Israel

Manhattan terror trial vs. PLO: The hypocrisy of imperialist justice

By Tom Carter, 2 March 2015

If the PA and the PLO can be held liable in US courts for $655.5 million, the bill owed by the United States and Israel should run into the trillions.

Netanyahu exploits Islamist attacks on European Jews

By Jean Shaoul, 24 February 2015

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has mounted a hysterical campaign in the Israeli media, claiming that Jews can never be safe in Europe.

UN survey documents Israeli war crimes in Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 18 February 2015

Israel’s war on Gaza last summer killed at least 2,205 Palestinians, including 540 children, according to UN estimates.

Israel threatens war following clashes with Hezbollah

By Thomas Gaist, 29 January 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that the world should “look at what happened in the Gaza Strip” as a model for what Israel plans in Lebanon and Syria.

Syria strike caps Israel’s provocations in Middle East

By Chris Marsden, 21 January 2015

Israel’s air strike follows its denunciations of the International Criminal Court’s decision to launch a preliminary investigation into possible war crimes in Palestine.

Canada’s foreign minister greeted by protests on Mideast tour

By Roger Jordan, 21 January 2015

Palestinians angered by Ottawa’s full-throated support for Israeli aggression pelted eggs and shoes at Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister when he visited the West Bank.

Israel blocks funds of Palestinian Authority

By Jean Shaoul, 6 January 2015

The Israeli moves are designed to bully into submission the cash-strapped PA, upon which many Palestinians depend for their livelihoods.

Palestinian Authority signs up to International Criminal Court

By Jean Shaoul, 3 January 2015

The move by Abbas and his Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority, backed by the Arab regimes, is a last-ditch attempt to preserve their credibility.

Murder of Palestinian minister is latest Israeli provocation

By Jean Shaoul, 13 December 2014

The killing of Palestinian Authority Minister Ziad Abu Ein took place just days after Prime Minister Netanyahu called an early election for next March.

Israeli bombing of Syria threatens wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2014

The latest bombing raids took place amid fresh reports of Israeli aid to the Islamist “rebels” inside Syria.

Israeli prime minister Netanyahu calls March 2015 general election

By Jean Shaoul, 8 December 2014

Netanyahu called the general election for March 17, appealing for the support of ultra-nationalist and religious parties.

Netanyahu’s “Jewish nation” bill enshrines an apartheid-style constitution

By Jean Shaoul, 1 December 2014

The “Jewish nation” bill sets the scene for far greater discrimination against the Palestinian population within Israel.

Israel steps up repression against Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 24 November 2014

The latest crackdown follows last week’s killing of four rabbis and a policeman in a synagogue in West Jerusalem.

Israel’s Netanyahu threatens clampdown after synagogue killing

By Jean Shaoul, 19 November 2014

The attack and Israel’s response portend a wider conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel committed war crimes in Gaza, Amnesty International finds

By Jean Shaoul, 10 November 2014

Amnesty detailed eight instances in which people’s homes were attacked with large aerial bombs without warning, resulting in the deaths of at least 104 civilians, including 62 children.

Israeli provocations ignite growing Palestinian revolt in Jerusalem

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2014

Israel has launched a major security crackdown in East Jerusalem following the shooting of a right-wing Zionist known for staging provocations at the Al-Aqsa mosque.

UN envoy: Destruction in Gaza “truly shocking”

By Jean Shaoul, 25 September 2014

Following Israel’s 50-day war against a defenceless civilian population, most of Gaza’s 1.8 million inhabitants are now dependent on food aid.

The witch-hunting of Steven Salaita and the new McCarthyism

By Bill Van Auken, 23 September 2014

The political victimization of Salaita in the name of “democracy” is another chilling warning that core democratic rights, including academic freedom, are incompatible with a society dominated by social inequality and the drive to war.

Israeli security service reservists refuse to conspire against Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 18 September 2014

The refusal of the 43 reservists is the latest expression of growing opposition within Israel to the repression of the Palestinian people.

Savage cuts in Israel follow Gaza war

By Jean Shaoul, 8 September 2014

While the Israeli working class faces more austerity, the Palestinian Authority has estimated that the reconstruction of Gaza will cost about $7.8 billion.

Netanyahu indicates Gaza ceasefire paves way for wider war

By Jean Shaoul, 1 September 2014

Netanyahu has faced criticism from within his Likud party and his coalition government for calling off military action short of his declared intention of obliterating Hamas and without consulting his security cabinet.

Gaza truce sets stage for deepening of crisis in Israel

By Barry Grey, 28 August 2014

The indecisive manner in which the latest Gaza war has apparently concluded—leaving a horrific toll of death and destruction among the Palestinians and an unusually high number of dead Israeli soldiers—has left large sections of the Israeli population questioning what the war was all about and why it was waged.

Indefinite ceasefire commences in Gaza

By Peter Symonds, 27 August 2014

While the truce holds out the prospect of an end to Israel’s one-sided war on Gaza, the Israeli military remains poised to resume action at the slightest pretext.

More Israeli crimes against Palestinians

Killings in Gaza, arrests on West Bank

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2014

Israeli air strikes killed another 26 in Gaza Thursday, including three top Hamas leaders.

Israel resumes assault on Gaza

By Bill Van Auken, 20 August 2014

Netanyahu ordered the Israeli delegation to withdraw from truce talks in Cairo.

Gaza truce extended but Israel refuses to end blockade

By Mike Head, 14 August 2014

Backed by the Obama administration, the Israeli government is insisting on the continuation of the ghetto-like conditions it has imposed in Gaza.

The use of archaeology in Jerusalem as a political weapon

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 August 2014

The actions taken by some Israeli archaeologists operating in East Jerusalem have been heavily criticized for using a selective view of history in order to marginalize local Palestinian communities and drive them from their homes.

Israel rejects calls to lift Gaza blockade

By Peter Symonds, 12 August 2014

A month of Israeli attacks has compounded the hardships confronting the Palestinian population of 1.8 million.

Israel resumes indiscriminate killings in Gaza

By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2014

Israeli air strikes and artillery fire killed at least five Palestinians Friday, including a child.

Oppose the Israeli assault on Gaza!

Resolution of the SEP Third National Congress

9 August 2014

This resolution was adopted unanimously by the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in the United States.

New Snowden leak highlights collaboration between NSA and Israeli intelligence

By Nick Barrickman, 6 August 2014

The NSA and Israeli ISNU cooperate to share and analyze data on governments throughout the Middle East.

Israel Defense Forces soldiers condemn destruction of Gaza

By Matthew MacEgan, 6 August 2014

IDF company sergeant Eran Efrati published details on social media last week concerning the intentional targeting of civilians by Israeli soldiers in Gaza.

Gaza death toll climbs over 1,800

By Peter Symonds, 5 August 2014

The latest 72-hour ceasefire could evaporate just as quickly as the last.

The slaughter in Gaza: A warning to the international working class

By Peter Symonds, 4 August 2014

The war crimes being carried out in Gaza today are the most brutal expression of what is being prepared against the international working class.

Israel intensifies Gaza slaughter after ceasefire collapses

By Peter Symonds, 2 August 2014

Confident of Washington’s backing, the Israeli government was never serious about abiding by the ceasefire or entering talks with Palestinian factions in Egypt.

Israel calls up more troops to join Gaza slaughter

By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2014

The death toll among Palestinians is nearing 1,500, including more than 300 children.

Gaza braces for new onslaught as Israel vows to expand war

By Bill Van Auken, 29 July 2014

Netanyahu brushed aside UN and US appeals for an unconditional ceasefire, vowing to escalate and prolong the slaughter in Gaza.

Thousands in Israel protest against Gaza bombardment

By Nick Barrickman, 29 July 2014

The protests against war give the lie to the Israeli government claims that its actions are supported by the vast majority of Israeli society.

Internationally renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim speaks out in sympathy with the Palestinians

By Fred Mazelis, 29 July 2014

The world-famous conductor and pianist speaks for millions around the world, including many people in Israel itself.

Israel resumes its onslaught on Gaza

By James Cogan, 28 July 2014

Netanyahu’s government has refused to even entertain Hamas’s terms for an end to the carnage.

Israel rejects Kerry’s Gaza ceasefire

By Bill Van Auken, 26 July 2014

The unanimous vote of the Israeli security cabinet signaled that Tel Aviv intends to expand the massacre of Palestinians.

The Gaza war crimes and the bankruptcy of nationalism

By The WSWS International Editorial Board, 25 July 2014

What is required is a political perspective that can unite the working class of all religious and ethnic backgrounds in a common struggle for socialist internationalism.

Kerry’s diplomacy aids Israeli bloodbath in Gaza

By Barry Grey, 23 July 2014

The US-led diplomatic offensive gives Israel a green light to continue its mass killing. It serves as a political accompaniment to Tel Aviv’s military violence.

Israeli bombs kill nearly 600 Palestinians

Gaza death toll doubles in four days

By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2014

Entire family groups have been slaughtered by indiscriminate Israeli bombing and shelling of the densely populated territory.

UK: Leeds protest against Gaza war condemns BBC blackout

By our reporters, 22 July 2014

Demonstrators on the protest in Leeds, West Yorkshire carried placards saying “BBC=British Brainwashing Channel” and shouted “We are all Palestinians now.”

The assault on Gaza: A historic crime

By Patrick Martin and Barry Grey, 21 July 2014

In its long and bloody history of aggression, Israel in the past four days has crossed a fundamental line. Its actions in Gaza are those of a society in a state of political and moral disintegration.

Israeli forces slaughter hundreds in weekend blitz in Gaza

By James Cogan, 21 July 2014

Large numbers of civilians in Shuja’iya were caught in the shelling and fighting.

Protests in Israel against Gaza war

By Jean Shaoul, 21 July 2014

More than 400 people have been killed in Gaza, many of them children, and another 3,000 injured while thousands more have been forced to flee their homes.

French Socialist Party government attacks anti-Gaza war protests

By Kumaran Ira, 21 July 2014

The PS government is banning and attacking protests against the mass murder carried out by the Israeli state in Gaza.

London rally draws tens of thousands to protest Gaza invasion

By our reporters, 21 July 2014

The London protest, called under the banner of “justice and freedom” for Palestine, chanted slogans including “Stop Israel’s war crimes” and “End Israeli Apartheid”.

Australia: Demonstrators denounce Israeli invasion of Gaza

By our reporters, 21 July 2014

“If the Palestinian people don’t have a voice, we have to give them a voice.”

US-backed Israeli invasion of Gaza unleashes death and destruction

By Bill Van Auken, 19 July 2014

The operations of armored columns and tens of thousands of troops in the densely populated Gaza Strip have sent the numbers of dead and wounded soaring.

US networks remove reporters critical of Israeli attack on Gaza

By Barry Grey, 19 July 2014

On two consecutive days this week, journalists reporting from the Gaza war zone who evinced less than unquestioning support for Israel were removed by US television network executives.

Oppose the Israeli invasion of Gaza

By Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 18 July 2014

The aim of the offensive is to carry out mass killings and inflict mass destruction, leaving Gaza a smoking ruin.

Backed by Obama, Israeli leaders threaten Gaza invasion

By Mike Head, 17 July 2014

The Israeli government is preparing a full-scale ground assault, confident of Washington’s full support.

After phony cease-fire, Israel vows to intensify Gaza bloodbath

By Bill Van Auken, 16 July 2014

The Netanyahu government has seized on Hamas’s failure to immediately observe a cease-fire about which it was never consulted as the pretext for escalating its one-sided war against Gaza.

Israeli war crimes in Gaza provoke global outrage

By Patrick Martin, 15 July 2014

The Israeli government admits to deliberately targeting mosques, hospitals, schools and private homes in its war against the Palestinian people.

Detroit protesters oppose Israeli assault on Gaza

By Tom Hall, 15 July 2014

Hundreds marched through downtown Detroit demanding an end to the Israeli bombing of Gaza.

Israel escalates attack on Gaza

By James Cogan, 14 July 2014

Israel is openly targeting the private homes of officials and leading members of the Islamist Hamas organisation, regardless of who is residing in them.

The toxic crisis of Israeli society

By Barry Grey, 12 July 2014

There is a close connection between the violence being carried out by the Israeli government in Gaza and the emergence of fascistic elements within Israel capable of brutally murdering an innocent Palestinian youth.

Israel warns of imminent ground invasion of Gaza

By Mike Head, 11 July 2014

The Israeli offensive is being intensified with the clear backing of the Obama administration.

New York protesters demand end to Israeli assault on Gaza

By a WSWS reporting team, 11 July 2014

Thousands marched in front of the Israeli Mission to the UN as the Israeli bombardment intensified.

Death toll mounts in Israeli attacks on Gaza

By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2014

At least 63 Palestinians have been killed since Sunday, the vast majority of them civilians, including more than a dozen children.

Air strikes kill civilians as Israel prepares new Gaza bloodbath

By Bill Van Auken, 9 July 2014

The Israeli blitz against the densely populated neighborhoods of Gaza has been politically prepared by weeks of anti-Palestinian incitement.

Israel calls up reserves, threatens to escalate attacks on Gaza

By Barry Grey, 8 July 2014

The United States quickly sided with Israel in the deepening confrontation with the Palestinians.

Palestinian unrest spreads across Israel

By Patrick Martin, 7 July 2014

Police have arrested six right-wing Israeli Jews, including several residents of illegal West Bank settlements, in the gruesome murder of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khudair.

Israeli police savagely beat Palestinian-American youth

By our reporter, 7 July 2014

The videotaped beating is an irrefutable demonstration of official Israeli violence and racism.

Thousands demonstrate at funeral of slain Palestinian youth

By Barry Grey, 5 July 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said he would delay any major military escalation for 24 hours while cease-fire talks with Hamas continued.

Israel bombs Gaza Strip, masses army on border

By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2014

The military mobilization around Gaza is the largest since Israel’s last full-scale attack on the Palestinian territory in 2012.

Murder of Palestinian youth sparks unrest in Jerusalem

By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2014

When the murder of Muhammad Khudair became public knowledge Wednesday, Palestinian youth took to streets of the Shuafat and Beit Hanina neighborhoods of East Jerusalem.

As thousands mourn murdered teenagers

Israeli government prepares onslaught against Palestinian people

By James Cogan, 2 July 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has seized on the tragic death of the young men as the pretext for escalating Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.

Israel attacks Palestinian territories after bodies of missing youth discovered

By James Cogan, 1 July 2014

From the time the boys disappeared, Netanyahu and his government shamelessly exploited their fate.

Israel stoking conflict in Iraq, Iran, Syria and the Occupied Territories

By Chris Marsden, 25 June 2014

In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Netanyahu gave a frank insight into the politically criminal thinking of the Israeli ruling elite.

Australian shift on East Jerusalem provokes diplomatic furore

By Peter Symonds, 25 June 2014

The Abbott government’s stance may well point to a wider shift taking place in ruling circles, particularly in the US, on the status of occupied Palestinian territories.

Former Israeli PM Olmert sentenced to jail

By Jean Shaoul, 22 May 2014

The conviction and sentencing of the former prime minister is evidence of the deep decay of Israeli democracy.

Israel halts peace talks over Palestinian reconciliation deal

By Jean Shaoul, 29 April 2014

The rival Palestinian bourgeois parties, Fatah and Hamas, announced a “reconciliation” agreement to form an interim government and hold elections.

Israel air strikes on Syrian military raise Mideast tensions

By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2014

One Syrian soldier was killed and seven injured in the ninth Israeli military strike across its borders in the past month.

Israel backs far-right coup in Ukraine

By Jean Shaoul, 18 March 2014

The Israeli government is supporting the fascist-led coup in Ukraine and keeping silent on the role of neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic forces.

Unions betray Israel’s Hadassah hospital strike

By Jean Shaoul, 26 February 2014

The bitter two-week dispute at Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital won broad popular support at a time of other hospital closures in Jerusalem and elsewhere.

Australian Labor Party defends its “heartfelt” celebration of Ariel Sharon

By Patrick O’Connor, 14 February 2014

Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek denounced the insinuation that her praise for the Israeli war criminal was not genuine.

Australian documentary reveals Israeli torture of Palestinian youth

By Will Morrow, 13 February 2014

The policy is aimed at terrorising the Palestinian population and suppressing any opposition to the Israeli occupation.

Sharon’s funeral pays homage to war criminal

By Mike Head, 14 January 2014

The whitewashing of Sharon’s record is bound up with the fact that the criminal methods he employed have been openly adopted by Washington and its allies.

Ariel Sharon, war criminal (February 26, 1928-January 11, 2014)

By Jean Shaoul, 13 January 2014

Sharon is justly reviled by millions for his policies of provocation, murder and ethnic cleansing.

Mass protests by migrants and asylum seekers in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 9 January 2014

Asylum seekers began a three-day strike at restaurants, hotels, and other workplaces throughout the country.

One in five Israelis lives in poverty

By Barry Mason, 8 January 2014

The report noted the persistence of poverty among poor Israeli families with children, with around two-thirds of such families being in long term poverty.

Lebanon destabilised by Chatah assassination

By Jean Shaoul, 30 December 2013

The killing of former Lebanese Finance Minister Mohamad Chatah underscores the threat of war that has spread throughout the region.

US academics approve boycott of Israeli universities

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2013

Members of the American Studies Association approved by a two-thirds majority a boycott of all Israeli academic institutions.

Israel’s Netanyahu weakened by US shift on Iran/Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 7 December 2013

It is the fear that Tehran could become a crucial US ally whose usefulness would outweigh Israel's own that lies behind Netanyahu’s rage over the Geneva deal.

In Israel, French President Hollande takes bellicose stance against Iran

By Kumaran Ira, 22 November 2013

Hollande assured the Israeli regime that France will continue to take an aggressive line against Iran and across the entire Middle East.

The assassination of Yasser Arafat

By Jean Shaoul, 16 November 2013

The Bush administration backed Israel to the hilt, vetoing a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s decision to get rid of Arafat.

Tests show Yasser Arafat was poisoned with polonium

By Jean Shaoul, 8 November 2013

After Israel’s bombing of his offices in Ramallah in 2002, Arafat was kept a virtual prisoner until his strange and sudden illness.

Israeli warplanes strike targets inside Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 2 November 2013

The strikes targeted military installations near Latakia and Damascus in an apparent attempt to destroy anti-aircraft missile systems.

Lancet report supports accusation that Yasser Arafat was poisoned

By Jean Shaoul, 21 October 2013

The exhumation of the body of Arafat, came after longstanding rumours that he had been poisoned.

Obama, Netanyahu stress war against Iran “still on the table”

By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2013

At a White House meeting largely overshadowed by the threat of a US government shutdown, Netanyahu pressed Obama to maintain sanctions and military threats against Iran.

Israel’s Netanyahu rails against US-Iran talks, but others see opportunities

By Jean Shaoul, 25 September 2013

The Israeli government has claimed for months that Syria’s Assad regime is using chemical weapons, attempting to help provide Washington with a casus belli.

Israel plans mass evictions of Bedouins

By Jean Shaoul, 19 September 2013

The Prawer-Begin plan that is to be signed into law by the Israeli Knesset will dispossess nearly 40,000 Bedouins of their historical lands.

Israel attacks Russian plan for Syria’s chemical weapons

By Jean Shaoul, 16 September 2013

To provide Washington with a casus belli, Israel has for months claimed that Syria’s Assad regime is using chemical weapons.

US condemnation of chemical weapons use not applied to Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 14 September 2013

Not only does Israel have the largest stockpile of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in the Middle East, it has also used them in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon.

NSA feeds raw intelligence data to Israel

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2013

A secret memo reveals that the NSA is funneling raw intelligence data, including information from intercepted communications of US citizens, to Israeli intelligence.

The Law in These Parts: Israeli military justice in the Occupied Territories

Available on PBS online until September 18

By Kevin Kearney, 12 September 2013

Ra’anan Alexandrowicz’s The Law in These Parts deals with the Israeli military legal system in the Occupied Territories on the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip over the last 45 years. It is available online at PBS’s POV until September 18.