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End the silence — Support Palestinian refugees in Yarmouk

Mariam Barghouti on
Yarmouk refugee camp. (Photo: Rami Al-Sayyed/UNRWA Archives)

The case of Palestinian refugees is a prevailing topic when discussing Palestine and liberation, but when Palestinian refugees are being besieged and slaughtered in Syria there is a piercing silence towards them. Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus has been under siege for nearly 550 days and counting. Over 1,020 Palestinians have died in the camp by torture in regime jails, execution, and bombing.

Hamas is ISIS for dummies

Philip Weiss on
Boteach ad in New York Times

As you are surely aware, the gruesome murders of American journalists by the Islamic state group in Iraq and Syria have been seized on by demagogues to argue that the US must go to war in the Middle East. Chris Matthews has championed a “nationalistic response” to the killings and faulted Barack Obama for not […]

Interminable Nakba: Syrian Palestinians return to the unknown

Ahmad Diab on

Before it was a refugee camp, Al-Yarmuk was long known as the battle that consolidated Syria under Arab rule after the landmark defeat of the Byzantine Empire in 636 C.E. From now on, however, it will symbolize a different event. Al-Yarmuk now stands between Tel Al-Za’tar – the Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut that was […]

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

James North on

It is far too early for a conclusive historical verdict on the wave of uprisings that have swept across the Middle East since a street vendor in Tunisia named Mohamed Bouazizi protested his unfair life by burning himself to death in December 2010. A half dozen Arab nations have been torn by massive popular uprisings, […]

The US charade in Egypt, Syria and Palestine

Marc H. Ellis on

This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The Syrian talks went nowhere. As expected. Everyone knew they were show and tell. In Geneva, there was no breakthrough but there were accusations and yelling galore. Along with the fear of […]

Death toll rises in Yarmouk as siege and bombings continue

Allison Deger on

A week ago the world rejoiced when food trucks finally arrived to Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria to alleviate mass starvation, after nearly 200 days of siege and over 50 dead. Parcels of lentils, oil, sugar, rice and noodles were distributed. People gathered in the streets to cook a coffee-table-sized pot of soup. But an […]

Rejecting collective punishment from Gaza to Syria

Omar Chaaban on

Let us suppose for the sake of argument that Syria’s Assad regime does enjoy a considerable amount of legitimacy, and that their concerns of an armed insurgency designed specifically to advance Western imperial interests are acceptable. Let us also accept, for one second, that the revolution in Syria is the main bastion of extremism and […]

Are the Palestinians the losers of the Arab Spring?

Abdalhadi Alijla on

Reading the news of Hassan Hassan’s murder, the Palestinian actor and comedian, in Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp, was like a bombshell. Hassan and his wife were arrested by Al-Assad forces three months ago; his wife and son were released two days later. However, he was detained until his family was informed to issue a death […]

Is Rwanda the Israel of Africa?

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Well it seems that the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, is on tour.  In the United States, Kagame will soon be hobnobbing with the chronicler of the Holocaust – and silencer of […]

Israel and its Middle East allies have embraced the three state solution

Marc H. Ellis on

This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. One State advocates are having a field day.  They deserve it.  After standing in the Two State shadow for decades, the mainstream media is running opinion pieces on the need for Israel/Palestine […]

‘Most Wanted’ poster of imperial Jewish life hypes attack on Syria

Marc H. Ellis on

This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. I can’t get it out of my head.  The poster came into my life last night as I surfed the net.  I awakened this morning with my head throbbing, wondering what the […]

Red Lines and Green Lights: Israel still angling for attack on Syria and Iran

Jonathan Cook on

President Barack Obama may have drawn his seemingly regretted “red line” around Syria’s chemical weapons, but it was neither he nor the international community that turned the spotlight on their use. That task fell to Israel. It was an Israeli general who claimed in April that Damascus had used chemical weapons, forcing Obama into an […]

Ilan Pappe weighs in on One State

Marc H. Ellis on

This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The One State/Two State debate has ignited again with Ian Lustick’s, “Two State Illusion” in the Sunday New York Times.  Ilan Pappe has also weighed in on the subject in his essay, […]

Syrian chemical weapons deal puts pressure on Israel to sign weapons treaties

Annie Robbins on

John Kerry landed in Israel yesterday after meeting with with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva to iron out a deal over Syria’s chemical weapons disposal. Although the trip to Israel was hyped in some quarters as “a personal mission to try to achieve a long-elusive peace deal between Israel and the PA”, Barak Ravid reporting in Haaretz  zeros in on a topic […]

Our indigenous preoccupation

Marc H. Ellis on

This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Yesterday on Yom Kippur, I underlined a statement by Franz Kafka’s biographer, Reiner Stach.  Stach was commenting on the underlying intensity of Kafka’s famous letter to his father:  “To identify deliberately with […]

Double standard: Disarming Syria puts Israel’s nuclear and chemical arsenal in the spotlight

Annie Robbins on

Last week on September 9, as a collective gasp of relief over the Russia-Syria deal could be heard around the world, Foreign Policy magazine published an article revealing a 1983 CIA intelligence document stating Israel likely had a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons at the Dimona Sensitive Storage Area in the Negev Desert. As John Kerry meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov […]

Jews say no to AIPAC and say no to bombing Syria

Stanley Heller on

In three days 100 Jews from around the world signed on to a statement sharply critical of AIPAC and other Jewish bodies lobbying for President Obama’s war resolution against Syria.  Hopefully people will refer to it in their efforts with the media, Congress, teach-ins and rallies.  It reads: We Jews Oppose Calls for the U.S. to Bomb Syria  We are appalled […]

Putin’s exceptionalism and our own

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. It is mind blowing to have Vladimir Putin lecture President Obama and the world on democracy and justice. But there it is, in the New York Times no less, just days after the […]

Obama punts on Syria

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. President Obama punted last night.  The war mongers – especially AIPAC – lost their bid for war.  The Assad government lives to see another day.  Despite the rhetoric, the President and America’s foreign policy […]

‘AIPAC must be kept for consensus issues only': Israeli diplomat slams Israel lobby for engaging on Syria

Adam Horowitz on

Interesting tidbit from Ben Caspit in Al Monitor. He quotes a “long-standing diplomatic source” described as “an expert regarding the entire historical background of Israeli-US relations” who is extremely critical of AIPAC’s decision to push for a U.S. strike on Syria: “It is not wise, it is not correct, it is excessive,” said the diplomatic […]