The language that absolves Israel

by Carlos Latuff

A special political vocabulary prevents us from being able to recognize what's going on in the Middle East. By Saree Makdisi On Sunday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech that -- by categorically ruling out the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state -- ought to have … [Read more...]

Saree Makdisi – Banned in the U.S.A. (Almost)

I didn't think America was a place where bookstores barred people for their viewpoints, until it happened to me, right here in Washington, D.C., the city of my birth. I was scheduled to speak at Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse last month about my latest book, "Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday … [Read more...]

West chooses Fatah, but Palestinians don’t

They prefer Hamas, which represents an alternative to Fatah's acceptance of the Israeli occupation. By Saree Makdisi IN THE WEST, there's a huge sense of relief. The Hamas-led government that has been causing everyone so much trouble has been isolated in Gaza, and a new government has been appointed … [Read more...]