Category Archives: Opinion/Analysis

08 Jun

Dr. Ashrawi: ‘Nominating Israel to chair UNGA committee like asking the wolf to guard sheep’

Commenting on the Western European and Others Group’s (WEOG) decision to nominate Israel for the chairmanship of the UN General Assembly Sixth Committee, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi condemned the move and said: “It is ironic that Israel, a state that continues to breach international law and conventions, […]

15 May

68 years: The Nakba continues

By Manuel Hassassian – The 15th May marks the Palestinian Nakba. The word Nakba means ‘catastrophe’ because that is exactly what happened in May 1948 when Palestine was wiped off the map. With British backing, espoused in the Balfour Declaration, and British policies on the ground, Israel was created and […]

07 Apr

Israel’s Nuclear Weapons Program and the Displacement of Palestinian Bedouins

Fahwad Al-Khadoumi (nsnbc) : Lance Bartholomeusz, Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank condemned Israel’s latest round of large scale demolitions of homes in the Palestinian Bedouin refugee community Um al-Khair in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. Israel uses parts of the Negev desert for testing weapons with nuclear material […]

23 Mar

No Safe Place: BADIL Releases Public ICC Submission

The BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights has announced the release of ‘No Safe Place’; a report based upon BADIL’s formal submission to the International Criminal Court, delivered to the Office of the Prosecutor, in February of 2016.No Safe Place provides a damning indictment of Israeli acts […]

19 Mar

Palestinian Journalists Bear a Heavy Burden

Palestinian journalists must navigate both the Israeli government’s and Palestinian authorities’ attempts to criminalize their profession. Deception remains one of Israel’s primary weapons in influencing local and international public opinion. Claiming “Palestinian incitement,” this week Israeli security authorities shut down the television station Palestine Today in the West Bank town […]

16 Mar

An Internal BDS Movement?

Israeli sociologists and Palestinian citizens of Israel contemplate initiating boycotts against an Israeli university in a West Bank settlement, though with key ideological differences.At the first conference on the role of Palestinian citizens of Israel in the boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) movement, Palestinian activists discussed organizing a boycott campaign against […]

15 Mar

Why BDS Cannot Lose: A Moral Threshold to Combat Racism in Israel

A foray of condemnations of the boycott of Israel seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Calls from Western governments, originating from the UK, the US, Canada and others, to criminalize the boycott of Israel have hardly slowed down the momentum of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). […]

15 Mar

The U.S. Will Not End the Occupation

On Tuesday of last week, Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The meeting was conducted in an atmosphere rife with rumors and uncertainty: uncertainty about whether Israel would (again) embarrass Biden during his visit with an announcement of settlement expansion; whether […]

05 Mar

Crimes Against the Palestinians are Finally Called ‘Crimes’

Unlike the political elite and Zionist activists, the Western public had not known or cared much about the Zionist project in Palestine before the establishment of Israel. Only after the birth of Israel, devout Christians and many Zionist Jews and secular intellectuals activated the call for sympathy, with the European […]

28 Feb

The Israeli Ghetto

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dreams of surrounding Palestinians and Israelis with walls.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to construct walls and a barbed wire fence on the border with Jordan, as an addition to the walls the occupation has already raised in the West Bank and along its borders with […]

28 Feb

Frozen in Their Grief: On the Bereavement of Palestinian Families

While the world was celebrating New Year’s Eve, in 2015, with all of its promise for the coming year, dozens of Palestinian families were receiving the frozen bodies of their Shaheeds (martyrs): children killed by Israelis in the recent political upheaval.Let me state at the outset that this article is […]

25 Feb

Why It’s Dangerous to Conflate Hamas and ISIS

While Israel’s efforts to link Palestinian resistance to its military occupation to global terrorism are not new, it has expanded its propaganda to address Arab as well as Western audiences. By so doing, it is clearly seeking to exploit the global aversion to movements that have drifted towards extremism and […]

18 Feb

The Ethnic Cleansing of the Knesset

On February 8th, the Knesset Ethics Committee suspended three Joint List Members of Knesset (MK) for several months. The committee suspended the MKs for visiting Palestinian families that were mourning a relative killed by Israeli forces but had yet to receive their bodies for burial from the Israeli authorities.The MKs’ […]

16 Feb

The Revolving Door of Government Policy and Mad Cow Media Incitement

US President Barack Obama reportedly has intentions to sign a trade agreement which includes provisions that fail to differentiate between Israel and illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, as well as discourage the boycott of Israeli goods.The US government opposes the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, […]

09 Feb

Report: Hamas Under Fire for Israeli Allegations of ISIL Affiliation

A senior Israel official alleged, on Monday, that Hamas has been providing medical treatment to Islamic State-affiliated fighters from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, in claims which Hamas rejected as ‘baseless.’Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), made the allegations in an interview with Saudi newspaper Elaph. ‘We […]

05 Feb

Gazans Suffer, and the World Looks Away

After nearly 10 years of a sustained and unlawful Israeli blockade imposed on Gaza, it is scandalous that the world takes such little notice of this people so long beleaguered.There have been many pious references in UN debates relating to Libya and Syria about a UN ‘responsibility to protect’ but […]

31 Jan

This Uprising Is About More Than Knives

When the “intifada of the knives” set off in October, last year, Western reporters flooded into Jerusalem to cover the new “escalation,” to interview people from “both sides of the conflict”, and to raise several variations of the old question: “Is this the beginning of a third intifada?”Inevitably, the journalists […]

28 Jan

Barghouthi: Israeli Plans to Fight BDS Proves Movement’s Effectiveness

The Israel Today newspaper, on Thursday, said that Israel is setting plans to combat the BDS movement, as it gains ground.The plan is expected to contain monitoring tools to hinder BDS online activism, in addition to more advanced tools against any of its campaigns. The BDS movement aims to Boycott, […]

23 Jan

A Decade of Siege on Gaza

With a decade of Israeli-imposed economic siege on Gaza and three devastating wars which accompanied it, the Strip now suffers from an acute housing deficit, with a need of more than 70,000 housing units.Israeli occupation authorities have imposed a complete blockade on the Gaza Strip since the sweeping victory of […]

21 Jan

Report: Refugees Again — Palestinians in Syria Have it Twice as Hard to Get Asylum

Palestinian refugees from Syria are amongst the most vulnerable refugees who seek safety in Europe. But, the legal framework that is being applied to their plight is a discriminatory one.The majority of Palestinians in Syria were forced to resettle there, after fleeing or being forcibly expelled from their homes during […]

19 Jan

Ashrawi: Sectarian Violence a Direct Result of ‘Hate Culture’ Generated by Occupation

“We strongly condemn the vandalization of the Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem. Such an act is the direct result of a hate culture generated by racism and the occupation with impunity, exceptionalism and entitlement. The international community is responsible to protect both Palestinian holy sites and people from such Israeli sectarian […]

13 Jan

Disclosure: Settlers’ Plan to Create ‘Messianic Kingdom’

Israel decided to use torture against it’s own, as the internal intelligence service, last year, struggled with the uncovering of a murder case against the Palestinian baby Ali Dawabsha and his parents, Riham and Saad. They were killed on July 31, last year, in their home, in the village of […]

11 Jan

Two-state Solution Failed, Now What?

Palestinians and Israelis alike have become increasingly convinced that the two-state solution is no longer an option due to Israel’s policies which continue to see settlements built across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The latter is supposed to be the capital of the Palestinian state to be established […]

29 Dec

Dr. Ashrawi on Recent Escalation of Israeli Colonial Enterprise

According to a report by Peace Now, the Israeli Ministry of Housing is working on plans to construct 55,548 illegal settlement units in the occupied West Bank (including East Jerusalem); this includes plans to build more than 25,000 units on the Palestinian side of the Apartheid Wall; 8,372 units in […]

24 Dec

Experts: Israel Eyeing ‘One-And-A-Half-State’ Solution

Many political observers saw U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry‘s recent visit to the Middle East — where he met both Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas — as a declaration of the current U.S. administration’s formal withdrawal from the moribund peace process.A few weeks later, speaking […]

23 Dec

After 2,000 Years, Christians Disappearing from Gaza

Dim lighting and candles softly illuminate decorative tapestries as the smell of incense fills the air and the harmonic sound of hundreds singing in unison drifts onto a busy street next to an overflowing church on a wet and windy Sunday morning.Despite the packed pews at Gaza’s Church of St. […]

21 Dec

Ashrawi on Former ICC Chief Prosecutor’s Settlement Comments

It was recently reported in the Jerusalem Post that former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Louis Moreno-Ocampo, allegedly claimed that the Israeli High Court’s rulings could safeguard Israel from being prosecuted for war crimes, and, in an interview with Times of Israel, he praised an Israeli Foreign […]

01 Dec

Letter From An Israeli Activist

December 1, 2015 2:39 AM IMEMC Agencies Internal Unrest, Israel, Opinion/Analysis 0

Anti-colonial Israelis have allowed themselves to be cowed into silence.I read your open letter to Israeli activists with great shame. I do not know you personally but from your letter and your background I gather that you are one of the many Palestinians who hold a real belief in human […]

28 Nov

Kerry, Israel, Palestine and Terrorism

United States Secretary John Kerry has, once again, visited the Middle East, to exert his particular brand of useless influence on Palestinian President and Israeli puppet Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli Prime Murderer Benjamin Netanyahu. At least this time he conceded that no progress has been made; there were no false […]

17 Nov

Ashrawi: Netanyahu Exploiting Paris Attacks

In response to media inquiries, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi commented, according to PNN:“In his recent statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is cynically exploiting the pain of the innocent victims of Daesh terrorism in Paris in order to create a misleading linkage and to justify Israeli state […]

12 Nov

ISIS – Israeli Style, In Knesset Too

November 12, 2015 11:31 PM Saed Bannoura Israeli attacks, Opinion/Analysis, Palestine 0

New photos recently emerged, and were also published by Israeli TV Channel 2, of Israeli soldiers — mostly masked — expressing their support to the “Lehava” Israeli terrorist organization, largely ignored by western corporate media agencies, especially in the United States, while explicitly calling for the killing of Palestinians. They […]

12 Nov

People living under violent military occupation must be instructed in nonviolence?

This morning I read yet another comment from someone in the US putting forward their solution to the “conflict” in Palestine and Israel. Apparently Palestinian women need to start pushing for Gandhian nonviolence, challenging their men who are more naturally inclined towards violence (like all men). They need to teach […]

11 Nov

US State Department v Edward Said

Richard Falk is an American professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University. In 2008, the UN Human Rights Council appointed Falk to a six-year term as a United Nations Special Rapporteur on “the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.In these remarks, I will present […]

04 Nov

Why did Netanyahu dig up the mufti?

The storm unleashed by Netanyahu when he addressed the Zionist Congress garnered responses from beyond the borders of the state of Jews, responses ranging from the tagging of Bibi as one who lost contact with reality to insults at his gross impertinence.Within this colourful batter of responses it was difficult […]

03 Nov

98th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration

On the second of November, Ninety-eight years ago, the destiny of our nation changed due to the action of a foreign colonial power. The Balfour Declaration should serve as a reminder that what is happening in Palestine is a result of a colonial decisions made in faraway capitals.Mr. Balfour, on […]

02 Nov

J.K. Rowling Owes Palestinians an Apology, Not an Explanation

Ramzy Baroud is an internationally-syndicated columnist, author and the founder of His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story.There is a possibility that you have heard of the famed British author, J.K. Rowling, writer of the popular fantasy series ‘Harry Potter’. While I knew […]

30 Oct

Cameras at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque

Without attention to the fact that Israel is an occupying force, cameras at al Aqsa mosque will easily become a tool of the occupier.Israeli forces removed cameras Monday set up around the al Aqsa mosque by the Islamic Waqf – the Jordanian custodians of the Mosque, as per Israel and […]

26 Oct

Palestinian Voice Speaks Out: 20 War Crimes in a Month by Israeli Soldiers against Palestinians

Hamza Khalil Abu Eltarabish is a freelance journalist who graduated from the Islamic University of GazaThe young Palestinian man Fadi Alon performs the dawn prayers in his home in the west of Jerusalem and browses his Facebook and other social media, until he falls hungry. He heads then to get […]

22 Oct

NYTimes: Report Accurately on Palestine/Israel

October 22, 2015 3:43 AM IMEMC Agencies Human rights, Israel, Opinion/Analysis 0

No media organization is more influential in shaping the way American policymakers and news outlets think about Israel and Palestine than the New York Times.But with some notable exceptions, the Times has done a shamefully poor job of including the historical and political context readers need to understand the roots […]

22 Oct

Fact-checking Israel’s Statement to the UNSC

On 16 October 2015, Israeli Ambassador Roet addressed the UN Security Council in an emergency session on the escalating situation in Israel and Palestine. Below are his statements followed by facts disproving the statements.“Israel is facing an onslaught of terrorism; men, women and children are being stabbed to death on […]

22 Oct

Jewish Historians Refute Netanyahu’s Holocaust Accusations against Palestinians

Leading Jewish historians, according to the PNN, have rubbished Benjamin Netanyahu’s claims that the Holocaust was caused by Palestinians.Netanyahu blamed the slaughter of millions of people during World War II on the then Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, in a controversial speech at the 37th World Zionist Congress […]

20 Oct

VIDEO: Shoot First Don’t Ask Questions Later

A video posted on October 12th, by Shehab news agency, described an attack on a Palestinian girl from Haifa in her twenties, for allegedly trying to assault a taxi driver in Tel Aviv after an argument between them. 20th October 2015 | International Solidarity Movement | West Bank The video […]

16 Oct

Read Their Lips: Israeli Leaders’ Plans for the Palestinians

Samah Sabaw is a Policy Advisor to Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, and member of the board of directors for the National Council on Canada Arab Relations (NCCAR).History in the Holy Land seems stuck in a loop. In 2000, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, at the time leader of […]

11 Oct

Palestinians Want 1967 Lands Under UN Protection

Samer B. Jaber is the chosen spokesperson for a group of professional and trade union figures, intellectuals, and political activists who have come together to deliver a message during the current wave of upheaval across Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territory.We, a group of professional and trade union figures, intellectuals, […]

11 Oct

(VIDEO) The Other Occupation: Settlers Terrorize Palestinians of the West Bank

It was another emotional day for Palestinians in al-Khalil, (Hebron) after the burial of Muhammad al-Jabari who was shot to death by Israeli forces near the entrance to the illegal Kiryat Arba settlement.11th October 2015 | International Solidarity Movement | Al-Khalil Team Thousands filled the streets as the body of […]

11 Oct

Israeli Lobby Exploits Interfaith Dialogue

For years Israel and its lobby around the world have been trying to normalise their relations with Arabs and Muslims without solving the Palestine question. One of the methods they resorted to in the last few years is using human rights, community organisations, interfaith dialogue and multiculturalism to achieve this […]

11 Oct

Erekat: ‘Stop talking about a Third Intifada – Israel’s occupation must end.’

Over the past few days, many have wondered whether this is the beginning of a third Intifada. For the Palestinian people, this question is no longer relevant. There has not been a single day, in almost half a century, that we haven’t suffered from the Israeli occupation; the main source […]

06 Oct

The Killing of Palestinians Will Last as Long as Israeli Impunity Does

On October 5th, Aida Refugee camp lost another of its children to Israel’s occupation.Abd al-Rahman Shadi; a child of just 13 years, and a Palestinian refugee, was shot and killed by an Israeli sniper in Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem. Abd al-Rahman was shot as he stood beneath the flag of […]

06 Oct

Stupidity of Force in the Face of Resistance

History proves that the Palestinian people will be free.What is occurring now in occupied Palestine – the West Bank, Jerusalem, Gaza Strip – reiterates the equation of the “dumb” political mind behind the racial and cultural status of Israel’s colonial control. This equation, grounded in the idea that the “Arabs” […]

01 Oct

DCIP: Over 1,996 Palestinian Children Killed Since Outbreak of Second Intifada

Ramallah, September 30, 2015—Children represent 46.2 percent of the 4.68 million Palestinians living in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Instability and violence has defined much of their lives since September 2000 when the second intifada, or uprising, broke out against Israeli military occupation of Palestinian […]

26 Sep

PLO: New Israeli Live Fire Law ‘Dehumanizes a Whole Nation’

September 26, 2015 10:20 PM IMEMC Agencies Israeli Politics, Opinion/Analysis, Palestine 0

The PLO secretary-general said, Saturday, that new Israeli regulations authorizing forces to use live ammunition in occupied East Jerusalem served to ‘dehumanize’ Palestinians.Israel’s security cabinet on Thursday broadened the rules whereby stone-throwers can be targeted with live fire, allowing Israeli forces to open fire when they determine that the life […]

17 Sep

The Intifada of Jerusalem?

September 17, 2015 10:16 PM IMEMC Agencies Jerusalem, Opinion/Analysis, West Bank 0

Life is becoming untenable for Palestinians in Jerusalem.The strategy of Teddy Kollek, the infamous mayor of Jerusalem following Israel’s 1967 occupation and subsequent annexation of Jerusalem, was grounded on three principles: separation between the communities in order to reduce friction to a minimum; colonisation on the city’s outskirts, in order […]

08 Sep

Ashrawi: ‘Israel is in the business of creating refugees, not providing them with a safe haven.’

In response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu’s rejection of accepting any refugees in Israel, PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said: “Israel is in the business of creating refugees and ethnic cleansing; it bears a moral responsibility for the plight of the Palestinian refugees and the grave injustices […]

07 Sep

Palestine and Israel: The Double-Standard

In the world of marketing, it is a given that what ‘delights’ the customer today, will simply be an expectation tomorrow. For example, when cameras were first introduced on cell phones, this was an exciting concept and people flocked to the stores to upgrade their devices for a fancy new […]

20 Aug

AIC Report: Beit Jala

The Palestinian Authority is the most significant enabler of the occupation today.August 20, 2015 | The Alternative Information Center (AIC) | Beit Sahour Seventy years ago, at the height of the manmade tragedy of World War II, two bombs (‘Little boy’ and ‘Fat man’) were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. […]

20 Aug

Noam Chomsky: Israeli Apartheid ‘Much Worse’ Than South Africa

Famous American linguist Noam Chomsky has described the actions of the Israeli occupation in Palestine as “worse than South African apartheid”.“In the Occupied Territories, what Israel is doing is much worse than apartheid,” Chomsky says, according to Days of Palestine. “To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel, at […]

17 Aug

Brushing Your Teeth with White Phosphorus?

One year ago, on 15 August – 40 days into Israel’s 51 day monstrous assault on Gaza that was clocking up 1800 innocent Palestinian deaths – Adrian Orr, the CEO of the New Zealand Superfund (NZSF) took a cheap shot, a morally cheap low shot, at concerned young protesters who […]

14 Aug

Ali Dawabsheh, Cecil the Lion and the Biopolitics of Animal Life

How is it that outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion has spread so far, and yet many people in the United States have still not heard the name of Ali Dawabsheh, the 18-month-old Palestinian toddler who was burned to death on July 31?Dawabsheh was burned alive when a […]

12 Aug

Israeli Banks Prepare for BDS Tsunami

Recommendations to the EU would “shut down” the Israeli economy.Israel’s financial sector is preparing for the worst following European recommendations not to work with banks invested in the oPt. Bank heads in Israel are “panicking” over recent recommendations by the European Council on Foreign Relations that the EU abide by […]

10 Aug

Report: Drug Indictments Against Israeli Soldiers Increase 50%

August 10, 2015 11:39 PM IMEMC Agencies Israel, Miscellaneous, Opinion/Analysis 0

The number of Israeli soldiers indicted for drug offenses rose by 50 percent, last year, in comparison to the year before, an internal annual army report reveals.According to Press TV/Al Ray, the report, released on Sunday, stated that 629 cases were opened for drug-related crimes committed by Israeli soldiers in […]

10 Aug

Normalization: What It Is and Why it Matters

What is normalization in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and why does it matter?The concept of normalization emerged at the Camp David agreements signed by Egypt and Israel in 1979. The agreements laid the foundation for normalized political, economic, cultural, social and academic relations between Arab countries and Israel before solutions for […]

09 Aug

Wartime Journalism: Mohammed Omer on Gaza

“I have written this book as a way of preserving and passing on stories that need to be told.”I visited North Vietnam in 1968, and had meetings with its leaders in the midst of the ongoing war, which resulted in receiving the outlines of a proposal for ending the conflict […]

04 Aug

Pondering Jonathan Pollard’s Release

It is illuminating to contrast Israel’s belated solidarity with Pollard to its determined hostility to Mordechai Vanunu.No more confusing mind games are played by sovereign states than in the context of ‘espionage,’ ‘treason,’ and the work of the professional spy. All important governments seek secret knowledge of what other governments […]

31 Jul

(VIDEO) Capitol Hill Briefing: Investigate Israel’s Use of US Weapons

Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP) participated in a congressional briefing in Washington on Wednesday, urging lawmakers to investigate and hold Israeli forces accountable for using American-supplied weapons in attacks against Palestinian children last summer.The July 29 briefing on Capitol Hill drew around 70 attendees, including staff from at […]

30 Jul

Black Friday in Gaza

Amnesty International: ‘Strong evidence’ that Israel committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity. ‘Nobody can claim that they don’t know what happened on Friday the 1st of August. We are closer now to justice than we were before.’Israeli troops committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during and […]

25 Jul

Rising Physical Violence against Palestinian Child Detainees

Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank during the first half of 2015 suffered increasing levels of physical violence, according to Defense for Children International Palestine research.Data compiled by DCIP since January 2015 shows that 86 percent of Palestinian children experienced some form of physical violence […]

21 Jul

Israel, Iran and the Next War

The actual reasons behind Israel’s opposition to the Iran deal, and what they mean for the region.7/20/15 | Eli Aminov | Alternative Information Center The celebration of last week’s agreement with Iran in Vienna, Tehran and Washington inspired grief and sorrow amongst the Zionist leadership. Condemnation of the agreement, its […]

13 Jul

The Practicalities Of The Palestinian Right Of Return

BADIL, the NGO that protects and promotes the rights of Palestinian refugees, recently released a new video as a follow-up to an earlier video entitled Practicalities of Return. Their latest production, Practicalities of Return II: Peace without Return?, covers issues such as sustainable peace with a rights-based approach, the inherently […]

09 Jul

Gaza One Year On: Justice Eludes Palestinian Children

Despite well-documented evidence of war crimes committed by the Israeli military during the assault on Gaza last summer, there has been no justice and accountability for grave violations against Palestinian children.Operation Protective Edge, which lasted 50 days between July 8 and August 26, claimed the lives of 2,220 Palestinians, including […]

09 Jul

How Did the War on Gaza Begin?

In the early summer of 2014, all the given indicators were pushing for a new confrontation between the Palestinian resistance and the Israeli occupation, notably after the continued Israeli escalations in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.On the political side, Israel refused to release of the fourth batch of […]

06 Jul

Israeli Search: Policy of Isolating Gaza a Failure

A new fact-finding search has concluded that the attempts to isolate Gaza, over the years, have failed while Gaza continues to occupy an especially central and crucial role, and must be considered.In a search entitled ‘Gaza First’ the Israeli Institute for National Security Studies, ‘INSS’ found that both Hamas and […]

16 Jun

Israeli Govt. Report: BDS Can Devastate Economy

An Israeli government report about the possible effects of BDS on the economy outlines devastating harm. No wonder Israel attempted to hide the report.Under the title “Economy of Israel in the Shadow of the Delegitimisation Campaign’, a report drawn up by Israel’s finance ministry examines recent development of the Israeli […]

13 Jun

Israel and the Turkish Elections

Turkey will not accept normalization until Israel lifts its blockade of Gaza and ceases its use of massive force against the totally vulnerable Gazan civilian population.06/11/15 | Richard Falk | Alternative Information Center Newspapers reported on June 9th that former Israeli president Shimon Peres (2007-2014) was pleased by the outcome […]

05 Jun

Status of Palestine in 2015

Some of this information is from a summary issued by the Negotiations Affairs Department (an independent group advising Palestinian negotiators):- It has been 67 years since the occupation of 78% of Palestine in 1948. – It has been 48 years since the occupation of the other 22% of Palestine (West […]

04 Jun

Thoughts on Normalisation in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

What is normalisation and why is it so damaging to achieving justice?Anyone with any exposure to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will also be exposed to certain oft-repeated words and phrases that are woven through it like threads – or which are deployed around it like firecrackers. These words become markers, signals, […]

29 May

Israel 2015: A Government of Extremists in Charge of An Out-of-Control Military

Shocking words from Israeli officials’ and soldier testimonies of criminality reinforce immediate need for arms embargo and other sanctions, says the IPSC.According to the PNN, the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign has distributed a new briefing paper to members of the Irish Parliament, members of the European Parliament and members of local […]

25 May

The ‘S’ in the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Call

The BDS National Committee website describes BDS as, ‘[t]he global movement for a campaign of Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights was initiated by Palestinian civil society in 2005… BDS is a strategy that allows people of conscience to play […]

24 May

Why Americans Are ‘Deranged About Palestine’ and What To Do About It

A longstanding staple demand of the US Palestine solidarity movement is ending our country’s military aid to Israel. It has been a goal of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation for years. It is often seen as the premier contribution US citizens and activists can make to the […]

17 May

Parodies of Parity: Israel & Palestine

The relation between oppressor and oppressed is a paramount precondition for sustainable peace. Unless the structural distortion and illegitimacy is acknowledged, no viable political arrangement will be forthcoming.As long ago as 1998 Edward Said reminded the world that acting as if Palestinians were equally responsible with Israelis for the persisting […]

17 May

Bennett Wants to See Palestinians Become ‘Water Carriers and Wood Hewers’ for Jews

If you think that the UN was wrong in labeling Zionism as a racist movement, think again.Of course, Zionist crimes, committed in the name of Judaism and the Jewish people, have not stopped ever since Zionist supremacists declared their plans to create an exclusive Jewish state in Palestine in the […]

16 May

Nakba at 67: The Ongoing Crime of Forcible Population Transfer and Secondary Displacement

For Palestinians, 2015 marks the 67th year of forced displacement from, and within, their ancestral homeland.This ongoing Nakba (‘catastrophe’) continues to be perpetuated through Israel’s denial of the Palestinian refugees’ Right of Return, the right to self-determination, and various other Israeli policies, which give rise to forced displacement, including forcible […]

13 May

Ashrawi: ‘Nakba did not end with the creation of Israel’

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi: “The Nakba did not end with the creation of Israel; rather, it is an ongoing process that seeks to displace Palestine and replace it with ‘Greater Israel’ at the expense of its people and their rights.”On the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the Nakba, PLO Executive […]

09 May

Anti-semitism and Israel’s Moral Imperative

Horrific outbursts against the Jews are on the rise all over Europe – exclamations like ‘gas the Jews’ and ‘Jews burn best’ are being heard at soccer games and similar social gatherings. While there is nothing to excuse or justify such hateful speech, some effort still needs to be made […]

04 May

Israeli Army Escalates to Increase its Budget

Israel’s military command perhaps pushes for escalation in order to increase the army’s budget, claims a military budget officer in an anonymous Facebook posting. “Wars, operations, exceptional events, they were our way to close gaps in the budget and even build up a reserve for the coming years…Facts are traitors […]

03 May

Israel Paving the Way for Another Nakba?

[Translated from Arabic]Every Arab citizen inside the Green Line (Israel), seemingly, has the shelter to obtain a normal life, but, on the ground, the occupation government and its institutions are working, determinedly, within a total disregard of so-called ‘structural maps’ which lead to Arabs not being able to obtain permits […]

01 May

IMEMC Report: The Plight of Africa’s Exiles in Israel

Hundreds of Ethiopian Jews protested Thursday evening [April 30, 2015], near Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s residence in Jerusalem, against racism, discrimination and continuous violence suffered at the hands of Israeli police.The ongoing anger of the Falasha (exiles in Ethiopia’s Amharic language) against police racism bottlenecked in Jerusalem, yesterday, when […]

30 Apr

Palestine and the Injustice of the World Community

In 2014, shortly after Hamas, the democratically-elected government in the Gaza Strip, and Fateh, the puppet government that takes its orders from Israel in the West Bank, agreed on a unification, three Israelis living illegally in the West Bank disappeared, and their bodies were soon discovered. Although Israel learned within […]

29 Apr

Apartheid and the Palestinian National Struggle

This Palestinian situation is tragic, in part, because there is no clear path to liberation, and the devastation of oppressive circumstances have gone on decade after decade with no end in view.Preliminary Observations In this period when the centenary of the genocidal victimization of the Armenian people in 1915 is […]

29 Apr

No Real Sign of Reconciliation between Fateh and Hamas

The two main Palestinian political forces show no sign of moving the necessary steps to get to the solution of a fracture that has, for years, damaged the Palestinian cause. Meanwhile, the Hamas list was surprisingly victorious in student elections at BirZeit University, the historic stronghold of Fateh.In mid-April the […]

25 Apr

New Pro-Settlement Legislation Pending in US Congress

If passed, new legislation would reverse the long standing official US policy of opposing the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories by de facto recognition of all settlements as part of a “Greater Israel”. Greater Israel is a term used, historically, to define the so-called ‘natural’ or desired […]

21 Apr

Imprisoned Voices: Corporate Complicity in the Israeli Prison System

This briefing was published on 17 April 2015 to coincide with the annual day of solidarity with Palestinian prisoners. It collects the memories of the pain, suffering and resilience of Palestinians who have been imprisoned by Israel.In 2013, Corporate Watch visited the West Bank and Gaza Strip and interviewed released […]

20 Apr

Weakening and Discrediting the UN: Mission of Israeli QGOs

QGOs, along with Israeli and American diplomats, have managed to intimidate and neutralize the UN as a foundation of support for the justifiable grievances of the Palestinian people. In so doing, rather than overdoing its emphasis on Israeli violations of human rights and international law, the UN has increasingly allowed […]

14 Apr

The International Community Has Failed Yarmouk

The suffering of humanity in Yarmouk grows worse each day. Where is the world?Since the war in Syria started a few years ago, the people of Yarmouk have been suffering tremendously. Hundreds of people in Yarmouk are suffering from malnutrition, disease, and severe psychological distress. There are reports from the […]

01 Apr

Last Summer’s Israeli Aggression is Sending Gaza Back to the Middle Ages

Months after the last massive Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip, thanks to the social and independent media, everyone has read news and seen pictures of the attacks from the Zionist regime against residential buildings, United Nations shelter-schools, hospitals, ambulances, mosques, churches and thousands of family homes.However, little has been […]

22 Mar

Obama Administration on Israeli Election: ‘Enough With the UN Cover Up’

An earthquake could overwhelm the traditional and strong relations between the United States and Israel. An earthquake called Netanyahu. The re-election of the Prime Minister on Tuesday did not increase the enthusiasm of President Obama, with whom relations have become brittle. But if there was a certainty in the Middle […]

19 Mar

In Gaza the Farmers Irrigate the Land with Their Blood

Tilling the land in Gaza is one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. The Zionist Occupation Forces fire on the peasants and their families while they sow or harvest their own land near the infamous Zionist fence which surrounds Gaza. 18th March 2015 | Valeria Cortés | Khuza’a, […]

18 Mar

Israel’s Chief Rabbis Now Allow Jews to Enter Al Aqsa Area?

Judaism’s accepted ruling that entry to Jerusalem’s al Aqsa mosque compound – the site of the biblical temples – is prohibited to Jews is apparently softening following a concerted campaign by settler groups and so-called Temple Mount organisations.The settler-affiliated news portal Arutz 7 reports that the sign in the entrance […]

16 Mar

Remembering Rachel Corrie Twelve Years On

On March 16, 2003, 23-year-old American peace activist Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli demolition man while protecting a doctor’s family home in Rafah.Twelve years ago today, friend to ‪Palestine‬, Rachel Corrie, was killed by an Israeli bulldozer supplied by Caterpillar Inc., an American corporation which designs, manufactures, and […]

11 Mar

Israeli Elections: 6 Things You Should Know

The legislative elections will be held in Israel on March 17th. The voters will renew the 120 members of the Knesset, the unicameral parliament. Since the first elections in the country, held in 1949, no party has ever had the absolute majority of seats in parliament.Six things you should know […]

23 Feb

Who is Netanyahu? Why Should Congress Boycott his Speech?

Benyamin Mileikowsky (aka Netanyahu) was born to Benzion Mileikowsky (later changed names to Netanyahu), a polish immigrant.His American father became secretary to terrorist leader Vladimir Yevgenyevich Zhabotinsky (aka Zeev Jabotinsky) founder of ‘revisionist’ Zionism and supported groups like Irgun terrorist organization during the mandate in Palestine. His son continues to […]