Why ‘Jewish state’ demand is a non-starter


If Washington accepts new Israeli demands, it moves the goal posts further away from a middle ground for a just peace. By Yousef Munayyer - Sabbah Report § Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demands Palestinians recognise Israel as "a Jewish state" and US President Barack Obama, who used this … [Read more...]

Washington Getting Pushed Around By Israel


Kells Hetherington from The Voice Of Russia interviews Yousef Munayyer - Sabbah Report § WASHINGTON (VR) — The Israelis have failed to release Palestinian prisoners and essentially renege on the commitment they had made with US Secretary of State John Kerry, throwing the agreement into a tailspin, … [Read more...]

Lessons from Yarmouk

Refugees queue for food parcels in Yarmouk. Photograph: Handout/Reuters

Every decade, another episode of dispossession and loss plays out for Palestinian refugees in troubled host countries. By Yousef Munayyer - Sabbah Report § In Yarmouk refugee camp, the largest concentration of Palestinians in Syria among the nine refugee camps there, the Palestinian population is … [Read more...]

Yousef Munayyer: Mandela and My Son


U.S. Glorifies Nelson Mandela In Death. But Treated Him as a Terrorist While Alive. Labelled Him a Terrorist Until 2008. By Yousef Munayyer As the news broke of Nelson Mandela’s death and reactions were coming in from around the world I did something I always do in these instances, I turned to cable … [Read more...]

Why Israel-Palestine Peace Process Failed

A picture shows a partial view of the Jewish settlement of Har Homa on the outskirts of mostly Arab east Jerusalem. (Jack Guez / AFP / Getty Images)

It’s unclear when it died, but it’s most definitely dead. The Israeli-Palestinian "peace process" was born with a fatal flaw, and its defects have been on full display in recent weeks as Israel conducted yet another war on Gaza, and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) sought—and won—upgraded status at … [Read more...]

America’s Failed Palestinian Policy


MORE than 160 Palestinians and 5 Israelis are dead, and as the smoke clears over Gaza, the Israelis will not be more secure and Palestinians’ hopes for self-determination remain dashed. It is time for a significant re-evaluation of the American policies that have contributed to this morass. The failure of … [Read more...]

When The Smoke Clears In Gaza

Graphics by Don Nash at Skulzwerks

Sooner or later, hopefully sooner, the all-too-familiar scenes of violence in the Gaza Strip—the sight, on Sunday, of children’s bodies being pulled from a flattened house; the rocket launches—will temporarily stop. As after every round that preceded this, a ceasefire will eventually be reached. The question … [Read more...]

Gaza: Bodies for Ballots

BBC Arabic journalist Omar Jihad mourns the death of his 11 months old son after Israeli air strikes.

They say when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. But when you are a politician and all you have is a hammer, you must convince voters every problem looks like a nail. This is the only thinking that can explain Israel’s behavior in escalating bombardment of Gaza. The Israeli spin … [Read more...]

Israeli Apartheid Ambiguity

Right-wing Israelis demonstrate at the scene of a Palestinian suicide bombing in Jerusalem. Photo David Silverman / Getty Images

When an Israeli newspaper recently ran a front page article entitled “Most Israelis support an apartheid regime in Israel,” it was not surprising that it drew considerable criticism from Zionists. But one does not need a poll to directly ask about it to determine that most Israeli Jews support Apartheid. … [Read more...]

American media: why do they hate us?

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Stability Over Freedom As protests rocked U.S. embassies in various Arab and Muslim capitals in recent weeks, a familiar question once again reverberated through American media: why do they hate us? In the blink of an eye, it seemed we were transported back to the uninformed conversations that … [Read more...]

What “Undivided Jerusalem” Is Really About

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At the recent Democratic National Convention, the party platform being adopted was slightly different from the 2008 version when it came to Israel and Palestine. A sentence, with boilerplate language on the status of Jerusalem, had disappeared. Then hilarity ensued. A party that has been under attack … [Read more...]

In the West Bank, a horror story

Mustafa Tamimi

There is a famous scene in Mary Shelley's classic where Victor Frankenstein realises that he created a monster and that this monster might be the end of him. Such is the scene that comes to mind when thinking about the news emerging from the occupied West Bank in recent days. Israeli settlers, living in … [Read more...]

How about an Israeli destruction freeze?

Obama should demand an immediate halt to all Israeli destruction of Palestinian property in the West Bank. Much was made of what many in the media described as a "confrontation" between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama over the building of illegal Israeli settlements … [Read more...]

All alone on Israel island

Solitude and Absurdity. Perhaps no two other words better described the scene at the United Nations earlier this year when US Ambassador Susan Rice raised her hand with a reluctant expression on her face to veto a Security Council resolution condemning Israeli colonial expansion. Fourteen of the fifteen … [Read more...]

Counting the cost of a Palestinian state

By Yousef Munayyer * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Since the Palestine Liberation Organisation led by Yasser Arafat recognised the state of Israel over 20 years ago, the general framework for a claims-ending solution accepted by the Israeli and Palestinian leadership has been a deal that would create a … [Read more...]

The Flotilla embodies the Arab Spring spirit

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By Yousef Munayyer * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Earlier this year we watched with amazement as hundreds of thousands of Arabs charged into the streets of their cities demanding reform. The uprisings led to the departure of several leaders who had ruled for decades and also tested (and continue to … [Read more...]

Winners and Losers in a Post-Mubarak Arab World

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By Yousef Munayyer * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Thirty years ago the Soviet Union was at the beginning of a long campaign in Afghanistan, the average person was lucky to have an advanced recording technology called a "VHS tape," and Mohammad Hosni Mubarak took control of Egypt, the most populous … [Read more...]

The U.S. needs to get tough with Israel

By Yousef Munayyer * | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz When diplomatic sources revealed that the United States was abandoning efforts for an Israeli settlement freeze, many surely did not know whether to laugh or cry. The first two years of U.S.-Israeli relations under the Obama administration has been a … [Read more...]

Yousef Munayyer: Israel’s History of Impunity

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By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Last week the government of Israel announced the launch of an investigation into the events surrounding the deadly Memorial Day flotilla raid which left nine activists dead. Many international bodies including the United Nations (UN) and the European … [Read more...]

Gaza Blockade Legal? Hardly.


By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Much debate about the legality of Israel's naval blockade and siege of Gaza has occurred in the U.S. media with little serious analysis of the laws. Pro-Israel spokesmen and Israeli officials like the Israeli Prime Minister's spokesman Mark Regev have … [Read more...]

The Gaza Siege: A Fact Sheet


What exactly is the blockade of Gaza? By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz In recent days, coverage of the attack on the aid flotilla headed to the Gaza Strip has focused on the lack of availability of certain humanitarian goods. This fact sheet is a reference tool based on … [Read more...]

Why is Israel afraid of a few boats?


By Yousef Munayyer* | Sabbah Report | www.sabbah.biz Hundreds of activists are on their way to the blockaded Gaza strip via a "flotilla" of boats carrying humanitarian and reconstruction supplies, which are badly lacking in the impoverished Palestinian territory. Israel has promised to intercept the … [Read more...]