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    American public opinion and the special relationship with Israel

    By John J. MearsheimerThere is no question that the United States has a relationship with Israel that has no parallel in modern history. Washington gives Israel consistent, almost unconditional diplomatic backing and more foreign aid than any other country. In other words, Israel gets this aid even when it...
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    Supporting the wrong side

    Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban When Nelson Mandela stood to greet the thousands of people gathered to watch the world cup final in South Africa, everyone stood to show respect to the man whose moral authority and stardom is unrivalled and uncontested. One wonders how Mandela came to represent moral and human...
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    The road to South America

    By Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban Despite transport and communications difficulties in the 19th and early 20th century, our ancestors defied the dangers of oceans, death and disease to get to the backyard of the United States, where they built schools, hospitals and clubs. They built monuments which remain a witness of...
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    The White House makes the decision once again

    By Attorney-d. Mahmoud Ramahi Any neutral person looking at the Palestinian situation would see that there is an underlying theme: "negotiations" is a euphemism for Palestinian concessions. This is nothing new, but it is now increasingly obvious. From pre-Annapolis, Palestinian negotiators have compromised to try to appease their Israeli...
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    The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment

    by Peter Beinart In 2003, several prominent Jewish philanthropists hired Republican pollster Frank Luntz to explain why American Jewish college students were not more vigorously rebutting campus criticism of Israel. In response, he unwittingly produced the most damning indictment of the organized American Jewish community that I have ever...
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    Israel's occupation of Obama's Press Corps

    By Yvonne Ridley Hold the front page! The docile White House Press Corps has got itself all steamed up about something and finally taken a scalp. The Capitol Hill cocktail set who usually sit and preen themselves like pampered Pomeranians while asking pre-screened, pre-approved, President-friendly questions have forced a...
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    Hamas leader says American envoys making contact, but not openly

    By David Hearst The United States is sending a succession of envoys to engage with Hamas but lacks the bravery to talk to the Islamist movement openly, its leader, Khaled Meshal, said in an interview with the Guardian. Meshal praised President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia for meeting him in...
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    Obama's God complex

    The fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin shocked a nation, inspired tens of thousands to march for justice and even prompted the US President to declare, "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon". It took nearly six weeks for George Zimmerman, the Florida man accused...
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    Stop all US aid to Israel

    I am keeping a photograph that took up two pages in a London newspaper last week. It shows a noisy demonstration in New York against Wall Street and the greed of bankers and large corporations. Demonstrators called for a march to Wall Street; their cause is purely American, as...
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    America couldn't veto Palestinian admission to the UN

    The United States of America is preparing to use its veto in order to block Palestine's admission to the United Nations as an independent state. However, it is doubtful if this vote will have the effect desired by the US State Department because the Americans have renounced using the...
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    Hysteria of pro-Israel bias

    When it comes to Israel, politicians in Washington can get hysterical, making the stupidest of statements or acting idiotically. Evidence of such behaviour is common and varied; this week, for example, newly-elected Republican senator for Illinois Mark Kirk called for the US to use military means to stop Freedom...
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    "Doomed to Disappoint"

    Barack Obama gave a major speech on the Middle East today and it is clear from the subsequent commentary that he impressed few people. The main reason is that he did not say much new or indicate that there would be any serious changes in US policy in the region. ...
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    Israel harms Palestinians, but also itself

    My concern for the Israeli-Arab conflict is a personal one. I was raised in a Jewish neighborhood — three synagogues within three blocks of our home in Springfield, Mass. — which sensitized me to Jewish culture and history. As a young student of world affairs, I closely followed the...
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    AIPAC, a Not-So-Benign Night Flower

    One could be forgiven for thinking that the last three letters of AIPAC stand for "political action committee." But since the American Israel Public Affairs Committee does not itself make campaign contributions to political candidates, technically it is not a PAC. Curiously, however, the 30-odd "unaffiliated" pro-Israel PACs, most...
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    Made in America - the Peoples' Revolution

    US administrations have been blighted since 9/11 by a deadly cocktail of arrogance and ignorance with a twist of strong desire for revenge thrown in. But before you take aim and fire you have to know your enemy, and the scattergun policies of the Bush Junior and Obama regimes...
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    Avi Shlaim on the Neo-conservative Middle East War Agenda

    By Stephen J. SniegoskiA friend of mine, Phil Collier, is an avid student of and sometime writer on Middle East affairs (and a National Master in chess); he informed me that Avi Shlaim has one chapter in his book Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations, headed "Palestine and Iraq",...
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    Israel and the U.S.: A lopsided relationship

    Los Angeles Times. . Andrew J. Bacevich 05/12/2010The United States today finds itself in the position of a suitor proffering his beloved ever more munificent gifts while receiving in return ever more perfunctory tokens of affection. The widely reported deal negotiated by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister...
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    Romney's blunders

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may have been to Harvard University, but his recurring gaffes suggest that he is not ready to be commander-in-chief of the world's biggest superpower. It has been an eventful summer of blunders for Romney and co. Two months before his July very public stumbles...
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    FP Top 50 Inadvertently Reveals Israel's Dominance of the GOP

    Foreign Policy magazine has compiled a list of the 50 Republicans who have the greatest influence on the GOP's foreign policy. "Politics is mostly about people – and nowhere is that more true than when it comes to foreign policy," explains Foreign Policy in its introduction. With the U.S....
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    Does US want democratic Egypt?

    Cairo: It's understandable that each country is entitled to pursue its national interests, and that one country's national interest may partially conflict with that of another. But it's difficult to comprehend how a country's interests would be fixated around the Middle East's stability, and Israel's security – to the...
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    The Jewish lobby and the race to the White House

    With the approach of the 2012 U.S. presidential elections scheduled for November, difficult questions have arisen about the significance of the Jewish lobby in those elections on the one hand, and its ability to influence the U.S. stance towards the Israeli establishment and its orientations on the other. It...
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    Israel: guaranteed US election winner

    THE results of US elections are eccentric. While re-electing Barack Obama to the White House, voters also chose members of the opposing party as their representatives in Congress. Pundits refer to this as division of powers at its best. Today, next to President Barack Obama, Abigael Evans – the...
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    Israel is a threat to US democracy

    The US State Department is circulating a confidential letter urging European Union (EU) members and other "friendly" countries to help block Palestinian attempts to secure non-member Observer State status at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. The memorandum, seen by this writer, asserts falsely that the US and the...
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    Cultural bias in the US media

    Edward Said's scholarly work on Western media coverage of Muslim and Arab countries showed that it has been shaped by discreet cultural biases or political motives. This fact couldn't be more pertinent than in recent coverage of protests against the film deriding Prophet Muhammad. For days, the media was...
  • A small group holding Israeli flags were holding a counter protest as Hundreds of protesters gather in front of the Israeli Embassy in central London in solidarity with Palestinian people who are holding large "Great March of Return" and "Palestinian Land Day" rallies across Gaza border, in London, United Kingdom on March 30, 2019 [Hasan Esen / Anadolu Agency]
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    Israel may be 'no more rogue than America', but it behaves like a rogue state nevertheless

    Andrew Roberts is a historian of note, but his robust defence of the state of Israel in the Financial Times (Israel is no more rogue than America, 3 March) is missing in both objectivity and accuracy. Indeed, if the title of his article is anything to go by, then...
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    Barack Obama and his "State of the Union" speech

    In the traditional State of the Union speech yesterday, President Barack Obama mentioned one group of people (politicians aside) more than anyone else: the lobbyists. In pointing to their potential to have a negative impact on the work of his government – on financial reform, "the lobbyists are already...
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    The US is no longer the alpha-dog in the Middle East

    There is mounting pressure on the Obama administration amid concerns at its effectiveness as a peace broker in the Middle East conflict. Senator George Mitchell, US envoy to the Middle East, is currently involved in proximity talks with Israeli, Palestinian and Arab officials in an attempt to revive negotiations...
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    Civilians pay with their lives for America's "global war doctrine"

    Perhaps understandably, the US is secretive about its drone programme. But over the last decade, thousands of unmanned drones have been deployed in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia as part of America's covert war on terror. The US claims that these strikes allow them to eliminate the top tier of...
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    Mr. Biden, the destination is Ankara, not Cairo

    From his first days in office, President Barack Obama has sought to reassure the Muslim world that the "change doctrine" he brought to the White House supports issues concerning the Arabs, particularly that of the Palestinians. Sadly, it looks as if American "interests" which are sponsored by influential groups...
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    "My enemy's enemy is my ally:" For Congress delegation to Cairo, that enemy is Islam

    Michele Bachman, Steve King and Louie Gohmert's visit to Egypt has been an interesting turn for the three Congress members. During their visit to Cairo they met the interim Egyptian president, General al Sisi, the Coptic Pope and a number of other officials and following these meetings held a...
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    From red lines... to white flags

    When US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and his Russian counterpart and host Sergei Lavrov, make an announcement on having reached an agreement to hold an international conference on the Syrian crisis following marathon all night discussions, we know that such an announcement can only be made as part...
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    Israel Lobby out in force to block Hagel's appointment as US Secretary of Defence

    Anti-Hagel groups in Washington are doing all they can to block Barack Obama's nominee for the post of Secretary of Defence, Chuck Hagel. The anti-Hagel alliance, led from behind the scenes by the powerful Israel Lobby group AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), also includes the DEBKA Jewish...
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    Waiting for Obama

    US President Barack Obama will pay a visit to the Middle East next month. This will be his first trip to Israel in particular since his election in 2008 and it comes just after his re-election for a second term in office. Palestinian and Arab expectations of Obama started...
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    Does Britain really support justice?

    It is one of the long-standing riddles of the Israel-Palestine conflict that Britain and other democratic states do not appear to support genuine justice for Palestinians. While all MPs at Westminster will know the name of Sergeant Gilad Shalit, the single Israeli soldier being held by Palestinians who was...
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    An engagement ring, a pendant and the seeds of two dates

    The lack of Western news coverage of the tragic case of the Eqdiah family, devastated by an Israeli rocket attack on their home in Gaza, is puzzling. Although the tragedy is far from exceptional in Gaza it is precisely examples like this which are able to awaken the public...
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    Permanent Temporariness

    It was in 2003 that I realised something fundamental had changed. The door to the room in which I was sitting flew open. In stalked a figure still dressed in a dark overcoat and scarf. He evidently could contain himself no longer. I was in Downing Street with the...
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    British parliament debates Palestinian children prisoners

    By Renee Bowyer I visited the family of a twelve year old boy arrested on a Sunday morning. They lived in a small room on the outskirts of Balata refugee camp bordering the city of Nablus. The mother of Salim spoke to me first reminding me how the last...
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    Their money and our lives

    By Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban At last, it has been acknowledged that Western intelligence agencies tortured innocent people for years in the notorious Guantanamo prison. The admission came through the British government's decision to pay compensation to 16 Muslims arrested without charges in Guantanamo. They suffered all forms of brutal torture since...
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    "No Peace Without Justice": The London Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine

    By Frank Barat and Michael Mansfield QC Countless United Nations Security Council and General Assembly resolutions have been passed and violated; The Goldstone Report has been attacked and dismissed and the recent UNHRC fact finding Mission on the Freedom Flotilla incident, condemning Israel's actions in the strongest possible terms,...
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    Britain: Don't allow child killers on your soil

    By Khalid Amayreh 7 November, 2010 The Israeli government is exerting tremendous pressure on the UK to amend British laws allowing for the arrest and prosecution of suspected war criminal. British Foreign Secretary William Hague reportedly was being 'ambushed' by Israeli officials during his recent visit to the de...
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    Israeli-British laws and relations

    By Sir Cyril Townsend It is almost a year since the publication of the UN's Goldstone Report on Israel's war against Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009. The Committee which prepared the 525 page Report concluded that Israel attacked civilians, police stations, government ministries, food factories, sewage plants...
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    Justice Minister confirms to MEMO his intention to amend law on Universal Jurisdiction - Move likely to destabilize coalition

    Foreign Secretary, William Hague, made an unannounced appearance at this year's Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) annual delegates' reception. His appearance was met with raucous applause from majority of the 200-strong audience. Hague praised Mr Alistair Burt, Minister of State for the Middle East, who was also in attendance,...
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    Lib Dem leader Clegg attends Friends of Israel fringe meeting, but ignores Friends of Palestine

    Nick Clegg, the coalition's Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, attended the Liberal Democrats Friends of Israel fringe meeting on Monday 20 September alongside LDFI President Sir Alan Beith MP, the President of the New Israel Fund, Professor Naomi Chazam, and the new Deputy Israeli Ambassador...
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    Al Quds day letter to Tony Blair from Lauren Booth, in Iran

    By Lauren Booth3 September 2010 Dear Tony, Congratulations on your political memoir becoming an instant bestseller. I'm in Iran and have the only copy in the country. I can tell you, it's so fiercely fought over, it's worth its weight in WMD's. Note to Random House; have 'A Journey' translated...
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    Open letter to BBC Panorama Team

    Máiread Maguire was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, jointly awarded to her in 1976. She is a committed peace activist and has long been a supporter of the poor and the oppressed, including the Palestinians. Máiread Maguire has an internationally renowned reputation for peaceful activism and...
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    Tony and the Shah of Palestine

    By Yvonne RidleyEver since a group of ordinary people from more than 40 different countries came together and set sail for Gaza have we seen various world leaders scramble to persuade Israel to lift the blockade on Gaza. Why? To honour the memory of those martyred by Israeli soldiers...
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    Jeremy Bowen attacks BBC Trust for Gaza ruling

    Middle East editor defends his reporting on Israel after BBC Trust finds him guilty of inaccuracies. By Maggie Brown Jeremy Bowen has attacked the BBC Trust ruling that found him guilty of inaccuracies in a report about Israel last year. The BBC's Middle East editor, speaking at the University...
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    German MP claims that Israel killed 19 on the Freedom Flotilla

    By Kalid Shamt – Berlin A German MP has claimed that the number of people killed by Israel in its attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla was nineteen, and not nine as is now widely accepted. Ange Hogger MP was among those involved in the flotilla when it was...
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    Lies, damned lies, and Israeli propaganda

    By Omar Radwan Following Israel's murderous attack on the Freedom Flotilla taking humanitarian aid to Gaza, it is hard not to conclude that sections of the media in Britain and other Western countries have been desperate to find ways to justify the crime. On the BBC and Sky News,...
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    Israel's war on international law

    By Mehmet Nedim Aslan Before the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government was formed in Britain, Israel's Yediot Aharonot newspaper carried an article voicing concerns about LibDem leader Nick Clegg's stance on the policies of the Jewish state. Clegg called for an arms embargo during the Israeli assault on Gaza last...