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Tag: Palestine

Israel Bars Cabinet Ministers From Holy Site Amid Spate of Attacks

A series of attacks by Arabs on Israelis in recent days has raised fears of a new uprising as Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers along the West Bank.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

Flush With Cash, Right-Wing Extremists Train the Future Zealots of Pro-Israel Campus Activism

For right-wing extremists, McCarthyist tactics meet Internet technology on our nation’s college campuses.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE

It Is Israel That Abrogated Oslo Peace Accords, as Netanyahu Boasted (Video)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas renounced the Oslo Peace accords last week on the grounds that Israel itself has long since reneged on every key provision in the agreement.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Is Palestine the Exception to Free Speech Rights in the U.S.?

University campuses are the front line of Palestinian human rights advocacy in the United States, but a new study documents hundreds of cases in which students and scholars have been punished for expressing themselves. Watch the testimony of some of those who have dared to speak out, as they describe the backlash they’ve faced.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’ With Chris Hedges: Islamic State, the New Israel

In this first episode of a two-part series for his TeleSUR show “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and professor Sabah Alnasseri trace the roots of Islamic State to their origins and explore comparisons to the 20th-century genesis of Israel.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Palestinian Flag Is Raised at United Nations Headquarters

The Palestinian flag was raised at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday for the first time. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the move signals to the international community that “Palestinian statehood is achievable.”

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

Benjamin Netanyahu Wants Israeli Forces to Use Live Fire Against Rock-Throwing Demonstrators (Video)

Thousands of demonstrators came out in Jordan on Friday to protest what appears to be a new Israeli assertion of authority over Muslim sacred space in Jerusalem, which includes the third-holiest place in the world for Muslims, the Al-Aqsa mosque complex.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

U.N. Headquarters to Fly Palestinian Flag After General Assembly Vote

One hundred nineteen of 193 U.N. member states approved the resolution in a move that has infuriated Israel and that Palestinians described as a step toward full U.N. membership.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE

On Israel’s Plans to Tear Down 13,000 Palestinian Buildings

Tearing down Palestinian buildings is one way that Israel constrains the Palestinian economy and encourages Palestinians to leave their homeland, in a kind of slow-motion ethnic cleansing.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

Israel Plans to Demolish Up to 13,000 Palestinian Structures in West Bank, U.N. Says

A record number of demolition orders has been issued against Arab buildings in Area C, mostly on privately owned Palestinian land that is under full Israeli control, leaving residents and homes “in a state of chronic uncertainty and threat,” according to the U.N.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE

U.N. Declares Gaza Will Soon Be ‘Uninhabitable’ If Israeli Blockade and Wars Continue

Here’s why, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, it’s entirely Israel’s fault that the Palestinian territory may become totally unlivable five years from now.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

Palestine Overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants

If there were a Palestinian Donald Trump, he’d be fulminating against illegal immigrants swamping the Palestinian West Bank—1 in 6 of whom are American.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

Congresswoman Says Killing of 2 Palestinian Teens May Be a Reason to Cut Aid to Israeli Military

Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., has asked the Department of Justice to investigate whether the deaths of two Palestinian youths at the hands of Israeli security forces at a protest last spring violate the Leahy Law.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE

President of Israel Says Israeli Squatting in the Palestinian West Bank Is a ‘Right’

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, a former chairman of the far-right Likud Party that is now in power, is known to favor a paternalist form of the one-state solution. On Monday, he declared Israeli squatting on the Palestinian West Bank a “right” and an essential Zionist principle.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE

Places That AIPAC Would Never Show U.S. Congress Members on Their Upcoming Propaganda Trip to Israel

Instead of the one sponsored by an arm of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a tour of the “real Israel” would show U.S. representatives the ugly truth behind Israel’s propaganda.

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 READ MORE

A Brutally Frank Jimmy Carter Calls Out Israel on Permanent Apartheid

The former president, foreseeing the darkness to come, says there’s “zero chance” of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE

Israel Has a Jewish Terrorism Problem on Its Hands

For about a decade, radical Jewish settlers have been carrying out terrorist attacks on Palestinians; Donald Trump may have accomplished one good thing with his presidential campaign; and Obama’s been bragging about how many countries he’s bombed. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Breaking the Silence

The Israel Defense Forces veterans’ group has provided the world with testimonies from more than 1,000 Israeli soldiers about atrocities committed in the Palestinian territories.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE

Israeli Troops Kill 2 Palestinian Teens Protesting Arson Death of Infant

Laith Fadel al-Khaladi and Mohammed al-Masri, both 17, were fatally shot during protests that broke out after an arson attack on a Palestinian family took the life of an 18-month-old child and left his parents and brother with severe burns.

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE

Israel Passes Law Allowing Force-Feeding of Prisoners on Hunger Strikes

Palestinians held in Israeli jails have used hunger strikes as a method of nonviolent resistance to protest the policy of detention without charge or trial.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE

Israel Brands Rock-Throwing as Terrorism; Charge Could Carry Up to 20 Years in Prison

Palestinian activists and officials have condemned the law as repressive and racist.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Comforting Sobbing Refugee, Merkel Says Germany Can’t Help Everyone

In a televised meeting that has gone viral, German Chancellor Angela Merkel rubbed the shoulder of a sobbing teenager who faces the threat of deportation under German policies.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE

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

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

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

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

Israel’s Government Ratchets Even Further Right: Great Moments in Colonialism

If such a government as the current Israeli coalition were elected in Europe, with such principles and goals, no other capital would receive its politicians because they would be seen as toxic for their ultra-nationalism and discrimination against minorities.

Posted on May 7, 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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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