Category Archives: Israel/Palestine
Get out of Dodge! Two articles in the last week underscore a trend: secular Israeli Jews are leaving the country, because it’s dangerous and intolerant. Why isn’t the American press covering this story and urging US Jews to contemplate it.
The death of a 23 year old Palestinian woman in an Israeli hospital this week brings the death toll from the Gaza onslaught to
If 2000 Israeli children were killed by Palestinian forces, imagine how the world would react. But proportionally, that is how many children were killed in Gaza over the last two months, with the use of American weaponry. And western governments have largely shrugged
Beyond the shared “promised land” and “chosen people” rhetoric that has inspired both the Afrikaner and Zionist ideologies of racial, religious, and ethnic supremacy, so has that of land redemption through settler-colonialism and transplanting indigenous populations. The connective tissue between apartheid and Zionism is thick, and not only in that both European colonial ideologies were officially institutionalized and implemented against native peoples as government policy in
New York Times headline on evidence in Israeli courts — New Light on Hamas Role in Killings of Teenagers That Fueled Gaza War — lies when it suggests that Hamas is implicated in the filings. It is in fact exculpated of the operation by an investigator’s statement.
Dan Cohen reports from the Jerusalem courthouse where the Abu Khdeir family is pushing for accountability in the brutal death of Mohammad Abu Khdeir, 16, who was kidnapped and burned alive by Israeli settlers in July.
Tzipi Livni is Israel’s Justice Minister. Five years ago she was afraid to travel because of potential international prosecution for war crimes. But she’s on vacation in a Greek-speaking land, according to her Facebook page. Ofer Neiman translates: Tzipi Livni goes on vacation (apparently in Greece, maybe Cyprus), and discovers a “horrible” sign saying “Free
Sarah Algherbawi writes about life in Gaza for the survivors of ‘Operation Protective Edge': “The war is over but to the survivors it has merely begun. I was jailed in my house for 50 days, it feels strange to deal with people again, to carry out the routine work we used to do…the simplest aspects of life are the most difficult now. I didn’t experience death. But now, I have the belief that many things can be more painful than death.”
A body of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has slapped harsh fines on three of its member clubs, because some fans flew Palestinian flags during their games. UEFA deems the flags to be “a political, ideological, religious or provocative nature.”
Polling shows that Hamas’s popularity has spiked across Palestine with 61 percent saying the same strategy of militant resistance should be adopted in the West Bank. Israelis, meantime, have shifted right, more supporting settlements leader Naftali Bennett, who makes sitting P.M. Netanyahu look like a centrist
British M.P. George Galloway was set upon in a London street on Friday August 29th by a man wearing an Israeli army t-shirt, and badly beaten. If a pro-Israel politician had been set upon by a Palestinian there would be a national outcry. Crickets from the chattering classes
Eslam Saqqa says that he made the short film Running because in the West Bank they have electricity and can make videos, while his relatives in Gaza are always running to avoid bombs. An interview with Annie Robbins
The writer Ian McEwan was on the BBC NewsHour yesterday, and at minute 8 was asked about Gaza. You have spoken out about the Israeli Palestinian question, accepting the Jerusalem Prize in 2011 and saying you would, rather than boycott, engage. Have you had any effect? No. The best bit of Israel as represented in writers like
The eyes of the world were in Gaza, but meantime Israel was also clamping down the occupation in the West Bank. It killed 32 Palestinians over the last two months and announced 1472 new settlements
The cease-fire that ended seven weeks of hell in Gaza is only two days old. But the countdown to the next round began as soon as the ink dried on the agreement between Israel and the Palestinian armed factions. The deep-rooted problems bedeviling the Palestinian people and Israel have not gone away. The only question is when that next spasm of violence breaks out.
Rana Alshami writes from Gaza: Whatever was going on in Gaza for the past 51 days has finally ended. People can finally breathe, sleep, live! My family and I lived and experienced the worst of times, but we are still alive. We survived. When the official announcement of the ceasefire was finally announce I couldn‘t stop crying! I could not believe this nightmare was about to end soon. I couldn‘t believe I was alive for this moment. I couldn‘t believe I was going to see my parents and relatives again
During a brief stint working for UNRWA in Israel Palestine a few years ago I came across a documentary film called ‘No Sharp Objects’. Made by the UN agency, it is about 15 children from Gaza who travel to the US. They meet politicians, go to New York, visit the UN and the Holocaust museum and meet American
Until Operation Protective Edge, most of the “messaging” regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, certainly that which broke through the mainstream media, came from the Israeli side. That now has changed. Hamas not only confronted the Israeli Occupation but has also seized the political initiative from it. In stark contrast to Abbas, who has declared security cooperation with Israel to be “sacred” and who passively allows Israel to maintain its massive matrix of Israeli highways in the occupied territories spelling the end of the two-state solution, Hamas has sent a clear and forceful message to Israel: We won’t submit even if you kill us. Deal with us justly – or disappear
Amid leveled-down houses, on his half-cracked wooden chair, with every sip of his wretched cigarette, a sigh burst. And the flashback of that sore scene with her voice echoing overwhelmed his words which clobbered all languages. His wrinkled face, mingled with melancholy, can deeply be delved into. Prefacing his heartbreaking story with her last words ever,
It is widely assumed that a free press should report accurate and relevant information to the population, and act as ‘watchdog’ of power in the name of public interest. The reporting of secret government surveillance programs leaked by Edward Snowden rekindled a debate in the U.S. concerning the role of the free press, and the