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Vatican Officially Recognizes Palestine as a State by Signing Treaty

The Vatican now joins major international entities such as the United Nations and the European Parliament in recognizing Palestinian statehood.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE



Gaza Reconstruction Is Moving at ‘Snail’s Pace’

It will likely take 30 years to repair the damage to the Gaza Strip, given the current rate of construction, a senior United Nations official has said.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



What Have We Learned From WikiLeaks’ Saudi Arabia Documents?

So far, a massive WikiLeaks release of tens of thousands of confidential and top secret Saudi Arabian government documents has shown the country’s royalty racking up huge unpaid bills, government officials discussing how to undermine Iran and a strong dislike of Israel.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE



My Weekend With Bernie: Three Issues Candidate Sanders Didn’t Address at His L.A. Fundraiser

The independent socialist said a lot of the right things, but he avoided the topics of foreign policy and Edward Snowden. Also, what’s his real motivation for running?

Posted on Jun 21, 2015 READ MORE



Why Israel Deserves to Stay on the United Nations’ Child Rights ‘Blacklist’

The United Nations’ decision—under pressure from the U.S. government—to remove Israel from its list of children’s rights violators should not blind us from the truth: Israeli forces killed hundreds of Palestinian children last summer, and its continued occupation of Palestine undermines children’s basic human rights.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE



The Evil That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Israel’s Apartheid

A perverted decorum bans the term, but a writer’s trip to the West Bank finds that the conditions imposed on Palestinians by Israelis amply justify the use of the “A-word.”

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE



Expelled for Life: A Palestinian Family’s Struggle to Stay on Their Land

Nasser was only 4 years old in June 1986 when Israel’s Civil Administration declared his village an archaeological site and expropriated it. He doesn’t remember being driven out of the cave in which he was born, but his 70-year-old mother, Um Jihad, recalls it vividly.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE



SCOTUS’ Jerusalem Decision Shows the Limits of Pro-Israel Lobbies

It has been the position of the U.S. presidents for decades that the status of Jerusalem in international law is unsettled.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE



What Would Orange Telecom’s Departure From Israel Really Mean for the BDS Boycott Movement?

Stephane Richard, CEO of the French telecommunications company Orange, embroiled himself in an international incident Wednesday during a visit to Cairo, when he said his company would withdraw its logo from the Israeli market “tomorrow” if he could.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Israeli Corporal Jailed for Publicly Saying the Occupation of Gaza Corrupts Israel

Shachar Berrin was sentenced to a week in prison on the charge of participating “in a political meeting, while in uniform, in the presence of the media.” The army’s history of punishing soldiers’ public statements suggests that what he said, “not just the public venue, is what upset someone influential.”

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE



Adelson Tabloid Slams Obama for Listening to ‘Court Jews’ in Questioning Israel’s Credibility

President Barack Obama gave an interview on Israeli television Tuesday in which he said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position on rejecting a Palestinian state as long as he is in power is damaging Israel’s credibility.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE



Robert Fisk: Taking Away the Right to Protest Empowers Terrorism

Depriving people of the right to express moral outrage through boycotts—as Canada’s Harper government intends to do with critics of Israel—increases the probability that some will resort to violence as a means of political expression, writes Robert Fisk at The Independent.

Posted on May 30, 2015 READ MORE



The United States’ Knee-Jerk Support for Israeli Nukes Torpedoed U.N. Disarmament Talks

Non-nuclear states are furious at Washington for leaving the issue of global disarmament dead in the water for the next five years.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE



Economy of Gaza on ‘Verge of Collapse’ With World’s Highest Unemployment

Unemployment rates of 43 percent for Gaza’s general population and 60 percent for young people suggest a bleak future for Israel as well as Gaza.

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE



The U.S. and Israel Have the Worst Income Inequality in the Developed World

A new report finds that the gap between rich and poor in the developed world is at its highest level in 30 years in most countries—and that the U.S. and Israel are leading the trend.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



Where Does Israel Get the Right to Lock Thousands of Civilians Behind a Gate?

For weeks, Israeli forces have shut a village of 6,000 people out from entering Jerusalem from the occupied West Bank; scientists find that when it comes to fighting bacteria that resist antibiotics, viruses may come in handy; meanwhile, one writer explains why Elizabeth Warren is right about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



Whom Does Jerusalem Belong To?

Far right Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commemorated Israel’s “Jerusalem Day” with a speech in which he said, “Jerusalem was always the capital of the Jewish people only, and no other,” and warned that Muslim terrorism menaced it.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE



Palestinians Welcome the Pope’s Recognition of Their State

The Arabic press widely and favorably reported the news that the Vatican has recognized Palestine as a state in a new treaty with it, despite a strong protest from Israel.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE



The Vatican Will Officially Recognize Palestine as a State

In recognizing Palestinian statehood, the Holy See will join major international entities such as the United Nations and the European Parliament.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE



‘Killing Me Softly’ in Palestine: Lauryn Hill Cancels Israel Concert Under Boycott Pressure

In another sign that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right nationalism is turning Israel into a pariah state, pop star Lauryn Hill has cancelled a planned concert outside Tel Aviv.

Posted on May 6, 2015 READ MORE



How Muslim-Americans Can Avoid Being Trolled by Israel-Firsters

There is only one way to avoid the Muslim-American community being trolled by extreme Zionists who are attempting to deprive them of a public voice by painting them all as violent fanatics.

Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE



Iran Remains a U.S. Enemy Because Military Contractors Want It That Way

“The US national security state, which has the power to block any attempt” by President Obama to forge a new, friendlier relationship with Iran, “has fundamental long-term interests in the continuation of the policy of treating Iran as an enemy,” writes Gareth Porter at Al-Jazeera.

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE



At Home in Exile, an Ode to the Richness of Jewish Diaspora Life

In his new book, Alan Wolfe presents his view that Jewish universalism is rooted in “the passion for justice that so moved the Hebrew prophets.”

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE



The Everyday Politics of Confinement in Palestine

Despite the torrents of press coverage here about Israel and its relationship with the United States, the daily reality of half the people in a century-old conflict is essentially off the American radar screen.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: The Middle East Policy of President Bernie Sanders

When it comes to the Middle East, what could we expect during a Bernie Sanders presidency?

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE



U.N. Finds Israel Responsible for 2014 Attacks on Gaza Shelters

The United Nations has officially condemned Israel for shelling its emergency shelters in Gaza during the summer of 2014. The attacks left hundreds injured and at least 44 dead.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Khalida Jarrar

The lawmaker, feminist and human rights activist was recently seized by Israeli forces for her leading role in Palestine’s accession to the International Criminal Court.

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE



Putin Explains to Netanyahu: Iran’s Air Defense System Is, Like, Defensive

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday with regard to the Russian Federation’s decision to go ahead with the sale to Iran of S-300 anti-aircraft batteries.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE


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Noam Chomsky on America’s Changing Attitudes Toward Israel and Palestine

Describing a shift in popular opinion, activist and linguist Noam Chomsky contends in a recent video chat that “there is the potential for a kind of reassessment of the blind support for Israel.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE



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Iran Deal Could Lead to an Isolated, Disempowered U.S.

The framework agreement reached last week between the UN “5 plus 1” group and Iran has won general approval internationally, except in Israel and among Benjamin Netanyahu’s Republican Party claque in Washington, where such was never expected.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE



The Struggle for Palestine: What’s Winnable, What’s Not

In Europe’s parliamentary debates, discussion of a one-state solution is rare or nonexistent, but for some in the Palestinian solidarity movement, a two-state solution is unambitious.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky: Israel Is a Violent State Acting in Direct Violation of International Law

In a talk aired on C-SPAN in March, the world-renowned linguist and political activist discusses his book of essays “Masters of Mankind: Essays and Lectures, 1969-2013” and answers questions about Israeli politics.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE


Discussing ‘Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, author and journalist Max Blumenthal and Israeli activist Ronnie Barkan discussed the state of Israeli society at an event sponsored by Princeton University’s Seminarians for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE



What If U.S. and U.N. Sanctioned Israel Over Its Nukes as They Did Iran Over Its Enrichment Program?

There is a lot of talk about nuclear proliferation in the Middle East and the ways in which an Iranian bomb would provoke Saudi Arabia and others to acquire nuclear warheads of their own. But for decades, the primary impetus to a nuclear arms race in the region has been Israel.

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 READ MORE



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Islamic State’s Conquest of a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Syria Challenges Israeli Propaganda

Palestinian women and Christians and male secularists are at special risk in the Yarmouk refugee camp now that Islamic State has taken it over. But had they been living normally in their homes in what is now Israel, with their own state, they would not have been left vulnerable to this fate.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE



‘Each Breath Despite the Air’: A Poet’s View of Gaza From America

Kenji Liu’s poem about the 2014 conflict in Gaza is especially poignant to listen to as news of the Palestinian Authority joining the International Criminal Court spreads.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE



Band 47SOUL Defies Contentious Middle Eastern Borders With Its Political Music and Lyrics

The members of 47SOUL came together to play traditional Arabic street music with an electronic twist and a warm message to their audience that they “don’t care where you’re from,” so long as you listen.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE



Palestinian Authority Becomes Member of International Criminal Court

The Palestinian Authority became a formal member of the intergovernmental justice organization Wednesday in a move that could open the way for Israelis and Palestinian militants—including those from Hamas—to be prosecuted for war crimes.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE



April Fools’ Day Will Be No Joke at the International Criminal Court

Palestine, as a new member state, will be able to ask for a probe into alleged war crimes in last summer’s Gaza war as well as into Israel’s West Bank settlement policy—whether Israel likes it or not.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE



Netanyahu Jumps the Shark With His ‘Iran-Lausanne-Yemen’ Axis Barb

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, no longer allowed to sit at the adult table because of his past food fights, has been reduced, as Haaretz observed, to whining from the sidelines.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 READ MORE


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U.N. Report: Palestinian Death Toll in 2014 Highest Since 1967

An annual U.N. report states that last year, more than 2,300 Palestinians were killed and more than 17,000 injured at the hands of Israel.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE



Young Jews to ‘Pharaoh’ Netanyahu: ‘Let the Palestinian People Go’

Increasingly, younger Jews are opposing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “open racism and obstinate refusal to help create a Palestinian state,” Rabbi Michael Lerner of Tikkun magazine writes.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald: Secret NSA Documents Contradict Netanyahu’s Spying Denials

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently denied a Wall Street Journal report, based on a White House leak, that Israel spied on U.S. negotiations with Iran and then fed what it gathered to Republicans in Congress.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE



Obama-Netanyahu Tiff Worsens: U.S. Won’t Rule Out Using U.N. to Create Palestine

President Obama dropped some further hints on Tuesday about how he might proceed on Israeli-Palestinian relations in his final two years.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



Did the Pentagon Just Concede That Israel Also Has Nuclear Bombs?

U.S. officials have finally publicly stated a fact about Israel many already feared was true; researchers are starting to study the effects of the Internet on education; and Latin America’s leaders are taking Venezuela’s side in its recent rift with the United States. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



Mideast Apocalypse 2030: Why Obama Wants the Palestine Issue Solved. Now.

It began in Hebron, which Palestinians call “al-Khalil,” the city of Abraham. Here’s a recap of the recent clash between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE



A Vulcan-to-English Translation of Obama’s Remarks About Israel’s Netanyahu

Now that Leonard Nimoy is most unfortunately no longer with us, Barack Obama is the primary exemplar in American popular culture of the maddeningly calm, excruciatingly logical way of speaking that will forever be associated with the Vulcans and Mr. Spock.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Budgets, Loretta Lynch and Benjamin Netanyahu

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the 2016 Republican budget, Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearings for the post of attorney general, and Benjamin Netanyahu’s electoral victory.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE


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