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Knesset’s New Nation State Law Codifies Israel as an Apartheid State

    Knesset’s New Nation State Law Codifies Israel as an Apartheid State

JERUSALEM — After several days of rushing and intense debates, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had his wish come true. He urgently wanted to get the Nation State bill passed into law before the Knesset goes into summer recess on July 22, and for several days now the Knesset committee charged with ironing out the…

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Israeli Conquest of Gaza Looms as IDF Told to Prepare to “Conquer” Gaza

    Israeli Conquest of Gaza Looms as IDF Told to Prepare to “Conquer” Gaza

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Israel’s government has instructed the country’s military to prepare for a major military offensive against the Gaza Strip if the launching of “incendiary kites and balloons” over the Gaza-Israel border is not stopped by this Friday. If those objects continue to cross the border, Israel may decide it has “no choice”…

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Ireland’s Advancement of Boycott Bill Could Be Tipping Point for Justice for Palestine

    Ireland’s Advancement of Boycott Bill Could Be Tipping Point for Justice for Palestine

The Palestinian people are in need of some good news to boost their morale at an extremely difficult time in their struggle for freedom, justice and equality. There has been little good news, particularly since US President Trump took office, recognised Jerusalem as capital of Israel, moved the US Embassy from Tel Aviv in record time, defunded UNRWA and leaks…

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Ireland Passes Bill Banning Goods From Israeli Settlements in Occupied Palestine

    Ireland Passes Bill Banning Goods From Israeli Settlements in Occupied Palestine

DUBLIN – On Wednesday, the upper chamber of Ireland’s parliament – the Seanad – passed a landmark bill banning the purchase of goods and services originating in illegal Israeli settlements. Passed with 25 senators voting in favor and 20 against, the bill still needs to go the lower house of Ireland’s parliament, Dáil Éireann, for…

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Proposed Israeli Law Would Open 60% of Palestinian West Bank to Annexation

  Proposed Israeli Law Would Open 60% of Palestinian West Bank to Annexation

TEL AVIV — Amid warnings from the United Nations that Israel is soon to formally annex Palestine’s West Bank, a proposed law set to be decided by Israel’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation would allow Israeli Jewish citizens to purchase land in the occupied territory, paving the way for its eventual incorporation into Israeli territory. Introduced…

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Israel Assaults Palestinians Ahead of the Demolition of West Bank Bedouin Village

  Israel Assaults Palestinians Ahead of the Demolition of West Bank Bedouin Village

KHAN AL-AHMAR, PALESTINE — Israel has been preparing to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied West Bank. Activists and area residents have responded by boarding up buildings and blocking bulldozers set to demolish the village. On the left, a photo at the wonderful school in Khan al-Ahmar during my recent visit…

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Legitimizing The Occupation: An Occupied Palestine is a Land Without Hope

  Legitimizing The Occupation: An Occupied Palestine is a Land Without Hope

JERUSALEM, PALESTINE — (Analysis) Khaled and I sat and chatted one evening at his family’s home in Qalansawe. “They look at us as though we are completely Israeli,” he said, speaking of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, “and we call them ‘Dafawi’ if they are from the West Bank and ‘Ghazzawi’ if they…

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How Washington’s Spinelessness Enables Israel’s Brutality

  How Washington’s Spinelessness Enables Israel’s Brutality

I have just spent a couple of days in New York City. Returning to Virginia on Wednesday morning, I had a somewhat strange experience. I cleared through my emails before leaving the hotel and also read through a number of the featured news articles. One, in particular, caught my eye. It described how the Democratic…

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Saudi Arabia’s Religious Diplomacy Targets Jerusalem

  Saudi Arabia’s Religious Diplomacy Targets Jerusalem

A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony that risks deepening divides in the Muslim world. The effort also serves to support Donald J. Trump’s plan for a resolution of…

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American Jews Ditch Israeli Birthright Trip to Join Anti-Occupation Hebron Tour

  American Jews Ditch Israeli Birthright Trip to Join Anti-Occupation Hebron Tour

HEBRON, OCCUPIED PALESTINE — Five American Jews, who were visiting Israel as part of the Birthright Israel program, ditched the trip yesterday in protest. Instead of continuing on with the trip’s planned itinerary, on the eighth day of their trip the five Americans joined Breaking the Silence, an anti-occupation army veteran’s group, on a tour…

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