Opinion: Palestinians are Not Numbers: On the Future of the Palestinian Discourse

By Ramzy Baroud Palestine can never be truly understood through numbers, because numbers are dehumanising, impersonal, and, when necessary, can also be contrived to mean something else entirely. Numbers are not meant to tell the story of the human condition, nor should they ever serve as a substitute for emotions. Indeed, the stories of life, death – and everything in-between – cannot be truly and fully appreciated through charts, figures, and numbers. The latter, although useful for many purposes, is a mere numerical depository of data. Anguish, joy, aspirations, defiance, courage, loss, collective struggle, and so on, however, can only … Continue reading Opinion: Palestinians are Not Numbers: On the Future of the Palestinian Discourse

Opinion: Thousands of Palestinian homes face demolition as Israel refuses building permits

By Dr. Belal Yasin In the early 1990s, Wael Al-Tahan submitted an application to the Israeli authorities for a permit to build a house on his land at Jabal Mukaber in occupied Jerusalem. The application was refused with no reason given. After many such attempts, Al-Tahan had no option but to build his house without a permit. At that stage the Israeli-led municipality started proceedings against him and issued a demolition order. Despite trying to get a building permit many times, Al-Tahan was fined $30,000 and, on 11 August, had to watch as the authorities demolished his five-bedroom house, in … Continue reading Opinion: Thousands of Palestinian homes face demolition as Israel refuses building permits

Raising funds for criminal Jewish settler exposes deep-rooted Israeli racism

Arson attack, carried out by extremist Israeli Jewish settler Ben Uliel, on 31 July 2015, killed 18-month-old toddler Ali Dawabsheh and his parents Saad and Riham By Robert Andrews It has become a norm in Israel that any Israeli soldier or extremist Israeli Jewish settler, who kills Palestinian civilians, to become a national champion. Deep-rooted anti-Palestinian racism is endemic across large segments of Israeli society. This was demonstrated yet again when an Israeli crowdfunding campaign raised over 1.38 million NIS (equivalent to £310,000) in just five days last week for the legal appeal fund of Amiram Ben Uliel, the Israeli … Continue reading Raising funds for criminal Jewish settler exposes deep-rooted Israeli racism

A brother and a sister, pending a DNA test

By Rasha Herzallah Sometime following the death of his mother in June 2004, Ayman was tidying the clothes inside the wardrobe of his deceased mother, Samira bin Abd al-Salam, when he broke into tears, unable to believe that she was gone. In the blink of an eye, everything changed, and Ayman bin Hadia was shocked after he found an old document in the wardrobe proving that Samira was not his mother. The document had been obtained by his father, Abdelkader bin Hadia, a Tunisian national, from the representative office of the Palestine Liberation Organization in Damascus in 1982. The document … Continue reading A brother and a sister, pending a DNA test

Occupying Palestine is rotting Israel from inside. No Gulf peace deal can hide that

Israel has twisted its laws and contorted its politics to protect the occupation. The UAE and Bahrain deals won’t create peace By Raja Shehadeh  More than a quarter of a century after Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn, Israel has managed to turn its occupation of Palestinian territory from a burden into an asset. What was for so long a liability – the flagrant violation of international law – has now become a valued commodity. Understanding this development is key to explaining why the Israelis are making peace with two distant Gulf states but … Continue reading Occupying Palestine is rotting Israel from inside. No Gulf peace deal can hide that

These aren’t ‘peace deals,’ they are military pacts signed with malicious intent

Shamefully, Arab states endorsed Israeli settlers who expand illegal settlements by stealing Palestinian land; they granted Israeli soldiers a mandate to detain and torture Palestinian women, children and men, and also kill as many as they want By Iqbal Jassat The normalisation deals signed by the UAE and Bahrain with Israel did not aim to bring peace to Palestinians, but grant strong mandate to Israel to continue its aggression on Palestinians and their property. As Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu stepped up to the podium flanked by the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the UAE to sign what has been … Continue reading These aren’t ‘peace deals,’ they are military pacts signed with malicious intent

Remembering the Sabra and Shatila massacre 38 years on

On September 16, 1982, following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, the right-wing Christian Phalange militia stormed the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in West Beirut and began a massacre which ended in the deaths of hundreds, maybe thousands, of mostly Palestinian civilians. I was 19 years old at the time. By chance and by luck I managed to survive. My mother and five younger sisters and brothers; and my uncle, his wife and eight kids did not. Israel’s invasion began June 6, 1982. After much destruction, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which had defended the camps since its inception, agreed to leave Lebanon … Continue reading Remembering the Sabra and Shatila massacre 38 years on

Hamas recycles shells from British ships sunk off Gaza during WWI

In a completely secret operation, Hamas’ military wing retrieved hundreds of shells still useable from the wrecks of two British warships By Motasem A Dalloul The military wing of the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas has apparently recycled shells found on the wrecks of British warships which were sunk off the coast of Gaza during World War One. In a documentary film broadcast on Sunday, Al Jazeera revealed that Al-Qassam Brigades could in such a way overcome the consequences of the Israeli-led siege imposed on Gaza, which are in part intended to undermine its ability to manufacture weapons. The internationally-backed siege has been in … Continue reading Hamas recycles shells from British ships sunk off Gaza during WWI

To fight data colonialism, we need a Non-Aligned Tech Movement

This is one way to ensure technology does not go against the interest of society By Ulises Ali Mejias  It seems every few days we are reminded of how Big Tech companies have no qualms amassing profits while their products are used to incite violence and spread disinformation. The latest such reminder was the recent murder of two protesters in Kenosha, the US state of Wisconsin, by a member of a militant group active on Facebook – a group the company was aware of but refused to do anything about. The problem is not only that Big Tech companies are … Continue reading To fight data colonialism, we need a Non-Aligned Tech Movement

Israel: A rogue state

US sanctions on the ICC prosecutor came in response to investigations announced by the court into US war crimes in Afghanistan and Israeli war crimes in West Bank and Gaza Strip By Asa Winstanley Last week, US President Donald Trump’s administration announced that it was imposing economic sanctions on the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The decree was announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who reported that the US would: “Not tolerate [the ICC’s] illegitimate attempts to subject Americans to its jurisdiction.” This is the US’ vindictive response to investigations announced by the court into US … Continue reading Israel: A rogue state