Hitham’s Tale

Hitham’s Tale

Just two weeks ago, Gazans were pummeled once again by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). With its mighty arsenal of drones, fighter jets, and cruise missiles, the IDF is the most powerful military machine in the region. Its capability is further augmented by steadfast...
Today Is A Good Day To Break Up with Your Mega Bank

Today Is A Good Day To Break Up with Your Mega Bank

Last week’s announcement that the Obama administration had reached a $25 billion settlement with five of the nation’s largest banks over charges of systemic and widespread mortgage fraud does not mean you should keep your relationship with those banks...

Israel’s Tax-Deductible Occupation

Cross-posted from Mondoweiss. There are good NGOs and bad NGOs in Tel Aviv’s eyes. The new Likud-Yisrael Beitenu NGO funding legislation is aimed at the bad ones. Bad ones criticize the Occupation. Good ones help it along. This bill will limit and tax foreign...

A Silver Lining for Palestine?

At IPS Special Project Right Web, Samer Araabi writes: For decades, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been mired in stalemate. Countless peace overtures over the past 30 years have fallen apart for one reason or another, and the basis for many of these...

800-Pound Gorilla Straggles After Israeli Protesters

At his blog South Jerusalem, Gershom Gorenberg writes: The question of the week last week was: Would the protests fade or grow? … On Saturday night, the moment I got to downtown Jerusalem, I knew: The previous week’s demonstrations had been a warm-up act....

Obama, Israel, and the 1967 Borders

“There is nothing new,” says New Internationalism Director Phyllis Bennis about Obama’s plan for the Middle East. In fact, this speech kept in line with the Israel position that the Palestinean state will have to give up the land of the settlements,...
Obama Surrenders on Settlements

Obama Surrenders on Settlements

The recent U.S. veto of a UN Security Council resolution denouncing Israel’s settlement policy is a tragicomic way for the Obama administration to abandon its claim to global leadership. But that is what Ambassador Susan Rice’s “nay” vote on...

Sometimes a Veto Means Victory

Sometimes a Security Council vote can mean a victory for human rights no matter which side wins. Today’s vote on a resolution mildly condemning Israeli settlement activity is one example. If the U.S. had voted for the resolution, or even abstained and allowed...

Washington Draws a Line in the Sand on Settlements — With Palestine

It’s tough being a naked superpower when the caterpillars munch away your fig leaf. In real terms it makes Chamberlain at Munich look like a stickler for principle. The President and Secretary of State of the United States have been pleading and pressuring over...
Is There a Method to Israel’s Settlement Madness?

Is There a Method to Israel’s Settlement Madness?

‘Systems heads’ confronted by seemingly illogical situations like to pose the question, ‘Is there another way to see this?’ And hardly anywhere is there a better place to pose that than in the continuing expansion of Israeli...

Israel’s Settlement Freeze Is Over…So What?

Ten months ago Israel agreed to a U.S. request (Washington never demands) for a freeze in new settlement construction in the occupied West Bank. What they got wasn’t really a freeze, more a slight cooling. They called it a moratorium. And that moratorium expired...

Armed Sprawl

Clear away, for the moment, the repression, the bombings, the rocket attacks, the fence, the religions, the national aspirations and resentments — and just take a closer look at Israel and the West Bank. It’s not hard to do. Open Google Earth and cruise...

Washington Must Pressure Israel to Stop Illegal Settlements

“Insulting” is how Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described Israel’s treatment of Vice President Joe Biden during his recent trip to Israel, to support peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. It’s hard to dispute that...

Obama’s Right Turn?

In many respects, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has played right into the hands of cynics who have long doubted his promises to create a new and more progressive role for the United States in the world. The very morning after the last...

Broken Peace Process

There’s little reason to hope for a breakthrough at the Middle East peace summit in Annapolis, unless there is a fundamental shift in U.S. policy in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And there’s little evidence to suggest such a change is...