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    Fayyad 'courage' and Abbas 'excuses'

    By Abdel Bari Atwan The Palestinian scene is full of paradoxes and strange situations which are difficult to understand, but the past few days have witnessed two major issues that cannot be ignored: the first is Palestinian Prime Minister Dr. Salam Fayyad's speech at the Herzliya Conference in Israel;...
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    Why is the PA so reticent about Shabaneh's revelations?

    By Khalid Amayreh in RamallahSexual and financial corruption is "rampant" throughout the Palestinian Authority (PA), according to Fahmi Shabaneh. The former PA intelligence official has made these grave allegations in an interview in the Jerusalem Post, and again on Israeli TV Channel 10. The leadership, claims Shabaneh, knows about...
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    Silencing Palestinian voices in Jerusalem

    By Omar RadwanLast week, the Israeli Ministry of Interior issued Palestinian geographer Khalil al-Tafakji with a six-month travel ban. Tafakji's activities are largely confined to surveying and cartography, he is not a politician.  However, his work has created major obstacles for Israel's plans to Judaize the city of Jerusalem and...
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    Sewage collapse threatens health of Palestinians in Gaza

    Palestinians in Gaza have a lot to contend with, especially since the war launched by the Israeli Occupiers just over a year ago. With the loss of more than 1,400 Palestinian lives, most of whom were women and children, the near total destruction of whatever little infrastructure that remained...
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    The custodian of Al-Aqsa imprisoned yet again; but who is Sheikh Raed Salah?

    By Yassir ZaatraOn Wednesday 13 January, an Israeli court sentenced Sheikh Raed Salah to nine months in jail with an additional six months suspended for inciting protests and "assaulting a police officer", to whom Sheikh Salah was ordered to pay 7,500 Shekels in compensation. It is well-known that he...
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    Post-Mabhouh, are we seeing the first signs of world opinion turning against Israel?

    By Nasha'at Halabi Despite last year's Israeli invasion of Gaza and the strong evidence that war crimes and crimes against humanity had been committed by the Israeli armed forces, to-date the world has not gone so far as to condemn the Israelis outright. The Zionist political and media machines...
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    The goodwill of a truly international convoy

    By Dr Hanan Chehata The Viva Palestina (VP) Convoy 2009/10 brought together an extremely diverse group of people with at least seventeen countries represented. Citizens of Australia, Poland, Belgium, Dominica, Iran, Ireland and a whole host of other countries and from all walks of life took part in what...
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    MEMO Exclusive - Gaza is still standing with dignity

    By Ismail Haniyeh That the elected government in Gaza still enjoys the popular support of its people is a mark of the failure of Israel's criminal blockade and war launched one year ago. Today, our people enjoy the support of millions throughout the world; thousands of them are knocking...
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    GAZA: COUNTDOWN TO GENOCIDE

    By Sonja Karkar Australians for PalestineWomen for Palestine They came one cold December day. Not fearless warriors but fearsome hoardes hell-bent on destruction of the genocidal kind that leaves no room for regeneration. That was one year ago in Gaza. The attack shocked a complacent world into finally seeing...
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    The rising numbers of deformed babies caused by the War on Gaza

    By Senussi Bsaikri The suffering of Gaza's population did not stop with the end of the war waged by Israel on the civilian population of the territory earlier this year, and it does not seem that it will end soon. Recent scientific analyses have shown that the war was...
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    Christians in Jerusalem Want Jews to Stop Spitting on Them

    A few weeks ago, a senior Greek Orthodox clergyman in Israel attended a meeting at a government office in Jerusalem's Givat Shaul quarter. When he returned to his car, an elderly man wearing a skullcap came and knocked on the window. When the clergyman let the window down, the...
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    The Musa'ab Yousuf Story: a classic example of Israeli disinformation

    By Khalid Amayreh In addition to its protracted war of terror against the Palestinian people, Israel has long waged an unrelenting campaign of psychological warfare against the Palestinian will, aimed at debilitating the domestic front across the occupied territories. The Israeli media, which often operates in sync with the...
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    Who is hindering Palestinian reconciliation?

    After months of intense diplomatic efforts reconciliation between the two biggest Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, remains elusive. Egypt, the convenor, and the Palestinian Authority (PA), both lay the blame on Hamas for their failure to reach an agreement. Cairo says that Hamas has refused to sign the reconciliation...
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    Out of control Israel does its best to provoke a third Intifada

    A people can only take so much abuse and violence before they finally snap. Israel knows this and it has been doing its utmost recently to provoke another popular uprising by the Palestinians. The constant stream of arrests of innocent citizens; the illegal and immoral house demolitions; the construction...
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    Israel's new war on Islamic sites

    By Dr Daud Abdullah, for Al Jazeera EnglishDirector of the Middle East Monitor In a move that appears to be a celebration of the 16th anniversary of the massacre of 29 worshippers by the terrorist Baruch Goldstein, the Israeli government has proclaimed that the Ibrahimi Mosque in Khalil (Hebron)...
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    Does criticism "de-legitimise" Israel?

    By Omar Radwan There has been much concern in Israel recently about alleged efforts by individuals and groups in the West to "de-legitimise" Israel. The Reut Institute, an Israeli think tank, has published a report entitled "Eroding Israel's Legitimacy in the International Arena", cataloguing actions targeting Israel undertaken by...
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    A Reading into the Conditions of Arab Women in Israel

    By Yoseph OudaSince the declaration of the state of Israel in 1948, Israel has exercised racist policies against minorities living within its borders. This naturally contravenes the democratic principles it claims to pursue and uphold as a way of life. Nevertheless, it continues to consider itself the only democratic...
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    British Suspect disappears from his Kibbutz

    The Israeli newspaper "Yediot Ahronot" reports on the disappearance of one of the individuals whose name appears on the list of those thought to have perpetrated the assassination of the Hamas leader Mahmoud Mabhouh… A correspondent from the newspaper visited the Kibbutz Givat Ha'shlosha where the man named James...
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    Holocaust remembrance is a boon for Israeli propaganda

    By Gideon LevyIsrael's bigwigs attacked at dawn on a wide front.. The president in Germany, the prime minister with a giant entourage in Poland, the foreign minister in Hungary, his deputy in Slovakia, the culture minister in France, the information minister at the United Nations, and even the Likud...
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    Purity of arms?

    Boycotts don't work. At least that's what we are told by Israel's apologists whenever the topic of a cultural, academic or trade boycott is mentioned. It was with great interest, therefore, that I read an obscure little article in the Daily Telegraph: "Israeli army calls for boycott over model's...
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    Power struggle over opposition leadership; Netanyahu manoeuvres to benefit

    It is no secret that the power struggle within Israeli politics has taken a sharp turn recently. The picture is not bright for the Israelis as the conflict's intensity reflects contradictions within the Israeli state and indicates clearly the magnitude of the challenges ahead. The struggle that has dominated...
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    Briefly Concerning Jerusalem

    Dr Azmi Bishara Jerusalem has changed drastically in recent decades. There is no doubt that anyone who was born there before 1967 and went to visit today would find a completely different city. This is the physical reality of a political fact that paved the way for the letter...
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    Is Israel preparing for a new war on Gaza?

    By Senussi Bsaikri Although its major offensive on the Gaza Strip ended in January, Israel's sporadic attacks have not stopped. Early last Sunday Israeli aircrafts launched raids on targets in the Gaza Strip, wounding seven Palestinians and destroying many buildings. The army justified its aggressive action claiming that a...
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    A media reading of recent Jewish fatwas on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

    By Senussi Bsaikri Media and human rights sources have expressed their outrage at the teshuvah (Jewish legal opinion, literally a "response") of the Israeli Sanhedrin (Rabbis' council) to kill Palestinian prisoners and kidnap elected members of the Palestinian legislature. The Sanhedrin was prompted to issue this opinion by news...
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    Israel feels tarnished as critics apply apartheid tag

    It might have seemed like just another United Nations report among the hundreds cranked out every year, and just another UN resolution from the international resolution factory. But to some leading Israelis, including some in the Israeli Government, it has awakened fears of a new encirclement, a new isolation,...
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    A Summary of: Israel In the grip of religious Zionists

    The overwhelming majority of officers who attended the Annual Conference of High Officers in the Israeli army convened recently, are religious Zionists. Former director of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) Military Intelligence Shlomo Gazit considers the photos of religious high-ranking generals on Israeli TV as they were moving around...
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    "A Monument of Enslavement" - Israel's Apartheid Wall proves that nothing has been learnt from the Berlin Wall era.

    On 9th November 1989, the wall that had divided East and West Germany for more than 28 years was finally torn down. The creation of the Berlin Wall had a disastrous effect physically, mentally and symbolically on the lives of millions of Germans and countless others around the globe....
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    Israel's European Lobby

    by Maidhc Ó Cathail(Wednesday, October 28, 2009) "The influence the Israel Lobby wields in Washington has ensured that the United States has long been complicit in Israel's barbarism. And if the Lobby gets it way in Brussels, so too will the European Union." In their 2006 article "The Israel...
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    Why Israel Always Prevails

    A Crisis in U.S. / Israeli Relations? Sure. But…Why Israel Always Prevails By Jeffrey Blankroft If the State Department had issued travel advisory warnings to US government officials about to travel to Israel, Vice President Joe Biden would have no doubt ignored them. A better friend to Israel could not...
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    Will Netanyahu Succeed in Mobilizing the Jewish Lobby against the Obama Administration?

    US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, pre-empted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech at the annual conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) by warning of the consequences of continued settlement building on the interests of both the US and Jews. Netanyahu, however, remained implacably committed to Israel's...
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    Israel: Britain's fair weather "friend"

    The UK is "only a bit-part player in the Middle East", says Jewish Chronicle editor.The move yesterday by the British Government to expel an Israeli diplomat, who is also a senior Mossad official, following Israel's involvement in the murder of Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January has clearly wounded...
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    Are human rights negotiable?

    The current rise in tension – or breakdown of the close relationship, take your pick – between the US and Israel is taking up a lot of news space, and rightly so. As a nuclear state, Israel's behaviour is of crucial interest not only to its near neighbours but...
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    Tuwani versus Havat Ma'on: Microcosm of Israeli Apartheid

    By Khalid Amayreh No catalogue of Israeli oppression and persecution of the Palestinian people can be complete without the ongoing plight of the villagers of Tuwani in the southern West Bank. The small hamlet, which residents say dates back to time immemorial, has been a frequent target of harassment,...
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    Holy Land Christians protest against Israeli restrictions during Easter celebrations

    By Michel Nseir The Christian community in the Holy Land is protesting against the denial of freedom of worship by the Israeli occupation police during the forthcoming Easter celebrations. Palestinian Christians have complained that Israeli Police are due to impose restrictions and limit the movement of all Christian worshippers...
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    Jordan intends to sue Israel for violations in occupied Jerusalem

    Jordan plans to sue the Israeli authorities internationally for its violations of the rights of the occupied city of Jerusalem and the holy sites in Palestine, the most recent of which was the opening of the so-called "synagogue of ruin" on Islamic and Arab endowment land near Al-Aqsa Mosque....
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    Arab Sirte Summit between despair and hope

    By Dr Mohamed Saleh Mesfer   The Arab summit held in Sirte, Libya, from 27-29th of March, was preceded by speculation as to whether it was going to be held at the level of Arab kings, princes and presidents, or if the absence of some of them was going to...
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    Failure of attempts to discredit the Goldstone report and its authors

    There has been a prolonged and concerted campaign to discredit anyone who is brave enough to speak out against the Zionist policies of Israel. The list of academics, lawyers, activists, politicians and private citizens who have been lambasted by Zionists for daring to speak out against Israel is absurdly...
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    Land is at the core of the conflict in the Middle East

    By Dr. Buthayna Shaaban The pain of the Arab people across the Middle East continues to increase, but it does not attract the attention of world leaders, or prick their consciences beyond an invitation for the Israelis and Palestinians "to talk in proximity". Events have racial undertones that are...
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    Signs of major crisis in Israel

    It is no exaggeration to say that Israel is facing a major crisis, the causes of which go back to the creation of the state in 1948. Actions taken by successive Israeli governments to stabilize the state over six decades have added to the crisis. Israel was founded on...
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    Michel Sabbah: "Hamas is protecting us"

    Contrasting with the general pessimism, the 77 year old Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, continues to believe in the harmonious cohabitation with Islam.By Laurent Grzybowski What is the situation for Christians in Palestine? It is the same as for all Arabs in Palestine. Christians or Muslims, we are the same people,...
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    First class state, second class citizens?

    "The state of Israel will … foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants...
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    The un-Christian "Christians" who embrace Israeli apartheid

    By Khalid Amayreh "You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, and shall be cast out and  trodden under the foot of men." Matthew: 5-13 "They may indeed see but not perceive,...
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    How the Israeli Government Tried to Spin Its Way out of Its Inhumane Gaza Invasion

    In this excerpt from his new book, Finkelstein dissects the PR effort to cover up the inhuman acts committed by Israel's massive offensive in the Gaza strip in 2009.  By Norman Finkelstein, O/R Books The following is an excerpt from Norman Finkelstein's new book, "This Time We Went Too...
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    Beware this Israeli alternative to the two state solution

    By Bilal Al-HassanA new plan has emerged from Israel that realigns the Zionist state from being an aggressive occupier to being a partner with its Arab neighbours. In a strategic reorganisation of the region, similar to the World War I Sykes-Picot Agreement which carved up the Ottoman Empire's Arab...
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    The Dark Underbelly of Israel's Security State

    Anat Kamm: Spy or whistleblower?By Jonathan Cook, What is misleadingly being called in Israel the "Anat Kamm espionage affair" is quickly revealing the dark underbelly of a nation that has worshipped for decades at the altar of a security state. Next week 23-year-old Kamm is due to stand trial...
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    Israel's Negev 'frontier'

    On this year's Land Day, tens of thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel marched in Sakhnin, an Israeli city in the Lower Galilee, to protest against past and present systematic discrimination. But with the focus on Israel's policies of land confiscation, there was significance in a second protest that...
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    The West Bank and the illusion of economic prosperity

    Ramallah: An oasis of prosperity that is the exception, not the rule The West Bank, we are led to believe, is seeing an upsurge in prosperity; a boost in economic growth. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted in an interview with Matt Lauer for the Today show in September...
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    Why Israel should not be allowed to join the OECD

    Introduction – The OECD and Israel's impending accessionThe Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) does exactly what its name suggests. The group, established in its current form in 1961, states that its mission is essentially "to help governments and society reap the full benefits of globalisation, while tackling...
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    Israeli policies in the occupied West Bank have an international impact

    By Omar RadwanIsrael's military order allowing the expulsion of potentially hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank has serious implications for its neighbour Jordan. The order, which has already come into effect, states that any person in the West Bank without what Israel considers valid documentation will...
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    Bad timing as always, Mr. Netanyahu

    Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, did not attend the 47-nation nuclear security summit in Washington DC, hosted by President Obama. Unofficial sources claim that Mr. Netanyahu feared that a number of Arab states and Turkey would bring up the issue of Israel's nuclear weapons, which are widely believed to...