The Prawer plan, special West Bank edition

The Prawer plan, special West Bank edition

Quietly, without demonstrations or consulting the stakeholders, the Civil Administration is cooking up a plan to relocate West Bank Bedouin into crowded new townships. By Amira Hass - Sabbah Report § What does this remind you of? Thousands of people are forced, at gunpoint, to leave their homes. … [Read more...]

Area C


Israel exercises total control over Area C, which forms 61 percent of the land of the West Bank. Under the Oslo Accords (the 1993 interim agreement between Israel and the PLO), the West Bank was divided into three Areas, A, B and C, which were put under different jurisdictions. Within these parcels … [Read more...]

Palestinian Collaboration Overshadows Latest Talks


Was the "fix" in? by Jeff Blankfort - Sabbah Report § Shortly after the signing of the Oslo accords between Israel and the PLO in 1993, the Jerusalem Post ran a cartoon that depicted a critical aspect of those accords which has rarely been discussed much less acknowledged. In the cartoon, a smiling … [Read more...]

French whore gives Zionism a blow job


I don't wish to offend readers other than perhaps those of the parties of my headline, but I have to say that it, the headline, was the first thought that came into my mind when I learned from the BBC that, according to leaks to the French media, a team of French scientists do not believe Arafat was poisoned … [Read more...]

Israel and the dangers of ethnic nationalism


An interview with Jonathan Cook, by Joseph Cotto Cotto: What sort of general impact would you say Zionism has had on the Middle East? Cook: Zionism was a reaction to the extreme ethnic nationalisms that dominated – and nearly destroyed – Europe last century. It is therefore hardly surprising that it … [Read more...]

Palestine Spring in the making? – by Jamal Kanj

Samer al-Issawi, illegally imprisoned and on hunger strike

A third Palestinian uprising is simmering slowly, fuelled by the denigrating policies of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. With the chances of a political solution steadily diminishing, and lacking other options, the conditions are ripe for a new Palestinian Intifada, or uprising. While the … [Read more...]

Jonathan Cook: Israel’s left turn to the far right

Yair Lapid, Benjamin Netanyahu, Naftali Bennett

Much of Israeli politics is myth-making – the creation of narratives based on illusions – and the country’s election last week was no exception. Commentators have been quick to characterize the result as a dramatic upset, with the right-wing led by Benjamin Netanyahu locked in a dead-heat with the … [Read more...]

Khaled Abu Toameh: Israel’s Palestinian propagandist

Khaled Abu Toameh, Israeli hasbara agent

Khaled Abu Toameh, Israeli hasbara agent By Nureddin Sabir Observers of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict expect from time to time to come across individuals and organizations whose intent is to find the worst possible news and information from the Arab and Muslim worlds and disseminate them widely … [Read more...]

The fine print of Palestinian statehood

The PLO/PA's apparent interest in reviving itself provides opportunities for Palestinian civil society and its allies to hold the leadership accountable for Palestinian rights [GALLO/GETTY]

What does the UN fine print - which promoted Palestine as a non-member observer state - really mean? Congratulations are raining as friends of the Palestinians respond with delight to the United Nations' resounding "Yes!" to Palestine's non-member observer state status as of November 29, 2012. But before … [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...]

The Galilee First!

Attorney Sabri Jiryis (L) and Sam Bahour standing on the rooftop of the 105 year old Mar Elias Church in the Palestinian village of Fassouta which is located in the western Galilee. The South Lebanon skyline is in the background.

The horrendous reality of the Palestinian communities inside Israel—in places like Akka, Haifa, Nazareth, Yaffa, and the Negev—is not about being regulated to sit in the back of the bus; they could only wish for such blatant racism. Here, the racism is multilayered, ideological, well-camouflaged, … [Read more...]

Fatah Israeli Collaborators

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by Stephen Lendman | Sabbah Report: Call it an open secret. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, unelected Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, and like-minded Fatah officials collaborate with Israel's occupation harshness. At least since Oslo, they served Israel at the expense of their own … [Read more...]

The Palestinian Authority – devoid of any authority

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The Oslo Accords, initially intended to create Palestinian self-government, have in fact left them with autonomous pockets that only reinforce Israel's rule. By Amira Hass | Sabbah Report: "Everything Will Be Fine," the enjoyable program broadcast by Army Radio, has a younger relation … [Read more...]

Even Netanyahu admits PA is an Israeli interest

The fact that Israel, which continues to murder Palestinians nearly on a daily basis, narrows Palestinian horizons and steals Palestinian land is hastening to rescue the Palestinian Authority (PA) from its crushing financial-economic crisis may raise a lot of eyebrows both among Palestinians themselves and … [Read more...]

Palestinians revolt against PA

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As the economic crisis in the Occupied Territories deepens, Palestinians are looking to their leadership for someone to blame. The Palestinian Authority (PA) is facing the severest political and economic crisis since its establishment following the Oslo Accords in 1993 as tens of thousands of … [Read more...]

It’s the Occupation, Stupid

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Haaretz contributor Amira Hass is right saying so. Current headlines highlight thousands of West Bank protesters. Palestinians took to the streets against unaffordable rising prices. In some areas, things got violent. Demonstrators smashed windows, tried to storm a municipality building, and clashed with … [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...]

The U.S. needs to get tough with Israel

By Yousef Munayyer * | Sabbah Report | 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...]