Category Archives: Middle East

Why LA needs a city-funded Middle Eastern cultural center

Jordan Elgrably argues for the creation of a city-funded Middle Eastern cultural center in Los Angeles.

Posted in Activism, Israel/Palestine, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics, War on Terror | 8 Comments

New book explores intersection of Islamophobia and support for Israel

Elly Bulkin and Donna Nevel have a new book out that explores the intersection of Islamophobia and Israel—and the ways that the U.S. “war on terror” impacts both.

Posted in Activism, American Jewish Community, Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine, US Politics, War on Terror | 5 Comments

In Ramallah, Palestinian Authority cracks down on Salafi anti-negotiation protests

As U.S. brokered negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders nearly fell apart last week, in the West Bank the Palestinian Authority was busy cracking down on a Salafi group attempting to stage protests against the talks. Two weekends in a row, after evening prayers at a central Ramallah mosque dozens of Palestinian Authority riot police and undercover security services conducted mass arrests of members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a marginal Islamic group that seeks the ouster of both the PA and Israel.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Middle East, Occupation, On the ground reports, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics, War on Terror | Tagged , , | 13 Comments

Former Israeli general: failed peace talks won’t lead to doom

Amos Yadlin is very comfortable with Israel’s regional situation. In a conversation with New York Times journalist Ethan Bronner, the former Israeli general predicted that the peace talks with the Palestinians would fail. “The chance of Kerry succeeding is like my chance to win the lottery if I didn’t buy a ticket,” he said, but dismissed predictions of doom if that came to pass, suggesting that Israel can cope with pressure and that the country should unilaterally withdraw to the line drawn by the West Bank separation barrier. Yadlin was also sanguine about the Arab Spring’s impact on Israel, saying that Arab countries are focused internally and that Egypt’s military regime is preferable to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Posted in Arab Spring, Egypt, Iran, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Middle East, US Politics | Tagged | 43 Comments

‘The clash of civilizations’ theory is absolutely and completely dead

The theory of the ‘clash of civilizations,’ promulgated by the late Samuel Huntington (above) and once widely taken seriously, has been destroyed by events of the past few years in The Middle East

Posted in Arab Spring, Egypt, Middle East, syria | 107 Comments

U.S. intel analysts doubt Israeli claim that captured weapons were headed to Gaza

Remember the massive Israeli photo ops earlier this month during the grand unveiling of “advanced” weapons bound for “terrorist organizations” in Gaza? Well, Reuters is reporting some US analysts don’t think it was headed to Gaza.

Posted in Egypt, Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, US Policy in the Middle East | 58 Comments

Lockerbie: 25 years of geopolitics over truth

A Libyan was convicted of the mass murder in the crash of Pan Am 103 25 years ago, killing 270 people, including villagers in Lockerbie, Scotland. But according to an Al Jazeera documentary that aired in the US last week, he was innocent; and the case served geopolitical aims. David Samel reports on the surprising supporters of the theory that Iran, Syria, and a Palestinian group might have been behind the crash.

Posted in Middle East, US Politics | 30 Comments

Detained, Deported, but not Deterred: Report from CodePink’s Int’l Women’s Day delegation to Gaza

The youngest American in CODEPINK’s International Women’s Day Delegation bound for Gaza recounts her 22 hours detained in the Egyptian airport.

Posted in Activism, Egypt, Gaza, Israel/Palestine | 9 Comments

Journalist David Sheen delivers blistering indictment on Israel’s racist war on African migrants

The Israeli journalist David Sheen has brought the reality of Israel’s war on African migrants to American audiences over the past three weeks. The details he presents are downright devastating, documenting how a state founded to protect refugees has become a state systematically targeting refugees for indefinite imprisonment and deportation. As Sheen notes, at the root of these policies is the driving ethos in Israel of maintaining Jewish supremacy in the face of so-called demographic threats, whether they be Palestinian or African.

Posted in Activism, American Jewish Community, Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, US Politics | Tagged | 55 Comments

Why I didn’t make it to Gaza for International Women’s Day

Medea Benjamin shares her harrowing story of being detained in Egypt while on her way to mark International Women’s Day in Gaza.

Posted in Activism, Egypt, Gaza, Israel/Palestine | 50 Comments

Open letter from NYC Iranians to Mayor de Blasio: When you stand by AIPAC, you do not stand by us

Letter from Iranians in NYC calling on Mayor de Blasio to cut ties with AIPAC.

Posted in Iran, Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine, US Politics | 7 Comments

Notes from the cells

Nine women wait in a holding cell at the Cairo airport awaiting their deportation, after they tried to join a women’s delegation to Gaza. What do we have in common? writes Felice Gelman, above left. An interest in calling attention to the terrible plight the women of Gaza face particularly in the face of the tightening siege. The UN has cautioned an humanitarian disaster is imminent. And Israel, Egypt and the US all have their reasons for blockading the strip.

Posted in Activism, Egypt, Israel/Palestine | Tagged , , | 15 Comments

Anti-Defamation League exploits fear of Muslims to undermine anti-gay bill

The Anti-Defamation League’s latest dance with Islamophobia emerged in Arizona in the midst of a debate on a bill enshrining the rights of business owners to deny service to gays and lesbians. The ADL used specter of Muslims using the legislation to discriminate against non-Muslims to help kill the legislation.

Posted in American Jewish Community, Israel/Palestine, US Politics, War on Terror | Tagged | 26 Comments

Reflections of an Iraqi in Palestine

Nessma Eman Bashi reflects on her recent trip to the West Bank.

Posted in Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Occupation | 19 Comments

Great Britain’s 100 year war on the Arab world

The current British wars on Arabs must be understood as part Great Britain’s imperial heritage.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Middle East | 21 Comments

Unravelling the false history of the Iranian nuclear program: An excerpt from ‘Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare’

“Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare” by Gareth Porter shows that virtually nothing about the nuclear scare over Iran that was reported in the Western news media was what it seemed. The book aims to unravel the false narrative that sustained the decade of crisis and to recover the real history of the Iranian nuclear program and the interactions between that program and the governments of the United States and Israel.

Posted in Iran, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Middle East, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 10 Comments

‘You seem to be on both sides of this legitimate/illegitimate kind of a thing’: State Dept. spox says neither Israeli settlements, nor settlement boycotts, are legitimate

There was an amusing exchange today at the State Departments’ Daily Press Briefing the sums up the confused and contradictory U.S. policy towards Israeli settlements.

Posted in BDS, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | Tagged , , , , , , | 54 Comments

The US charade in Egypt, Syria and Palestine

The charade is empowering – for the powerful. The charade is a disaster – for the suffering.

Posted in Egypt, Israel/Palestine, syria, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 2 Comments

Death toll rises in Yarmouk as siege and bombings continue

A week ago the world rejoiced when food trucks finally arrived to Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria to alleviate mass starvation, but since then the siege is back. Even after the food arrived, it did little to curtail starvation throughout the camp of 40,000. The death toll now has exceeded 63,

Posted in syria | Tagged | 26 Comments

On the 3rd anniversary of the democratic uprising, is there hope for Egypt?

The gloom today about the prospects for genuine democracy in Egypt may be premature, explains a distinguished scholar. Yes, the latest news from Egypt continues to depress. Three years after masses of brave demonstrators filled Tahrir Square, the new military government continues to arrest thousands of innocent people — with the apparent support of a majority of Egyptians. The security forces have libeled the Muslim Brotherhood as “terrorist,” despite no evidence, outlawed the organization and killed at least hundreds of its members. But doomsayers should look at European history.

Posted in Arab Spring, Egypt, Middle East | Tagged | 28 Comments

Cracks in the alliance: Is there finally daylight between Israel and the US?

The Israeli government is hurling insults at U.S. officials and working visibly to thwart a peace process on which the Obama administration had staked its credibility. The recent diplomatic fracas over Moshe Ya’alon’s comments have added to the bad blood built up between these two allies during Netanyahu’s term. The feud is not only over Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians but on the related matter of US handling of what Israel considers its strategic environment in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Posted in Israel/Palestine, Middle East, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 47 Comments

Rejecting collective punishment from Gaza to Syria

Nothing can possibly justify the Syrian regime’s policy of collective punishment against the Palestinians of Yarmouk, writes Omar Chaaban.

Posted in Activism, Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, syria | 181 Comments

‘Palestinian liberation incomplete without the liberation of all’–a statement on the siege of Yarmouk

A group of Students for Justice in Palestine chapters write a statement on the situation in Yarmouk camp in Syria.

Posted in Activism, Middle East, syria | 39 Comments

While you were neutral about Yarmouk

The Pro-Palestinian movement was delayed in picking up on the tragic unraveling of Yarmouk. It took the work of a great deal of dedicated activists to force it into the forefront of the solidarity movement’s agenda. What couldn’t be predicted, however, was that, in the place of silence, an ugly neutrality would hover over the new-founded concern.

Posted in Activism, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, syria, US Politics | 148 Comments

Cornell SJP responds to the situation in Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp

Over the past year, as a result of a fraught military escalation, Yarmouk has become a charnel house, the overwhelming majority of its people in flight, while the remaining few die of starvation. We cannot accept this. No one has the right to deny another food, or to use food as a weapon of war. For that reason, Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine stands with the remaining few Palestinians in Yarmouk. We ask that the government coordinate with the United Nations or other capable and non-compromised agencies to ensure that the people of Yarmouk can eat. We demand that the armed groups respect its neutrality and leave the camp immediately. And we insist that the Palestinian refugees in Syria be allowed home to Palestine.

Posted in Activism, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, syria | 8 Comments