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Saudi crocodile tears over Gaza

David HearstIt is tough work being the Saudi ambassador to the UK. First, you have to stir yourself into action to deny the undeniable: The Israeli attack on Gaza comes with Saudi backing. That, in itself, is demeaning. But no sooner has your wrath been righteously expressed, than a colleague contradicts you. Worse still, he's the boss's brother. What is a prince to do?


We do not fear being broken, for victory will come

Dr Ahmad YousefOn the fourteenth night of Israel's Operation Protective Edge, the spokesperson for the Qassam Brigades announced that Israeli soldier Shaul Aaron had been captured. Gaza's streets echoed with cheering and joy. People shot bullets in the air to express their happiness and their counterparts in the West Bank filled the squares as they rejoiced in God's promise to bring a sense of ease to the believers.


A different Arab-Israeli war but will it end differently?

Jamal KhashogjiDespite all the rhetoric about the Palestinian issue, such as it being "the Arab's first cause"; the central, principal, existential and mother of causes; the initiator of revolutions and coups; and the justification for astronomical military spending, and so on; despite all of this, we, as Arabs and for more than 70 years, have never seriously fought against Israel. Our wars with it were always brief and we always deployed in them more propaganda and speeches than dedicated military planning. We never prepared long or well for them and we never showed patience or endurance. Most of those wars were waged against us rather than us waging a jihad. Even the 1948 and 1973 wars, which were initiated by the Arabs, were brief, confused and with limited political objectives; they were nowhere near decisive liberation wars.


Is this about Gaza and Hamas or the Palestinian cause and nation?

Yassir Al ZaataraIs the current conflict about Gaza and Hamas or is it about the Palestinian cause and nation? This is an extremely important question, because some people are too hasty and connect the on-going Israeli aggression against Hamas only, or the Gaza Strip, as if the enclave is not part of Palestine and what is happening there is not related to what is going on across the entire region.


Resistance shows the way to reclaim historical liberation struggle

Al-Qassam Bridgade soldiersSupport for Palestinian armed resistance against the latest colonial massacre labelled by Israel as "Operation Protective Edge" has been endorsed internationally. This signifies a departure from decades of compromise in the form of the imperialist usurpation entitled the "two-state solution". Protests against Israel have erupted worldwide, creating a pronounced difference between internationalist solidarity from the masses and the predictable bias shared by Israel's allies.