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Interrogating the Qatar rift

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The abrupt announcement that Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, UAE, Yemen, the Maldive Islands, and the eastern government in divided Libya have broken all economic and political ties with Qatar has given rise to a tsunami of conjecture, wild speculation, and most of all, to wishful thinking and doomsday worries. Richard Falk untangles the threads of the story so far what it could mean for U.S. foreign policy in the region.

A guide to the worst refugee crisis since WWII

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The world is witnessing the largest refugee crisis since the horrors of World War II. There are close to 60 million war refugees, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, an all-time high, as people from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, and Yemen are fleeing violence in their countries. Human rights organizations warn the Gulf states, Israel, Iran, and Russia—all of whom have taken zero refugees—along with the US, Canada, and Europe—which have taken few—are not doing enough. Ben Norton presents a guide to the refugee crisis and how every country you need to know about is responding.

Simon Wiesenthal Center calls Falk, Walker, Waters, Blumenthal and ASA anti-Semites

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You’d think it’s a parody but it isn’t. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which says it’s devoted to fighting anti-Semitism worldwide because of the Holocaust, has made a year-end list of the “Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs” for 2013 and (no surprise) the victors are a combination of actual anti-Semites and critics of Israeli policy. The American […]

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

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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. 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 […]

Turkish PM raises Mavi Marmara at White House press conf, calls grow for Obama to investigate killing of Furkan Doğan

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Yesterday, President Obama held a joint press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Although the focus was on Syria, and the myriad scandals overtaking the White House in the past week, Israel/Palestine came up as well. Here Erdoğan discusses his upcoming trip to Gaza and the ongoing negotiation over reparations for the Israeli attack […]

Exile and the Prophetic: Triaging Palestine

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This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. We all want regional cooperation. But when cooperation becomes collaboration we head straight to disaster. Who benefits from Syria’s disaster? Regional cooperation in the Middle East may be the new face […]

Reports of Turkish-Israeli rapprochement may be premature

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Suggestions of a rapprochement between Turkey and Israel following Benjamin Netanyahu’s apology “for any error that may have led to loss of life” during Israel’s raid on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla now appear to have been somewhat premature. Although Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu said on 25 March that Turkey’s main demands had been met,more recent reports tell […]

Netanyahu meeting with foreign diplomats to ‘prepare international public opinion for an Israeli operation in Gaza’

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Large Scale Israeli Offensive On Gaza Likely Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported that the office of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is preparing the international public opinion for a large-scale military offensive against the Gaza Strip, adding that it seems that Netanyahu has already decided to conduct a large ground offensive against the coastal region. […]

US silent as thousands go on hunger strike in Turkey for Kurdish political rights

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Seven hundred Kurdish political prisoners have been on hunger strike in Turkey for the past 60 days and many are now in critical condition. However, their efforts were given a boost in the last week. 10,000 people decided to join the hunger strike following a November 5th statement by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his […]

Sabra and Shatila, 30 years later

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Sabra & Shatila massacre of Palestinians Eyewitness Robert Fisk & Odd Karsten Tveit Sabra and Shatila, 30 years later   Sabra and Shatila: Thirty Years On On the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre in which hundreds of defenseless Palestinian refugees were slaughtered by Lebanese right-wing militias under the cover of the Israeli […]

38 and counting: Al Araqib asks Guinness for record of most demolitions carried out by Israel

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Palestinian villagers demand Guinness entry for demolition record  Residents of an Arab village in Israel demanded entry into Guinness World Records for breaking a record in the number of demolitions carried out by Israeli authorities.  The Bedouin village of al-Araqeeb, whose population is estimated at 500, is located in the Negev in southern Israel and […]

Between 1967 and 1994, Israel revoked the residency rights of 250,000 Palestinians

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Ethnic Cleansing / Land and Resource Theft & Destruction / Refugees & Occupation Israel admits it revoked residency rights of quarter million Palestinians since 1967 Many of those prevented from returning were students or young professionals, working aboard to support their families. Israeli MK, AIPAC behind Senate bid to cut total number of Palestinian […]

11-year-old seized from playground by undercover officers is now ‘under investigation’

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11 year old taken from playground by undercover officers for “investigation” Undercover Israeli forces, known as the Musta’rivem , kidnapped a young child from Ras Elamoud in Silwan yesterday, 8 June. Muhammad Ashour,11, was taken by Musta’rivem officers from the playground in Silwan . Ashour remains in custody, with police stating that he is “under […]

Palestinian families forced to demolish their own homes

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UPDATE: Families Forced to Demolish their Own Homes in Jordan Valley NABLUS, June 5, 2012 (WAFA) – The Israeli authorities Tuesday forced four Palestinian families to demolish with their own hands their homes in Wadi al-Maleh area in the northern part of the occupied Jordan Valley as a prelude to evacuate the area from its […]

Gaza remembers the ‘Mavi Marmara’

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  Gazan children show their support for Turkish Mavi Marama victims (Photo: Talgha Bendie)  The 31st of May 2012 marked the second anniversary of the Mavi Marmara attack in which nine Turkish activists were killed and many more injured when they attempted to sail to Gaza in order to break the illegal Israeli siege. The […]

9th grade Palestinian boy arrested at 3:45 am, soldier leans close and whispers ‘F*ck your mother’ as they haul him off

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A Silwan Story: Palestinian Child Arrested, Abused by Israeli Authorities and Barred From Finishing 9th Grade Someone is pounding on the door. It is 3:45 a.m. The pounding gets louder. The father goes to open the door, and immediately they enter: two men dressed in civilian clothes, flanked by police officers bearing heavy guns. They […]

A flurry of attacks against Palestinian women, students and children

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Land / Property and Resource Theft / Ethnic Cleansing / Restriction of Movement Israeli gov’t funds new settlement project  Ramallah, May 29 (Petra) — Israel’s municipality of Jerusalem and the Ministry of Tourism will jointly earmark more than $4 million to fund a new settlement project in the Arab neighborhood of Silwan in occupied East […]

Senate fight today over the number of Palestinian refugees

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Senate fight today over Palestinian ‘refugees’ Thirty U.S. senators will vote today over whether there really are 5 million Palestinian “refugees” or just around 30,000 — a hot-button issue that has already become the subject of a vigorous international debate involving Israel and its Arab neighbors. When the Senate Appropriations Committee takes up the fiscal 2013 State […]

Palestinian Authority and Israel on an arresting spree, children and activists detained

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Detainees and Other Prisoner News Palestinians arrest 10 Islamic Jihad members Palestinian security forces arrested 10 members of the Islamic Jihad in the Jenin refugee camp on Monday, a local leader of the radical movement said. Islamic Jihad holds PA security responsible for assaults on its cadres The Islamic Jihad said that the PA […]

Daily escalations in Occupied Palestine

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Ethnic Cleansing / Land Theft and Destruction / Nakba   Jerusalem Court grants rabbis custody over Nablus tomb, violating status quo Joseph’s Tomb is located in the West Bank city of Nablus which is under full Palestinian control since the Oslo Accords were signed. Thousands of Israelis to visit West Bank site after court […]

Israeli officer threatens to rape Palestinian activists in custody (if this happened in Syria it would be headline news)

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Israeli police brutally arrest hunger strike demonstrators, threaten them with rape, Sawsan Khalife Thaira Zoabi, a 27-year-old activist from Nazareth, also suffered injuries at the hands of police on 3 May. “As soon as the protest began, the Israeli Yassam and police forces first arrested the bus driver and eight protesters. That did not stop us […]

Video: Israeli soldiers arrest three children in West Bank raid

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Video: Heavily-armed Israeli soldiers seize three children in West Bank night raid, Ali Abunimah A video shows heavily-armed Israeli soldiers seizing three children from their home in the middle of the night in the West Bank village of Beit Ommar, a horrible routine that is part of a systematic campaign against the village’s children. Land […]