Israel

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.

Ahmadinejad speech provokes walkout at UN anti-racism conference

By Richard Phillips, 23 April 2009

Hysterical denunciations by the US, Israel and the European powers of the Iranian president’s speech to the UN’s anti-racism review conference were entirely predictable and part of a highly-orchestrated campaign against the event.

Israel’s military police dismiss allegations of misconduct in Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 8 April 2009

Israel’s military advocate has closed down the military police’s criminal inquiry set up to investigate allegations by Israeli soldiers of misconduct by the Israeli Defence Forces and serious violations of the IDF’s rules of engagement during the Israeli assault on Gaza.

Israel: Netanyahu threatens war on Iran, spurns “two-state solution”

By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2009

Sworn in Tuesday as prime minister in the most right-wing government in Israel’s history, Benyamin Netanyahu threatened a military strike against Iran and signaled a break with the so-called “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Labor joins Netanyahu coalition as evidence of war crimes in Gaza mounts

By Chris Marsden, 26 March 2009

The decision of the Labor Party to join the coalition led by Benjamin Netanyahu allows Likud to form the most right wing government in Israel’s history.

Israeli troops detail Gaza atrocities as demand grows for war crimes probe

By Bill Van Auken, 21 March 2009

Testimony by Israeli soldiers detailing atrocities in which they participated or that they witnessed has fueled demands for an international war crimes tribunal to investigate the Israeli siege of Gaza last December and January.

Israeli crisis deepens

By Jean Shaoul, 18 March 2009

There is an unmistakable echo in Lieberman’s politics of the ideology utilized by Hitler in his rise to power in Germany. That such a figure could be selected as Israel’s face to the world is the most damning indictment of the entire Zionist project.

Gaza donor conference: conspiracy wrapped up as compassion

By Jean Shaoul, 5 March 2009

The donor conference for Palestine at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt had nothing to do with alleviating the appalling humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but served as a cover for furthering Washington’s geopolitical interests in the Middle East.

Israel: Netanyahu tapped as prime minister

By Bill Van Auken, 21 February 2009

Israel’s President Shimon Peres Friday called upon Benjamin Netanyahu of the Likud Party to form a new government after a group of right-wing parties representing 65 seats in the Knesset backed his designation as prime minister.

Israel: European Union and Washington want national unity government

By Jean Shaoul and Chris Marsden, 16 February 2009

Kadima and Likud are under pressure from the European Union and the United States to form a national unity government in Israel.

Israeli election exposes social and political crisis

By Chris Marsden, 12 February 2009

Israel’s general election has inaugurated a round of political horse-trading after the ruling Kadima party unexpectedly defeated Likud.

Israel bombs Gaza-Egypt border

By Julie Hyland, 29 January 2009

Israeli warplanes bombed Gaza’s border with Egypt early Wednesday morning.

Israel withdraws from Gaza as evidence of war crimes emerges

By Jerry White, 22 January 2009

The Israeli military reportedly withdrew its last soldiers from the Gaza Strip Wednesday as new evidence of the war crimes committed during its three-week assault on the Palestinian territory emerged.

The economic, social and political disaster produced by the Zionist project

Part two

By Jean Shaoul, 22 January 2009

The conclusion of a two-part report on Israel and Palestine given to an expanded meeting of the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board in Sydney, Australia in January 2006.

Israeli military says complete withdrawal from Gaza “out of the question”

By Julie Hyland, 21 January 2009

The Israeli army has stated that a “complete withdrawal” from the Gaza Strip “is out of the question” at this time.

The economic, social and political disaster produced by the Zionist project

Part One

By Jean Shaoul, 21 January 2009

The first of a two-part report on Israel and Palestine given to an expanded meeting of the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board in Sydney, Australia in January 2006.

Reports reveal devastation wreaked by Israeli military in Gaza

By Patrick O’Connor, 20 January 2009

At least 5,000 homes have been destroyed and more than 20,000 damaged, with many urban centers reduced to nothing more than rubble. Gaza’s limited social infrastructure has been largely obliterated, as have numerous factories and agricultural centers.

Amid talk of cease-fire, eyewitness accounts describe Israel’s destruction of Gaza

By Julie Hyland, 17 January 2009

“Armageddon” was the word used by Times of London correspondent Martin Fletcher, the first eyewitness from the British news media to see the devastation wrought by Israel in Gaza.

Israeli military lays siege to Gaza City

By Jerry White, 16 January 2009

Israeli military forces carried out a ferocious assault on densely populated neighborhoods in Gaza City Thursday, forcing thousands of civilians to flee as ground forces, backed by heavy artillery, helicopter gunships and tanks entered the city.

Israeli forces have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza

By David Walsh, 15 January 2009

The Palestinian death toll in the Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip reached more than 1,000 Wednesday, according to medical officials. Nine Israeli human rights groups raised the “heavy suspicion” of war crimes.

Israeli military escalates assault on Gaza City

By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2009

The Israel military stepped up its air and ground assault on Gaza City Tuesday, driving the death toll to nearly 1,000. As the carnage escalates, what Israel will achieve from it is being called into increasing question.

Israel’s war on Gaza and the role of the Middle East bourgeoisie

By Jean Shaoul, 14 January 2009

Israel’s genocidal offensive against defenceless Palestinians in Gaza points to the crucial role of the Arab bourgeoisie in demobilising the widespread opposition within their own countries on behalf of imperialism.

The New York Times and the Gaza crisis: Israeli war propaganda in the guise of news

By Tom Eley, 13 January 2009

In recent days, the New York Times has planted a series of propaganda pieces disguised as news articles, which aim to justify Israeli war crimes in Gaza.

Protests denounce Israeli assault on Gaza and Canadian government complicity

By Éric Marquis, 13 January 2009

Demonstrations were held in cities across Canada last Saturday to denounce the Israeli state’s onslaught against the subjugated Palestinian population of the Gaza Strip and the complicity of Washington and Canada’s Conservative government.

Israel prepares to escalate its war on Gaza

By Peter Symonds, 12 January 2009

As the Palestinian death toll climbed to 869 on Sunday, the Israeli military was poised to launch a major escalation of its one-sided war against Gaza.

Mass demonstrations in France against the Israeli assault on Gaza

By Senthooran Ravee, Stephane Hugues and Antoine Lerougetel, 12 January 2009

Mass demonstrations took place in 90 cities and towns in France on Saturday against the Israeli war on Gaza.

40,000 demonstrate in Germany against Israeli invasion of Gaza

By our reporter, 12 January 2009

Demonstrators took the streets Saturday in Berlin, Nuremberg, Munich and Duisburg, demanding, “Stop the massacre in Gaza!” and asking, “Who are the terrorists?”

Britain: Tens of thousands protest Gaza assault

By Paul Mitchell, 12 January 2009

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated Saturday in London against the Israeli offensive against Gaza.

Thousands march in Washington and New York against Gaza assault

By a reporting team, 12 January 2009

An estimated 10,000 people gathered Saturday, January 10 in Washington DC to march against the US-backed Israeli attack on Gaza while thousands more assembled in New York City’s Times Square on Sunday to protest the escalating war against the Palestinian people.

Israel rejects UN cease-fire, continues Gaza assault

By Tom Eley, 10 January 2009

On Friday, Israel rejected a UN cease-fire and made preparations for an invasion of Gaza City, home to 410,000.

Gaza: The massacre in Zeitoun

By Tom Eley, 10 January 2009

On Friday, Israel rejected a UN cease-fire and made preparations for an invasion of Gaza City. More Israeli war crimes came to light in the town of Zeitoun, where 30 more bodies were discovered in the rubble of a bombed house.

Senate Democrats endorse Israeli war crimes

By Bill Van Auken, 9 January 2009

As evidence of Israeli war crimes in Gaza mounted, the Democratic leadership of the US Senate led the passage of a bipartisan resolution endorsing Israel’s actions.

The brutal face of Israel’s “total war” on Gaza

By Bill Van Auken, 9 January 2009

While Israel has sought to conceal the atrocities that it is carrying out against Gaza’s civilian population, reports of aid workers and testimony of survivors have provided a searing picture of the carnage unleashed by its military assault.

Detroit: Hundreds rally against Israel atrocities

By Tom Eley, 9 January 2009

On Thursday, hundreds of workers and youth demonstrated in downtown Detroit against Israel’s ongoing attack on Gaza.

Australia: Labor government backs Israeli assault on Gaza

By Patrick O’Connor, 9 January 2009

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his deputy leader Julia Gillard have given their full support to Israel’s criminal attack on Gaza, echoing the Zionist state’s lying pretext that it is conducting a defensive response to alleged ceasefire violations by Hamas.

Gaza death toll tops 700 as Israel prepares new escalation

By Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2009

The death toll inflicted by Israel’s 12-day onslaught against Gaza has risen to at least 700 amid reports that Israel is using the cover of international ceasefire initiatives to prepare a redoubled offensive.

Ground assault sparks worldwide protests

Civilian casualties mount as Israeli army slices through Gaza

By Chris Marsden, 5 January 2009

Israel’s bombardment and ground invasion of Gaza has unleashed a global wave of protest.

Video: London demonstrators protest Israeli assault on Gaza

5 January 2009

Tens of thousands protested in London on Saturday against the Israeli attack on Gaza which has claimed the lives of hundreds, including many children. The World Socialist Web Site spoke to participants on the demonstration.

US blocks cease-fire, gives Israel carte blanche to continue killing in Gaza

By Barry Grey, 3 January 2009

As the Israeli devastation of Gaza enters its second week and signs point to an imminent ground invasion of the Palestinian territory, the US government is working to block diplomatic initiatives for a cease-fire in order to give Israel a free hand to intensify its assault on the defenseless population.

Israel rejects ceasefire calls and escalates attacks in Gaza

By Peter Symonds, 2 January 2009

The murderous Israeli air assault on Gaza continued unabated for a sixth day yesterday. According to Palestinian emergency services, at least 420 people have been killed and more than 2,100 injured. The UN estimates that at least a quarter of those killed have been civilians.

German Chancellor Merkel defends Israeli onslaught on Gaza

By Dietmar Henning, 2 January 2009

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has given her full backing to the murderous attack launched by Israel on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Israel continues to pound Gaza as troops mass on border

By Julie Hyland, 31 December 2008

Israeli jets continued to pound Gaza for a fourth day amidst threats of worse to come. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has described the lethal bombardment as just “the first of several stages” of military action.

The New York Times and Gaza: Justifying genocide

31 December 2008

There is little to distinguish the “newspaper of record’s” version of events from the mendacious account being peddled by the American media in general: the Palestinians are the aggressors and Israel the victim. Never mind the grim and unequal equation of the conflict: roughly 100 Palestinians killed for every Israeli.

Third day of Israeli attacks deepens anger of Arab masses

By Chris Marsden, 30 December 2008

The Israeli Air Force has waged its third day of bombing against Gaza, killing over 300 Palestinians and wounding more than 1,400. The Israeli offensive has sparked solidarity demonstrations around the world, which in many Arab nations have become political protests against the ruling regimes.

The Gaza crisis and the perspective of permanent revolution

30 December 2008

The onslaught against Gaza has provoked popular outrage throughout the Middle East and around the world, even as governments in the Arab world and elsewhere have lined up to provide justifications for this US-Israeli war crime.

Israel inflicts mass suffering on Palestinian population

By Tom Eley, 30 December 2008

Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza strip, which has killed at least 345 Palestinians and maimed scores, has sharply intensified a severe humanitarian crisis in the area.

As death toll mounts

Israel threatens ground invasion of Gaza

By Chris Marsden, 29 December 2008

Israel seems set for a ground invasion of Gaza following sustained bombardment that has left more than 300 dead and over 1,000 injured.

Washington bears guilt for Gaza war crimes

29 December 2008

The Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza is a war crime for which not only the government of Israel but also that of the United States bears full responsibility.

In Spitting Distance: war, exile and other daily realities for Palestinians

By Richard Phillips, 24 November 2008

In Spitting Distance is an emotional and at times darkly ironic exploration of the situation facing a Palestinian actor/playwright in Ramallah, Paris and Tel Aviv in 2002.

“Good theatre makes you ask questions”

An interview with Khalifa Natour and Ofira Henig

By Richard Phillips, 24 November 2008

In Spitting Distance, a one-man show performed by Khalifa Natour and directed by Ofira Henig, was recently staged at the Sydney Opera House. Henig and Natour discussed the production with Richard Phillips.

Political stalemate forces general election in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 1 November 2008

Israel will go to the polls to elect a parliament on February 10, some 12 months earlier than scheduled.

Israel’s plan to attack Iran confirmed

By Jean Shaoul, 30 September 2008

Reports confirmed last week that Israel was actively considering a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities last spring.

Livni’s election and the ongoing shift to the right in Israeli politics

By Jean Shaoul, 26 September 2008

Tzipi Livni, foreign secretary in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Kadima-Labour coalition government, narrowly won the vote for the leadership of the Kadima party after her predecessor was forced to resign over mounting allegations of corruption.

French President Sarkozy visits Syria to seek new alliances

By Pierre Mabut, 15 September 2008

French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a two-day visit to the Syrian capital Damascus on September 3-4 to continue Israeli-Syrian peace negotiations brokered by France, Qatar and Turkey.

United Nations report: Israeli forces have inflicted a “reign of terror”

By Jean Shaoul, 24 March 2004

A recent report by John Dugard, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights’ Special Rapporteur, stated that Israeli forces had “inflicted a reign of terror upon innocent Palestinians in the course of their assassinations of militants in densely populated towns, their destruction of homes, and their random firing in built up areas—not to mention the methodical intimidation and humiliation of civilians at checkpoints.”

Israel: Histadrut trade union halts general strike against austerity plan

By David Cohen, 5 May 2003

Histadrut trade union federation chairman Amir Peretz called off a general strike that began on April 30 after just two days.

Israel’s Histadrut trade union federation calls off planned general strike

By David Cohen, 14 April 2003

After intensive workers’ protests and struggles against Likud Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s austerity proposals, the Histadrut labour federation decided to halt the 10-day-old public sector work stoppages and order government employees to return to work on April 10.

Israel: Demonstrations in Tel Aviv and Haifa against occupation of Palestine territories and Iraq

By David Cohen, 14 April 2003

Almost 1,500 Jewish and Arab demonstrators gathered near Tel Aviv’s Central Train Station to protest against the occupation of Iraq and in defence of Israeli soldiers who refuse to serve in the Occupied Territories. The crowd shouted slogans like “The Occupation Is Terror, The Refusenik is Hero.” The popular singer Aviv Gefen sang, “Let’s bury the guns, not the children.” He continued, “Let’s march to the dream, with no race and national difference. Let’s occupy the peace, not the territories.” He slammed Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and got applause from the crowd.

Protests in Israel against war in Iraq

By David Cohen, 12 April 2003

Thousands of Israelis have demonstrated during March and April against the imperialist war on Iraq. Protest rallies and marches were held in front of the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv, the Arab cities in northern Israel, the cities of Haifa and Nazareth and at the universities of Tel Aviv and Haifa.

Israel: Sharon government steps up attacks on Palestinians

By Ann Talbot, 8 April 2003

The Israeli Defence Forces shot two International Solidarity Movement activists in the town of Jenin on the West Bank. This follows the murder of Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death last month beneath an Israel armoured bulldozer as she tried to prevent it demolishing a Palestinian house.

Israel: Netanyahu’s nephew victimised for refusing military service

By Harvey Thompson, 29 March 2003

Jonathan Ben-Artzi, a 20-year-old physics student, has served a total of 214 days in military imprisonment for refusing to fight in the Israeli army. He has now spent more time in prison—stretching seven sentences—than any other Israeli conscientious objector and was recently designated a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.

Defying growing state repression, 100,000 Israelis rally against war

By David Cohen in Israel, 14 May 2002

More than 100,000 Israelis gathered in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on May 11 for a Peace Coalition rally. Yossi Sarid of the social democratic party, Meretz, who is the leader of the opposition in the Knesset, and former Justice Minister Yossi Beilin spoke at the rally, as did entertainer Dudu Topaz and writer Amos Oz. The demonstrators held up signs calling for the withdrawal of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the creation of “two states for two peoples.”