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Donald Trump Plots to Keep Palestinians Stateless Forever

The Trump-Netanyahu show on Wednesday was par for the course in American and right-wing Israeli debate on the fate of the disputed lands.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE



White House Warns Israel to Limit Settlements in Palestinian Territory

The expansion of settlements “may not be helpful in achieving” peace, the Trump administration unexpectedly said in a statement Wednesday.

Posted on Feb 4, 2017 READ MORE



Obama Gave Palestinian Authority $221 Million in Humanitarian Aid

The outgoing president granted the sum during his final hours in the White House, though it doesn’t approximate the billions in military aid pledged to Israel.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 READ MORE



With Focus on Russians, Will U.S. Pay Attention to Israeli Plot on U.K. Parliament?

The blockbuster story that an Israeli operative was plotting to whip up scandals to unseat British members of Parliament may sink like a stone.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE


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The Best of ‘Scheer Intelligence’ 2016: Robert Scheer’s Guests Offer a Wealth of Insight

Once a week, Truthdig’s editor in chief interviews someone who, through long engagement with American culture or politics, has an informed and highly personal perspective on pressing issues.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Eight Mideast Stories That Shaped Our World in 2016

If we set aside the glib talking points of U.S. politicians and many pundits, what were the big stories this year that actually did—or likely will—affect the American public deeply?

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 30, 2016 ENLARGE



Now Is the Time for Obama to Recognize a State of Palestine

Just as the president established diplomatic relations with Cuba, so he could do for the Palestinian Authority. It would be one step toward resolving the decades-old problem of Palestinian statelessness.

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 READ MORE



John Kerry Rebukes Israel and Calls Settlements a Threat to Peace (Video)

In a public address, the secretary of state explained that the U.S. abstention at the United Nations Security Council meeting last week was driven by an effort to save Israel from “the most extreme elements” in its own government.

Posted on Dec 28, 2016 READ MORE



Israeli Ministers Throw Trump-Like Tantrums After U.N. Security Council Slam

Benjamin Netanyahu and his Cabinet members are trying to punch above their weight. The Israeli prime minister wants to punish the United Nations, and apparently even the United States.

Posted on Dec 27, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact’ Discussion: ‘Israeli Weapons Are Tested on Palestinians, Then Sold to the World’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and independent journalist Rania Khalek analyze the Israeli arms industry, which was involved in global contracts worth $5.7 billion last year.

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump’s Jerusalem Embassy Move Is an Invitation to Terrorism

The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian West Bank is a severe security problem for the United States. Now the president-elect is planning to ratchet up tensions even further. (Pictured, Trump and his choice for ambassador to Israel, David Friedman.)

Posted on Dec 19, 2016 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Dec 3, 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



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


‘On Contact’: Chris Hedges and Human Rights Activist Miko Peled on the BDS Movement

The Truthdig columnist and Peled (pictured) discuss the global campaign to pressure Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian land, grant equality to Arab-Palestinian citizens and allow Palestinian refugees the right of return to their homes.

Posted on Sep 26, 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.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE


‘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



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


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



Ralph Nader and Omar Barghouti to Receive Gandhi Peace Award in 2017

The prize, awarded by the 64-year-old organization Promoting Enduring Peace, will be shared by the two men for their peaceful activism.

Posted on Jul 23, 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



Clintonites in Democratic Party Support Settler Colonialism (Not a 1905 Headline)

The Clinton loyalists debating the Democratic Party platform have defeated an amendment that would have called for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and condemned Israeli squatter settlements as illegal.

Posted on Jul 10, 2016 READ MORE


Josh Scheer and Bill Blum Discuss Hillary Clinton’s Email Misconduct (Audio)

On this week’s episode of the podcast “The Josh Scheer Show,” host Scheer sits down with legal expert Bill Blum and also interviews Palestinian human rights activist Issa Amro, journalist Sasha Abramsky and filmmaker Andrea B. Scott.

Posted on Jul 9, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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



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



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



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


‘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



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



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



The Bernie Sanders Miracle: Brooklyn Debate Crowd Cheers Palestinian Dignity

The Democratic presidential debate last week took an unusual turn when a grumpy old Jewish man, Bernie Sanders, upbraided a slightly younger Methodist woman, Hillary Clinton, for not respecting the dignity of the Palestinian people.

Posted on Apr 17, 2016 READ MORE



The ‘Grown-Up’ in the GOP Race: John Kasich Is Far From a Kindly Father Figure to the Palestinians

His ideas for “solving problems” in the Holy Land are stale, predictable and stamped with the Israel lobby’s seal of approval. Other than that, though, they’re great.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE


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