not a unique willingness on the part of Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman to employ provocative violence against Palestinians. Though the latest Israeli response to a rocket launched from Gaza on 22 August 2016 […]

03 Sep
10:42

ISM Report: Israeli Attacks on Gaza Farmers

(Photo: Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency) 09/03/16 | International Solidarity Movement | Gaza Team According to the Council for European Palestinian Relations, the Palestinian agricultural sector’s contribution to the GDP dropped between 1993 (Oslo Accords) and 2009 from 13% to 4.8%, due to the illegal practices of the Zionist entity, […]

31 Aug
1:26

Gaza: Two Years After

The humanitarian affairs office of the UN in Palestine warns of dwindling funds for its stopgap solutions to Israeli occupation and besiegement of Gaza. August 30, 2016, Alternative Information Center (AIC), Beit Sahour The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA) released a […]

17 Aug
11:10

“Hello? I’d like to report a BDS activist.”

Heeding Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan’s call, an Israeli settler organization establishes a hotline to report international BDS activists to the Israeli government.  Israeli newspaper Ynet reported that an Israeli settler non-profit, Lev HaOlam (Heart of the World), has organized an informant hotline for people to report information on international […]

12 Aug
11:42

We’re American Jewish Historians. This Is Why We’ve Left Zionism Behind

  Our connections to Israel flourished, faltered and finally ended even though we grew up, live and work in the heart of the American Jewish community. When I was asked to run as a delegate on the progressive Hatikva platform to the 2010 World Zionist Congress, I encountered my personal […]

09 Aug
8:54

Google Wipes Palestine Off The Maps

Users of Google Maps can no longer find the name Palestine. Instead, they will be seeing and outline of Palestinian territories, clearly labeled as Israel. More than 150,000 responded by signing a petition against Google’s attempt to wipe Palestine off the maps. Google’s subtle change of history happened several weeks […]

08 Aug
2:52

Israel Launched Anti BDS Task Force to Crush Any Boycott

By Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The Israeli government formed a ministerial task force to track down any foreigners in Israel who are engaged in activities linked to the international Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) campaign. The government compares these subversive elements with terrorists that aim at destroying Israel from within. The launch […]

07 Aug
10:05

Apartheid, Fascism — But, Mostly Colonialism

“Struggling against Israel as a fascist or apartheid state must be a part of an anti-colonial struggle that Jews themselves participate in.” ~ 08/07/16 Michael Warschawski, Alternative Information Center (AIC), Beit Sahour Fascism, apartheid My friend and comrade Eli Aminov sent me a text that he wrote titled Fascism or Apartheid. In […]

01 Aug
11:33

1970 Document Shows West Bank Settlements Built on Lies

While it has been a long open secret that the seizure of Palestinian land to build illegal settlements in the West Bank has been built on false pretenses, a secret document from 1970 has surfaced which confirms this, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency. The document, a copy of which […]

01 Aug
12:24

The Right Man in the Right Place

Following Eyal Karim’s appointment as chief rabbi of the Israeli military, secular Israelis must realize that their allies in the fight for a secular democratic state are none other than Palestinians. ~ Eli Aminov The appointment of Colonel Eyal Karim as chief rabbi of the “world’s most moral army” is the […]

26 Jul
9:26

Carlos “Let The Children Play” Santana to Perform in Tel Aviv

Children at Santana’s Milagro Foundation. Staff wouldn’t open the door to receive a petition. Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : Internationally renowned musician Carlos Santana will perform a concert in the Israeli capital Tel Aviv on July 30, ignoring international calls to cancel the show. Carlos Santana came to fame during the […]

25 Jul
10:55

Israeli Authorities Seize Water in Occupied Golan (VIDEO)

via the Alternative Information Center (AIC), Beit Sahour. Al-Marsad Arab Human Rights Centre, in the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights, has re-published their report, “Water is Life: A Consideration of the Legality and Consequences of Israeli Exploitation of the Water Resources of the Occupied Syrian Golan.” The report details the discriminatory policies […]