Israel’s Gilad Shalit got off lightly

Considering a Palestinian kid throwing stones gets imprisonment and mashed testicles! While the whole world, it seemed, was in ecstasy over the freeing of Gilad Shalit, I was amazed to discover that the Israeli tank-gunner had been made an honorary citizen of Rome, Paris, Baltimore, Miami, Pittsburgh and New … [Read more...]

Israel Arrests Palestinians While Releasing Others

In mid-October, Netanyahu's cabinet agreed to free 1,027 Palestinian political prisoners in two waves (including 27 women and nearly 300 children) in return for Hamas releasing Gilad Shalit after over five years in captivity. Wave one is completed, freeing 477 Palestinians. In two months, phase two will … [Read more...]

Still under wraps

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Here's a story to contemplate: From a passenger ship, everyone can see a bearded man on a small island. He is shouting and desperately waving his hands. "Who is it?" a passenger asks the captain. "I've no idea. Every year when we pass, he goes nuts." At times I feel like the bearded old man going … [Read more...]

Thank you, Hamas

The prisoner swap deal with Israel, which Hamas has concluded through Egyptian and German intermediaries, is undoubtedly a perfect gift to the entire Palestinian people, given the deal's auspicious timing, having taken place three weeks before the occurrence of Eidul Adha holiday. The imminent release of … [Read more...]

The FBI Goes Rogue On Iran

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Going Rogue Again Back on 1 September 2011 I posted a piece titled America's FBI Goes Rogue. The gist of that piece was that the FBI's Counter Terrorist Unit has transformed itself into an instigator of crime. The Agency's modus operandi (MO) here reminds one of those carnivorous plants that have evolved … [Read more...]

No tears for warmonger Fox

Dangerous beliefs and connections to the political underworld made him unemployable as a British minister Britain's defence secretary Dr Liam Fox decided to jump rather than be thrown from the battlements. While we wait - not holding our breath of course - for the Cabinet Secretary's final report on the … [Read more...]

Obama and the Terror Plot Thriller

There are so many doubts and questions surrounding the alleged Iranian-sponsored assassination plot against the Saudi ambassador, that for Barack Obama to take a prominent role in announcing the case may prove to be a serious political and diplomatic mistake. The American public loves intrigue and … [Read more...]

The Real Enemy of the Palestinians

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When I was young I perceived the Zionist Israelis to be the Palestinians, and my, only enemy. The Zionist terrorist gangs had forcefully occupied my country, razed about 400 Palestinian towns, perpetrated many massacres against their Palestinian residents, and evicted many hundreds of thousands others out of … [Read more...]

Abbas, UN Membership and Peace Talks

Globetrotting to enlist UN membership support, Abbas told Time magazine in Columbia on October 11 that he'll resume talks if Israel accepts the Quartet's proposal. In September, Quartet members established a timeline for "realistic and serious" negotiations with no preconditions to begin in a month. They … [Read more...]

The Real Story of How Israel Was Created

To better understand the Palestinian bid for membership in the United Nations, it is important to understand the original 1947 UN action on Israel-Palestine. The common representation of Israel's birth is that the UN created Israel, that the world was in favor of this move, and that the US governmental … [Read more...]

Suppressing the truth

There are some scandals that refuse to die, either because they are never fully investigated or because those responsible for them never paid the price they should have. --Gideon Levy Issues that should concern everyone, but especially in America, have been subverted, degraded, perverted, retracted, … [Read more...]

Gaza orphans: on the line of fire

Gaza: Khan Yunis revisited By Julie Webb-Pullman When Kia Ora Gaza was in Gaza almost a year ago, some of the team visited poor families and orphans in Gaza’s second-largest city, Khan Yunis. At that time I reported on the dire situation faced by families there, some of whom had been living in these … [Read more...]

Palestinians Protest Israeli Prison Hell

Palestinian Prisoners

Israel treats Palestinian prisoners horrifically. In detention, interrogations include torture, intimidation and other abuses. "Security prisoners" are punitively isolated for extended periods. Others for any reason or none at all face similar short or longer-term treatment. Administrative detainees are … [Read more...]

Show Your Solidarity for Palestinian Prisoners

Thousands of Palestinians held rallies in Nablus, Gaza and Ramallah on Oct. 3, to show solidarity with Palestinian political prisoners on hunger strike since Sept. 27. There are 6,000 to 8,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including women and children, many of them imprisoned without trial … [Read more...]

Netanyahu: Master of Deception

By Samuel Dowell* "I tend to believe things that a son says to his father in private. To this end, we should go back to 2009, to the words revealed by the father, Benzion Netanyahu, regarding the conduct of his son, Benjamin. With the consent of his son, the prime minister, the father gave an interview to … [Read more...]

American hypocrisy at its most naked

Russia and China's veto of the UN Security Council resolution which condemned Syria over its brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters and contained a weak reference to the possibility of sanctions against Damascus proved (again) one thing – that despite torrents of soaring rhetoric to the … [Read more...]

Abbas’ Dangerous Path to Palestinian Statehood

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Palestinian President, Mahmud Abbas, whose presidency had expired since early 2009, is treading a dangerous path when submitted a formal bid on Friday September 23rd to the UN to recognize a Palestinian Statelet - on the remaining fragmented and besieged by the separation wall 20% of historical Palestine- … [Read more...]

America’s modern barbarism

Has anyone noticed that the political air is wafting rancid lately? That is the smell of modern barbarism. Modern barbarism is a malodorous umbrella concept. Underneath the umbrella are lots of fetid phobias, isms and behaviours: Islamophobia, homophobia, xenophobia, semi-fascism, scapegoating, stereotyping, … [Read more...]

Palestinian Freedom Later, Not Now

On October 2, Haaretz said "Israel accepts Quartet peace plan," making Palestinian UN membership conditional on negotiating peace with an unwilling partner. No matter that decades of on-and-off talks never achieved resolution and won't now. Moreover, Israel doesn't negotiate. It demands. As a result, … [Read more...]

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year): Will God forgive?

At the start of the Jewish New Year I have some questions for Britain's Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks. They are for him in particular because of what he said in a recorded message of preparation for the New Year, but they are also questions that could and should be asked of rabbis everywhere. First here's the … [Read more...]