Israel

Israel’s border massacre and human rights hypocrisy

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.

Israeli troops kill unarmed Palestinian protesters on borders

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.

UN Gaza report co-authors reject Goldstone’s capitulation to Israel

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.

Israel steps up aggression against Gaza

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.

UN investigator repudiates Gaza war findings under US and Israeli pressure

By Jean Shaoul, 6 April 2011

The op-ed piece in Friday’s Washington Post by Judge Richard Goldstone presents an unedifying spectacle.

Israel responds to Middle East unrest with provocations

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.

US vetoes UN resolution criticising Israel

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.

Israel’s sabre-rattling against Iran

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.

Israeli workers and the Egyptian revolution

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.

Histadrut calls off Israeli general strike

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.

Mass protests spread in Middle East as Washington reassures Israel, Arab dictators

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.

Israel staggered by Egypt protests, social tensions at home

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.

Omar Suleiman—longtime collaborator with Israel and US

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

Britain’s MI6 trained Abbas in suppression of Palestinian opposition

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.

The Palestine papers and the dead-end of nationalism

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.

Secret Palestine documents expose sham “peace process”

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.

Lebanon government gave covert support for Israeli attack on Hezbollah

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.

WikiLeaks confirms Fatah sought Israeli-US support for attack on Hamas

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.

US drops demand for Israel to freeze settlement building

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.

Israel constructing giant refugee camp in Negev desert

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.

The Mount Carmel fire and the “existential threat” to Israel

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.

Israel prevents fair trial of Rachel Corrie lawsuit

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.

Oligarchy and inequality in Israel

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.

The significance of Israel’s “loyalty oath”

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”.

Palestinian President Abbas refuses to quit phoney peace talks

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.

Mideast talks a cover for US war preparations

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.

US Mid-East talks: A conspiracy against the Palestinians

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.

Israeli-Palestinian talks part of preparations for US aggression against Iran

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.

Facebook postings of abuse of Palestinians highlight polarisation of Israeli society

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.

Israel’s Netanyahu defends illegal assault on Turkish aid ship

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.

Israel provokes Lebanon border clash

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.

Israel, Gaza and the aid flotillas

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.

Israel land-grab escalates in East Jerusalem

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.

Armed confrontation with Gaza aid ship narrowly averted

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.

Half a million Israelis live on stolen West Bank land

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.

Obama endorses Netanyahu as “man of peace”

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.”

Israeli government shores up Gaza blockade

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.

US backs Israeli inquiry into aid flotilla massacre

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.

Filmmaker releases smuggled footage from Israeli assault

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.

US-Turkish tensions and the Israeli assault on the Gaza flotilla

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.

Obama defends Israel as tactical shift prepared on Gaza blockade

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.

Israel steps up repression against its Arab citizens

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.

France: Thousands protest against Israeli assault of Gaza-bound flotilla

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.

Israel steps up operations in Gaza

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.

Thousands oppose Gaza flotilla attack in London

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

Further evidence emerges of Israel’s criminal attack on Gaza aid flotilla

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.

Israel defends murderous assault on Gaza aid flotilla

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.

Israel’s massacre at sea

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.

Protests against Israel’s flotilla massacre held across US, Canada

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.

Washington comes to aid of Israel over Gaza convoy massacre

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.

Israeli massacre of Gaza convoy supporters provokes outrage

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.

Israel steps up its warmongering

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.

Book bares Israeli nuclear arms deals with apartheid regime

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.

Behind the “Proximity talks” between Israel and Palestinians

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.

Noam Chomsky barred from entering West Bank

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.

Israel expels first Palestinians under new military edict

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.

Israel: Whistleblower faces espionage charges for exposing IDF assassinations

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.

Rumblings of new war in the Middle East

By Keith Jones, 20 April 2010

US and Israeli threats point to the danger of a new military conflagration in the Middle East.

Britain expels Israeli diplomat over Mossad assassination of Hamas leader

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.

Netanyahu defies Washington on settlements

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.

Trial in killing of Rachel Corrie opens in Israel

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.

The Dubai assassination and the “war on terror”

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”.

More details emerge on assassination of Hamas leader in Dubai

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.

Israeli human rights groups face state repression

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.

Mounting evidence Mossad behind Dubai assassination of Hamas leader

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.

Tensions worsen between Israel and Syria

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.

Israel’s crisis deepens over Gaza war crimes report

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.

Israel threatens Hezbollah and Lebanon

By Jean Shaoul, 23 January 2010

Israel has stepped up its warmongering against Hezbollah and the Lebanese government, worsening tensions throughout the Middle East.

Israeli government supports continued prosecution of filmmaker Mohammed Bakri

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.

Turkish foreign policy: growing conflicts with the West

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.

Why is the American press silent on the Israeli role in NW Flight 253?

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.

British government promises Israel it will end war crimes arrest warrants

By Paul Mitchell, 13 January 2010

The British government is attempting to curb arrest warrants for war crimes.

Gaza report finds major powers complicit in Israel’s collective punishment

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.

Aid report details social devastation in 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.

The international league of war criminals

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.

Reports demonstrate Israel’s efforts to alter demography of East Jerusalem

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.

Israel, the United States and international law

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.

Obama joins Netanyahu in shielding Israel from war crimes charges

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.

Israeli cabinet minister cancels visit to Britain

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.

Israeli Arabs to launch strike against discriminatory policies

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.

Obama comes to aid of Israel over UN war crimes charges

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.

Obama gives Israel carte blanche on settlement construction

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.

Israel: Mitchell’s diplomacy stalls over settlement freeze

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.

Protest against Toronto film festival collusion with Israeli regime continues

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.

Israel understated civilian death toll in Gaza

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

Israel: 200,000 families need help to survive

By Danny Richardson, 12 September 2009

Poverty affects every third child, every fourth elderly person and every fifth family in Israel.

Filmmakers, writers protest Toronto festival spotlight on Tel Aviv

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.”

Former Israeli premier faces corruption charges

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.

Deepening crisis surrounds Middle East talks

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.

Turkey: The Kurdish question takes centre stage

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.

Israel: The significance of the Bar-Noah gay shooting

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.

Obama’s diplomatic offensive in the Middle East

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.

Red Cross issues harrowing report on situation in Gaza

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.

Israel: Netanyahu rejects compromise with Palestinians

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.

Israel to expand its settlements

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.

Obama offers nothing to the Palestinians

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.

Pro-Israel forces attempt to silence University of California Santa Barbara professor

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.

Israeli police target young people for refusing military service

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.

UN’s Ban Ki Moon comes to the defence of Israel

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.

Military investigations whitewash Israeli war crimes

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.