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  • Court claims that Israel was not at fault over killing of Rachel Corrie

    A court in Israel has found that the State was not at fault for the death of 23 year old American activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer in the Gaza Strip in 2003. Corrie’s family had brought a civil case for negligence against the...
  • Morsi's moves against the military stall counter-revolutionary demonstrators

    Some of the mass media in Egypt gave huge coverage to the anti-government demonstrations called upon by former parliamentarian Mohammed Abu-Hamid and journalist Tawfiq Okasheh in Egypt. Along with a few supporters of the old regime, they call for the ouster of Mohammed Morsi, the first elected civil president...
  • Good news over Iran - for now

    If you listened to all the hints being dropped by senior Israeli politicians last month, a war with Iran seemed almost inevitable. It was being speculated that Israel could make a unilateral strike against its neighbour in the next few months, before the US presidential elections. An anonymous “decision...
  • NAM proves its Existence & Vision

    The successfully held recent NAM summit in Tehran has, once again, united the Third world to the utter dismay of America & Israel and few other Western nations, who were hell bent in isolating Iran from the rest of the world. The Non-aligned movement’s just concluded 16th summit in...
  • Iranian flag [file photo]

    'Israel Loves Iran' A New Social Networking Campaign

    On one photo, Syrus from Iran stands on the beach, his arms outstretched and a huge smile across his face. On another, Aval from Israel and Faran from Iran join their forefingers and thumbs together to create a heart shape, smiling at the camera. In fact the Facebook page...
  • Protests escalate as Palestinians hit back at economic stagnation

    Days of demonstrations about price increases in the West Bank escalated yesterday, with protesters burning tyres and attempting to storm a government building. Protests have been taking place for days in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Jenin, Nablus, Tulkarem and Jericho, although the biggest confrontations were in Hebron, the West Bank’s most...
  • Settlement constructions by Israel continues in east of Jerusalem [Daniel Bar On/Anadolu]

    Israel tries, again, to justify expanding West Bank settlements

    In October 1979 the Israeli Supreme Court ordered the eviction of the illegal settlement of Elon Moreh in the West Bank. Basing its decision on the Hague Convention of 1907, the Court ruled that the land was private, belonged to Palestinians and could only be expropriated for military benefits;...
  • Israeli security forces take position outside Israel's Ofer Prison, near the West Bank city of Ramallah [Shadi Hatem/apaimages]

    The Palestine-Israel conflict through the eyes of Israeli intelligence

    In Israel its motto is “Defends and Shall Not Be Seen”. Like secret services all over the world, Israel’s is an entity associated with anonymity and invisibility. Yet in a new film that featured at the Toronto Film Festival last week, “The Gatekeepers”, six ex-directors of Shin Bet, Israel’s...
  • The illusion of Hamas: what Israel got wrong

    What Israel thinks Hamas is, and what the reality is, is more of an abyss than a gap, according to Gaza correspondent Shlomi Elder who reports for Channel 10 News in Israel. His book, ‘Getting to Know Hamas’, attempts to close this divide and explain the real thinking behind...
  • Netanyahu plays a risky election game

    What is going on between Benjamin Netanyahu and Mitt Romney? The rapport between the two is no secret, dating back to the 1970s when they both worked in the Boston Consulting Group. Romney has made it clear that if he becomes US president, he will pursue a more hawkish...
  • Meshaal decision to stand down sparks struggle for soul of Hamas

    Khaled Meshaal, the political leader of Hamas, has indicated that he will not stand for re-election this year. The decision leaves the way open for the movement to choose a new leader for the first time in nearly 16 years. Two senior officials said that Meshaal announced his decision...
  • Image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 11 February 2017 [Anadolu Ajansı/Facebook

    Palestine and Netanyahu's bomb chart at the UN

    The highlight of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech as he addressed the 67th United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York yesterday was by far and away his cartoon bomb chart. Complete with first, second and final stages (drawn within the outline), each marked a different point in Iran’s progress towards...
  • Obama and Netanyahu agree to a truce

    It is no secret that relations between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have been strained in recent months. Netanyahu has been so open in his support for Obama’s rival in the presidential election, Mitt Romney, that members of the Israeli government have felt the...
  • The EU accelerates trade with Israel, despite human rights abuses

    The EU’s 500 million citizens account for about 60% of Israel’s total trade. Europe is Israel’s largest source of imports and its second biggest export market, second only to the United States. That’s a lot of bargaining potential when it comes to addressing Israel’s bullish behaviour in the Middle...
  • Church leaders demand investigation into US military aid to Israel

    On 5 October, 15 prominent American Protestant leaders sent a letter to Congress, calling for an investigation into US military aid to Israel. Referring to the “pain and suffering” of both Palestinians and Israelis, the letter suggested that “unconditional US military assistance to Israel has contributed to this deterioration,...
  • Mounting tension between Iran and the West

    As the European Union announces stronger sanctions against Iran over its nuclear enrichment programme, the still contentious issue has led to further escalation of tensions between Iran and the West. Amidst much talk of democracy and human rights, the western approach towards Iran is still marred by hostility. Iran...
  • Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman [JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images]
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    The Netanyahu-Lieberman alliance will accelerate isolationism and discrimination

    When I interviewed Professor Avi Shlaim last month, he said that the current Israeli government was “is the most right-wing, the most hawkish, the most uncompromising … in Israel’s entire history”. That could be about to get worse. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has announced that he is to join...
  • Cyber warfare is key priority for Israel

    Cyber warfare may sound like something out of science fiction, but it is an increasingly important aspect of modern conflict. It refers essentially to politically-motivated hacking; one nation-state penetrating another’s computers or networks for sabotage or espionage purposes. William J Lynn, the US Deputy Secretary of Defence, has said...
  • Morsi must ensure reform in new Egyptian constitution

    Recently, secular parties and the Muslim Brotherhood have locked horns in a battle over Egypt’s future. The Constitutional Assembly’s draft constitution has sparked outrage amongst many parties and civilians who fear human and minority rights are being traded in exchange for President Morsi’s consolidation of power. The 20-month constitution...
  • Netanyahu's electoral weak spot

    Benjamin Netanyahu would be an easy opponent in a game of poker, if his behaviour during the US election is anything to go by. The Israeli Prime Minister made no secret of which candidate he wanted to see in the White House. His open support for Mitt Romney was...
  • Visit of Arab foreign ministers shifts Palestinian discourse from isolation to unity

    Operation Pillar of Cloud has shifted political rhetoric from concessions to resistance. After twenty years of negotiations which culminated in an Israeli policy of colonialism and apartheid, aided by an international community embracing the role of spectators, Gaza has catapulted to a prominence which contrasts sharply with the attention...
  • Israel failed in its duty to protect journalists in Gaza

    The targeting of journalists reporting on the Gaza massacre in recent days appears to have been a deliberate attempt by Israel to distort media coverage. On November 18, two buildings housing Palestinian and international media outlets were targeted. Eight journalists were injured; cameraman Khader al Zahhar’s leg was blown...
  • Ceasefire needs serious effort if it's to be a prelude to peace

    The last eight days have seen the deaths of 150 Palestinians and five Israelis. Hamas launched around 1,000 rockets into Israel, which pounded Gaza with more than 1,500 air strikes. With the cycle of violence continuing and the death toll rising, the announcement of the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire on Wednesday...
  • What do the ceasefire terms mean for the West Bank?

    For the time being at least, there will be no ground invasion in Gaza. As the death toll reached over 150 Palestinians and 5 Israelis in Operation Pillar of Defence, last night an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire defused the situation and created a delicate peace in the country. In the aftermath...
  • Latin American reaction to Israeli aggression on Gaza

    The reaction of Latin American governments to Israel’s aggression on Gaza has ignited a spectrum of opinions, from outright condemnation to neutral rhetoric. In 2009, the brutality unleashed during Operation Cast Lead led Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Bolivia’s Evo Morales to sever diplomatic relations with Israel. Expressing his concerns...
  • France Pushes for Palestinian Statehood at the UN

    For the second time in recent weeks, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has supported Palestine. First, was during Operation Pillar of Defence where he travelled to Jerusalem and opposed the Israeli ground incursion in Gaza. The second was on Tuesday when he announced that France, a permanent member of...
  • Mobilisation of worldwide solidarity with Palestinians

    Yesterday marked the commencement of the World Social Forum for a Free Palestine, held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The global mobilisation is aimed at strengthening solidarity with the Palestinian people through diverse activities which encourage debate and the formulating of effective proposals. Today is the 65th anniversary of the...
  • Is Israel losing its grip in Europe?

    It was hard to read the delegates’ expressions as they squinted at the board in the United Nations, searching for confirmation of who had and hadn’t voted for Palestine. As the camera zoomed into the results, the red figures revealed 138 countries were in favour, nine against with 41...
  • In the name of security and profits: Israeli-EU arms dependence

    Israel seems to have acquired a permanent battleground with its defiant occupation of Palestinian territory and savage assaults upon Gaza. In Israeli terminology, as well as that of its allies, the definition is “security”. As defined by the Homeland Security Conference just a few days prior to the Gaza...
  • UN resolution puts pressure on Israel to allow nuclear inspection

    Israel’s ambiguity with regard to nuclear weapons is well known, as is its refusal to sign-up to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. This tactic has shifted attention away from Israel for decades, as government officials keep dictating the necessity of “security” for a state built upon ethnic cleansing and illegal...
  • Europe opposes Netanyahu's new settlement plan

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is exerting all the political strength he can muster to sabotage peace for Palestine and Israel. On Monday, he authorised the construction of new illegal settlement units in the E1 area of the occupied West Bank which, when built, will split the region in...
  • Palestinian delegation visits Venezuela

    Following the UN vote which recognised Palestine as a non-member observer state last month, a delegation from Ramallah has visited Venezuela with the aim of consolidating existing agreements, as well as establishing new accords in other areas, such as health, education, sport, culture and tourism. The visit was confirmed...
  • Building of the International Criminal Court [File photo]

    On the road to the International Criminal Court

    In 2004, 14 out of 15 judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) deemed that Israel’s “separation barrier” in the occupied West Bank was illegal.  They found that its presence both protected and preserved the annexation of illegal settlements, restricted freedom of movement, and curtailed Palestinian self-determination. It...
  • Official discourse blanks out discussion of human rights violations in occupied West Bank

    International rhetoric continues to focus on Israel’s new settlement construction in the occupied West Bank in retaliation for the UN vote granting Palestinians non-member observer status. European criticism has been constant, albeit far removed from any form of punitive measures. Nevertheless, Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has deemed an...
  • The manipulation of justice in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

    ‘Eyes on Israel’s Military Court’ is Addamer’s latest report about the manipulation of justice in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The report contains recollections by volunteers who visited Israeli jails between 2009 and 2011 and portrays the vivid difference between Israel’s assumed stance as a state built upon the foundations...
  • The politics of resistance versus security coordination

    In the aftermath of “Operation Pillar of Defence”, the Israelis have diverted their attention to the occupied West Bank. Mass arrests have been carried out by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) for alleged “recent violent and terrorist activity”. Palestinian detainees protesting against administrative detention have embarked upon a hunger...
  • Turkey's Patriot missiles drive a wedge between Ankara and Tehran

    Turkey’s decision to ask NATO for Patriot guided missiles to deploy along its border with Syria has disrupted its ties with Iran. A once-reliable ally of Tehran against the US-led West, Turkey has now seen the cancellation of the President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s scheduled visit to participate in the commemoration...
  • Image of a Syrian refugee camp [file photo]

    As winter bites, the plight of Syrian refugees shows no sign of improving

    Inside Al-Zaatari Camp in the Jordanian desert, Syrian refugees are supposed to be escaping the bloody uprising next door; instead, young children are dying because of appalling conditions. “People have no shoes to wear,” Walid Safour, representative of the Syrian National Coalition in the UK tells me, “and only...
  • Political discrimination in "democratic Israel"

    Haneen Zoabi’s disqualification from standing as a candidate in Israel’s general election in January has failed to stir controversy within the Western world, keen as it is to ensure the portrayal of Israel as “the only democracy in the Middle East”. Yet the decision to disqualify the elected Knesset...
  • Top police officer defects in boost to Syrian rebels

    In a major boost to the on-going Syrian uprising against  the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, the once-trusted head of the country’s military police has defected to the rebels. Major-General Abdelaziz Jassim Al-Shalal, confirmed his defection speaking from an unknown location in a report broadcast on Al-Arabiya Television late...
  • Syria faces humanitarian catastrophe

    The people of Syria are facing a humanitarian catastrophe as the fighting against the Assad regime continues to take a savage toll. there appears to be no end in sight to the killing of innocent men, women and children; even the elderly are not spared. Around four million people,...
  • Human rights report highlights Israel's ongoing disregard for international law

    The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) has issued its weekly report detailing Israel’s continuous efforts in Gaza and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to undermine and disregard international law. The report details Israeli human rights violations committed from December 20 to December 26 and emphasises the apparent permanence of...
  • What does an Irish EU presidency mean for Israel?

    Israel’s relations with the European Union are not at a high at the moment. Indeed, an unusually strong condemnation by the EU of Israel’s continued construction of illegal settlements led some foreign policy experts to go so far as to say that the relationship is at an all time...
  • Israel continues to breach the ceasefire agreement

    In November, Egypt brokered an end to the eight-day offensive launched by Israel against the Gaza Strip, the so-called Operation Pillar of Defence. During the assault, 6 Israelis were killed, as were more than 160 Palestinians. As the ceasefire agreement was announced, Palestinians celebrated in the Strip with fireworks...
  • No need for panic over Chuck Hagel

    If Chuck Hagel, Barack Obama’s nominee for Defense Secretary, is appointed, it would be a “slap in the face for pro-Israel Americans”, according to the Republican Jewish Coalition. Senator Lindsay Graham said Hagel would be “the most antagonistic Secretary of Defense toward the state of Israel in our nation’s...
  • Netanyahu's politics of necessity

    With elections looming in Israel, Benyamin Netanyahu finds himself cornered to defend Likud and its objectives, after Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party emerged as a potential threat pulling right-wing voters away from the incumbent prime minister. Bennett, a millionaire and former chief of staff under Netanyahu’s government until 2008,...
  • What does a name bring? The battle for recognition in Occupied Palestine

    Soon, ‘Palestinian National Authority’ will become a label reminiscent of the pre-General Assembly vote that saw Palestine upgraded at the United Nations to non-member observer status, if all goes ahead with President Mahmoud Abbas’ new plans. The Palestinian President has requested official documents – from stamps to passports –...
  • Preliminary progress on reconciliation challenged by political strategy

    Egypt’s attempt at brokering reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas has produced initial diplomatic progress. Yesterday’s talks in Cairo – organised by President Mohammed Morsi, were an initiative towards constructing Palestinian unity within factions embracing divergent strategic tactics. Unity, however, remains embroiled in a battle between different political organisations which...
  • Flag of Qatar [File photo]

    Qatar's enigmatic diplomacy and the Arab Spring

    This week, 48 Iranian prisoners being held by rebels in Syria were freed, in return for 2,100 prisoners being held by the Syrian authorities. It was one of the biggest prisoner swaps since the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began nearly two years ago. But that is not the only...
  • Israel is a different place from the outside looking in

    Imagine a Middle East where Naftali Bennett was Israel’s Prime Minister. Former settler leader and IT entrepreneur turned politician, his agenda is a lethal cocktail of pro-settlement, anti-Palestinian statehood rhetoric. Openly contesting a Palestinian state, if voted in, he has plans to swallow up much of what’s left of...