HOW ANTI-MUSLIM WAR MAKES US DEMOCRACY IMPOSSIBLE

By Edward Curtis The “usual suspects” are already being rounded up. U.S. citizens with Iranian names and backgrounds are being selected for special screening at the border. City police departments in New York and Los Angeles have vowed to be on alert for Iranian terrorists. It’s been the same story for decades. Nearly anytime the United States has a military conflict with a country or group that is labeled Muslim, the civil and human rights of Muslims or people who “look Muslim,” whatever that means, are violated by both the U.S. government and some of its citizens. Anti-Muslim war-making has … Continue reading HOW ANTI-MUSLIM WAR MAKES US DEMOCRACY IMPOSSIBLE

Sealed off and forgotten: What you should know about Israel’s ‘firing zones’ in West Bank

There is no military logic in the world that could rationally justify the barring of medical access to an isolated community By Ramzy Baroud Harsh conditions of Israeli occupation create pressure on Palestinian communities to leave their lands. This is the ethnic cleansing that Israel uses to evacuate Palestine of its indigenous people. A seemingly ordinary news story, published in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, on 7 January, shed light on a long-forgotten, yet crucial, subject: Israel’s so-called “firing zones” in the occupied West Bank. “Israel has impounded the only vehicle available to a medical team that provides assistance to 1,500 Palestinians … Continue reading Sealed off and forgotten: What you should know about Israel’s ‘firing zones’ in West Bank

More war crimes are Israel’s plan for the immediate future

By Ramona Wadi Israel’s main bone of contention with the International Criminal Court’s possible investigation into war crimes in occupied Palestine is about settlement expansion. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s declaration in November 2019 which basically insisted that Israeli settlements are not illegal, affirmed US support for annexation of the occupied West Bank. That move was mentioned tentatively by US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman in June last year. In a pre-recorded statement transmitted by video link during the Kohelet Forum in Jerusalem, Pompeo reiterated that the US shift in policy regarding Israel’s settlement enterprise is a means of … Continue reading More war crimes are Israel’s plan for the immediate future

ISRAEL’S FAUDA: IMMORAL, EXPLOITATIVE DRAMA TURNS PALESTINIAN SUFFERING INTO ENTERTAINMENT

By Orly Noy The TV series Fauda (Arabic for “chaos”) deals with the story of an Israeli undercover unit, the mistaravim, whose commandos carry out missions in the occupied Palestinian territories while disguised as Arabs. Among the most successful Israeli drama series ever made, the show has garnered numerous awards, both at home and abroad. The show premiered in 2015 and Netflix acquired it the following year, after which Fauda became a wildly successful international hit. Journalist Avi Issacharoff and actor Lior Raz created the series, based in part on their experiences in the Israeli army’s Duvdevan commando unit. Consultants … Continue reading ISRAEL’S FAUDA: IMMORAL, EXPLOITATIVE DRAMA TURNS PALESTINIAN SUFFERING INTO ENTERTAINMENT

Targeting The Palestinian Memory

By: Kamal Zakarneh The ethnic cleansing carried out by the Israeli occupation authorities in occupied Jerusalem continues and has affected all Palestinian institutions without exception. However, it focuses on the educational and cultural institutions and those with political activities, to remove the Palestinian presence and restrict it in the Holy City, the capital of the occupied Palestinian state. Currently, the occupation campaign has taken the most dangerous turn to date, i.e. a comprehensive war on Palestinian educational institutions in occupied East Jerusalem and its suburbs, targeting UNRWA schools, Palestinian schools affiliated with the Palestinian Authority, and private schools. The ethnic … Continue reading Targeting The Palestinian Memory

Why did Hamas mourn over Iranian general Qassem Soleimani?

By Motasem A Dalloul TEHRAN, PALESTINOW.COM — As soon as the assassination of Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani was confirmed by the Pentagon, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement was among those mourning him and blaming the US for causing chaos in the region through its violations against the “resistance axis” in the Middle East, as well as its “blind support” for the occupation state of Israel. “We mourn the death of Soleimani and the other Iranian commanders killed in an air raid by the US,” said the movement. “On this sad occasion, Hamas condemns the US bullying that creates disputes and upheavals in the … Continue reading Why did Hamas mourn over Iranian general Qassem Soleimani?

The ‘Great Game’ is afoot: Killing Soleimani reflects US desperation in the Middle East

Demonstrators carry an image of Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, who was killed by a US airstrike in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, during an anti-US rally to protest the killing at Palestine Square in the capital Tehran, Iran on January 4, 2020 By Ramzy Baroud / Romana Rubeo By killing top Iranian military commander, Qasem Soleimani, American and Israeli leaders demonstrated the idiom ‘out of the frying pan into the fire.’ US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are both politically and legally embattled – the former has just been impeached and the latter is dogged … Continue reading The ‘Great Game’ is afoot: Killing Soleimani reflects US desperation in the Middle East