Articles Can the Middle East people manage the daunting political challenges posed by sectarian wars waged by undemocratic regimes?

Introduction to Middle East Sectarian Wars

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan The actual religious requirements of Islam are quite simple, but no religion can lead society down a common path to worldly…

May 21 2015 / Read More » /
A partial view of the Dimona nuclear power plant in the southern Israeli Negev desert. (Via Aljazeera)

Dimona: Israel’s ‘Little Hiroshima’

By Richard Silverstein  In the early 1950s, after Israel had fought a desperate war of independence in which thousands of Israelis died to ensure the…

May 20 2015 / Read More » /
third prerequisite would have to wrangle with the question of leadership.

Nakba and the Question of ‘Palestinian Strategy’

By Ramzy Baroud “What is the Palestinian strategy?” is a question that I have been asked all too often, including on 15 May, the day…

May 20 2015 / Read More » /
Israeli occupation soldiers at Qalandiya checkpoint. (Tamar Fleishman, PC)

Breaking the Silence ‘Confessions’ Part of the Problem, Not the Solution

By Ghada Ageel and Rela Mazali The Israeli veterans’ group “Breaking the Silence” on 4 May uploaded a collection of testimonies describing Israel’s assault on…

May 18 2015 / Read More » /
The lie lives on through you and through your children. (Tamar Fleishman, PC)

The House Belongs to Someone Else: The Lie Lives on!

By Mats Svensson She told me she longed to get away. Just for a few days. She had been invited to visit friends in Amman,…

May 16 2015 / Read More » /
To say that Gideon Levy is courageous is an understatement. (Wikimedia)

The Whole Truth about Israel in One Sentence

By Alan Hart It was written by Gideon Levy, the conscience of Israeli journalism, in an article for Ha’aretz, and here it is: “The two-state…

May 16 2015 / Read More » /
In Palestine, children are at special risk, because the occupation erodes every aspect of Palestinian life. (

At Promise and Hope: Promoting Resilience in Palestinian Schools

By Samah Jabr Ali, 8, suffers from allergies which cause a frequent nasal discharge. Running out of tissues during class, he asked his classmates for…

May 16 2015 / Read More » /
Palestinian refugees refuse to give up their demands for the right to return. (via Aljazeera)

The Nakba 67 Years on: Holding on Tight to Our Long Postponed Dreams

By Ghada Ageel Sixty-seven years ago, Palestinians woke up to a tragedy that ravaged their hearts and distorted Palestinian life forever. Over 800,000 people, approximately…

May 15 2015 / Read More » /
The enormity of the 1948 tragedy and the gross injustice inflicted on the Palestinian people are yet to be officially recognised by the world's key powers.

Palestine Commemorates 67 years of Ongoing Nakba

By Dr. Mosheer Amer On 15 May every year, the Palestinian people all over the world commemorate the anniversary of the Nakba, or “Catastrophe”. The…

May 15 2015 / Read More » /
Steadfastness of the Palestinians is like the age-old olive trees.

The Nakba: A Crime Watched, Ignored and Remembered

By Ilan Pappe The 15th of May is usually a trigger for a journey back in time. And for an unfathomable reason each such journey…

May 15 2015 / Read More » /
Israel's humanitarian double standards do not apply only to the tiny enclave. (APA via Aljazeera)

Israel Seeks in Nepal to Whitewash Its Crimes in Gaza

By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was quick to congratulate Israeli soldiers on their relief efforts in Nepal, where an earthquake…

May 13 2015 / Read More » /
A small vessel loaded with 353 people believed to be refugees fleeing Syria lies around 50 nautical miles southwest of Cyprus' coast in Sept 2014. (Cypriot Defense Ministry)

The Arab Boat: It’s an Arab-Palestinian Nakba, and We Are All Refugees

By Ramzy Baroud In a western capital far away from Gaza and Cairo, I recently shared a pot of tea with an “Egyptian refugee”. The…

May 13 2015 / Read More » /
It is a case of eternal love, of an unbreakable bond. (Naji al-Ali)

The Nakba: Israel’s Catastrophe

By Vacy Vlazna “By military force, the Jewish forces conquered 78% of Palestine in 1948 and depopulated 675 towns and villages, leaving only 15% of…

May 12 2015 / Read More » /
The Free Zone | Blog
  • May 18, 2015

    Israeli Government to Pay African Refugees $3,500 to Leave

    The Israeli government will pay $3,500 grants to African refugees to encourage them to leave the country, it has said. - The country’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the move was designed to “protect the Jewish and democratic character” of the Middle Eastern state. - The country’s coalition cabinet voted unanimously last weekend to approve the plan, drawn up by the country’s new Interior Minister... More →
  • May 17, 2015

    Even in Gaza, You Can't Have a Film Festival without a Red Carpet

    While Israeli entertainment reporters have been busy covering the DocAviv documentary film festival in Tel Aviv in recent days, but nearby, another rather exceptional film festival came to a close Thursday evening in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City —a festival dedicated entirely to films about human rights. - Shujaiyeh, where the festival was held, was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting and... More →
  • May 17, 2015

    NYT Public Editor Faults Paper for Failing to Quote Jews who Support BDS

    In recent days we have made a lot of the fact that the New York Times ran a front-page article equating the campus Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS) against Israel with anti-Semitism. The piece completely left out the fact that many Jewish students support BDS (about one in five of activists Weiss has seen in his travels). - Well, Margaret Sullivan, the Times public editor, agrees. In a piece titled,... More →
  • May 17, 2015

    Siege on Gaza Prevents Children from Receiving Needed Medical Formula

    On May 11, Dan Cohen reported on how the the Najjar family is one of manyfamilies in the Gaza village of Khuza’a are being forced to live in shipping containers because reconstruction has not yet begun following last summer’s Israeli assault. Here is a follow-up on one member of the Najjar family who is not able to receive medicine due to the siege on Gaza. - Two-and-a-half-year-old Ahmad Najjar’s condition is a... More →
  • May 12, 2015

    CrossTalk: Palestine Chronicle Editor on the Obama Doctrine

    How should we describe the Obama administrations foreign policy idealistic, pragmatic, neither, or merely erratic? On the one hand, Obama is reaching out to Cuba and Burma, but on the other hes backing coups in Egypt and Ukraine. Is there such a thing as the Obama doctrine? - CrossTalking with Ramzy Baroud, Stephen Schlesinger, and Brian Becker. -... More →
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