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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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New Report Looks at Israeli Arms Trade, Gaza Crackdown

    New Report Looks at Israeli Arms Trade, Gaza Crackdown

A new report by Israeli activists on the technology and weapons deployed by the Israeli army in repressing the Palestinian “Great March of Return” protests charges that the Gaza Strip is seen as a “a lab and a showroom” for the country’s arms manufacturers. The report was produced by Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP) and the…

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Report: US Arab Allies Back Kushner-Adelson Effort to Force “Peace” Plan on Palestine

  Report: US Arab Allies Back Kushner-Adelson Effort to Force “Peace” Plan on Palestine

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt are supporting Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” aimed at brokering peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), according to a report published in Israel’s largest newspaper. The report, published in Israel Hayom, asserts that the four countries told Jared…

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With Pence and Netanyahu Meetings, Indonesia Signals Shift to Saudi-Israeli Fold

  With Pence and Netanyahu Meetings, Indonesia Signals Shift to Saudi-Israeli Fold

Yahya Staquf, a diminutive, soft-spoken leader of Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest Muslim movement, and Indonesian president Joko Widodo’s advisor on religious affairs, has held a series of meetings in recent weeks that reflect the Muslim world’s shifting attitudes towards Israel and the Palestinians and a re-alignment of socially conservative Muslim and Christian interests. Just…

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Jeremy Corbyn Says Future Labour Government Would Recognize Palestine as State

  Jeremy Corbyn Says Future Labour Government Would Recognize Palestine as State

AMMAN, JORDAN – The leader of the U.K. Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, officially announced on Friday that the U.K. would recognize Palestine as a state under a future Labour government. Corbyn, speaking in Jordan during his first trip to the region since becoming party leader in 2015, stated that the recognition of a Palestinian state…

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The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance

  The Entire Western World Lives In Cognitive Dissonance

Let us begin with the family separation issue. The separation of children from immigrant/refugee/asylum parents has caused such public outcry that President Trump has backed off his policy and signed an executive order terminating family separation. The horror of children locked up in warehouses operated by private businesses making a profit off of US taxpayers,…

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Latin America Embraces BDS as Chilean City Becomes First to Join Boycott of Israel

  Latin America Embraces BDS as Chilean City Becomes First to Join Boycott of Israel

VALDIVIA, CHILE – Last Tuesday, in the wake of recent victories for the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS) movement elsewhere in Latin America, Valdivia, a relatively small city in southern Chile, became the first city in all of Latin America to officially join the boycott against Israel for its apartheid policies, military occupation of the West…

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The Real Story Behind Israel’s “Blooming Desert”

  The Real Story Behind Israel’s “Blooming Desert”

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – It has often been said that Israel, since its establishment in 1948, has presided over the “miracle” of making the country’s “desert bloom.” That heavily promoted narrative — which asserts that the Palestinians have long lacked the capacity, knowledge or desire to properly develop agriculture in the region — has often…

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