Last spring we published Tamara Ben-Halim’s moving story about searching for her grandmother’s home in Yafa. Annie Robbins shares an amazing update that explains how Ben-Halim discovered that her family home is still standing.
Category Archives: Middle East
2017 is a historic year in the history of Palestine, the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, 70th of the UN Partition resolution and 30th of the First Intifada. It will cement the new understanding of Zionism as a settler-colonialist project, underwritten by the west.
Moral philosophers have sought to justify Israeli settler colonialism, Ilan Pappe says, but Zionism is a 140-year project of “dehumanization and elimination” and westerners must accept this understanding in order to pressure Israel to end this project and bring peace to the one state between the river and the sea.
War is so normal in the United States of America — being in a constant state of it, somewhere else — that the longest-running foreign conflict in the country’s history is hardly even an afterthought in the race to become the nation’s next commander in chief. In 17 televised debates and town halls, the Republicans and Democrats running for president have been asked all of two questions about the war in Afghanistan, now in its 15th year. The U.S. and NATO will never get out of Afghanistan if their leaders never even have to explain why they are there.
The United States government continues to remain astonishingly quiet about the rising dictatorship in the Indian Ocean island nation of Maldives, where the charismatic, democratic Muslim leader Mohamed Nasheed has been deposed, cheated out of an electoral comeback, jailed for 13 years and finally forced into exile. Perhaps it is because last September, the Maldives regime hired the Podesta Group, an influential public relations firm that is close to the Democratic Party, to promote its image.
Kristian Davis Bailey was going to Birzeit University to speak about the Black Lives Matter movement and Palestine when Israeli authorities racially profiled him at Allenby Bridge, arrested him, searched him, went through personal data, and forced him to cancel his appearance.
“After a life and career devoted to Jewish community and Israel, I conclude that in every important way Israel has failed to realize its promise for me. A noble experiment, but a failure,” Jewish leader David Gordis writes, in a major blow to the intellectual and spiritual underpinnings of Zionism
J Street denounces Tom Friedman’s announcement that there’s one state in Israel and Palestine, but it won’t take its own members over to the West Bank. Doing so would make it clear as day that the two-state solution is past; and J Street’s stance is delusory. The organization wants Jews to sing HaTikvah (The Hope) for Zionism, when that hope has plainly curdled.
Anti-semitism confirmed the belief that Jews are special, for many Zionists and secular Jews. We are not special. Any human can be brought to the abyss of nationalist absolutism and totalitarianism. Any religion can be applied in a way that accentuates the exclusivist ideological stream. If we let that idea haunt us to the degree of uncontrolled survivalist frenzy, we will be undermining our own future and fulfilling the next doom prophecy.
The Henry Jackson Society has been exposed for its efforts to smear Noam Chomsky. What is salient about the professional Chomsky hounders though is how little error they uncover. It is because they are not engaged in criticism, in the inspection of whether his arguments hold up against the evidence. They are simply practitioners of vilification.
In her new book, Dying to Forget, historian Irene Gendzier examines unexamined archives to reinterpret the dominant narrative of U.S. foreign policy during the creation of the state of Israel, and rewrites the history of that crucial hinge-point in the history of the middle east.
In 1994, when she was in her 40s, Hillary Clinton had a dream of revenge against Henry Kissinger for Vietnam– skewering him with the nihilistic phrase, “Light at the end of the tunnel.” But by 2009 she was good friends of the man Bernie Sanders calls a war criminal. What happened?
By reminding Israelis of the little horrors of the occupation, from child detentions to home demolitions, kibbutznik Amos Gvirtz is determined to prove to his society that they cannot claim later, We did not know! But this moral education stops at the idea of one state with equal rights.
In 1948, the Palestinian mukhtar, or leader of Dawaymeh village, gave a sworn statement to the UN, never fully publicized before, stating that 100s had been killed by Israeli forces there in October 1948, long after the creation of the Jewish state
Hillary Clinton brought up Israel twice at last night’s debate but Bernie Sanders didn’t take the bait even as he landed on Henry Kissinger. He ought to be telling Americans that she got her job as secretary of state due to her close connections to Israel
An open letter to my fellow Israelis: As the world media became instantly transparent, the reality of our crimes became impossible to hide, and we put an extra focus on propaganda to twist it all into “self defense”. Who on earth would want to “survive” if this is how “survival” looks?
Stephen Pampinella, a scholar of int’l relations at SUNY New Paultz, says Bernie Sanders must challenge neoconservative policies in both parties by declaring he will work with Iran to stabilize the Middle East in a “post-hegemonic” world order that relies on international law. Israel lobby won’t like this!
A panel of judges in Saudi Arabia overturned the death sentence of Palestinian artist, curator, and poet Ashraf Fayadh but upheld the verdict of the crime of apostasy and sentenced him to eight years in prison, 800 lashes, and an official public repentance through Saudi Arabia state media.
“I who plowed Israel’s fields, planted trees, built a house and fathered sons and shed his blood in the battle for its founding… renounce my belief in the Zionism which has failed, I shall not be loyal to the Jewish fascist state and its mad vision,” the late Dov Yermiya said in 2009
James North writes that as he read through Phil Weiss’s superb reports on Jewish settlers in West Bank Palestine, he experienced an eerie sense of familiarity. From 1978 to 1983 North lived in southern Africa, writing articles and then a book about the struggle against apartheid. The people Weiss described so vividly reminded him of many of the white South Africans he met back then. He writes, “The resemblance is more than an attitude of colonial superiority. Beyond that, I recognized in Weiss’s settlers a similar feeling of self-confidence, the conviction that although the outside world could criticize all it wanted, no one was going to taken any serious actions to disturb their lives.”
Yonatan Shay, an official of the American Jewish Committee, seeks to paint Syrian refugees in Berlin as anti-Semitic, and as putting Jews in Europe in danger, with the obvious agenda of riding the nationalist xenophobic wave.
Another US foreign policy blunder, this one in Haiti. Does Obama stumble partly because he spends too much time on Israel?
Katie Miranda offers an ad for Airbnb’s rentals in the occupied territories. There is rarely this much truth in advertising.
“We live like dogs,” says a Kurdish resident of Grande-Synthe, a burgeoning refugee camp located in an industrial suburb of Dunkerque, France. As the refugee crisis continues to swell across Europe, Grande-Synthe stands as an example of the most perilous living conditions in modern Western society.
While in Hawaii, Hatim Kanaaneh uses the local homelessness crisis to explain Middle East politics.