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Israeli police arrest social protest movement leader and break up demonstrations

By Jean Shaoul, 27 June 2012

Israeli riot police have detained dozens of activists demanding social justice, after violently breaking up demonstrations.

Israel’s ruling Likud party incites racist attacks on migrants

By Jean Shaoul, 28 May 2012

Racist attacks injured dozens of asylum seekers, following a rally where leading members of the ruling Likud party made inflammatory remarks against African migrants.

Palestinian hunger strike ended after Egypt’s intervention

By Jean Shaoul, 23 May 2012

Palestinian prisoners have accepted a deal brokered by Egypt to end their hunger strike in protest against Israel’s use of detention without charge or trial and the inhuman conditions they face in jail.

US intensifies confrontation with Iran

By Peter Symonds, 14 May 2012

If the Baghdad talks next week collapse, the danger of military conflict initiated by Israel or the US will rise dramatically.

Israel’s national unity government prepares ground for war

By Jean Shaoul, 10 May 2012

Less than two days after calling an early general election for September 4th, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu announced that he had instead brought the opposition Kadima party into his coalition.

Netanyahu predicted to call early Israeli election

By Jean Shaoul, 7 May 2012

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is expected to announce a snap election for September.

Berlin: Israelis and Iranians protest danger of war in the Middle East

By our correspondents, 7 May 2012

Several hundred Israelis, Iranians and German citizens demonstrated in Berlin on Saturday against US and Israeli preparations for war against Iran.

Israel repeats military threat against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 19 April 2012

Defence Minister Ehud Barak made clear that an Israeli attack on Iran was possible, even as international talks proceeded.

Israel blocks pro-Palestinian “flytilla”

By Jean Shaoul, 17 April 2012

Israel mounted a massive international effort at the weekend to prevent pro-Palestinian activists from entering Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion international airport, en route for Bethlehem in the West Bank, to join the “Welcome to Palestine 2012” campaign.

Stop the warmongers! Defend Günter Grass!

By Wolfgang Weber, 11 April 2012

The campaign of defamation against one of the world’s best known writers, a recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature and many other awards, makes clear that the German ruling class and its counterparts in Washington and Tel Aviv are intent on intimidating and silencing anyone who dares criticise the preparations for war against Iran.

US, Israel issue ultimatums to Iran

By Peter Symonds, 10 April 2012

The provocative demands prior to international talks set to begin Friday are intended to make any deal to end the US confrontation with Iran highly unlikely.

Israel: Documents show Defence Ministry planned West Bank land grabs

By Jean Shaoul, 10 April 2012

Recently released documents show that Israel’s Civil Administration, part of the Defence Ministry, has long earmarked up to 10 percent of the West Bank for new settlements or the expansion of existing ones.

Israelis protest war with Iran

By our correspondent, 28 March 2012

Saturday saw the first public demonstration in Israel opposing war against Iran.

US war game foreshadows Israeli attack on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 21 March 2012

The Pentagon exercise concluded that a strike on Iran would lead to a wider regional war involving the US.

Israel threatens Iran, continues air strikes against Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 19 March 2012

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has insisted that Israel would act to defend itself against Iran even if Washington objected.

Israel expands deadly air strikes on Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 13 March 2012

Israel on Monday carried out air strikes on Gaza for the fourth successive day, killing at least 22 Palestinians

Israel steps up repression in occupied Palestinian territories

By Jean Shaoul, 28 February 2012

On Friday, Israeli forces fired on Palestinian protesters at a checkpoint near Ramallah in the West Bank, killing one young man and injuring four more.

US, Israel invoke terror to ratchet up war threats against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2012

Both Washington and Israel have seized upon a string of abortive bomb plots in India, Georgia and Thailand to escalate threats against Iran.

Israel threatens war against Iran within months

By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2012

While the Obama administration has cautioned against Israeli military action, there is no indication that Washington has vetoed such an attack.

The New York Times and the drive to war against Iran

By Barry Grey, 31 January 2012

The New York Times on Sunday published a lengthy article in its weekly magazine that sympathetically and clinically lays out the arguments of Israeli policy makers in favor of a military attack on Iran sometime this year.

Israel prepares for war against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 27 January 2012

The Israeli political and military establishment is preparing to attack Iran, and pushing the US to advance its own plans for war.

Israel and foreign aid

By Danny Richardson, 11 January 2012

The WSWS replies to a criticism of “Israeli government mounts major attack on democratic rights.”

Israeli government mounts major attack on democratic rights

By Danny Richardson, 3 January 2012

Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition has initiated legislation aimed at stifling criticism of the ruling elite, curbing freedom of speech, and limiting the powers of the judiciary.

Rising tensions as actions of ultra-Orthodox Jews spark Israeli protests

By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2011

Tensions provoked by the actions of extremist ultra-Orthodox Haredim groups have erupted in the town of Beit Shemesh, about 18 miles west of Jerusalem.

Israel imposes heavy sentence on whistle-blower Anat Kam to protect the guilty

By Danny Richardson, 17 November 2011

An Israeli court has sentenced Anat Kam, a 24-year-old former conscript, to four-and-a-half years for leaking documents implicating Israel’s top military commanders in war crimes.

Israeli leaders press for attack on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 7 November 2011

While the Israeli political establishment remains intent on maintaining its military advantage, the current push for air strikes against Iran is driven by the political crisis within the region and Israel itself.

Joint US-Israeli campaign against Palestinian UN bid

By Julie Hyland, 5 November 2011

The vote by Unesco to admit Palestine as a member has met with an aggressive reaction from Israel and the United States

Fresh protests in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 31 October 2011

More than 40,000 people took part in a mass rally in central Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday night to demand social justice.

Captured soldier Gilad Shalit freed in Israeli-Palestinian prisoner exchange

By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2011

Yesterday Hamas released captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit to the Egyptian government in exchange for the release of 1,027 Palestinians detained by Israel.

Israeli cabinet approves whitewash report on social crisis

By Jean Shaoul, 13 October 2011

Israel PM Netanyahu has secured cabinet approval for the recommendations of the Trajtenberg “dialogue committee” report, which comes in response to Israel’s mass social protests over the summer.

US Congress blocks Palestinian aid after UN statehood bid

By Jean Shaoul, 5 October 2011

In a provocative move, the US Congress has blocked nearly $200 million of humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people, intended for food aid, health care and development initiatives.

Israel announces new settlements in East Jerusalem

By Jean Shaoul, 1 October 2011

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s right wing coalition government has approved the construction of 1,100 new homes in Gilo, an outer suburb of East Jerusalem, on what was Palestinian land.

Growing tensions between Turkey and Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 12 September 2011

Relations between Turkey and Israel have deteriorated sharply, despite US attempts to broker negotiations between the two countries.

Israel makes military preparations for UN vote on Palestinian state

By Danny Richardson, 8 September 2011

The Israel Defence Forces is training settler "security squads" in the West Bank ahead of an expected yes vote for Palestinian statehood in the United Nations General Assembly.

What way forward for mass social struggles in Israel?

By Bill Van Auken, 7 September 2011

Last Saturday’s demonstration presents a stark contrast between the mobilization of nearly half a million Israelis in protest against social inequality, and the lack of any political program to realize this movement’s aims.

Israel’s largest ever protests oppose inequality

By Jean Shaoul, 5 September 2011

Organizers of the 430,000-strong demonstration in Israel on Saturday have announced that they consider it the “climax” of the protests against economic distress and inequality.

UN issues apologia for Israeli massacre on Gaza aid ship

By Robert Stevens, 3 September 2011

The United Nations report on the Israeli assault on the Mavi Marmara humanitarian ship in May 2010 is a whitewash of the killing of nine aid volunteers.

Israel launches bloody reprisals in Egypt and Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 22 August 2011

Israel’s aggressive response to a series of suicide and roadside bomb attacks near the Red Sea resort of Eilat on Thursday has exacerbated tensions with both the Palestinians and its neighbour, Egypt.

Protest marches, tent city protests continue in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 15 August 2011

At least 75,000 Israelis took to the streets Saturday in 15 cities nationwide to protest high living costs and the domination of the Israeli economy by a handful of billionaires.

Israel’s foreign policy linked to its growing social inequality

By Jean Shaoul, 13 August 2011

One of the key factors underlying social inequality in Israel is the economic cost of suppressing the population in neighbouring Middle Eastern countries, in alliance with US imperialism.

Protests over social conditions continue in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 10 August 2011

Benyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, faces his biggest political crisis since taking power more than two years ago, as protests continue following last Saturday’s demonstrations.

The Israeli protests and the reemergence of the working class

By Alex Lantier, 9 August 2011

Saturday’s mass demonstration in the streets of Tel Aviv powerfully illustrates the reemergence of the international working class as the most important force in world politics.

Largest-ever social protests in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 8 August 2011

Over a quarter million people took to the to the streets Saturday in the largest social protest in Israel’s history, against spiralling living costs and soaring rents that are making it impossible for working people to make ends meet.

Israeli protest movement sparks mass strikes

By Jean Shaoul, 3 August 2011

Over 100,000 Israeli municipal workers took strike action on Monday in a show of solidarity with the nationwide tent city protests against the exorbitant cost of housing.

Jewish, Arab workers and youth protest against social conditions in Israel

By Patrick O’Connor, 1 August 2011

An estimated 150,000 mostly young people in Israel, both Jewish and Arab, protested Saturday over spiralling living costs and the economic and social policies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli protests and the unity of Arab and Jewish workers

By Patrick O’Connor, 30 July 2011

The growing protest movement of Israeli workers and youth against worsening economic hardship is a development of enormous political significance for the working class throughout the Middle East and internationally.

Mass protests sweep Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 29 July 2011

Thousands are taking to the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to protest the high cost of housing.

Israel prepares brutal response to Gaza flotilla ship

By Robert Stevens, 7 July 2011

Israeli government officials have said plans are in place to prevent by force a French ship carrying humanitarian aid from reaching the Gaza Strip.

Israel threatens violence against Gaza aid convoy

By Robert Stevens, 29 June 2011

Israel has threatened violent repression against the Freedom Flotilla II aid convoy, due to sail this week on route to Gaza.

Israeli troops murder Palestinian and Syrian protesters

By Chris Marsden, 6 June 2011

Israeli troops killed 13 protesters after opening fire on a peaceful and unarmed demonstration at the ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights.

Further Israeli provocations on Jerusalem Day

By Jean Shaoul and Chris Marsden, 2 June 2011

Yesterday’s Jerusalem Day was an extraordinary political provocation, even by the normal standards of the event.

Obama affirms “ironclad” support for Israel

By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2011

Wrapping up a week largely devoted to US policy towards the Middle East, Obama spoke before the right-wing Zionist lobby, AIPAC, recommitting Washington to the unconditional defense of Israel.

Netanyahu snubs Obama over 1967 border remark

By Bill Van Auken, 21 May 2011

Following a 90-minute White House meeting Friday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu categorically repudiated the call made by President Barack Obama for Israeli-Palestinian talks based loosely on pre-1967 borders.

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.