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The Palestinian Christian Population Is Dwindling at an Alarming Rate

    The Palestinian Christian Population Is Dwindling at an Alarming Rate

The world’s most ancient Christian community is moving elsewhere, and the reason for this is Israel. Christian leaders from Palestine and South Africa sounded the alarm at a conference in Johannesburg on October 15. Their gathering was titled: “The Holy Land: A Palestinian Christian Perspective.” One major issue that highlighted itself at the meetings is…

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Palestine Lecture Proceeds as Milan Students Stand Up To Zionist Attempt to Block It

    Palestine Lecture Proceeds as Milan Students Stand Up To Zionist Attempt to Block It

MILAN, ITALY  — My lecture at the University of Milan was scheduled for the afternoon of October 9, 2019. That morning the university president, pressured by a local Zionist group, decided to cancel the lecture. The excuse given was that the lecture was scheduled on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur and this offended the…

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The Last Lifeline: The Real Reason Mahmoud Abbas Called for Palestinian Elections

    The Last Lifeline: The Real Reason Mahmoud Abbas Called for Palestinian Elections

On September 26, Abbas took on the world’s most important political platform, the United Nations General Assembly, to call for “general elections in Palestine – in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip”.  The Palestinian leader prefaced his announcement with a lofty emphasis on the centrality of democracy in his thinking. “From…

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UK Labour’s Annual Conference Reveals an Ongoing Struggle for the Party’s Soul

    UK Labour’s Annual Conference Reveals an Ongoing Struggle for the Party’s Soul

BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM — Once again this lovely city sitting on the English Channel hosted the UK Labour Party Conference, and once again I had the good fortune to be there. Both heroes and villains were to be found in the saga that today makes up the UK Labour Party, and if there were an…

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Remembering Hisham Ahmed: Activist, Professor and Palestinian Powerhouse

  Remembering Hisham Ahmed: Activist, Professor and Palestinian Powerhouse

Hisham Ahmed was born in Deheisheh refugee camp on the outskirts of Bethlehem, Palestine in 1963.  Blind from birth, Hisham somehow surmounted all odds and ultimately earned a Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He taught for many years at Birzeit University in Palestine, before coming to Saint Mary’s College of California…

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Israeli Apartheid Made Official: Annexation is the New Reality in Palestine

  Israeli Apartheid Made Official: Annexation is the New Reality in Palestine

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is moving quickly to alter the political reality in Palestine, and facing little or no resistance.  On September 10, Netanyahu declared his intentions to annex swathes of Palestinian land adjacent to the Jordan River, an area that covers 2,400 square kilometers, or nearly a third of the Occupied West Bank.…

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Bassam Shakaa: The Making of a Palestinian ‘Organic Intellectual’

  Bassam Shakaa: The Making of a Palestinian ‘Organic Intellectual’

It would be unfair to claim that Palestine has not produced great leaders. It has, and Bassam Shakaa, the former Mayor of Nablus, who passed away on July 22 at the age of 89, was living proof of this.  The supposed deficit in good Palestinian leadership can be attributed to the fact that many great…

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The Book of Palestine: National Liberation vs Endless Negotiations

  The Book of Palestine: National Liberation vs Endless Negotiations

Those who are still hoping that the new American agenda on Palestine and Israel is temporary, or reversible, should abandon this false hope. Washington’s complete adoption of Israel’s messianic, extremist policies regarding Occupied Palestine has been a long time in the making. And it is here to stay.  Despite the unmistakable clarity in the American…

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Africa and Palestine: A Noble Legacy That Must Never Be Betrayed

  Africa and Palestine: A Noble Legacy That Must Never Be Betrayed

Europe’s “Scramble for Africa” began in earnest in 1881, but never ended. The attempt at dominating the continent using old and new strategies continues to define the western relationship with this rich continent.  This reality was further validated when I arrived in Nairobi, Kenya on June 23. Although my objective was to address various Kenyan…

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Palestine and Kenya: Our Historic Fight against Injustice Is One and the Same

  Palestine and Kenya: Our Historic Fight against Injustice Is One and the Same

In 1948, my grandfather, along with thousands of Badrasawis, was expelled by Israeli military forces from our ancestral village of Beit Daras in Palestine.  Like hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from over 500 other villages, my grandfather assumed he would be back home in a few weeks. “Why bother to haul the good blankets on…

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