Israel's Power of the Camera: Gaza's Power of Gaza
by Refaat Alareer | | 1/6/2010
Israel swots up on its homework to be done in Gaza. It spends billions of dollars on propaganda and thousands of hours of meetings and preparations. However, In Gaza and only by Gaza, Israel's true face is revealed in a blink on an eye. There is no homework done well for Israel in Gaza. Israel has just to accept the concrete fact that it has no business in Gaza. More...
Submitted by: Refaat Alareer on Jun 01, 10 | 11:19 am

Rebuilding the Islamic University of Gaza
by Akram Habeeb and Marcy Newman | The Electronic Intifada | 16 February 2009
IT is Israeli universities that contain the laboratories where the weaponry used to destroy Palestinian lives in Gaza and elsewhere is developed. More...
Submitted by: Refaat Alareer on Feb 16, 09 | 7:34 pm

"Creative anarchy" in the Gaza Strip
by Dr. Akram Habeeb | | 1 January 2009
The Israeli intent seems to be to create what US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice called "creative anarchy." Indeed Israel has always wanted to keep Palestinians living a life of disorder. More...
Submitted by: Refaat Alareer on Feb 14, 09 | 10:08 am

Chomsky on Oil and the Israel Lobby
by M. Shahid Alam | Amin Media Network | January 30, 2009
In the slow evolution of US relations with Israel since 1948, as the latter mutated from a strategic liability to a strategic asset, Israel and its Jewish allies in the United States have always occupied the driver’s seat. More...
Submitted by: Shahid Alam on Jan 31, 09 | 2:11 am

Zionism in Gaza's Shattered Mirror
by M. Shahid Alam | Scoop | January 14, 2008
At a time when Palestinian men, women and children, corralled in the ghetto of Gaza since 1948, are daily, hourly, relentlessly, being bombed from the air, land and sea, it is instructive to turn to some of the founding fathers of Zionism, and ask what they might have thought about this obscene consequence of their messianic vision. More...
Submitted by: Shahid Alam on Jan 14, 09 | 11:11 pm

Before Our Very Eyes: Israel's Attempted Endgame in Gaza
by Jennifer Loewenstein | Counterpunch | 29 December 2008
The intensity of the bombings on Saturday, which left over 230 people dead and 800 wounded, many seriously, was what struck one witness, R., who claimed never to have heard so many explosions so close together and for such an uninterrupted period of time inside the Gaza Strip. One after another, the explosions sounded, most of them near heavily populated areas; and in one case only 30 meters away from his daughter’s elementary school. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Dec 30, 08 | 4:52 pm

Photos of the sea
by Diana Buttu | This I Believe | 10 March 2008
In September 2000, I decided to do my part to bring peace to the Middle East. As a Canadian attorney of Palestinian origin, I believed I could use my legal skills to help broker a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Naive? Perhaps.

I left my comfortable life in California and moved to the West Bank. Moving there was not easy: I did not know what life is like under military rule. My Western upbringing left me unprepared for life without freedom. Seven years later, I am still not used to it. More...
Submitted by: antiprocon on Mar 13, 08 | 10:40 pm

Prerequisites for peace
by Mustafa Barghouthi | Baltimore Sun | 13 December 2007
As one who for decades has supported a two-state solution and the nonviolent struggle for Palestinian rights, I view the recent conference in Annapolis with a great deal of skepticism - and a glimmer of hope.

Seven years with no negotiations - and increasing numbers of Israeli settlers, an economic blockade in Gaza and an intricate network of roadblocks and checkpoints stifling movement in the West Bank - have led us to despair and distrust. Any commitment must be made not only to conclude an agreement before the end of 2008 but also to end Israel's occupation. More...
Submitted by: antiprocon on Dec 13, 07 | 7:18 pm

Israel's Palestinians speak out
by Nadim Rouhana | The Nation | 11 December 2007
The Annapolis peace talks regard me as an interloper in my own land. Israel's deputy prime minister, Avigdor Lieberman, argues that I should "take [my] bundles and get lost." Henry Kissinger thinks I ought to be summarily swapped from inside Israel to the would-be Palestinian state.

I am a Palestinian with Israeli citizenship--one of 1.4 million. I am also a social psychologist trained and working in the United States. In late November, on behalf of Mada al-Carmel, the Arab Center for Applied Social Research, I polled Palestinian citizens of Israel regarding their reactions to the Annapolis conference and their views about our future, and how they would be affected by Middle East peace negotiations. More...
Submitted by: antiprocon on Dec 12, 07 | 7:07 pm

Israel Bars New Palestinian Students From Its Universities, Citing Concern Over 'Security'
by DINA KRAFT | New York Times | 11 October 2006
ANATA, West Bank, Oct. 9 — Sawsan Salameh, a Palestinian from the West Bank, was thrilled to get a full scholarship from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to begin a doctorate in theoretical chemistry.

But a recent move by the Israeli Army to ban new Palestinian students from Israeli universities for security reasons is keeping her from studying at the campus, just two miles from her home. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Oct 15, 06 | 7:56 pm

UN says Israeli overuse of cluster bombs in Lebanon 'defies belief'
by IMEMC & Agencies | International Middle East Media Center | 20 September 2006
Following on a statement by an Israeli commander that the Israeli army fired at least 1.2 million cluster bomblets on Lebanon during the war, the majority of which were fired when hostilities were largely over, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator verified that number and harshly criticized the Israeli use of cluster bombs.

“The outrageous fact is that nearly all of these munitions were fired in the last three to four days of the war,” David Shearer, the United Nations (UN) humanitarian coordinator in Lebanon, told a news conference in Beirut Tuesday.

The United Nations coordinator added, "Most bomblets were fired by the time the conflict had been largely resolved in the form of Resolution 1701", adding, “We know these (cluster) munitions have a failure rate and it seems to me extraordinary that they were fired off in the last hours of the war into areas where civilian populations were known to be going,” Shearer said.

“For a humanitarian person, it defies belief that this would happen.”

Meanwhile, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland has called Israel “completely immoral” for using cluster bombs in residential areas. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Oct 14, 06 | 11:32 am

Israeli Leader Authorizes West Bank Construction Bids
by STEVEN ERLANGER | NY Times | September 4, 2006
JERUSALEM, Sept. 4 - Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert authorized construction bids today for another 690 homes in the occupied West Bank in the face of pro forma American criticism. The houses will be built in Maale Adumim and Betar Illit, two settlements near Jerusalem that the Israeli government says it intends to keep in any final agreement with the Palestinians. Mr. Olmert, whose Kadima party was elected on a promise to pull thousands of Israeli settlers out of the West Bank beyond the route of Israel's separation barrier, has been clear about keeping and expanding settlements inside the barrier, even though they are on land occupied in the 1967 war. The Construction and Housing Ministry published advertisements today seeking construction proposals for the largest settlement activity undertaken so far by this government, which has also promised President George W. Bush to pull down more than 20 illegal outposts created since March 2001, but has not done so. The Bush Administration's position is that Israel should not expand settlements in the West Bank, because it makes the process of a final settlement harder. In general, much of the world considers Israeli settlements in occupied territory, including East Jerusalem, to be illegal, which Israel disputes. Stewart Tuttle, the spokesman for the American Embassy in Israel, said today that "in general it's a principle of the road map -- a foundation to reach peace in the region -- that Israel not only remove illegal outposts but also not expand settlements in the West Bank.''The United States, Mr. Tuttle said, opposes "any actions that would prejudice final status negotiations, which would include the final borders of Israel and Palestine." But such criticism has had little effect on Israeli policy in the past and is not expected to matter in this case. In general, Israel says that it is not "expanding" settlements, but "thickening" them within existing built-up areas. A former United States ambassador here, Daniel Kurtzer, tried to get Israel to agree with the United States on mapping the existing built-up areas of current settlements in order to make it clear when settlements were being expanded, but Israel - which has detailed satellite maps of nearly every building in the West Bank -- regularly refused. The mayor of Maale Adumim, Benny Kashrial, said today that many other units are under construction. "In short, it is just a matter of completing construction within a town." More...
Submitted by: Hanan Rihan on Sep 07, 06 | 2:45 pm

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