Category Archives: Opinion/Analysis

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 […]

21 Jun
10:44

Donor Perceptions of Palestine: Limits to Aid Effectiveness

by Jeremy Wildeman for Al Shabaka Palesinian Policy Network Overview Funds from Western donors have comprised the majority of the more than $36.2 billion in development assistance spent on the Palestinian economy from 1993 to 2017. This spending, done in support of the Oslo peace process under US political leadership and World Bank technical guidance, has largely been disbursed […]

15 Jun
10:43

Angry Reaction from Abdullah as US Suggests Jordan as Homeland For Palestinians

Jordan’s King Abdullah is reacting angrily to any suggestion that he might accept a US peace deal that would make his country a homeland for Palestinians. Speaking to the armed forces, he rejected the idea of Jordan as an alternative state for Palestinians, saying: “Don’t we have a voice in […]

14 Jun
5:24

Israeli Private Intelligence Company Black Cube Out of Control

Shir Hever discusses the dangers of privatizing security and intelligence, as a private company called Black Cube, that claims to use Israeli Mossad procedures, hires out its services to the highest bidder and goes after international as well as Israeli activists, business people, and politicians. TRNN Video & Transcript GREG […]

11 Jun
7:42

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi Calls Out Trump’s “Peace Team”

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, Executive Committee Member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, has offered her respected opinion to Newsweek, regarding the U.S. so-called “peace plan”, led by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. Ashrawi calls the trio of Jason Greenblatt, Jared Kushner, and David Friedman – “a group of ideologically driven […]

10 Jun
11:31

Drama On The Tarmac: US Judge Foils Secret Deportation To Israel

by Ali Abunimah On Wednesday morning, a private jet chartered by the US government landed in Tel Aviv. On board was Abdelhaleem Ashqar, a Palestinian business professor who ran for the presidency of the Palestinian Authority in 2005. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were attempting to secretly deport him to […]

07 Jun
12:01

Facing The Facts: Israel Cannot Escape ICC Jurisdiction

The Chief Military Advocate General of the Israeli army, Sharon Afek, and the US Department of Defense General Counsel, Paul Ney, shared a platform at the ‘International Conference on the Law of Armed Conflict’, which took place in Herzliya, Israel between May 28-30. Their panel witnessed some of the most […]

31 May
12:10

Israeli Soldiers Kill A Palestinian Child Near Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers killed, Friday, a Palestinian child near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and injured a young man from Hebron, while trying to enter Jerusalem for Friday prayers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Media sources said the soldiers shot and killed Abdullah Luay Gheith, 16, from the southern West Bank […]

27 May
1:24

The Rise in Hate Speech Targeting Palestinians in Israeli Social Media

Written by Nadim Nashif, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Israel is a world leader in cybersecurity technologies and surveillance and, on platforms like Facebook and Twitter, uses predictive social media policing systems to increasingly limit Palestinians’ freedom of expression. These systems locate users by matching traits like age, gender, and location […]

27 May
1:18

Far-Right Israeli Organization Publishes List of ‘Disloyal’ Professors

Far-right Zionist organization Im Tirtzu recently published a list attacking 80 Israeli university professors they have deemed “anti-Israel”—professors critical of or opposed to Israeli occupation, some who support BDS, and others who merely express opinions that won’t fall in lockstep with the Israeli government’s opinions. The list includes personal information, […]

15 May
10:50

Eurovision Artist Boycott Curbed by Qatari Aid

The Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Tel Aviv, Israel this week has been made possible only through a ceasefire signed between the Israeli government and the Hamas party in Gaza, with the help of Qatar. A delegation from Qatar is now in the Gaza Strip providing around $30 million […]

09 May
7:42

Has Israel Already Annexed The West Bank?

While the international community and media created an uproar when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced his intent to annex the West Bank in a bid to garner votes during last month’s elections, many Palestinians living in the occupied territory were not fazed by the right-wing leader’s words. “It’s obvious that the West Bank […]

20 Apr
12:35

Who Lost the Arabs? Regional Relations with Palestine

by Ibrahim Fraihat, Nadine Naber, Loubna Qutami, Sherene Seikaly – on April 18, 2019 Published From al-Shabaka – The Palestinian  Policy Network  Overview: Nadine Naber For decades, progressive political analysts have critiqued Arab states for abandoning the Palestinian struggle for liberation. According to this critique, while Arab governments often claim solidarity with Palestinians, their actions […]

15 Apr
12:10

How The Left Also Dehumanizes Palestinians In Gaza

by Susan Abulhawa Along the political spectrum, from the far left to extreme right, and spanning racial and ethnic lines, nearly everyone who has something to say about protesters in Gaza seems to fail the task of recognizing Palestinian humanity. If it’s coming from the right, the narrative is of terrorists, […]

06 Apr
7:14

The Competing Parties in Upcoming Israeli Elections

RAMALLAH, Friday, April 5, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli citizens go to the polls. Aside from the progressive Meretz party, the ailing Labor party, and Palestinian Israeli parties, all other competing lists oppose Palestinian rights, reject the two-state solution, and have vowed to ensure that the rights of the Palestinian people […]

04 Apr
6:13

Kahanism: The Logical Conclusion of Zionism

by Asa Winstanley In Israel’s elections later this month, a hard-right bloc, led by the incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, looks likely to be the victor. This bloc of legislators now looks likely to include the Kahanists of the Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party. Rabbi Meir Kahane was a fanatically anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian […]

02 Apr
5:37

A Dangerous Precedent: US Recognition of Israel’s Annexation of the Syrian Golan

Phyllis Bennis explains that Trump’s decision is a setback for peace all over the world. The US has isolated itself diplomatically, in support of Netanyahu’s campaign to win the elections, but recovery will be long. Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow and the Director of the New Internationalism Project at the […]

31 Mar
4:26

On Land Day, Jordan Valley Palestinians See Their Land Gradually Pulled from Under Their Feet

by Isra Ghourani, WAFA  On Friday morning, Palestinian residents of al-Farisieh village, in the northern Jordan Valley, were surprised to find out that Israeli settlers had fenced dozens of dunams of their land and planted them with olive trees. This transgression on the land is part of a series of daily […]

23 Mar
4:08

Democratic Hopefuls Reject AIPAC

So far, no Democratic presidential candidates have committed to speaking at this year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. Is this a shift in Democratic foreign policy towards Israel? What does this mean for AIPAC, one of the country’s most influential lobby groups? Shir Hever is an economic researcher in […]

23 Mar
4:00

Silencing Rasmea Odeh: An Anti-democratic Attack on Freedom of Expression

The following press release on the attack on Rasmea Odeh in Germany was originally issued in German and distributed to the media. View the German language original at this link. ~Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network 1. Background The event “Palestinian women in the liberation struggle,” organized by Samidoun, was planned to take place […]

19 Mar
6:38

The Attack on Ilhan Omar and Pelosi’s Unconditional Support for Israel

Nancy Pelosi pledged support for Israel “even if the Capitol crumbles,” as major Democratic Party funder and pro-Israel advocate Haim Saban looked on – TRNN’s panel discusses anti-Semitism, Israel and the Democratic Party with Jacqueline Luqman, Jeff Cohen and host Paul Jay. Jeff Cohen was the director of the Park […]

17 Mar
11:50

The Untold Story of Gaza’s March of Return

by: Ramzy Baroud, palinfo.com What is the ‘Great March of Return’ but a people attempting to reclaim their role, and be recognized and heard in the struggle for the liberation of Palestine? Much has been said about what the popular mobilization in Gaza, which began on March 30, 2018, represents. […]

17 Mar
11:40

Alison Weir: 18 Years of Advocacy and Support for Palestinian Rights

The IMEMC would like to extend our best wishes to Alison Weir, who began her work for the advocacy of Palestinian equal rights 18 years ago, in March 2001. Alison is the founder of If Americans Knew, and more recently the Israel Palestine Timeline, which tracks the deaths of Israelis […]

17 Mar
6:50

16 Years After Rachel Corrie Was Killed In Gaza, Little Has Changed

by Sinem Cengiz  “No amount of reading, attendance at conferences, documentary viewing and word-of-mouth could have prepared me for the reality of the situation here,” wrote Rachel Corrie. “You just can’t imagine it unless you see it.” These words, describing the suffering of Palestinians she had witnessed, were in the […]

16 Mar
6:51

Climate Change and the Palestinian Authority

by Zena Agha, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Climate change is among the greatest threats currently facing human life. Its effects are global, wide-ranging, and unequally distributed. Despite Palestinians and Israelis inhabiting the same physical terrain, Palestinians under occupation will suffer the effects of climate change more severely. The single […]

14 Mar
8:31

Israeli Policies Force Family Separations

Al Haq’s director Shawan Jabarin discusses a new report exposing the complex system of restrictions Israeli authorities impose to control access to Palestinian territory and to stop family reunification. The consequences is to slowly force Palestinians out to preserve a Jewish majority in areas controlled by Israel. Story Transcript MARC […]

14 Mar
8:06

Do No Harm! Palestinian Call for Ethical Tourism/Pilgrimage

March 12, 2019 / /Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) / Palestinian civil society calls on all international visitors, especially pilgrims, and people of conscience to do no harm to our nonviolent struggle for our rights under international law by respecting our ethical tourism guidelines. Based on the […]

11 Mar
5:41

Can the Jewish National Fund Dedicated to Ethnic Cleansing be Considered a Charity in Canada?

Rabbi David Mivasair, Corey Balsam, and Ismail Zayid discuss their joint efforts to revoke the JNF’s charity status in Canada, but the Canadian authorities have a long history of supporting Israeli colonization in Palestine. www.stopthejnf.ca Sharmini Peries is a journalist and executive producer for the National and International News Bureaus at […]

04 Mar
6:28

Trump and Netanyahu Scandals: A Very Dangerous Moment

Desperate men do desperate things; two leaders facing corruption charges may more aggressively push their Iran regime change agenda – Larry Wilkerson joins Paul Jay. Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy Lawrence Wilkerson’s last positions in government were as Secretary of State Colin Powell’s Chief of Staff (2002-05), […]

03 Mar
5:34

Netanyahu Indictments May Amount To Nothing, His Real Crimes Go Unpunished

Shir Hever discusses Netanyahu’s indictment for bribery, malfeasance in office and breach of public trust, as only a fraction of his crimes, his refusal to resign & his attack against the left & the media. Shir Hever is an economic researcher in the Alternative Information Center, a Palestinian-Israeli organization active […]

03 Mar
5:27

Israel’s Termination of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron

by Belal Shobaki for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently discontinued the Temporary International Presence in Hebron, or TIPH, which had monitored human rights in the city for more than two decades. “We will not allow the continuation of an international force that acts against us,” Netanyahu said. In […]

27 Feb
3:58

Israeli Interference in British Politics: Targeted against Corbyn

Asa Winstanley discusses the coordinated incitement campaign against critical voices in the UK. On the same day that the Israeli lobby attacked Congresswoman Ilhan Omar in the U.S, British right-wing activists launched an attack on Human Rights Watch, and later on Jeremy Corbyn. Asa Winstanley is an Investigative Journalist and […]

27 Feb
3:47

War In Al-Aqsa: What Price Netanyahu’s Victory

Ramzy Baroud has been writing about the Middle East for over 20 years. He is an internationally-syndicated columnist, a media consultant, an author of several books the last of which is “My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story.” While the blood of Palestinians is irrelevant in Netanyahu’s quest […]

26 Feb
7:55

Palestinians Furious and Fed Up with Corruption of ‘Mafia’ PA

by Megan Giovannetti in Ramallah, occupied West Bank Ali was incredulous. “You call them a government?” he asked. “I call them mafia.” For the 22-year-old Palestinian resident of the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, the Palestinian Authority (PA), headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, is a corrupt institution that […]

24 Feb
6:35

Artists Call for Eurovision Boycott

Danielle Alma Ravitzki explains how the Israeli government uses the Eurovision song contest to whitewash and pinkwash its crimes against Palestinians. This year the contest will take place in Tel-Aviv, and artists from around the world are calling for a boycott. (Part 2 at TRNN official.) Video & Transcript MARC […]

22 Feb
7:49

The Escalation of Israeli Collective Punishment of Palestinians

by Nada Awad, for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network The Israeli authorities forcibly transferred Palestinian Nadia Abu Jamal from Jerusalem in 2017, following the demolition of her family home in 2015. Israel’s National Insurance Institute also revoked healthcare and other social security entitlements from Abu Jamal’s three children, two of whom suffer […]

21 Feb
5:31

EuroAsia Interconnector: “Electricity Highway” to Israeli War Crimes

February 20, 2019 / By Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) The EuroAsia Interconnector is projected to link electricity grids in Israel, Cyprus and Greece via the world’s longest submarine power cable. Crucially, the Interconnector would connect Europe’s electricity grid with Israel’s grid that incorporates the illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, […]

17 Feb
4:02

Palestine and the Israel-Saudi Arabia Alliance

by Ibrahim Fraihat, for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network The October 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi by agents of the Saudi government in Istanbul brought into sharp relief the deepening relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel: Israel had supplied Pegasus spyware to the Saudi government, which it used to surveille Khashoggi, and […]

16 Feb
6:08

Hebron Report 02/15/19

On the morning of February 14, 2019, ISM activists were forced to leave the Shuhada Street area as it was declared a closed military zone. The activists were monitoring the Qurtuba checkpoint, which is passed every morning by teachers and children going to school. Palestinians are regularly targeted and harassed […]

15 Feb
7:02

Ilhan Omar: Anti-Semitism? Or Fear of Open Debate on Israel?

Why Are They Really Mad At Ilhan Omar? What does being a woman of color have to do with it? She said no more than other critics of American policy in the Middle East. Marc Steiner, Charles Lenchner, and Phyllis Bennis discuss the issue. Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow and […]

12 Feb
4:31

Support for Israel Divides Democrats, A Division Fomented by Republicans

Republican Senator Marco Rubio pushes a pro-Israel agenda, while new and younger Democrats question US support for the right-wing government in Israel, says Israeli-American journalist Mairav Zonszein. From the time he began work as a civil rights organizer at age 14, Marc Steiner has dedicated his life to issues of […]

08 Feb
5:05

Report: Palestinian Christian Diplomacy in Fight against Christian Zionists

by Daoud Kuttab- Amman The Palestinian government is turning to its own Christian community and even its evangelicals to campaign against distorted Christian Zionists. Palestinian foreign ministry officials were in a quandary in recent months. Despite the strong support for the Palestinian cause around the world, a handful of small […]

03 Feb
5:14

Why did Hamas Refuse Aid Money from Qatar?

Scholar Imad Al-Soos discusses the massive changes in the relationship between the Israeli government and Hamas in Gaza, over past months, and how Hamas’ new policies affect the lives of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Dr. Imad Alsoos wrote his PhD at the Free University of Berlin. He’s a […]

02 Feb
4:54

Ashrawi: Netanyahu Coalition Generates Culture of Hate and Racism

Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, Hanan Ashrawi, said in a statement on Friday that the Israeli hardline coalition government led by Benjamin Netanyahu is responsible for practicing blatant discrimination and generating a culture of hate and racism. According to WAFA, Ashrawi was referring to recent […]

01 Feb
6:43

Israel’s New Commander in Chief: “We’ll Create a Deadlier Army!”

Professor Eyal Weizman studied the philosophy that guides Aviv Kochavi, the officer who was just appointed commander of the Israeli military. It is a philosophy that objectifies Palestinians and ignores the human suffering caused by new Israeli technologies and tactics of repression. TRNN Video & Transcript MARC STEINER: Welcome to The […]

30 Jan
5:09

Abbas and the Farce of Palestinian Democracy

by Yara Hawari, for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Since Mahmoud Abbas’s accession to the Palestinian Authority (PA) presidency in 2005, he has dominated the Palestinian political scene by consolidating his grip over various institutions while constraining opposition parties and figures. In addition to the split between Hamas and Fatah, which has been […]

30 Jan
4:38

Permitting Apartheid: Israeli House Demolitions in Jerusalem

The demolition of the Shawmreh and Abu Rameilah’s homes, July 19, 2018. Photo credit: Afif Amira for WAFA. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT JANUARY 30, 2019 Israel demolished 20 percent more Palestinian-owned homes in Jerusalem in 2018 compared to 2017. Israeli authorities presented Ayman Naim Kawasbeh of Jerusalem with a terrible choice in […]

26 Jan
5:58

The Boycott Movement and the Attack on Palestinian Prisoners

The following article by Khaled Barakat, Palestinian writer and coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat, was originally published on 24 January 2019, in Arabic, at Quds News Network.  The right-wing Zionist Cabinet minister, Gilad Erdan (Likud), is waging a furious and organized campaign against the prisoners’ movement in Israeli jails […]

23 Jan
6:31

Israeli Companies Sell Spy Tech They Perfected for Occupying Palestine

TRNN’s Greg Wilpert speaks to Antony Loewenstein, author of an article called “Exporting the Technology of Occupation.” He shows the growing connection between Israeli offensive cyber companies and mass surveillance, in the service of authoritarian governments around the world. Video & Transcript GREG WILPERT: It’s The Real News Network, and I’m […]

20 Jan
5:35

Justin Trudeau’s Description of BDS: ‘A Pack of Lies’

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeated his belief that the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) movement is anti-Semitic. TRNN speaks to Ali Abunimah, who says that Trudeau has adopted Israeli PM Benamin Netanyahu’s talking points. Ali Abunimah, Al-Shabaka Policy Adviser, is the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to […]

19 Jan
7:17

What are the Elements of a Strategic Palestinian Narrative and Discourse?

by Amjad Iraqi, for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. This commentary is part of Al-Shabaka’s Narrative and Discourse Policy Circle, convened in 2018, in which a team of Al-Shabaka policy analysts worked together across borders to tackle the question of whether Palestinians should have a sole, legitimate narrative and, if so, what it […]

14 Jan
2:42

Gaza Strip: Attacks in the Border Areas and Their Consequences

The Palestinian Centre For Human Rights (PCHR): The term “buffer zone” in land and at sea is used for land and sea areas, which were unilaterally and illegally declared by Israeli forces as areas with no access along the eastern and northern borders and in the sea of the Gaza […]

12 Jan
3:36

Dr. Ashrawi: Israeli Apartheid Threatens International Peace and Security

PLO Executive Committee member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi strongly condemned, on Friday, Israel’s opening of a new ‘Apartheid Road’ in occupied Jerusalem and its surrounding areas, segregating Palestinians from Israeli settlers by an eight-meter-high wall. “The creation of this new apartheid road affirms Israel’s willful intent to entrench its racist colonial […]

10 Jan
4:42

A NYT Investigation Examining the Killing of Medic Razan al-Najjar Concludes: “Possibly a War Crime” by Israeli Forces

The Investigation by the NYT into the killing of  21-year-old paramedic Razan al-Najjar reveals:  “. . . the shooting by (IDF-Sniper) appears to have been reckless at best, and possibly a war crime,.. for which no one has yet been punished.”  We speak with James North of Mondoweiss. TRNN Video […]

10 Jan
4:34

The Prisoners’ Movement: Revolutionary School and Ethical Compass by Khaled Barakat

Khaled Barakat is a Palestinian writer and the international coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat. This article is translated from Arabic, and it was originally published at Al-Mayadeen: The experiences of revolutionary strugglers behind bars constitute one of the most important sources of moral strength from which peoples’ movements and […]

10 Jan
4:25

Israel’s Treatment Of Palestinian Prisoners Must Be Exposed

by Dr. Fayez Rasheed :Palestinian prisoners experience had conditions inside Israeli jails as they are kept in crowded and difficult conditions and face a lack of adequate nutrition and poor medical treatment. In a press conference at the Public Security Ministry headquarters in occupied Jerusalem a few days ago, Minister […]

10 Jan
3:56

Report: New Settlement Plan to Besiege Bethlehem

In its weekly report on Israeli settlement activities in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, the National Bureau for the Defense of  Land  stated that the Israeli occupation government continues imposing dominance through building, expanding settlements and approving additional settlement plans to strengthen control on the Palestinian land in the […]

08 Jan
5:39

Durham NC Becomes First City to Ban Training By Israeli Police and Then be Forced to Reconsider It

Jazmynne Williams of Jewish Voices for Peace discusses the organizing efforts underway to ensure the ban remains. TRNN Video & Transcript MARC STEINER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Marc Steiner, great to have you with us. Israel has become the hub to train the world’s police in military tactics, […]

03 Jan
8:17

‘We Will Remain Rooted On Our Land And Resist’

Israeli forces raid Khan al-Ahmar, July 5, 2018. Photo credit: Suleiman Abu Srour for WAFA. POSTED BY: AHMAD JARADAT JANUARY 3, 2019 Palestinian popular resistance has forestalled the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists the village will be destroyed soon. Human rights groups call it a “war crime.” United […]

02 Jan
6:47

DCIP: 2018 Reigned Deadly Force On Palestinian Children

Palestinian children stand near the ruins of the building where Al Aqsa channel was located and which was targeted the night before by an Israeli airstrike, Gaza City, November 13, 2018. (Photo: ActiveStills / Mohammad Zaanoun) Israeli forces continued to kill Palestinian children at an average pace exceeding one child […]

29 Dec
5:54

Neopatrimonialism, Corruption, and the Palestinian Authority: Pathways to Real Reform

by Marwa Fatafta,  for Al Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Overview Palestinians recently ranked corruption as the second largest problem they face after the economic crisis – higher than the Israeli occupation, which ranked third. Indeed, Palestinians generally view Palestinian Authority (PA)officials as a self-serving, elitist group disconnected from the Palestinian national struggle and the daily sufferings […]

21 Dec
4:12

Senators Sneak Amendment to Make Israel Boycott Illegal

While Senators Cardin and Portman are trying to sneak a last-minute amendment into the budget bill to make BDS illegal – violating free speech – 26 states are also moving to make boycotts of Israel illegal. TRNN speaks to IPS’s Phyllis Bennis about the anti-BDS efforts in the US. Phyllis […]

19 Dec
5:03

Palestinians Have A Legal Right To Armed Struggle

by Stanley L Cohen (edited for the IMEMC by c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g) Long ago, it was settled that resistance and even armed struggle against a colonial occupation force is not just recognised under international law but specifically endorsed. In […]

18 Dec
5:41

TIPH Report Reveals 20-year Crisis in Hebron

The international observational organization, Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), has compiled the situation of Hebron city, over the last 20 years, into a single, significant and damning report. According to an anonymous source who has read the report, speaking to Haaretz newspaper, the report revealed that Israel has been in severe […]

16 Dec
7:48

While Israel Kills, The US Condemns Hamas

by Jihad Al-Khazen, Middle East Monitor/Days of Palestine Last week, the United States submitted a resolution to the UN General Assembly condemning Hamas for attacking Israel. The resolution was supported by 87 countries but opposed by 57, with more than 30 abstentions, and so was not adopted because it did […]

15 Dec
4:44

Canadian Court Hands Important Victory to BDS Movement

A Canadian Court has ruled that Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) activists were denied free speech and campaigning rights when the city of Montreal tore down their posters highlighting an Israeli atrocity, during an election campaign in Canada. TRNN discusses the case with Bruce Katz, one of the main plaintiffs in […]

14 Dec
7:32

Pro-Israel Lobby Groups Secretly Admits Boycott Is Effective, Leaked Report Shows

Ali Abunimah discusses a leaked report from Creative Community for Peace (CCFP), a front for Israel government-backed lobby group StandWithUs, which admits the cultural boycott is “constantly growing” and “innovative”. TRNN Video & Transcript   BEN NORTON: It’s The Real News Network, and I’m Ben Norton. As the campaign to boycott […]

11 Dec
5:59

Adalah: Israel Fails to Investigate, Initiate Prosecutions Relating to 2014 Offensive on Gaza

Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel has submitted a report on the lack of Israeli domestic accountability mechanisms to UN Independent Commission of Inquiry examining 2018 protests in the Gaza Strip. The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced, late Wednesday, that significant progress has […]

08 Dec
11:40

Former Israeli PM Ordered Targeting of Densely Populated Areas in 2008

Former Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the targeting of densely populated areas, in the 2008 war on Gaza. The revelation was made yesterday by Israeli newspaper “Maariv”, which reported that Barak had been frustrated with his failure to stop the firing of primitive Qassam rockets, from […]

08 Dec
10:53

Insidious Colonial Strategy

12/07/18 International Solidarity Movement In the area of Salfit, harassment by settlers is a regular occurrence. They come to the villages, often late at night, to graffiti messages of hatred, and also vandalize cars and property. New settlements are being established frequently and are rapidly expanding. Farris is a university […]

03 Dec
7:20

Information War between Palestinian Resistance and Israel Heats Up after Botched Raid

Motasem Ahmed Dalloul is a staff writer at the Middle East Monitor. He is a specialist in Middle East affairs. The war between Hamas (which leads the Palestinian resistance) and Israel is now also being fought online. Israel’s recently failed attack on Gaza was an important victory for Hamas. “Palestinians […]

02 Dec
4:33

Dr. Saeb Erekat: “Trump administration is trying to divide Palestinians.”

by Dr. Saeb Erekat, for Ma’an (Saeb Erekat is the secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and chief Palestinian negotiator.) A year ago, the Trump administration decided to recognise the illegal Israeli annexation of occupied Jerusalem and move the US embassy to Jerusalem, in violation of its obligations under […]

28 Nov
7:56

The Great March of Return Seven Months On

B’Tselem has completed a very revealing survey of 406 live gunshot wound survivors, with information from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO). This investigation involved 406 protesters wounded with live ammunition shot from Israeli soldiers across the perimeter fence, […]

27 Nov
8:55

The EU and Jerusalem: The Potential for Pushback

by Yara Hawari , for Al-Shabaka Palestinian Policy Network. Overview The US embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018 set a dangerous precedent that both encouraged Israel to continue its annexation and colonization of Palestinian land and invited third states to join in violating their obligations under international law. Although condemned […]

26 Nov
10:55

Report: Israel Continues with Ethnic Cleansing Policies in Occupied Jerusalem

In its latest report about Israeli settlements activities in the occupied West Bank, the National Bureau for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements stated that, within the Israeli plans to complete the settlement belt around Jerusalem in general, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque in particular, the Israeli High Court has approved the […]

15 Nov
3:16

Finally Released: Censored Al Jazeera Documentary Exposes Israel-Backed Attacks on US Activists

Al Jazeera’s undercover film The Lobby – USA, censored by Qatar, has finally been published by The Electronic Intifada. Editor Ali Abunimah discusses the documentary’s explosive revelations, exposing Israel-backed attacks on US activists. Contextual Content Watch trailer. Watch all four parts here and here. Video Interview & Transcript (Download the mp3 here.) BEN […]

15 Nov
12:30

Netanyahu Forgets Prayers For World Peace To Make War On Gaza

by Yvonne Ridley Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut short his visit to Paris, aimed to commemorate the century of Armistice that brought World War One to an end, in order to follow up closely Israeli deadly attacks on Gaza. Timing is everything in international politics, so as 70 world […]

09 Nov
6:46

Has The BDS Campaign Really Achieved So Little?

Last March, outgoing Jewish Agency chair Natan Sharansky declared that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign had “been almost fully defeated”. Sharansky’s pronouncement came two years after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced BDS had been “beaten”. BDS ‘failure’? Premature reports of the BDS campaign’s “failure” are not the sole preserve […]

08 Nov
9:48

Report: Economic Disengagement and National Development in Palestine

by Dr. Mohammad Mustafa – Chairman of Palestine Investment Fund Given the political deadlock we have reached, the Palestinian leadership is in the process of reviewing the framework governing our relationship with Israel. The notion of economic disengagement from Israel is top of mind for the Palestinian leadership; and with […]

04 Nov
8:08

Palestinians Struggle Under Arab World Apathy

by Ray Hanania This week, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) voted to reverse its recognition of the State of Israel until Israel recognizes the State of Palestine. Palestinian National Authority (PNA) President Mahmoud Abbas, who must approve the PLO decision, announced he would end security cooperation with Israel. Both are justified actions […]

03 Nov
7:47

Palestinian Prisoners: A Battleground for International Solidarity

The following article, by Charlotte Kates, the international coordinator of Samidoun, initially appeared in Arabic in Al-Adab magazine, published on November 2, 2018. The Arabic text can be read online at the Al-Adab website. The article appeared in an issue with a special focus on Palestinian prisoners, including testimonies from current […]

31 Oct
8:22

Israel Evades Demands to End Gaza Protests and Reach a Truce

Motasem Ahmed Dalloul is a staff writer at the Middle East Monitor. He is a specialist in the Middle East affairs. Despite Palestinian attempts to calm the Great March of Return, Israeli occupation snipers stationed along the eastern fence of the besieged Gaza Strip escalated their crackdown on the protesters this […]