By Bill Van Auken, 17 May 2011
The Obama administration’s reaction to Israel’s massacre of unarmed Palestinian protesters on its borders underscores the hypocrisy of those ascribing “humanitarian” motives to Washington’s predatory policy in the region.
By Patrick O’Connor, 16 May 2011
Israeli soldiers yesterday killed at least 15 Palestinians and wounded many more as they suppressed protests held at border posts facing Syria, Lebanon and Gaza to mark the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the Zionist state.
By Jean Shaoul, 28 April 2011
The co-authors of the United Nations Gaza report, known as the Goldstone Report, have issued a statement vigorously defending their findings.
By Jean Shaoul, 13 April 2011
For more than a week, Israel mounted frequent aerial attacks on Gaza’s defenceless population, killing at least 25 and wounding dozens more.
By Jean Shaoul, 6 April 2011
The op-ed piece in Friday’s Washington Post by Judge Richard Goldstone presents an unedifying spectacle.
By Jean Shaoul, 26 March 2011
On Wednesday, a bomb exploded at a stop by the main bus station in Jerusalem, killing a 59-year-old British woman and wounding at least 24 other people.
By Jean Shaoul, 26 February 2011
The Obama administration was forced to use its veto to block a resolution at the United Nations Security Council condemning Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories as an obstacle to peace.
By Jean Shaoul, 22 February 2011
Israel has responded belligerently to Iran’s sending of two warships through Egypt’s Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea, calling it a provocation and threatening retaliatory action.
By Chris Marsden, 17 February 2011
Nowhere is fear of the implications of the popular upsurge of the Egyptian people more acute than in the Israeli ruling class.
By Jean Shaoul, 16 February 2011
Within days of calling for a general strike, Histadrut, Israel’s federation of trade unions, has called it off in return for some minor concessions from the Netanyahu government.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 February 2011
Inspired by the Egyptian people’s overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, protests continued to spread in the Middle East on Monday, as Washington scrambled to reassure Israel and pro-US regimes in the region of its continued support.
By Jean Shaoul, 11 February 2011
The right-wing Israeli government of Benyamin Netanyahu has been shaken by the mass demonstrations engulfing Egypt and growing social opposition in Israel.
By Patrick Martin, 9 February 2011
Diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show Suleiman’s collaboration in repression of the Palestinians and torture of CIA prisoners
By Jean Shaoul, 29 January 2011
Secret documents show that Britain’s intelligence service, MI6, and civil servants played a key role in crushing all opposition by militant groups to Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2011
The so-called Palestine papers provide documentary confirmation of what is becoming plain to millions of Palestinians: the nationalist project of building an independent Palestinian state has become transformed into a new means of oppression.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2011
The release of some 1,700 secret documents has exposed the so-called peace process as a criminal farce, part of a permanent US-Israeli conspiracy against the basic rights of the Palestinian people.
By Jean Shaoul, 3 January 2011
A classified cable from the US embassy in Beirut has revealed how Lebanon’s ruling March 14 alliance discussed with the US its preparations for a military attack by Israel against its rival Hezbollah.
By Jean Shaoul, 29 December 2010
A cable released by WikiLeaks has revealed that members of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah party asked Israel to attack its rival Hamas.
By Jean Shaoul and Ann Talbot, 20 December 2010
The US government has dropped its demand that Israel halt the building of new Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
By Jean Shaoul, 14 December 2010
Israel’s government is to build a detention centre to hold up to 10,000 refugees who arrive every year, until their asylum requests have been rejected and they can be expelled.
By Jean Shaoul, 9 December 2010
At least 42 people have died in fires that swept through the forests on Mount Carmel near Haifa, Israel’s third largest city, ravaging an area of more than 30 square kilometres.
By Jean Shaoul, 16 November 2010
The Israeli authorities are working to prevent a fair trial in the civil suit filed against the state of Israel over the unlawful killing of Rachel Corrie.
By Jean Shaoul, 10 November 2010
Last May, Israel was admitted to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, underscoring its transformation into an advanced economy. But its wealth has benefited only a narrow social layer.
By Jean Shaoul, 4 November 2010
The Israeli cabinet is to bring in legislation requiring those applying for Israeli citizenship to pledge their loyalty to “the state of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state”.
By Jean Shaoul, 30 September 2010
The refusal of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to break off US-brokered talks following Israel’s resumption of settlement construction on the West Bank confirms his role as a pliant tool of Washington.
By Robert Stevens, 8 September 2010
Washington’s real aim in convening the talks between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Abbas is to legitimise the support of the Arab states for a future military onslaught against Iran.
By Chris Marsden, 2 September 2010
Today’s talks in Washington between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are a means through which the United States is seeking to further its interests in the Middle East.
By Chris Marsden and Jean Shaoul, 26 August 2010
The August 20 announcement of a resumption of direct talks between Israel and Palestine solicited widespread disbelief internationally.
By Jean Shaoul, 25 August 2010
Photographs showing a female Israeli soldier smirking at blindfolded and handcuffed Palestinian men have sparked outrage in Israel and around the world.
By Jean Shaoul, 13 August 2010
Appearing before the government-appointed Turkel Commission this week, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu defended Israel’s raid on the Turkish flagged ship Mavi Marmara in international waters that killed 13 Turkish citizens last May.
By Jean Shaoul, 11 August 2010
Israel is taking an increasingly provocative attitude towards neighbouring Lebanon. Last week the most serious armed clash took place on the Lebanese border since the Israeli invasion in 2006.
By Julie Hyland and Robert Stevens, 3 August 2010
Two months on from Israel’s murderous assault on the aid ship Mavi Marmara, the imperialist powers continue to whitewash its act of cold-blooded murder.
By Danny Richardson, 21 July 2010
The planned land-grab in East Jerusalem will mean that Israel can “legally” take over thousands of acres and buildings that are the property of Palestinians, some of whom fled to what the state claims were “enemy states” during the Israeli “War of Independence” and others who have property in East Jerusalem but reside in the Occupied Territories.
By Robert Stevens, 15 July 2010
On Wednesday morning another armed confrontation by the Israeli Defence Force with an aid ship was averted when the captain of a Libyan government-sponsored vessel agreed to sail to an Egyptian port.
By Danny Richardson, 14 July 2010
More than half a million Israeli settlers are living on land situated within the West Bank. A report finds there are an estimated 300,000 living in 121 official settlements, plus 100,000 in smaller unofficial “outposts”. The remainder in the 12 Jerusalem neighbourhoods annexed to the Jerusalem Municipality.
By Chris Marsden, 8 July 2010
President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a man who “wants peace” and is “willing to take risks for peace.”
By Patrick O’Connor, 24 June 2010
Israel’s modification of its blockade is designed to strengthen the military’s hand in its crushing suppression of the 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza.
By Patrick O’Connor, 15 June 2010
Israeli government and military figures have made little pretence that the inquiry will be anything other than a whitewash of the Israeli massacre.
By Patrick O’Connor, 15 June 2010
More than 60 minutes of video footage taken aboard the MV Mavi Marmara during the May 31 Israeli commando raid has been publicly released by Iara Lee, an American film maker and activist.
By Alex Lantier, 11 June 2010
The standoff that has developed between Turkey and Israel over Israel’s deadly assault on a flotilla delivering humanitarian supplies to Gaza highlights the explosive consequences of the breakdown of the US-Turkish-Israeli alliance.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 June 2010
President Barack Obama’s meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington on Wednesday again demonstrated US complicity with the Israeli government and its crimes.
By Jordan Shilton, 9 June 2010
Alongside its May 31 assault on a convoy bringing aid to Gaza, Israel has stepped up its repression of domestic political opponents.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 9 June 2010
Tens of thousands of protestors marched throughout France to demonstrate their hostility to the Israeli Navy’s murderous assault on a flotilla bringing humanitarian supplies to Gaza on May 31.
By Patrick O’Connor, 8 June 2010
Israeli naval commandos killed four Palestinian militants off the coast of Gaza yesterday morning in an operation designed to send a signal to the Palestinian people and the world—that its illegal blockade will continue despite mounting criticism of the May 31 massacre of nine Turkish activists.
By Zach Reed, 7 June 2010
Upwards of 10,000 people marched from Downing Street to the Israeli Embassy in London on June 5 to condemn the criminal attack on the Gaza aid flotilla by Israel on May 31.
Commandos raid the Rachel Corrie as
By Jean Shaoul, 7 June 2010
As Israeli naval commandos stormed the Rachel Corrie aid vessel on Saturday, further evidence was emerging about the May 31 massacre of nine people aboard another aid ship trying to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
By Jean Shaoul, 4 June 2010
Israel remains belligerent in the face of worldwide outrage at its acts of piracy and murder of nine unarmed passengers aboard the international flotilla taking much needed aid to Gaza.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 June 2010
The massacre of nine civilians aboard a ship loaded with humanitarian supplies bound for Gaza—the latest chapter in a long record of Israeli state terrorism—is emblematic of the criminality that increasingly dominates world affairs.
By our reporters, 3 June 2010
Outrage over the Zionist assault on the “Freedom Flotilla” was expressed in demonstrations held across North America on Monday and Tuesday.
By Jean Shaoul, 2 June 2010
Israel is being aided by Washington in its efforts to quell criticism of its murderous act of piracy against the international aid convoy to Gaza and manage the worsening diplomatic fallout.
By Chris Marsden and Jean Shaoul, 1 June 2010
Israel’s massacre of up to 19 supporters of an aid convoy to Gaza has provoked angry protests internationally. But the Obama administration signalled tacit US endorsement of the bloodbath.
By Chris Marsden, 1 June 2010
Israel’s action against the Gaza aid flotilla is in line with its increasingly bellicose stance on all fronts.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 May 2010
Israel agreed to sell nuclear arms to South Africa’s apartheid regime in the 1970s, according to a book published today. The revelation has surfaced at an inconvenient time for the US as it campaigns for increased sanctions against Iran.
By Jean Shaoul, 20 May 2010
The “proximity talks” between Israel and the Palestinians are only the latest cynical exercise launched by the the Obama administration.
By David Walsh, 19 May 2010
Israeli authorities barred Noam Chomsky, professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a well-known critic of Zionist policy, from entering the occupied West Bank Sunday.
By Jean Shaoul, 27 April 2010
Israel has deported two Palestinian men to the Gaza Strip under a new military regulation that came into effect two weeks ago restricting the right of Palestinians to live in the West Bank.
By Danny Richardson, 23 April 2010
Anat Kamm, a 23-year-old former soldier and journalist, is accused of passing secret documents to a fellow journalist that expose assassinations of Palestinians carried out by the Israeli army.
By Keith Jones, 20 April 2010
US and Israeli threats point to the danger of a new military conflagration in the Middle East.
By Chris Marsden, 26 March 2010
Britain has expelled an Israeli diplomat over the use of 12 forged British passports by the hit team that carried out the January assassination of Hamas military leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in the Dubai capital of the United Arab Emirates.
By Chris Marsden, 25 March 2010
There was no report on the meeting Tuesday between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Neither was an official handshake staged, let alone a press conference.
By Peter Daniels, 19 March 2010
The trial in the civil suit brought by the family of Rachel Corrie, the 23-year-old American activist who was killed by an Israeli bulldozer seven years ago, began last week in the city of Haifa.
By Patrick O’Connor, 2 March 2010
The reaction of world governments to the brutal murder of Hamas member Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last month underscores the extent to which basic precepts of international law have been torn up under the “war on terror”.
By Ann Talbot, 1 March 2010
More details are emerging on the murder of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was killed in Dubai on January 20 in what is widely thought to be an Israeli security service operation.
By Jean Shaoul, 20 February 2010
Israeli human rights groups and activists have become the target of a vicious campaign by right-wing groups, security forces and politicians.
By Chris Marsden, 18 February 2010
There is mounting evidence that Mossad organised the hit squad that murdered senior Hamas official Mahmoud al Mabhouh in Dubai last month.
By Jean Shaoul, 9 February 2010
Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s foreign minister from the far-right Israel Beiteinu, last week directly threatened President Bashar Assad that in the event of war Syria would be defeated and his regime would collapse.
By Chris Marsden, 6 February 2010
The UN general secretary threw a lifeline to Israel yesterday, stating that there was not yet enough evidence to say whether Israel or the Palestinians are complying with UN demands to investigate allegations of war crimes during the 22-day assault on Gaza.
By Jean Shaoul, 23 January 2010
Israel has stepped up its warmongering against Hezbollah and the Lebanese government, worsening tensions throughout the Middle East.
By Danny Richardson, 23 January 2010
Israel’s attorney general has announced that the government will support the efforts of reservist soldiers to appeal the decision of a lower court that rejected their claim for libel against Mohammed Bakri, whose film Jenin, Jenin depicted atrocities committed against Palestinians in a West Bank refugee camp.
By Justus Leicht, 20 January 2010
Tensions have been growing in the relations between Turkey and Israel for some time, and a major foreign policy crisis was only recently averted at the last moment.
By Patrick Martin, 16 January 2010
While the Israeli and European press has reported that an Israeli-run security agency conducted the passenger screening that failed to detect the Christmas Day bomber, the American press has said nothing.
By Paul Mitchell, 13 January 2010
The British government is attempting to curb arrest warrants for war crimes.
By Jean Shaoul, 29 December 2009
One year after Israel’s military assault on Gaza, a report by 16 aid agencies has condemned the major powers for failing to end the blockade of Gaza.
By Jean Shaoul, 29 December 2009
Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza exceeds in length the sieges during World War II of Leningrad, Stalingrad and the Warsaw Ghetto, and there is no end in sight to this humanitarian crime.
By Chris Marsden, 17 December 2009
The British government’s response to the issuing by a British court of an arrest warrant for former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni demonstrates that the imperialist powers operate as a de facto international league of war criminals—dedicated to their mutual defence and self-preservation.
By Brian Smith, 16 December 2009
Recent reports point to the Israeli government’s determined efforts to drive Palestinians and Israeli Arabs out of their homes in East Jerusalem.
By Jean Shaoul, 28 October 2009
Israel has responded to accusations of war crimes during its assault on Gaza by denouncing the United Nations and seeking to overturn existing international law.
By Jean Shaoul, 19 October 2009
The United Nations Human Rights Council has endorsed a report into Israel’s 22-day assault on Gaza in December and January, accusing Israel of war crimes.
By Jean Shaoul, 12 October 2009
Last week, Israel’s vice-prime minister and minister for strategic affairs, Moshe Yaalon, cancelled a visit to Britain after being warned that he could face arrest for war crimes.
By Jean Shaoul, 30 September 2009
Israel’s 1.4 million Arab citizens are to stage a one-day general strike on October 1 to oppose the racist and discriminatory policies of the government.
By Jean Shaoul, 26 September 2009
An authoritative and highly critical United Nations inquiry released last week concluded that Israel “committed actions amounting to war crimes, possibly crimes against humanity” during its three-week offensive against Gaza in December last year.
By Chris Marsden, 24 September 2009
Tuesday’s meeting between Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was widely regarded as little more than a photo opportunity before it began.
By Chris Marsden, 17 September 2009
The expansionist actions of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expose claims that the Obama administration will be a neutral arbiter toward the Palestinians.
By David Walsh, 16 September 2009
Organizers of a protest against the Toronto film festival’s spotlight on Tel Aviv held a press conference Monday afternoon to explain their purposes and respond to attacks by pro-Israeli forces.
By Jean Shaoul, 14 September 2009
A report by B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights group, shows that 1,387 Palestinians were killed during Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip last December and January
By Danny Richardson, 12 September 2009
Poverty affects every third child, every fourth elderly person and every fifth family in Israel.
By David Walsh, 10 September 2009
Dozens of filmmakers, writers and others have signed an Open Letter to the Toronto International Film Festival, criticizing the festival’s decision “to host a celebratory spotlight on Tel Aviv.”
By Jean Shaoul, 7 September 2009
Ehud Olmert has become the first person to have held the office of Israeli prime minister to be charged with a criminal offence.
By Jean Shaoul, 3 September 2009
Media claims that President Barack Obama is close to brokering a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) ignore the deepening political crisis in the Middle East.
By Kerem Kaya, 31 August 2009
In recent weeks, the AKP (Justice and Development Party) government has taken steps—since dubbed the “democratic process”—towards addressing the Kurdish question through peaceful rather than military means.
By Chris Marsden, 5 August 2009
The shooting at the Bar-Noah gay youth club in Tel Aviv is testament to a society increasingly and bitterly divided, socially and politically.
By Jean Shaoul, 1 August 2009
President Obama’s diplomatic offensive in the Middle East, portrayed as a peace mission, is aimed at restoring Washington’s position and influence in pursuit of its geo-strategic interests.
By Jean Shaoul, 6 July 2009
A report from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), “Gaza: 1.5 million people trapped in despair,” paints a harrowing picture of a humanitarian catastrophe.
By Jean Shaoul, 16 June 2009
Israel’s premier, Benyamin Netanyahu, has made clear that his government is not interested in reaching any agreement with the Palestinians.
By Jean Shaoul, 10 June 2009
Israel’s prime minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, has refused to submit to demands for a complete cessation to settlement expansion and building in the West Bank.
By Jean Shaoul, 25 May 2009
His three-hour meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu made clear that President Barack Obama has no more intention of acting as an “honest broker” to secure a settlement with the Palestinians than his predecessor, George W. Bush.
By Jack Cody, 25 May 2009
A professor at the University of California Santa Barbara is under investigation on charges of anti-Semitism for an email he sent to his students in which he compared the Israeli assault on Gaza to the Nazi occupation of Warsaw.
By Jean Shaoul, 21 May 2009
Increasing numbers of young people and reservists are refusing to serve in the Israeli Defence Force. But the state is taking repressive action against the organisations that help them.
By Jean Shaoul, 9 May 2009
A United Nations inquiry concluded that Israel’s military forces carried out direct and intentional strikes on its premises during the assault on Gaza earlier this year.
By Jean Shaoul, 2 May 2009
Five military investigations into war crimes committed by Israeli Defence Force soldiers during Operation Cast Lead, the attack on Gaza in December-January, have ended in a whitewash.