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Exasperated by Netanyahu, France Prepares to Recognize Palestinian State

Even the staunchly pro-Israel French Socialist Party has had it with Israeli expansionism and aggression.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE


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Why Israel’s Netanyahu Has No Standing to Accuse U.N. Chief of Inciting Terrorism (Video)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke out this week in an address to the U.N. Security Council against Israel’s policy of stealing Palestinian land in the West Bank and building ever more squatter homes in occupied Palestine.

Posted on Jan 27, 2016 READ MORE

Netanyahu Demands More Billions From America, Insults U.S. Envoy, Steals More Land

At the Davos World Economic Forum, the Israeli leader insisted that the U.N.-Iran nuclear deal had made his country less secure and that it must therefore get tens of billions extra in military aid from the U.S. And that wasn’t all.

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 READ MORE

How Airbnb and RE/MAX Profit From Israel’s Colonization of Palestine

The two American companies are making money from illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. And that’s not all.

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 READ MORE

British Screen and Stage Actor Alan Rickman Dies at Age 69

Admired for his portrayal of the darkly inscrutable Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” films, Rickman believed artists had a responsibility to educate as well as entertain.

Posted on Jan 14, 2016 READ MORE

VIDEO: Jews and Arabs Kiss to Protest Israeli Schools’ Snubbing of Novel

Israeli education officials have excluded Dorit Rabinyan’s book “Borderlife,” about a love affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man, from high schools’ exam curriculum. The lifestyle site TimeOut Tel Aviv responded by making a tender video showing Jews and Arabs kissing.

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 READ MORE

AUDIO: Robert Scheer Interviews Tom Dine, a Longtime Advocate for Israel and Mideast Peace

By Robert Scheer

In Friday’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief speaks with Tom Dine, senior policy adviser at the Israel Policy Forum and former head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, about Dine’s career in public service, the thwarting of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Dine’s role in negotiations between Syria and Israel in recent years.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The American Empire: Murder Inc.

Investigative journalist Allan Nairn knows firsthand how the U.S. uses mass killing as a routine tool of foreign policy. The horrifying tactics of Islamic State, he says, are an imitation of what we have been doing and what we have been teaching our international proxies for generations. Update: Video added.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE

The Best Truthdig Poetry of 2015

Here are the 10 poems that readers liked best from our very own original political poetry series, inaugurated this year.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 READ MORE

Allegations Arise That Israeli Soldiers Are Planting Knives on Palestinians

Amira Hass writes in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz of incidents in which Israeli soldiers have reportedly killed unarmed Palestinians and possibly placed knives near them “after the fact.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE

Spain Issues Arrest Warrants for Netanyahu and Senior Israeli Officials

The case was brought against the men following a 2010 attack by Israeli security forces against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla aid ships.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Why EU Labeling of Israeli Squatter Goods Could Affect the Israeli Economy

The European Union will probably issue a ruling Wednesday that goods produced in the occupied Palestinian West Bank by Israeli squatters must be so labeled.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE

What Obama Should Tell Netanyahu This Week (but Won’t)

Israel under Benjamin Netanyahu needs some tough love from friends, and President Obama has nothing to lose by applying this tough love now.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE

Netanyahu, Seeking $5 Billion a Year From U.S., Hires Man Who Called Obama a Muslim Hate Sympathizer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed West Bank squatter Ran Baratz to be his director of communications on the eve of his procession Monday to Washington to demand a vast increase in annual U.S. aid to Israel.

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Union Support for Palestinian Rights Could Be a Game Changer

Connecticut’s AFL-CIO has endorsed a resolution to support a campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel—a move designed to put pressure on the national leadership of the union coalition to follow suit.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE

Shimon Peres Doubts Israel Can Win Permanent War or Survive Annexation of the West Bank

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, 92, gave an interview with The Associated Press on Monday in which he spoke bluntly about the mistakes of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but did not name him.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE

Netanyahu Retracts Claim That a Palestinian Cleric Inspired the Holocaust

In a Facebook post, Israel’s prime minister said he never meant to “absolve [Adolf] Hitler of his responsibility for the Holocaust.” He had come under scathing criticism recently for laying blame on the World War II-era mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini.

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 READ MORE

Children of the Stone

A fierce 8-year-old Palestinian boy, caught in a famous photograph throwing a rock at an Israeli soldier, grows up to become a great classical violist dedicated to bringing music and musical education to Palestinian children.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE

Has Netanyahu No Shame?

The recent comments of the Israeli prime minister (at right) attributing the Holocaust to Palestinian influence over Hitler is a “blood libel” lie, Rabbi Michael Lerner writes in an op-ed article.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE

The True Issue With Netanyahu’s Speech About the Holocaust

The Israeli prime minister’s inflammatory speech is more troubling than it may appear on the surface; Russian politicians are attempting to make it illegal to come out as gay; Bernie Sanders could use American history to explain socialism. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Administration Is Cutting Aid to the Palestinians by $80 million

As violence in the region escalates, congressional sources are describing the huge reduction in economic aid for the West Bank and Gaza as a “message” to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE

Netanyahu’s Blood Libel Against Palestinians

In saying a mufti put Hitler up to the Holocaust, the Israeli prime minister is attempting to paint Palestinians as congenital Jew-haters—justifying robbing them of their remaining land, their livelihoods and their lives. Netanyahu is wrong on the history.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE

Holding Haj Amin al-Husseini Responsible for the Nazi Genocide Is Bad Scholarship

“Dumping the Holocaust” on the Palestinian Grand Mufti “is ultimately an insult to” the Nazis’ 6 million victims that “provides another means of denigrating the entire Palestinian people,” writes Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk at The Independent.

Posted on Oct 22, 2015 READ MORE

Germany Clarifies Netanyahu Comments: We’re Responsible for the Holocaust

The German government said Wednesday that responsibility for the Holocaust lay with the Germans, after Israel’s prime minister ignited a firestorm of controversy before a visit to Berlin by saying a Muslim elder had convinced Adolf Hitler to exterminate Jews.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

Netanyahu Points to WWII-Era Palestinian Leader as Cause of Holocaust

The Israeli prime minister practically exonerated Adolf Hitler in remarks made to a group of Jewish leaders Tuesday in which he tried to blame Palestine for the Holocaust.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Palestinians and Israelis March Together for Peace

An Israeli settler shot and killed a Palestinian teenager Saturday morning in Hebron, in the occupied West Bank. As the death toll in the conflict rises amid concerns over a third intifada, hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians marched through the streets of Jerusalem later that evening, chanting “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Stabbed Israeli Mistaken for Arab Denounces Attacks as ‘Hate Crimes’

In an interview from his hospital bed, an Israeli Jew stabbed by a Jewish man who believed he was an Arab condemned a recent string of suspected vigilante attacks in Israel.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: Why Gaza and Ferguson Are Closer Than You Think

A powerful new video featuring dozens of artists and activists, including Lauryn Hill and Alice Walker, draws comparisons between blacks’ and Palestinians’ struggles for justice.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

Israel Is Delusional If It Thinks Violence Will End During Its Occupation of Palestine

“The notion that there will ever be quiet and stability in the context of Israel’s ongoing domination of the Palestinians with no diplomatic horizon is a delusion,” writes Mairav Zonszein for The Guardian.

Posted on Oct 14, 2015 READ MORE

The Backstory on Bernie Sanders and Israel-Palestine: Why Is He So Quiet About the Mideast Tragedy?

Considering the elevated role of the Israel-Palestine issue in progressive circles, and Sanders’ continued success leading up to the primaries, it’s worth revisiting the candidate’s history on the topic and his early approach to foreign policy.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE

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 WATCH & LISTEN

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 WATCH & LISTEN

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 WATCH & LISTEN

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

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