|Thursday, November 18|
|·|| A Follow Up on My Fifth Grade Essay: Education at Gunpoint |
|Friday, November 05|
|·|| Israeli Settlers Threaten Sheikh Jarrah |
|Sunday, October 24|
|·|| The Violence Debate: Teaching the Oppressed How to Fight Oppression |
|Sunday, August 01|
|·|| Arabs' ties with Israel damages the Palestinian cause |
|Friday, July 30|
|·|| Why Muslims Should Rethink Palestine |
|Friday, July 23|
|·|| The Palestinian Authority's Redundant But Dangerous Language |
|Saturday, July 17|
|·|| Beyond Violence and Non-Violence: Resistance as a Culture |
|Friday, May 14|
|·|| I stand by Palestine forever |
|Monday, December 14|
|·|| Wall on Gaza Violates International Law |
|Thursday, October 15|
|·|| Abbas and the Goldstone Report: Our Shame is Complete |
|Sunday, August 30|
|·|| Fighting for the Right to Walk |
|Sunday, August 16|
|·|| Fatah: A New Beginning or an Imminent End? |
|Monday, July 20|
|·|| Gaza and the Language of Power |
|Tuesday, June 02|
|·|| On Middle East, Obama tries a new tactic, but goal remains unchanged |
|Wednesday, April 29|
|·|| Israeli Use of Palestinians As Human Shields |
|Thursday, April 09|
|·|| Israel's Illegal Annexation of East Jerusalem |
|Monday, April 06|
|·|| Criminalizing self-defense, whitewashing aggression |
|Friday, January 23|
|·|| Al Nakba Redux |
|Wednesday, January 21|
|·|| Punishing the Palestinians: State Terrorism Against Gaza |
|Friday, January 09|
|·|| We will never surrender to occupation |
|Israel-Palestine: Gaza: Crushed between Israel and Egypt|
Wednesday, October 02 @ 19:49:56 UTC
|By Jonathan Cook|
October 02, 2013 - jonathan-cook.net
The furore over the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria has overshadowed disturbing events to the south. Palestinians in Gaza find themselves caught in the middle of a growing row between their Hamas rulers and the new Egyptian military regime.
Hamas has become increasingly isolated, politically and geographically, since the Egyptian army helped oust the Muslim Brotherhood government in early July.
Since the military intervention, much of the Brotherhood’s leadership has been jailed and last week its activities were outlawed and its assets frozen. Inevitably Hamas, which has close ties to the Brotherhood, has also come under severe suspicion from Egypt’s generals.
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|Israel-Palestine: Abbas’s Village Leagues and Palestinian Silence|
Thursday, September 05 @ 19:14:22 UTC
|Oslo Dead but Still Matters|
By Ramzy Baroud
September 05, 2013
Suppose several armored vehicles belonging to a branch of the Palestinian Authority raided an Israeli border village at the eve of a new round of peace negotiations. One can picture PA President Mahmoud Abbas defending the killings, stating that the attack was made in the cause of protecting the security of the Palestinian public. Would the Israeli delegation return to the talks with handshakes and smiles?
The answer is an obvious no. Yet the Palestinian delegation did return to real recently renewed peace talks after Israeli forces’ raided a refugee camp in north Jerusalem on August 26, killing three. This was not the only lethal Israeli attack to take place during “peace talks”, and it will not likely be the last.
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|Israel-Palestine: Disconnecting the Dots on Israel-Palestine|
Wednesday, November 21 @ 14:06:47 UTC
|Is Apartheid Only A Crime When Committed Against Blacks?|
By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
November 21, 2012 - blackagendareport.com
On Tuesday, November 20, Chicago congressman Danny K. Davis addressed a rally, apparently supporting the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza. I wasn't there and did not hear his remarks. I'm sure he didn't say “Israeli apartheid is fine with me, and so are the blockades and bombings of Gaza.” Doubtless he deployed the standard bipartisan phrases about Israel's “right to defend itself”, though no such right is accorded Palestinians, and found a way to use the word “peace” in a couple of sentences.
Congressman Davis is no fool. He's well aware of the massive asymmetry of practiced violence and the means to do violence in Israel-Palestine. He knows the Israelis possess US made F-16s and a vast array of American-made and licensed weapons. He voted to give much of it to them. Congressman Davis knows they have attack helicopters, hundreds of tanks, prisons and torture chambers filled to bursting, and nuclear weapons aimed at many capitals in the region, while the Hamas “missiles” are little more than unguided flying garbage cans. Davis knows there are laws disallowing marriages between Israeli Jews and Arabs, and that many roads in Israel-Palestine are for Israeli Jews only, while Palestinians are forced to drive or walk rutted, boulder-strewn paths blocked arbitrary Israeli checkpoints every few kilometers in every direction. He knows that retired archbishop Desmond Tutu is among the South Africans who have pronounced Israel's version of apartheid as more thorough, more brutal and more systematic than what they saw in their home country back in the day.
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|Arab Spring: A Post ‘Arab Spring’ Palestine|
Tuesday, July 03 @ 18:54:48 UTC
|By Ramzy Baroud|
July 03, 2012
Will the Arab Spring serve the cause of Palestine?” is a question that has been repeatedly asked, in various ways, over the last year and a half. Many media discussions have been formulated around this very inquiry, although the answer is far from a simple “yes” or “no.”
Why should the question be asked in the first place? Hasn’t the Arab link to the Palestinian struggle been consistently strong, regardless of the prevalent form of government in any single Arab country? Rhetorically, at least, the Arab bond to Palestine remained incessantly strong at every significant historical turn.
True, disparity between rhetoric and reality are as old as the Arab-Israeli conflict. But the relatively small divide between words and actions widened enormously following the Arab defeat in the 1967 war, which cemented US-Israeli ties like never before.
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|Israel-Palestine: What Marwan Barghouti Really Means to Palestinians|
Wednesday, April 11 @ 03:37:44 UTC
|By Ramzy Baroud|
April 11, 2012
Last week Marwan Barghouti, the prominent Palestinian political prisoner and Fatah leader, called on Palestinians to launch a "large-scale popular resistance" which would "serve the cause of our people."
The message was widely disseminated as it coincided with Land Day, an event that has unified Palestinians since March 1976. Its meaning has morphed through the years to represent the collective grievances shared by most Palestinians, including dispossession from their land as a result of Israeli occupation.
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|Israel-Palestine: Palestinian Unity: A Threat, Says Israel|
Tuesday, November 29 @ 16:48:47 UTC
|By Stephen Lendman|
November 29, 2011
Palestine is sovereign territory. In 1987, Law Professor Francis Boyle drafted its Declaration of Independence. On November 15, 1988, the Palestine National Council (PNC) adopted it, affirming Palestinian statehood.
Nonetheless, Israel's illegal occupation continues. Gaza's under siege. Israeli forces attack repeatedly. Deaths and injuries result. Dozens of weekly West Bank incursions harass Palestinians ruthlessly. Numerous arrests follow. Innocent civilians are imprisoned, including children young as 10.
Peaceful protesters are assaulted violently. Settlement expansions continue on stolen land. Dispossessed Palestinians have no redress. Police state repression terrorizes millions of people. World leaders yawn and do nothing.
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|Israel-Palestine: For the Love of Israel: Congresswoman's Misguided War on the UN|
Friday, September 09 @ 17:25:35 UTC
|By Ramzy Baroud|
September 09, 2011
From an Israeli point of view, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is the ideal American politician. Although many in the US government aspire to her level of commitment to Israel, few can measure up to a dedication that extends beyond the very interests of her own country.
“Lawless extremists infest Congress like crabgrass besets lawns. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R. FL) is one of the worst,” wrote US columnist Stephen Lendman on September 1.
Ros-Lehtinen's resume is a distressing read. The congresswoman “endorses US imperial wars, police state laws, corporate empowerment, tax cuts for the rich, laying waste to Libya, perhaps a second Bay of Pigs, and Israeli lawlessness, while, at the same, opposing Palestinian statehood,” according to Lendman.
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|World Focus: Gaza, Somalia: Humanity Lives On|
Thursday, August 18 @ 19:48:42 UTC
|By Ramzy Baroud|
August 18, 2011
I remember how exhilarated I felt when I was told I was old enough to fast for the month of Ramadan. My feelings had little to do with abstention from food and drink between dawn and sunset each day. For a child, there is little joy in that. The meaning and implications for me were much greater. I believed that the occasion signaled I had now become a man. I wanted to share this news with all my brothers, friends and neighbors.
Three days into the fast, lethargy set it. The end seemed near. Although I fared well in my first attempt at fasting for an entire month, I had my weak and reprehensible moments. I hid in dark corners with my favorite snacks: a cucumber, a tomato, a loaf of pita bread. To be caught would be shameful and degrading, a regression back into childhood, a terrible example to my younger siblings, and a ripe topic of ridicule from my older brothers.
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|Israel-Palestine: US Foreign Policy Invigorated at the Expense of Gaza|
Tuesday, July 05 @ 08:36:49 UTC
|By Ramzy Baroud|
July 04, 2011
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made a series of stern and fiery statements recently, giving the impression that war is somehow upon us once again. Oddly, Clinton’s sudden reappearance into the Middle East diplomacy scene was triggered by the brave attempts of peace activists to break the siege on Gaza.
In recent months, as Arab nations settled old scores with their insufferable dictators, US foreign policy started taking a backseat. Attempts at swaying Arab revolts teetered between bashful diplomatic efforts to sustain US interests - as was the case with Yemen - and military intervention, as in Libya, which is still being marketed to the US public as a humanitarian intervention, as opposed to the war it actually is.
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|Israel-Palestine: One Missile, One Playground: The Will of Gaza|
Friday, June 10 @ 11:52:34 UTC
|By Ramzy Baroud - Gaza|
June 10, 2011
A “Hamas commander” drove a beat-up gray van in northern Gaza and theatrically spoke on his walkie-talkie as I sat in the passenger seat. The van was almost barren, save for the most basic equipment propelling it to move forward over the bumpy roads of an overcrowded refugee camp.
Iyad was not here to show me any militant training camp, or even to assess the damage that had befallen the impoverished Gaza Strip during Israel’s devastating war, Operation Cast Lead, which killed and wounded thousands in 2008-09. Scars of the damage sustained during the three-week onslaught are still visible throughout the Strip. Iyad was here to show me his latest personal project: a playground for refugee children.
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|Israel-Palestine: Crushed Ice in Nuseirat: My Gaza Refugee Camp Revisited|
Friday, June 03 @ 16:29:43 UTC
|By Ramzy Baroud |
June 03, 2011
“Do you remember Mahmoud?” asked Abu Nidal, my neighbor from nearly 20 years ago, when I lived in Gaza.
“Yes, of course, I do,” I answered. I remembered him as yet another troublemaking child among the Nuseirat Refugee Camp’s numerous rabble-rousers. He was defined by a stream of snot that never seemed to dry. Although loud at times, he had always been helpful and pleasant. But now, unlike so many others who emerged from the camp’s rusty doors and narrow alleyways to greet me after my long absence, Mahmoud was nowhere to be seen.
“He is in heaven now,” said Abu Nidal. His voice, which had been so cheerful about my arrival, suddenly became muffled. The years of hurt over the loss of his son had culminated into one moment. He paused and wiped tears. A poster on the wall showed the face of a handsome, bearded man. He had been killed during an Israeli army raid into Gaza a few years ago. The poster dubbed him, “The Great Martyr Mahmoud Fa’iq al-Hajj.”
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|Israel-Palestine: Unity is Not Compromise: Towards a Real Palestinian Strategy|
Thursday, May 19 @ 18:38:58 UTC
|By Ramzy Baroud|
May 19, 2011
As the Palestine Papers demonstrated, the major obstacle to a real, lasting and just peace in Palestine is the Israeli leadership's unwillingness to accept anything less than full domination over the Palestinians. Not only do Israeli leaders refuse to partake in any serious peace talks, they also refuse to agree on universally accepted notions, for example, the law.
On 13 November 2007, then Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni told chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Ereikat that she despised the very notion of law. According to the Palestine Papers, published by Al-Jazeera and the Guardian, Livni said: "I was the Minister of Justice. I am a lawyer... But I am against law -- international law in particular. Law in general."
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|Israel-Palestine: Palestinian Unity and the New Middle East|
Friday, May 06 @ 04:54:29 UTC
|By Ramzy Baroud|
May 06, 2011
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to the Hamas-Fatah deal in Cairo was both swift and predictable. “The Palestinian Authority must choose either peace with Israel or peace with Hamas. There is no possibility for peace with both,” he said, in a televised speech shortly after the Palestinian political rivals reached a reconciliation agreement under Egyptian sponsorship on April 27.
Despite numerous past attempts to undercut Mahmoud Abbas, stall peace talks, and derail Israel’s commitment to previous agreements, Netanyahu and his rightwing government are now arguing that Palestinians are solely responsible for the demise of the illusory ‘peace process’. Israeli bulldozers will continue to carve up the hapless West Bank to make room for more illegal settlements, but this time their excuse may not be ‘natural expansion’. The justification might instead be Israel has no partner. US and other media will merrily repeat the dreadful logic, and Palestinians will, as usual, be chastised.
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|Israel-Palestine: ‘Matter of Policy’: Gaza War and Goldstone’s Moral Collapse|
Thursday, April 14 @ 16:02:21 UTC
|By Ramzy Baroud|
April 14, 2011
Shocking is not a sufficient term to describe Justice Richard Goldstone’s decision to recant parts of the 2009 report on alleged war crimes in Gaza.
The document, known as the Goldstone Report, was compiled after a thorough investigation led by the South African judge and three other well-regarded investigators. They documented 36 incidents that occurred during the Israeli Operation Cast Lead, an unprecedentedly violent attack against small, impoverished and besieged Gaza. It resulted in the death of over 1,400 Palestinians, and the wounding of over 5,500.
Goldstone is both Jewish and Zionist. His love for Israel has been widely and affectionately conveyed. In this particular case, he seemed completely torn between his ideological and tribal position and his commitment to justice and truth, as enshrined in the mandate of the UN Human Rights Council.
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|Israel-Palestine: The "Palestine Papers" Revealed|
Tuesday, January 25 @ 13:21:34 UTC
|By Stephen Lendman|
January 25th, 2011
On January 23, Al Jazeera released breaking news on its extensive “Palestine Papers” coverage, introducing them, saying:
It “obtained more than 1,600 internal documents from a decade of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations,” writer, Gregg Carlstrom, explaining that:
Over the last several months, Al Jazeera has been given unhindered access to the largest-ever leak of confidential documents related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
They include “nearly 1,700 files, (and) thousands of pages of diplomatic correspondence detailing the inner workings of” peace process negotiations.
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