Category Archives: Opinion/Analysis

16 Jan
4:37

Sealed Off and Forgotten: What You Should Know About Israel’s ‘Firing Zones’ in the West Bank

By Ramzy Baroud for the Palestine Chronicle A seemingly ordinary news story, published in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, on January 7, shed light on a long-forgotten, yet crucial, subject: Israel’s so-called “firing zones” in the West Bank. “Israel has impounded the only vehicle available to a medical team that provides […]

13 Jan
9:54

Report: Palestinian Child Prisoners Face Further Repression and Transfer

Palestinian child seized in Jerusalem. Older photo, illustrative. Israeli occupation officials announced that child prisoners would be transferred away from the Ofer prison and separated into cells without the adult prisoner representatives who support them before the prison administration on Saturday, 11 January. In response, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society noted […]

13 Jan
7:46

After original bill stalled in 2019, Rubio & Coons introduce new bill expected to give Israel at least $38 billion over the next 10 years – over $7,000 per minute

News analysis by Alison Weir – Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Chris Coons have introduced legislation expected to give Israel a minimum of $38 billion over the next 10 years. (The text for the bill, S.3176, is not yet available on the Congressional website.) The new bill has been introduced because a […]

11 Jan
7:18

International Criminal Court Prepares to Try Israelis over War Crimes

Shawan Jabarin of the Al-Haq human rights organization discusses the International Criminal Court decision to prepare a lawsuit against the state of Israel regarding war crimes committed against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israeli authorities are already panicking. (Transcript unavailable.)   Via The Real News Network. […]

10 Jan
4:10

David Friedman: “The Most Complicated of the Issues is the Large Indigenous Palestinian Population”

by Quds News Network US Ambassador to the occupation state of Israel, David Friedman, on Wednesday, spoke at a conference in occupied Jerusalem, announcing the US intention to recognize the West Bank as part of the Israel, claiming that the illegal settlements are not in violation of international law. “Since […]

07 Jan
4:22

Why Did Hamas Mourn Qassem Soleimani?

by Motasem Ahmed Dalloul, Days of Palestine As soon as the assassination of Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani was confirmed by the Pentagon, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement was among those mourning him and blaming the US for causing chaos in the region through its violations against the “resistance axis” in […]

05 Jan
9:52

The Growing Gap between Jordan and Israel, After 25 Years of “Peace”

by Oraib Rantawi for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Several recent incidents underscore the cooling in Jordanian-Israeli relations 25 years after the two signed the Wadi ‘Araba peace agreement. Israel’s imprisonment without charge of two Jordanian nationals of Palestinian origin during the summer led to Jordan’s withdrawal of its ambassador “for consultations” […]

04 Jan
9:58

Opinion: Israel’s Plans to Replace UNRWA Schools are a New War on the Agency

By Imad Freij for WAFA Six UNRWA-run schools in Jerusalem are now facing the threat of closure, after the Israeli municipality green-lighted the establishment of a school complex affiliated with the so-called Israeli Ministry of Education as an alternative to the UNRWA-run schools, paving the way to end the operations […]

03 Jan
7:41

Opinion: Embracing Palestine: How to Combat Israel’s Misuse of ‘Antisemitism’

By Ramzy Baroud for Middle East Monitor At a talk I delivered in Northern England in March 2018, I proposed that the best response to falsified accusations of antisemitism, which are often lobbed against pro-Palestinian communities and intellectuals everywhere, is to draw even closer to the Palestinian narrative. In fact, […]

02 Jan
8:43

TRNN: The Year in Palestine and Israel

The Real News Network’s Marc Steiner and Shir Hever discuss the upcoming election, corruption charges against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and more. Shir Hever is an economic researcher in the Alternative Information Center, a Palestinian-Israeli organization active in Jerusalem and Beit-Sahour. Researching the economic aspect of the Israeli occupation […]

01 Jan
3:09

Analysis: Will the ICC’s Investigation into Israeli War Crimes Finally Bring Justice to Palestine?

By Miko Peled for Mint Press News Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court’s Chief Prosecutor, said in a statement regarding “alleged crimes” committed in the occupied Palestinian territories that “all the statutory criteria under the Rome Statute for the opening of an investigation have been met.” The territories in question […]

31 Dec
11:59

Gaza Still Unresolved Approaching 2020

It was a very happy moment when the Palestinians knew that they would cast their votes in order to choose their representatives, after waiting a long time. They voted and unexpectedly, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, won the overwhelming majority of the parliament seats, but this was not a blessing […]

31 Dec
9:51

REPORT: Over 13 Million Palestinians Worldwide by 2020

Dr. Ola Awad, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) President presents a brief on the status of Palestinian people at The end of 2019 as follows: More than 13 Million Palestinians in the world by the End of 2019 An increase in population of  Palestinians in the world The projected […]

31 Dec
6:34

Analysis: Who is Archbishop Atallah Hanna, and Why Does Israel Hate Him?

By Ramzy Baroud for Middle East Monitor “They will run and not grow weary,” is a quote from the Bible (Isaiah, 40:41) that adorns the homepage of Kairos Palestine. This important document, which parallels a similar initiative emanating from South Africa during the anti-apartheid struggle years, has come to represent […]

30 Dec
3:51

Netanyahu Announces Six-Point Plan to Annex Palestinian Land, Defeat Iran

By: The Palestine Chronicle Staff Following his triumph in the Likud party’s primary elections, on December 26, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu introduced a political plan aimed at securing US recognition of Israel’s annexation of West Bank settlements and rolling back Iran’s influence in the region. Netanyahu’s plan, which is […]

29 Dec
10:14

Not A Merry Christmas For Christian Detainees In Israeli Prisons

At the house of Palestinian political prisoner, Samer al-Arabid, in the central West Bank city of Ramallah, you can find no Christmas tree, no celebration and no joy to the world. After all, he is facing a serious health condition after being severely and continuously tortured by Israel. Samer comes […]

28 Dec
7:23

A Year In Review: Will 2020 Be A Game Changer In Palestine?

by Ramzy Baroud This has been a defining year for Palestine and Israel. Despite the usual political stagnation of the Palestinian leadership, two factors contributed to making 2019 particularly eventful and, looking ahead, consequential as well: The unprecedented political power struggle in Israel, and the total US retreat from its […]

24 Dec
8:19

Trump Demonstrates Again Why Zionism Is Anti-Semitism

by Asa Winstanley You have to hand it to Donald Trump, he knows which side his bread is buttered. Spewing out disgusting remarks that some of the commentariat deemed only “controversial” at worst, Trump attended the Israeli-American Council’s (AIC) national summit earlier this month. A major pro-Israel lobby group, the IAC, is bankrolled by anti-Palestinian […]

23 Dec
2:31

Bansky’s ‘Walled Off Hotel’ in Bethlehem Displays “Scar of Bethlehem”

British street artist Banksy has brought a sombre Christmas spirit to the hotel he founded, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, with a nativity scene evoking the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Middle east Monitor reported. Dubbed “Scar of Bethlehem”, the display features a miniature Jesus, Mary and Joseph under a […]

20 Dec
6:15

Report: UN Body Criticizes Israel’s Racial Segregation Policies

A United Nations human rights committee has called on Israel to “ensure equal treatment for all persons on the territories under its effective control and subject to its jurisdiction” – inside Israel, in the Occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem, and in the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to a press […]

18 Dec
3:56

Report: Hebron is More Than Ever Targeted by Settlement and Judaization Projects

By: Madeeha Araj (National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements) for PNN The National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements Stated in its latest weekly report, that under an order by Naftali Bennett, Minister of the Israeli Occupation Army, the Israeli Civil Administration sent a letter last week […]

18 Dec
1:14

Anti-Semitism Envoy Elan Carr Puts Israel (Not Jews) Front And Center

Trump’s anti-Semitism envoy inaccurately equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism, and considers Israel “a central tenet” of Judaism – despite vocal opposition from within the global Jewish community
 Carr demands: “Every law enforcement office and every prosecutorial agency must force everybody who has even a hint of antisemitism to undergo a tolerance […]

17 Dec
4:38

Trump’s Executive Order on Anti-Semitism Attacks Free Speech, Palestinians, and Jews

Dima Khalidi discusses the legal and civil ramifications of President Trump’s executive order adopting the controversial IHRA working definition on antisemitism, defining Judaism as a race or nationality, which would threaten free speech on US campuses, sow divisions among US Jews, and criminalize the BDS movement. TRNN Video & Transcript […]

Soldiers cheer while shooting civilians (image from B'Tselem video)
16 Dec
10:19

B’Tselem: To Understand the Violence of Israel’s Occupation, Know These 30 Stories

By Hagai El-Ad for +972 Magazine Aishah Abu Laban is 70 years old. It has been 30 years since the fateful day in 1989 when an Israeli soldier shot and killed her daughter Rufaydah, 13, but she will never forget it. Rufaydah, who lived in Dheisheh Refugee Camp, was killed […]

16 Dec
9:48

B’Tselem: When You Work for Thirty Years You Learn a Few Things. Here’s What We’ve Learned Since 1989.

The Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported that during a speech at Khan al-Ahmar, marking 30 years since the establishment of B’Tselem, Executive Director of the Israeli human rights center, Hagai El-Ad delivered the following speech: “When you work for thirty years you learn a few things. Here’s what […]

16 Dec
5:40

Analysis: Jerusalem is at the Heart of the Palestinian Cause

By: Burak Bir for Anadolu Agency The heart of the Palestinian cause is Jerusalem, and what is happening today in Gaza is for Jerusalem, a Palestinian expert said last week. “If the heart of the Palestinian cause is Jerusalem, Palestine’s striking force is Gaza. That is why Israel is attacking […]

14 Dec
4:57

Canada’s Latest UN Stance Fails To Affirm Commitment To Palestinians’ Political Rights

by Ramona Wadi, Days of Palestine UN resolutions on Palestine are given more prominence than the Palestinian people themselves. What happens within the UN premises sets an agenda that is difficult to challenge, mainly because international consensus rarely makes it beyond resolution texts to implementation. As a result, an unexpected […]

1948 Refugees (Image from palestineremembered.com)
10 Dec
5:43

Opinion – Palestinian Right of Return: The Legal Key to Undoing the Zionist Conquest

By Joseph Massad for Middle East Eye One of the most ironic features of Zionism and the state of Israel is the central way in which the concept of “return” informs their ideology and policies. Zionism’s colonial project hinged on the claim that contemporary European Jews were descendants of the […]

06 Dec
4:54

The Systematic Torture of Palestinians in Israeli Detention

by Yara Hawari, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Since the establishment of Israel in 1948, the Israeli Security Agency has been torturing Palestinians. Al-Shabaka Senior Palestine Policy Fellow Yara Hawari argues that the use of torture in Israeli detention is systematic and legitimized through domestic law, and outlines steps for the […]

04 Dec
3:14

Opinion: How Israel Became One of the World’s Worst Rogue States

By Alain Gabon for Middle East Eye Despite propaganda to the contrary, Israel is not a democracy and never has been. As an integral part of its ongoing propaganda, Israel, along with its fervent supporters and legions of paid and anonymous agents, zealously repeats and disseminates, in the media, on […]

02 Dec
2:46

How Israel/Palestine Became a Central Issue in US Politics

Alex Kane discusses how US-Israel relations evolved from a bipartisan to a partisan issue, in recent years, and how Israel/Palestine serves a symbol for other social struggles over social justice in the US. TRNN Video & Transcript GREG WILPERT Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Greg Wilpert in Baltimore. Recently, […]

01 Dec
1:01

OPINION: Anatomy of a Zionist Smear Campaign: Jerusalem Post Admits to Fabrications

By Marion Kawas for Palestine Chronicle On November 20, 2019, Israel advocacy club Herut Canada held a public meeting entitled “Reservists on Duty” at York University in Toronto. The meeting billed itself as a chance to hear from “real Israeli soldiers” about the “Arab-Israeli conflict, BDS and much more”. Pro-Palestinian […]

30 Nov
7:37

OPINION: Free Speech, But Not For Palestine

By Mona Dennaoui and Hammam Farah for The Toronto Sun On November 20, Israel advocacy group, Herut Canada, held an event at York University with former soldiers of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), which has held recruitment drives in Toronto, although it is illegal for a foreign military to recruit […]

29 Nov
6:46

Activism For Palestine Must Create Spaces For Palestinian Narratives

by Ramona Wadi, for Days of Palestine When, in December 2017, US President Donald Trump unilaterally recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the protests in Palestine swiftly ignited a ripple of international solidarity. Activists in many countries protested against the decision, while world leaders repeated their carefully-crafted statements and considered their […]

28 Nov
5:06

Opinion: It May Not Know it, but the US is Accelerating the End of Israel’s Apartheid Regime

Asa Winstanley for Middle East Monitor Last week US President, Donald Trump’s administration made a notable move. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US is reversing previous policy, which basically accepted that Israel’s colonial settlements in the occupied West Bank are a violation of international law. This is […]

28 Nov
2:20

Visit to Al Fawwar Refugee Camp, Hebron, Palestine, June 2019

By Niall Ó BrolchĂĄin – IMEMC: Ayat Alturshan runs several different projects for women and children at different refugee camps in the West Bank, Palestine. I recently had the opportunity to go and visit the Al Fawwar refugee camp on the outskirts of Hebron, West Bank, Palestine with the cultural […]

28 Nov
2:02

Living under occupation in the West Bank

For IMEMC News – Niall Ó BrolchĂĄin: As I strolled through the streets of the Old Town market near the home of Idress Zahdeh, rocks, other missiles, and rubbish were landing on the grills and tarpaulins above my head, which were put there in order to protect the shoppers, shopkeepers, […]

28 Nov
1:38

Opinion: All the Signs are That Netanyahu’s Political Career is About to Hit the Buffers

by Motasem A Dalloul for Middle East Monitor Ever since Israeli Attorney General, Avichai Mendelblit announced last Thursday that he was indicting Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, the Prime Minister has been blundering about in the political arena. The longest serving Israeli premier in […]

26 Nov
6:51

A Question of UN Credibility: Releasing the Settlements Database

by Nada Awad, Maha Abdullah for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Hundreds of Palestinian, regional, and international organizations have called on the previous and current UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to release the UN database of companies engaged in activities with Israel’s illegal settlements. Though the 2016 Human Rights Council resolution called for the release […]

26 Nov
9:27

ISM Report: Land Confiscations by the Israeli Army in Salfit and Qalqilia Area

photo: Israeli plan for the renewed confiscation of lands around Alei Zahav illegal settlement. The Israeli Occupation Forces has recently announced a new sequence of land seizures in eleven villages in Salfit District and three in the Qalqila area of Occupied Palestine. The total amount of land being confiscated, for […]

26 Nov
4:00

Opinion: Israel’s Next Move is the Real Danger in the U.S. Decision to Normalize Illegal Jewish Settlements

Ramzy Baroud – Middle East Monitor It is hardly a major surprise that the US government has finally decreed that illegal Jewish settlements built in defiance of international law are somehow “consistent” with the said law. US foreign policy has been edging closer towards this conclusion for some time. Since […]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department, Friday, March 15, 2019 in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
24 Nov
2:37

Analysis: International Law is Clear on One Point: Israel’s Settlements are Illegal

Richard Falk – Middle East Eye: Despite the U.S. administration’s announcement to the contrary, there is no question as to the unlawfulness of Israel’s settler encroachment U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo made headlines around the world this week in announcing that the U.S. had shifted its position, and no longer […]

23 Nov
4:22

Netanyahu Indicted on Corruption Charges But Won’t Step Down

Is this the end of the 13-year Netanyahu era? What is Trump learning from Netanyahu’s unprecedented response to the charges against him? (No transcript available.) Brought to you by The Real News Network (TRNN). Opinion/Analysis 11/16/19 The Infallible Warrior: Honest Reflections on the Legacy of Yasser Arafat 15 Years After […]

20 Nov
7:50

International Law Experts: United States Has No Legal Capacity To Legalize Settlements

Aseel Akhras/Days of Palestine International law experts agree that the US administration does not have the legal capacity to legalize settlements, and that the recent announcement by its secretary of state comes in response to the European Court of Justice’s decision to label settlement goods and the international consensus to […]

17 Nov
6:13

Netanyahu Kills Palestinians to Keep Opposition From Forming Government

Provoking a conflict with Gaza led to the deaths of 32 Palestinians. But, was the real objective the creation of an emergency government so Netanyahu can remain in power? Jeff Halper is the co-founder and director of ICAHD, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. He was born in 1946 in Minnesota […]

16 Nov
6:17

Opinion: The Infallible Warrior: Honest Reflections on the Legacy of Yasser Arafat 15 Years After His Death

Ramzy Baroud – Middle East Monitor 15 years after the passing of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian people continue to reflect on his legacy. Thousands of images of “Abu Ammar” have been shared across numerous social media platforms remembering a man whose nom de guerre has been affiliated with […]

12 Nov
4:45

Opinion – Palestinian Elections Unlikely to be Held

Abdul Sattar Qassem – Middle East Monitor Finally, it appears that the two major factions, Fatah and Hamas — or rather the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas — are preparing for elections. What’s more, both sides reaffirm their willingness to hold elections that are 10 years overdue. Presidential elections were […]

11 Nov
8:14

Restructuring the Palestinian Authority: It’s Now or Never

by Dana El Kurd, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Overview The Palestinian Authority (PA) has perhaps never been so embattled, polarizing, or internally fragmented. In the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), the PA has cut itself off from Gaza, and reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah continues to be elusive. Regionally, the […]

10 Nov
8:40

‘Hey Boston! Thanks for the Guns!’ Guerrilla Ads Oppose U.S. Aid to Israel

Editors of Mondoweiss A Palestinian solidarity group in Boston, Thursday, posted photographs of ads displayed in bus kiosks, opposing U.S. military aid to Israel. Richard Colbath-Hess, who has erected Palestinian solidarity ads in Boston in the past, says that the group doing these acts is anonymous because such ads are […]

10 Nov
5:32

Facebook Sues Israeli Cyber Security Co. NSO Over WhatsApp Surveillance

Shir Hever discusses the strategy of the Israeli offensive cyber company NSO, its roots in the notorious Israeli “8200” military intelligence unit, and how it crossed a line that very few companies dare cross. Shir Hever is an economic researcher in the Alternative Information Center, a Palestinian-Israeli organization active in […]

09 Nov
10:50

Opinion – Israel: Is it Really a Democratic State?

Motasem A Dalloul – Middle East Monitor Most global democracy indicators rate Israel as the most democratic state, or even the only democratic state, in the Middle East. Freedom House and many others have also given Israel high scores regarding human rights, political freedoms and the right of people to […]

08 Nov
9:13

Opinion: Microsoft Should Not Fund Israeli Spying On Palestinians

Ramzy Baroud – Days of Palestine The act of Palestinian activists covering their faces during anti-Israeli occupation rallies is an old practice that spans decades. The masking of the face, often by Kufyias – traditional Palestinian scarves that grew to symbolize Palestinian resistance – is far from being a fashion […]

04 Nov
10:02

Opinion – On Jared Kushner’s Palestinophobia

Haidar Eid – Mondoweiss Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s Middle East ‘advisor’ and son-in-law is at it again. In June, he cast doubt about the ability of the Palestinian people to govern themselves. And, as if that was not enough, he made it absolutely clear this week that Israel is not […]

03 Nov
7:37

The PA Is Doing Israel’s Dirty Work; That’s Why It Was Created

by Asa Winstanley Despite what you may have heard, the Palestinian Authority is not a “Palestinian government”. Indeed, “Palestinian Authority” is a misnomer, as the entity has no genuine authority, and does not act in the interests of most Palestinians. Above all else, it is certainly not a democratic body. […]

22 Oct
5:47

Netanyahu Fails to Form Government: Now What?

PNN – Prime Minister Netanyahu announced, yesterday, that he’s officially handing back his mandate to President Rivlin after failing to form a new Israeli government. The mandate will now pass to his rival and Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz, who will no doubt face the same difficulties as […]

13 Oct
4:21

Blatant Case of Torture Exposes Israeli Occupation Methods

Twenty years after the Israeli High Court ruled against the use of torture, the law allows the secret police to continue to use it. Human rights groups warn that these circumstances are frequently evoked in cases like that of Samer Al-Arbid, who was almost tortured to death. Richard Silverstein blogs […]

12 Oct
12:37

UNRWA in a Time of Crisis: Separating the Red Herrings from Legitimate Shortcomings

by Ardi Imseis for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees has faced much turmoil in the past few years. In August 2018, the US announced that it would no longer fund UNRWA, withdrawing the more than $300 million it had formerly supplied annually. Though others, such […]

12 Oct
12:10

How Hamas Made Palestinian Factions In Gaza Its Fans?

by Motasem Ahmed Dalloul In the late of 1970s, Islamists began to emerge as an effective group in the battle against the Israeli occupation. Their rise led to the formation of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas in the 1980s which became an effective Palestinian national movement along with secular […]

11 Oct
1:13

The Jordan Valley Springs: Between the Rock of the Occupation and the Hard Place of Settlers

By Al Harith Al Hasni: THE JORDAN VALLEY, Thursday, October 10, 2019 (WAFA) – Muheeb Fathi Abu Mohsen, a resident of Ein el-Helweh in the northern Jordan Valley, brings his cows twice a day to the water spring of Ein el-Helweh to drink from it – once before he goes […]

09 Oct
6:42

The Impact On The ‘Deal Of The Century’ by The Measures To Impeach Trump

by Adnan Abu Amer, for Days of Palestine Palestinians and Israelis are following the ongoing constitutional measures to impeach US President Donald Trump with great interest. They want to know what the implications will be for the so-called deal of the century; will, for example, its formal announcement have to […]

07 Oct
10:38

Palestinian Dies From Serious Injuries Suffered In Northern Gaza

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported, on Monday, October 7th, 2019, that a young man who was shot and seriously injured by Israeli army fire in northern Gaza, has died from his wounds. The Health Ministry stated that the young man, Fadi Osama Ramadan Hijazi, 21, was seriously injured in […]

04 Oct
6:21

Amazon, Israel, and the Occupation of Palestine

photo: Apartment building in Gaza after bombing by Israeli aircraft. IAI, which services 80% of Amazon’s cargo planes, also provides aircraft, missiles, and other weapons to the Israeli government. Credit: MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS On September 22nd, Amazon quietly launched its operations in Israel, offering local delivery from a number of Israeli […]

01 Oct
6:12

The Oslo Accords: The Five Star Israeli Occupation

Perhaps the Oslo Accords, which were concluded between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel, will be registered in the modern and contemporary history as the worst agreement between the representatives of a people under occupation and an occupying power. Since then, 26 years have passed. The Palestinian negotiator thought […]

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30 Sep
7:03

Malaysian PM to United Nations: “Israel is the Origin of Modern Terrorism”

The creation of Israel by seizing Palestinian land and expelling its 90 per cent Arab population is the root cause of terrorism, the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr Mahathir Mohamad said in his UN speech. “Since then, wars have been fought in many countries, many related to the creation of […]

29 Sep
5:56

Elizabeth Warren Won’t Stand Up To Israel’s Crimes

by Ali Abunimah, for Days of Palestine Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has made her clearest statement on how she would approach Israel’s decades of occupation and oppression of Palestinians. It is arguably a microscopic improvement from previous positions. But that’s not saying much, because those amounted to fleeing hard questions, as she […]

25 Sep
4:11

New Legislation in Congress Puts Palestinians in a Catch-22

New legislation introduced in Congress would potentially destroy the ability of the Palestinian leadership to engage in diplomatic and legal channels to support Palestinian national aspirations. The legislation would give Palestinian leaders two options: withdraw from international bodies that are integral to their pursuit of justice or be held liable […]

23 Sep
12:06

Palestinian Opposition to Social Security: Revolution or Devolution?

September 23, 2019 12:06 PM Al-Shabaka Opinion/Analysis, Palestinian Politics, West Bank 0

by Karam Omar for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Overview Social security functions as a safety net to protect workers in cases of illness, injury, and disability, and as a source of income after retirement. Its origins can be traced to the end of the nineteenth century, when Germany introduced the first mandatory social […]

15 Sep
4:49

Opinion : The Zionist Quest for Palestinian Absolution is a Fantasy

Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu explained the main obstacle to a “solution” with the Palestinian people. Along with Education Minister Rafi Peretz, Netanyahu attended a ceremony to mark the start of the school year in the Elkana colonial settlement in the Occupied West Bank and gave a […]

12 Sep
12:19

Boycotts, Benjamins and America’s University Leaders

by David Klein Days of Palestine, September 11th, 2019 If there is one thing which unites American university presidents, it is opposition to the academic boycott of Israel. The leaders of more than 250 universities have posted letters or made public statements denouncing the boycott.  The provost and president of Johns Hopkins proclaimed, in […]

11 Sep
5:42

OpEd : Israel Killed Palestinian Civilians Deliberately, So Why is the UNHRC Speculating About It?

When the Great March of Return protests started in March, 2018 the Palestinian people’s call was clear, with a collective, entirely legitimate, demand to return to historic Palestine. Israel’s response was to position snipers at the border, shooting to kill or maim Palestinians exercising their fundamental right of free expression […]

09 Sep
8:56

Focus On: International Aid to Palestine

by Samer Abdelnour, Sam Bahour, Nora Lester Murad, Alaa Tartir, Jeremy Wildeman for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network The Trump Administration’s decision to cut aid to the Palestinians and cease USAID operations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) must serve as a wake-up call for Palestinian policymakers to lay the Oslo Accords aid model to rest. Neither […]

07 Sep
6:23

Why ‘Moderates’ Don’t Have A Clue What To Do About Israel’s Settlements

photo: A view of construction works in Ramot, a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem on 4 October 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency] Earlier this month, the High Planning Committee (HPC) of the Israeli Civil Administration authorised the construction of 2,304 new settlement units, just days after the approval of another 6,000 […]

05 Sep
6:57

OpEd: The Palestinian Authority Needs to Oppose Israel

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is doing everything possible to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Authority is still doing everything possible to coordinate with Israel’s security agencies, suppressing every new resistance cell, most recently the one in Nablus. If the PA can preserve the Arab […]

05 Sep
3:58

Israeli Security Tech on US-Mexican Border Threatens Nation’s Civil Liberties

The ACLU’s Jay Stanley says that the Border Patrol’s repurposing of surveillance technology and drones could open doors that put our liberty and privacy at risk. Jay Stanley is a senior policy analyst with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, where he researches, writes, and speaks about technology-related privacy […]

05 Sep
6:09

Purpose of Netanyahu’s Hebron Intrusion A Way To Gain Support From The “Ultra Right Wing”

By Bilal Ghaith Palestinian activists called for receiving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Hebron, Wednesday, with black flags on homes near the Ibrahimi Mosque as observers, politicians and historians dismissed all allegations regarding the “visit” describing it as a provocation. According to Maarive newspaper, Netanyahu is set to take […]

31 Aug
4:20

Orwellian Surveillance of Tohono O’odham Nation – A Test Case for Entire US Border?

Will Parrish tells the story of how Israeli surveillance techniques, originally developed to control Palestinians, are now being used on Indigenous land near the border to control migrants, and could be expanded to the entire nation. TRNN Video & Transcript MARC STEINER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Marc Steiner. […]

27 Aug
3:28

Analysts: Lifting Israeli Siege To Halt Gaza Attacks

Recent attacks carried out by armed individuals in the Gaza Strip reflect the growing public anger of Israel’s 12-year blockade on the Palestinian territory, analysts told Anadolu Agency. Analysts opine that lifting the crippling siege and improving livelihood in Gaza will lead to halting attacks from the coastal enclave against […]

25 Aug
10:03

VIDEOS: Speakers confront political bans, anti-Palestinian repression in Germany

On Saturday, 17 August, Palestinian writer Khaled Barakat spoke in Berlin after the end of the political ban imposed on him by the German state. Joining him were Samidoun’s international coordinator, Charlotte Kates and European coordinator, Mohammed Khatib. Thanks to solidarity video network Public Solidarity, videos of the talks are now available online for those […]

25 Aug
4:21

Norman Finkelstein : “The Two State Solution is Dead”

Last week, The Canary released Part 1 of an interview with renowned Jewish academic Norman Finkelstein in which he discussed the antisemitism smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party. In Part 2, Finkelstein speaks about the Israeli state’s degeneration into an “alt-right country”, the complicity of its population […]

25 Aug
2:02

Ramzy Baroud : The Decades-old War on Palestinian Workers

Over the past month, the Lebanese authorities have unleashed a brutal crackdown on Palestinian workers. In June, Lebanese Minister of Labour Kamil Abu Sleiman decreed that Palestinian refugees in Lebanon must obtain work permits like other foreign workers. This move added to the already precarious situation of many Palestinian workers […]

17 Aug
5:28

Dangerous Bill in Congress to Crush the PLO and PA

by Zaha Hassan for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network A bipartisan US bill currently being considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee puts at stake the ability of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to engage diplomatic and legal channels to support Palestinian national aspirations and to seek accountability through international mechanisms, as well […]

16 Aug
5:35

How Israel’s Erasure of Palestinian History Perpetuates Occupation

Professor Ilan Pappe discusses why Israel’s agency in charge of nuclear security hid documents about the Nakba, the catastrophe in which Palestinians were driven from their land in 1948, explaining that it was an effort to eliminate the Palestinian narrative. TRNN Video & Transcript GREG WILPERT: Welcome to The Real News […]

16 Aug
5:19

VIDEO: Gaza In Context

By: Status Audio-Visual Magazine / Days of Palestine 08/05/19 Opinion: Abbas’ La-La Land And The Evolution Of The American Love Affair With Israel  

06 Aug
9:01

Palestinian Security Services Continue to Cooperate with American Counterparts

by Adnan Abu Amer (photo: Chief of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Intelligence Services Majed Faraj, Twitter) Despite the American-Palestinian estrangement since December 2017, leading to the imposition of American sanctions on the PA, this did not stop the two parties from holding meetings both in secret and in public. This contradiction raises […]

05 Aug
10:17

The Political Marginalization of Palestinian Women in the West Bank

August 5, 2019 10:17 PM Al-Shabaka News Report, Opinion/Analysis, Palestine 0

by Yara Hawari for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY While Palestinian women have always faced political marginalization, developments since the Oslo Accords have caused them to endure perhaps even more formidable challenges when it comes to political participation. Al-Shabaka Palestine Policy Fellow Yara Hawari outlines these challenges and recommends ways for […]

05 Aug
10:09

Opinion: Abbas’ La-La Land And The Evolution Of The American Love Affair With Israel

by Ramzy Baroud Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is ready to “go to the White House and continue what [he] started with [US President] Donald Trump.” With this and other confusing statements, Abbas tried to articulate the new Palestinian political agenda to foreign reporters in Ramallah last month. According to Abbas, the […]

28 Jul
1:22

A Nasty, Brutish Dream: Palestinian Youth In Detainment

by Isaac Scher On a hot afternoon last August, Mohammed, 13, and Ahmed, 14, sat and watched from afar as a scuffle broke out between Israeli forces and local youth in their West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. Young villagers threw stones; Israeli soldiers responded with tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and live […]

26 Jul
8:48

Netanyahu Becomes Longest-Serving Prime Minister in Israel History

Shir Hever compares the world of founding Israeli Prime Minister Ben Gurion, who pushed a collective spirit and built an Israeli security elite, to that of populist Benjamin Netanyahu, who has profited from the spoils of colonialism while building a cult of personality. Shir Hever is an economic researcher in […]

24 Jul
10:00

Israeli High Court to Determine Fate of Human Rights Watch Director Omar Shakir

The Israeli High Court of Justice, on Wednesday, is set to defend its decision to deport Human Rights Watch Director for Israel and Palestine, Omar Shakir, for supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, Haaretz reported. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), this is a “dangerous interpretation” of the […]

23 Jul
10:38

Israel Attempts to Censor European Parliament amid Growing Support for Khaled Barakat, Palestinian Rights

Palestinian writer Khaled Barakat is continuing to fight back against a political ban imposed on him by Germany, while Israeli officials are attempting to pressure the European Parliament over inviting Palestinian speakers to discuss the repression they face in Europe as well as under Israeli occupation. Barakat, who has filed an urgent appeal in […]

22 Jul
4:50

The US Law Restricting Satellite Imagery of Palestine-Israel

by Zena Agha on July 21, 2019 for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Bipartisan legislation passed by the US Congress in 1997 limits the quality and availability of aerial photography of Palestine-Israel. The Kyl-Bingaman Amendment (KBA) to the US National Defense Authorization Act was passed under the pretext of protecting Israel’s national security. […]

17 Jul
1:22

Palestinians Losing 60 Million Work Hours Per Year

Palestinians lose about 60 million hours of work per year, due to check points and restrictions imposed, by the Israeli occupation, on Palestinian movement between the towns and villages of the West Bank, the Applied Research Institute (ARIJ) reported Monday, according to Al Ray. ARIJ estimated the loss at about […]

10 Jul
12:55

Why Is The Rise Of BDS Worldwide Worrying Israel?

by Yousef al-Helou The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is gaining momentum. There is no doubt about this. The Palestinian-led campaign for an educational, cultural and business boycott of Israel aims to get justice, freedom and equality. Inspired by the South African anti-Apartheid movement, BDS started in 2005 by civil […]

07 Jul
9:00

Bahrain Was A Workshop Of Betrayal

by Dr. Amira Abo el-Fetouh During the rule of the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid, Theodor Herzl made an offer to buy Palestine in order to move the Jews of the world there, but the Sultan rejected the offer. Last week, Herzl’s ideological grandson, Jared Kushner, went to Bahrain to ask […]

07 Jul
8:24

Report: Secret Israeli Unit Purging Historical Documents Related to Nakba

Israel’s ministry for military affairs has formed a secret unit tasked with concealing sensitive historical documents, with a special focus on censoring chilling revelations related to the expulsion of Palestine’s original inhabitants, according to a report. Malmab, also known as the military affairs ministry’s department for “defense establishment security”, has […]

02 Jul
6:30

Why is Aid to Palestine Ineffective?

Policy analyst Jeremy Wildeman discusses his study of aid effectiveness to Palestine through the perceptions of development organizations and donors, highlighting how they tend to ignore the impact of the Israeli occupation on the Palestinian economy. TRNN Video & Transcript GREG WILPERT It’s The Real News Network and I’m Greg Wilpert […]

01 Jul
4:03

The Israeli Occupation’s Fig Leaf

By : Asa Winstanley/Middle East Monitor – June 29, 2019 Spare a thought for the human rights groups in Palestine committed to documenting, holding to account, and otherwise having to deal with Israel’s racist regime. Groups such as Al Haq, B’Tselem, Adalah and Al-Mezan are just some of the many […]

30 Jun
7:19

The Lie Of The Century

by Jafar M. Ramini Well, it’s happened. It’s real. Mr. Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and Senior Advisor of President Trump has delivered 136 pages of lies, suppositions and conjuring tricks to seduce or compel us Palestinians to accept our fate and surrender our rights. What rights? As far as this document […]

23 Jun
6:21

REVEALED: Israel’s Illegal Rules of Engagement in Gaza Lets Snipers Shoot ‘Key Instigators’ Even When They Move Away from Protest (VIDEO)

Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel demands Israel prohibit use of live ammunition against protesters; military retroactively invented ‘key instigator’ category to justify shootings of people who posed no immediate danger. A document released by the Israeli military describes how snipers may open fire on Gaza protesters […]