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In 2013, Trump’s Defense Nominee Compared Israeli Occupation With Apartheid

Gen. James Mattis, who has been tapped for secretary of defense, also said he was against getting involved in Syria and warned that military action can’t resolve the issue of Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.

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Jimmy Carter Calls on Barack Obama to Recognize Palestine

In a New York Times op-ed, the former president also urges Obama to let the United Nations condemn Israeli presence on Palestinian land in the West Bank.

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 READ MORE



Chris Hedges Unmasks American Empire in ‘Unspeakable’

In this new book, the award-winning Truthdig columnist discusses taboo topics in America—including his experience as a radical war correspondent at The New York Times—with fellow journalist David Talbot.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE



Why Is the Plight of Palestine a Total Non-Issue This Election?

There is little serious criticism of the Israeli state, including from Hillary Clinton’s camp.

Posted on Nov 7, 2016 READ MORE


Ralph Nader and Noam Chomsky Have Their First Public Conversation (Video)

The renowned activists discuss America’s current “electoral extravaganza,” climate change, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and several other topics.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



A Private Speech by Clinton in 2015 Mentioned Palestinian Rights—Until She Actually Gave It

An early draft of the closed-door talk the presidential candidate gave at a forum created by Haim Saban—a pro-Israel billionaire—included several paragraphs on Palestinian freedom. Then it was edited.

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The Death of the Two-State Solution

The Obama administration’s recent 10-year, $38 billion pledge to renew Israel’s arsenal of weaponry, while still ostensibly pursuing “peace,” makes clear that Washington’s support for a two-state solution is bankrupt.

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All-Female Crew of Pro-Palestinian Activists Attempts to Break Israel’s Naval Blockade of Gaza

Col. Ann Wright, a former U.S. diplomat, was one of 13 women on board a yacht seized by Israeli military forces for breaching the blockade.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



President Obama: ‘Patron’ of the Israeli Occupation

Despite the ups and downs in his relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facts and figures from Obama’s presidency tell a story of unprecedented support for Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE



Ten Things That Should Have Come Up During the Debate but Didn’t

Too many issues that are far too important remain invisible during this presidential race. It is no wonder that elections seem less and less relevant.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE



R.I.P., Shimon Peres: The Last Great Israeli Leader to Believe in a Two-State Solution

Make no mistake, the late Shimon Peres was a hard-line Israeli nationalist, but he also was a dedicated socialist and at one point headed Socialist International. That stance helped him appreciate the need for human rights for all human beings.

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Important Anti-War Films That Reveal the Uncensored History of the United States

By Frank Dorrel

The U.S. is addicted to war. Stopping this horrible situation is up to the American people. The way we do this is by getting informed. These documentaries can help.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Slow Colonial Genocide: Palestinian Leader Abbas Asks Britain for ‘Balfour’ Apology

This extended colonialism is unparalleled in the whole world: No other colonial power now existing is keeping millions stateless and without rights.

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‘Citizen Stan’ Tells the Story of Stanley Sheinbaum, ‘a Man You Ought to Know About’

The Los Angeleno was involved with prime ministers, presidents and kings and played a major role in some of the most significant political events of the latter half of the 20th century. A documentary by Patty Sharaf chronicles his life.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Photo of the Week: Palestinians Celebrate Eid al-Adha in Israel

Smiling, chatting, diversely clad. It’s a depiction of relations between Muslims and Jews that Americans are rarely shown.

Posted on Sep 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S. to Give Israel $38 Billion Over 10 Years

The U.S. will provide Israel with a “windfall of hardware and technology,” the largest amount of military aid ever awarded to the Jewish state.

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Glenn Greenwald Calls Out Facebook for Working With Israeli Government on Censorship Plan

The investigative journalist made his case on The Intercept about the social media giant’s collaboration with Israeli officials to block content that government finds objectionable.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE


Tunnels in Gaza Strike Fear Among Israelis and Palestinians (Video)

The underground network transports goods between Israel and Egypt, but Hamas also uses it to receive weapons and send fighters across the border.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Tim Canova Debate Fracking, Israel, Marijuana and More (Video)

The former head of the Democratic National Committee and her challenger in Florida’s 23rd District primary clash in an illuminating debate broadcast by a Miami TV station.

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Pentagon Has Been Preparing for Worldwide Civil Unrest by Learning to Target Protesters

Since 2008, the Department of Defense has been funding research that studies the dynamics of civil unrest; some planes have what is called a “corpse cupboard” to store dead passengers; and it turns out that the first person to use an umbrella in England was publicly shamed for his audacious attempt to stay dry. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 10, 2016 READ MORE



Israeli Journalist Posits That Although Israel Is Not a Nazi State, It Certainly Is Evil

Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy wants readers to stop being in denial about Israel’s malevolent acts; the Black Lives Matter movement is getting stronger and clearer on its goals; and Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks are in a public argument over how to handle leaks. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 READ MORE



Russian and Iranian Press Think Hillary Clinton’s a Hawk While Israel Complains She’s a Dove

How is the international press responding to the Democratic National Convention and the formalization of Hillary Clinton’s status as the party’s standard-bearer in the presidential campaign?

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 READ MORE


Code Pink Activist Kicked Out of Democratic Convention (Video)

Medea Benjamin explains how Ariel Gold, a Code Pink activist, was kicked out of the convention hall for protesting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s opposition to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Arab Street Shocked as Saudi Delegation Visits Israel (Video)

The visit to Israel of a former Saudi military intelligence officer, Gen. Anwar Eshki, came as a body blow to the Arab in the street.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE



Without a Serious Middle East Peace Effort, Hatred Will Only Grow

I am convinced that it is in the vital interest of Israel to make peace with the Palestinian people, and with the Arab world at large, before the dangerous infection of extreme ideology engulfs the entire region.

Posted on Jul 17, 2016 READ MORE


Trump’s VP Pick, Mike Pence, Doesn’t Know Anything About Israel’s Nuclear Weapons

In a video from several years ago, Pence attempted to deflect a question about Israel’s nuclear weapons by committing to the line “Israel is our most cherished ally.”

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The Not-So Revolutionary Part of Bernie Sanders’ Political Revolution

Bernie Sanders’ fundraising techniques made him stand out in the primaries, but there was something very conventional about his campaign; the Democratic Party may be beyond saving by progressives at this point; meanwhile, is AIPAC’s influence in D.C. fading? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 READ MORE



‘Zero Days’ Film Review: When Warfare Goes Viral, Guess Who Loses?

Compared to the era-defining new infoweapon Stuxnet, Big Brother is the stuff of child’s play.

Posted on Jul 8, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Discusses Israeli Occupation With Israeli Journalist Amira Hass (Video)

By Chris Hedges

The Haaretz correspondent for the occupied territories and author of “Drinking the Sea at Gaza” has angered Israeli and Palestinian leadership with her uncompromising honesty.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Betraying Progressives, Democratic Platform Panel Backs Fracking, TPP and Israel Occupation

Drafting committee members appointed by Hillary Clinton and Debbie Wasserman Schultz resoundingly rejected numerous proposals by Bernie Sanders’ appointees.

Posted on Jun 25, 2016 READ MORE



Is Tel Aviv Mayor Right That Israel Is Unique in Occupation and Denying Civil Rights?

Ron Huldai, mayor of Tel Aviv, reacted with enormous sadness to last week’s terrorist attack on the Sarona Market area of his city, committed by a teenager from the occupied Palestinian West Bank, killing four. But he then went on to put the attack in context.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE



Has America Reached an Age of Sexual Experimentation?

Same-sex experiences are increasingly common among Americans these days; Paul Ryan wants to turn the GOP into Uber; meanwhile, American Jews are rethinking their relationship with Israel. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 READ MORE



Israel-First McCarthyism: Andrew Cuomo’s Vow to Spy On and Punish BDS Activists (Video)

After New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order directing the state to monitor activists in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, critics called the order McCarthyism.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE



New York Governor Ends Public Funding for Sanctions Campaign Against Israel

“What Israel and its thuggish lobby can’t achieve by persuasion, they obtain via repression and coercion,” says one prominent campaigner for Palestinian rights.

Posted on Jun 5, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: History Professor Catherine Hall, Who Rejected Prize From Israel

The renowned British historian and activist in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against the occupation of Palestine has made headlines recently for her refusal to accept a prestigious Israeli academic prize.

Posted on May 28, 2016 READ MORE


Robert Scheer and Sandy Tolan Confront the Grimness of Life in the West Bank

In this week’s edition of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor in chief speaks to the author of the book “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land” about music’s role in the life of children in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Posted on May 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Benjamin Netanyahu Ratchets Up the Conflict Between Israel’s Politicians and Military

It’s a dangerous inversion: In Israel, according to Ronen Bergman in his analysis for The New York Times, the relationship that Benjamin Netanyahu and other politicians are cultivating with their country’s military and intelligence leaders is one in which the wrong side is making the case for caution.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE



Believe It or Not, Hillary Clinton Wasn’t Always This One-Sided on Israel

The former secretary of state used to hold a more nuanced view on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in contrast to the fact that she now seems to blindly support Benjamin Netanyahu’s increasingly right-wing regime.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE



Netanyahu Responds to Officers’ Fascism Charges by Making a Far-Right Politician Their Boss

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bolstered his majority and rid himself of a troublesome voice of conscience by replacing his minister of defense with extremist Avigdor Lieberman.

Posted on May 22, 2016 READ MORE



How Not to Talk About the Nazi Era and Israel/Palestine

The fallout from a witch hunt in which British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters were accused of anti-Semitism reminds us that both sides flinging comparisons with Nazism at each other only distracts from the legitimate issue of Palestinian rights.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE



No, Bill Clinton Didn’t ‘Kill’ Himself Trying for a State of Palestine (Video)

Bill Clinton claims that as president “I killed myself to give the Palestinians a state” and maintains that he secured an agreement that the Palestinians turned down.

Posted on May 15, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Denounces BDS Again in Letter to Jewish Leaders Before Methodist Conference

The Democratic presidential candidate is a lifelong Methodist, but she opposed a divestment resolution at the 11-day United Methodist Church General Conference, which began Tuesday in Portland, Ore.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE



The Democratic Party Must Listen to Millennials or Risk Losing More Than Just Votes

Dismissing young Bernie Sanders supporters’ concerns could have terrible consequences; two vegan restaurant owners are in deep water after it was revealed that they eat meat; meanwhile, brothers raised as Americans share the remarkable story of finding out their parents were Russian spies. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE


‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Israeli Peace Activist Miko Peled Discuss the Devolution of Israel

Miko Peled, born in Jerusalem, is an author and advocate for peace between Israel and Palestine.

Posted on May 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



This Is the Only Way to Put an End to Israel’s Occupation

Haaretz writer Gideon Levy outlines the most effective method to stopping Israel’s occupation of Palestine; scientists may have found a battery that “lasts forever”; meanwhile, the anti-Semitism crisis in the U.K.‘s Labour Party may have actually been manufactured by the Israel lobby. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE



Israeli Arab Lawmaker Refuses Holocaust-Day Invite, Saying Israel Today Is Like Germany in 1930s

Israeli lawmaker Haneen Zoabi declined to participate in a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, citing her inability to speak out against what she called the “frightening similarity” between Nazi Germany’s behavior and Israel’s policies in the occupied territories, reports the newspaper Haaretz.

Posted on Apr 23, 2016 READ MORE



In Passover Article, Hillary Clinton Implies Rival Bernie Sanders Is Betraying Jews

The Democratic presidential front-runner published a blog piece “doing what can only be described as ‘goysplaining,’ ” which, writes Ben Norton at Salon, is when a non-Jew condescendingly accuses “a Jew of betraying his own people for criticizing Israel.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton: The Palestinian Defender vs. the Israel Apologist

Some critics say Sanders’ fervent support of Palestinian rights is naive. But Clinton’s inflexible defense of all things Israel is no path to peace in the historical Holy Land.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE



Top Seven Reasons Israel Must Give Back the Occupied Golan to Syria (Videos)

The far-right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled the stunt of holding a Cabinet meeting in the Occupied Golan Heights—a first—on Sunday, and Netanyahu engaged in some grandstanding, declaring that his country will never relinquish this patch of Syria.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE



Prodded by Millennials, Bernie Sanders Reboots the Conversation on Israel and Palestine

The traditional American fealty to Israel does not compute for the candidate’s young supporters, who understand the lopsided brutality of the conflict and demand justice for the oppressed.

Posted on Apr 17, 2016 READ MORE


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