Israel

War tensions mount in wake of Israeli assassination of top Iranian scientist

By Bill Van Auken, 1 December 2020

While neither Washington nor Tel Aviv have formally claimed responsibility for the assassination of Moshen Fakhrizadeh, the authorship of this act of state terrorism is hardly in doubt.

US State Department moves to suppress criticism of Israel

By Dominic Gustavo, 30 November 2020

The Trump administration is seeking to silence all criticism of the Israeli apartheid state by equating all opposition to Israel with anti-Semitism.

Israel’s siege means death for Gaza’s COVID-19 patients

By Jean Shaoul, 28 November 2020

The Hamas government has said the Gaza Strip “lacks oxygen-generating machines, ventilators, protective gear, and hygiene materials. Thirty-two percent of basic drugs and 62 percent of drugs and materials for medical laboratories are not available.”

Top scientist assassinated as Israel and US stage war provocations against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 28 November 2020

The brutal assassination of Iran’s most prominent nuclear physicist Friday is part of an escalating campaign to provoke a catastrophic new war in the Middle East.

US, Israel and Saudi Arabia meet amid mounting war threats against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 24 November 2020

The trip by Pompeo and Netanyahu to Saudi Arabia came as the Pentagon is steadily building up its air power in the region.

Palestinian Authority restores “cooperation” with Israel as Pompeo visits West Bank

By Jean Shaoul, 20 November 2020

The US Secretary of State became the first top US official to visit an illegal settlement in the occupied West Bank, while also touring the occupied Golan Heights.

Saeb Erekat: Palestinian peace negotiator who epitomised the degeneration of the PLO (1955-2020)

By Jean Shaoul, 19 November 2020

While all obituaries testify to Erekat’s tenacity, none could explain why he and the Palestine Liberation Organisation were in the end wholly unsuccessful.

This week in history: November 16-22

16 November 2020

25 years ago: Peres succeeds Rabin as Israeli prime ministerOn November 22, 1995, Shimon Peres officially succeeded Yitzhak Rabin as Israeli prime minister, 18 days after Rabin was assassinated by a religious Zionist fanatic. Peres’s major political moves upon taking office—an appeal for new peace talks with Syrian President Hafez al-Assad and the appointment of several new cabinet ministers—demonstrated an acute awareness of the depth and explosive potential of the social and political crisis of the Zionist state.

Is Trump plotting a war against Iran?

By Bill Van Auken, 14 November 2020

Refusing to accept electoral defeat, and having purged the top ranks of the Pentagon, there is a growing danger that the US president will launch a “December surprise” in the form of a war against Iran.

Robert Fisk—a courageous and truthful reporter on the Middle East who “covered history” (1946–2020)

By Jean Shaoul, 7 November 2020

Fisk was one of a dwindling breed of journalists—along with John Pilger, Seymour Hersh and, from a significantly different background, Julian Assange—that have dared to question the official narratives from governments and publish what they uncovered.

Israel demolishes Palestinian village in occupied West Bank

By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2020

The demolition, the largest in in a decade, was timed to coincide with the US presidential election.

Israel’s growing anti-Netanyahu protests face increasing right-wing and police attacks

By Jean Shaoul, 23 October 2020

The increasing violence in confrontations between anti- and pro-Netanyahu demonstrators have caused several commentators to warn of the descent into civil war.

Israel: 130,000 protesters demand resignation of Netanyahu government

By Jean Shaoul, 5 October 2020

Israeli workers now face measures long associated with the suppression of the Palestinians in the territories illegally occupied by Israel since their seizure in the June 1967 war.

Trump’s Middle East deal and the dead end of bourgeois nationalism

By Bill Van Auken, 18 September 2020

The so-called “peace” agreements between Israel and two Arab monarchies signed on the White House lawn Tuesday are only the latest in the long record of betrayals of the Palestinian people.

Israel becomes first country to impose second national COVID-19 lockdown

By Jean Shaoul, 15 September 2020

Israel now tops the world rankings in the number of new COVID-19 cases per capita.

Israel launches airstrikes against Gaza and threatens war

By Jean Shaoul, 21 August 2020

Israel is preparing for war on the besieged Palestinian enclave, even as it ups the ante against Hezbollah in Lebanon and its primary target, Iran.

United Arab Emirates-Israel agreement cements US-led alliance against Iran

By Jean Shaoul, 18 August 2020

The agreement makes the UAE the first Gulf state and the third Arab nation to reach such a deal, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

Workers’ opposition grows to Netanyahu government over pandemic and social crisis in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 3 August 2020

The reopening of schools has met with fierce opposition from teachers, while public service workers’ strikes over low pay and COVID-19-related issues have grown.

Israeli bus drivers’ strike over COVID-19 safety concerns

By Jean Shaoul, 30 July 2020

More than a thousand bus drivers have been infected with the disease and hundreds are in quarantine, as the number of cases among Israel’s 9 million population has soared.

What led Argentina’s Left Workers Front (FIT) to vote for banning criticism of Israel under the guise of combatting anti-Semitism?

By Andrea Lobo, 29 July 2020

The FIT legislators voted for a bill introduced by the right-wing Macristas to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism aimed at criminalizing opposition to Israel.

Israeli police deploy tear gas and water cannon against anti-Netanyahu demonstrators

By Jean Shaoul, 20 July 2020

Around 2,000 people protested outside Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem in one of a series of demonstrations demanding his resignation.

Thousands protest Israeli government’s lack of COVID-19 economic aid

By Jean Shaoul, 13 July 2020

Unemployment has risen to 21 percent and more layoffs are expected in the wake of new restrictions imposed since a dramatic rise in infections.

Netanyahu acquires dictatorial powers citing Israel’s upsurge in COVID-19 cases

By Jean Shaoul, 11 July 2020

The prime minister gave himself and the cabinet emergency powers to impose pandemic restrictions for up to a week before lawmakers can discuss, amend or cancel them.

Back-to-work policy accelerates spread of COVID-19 in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 4 July 2020

The number of new coronavirus cases has doubled every 12 days over the last month and now averages more than 500 a day.

Netanyahu prepares Israel’s annexation of large slice of West Bank

By Jean Shaoul, 29 June 2020

Netanyahu’s plans are a declaration of war against the Palestinians and a broader war in the Middle East, where Israel acts as Washington’s proxy force.

Israel’s new government plans war on Palestinians and working class

By Jean Shaoul, 26 May 2020

The new National Emergency Government, headed by an indicted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his deputy Benny Gantz, has taken office amid a political crisis unprecedented in the country’s 72-year history.

Israel: Gantz agrees to national emergency government with Netanyahu

By Jean Shaoul, 22 April 2020

The new government’s real purpose is to protect the wealth of Israel’s corporate and financial elite and to suppress social unrest in Israel and Palestine.

Israel: Gantz paves way for national unity government with Netanyahu

By Jean Shaoul, 28 March 2020

The move signifies an agreement among Israel’s politicians to impose a dictatorial regime on both the Israeli and Palestinian working class.

Israel’s Knesset speaker resigns in order to defend Netanyahu

By Jean Shaoul, 26 March 2020

This thoroughly undemocratic manoeuvre comes in the wake of Monday’s High Court ruling that speaker Yuli Edelstein must allow a vote on his replacement.

Palestinians face humanitarian catastrophe from coronavirus

By Jean Shaoul, 24 March 2020

This foreseeable and foreseen disaster comes after Israel’s 13-year-long siege that has rendered Gaza almost uninhabitable.

Netanyahu exploits coronavirus pandemic to build up dictatorial regime in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 21 March 2020

Netanyahu has exploited the coronavirus to cast himself as the only figure capable of responding to a national emergency.

Israeli government uses emergency powers to authorize cellphone tracking of coronavirus patients

By Kevin Reed, 18 March 2020

Netanyahu’s holdover cabinet voted unanimously to authorize the Israeli intelligence service to use cellphone location data to track the movements of coronavirus patients and anyone who comes into contact with them.

Coronavirus hits Israel, threatens catastrophe for West Bank and Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 14 March 2020

Israel’s caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is exploiting the coronavirus outbreak to shore up his political position.

No to right-wing “anti-Semitism” lawsuit against New York University!

the IYSSE at New York University, 12 March 2020

The state-led campaign against BDS and the lawsuit at NYU are an assault on democratic rights having nothing to do with the fight against anti-Semitism.

Ontario parliament to ban criticism of Israel under guise of combating anti-Semitism

By Roger Jordan, 7 March 2020

Bill 168 targets left-wing groups and individuals by branding criticism of the actions of the Israeli government, with which Canada has close ties, as anti-Semitic.

Victory for Netanyahu leaves him short of a majority

By Jean Shaoul, 4 March 2020

Netanyahu is focusing all his efforts on persuading the leader of Blue and White, or some of its party members, to dump their pledge not to serve under an indicted prime minister.

Israel’s deepening poverty, social inequality ignored in election campaign

By Jean Shaoul, 29 February 2020

According to Israel’s National Insurance Institute, some 26 percent of households were in poverty or near poverty in 2018.

Third election in a year deepens Israel’s political crisis

By Jean Shaoul, 26 February 2020

Netanyahu has carried out one political manoeuvre after another aimed at avoiding prosecution and maintaining his bloc’s domination of the Knesset.

Control of offshore gas and oil provokes conflicts in eastern Mediterranean

By Jean Shaoul, 24 February 2020

A new “scramble for Africa” is being tied into a new “scramble” for the eastern Mediterranean, as Turkey, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Cyprus, Lebanon and the European powers compete over gas exploration, production licenses and pipelines.

Labour Party leadership candidates profess Zionism at Jewish Labour Movement hustings

By Robert Stevens, 18 February 2020

After Corbyn’s four years in office, the Blairites are on the verge of winning back the leadership amid the threat of mass expulsions of Corbyn supporters.

YIVO Institute for Jewish research in New York fires all its librarians

By Clara Weiss, 17 February 2020

Many of the YIVO library’s 400,000 books, newspapers and documents have been rescued from Nazi barbarism, and are indispensable for the study of European Jewish history before the Second World War, the Holocaust and the pre-war revolutionary movement of the Eastern European working class.

Trump unveils farcical Mideast “peace plan” as Netanyahu is indicted

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2020

Timed to meet the immediate needs of both Trump and Netanyahu, the plan sanctions all of the policies of the Israeli right and is guaranteed to be rejected by the Palestinians.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu seeks immunity from prosecution

By Jean Shaoul, 4 January 2020

Netanyahu was indicted in November on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust in three cases that have been investigated for years.

International Criminal Court to investigate Israeli war crimes

By Jean Shaoul, 4 January 2020

Human rights groups have told the UN Human Rights Council, which is investigating Israel’s use of lethal fire against protestors, that no evidence exists of a single protester killed in Gaza border protests being armed.

3 January 2020

Trudeau reaffirms Canada’s support for Israeli aggression

By Roger Jordan, 30 December 2019

Canada’s prime minister denounced a protest against a meeting meant to whitewash the crimes of the Israeli Defence Forces as “anti-Semitic.”

Israel’s political impasse ahead of third election in a year

By Jean Shaoul, 23 December 2019

Netanyahu and his right-wing and ultra-orthodox partners need to secure 61 seats in the Knesset to form a right-wing government that could give him immunity from prosecution.

Netanyahu, indicted on corruption charges, refuses to resign

By Jean Shaoul, 23 November 2019

The prime minister’s aim has been to incite his far-right supporters and encourage them to take to the streets on his behalf.

020 Netanyahu indictment

22 November 2019

Israeli airstrikes on Syria threaten wider Mideast war

By Bill Van Auken, 21 November 2019

The air raids follow by barely a week a bombing campaign against Gaza that killed 34, including an entire family of eight.

US declares Israeli settlements no longer illegal

By Jean Shaoul, 19 November 2019

The US ruling is a green light for an escalation in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from East Jerusalem and the annexation of Palestinian land.

Dozens of Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza

By Bill Van Auken, 14 November 2019

The escalation against Gaza serves the political needs of Netanyahu, who is desperately seeking a “unity government” to avoid being driven from power and facing criminal prosecution.

Former Israeli soldiers tour US to speak out against occupation of Palestinian territories

By Fred Mazelis, 13 November 2019

The soldiers’ own experiences have led them to rebel against the criminal policies of the Israeli government.

Ultra-right Lieberman holds balance of power in Israeli coalition talks

By Jean Shaoul, 11 November 2019

The head of Yisrael Beiteinu is demanding a new governmentexcluding the conservative religious parties.

Israel’s President Rivlin calls on Netanyahu to form a new government

By Jean Shaoul, 26 September 2019

The crisis in Israel parallels the broader disintegration of the traditional political set-ups that is taking place in all the main centres of world imperialism.

Inconclusive second elections intensify Israel’s political crisis

By Jean Shaoul, 19 September 2019

Tuesday’s election results have dealt a potentially fatal blow to the political career of Israel’s likely soon-to-be-indicted prime minister and close Trump ally, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Former US intelligence officials say Israel spied on the White House

By Kevin Reed, 13 September 2019

A report in Politico says that the Israeli government is “most likely” behind cell phone surveillance devices found by the Department of Homeland Security in the vicinity of the White House in 2017.

Netanyahu pledges to annex Jordan Valley if re-elected

By Jean Shaoul, 12 September 2019

Israel has illegally occupied and built settlements in the West Bank, as well as in Syria’s Golan Heights and East Jerusalem, since capturing them in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

Israel: Netanyahu courts far right in election bid to avoid jail

By Jean Shaoul, 4 September 2019

This month’s election was triggered by Netanyahu’s inability to assemble a governing coalition, despite Likud winning 35 seats in the April 9 election.

Israel launches airstrikes against Iraq, Syria and Lebanon

By Bill Van Auken, 27 August 2019

The wave of attacks across the region is linked to both the US offensive against Iran and Netanyahu’s re-election campaign.

Trump denounces Jews for “disloyalty” if they do not vote for him

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2019

First voiced Tuesday, and repeated Wednesday, Trump’s remark is a thinly veiled appeal to his fascist and white supremacist supporters.

Tlaib agrees to Israeli terms, then reverses herself on West Bank visit

By Barry Grey, 17 August 2019

The events of the past two days have provided a fresh demonstration of the cowardice of the Democratic Party and the absence within it of any principled opposition to Donald Trump’s authoritarian agenda.

A dictatorial move: Trump blocks travel to Israel by two congresswomen

By Patrick Martin, 16 August 2019

The intervention by the president to block travel by representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar is another blow against the US constitutional framework.

New York judge orders Fordham University to recognize Students for Justice in Palestine club

By Fred Mazelis, 10 August 2019

The decision is a small but significant blow against the campaign to equate anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism.

Israeli nurses launch nationwide strike

By Jean Shaoul, 25 July 2019

The attack on nurses—usually the very last group of workers to be singled out for wage cuts—came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s interim government passed an austerity budget slashing an additional $900 million.

Mass protests against police shooting of Ethiopian Israeli

By Jean Shaoul, 8 July 2019

The authorities arrested the off-duty police officer before releasing him into “protective custody” under house arrest, further inflaming tensions over the killing.

Israel to set pre-election austerity budget

By Jean Shaoul, 19 June 2019

The budget comes two months after an election in which all political parties hid from voters their economic and social programmes.

French Nutella workers strike, Tram and metro workers’ stoppage in Greek capital

Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

7 June 2019

Workers at the Nutella factory in Normandy have been blockading the plant over demands for a wage increase while Greek tram workers stopped work Monday to protest the Syriza government’s attacks on public transportation.

Fresh Israeli elections after Netanyahu fails to form a government

By Jean Shaoul, 31 May 2019

The calling of new elections expresses the crisis of bourgeois rule provoked by the twin pressures of the decades-long military suppression of the Palestinian people and deepening social inequality within Israel itself.

Netanyahu—unable to form a government—threatens new Israeli elections

By Jean Shaoul, 28 May 2019

Netanyahu’s Likud party has introduced legislation to dissolve the Knesset and call a second election at the end of August.

Israeli writer Amos Oz (1939-2018): A critical appreciation

By Clare Hurley and Clara Weiss, 24 May 2019

Oz published 40 books of fiction, collections of essays, speeches and letters that have been translated into 45 languages, including Esperanto.

Faculty at Chicago’s DePaul University condemn professor’s anti-democratic, militarist comments on Middle East

By Kristina Betinis, 13 May 2019

The faculty resolution condemned the views of Professor Jason Hill, who called for Palestinians to be stripped of voting rights and for Israel to exercise “unprecedented and excessive military might.”

Netanyahu agrees a ceasefire with Hamas—for now

By Jean Shaoul, 10 May 2019

The Israel Defense Forces launched more than 150 aerial strikes and shelled at least 200 sites in the tiny Palestinian enclave.

Israel pounds Gaza, stoking fears of invasion

By Jean Shaoul, 6 May 2019

Less than a month after his far-right bloc's victory in last month’s elections, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu authorised an aerial assault on Gaza, targeting at least 150 sites over the weekend.

Netanyahu prepares to form far-right government in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 19 April 2019

Netanyahu’s victory marks a watershed, posing a serious threat to the working class in Israel-Palestine and throughout the region.

Palestinian leader of campaign to boycott Israel denied entry to US

By Fred Mazelis, 15 April 2019

The action taken against Omar Barghouti is another illustration of the close policy coordination between the ultra-right regimes of Trump and Netanyahu.

As Israeli Labor vote collapses

Netanyahu prepares to form fourth consecutive government

By Jean Shaoul, 11 April 2019

Netanyahu will head a coalition of ultra-orthodox religious and right-wing parties, as well as an openly fascistic organization.

No clear winner in Israeli elections

By Barry Grey, 10 April 2019

Exit polls had conflicting projections, with most giving opposition candidate Benny Gantz a narrow victory over incumbent prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel holds most right-wing elections in its history

By Jean Shaoul, 9 April 2019

The rival campaigns are inextricably linked to the Greater Israel project of Zionist expansion upon which the wealth of Israel’s elite depends.

Netanyahu pledges to annex West Bank if re-elected

By Jean Shaoul, 8 April 2019

Netanyahu, backed by Trump, has effectively repudiated the entire post-World War II international order, signalling new wars of conquest and territorial aggrandisement.

Netanyahu embraces Brazil’s Bolsonaro during Israel visit

By Jean Shaoul, 6 April 2019

Under Netanyahu, Israel has become a pole of attraction for right-wing ideologues, ultra-nationalists and neo-fascists the world over.

Israeli military kills four Palestinians in Gaza protest

By Jean Shaoul, 1 April 2019

Those killed included three 17-year-old boys, bringing the total of children killed by Israeli forces in Gaza since the Great March of Return began to 52.

Trump recognizes Israeli annexation of Golan Heights: Green light for global war

By Bill Van Auken, 26 March 2019

Trump’s recognition of Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights sets the stage for far greater crimes by both Israel and its US imperialist patron.

Trump recognises Israeli sovereignty over Syria’s Golan Heights

By Jean Shaoul, 25 March 2019

Along with his decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, Trump has effectively repudiated the entire post-World War II international order in relation to Israel and Palestine.

Israel mounts savage air bombardment on Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 16 March 2019

Hamas denied any responsibility for the two ineffectual rockets launched against Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu to face charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust

By Jean Shaoul, 1 March 2019

The indictment announcement comes amidst mounting tensions within the Israeli political establishment exacerbated by Netanyahu’s increasingly pronounced far-right orientation, including the cultivation of neo-fascist forces.

69th Berlin International Film Festival—Part 3

Israeli films, Mr. Jones and Marighella

By Stefan Steinberg, 28 February 2019

This is the third in a series of articles on the recent Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale, held February 7-17, 2019. The first part was posted on February 15 and the second on February 22.

Massive campaign to defend Israeli religious students accused of killing Palestinian mother of nine

By Jean Shaoul, 14 January 2019

The murder and its aftermath highlight the utter lawlessness and racism inherent in the Greater Israel project from which the settler movement stems.

Election campaign confirms further shift to the right by Israeli political establishment

By Jean Shaoul, 9 January 2019

The campaign is dominated by the right-wing and militaristic agenda shared by all Israeli parties, allies and opponents of Likud alike.

Israel’s Netanyahu calls early election amid corruption charges

By Jean Shaoul, 27 December 2018

While Netanyahu will have to fight the election under a cloud, he sees this as preferable to doing so as an indicted crook.

Israeli premier demands German government stop funding Jewish Museum Berlin

By Sybille Fuchs, 27 December 2018

Benjamin Netanyahu’s letter accuses the museum of “anti-Israel activities” for seeking to engage in dialogue with Muslims and others.

Brutal crackdown on West Bank as Netanyahu pledges stepped-up land grab

By Jean Shaoul, 20 December 2018

The Palestinians have faced not just the Israel Defense Forces but also Israeli settlers who have been attacking cars and civilians.

Israel rolls out the welcome mat for Europe’s neo-fascists

By Bill Van Auken, 14 December 2018

Netanyahu’s hailing of Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Salvini as a “great friend of Israel” demonstrates the affinity between the Zionist state and neo-fascism.

Israel: Netanyahu’s coalition government collapses, forcing early elections

By Jean Shaoul, 17 November 2018

Lieberman has pushed Netanyahu into an election campaign that will be fought over the Gaza debacle and the prime minister’s “weakness.”

030 Israeli defense minister resigns

15 November 2018

Israeli terror raid provokes new clashes in Gaza

By Bill Van Auken, 14 November 2018

Israeli strikes on Gaza, in blatant violation of international law, have demolished civilian structures and forced hundreds of families from their homes.

Israeli government defends Trump in aftermath of Pittsburgh massacre

By Jean Shaoul, 5 November 2018

The spontaneous outpourings of solidarity across Jewish and Muslim communities for the victims of the Pittsburgh atrocity are anathema to the Netanyahu government.

Historian seeks release of Israel’s secret papers on Kfar Qasem massacre

By Jean Shaoul, 20 October 2018

Historian Adam Raz believes what has long been rumoured—that behind the horrific massacre in which 51 people were killed was a secret plan developed at the highest level of the Israeli state to transfer Israel’s Palestinians to Jordan.

Australian government backs far-right “OK to be white” motion in Senate

By Mike Head, 19 October 2018

The government’s embrace of the slogan, long championed by alt-right and neo-Nazi groups, has a far-reaching significance.

US student critical of Israel detained at Tel Aviv airport for more than a week

By Jean Shaoul, 12 October 2018

Lara Alqasem, 22, was targeted because she is president of the University of Florida’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, which supports the BDS campaign against Israel.