By Jean Shaoul, 27 June 2012
Israeli riot police have detained dozens of activists demanding social justice, after violently breaking up demonstrations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jean Shaoul, 7 May 2012
Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is expected to announce a snap election for September.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By our correspondent, 28 March 2012
Saturday saw the first public demonstration in Israel opposing war against 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Danny Richardson, 11 January 2012
The WSWS replies to a criticism of “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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jean Shaoul, 12 September 2011
Relations between Turkey and Israel have deteriorated sharply, despite US attempts to broker negotiations between the two countries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Jean Shaoul, 29 July 2011
Thousands are taking to the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to protest the high cost of housing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 May 2011
The Obama administration’s reaction to Israel’s massacre of unarmed Palestinian protesters on its borders underscores the hypocrisy of those ascribing “humanitarian” motives to Washington’s predatory policy in the region.
By Patrick O’Connor, 16 May 2011
Israeli soldiers yesterday killed at least 15 Palestinians and wounded many more as they suppressed protests held at border posts facing Syria, Lebanon and Gaza to mark the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the Zionist state.
By Jean Shaoul, 28 April 2011
The co-authors of the United Nations Gaza report, known as the Goldstone Report, have issued a statement vigorously defending their findings.
By Jean Shaoul, 13 April 2011
For more than a week, Israel mounted frequent aerial attacks on Gaza’s defenceless population, killing at least 25 and wounding dozens more.
By Jean Shaoul, 6 April 2011
The op-ed piece in Friday’s Washington Post by Judge Richard Goldstone presents an unedifying spectacle.
By Jean Shaoul, 26 March 2011
On Wednesday, a bomb exploded at a stop by the main bus station in Jerusalem, killing a 59-year-old British woman and wounding at least 24 other people.
By Jean Shaoul, 26 February 2011
The Obama administration was forced to use its veto to block a resolution at the United Nations Security Council condemning Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories as an obstacle to peace.
By Jean Shaoul, 22 February 2011
Israel has responded belligerently to Iran’s sending of two warships through Egypt’s Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea, calling it a provocation and threatening retaliatory action.
By Chris Marsden, 17 February 2011
Nowhere is fear of the implications of the popular upsurge of the Egyptian people more acute than in the Israeli ruling class.
By Jean Shaoul, 16 February 2011
Within days of calling for a general strike, Histadrut, Israel’s federation of trade unions, has called it off in return for some minor concessions from the Netanyahu government.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 February 2011
Inspired by the Egyptian people’s overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, protests continued to spread in the Middle East on Monday, as Washington scrambled to reassure Israel and pro-US regimes in the region of its continued support.
By Jean Shaoul, 11 February 2011
The right-wing Israeli government of Benyamin Netanyahu has been shaken by the mass demonstrations engulfing Egypt and growing social opposition in Israel.
By Patrick Martin, 9 February 2011
Diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show Suleiman’s collaboration in repression of the Palestinians and torture of CIA prisoners
By Jean Shaoul, 29 January 2011
Secret documents show that Britain’s intelligence service, MI6, and civil servants played a key role in crushing all opposition by militant groups to Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2011
The so-called Palestine papers provide documentary confirmation of what is becoming plain to millions of Palestinians: the nationalist project of building an independent Palestinian state has become transformed into a new means of oppression.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2011
The release of some 1,700 secret documents has exposed the so-called peace process as a criminal farce, part of a permanent US-Israeli conspiracy against the basic rights of the Palestinian people.
By Jean Shaoul, 3 January 2011
A classified cable from the US embassy in Beirut has revealed how Lebanon’s ruling March 14 alliance discussed with the US its preparations for a military attack by Israel against its rival Hezbollah.
By Jean Shaoul, 29 December 2010
A cable released by WikiLeaks has revealed that members of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah party asked Israel to attack its rival Hamas.
By Jean Shaoul and Ann Talbot, 20 December 2010
The US government has dropped its demand that Israel halt the building of new Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
By Jean Shaoul, 14 December 2010
Israel’s government is to build a detention centre to hold up to 10,000 refugees who arrive every year, until their asylum requests have been rejected and they can be expelled.
By Jean Shaoul, 9 December 2010
At least 42 people have died in fires that swept through the forests on Mount Carmel near Haifa, Israel’s third largest city, ravaging an area of more than 30 square kilometres.
By Jean Shaoul, 16 November 2010
The Israeli authorities are working to prevent a fair trial in the civil suit filed against the state of Israel over the unlawful killing of Rachel Corrie.
By Jean Shaoul, 10 November 2010
Last May, Israel was admitted to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, underscoring its transformation into an advanced economy. But its wealth has benefited only a narrow social layer.
By Jean Shaoul, 4 November 2010
The Israeli cabinet is to bring in legislation requiring those applying for Israeli citizenship to pledge their loyalty to “the state of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state”.
By Jean Shaoul, 30 September 2010
The refusal of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to break off US-brokered talks following Israel’s resumption of settlement construction on the West Bank confirms his role as a pliant tool of Washington.
By Robert Stevens, 8 September 2010
Washington’s real aim in convening the talks between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Abbas is to legitimise the support of the Arab states for a future military onslaught against Iran.
By Chris Marsden, 2 September 2010
Today’s talks in Washington between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are a means through which the United States is seeking to further its interests in the Middle East.
By Chris Marsden and Jean Shaoul, 26 August 2010
The August 20 announcement of a resumption of direct talks between Israel and Palestine solicited widespread disbelief internationally.
By Jean Shaoul, 25 August 2010
Photographs showing a female Israeli soldier smirking at blindfolded and handcuffed Palestinian men have sparked outrage in Israel and around the world.
By Jean Shaoul, 13 August 2010
Appearing before the government-appointed Turkel Commission this week, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu defended Israel’s raid on the Turkish flagged ship Mavi Marmara in international waters that killed 13 Turkish citizens last May.
By Jean Shaoul, 11 August 2010
Israel is taking an increasingly provocative attitude towards neighbouring Lebanon. Last week the most serious armed clash took place on the Lebanese border since the Israeli invasion in 2006.
By Julie Hyland and Robert Stevens, 3 August 2010
Two months on from Israel’s murderous assault on the aid ship Mavi Marmara, the imperialist powers continue to whitewash its act of cold-blooded murder.
By Danny Richardson, 21 July 2010
The planned land-grab in East Jerusalem will mean that Israel can “legally” take over thousands of acres and buildings that are the property of Palestinians, some of whom fled to what the state claims were “enemy states” during the Israeli “War of Independence” and others who have property in East Jerusalem but reside in the Occupied Territories.
By Robert Stevens, 15 July 2010
On Wednesday morning another armed confrontation by the Israeli Defence Force with an aid ship was averted when the captain of a Libyan government-sponsored vessel agreed to sail to an Egyptian port.
By Danny Richardson, 14 July 2010
More than half a million Israeli settlers are living on land situated within the West Bank. A report finds there are an estimated 300,000 living in 121 official settlements, plus 100,000 in smaller unofficial “outposts”. The remainder in the 12 Jerusalem neighbourhoods annexed to the Jerusalem Municipality.
By Chris Marsden, 8 July 2010
President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a man who “wants peace” and is “willing to take risks for peace.”
By Patrick O’Connor, 24 June 2010
Israel’s modification of its blockade is designed to strengthen the military’s hand in its crushing suppression of the 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza.
By Patrick O’Connor, 15 June 2010
Israeli government and military figures have made little pretence that the inquiry will be anything other than a whitewash of the Israeli massacre.
By Patrick O’Connor, 15 June 2010
More than 60 minutes of video footage taken aboard the MV Mavi Marmara during the May 31 Israeli commando raid has been publicly released by Iara Lee, an American film maker and activist.
By Alex Lantier, 11 June 2010
The standoff that has developed between Turkey and Israel over Israel’s deadly assault on a flotilla delivering humanitarian supplies to Gaza highlights the explosive consequences of the breakdown of the US-Turkish-Israeli alliance.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 June 2010
President Barack Obama’s meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington on Wednesday again demonstrated US complicity with the Israeli government and its crimes.
By Jordan Shilton, 9 June 2010
Alongside its May 31 assault on a convoy bringing aid to Gaza, Israel has stepped up its repression of domestic political opponents.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 9 June 2010
Tens of thousands of protestors marched throughout France to demonstrate their hostility to the Israeli Navy’s murderous assault on a flotilla bringing humanitarian supplies to Gaza on May 31.
By Patrick O’Connor, 8 June 2010
Israeli naval commandos killed four Palestinian militants off the coast of Gaza yesterday morning in an operation designed to send a signal to the Palestinian people and the world—that its illegal blockade will continue despite mounting criticism of the May 31 massacre of nine Turkish activists.
By Zach Reed, 7 June 2010
Upwards of 10,000 people marched from Downing Street to the Israeli Embassy in London on June 5 to condemn the criminal attack on the Gaza aid flotilla by Israel on May 31.
Commandos raid the Rachel Corrie as
By Jean Shaoul, 7 June 2010
As Israeli naval commandos stormed the Rachel Corrie aid vessel on Saturday, further evidence was emerging about the May 31 massacre of nine people aboard another aid ship trying to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
By Jean Shaoul, 4 June 2010
Israel remains belligerent in the face of worldwide outrage at its acts of piracy and murder of nine unarmed passengers aboard the international flotilla taking much needed aid to Gaza.