Articles Cyprus and Greece agreed in the summit to market Israeli gas in Europe. (Courtesy:

Is Gaza Paying the Price of the Cypriot-Israeli-Greek Alliance?

By Dr. Saleh Al-Naami The Israeli, Cypriot, Greek summit held in Cyprus’s capital city, Nicosia, is another example of how Tel Aviv’s predictions regarding its gas…

Feb 5 2016 / Read More » /
'Apartheid In Palestine. Hard Laws and Harder Experiences.'

Apartheid In Palestine. Hard Laws and Harder Experiences – Book Review

Reviewed by Ludwig Watzal (Ghada Ageel, ed., Apartheid in Palestine. Hard Laws and Harder Experiences, University of Alberta Press, Edmonton 2016.) Apartheid in Palestine” is a valuable…

Feb 5 2016 / Read More » /
Yarmouk has once again been added to the UN's list of besieged areas in Syria. (UNRWA)

UN Changes Syria Siege List, Adds Madaya and Yarmouk

By Annie Slemrod The UN has quietly added four areas to its increasingly controversial list of areas under siege in Syria, including Yarmouk and Madaya, the…

Feb 4 2016 / Read More » /
it is time to recognize the impossibility of reaching a two-state solution and start engaging in a new process. (, file)

Stop the False Rhetoric; The Two-State Solution is Dead

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan It is safe to say that under their present conditions, the Palestinians’ situation is in shambles. Their spatial fragmentation imposed on…

Feb 3 2016 / Read More » /
It may be useful to distinguish between ‘Westphalian representation’ from ‘populist representation.’ (Annie Slemrod, file)

The Complex Problematics of Palestinian Representation

By Richard Falk While serving as UN Special Rapporteur for Occupied Palestine, especially in my early years between 2008 and 2010, I fully expected to…

Feb 3 2016 / Read More » /
Mohammed Allan: 'It is a psychological warfare between the prison authorities, state and legal system apparatuses against a single individual,.' (Via Maan)

The Logic of Hunger Striking Palestinians: When Starvation Is a Weapon

By Ramzy Baroud  By Friday, January 29, Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeq had spent 66-days on hunger strike in Israeli jails. Just before he fell into…

Feb 2 2016 / Read More » /
Khaled Meshaal and Jacob Zuma shake hands after signing a collaboration agreement in Johannesburg, Oct 19, 2015. (Via MEMO)

Palestine: SA Government Action Overdue

By Iqbal Jassat  For how long will the South African government remain bystanders while Israel keeps gobbling up Palestine? It’s a concern expressed not only by…

Feb 2 2016 / Read More » /
Israeli policemen stand by as a bulldozer demolishes the village of Al-Araqib for the 93rd time in five years. (

Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Israeli Citizens: 68 Years of Discrimination

By Jamal Kanj Palestinian civic organizations inside Israel have declared January 30 the Day of Solidarity with Palestinian Israeli citizens. Israel was established in 1948…

Jan 31 2016 / Read More » /
NYT's editorial erroneously finds in Clinton a 'steeliness that will serve her well in negotiating with a difficult Congress.' (C-SPAN, wiki)

The Times Endorses Hillary: Heinous Non-Surprise

By Steve Breyman  What is it about some radicals’ (including this one’s) problem with the inevitable, the predictable? Given our accurate worldview—the world is run…

Jan 31 2016 / Read More » /
This little girl was injured by two masked settlers. Full caption below. (Cassandra Dixon, Supplied)

Nonviolent Resistance in the South Hebron Hills

By Cassandra Dixon The worst worries of a child’s school day should be homework. Maybe a lost book, or an argument with a friend. No…

Jan 29 2016 / Read More » /
International law views the West Bank and East Jerusalem as occupied territories. (Tamar Fleishman, PC)

Israel Planning Fresh Settlements in West Bank’s E1

Israeli authorities want to expel some 10,000 Bedouin residents of the E1 Zone in the occupied West Bank in advance of building a bloc of…

Jan 28 2016 / Read More » /
Moshe Sharett with David Ben-Gurion at a meeting in 1955. (Wikimedia Commons)

Attacking Churches in Palestine: An Israeli Policy since 1948

By Dr. Saleh Al-Naami Israeli documents have revealed that the Israeli army deliberately adopted a policy based on the destruction, vandalism and harm of the…

Jan 27 2016 / Read More » /
(Image Credit: Niño Jose Heredia/Gulf News)

Why is Trauma Missing from Syria Refugee Debate?

By Ramzy Baroud  The 12 million Syrian refugees may differ regarding the reasons why they had to flee their homes and country in the last…

Jan 26 2016 / Read More » /
Palestinian resistance forces are not interested in escalating matters into a full-scale war with Israel. (File)

When Israel Tries to Export Its Crisis from the West Bank to Gaza

By Dr. Adnan Abu Amer At the same time, the intensity of the resistance operations and attacks in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem have…

Jan 26 2016 / Read More » /
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  • February 5, 2016

    Israeli Forces Kill 14-year-old Palestinian Allegedly Throwing Molotov Cocktail

    Israeli soldiers killed a 14-year-old Palestinian and detained another young boy in the occupied West Bank town of Halhul north of Hebron, after the two allegedly tried to throw Molotov cocktails at passing vehicles. - Witnesses told Ma'an that they saw a child lying on the ground after hearing gunshots where Israeli forces were deployed in the al-Hawawer area of Halhul city. One witness told Ma'an that they saw... More →
  • February 5, 2016

    More Than One Third of Syria's Palestinians Have Been Displaced

    More than one third of the 500,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria have been displaced by the ongoing conflict, a new report has revealed. - The Action Group for Palestinian Refugees in Syria said the refugees were displaced after their camps were either subjected to air raids or caught up in clashes. - The semi-annual report said that more than 71,200 Palestinian refugees have reached Europe after Syria’s neighbouring... More →
  • February 4, 2016

    Israel Force-feeds Hunger Striking Al-Qeq (VIDEO)

    Israeli authorities yesterday force-fed Palestinian hunger striking journalist Muhammad Al-Qeq, who has been held under administrative detention since November, Issa Qaraqei, the head of the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners' Committee, revealed yesterday. - Earlier yesterday, the Israeli ethics committee at Afula hospital, where Al-Qeq is being held, said the journalist was on the verge of death following 71 days on hunger... More →
  • February 4, 2016

    Two Palestinian Girls Detained after Attempted Stabbing Attack in Ramla

    Two Palestinian girls were detained after attempting to attack an Israeli security guard at a bus station in the central Israeli city of Ramla on Thursday, an Israeli police spokesperson said. - Police spokesperson Luba al-Samri identified the two girls as 13-year-olds from the al-Jawarish area of Ramla. - "The two arrived at the central bus station in Ramle, when the security guard asked them to identify themselves... More →
  • February 4, 2016

    Stand in Solidarity with Omar Nayef Zayed, Former Palestinian Prisoner Targeted for Extradition

    The campaign in solidarity with Omar Nayef Zayed issued an urgent call to intensify events, protests and activities of solidarity with the former Palestinian prisoner in the coming days, including protests at Bulgarian embassies and consulates and European Union offices, in order to defend his safety and freedom.Omar Nayef Zayed, who escaped Israeli occupation imprisonment in 1990 after a 40-day hunger strike, has... More →


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