Did the Israeli Prison System Claim Another Palestinian Victim?

Did the Israeli Prison System Claim Another Palestinian Victim?

Prisoners in Israel’s Ramon Prison recently rose up in protest for fellow inmate Maisara Abu Hamdiyeh, who died of throat cancer on April 2. Attributing his death to a late diagnosis and improper medical treatment, protesters are also being heard throughout...
Syria: Chess Match Turned Free-for-All

Syria: Chess Match Turned Free-for-All

In some ways the Syrian civil war resembles a proxy chess match between supporters of the Bashar al-Assad regime—Iran, Iraq, Russia and China—and its opponents—Turkey, the oil monarchies, the U.S., Britain and France. But the current conflict only...
Key Fact Suppressed in the Israel-Turkey Reconciliation Story

Key Fact Suppressed in the Israel-Turkey Reconciliation Story

Certain facts simply do not find purchase in the Western corporate press. A seemingly minor example is furnished in the latest round of reporting on the 2010 Israeli naval assault on the Mavi Marmara vessel. The basic facts are circulating as background for the just...
Hey Congress: Sequester Apartheid!

Hey Congress: Sequester Apartheid!

It has been roughly a month since the first $85 billion of Congress’ across-the-board “sequestration” cuts started to impact the daily lives of Americans. Parents are dealing with Head Start programs shutting down; patients are worrying about their...
“The Gatekeepers”: “We Became Cruel”

“The Gatekeepers”: “We Became Cruel”

Cross-posted from the Colorado Progressive Jewish News. A good place to start this review is at the end, the very end of The Gatekeepers, the Israeli documentary by Droh Moreh that was nominated for best documentary feature at the 85th Academy Awards. Just before the...

With Bus Segregation Israeli Apartheid Becomes More Blatant

Israel’s continued disregard for Palestinians is yet again highlighted in its latest segregation of the region’s bus system—modern day apartheid at its finest. Especially problematic is the fact that the bus system is a public service and under law...
Obama’s Chance to Renew the Peace Process

Obama’s Chance to Renew the Peace Process

President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to the Middle East presents an opportunity to move the dormant Palestinian-Israeli peace process forward. If he’s serious about making progress, the president should take into account how dispute resolution works in...
Is A New US Role in the Middle East Possible?

Is A New US Role in the Middle East Possible?

IPS Fellow and director of IPS’ New Internationalism Project, Phyllis Bennis will give the keynote address for “Expose AIPAC” teach-in and protests under the theme, “Is A New US Role in the Middle East Possible? Can We Put Principles Before...
Did Arafat Jaradat Die Under Interrogation?

Did Arafat Jaradat Die Under Interrogation?

On Saturday, Palestinian prisoner Arafat Jaradat died from wounds suffered while being held in an Israeli prison. Israeli officials claimed Jaradat died from a heart attack but now say the autopsy evidence is inconclusive. Palestinian officials determined his death...
Israel Sees Syrian Civil War as Blow to “Iran-Hezbollah Axis”

Israel Sees Syrian Civil War as Blow to “Iran-Hezbollah Axis”

Now that the dust has settled—literally and figuratively—from Israel’s Jan. 29 air attack on Syria, the question is, why? According to Tel Aviv, the bombing was aimed at preventing the transfer of sophisticated Russian SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles to...

Exactly Why Is President Obama Going to Israel?

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he and U.S. President Barak Obama have agreed that when the U.S. President visits Israel they would discuss “three main issues … Iran’s attempt to arm itself with nuclear weapons, the unstable...
Israel’s Pointless Attack on Syria

Israel’s Pointless Attack on Syria

Israel’s recent air strike on one of Syria’s premier military research centers came as no surprise to those monitoring the spiraling turn of events in the Levant over the last few months. After all, in the days and weeks running up to the audacious attack,...
The Depths of Malaise in Palestine

The Depths of Malaise in Palestine

When talking about peace in Israel-Palestine, it is easy to narrow the conversation to the leaders who are responsible for making it. Over the past few years, there have been numerous profiles in newspapers and profiles in magazines attempting to document the two men...