Articles Baskin with Mahmoud Abbas. (Via

Baskin’s Generous Offer: Making Peace with Israeli Occupation

By Ramzy Baroud It would be fair to assume that Gershon Baskin’s recent article in the Jerusalem Post – Encountering Peace: Obviously no peace now,…

Jul 1 2015 / Read More » /
BDS takes its target as the construct and the institutions of the occupation, not Israeli individuals or Jewish people at all. (

On Intimidation and Counter-BDS Efforts

By Samah Jabr The Orange Affair The Orange affair here is not the ominous orange of the victims of Guantanamo or the Islamic state –…

Jun 30 2015 / Read More » /
Rafah crossing. (Johnny Barber, Palestine Chronicle)

Sisi’s Strategy behind the Sudden Opening of the Rafah Border Crossing

By Matthew Ayton The people of the economically immiserated Gaza Strip have been given a semblance of relief as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has…

Jun 30 2015 / Read More » /
Mary McGowan Davis, Chairperson, Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict, at a press conference to launch the report. (UN)

Will the UN’s Gaza Report Force Change?

By Annie Slemrod A United Nations investigation accusing Israel and Palestinian armed groups of alleged war crimes in last summer’s Gaza conflict caused a stir on…

Jun 29 2015 / Read More » /
It can be said that the false charge of anti-Semitism is Zionism’s trump card. (Via Aljazeera)

Is BDS Replacing Iran as Israel’s Blackmail Card?

By Alan Hart My headline question was provoked by an Uri Avnery article with the headline “BDS, the new enemy”. After noting that Netanyahu’s whole…

Jun 27 2015 / Read More » /
(Jason Fudge, flickr -cc - Common Dreams)

In Baghdad, Organized Destruction

By Cathy Breen Two days ago an email came from an Iraqi doctor in Baghdad in response to a brief greeting I sent for the…

Jun 27 2015 / Read More » /
Khader Adnan is becoming an iconic symbol of man's and nations’ search for dignity. (Via Aljazera)

Khader Adnan: A Symbol of Palestinian Resistance

By Ghada Ageel The body of Khader Adnan is again on the line and the very life of this Palestinian political prisoner is in great…

Jun 25 2015 / Read More » /
The Israeli government built the 'Holot' incarceration facility to hold thousands of African refugees. (

Asylum Seekers: Fortress Europe with Israeli Guns

By Shir Hever The EU has recently adopted a plan to use extreme measures to restrict the flow of asylum-seekers from Africa and the Middle…

Jun 25 2015 / Read More » /
Che Guevara / Marilyn Monroe. (Kate Stanworth, Argentina Independent)

The B Vocabulary: The Western Left and Its Sterile ‘Field of Ideas’

By Ramzy Baroud Over the year, I realized that the term ‘left’ is not exclusive to a political ideology, but a mode of thinking championed…

Jun 24 2015 / Read More » /

The Drone Eats with Me: Diaries from a City under Fire

By Vacy Vlazna “We prepare the suhoor. We all sit around five dishes: white cheese, hummus, orange jam, yellow cheese, and olives. Darkness eats with…

Jun 23 2015 / Read More » /

The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict

Human Rights Council Twenty-ninth session Agenda item 7 Human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories Report of the independent commission of inquiry…

Jun 23 2015 / Read More » /
Jad arrived in Italy after days at sea. (Jad Mohammed, IRIN)

Would You Advise a Friend to Follow You Across the Mediterranean?

By Joe Dyke – Beirut Of the two, Jad never wanted to leave – Syria was home, and he liked it. His friend Hassan* had…

Jun 22 2015 / Read More » /
Soft bi-nationalists are not yet ready to include all Palestinians in the proposed state. (

Shadings of Zionism

By Blake Alcott Last year liberal Zionists launched efforts to get international recognition for a tiny state called Palestine. The US-brokered peace talks that terminated…

Jun 21 2015 / Read More » /
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  • June 22, 2015

    UN Report: 'War Crimes' Likely by Both Sides in 2014 Gaza War

    Both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during last year's Gaza war, a widely anticipated United Nations report said Monday, decrying "unprecedented" devastation and human suffering. - The Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict announced it had gathered "substantial information pointing to the possible commission of war crimes by both Israel and Palestinian armed groups." - On Jan.... More →
  • June 22, 2015

    Outrage as Wife of Israeli Interior Minister Posts and then Quickly Deletes Racist Joke Calling U.S. President 'Black and Weak'

    The wife of a senior Israeli politician has posted a racist tweet about Barack Obama, suggesting he is 'black and weak'. - TV host Judy Nir Mozes Shalom, who is married to Interior Minister Silvan Shalom, uploaded the offensive message on Sunday before quickly deleting it, insisting it was a joke. - After causing a stir in Israeli media, Mozes Shalom apologized to Obama. - 'President Obama I shouldn't have written the... More →
  • June 21, 2015

    More Than 40% of Palestinians in Historic Land Are Refugees

    Statistics released by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) on Monday show that 41.2 per cent of the Palestinian residents of their historic land are refugees; 25.2 per cent live in the occupied West Bank and 66.8 per cent are in the Gaza Strip. - Palestinians aged under 15 make up 39 per cent of the total Palestinian population. That age group stands at 40.9 per cent among refugees compared to 39.2 per... More →
  • June 20, 2015

    Report: Hamas Military Wing Claims Responsibility for Friday Shooting

    Hamas military wing Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades reportedly claimed responsibility for Friday's West Bank shooting that left an Israeli man dead and another lightly injured. - “One of the fighters ambushed a settler vehicle and shot at them from point-blank range after having observed the area continuously,” a statement released by the group said Friday, according to Hamas-affiliated news site the Palestinian... More →
  • June 20, 2015

    Win for Academic Freedom: Steven Salaita Awarded Back-to-back Victories against University that Fired Him

    The first part of June has awarded back-to-back victories to a professor who last year was dismissed from his post at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nearly a year ago Steven Salaita was fired for posting some tweets that were considered by some to be beyond the pale of proper academic discourse; the context for many of these tweets was the ongoing, devastating attack on Gaza by Israel. What makes this... More →




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