It’s either Israel or the occupation


Occupation of the Palestinians has become, among other things, like therapy for the trauma of Europe. By Oudeh Basharat - Sabbah Report § For the occupation’s 47th birthday, which unfortunately came last week, there is no song more appropriate than Farid al-Atrash’s sad tune: “My birthday is upon … [Read more...]

Gaza Returns to Donkey Days

Palestinian child on donkey cart next to garbage container in Gaza City. Credit: Mohammed Omer/IPS

By Mohammed Omer The garbage trucks of Gaza city are at a standstill due to an ongoing fuel shortage affecting all aspects of daily life, including garbage collection, sewage and waste disposal and other vital services. But the local donkeys are here to help. Abu Hesham on his donkey cart won’t be … [Read more...]

Oh Palestinians!

Egypt army demolishes homes, tunnels along Gaza border | Maan News Agency— Sabbah (@sabbah) September 3, 2013   Palestinians fleeing Syria denied entry into Lebanon | Maan News Agency— Sabbah (@sabbah) September 3, 2013 … [Read more...]

Stephen Lendman: Islamofascist Rule in Egypt


The people want to bring down the regime. Washington engineered Mubarak's ouster. He fell from grace. He became more liability than asset. For years, State Department and Pentagon officials wanted him out. He opposed Bush's 2003 Iraq war and other US policies. He had to go. Washington engineered … [Read more...]

Joseph Massad: Palestinians, Egyptian Jews and propaganda

"The statements made by Issam al-Aryan, a senior leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, calling on Egyptian Jews in Israel to return home, are hardly novel," writes author (AFP)

Despite claims to the contrary, it isn't all sunshine and rainbows when Jewish Egyptians reflect on Egypt. By Joseph Massad The current propaganda war in Egypt about the Palestinians and about Egyptian Jews, which was provoked by the recent pronouncements of Issam al-Aryan, a senior leader of the … [Read more...]

They can attack our bodies but not our strength


November’s Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip left around 1,275 Palestinians injured, 98% of whom are civilians. Now that they are recovering from their injuries, some of them are in need of rehabilitation and special facilities. Due to the ongoing illegal closure imposed by Israel, some of the … [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...]

Brayer: The Absolute Right of Palestinian Resistance


The Zionist war, both cold and hot, against the Palestinians has not stopped for even one day since 1948, and that it went into relentless high gear since 1967 and continues unabated By Lynda Burstein Brayer Once again the bombs are falling on the Gaza Strip, a stretch of territory excised from … [Read more...]

Andrew Levine: Netanyahu Gives Obama His Comeuppance

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Grand Bargains Are No Match for Aircraft and Drones By Andrew Levine Pity the reporters and editors of the "quality press" and their NPR counterparts who must struggle to reinforce one of conventional wisdom's more preposterous tenets: that Israel has to massacre Gazans every now and then to protect its … [Read more...]

Stephen Lendman: Netanyahu Plans More War

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He admitted it. He's not finished. He has lots more killing and destruction to do. He "will not hesitate to do what is necessary to defend our people," he said. In other words, he'll ignore memorandum of understanding ceasefire terms, maintain Gaza's siege, manufacture pretexts to eliminate Israeli … [Read more...]

Stephen Lendman: Gaza Still Boils

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Pillar of Cloud settled nothing. Little changed for 1.7 million Gazans. Suffocating siege continues. Israel provoked two border incidents. One Palestinian was shot and killed. Others were wounded. They threatened no one. These type incidents are commonplace. They won't end. Palestinians are blamed for … [Read more...]

Behind the Pillar of Cloud – Gaza Severely Maimed

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The food and farming sector in Gaza has been severely maimed, worsening the condition of agricultural sector. By Rami Zurayk and Anne Gough Since its creation in 1948, Israel has used food and nutrition as a means to entrench its military and territorial occupation of Palestine. While all eyes are … [Read more...]

War and peace incompatible

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ISRAEL's wars on Gaza have not ceased since Palestinians exercised their free, democratic election in 2006. The relentless warfare has alternated between bloody and muted, but let's clarify some distortions. Contradictory to most Western media reporting, the current escalation was sparked by Israel's … [Read more...]

A defeat for Israel?


Netanyahu finally decided that it would be too costly for Israel in diplomatic and political terms to say "No" to Obama and many other leaders who insisted that Israel had to agree to a ceasefire. It's too soon to know whether the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas will be more than a sticking plaster to … [Read more...]

We in Gaza will not die in silence

Gaza: Massacre of Dalo family

If the world will not defend the Palestinians against Israel, we have the right to defend ourselves By Musa Abumarzuq - Deputy Head of Hamas's Political Bureau The latest Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip has prompted several European countries and the US to reaffirm their position of unwavering … [Read more...]

Why Gaza must suffer again


The four guilty parties behind Israel's attack A short interview (see the clip below) broadcast by CNN late last week featuring two participants – a Palestinian in Gaza and an Israeli within range of the rocket attacks – did not follow the usual script. For once, a media outlet dropped its role as … [Read more...]

Interview with Noam Chomsky about Gaza

US scholar and activist Noam Chomsky at a press conference to support the Gaza-bound flotilla in the port of Gaza City on 20 October 2012.
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Noam Chomsky on Gaza, and the 2 Positives of Election 2012: The Worst Didn't Happen -- and It's Over Last Sunday, Democracy Now! spoke with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist, author, and MIT professor. Chomsky, who recently returned from his first visit to the Gaza Strip, … [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...]

Will Israel Launch a False Flag Against Iran to Start War?

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According to U.S. officials, Israel is training and supporting Iranian terrorists who are trying to topple the Iranian government. Those Israeli-funded terrorists have faked documents to falsely indicate that Iran is building a nuclear bomb. 1 Israel has admitted to previous use of false flag attacks to … [Read more...]