By Aayesha Soni “We have one goal: to save lives and evacuate [wounded] people.” These were the words of 21-year-old volunteer paramedic Razan al-Najjar in an interview with The New York Times last month. Today, she lies buried after being shot in the chest by an Israeli sniper. At the time of her killing, Najjar’s hands were in the air as she moved towards an injured protester, wearing her white medical coat. This was obviously no deterrent to the Israeli sniper who killed her, and it is indicative of the Israeli army’s culture of plain disregard for basic human rights, … Continue reading How many Gaza medics must die before Israel’s crimes are acknowledged?
West Bank teenager and IDF gunshot victim, Mohammad Tamimi Mohammad Tamimi, 15-year-old cousin of Palestinian folk hero Ahed Tamimi, is just trying to live his life (with 1/3 of his skull missing), but the Israeli media keep harassing him. It wasn’t enough that they shot him in the head: apparently they want this child behind bars. by Kathryn Shihadah, Palestine Home The unthinkable is absolutely routine in the occupied Palestinian territories. This particular outrage involves a familiar face – that of 15-year-old Mohammad Tamimi. As Mohammad was walking in his village, Nabi Saleh, 4 Israeli agents disguised as Palestinians jumped him, threw … Continue reading Let’s talk about Mohammad Tamimi’s 2nd detention
Israel has tried to bury inconvenient facts about Lebanon and Gaza A Lebanese flag is seen as mourners bury 29 Lebanese victims – mostly women and children – of an Israeli attack in the Lebanese village of Qana, on August 18, 2006 Israeli public relations efforts to turn attention away from inconvenient realities and distract public opinion rest in large part on promoting simplified, dumbed-down messages. Those are easily parroted by complicit media outlets, think-tanks, pundits, and by some journalists who prefer the sensationalism of “Iranian mullahs”, “Hezbollah plots” and “Hamas terrorists” to the more complicated dynamics of the region … Continue reading Memo to Israel: Lebanon is not Hezbollah, Gaza is not Hamas
Palestinians wait in line to cross to Egypt following the opening of Rafah border gate in Khan Yunis, Gaza Yesterday Egyptian military strongman Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi announced on Twitter that the Rafah border crossing to Gaza would remain open throughout the entire month of Ramadan. Al-Sisi’s tweet came at the end of a long and bloody week for Palestinians. On Monday, as Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner inaugurated the American embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli forces massacred 62 Palestinians and injured over 3,000. The youngest victim was an eight-month-old baby girl, Layla Al-Ghandoor. Al-Sisi’s goodwill promise to “alleviate the burdens of … Continue reading It took 116 dead Palestinians for Egypt to ease its siege on Gaza for a month
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas seen at the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council on February 27, 2017 By Asa Winstanley Too many people within the Labour Party, and even some within Britain’s Palestine solidarity movement, either fundamentally misunderstand or refuse to see the true nature of the Palestinian Authority. The PA is not the “Palestinian government” and neither is it the leader of the Palestinian struggle. Indeed, the “authority” was established with precisely the opposite intention: to liquidate the Palestine Liberation Organisation as the leader of the struggle. This scheme, hatched by the forces of US imperialism in … Continue reading Abbas’s speech was only the latest example of anti-Semitism by Israel’s supporters
Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip on April 2018 By Jamal Haj Ali The first generation that witnessed the Nakba in 1948 shouldered the burden of return for many years. They took their house key and a few things in a hurry, thinking they wouldn’t be gone for long. They thought they’d be gone for a few days or weeks. The courageous Arab forces were determined to destroy the occupier and crush it within hours. The valiant Arab forces believed they would be gone for a few days and then return triumphant and victorious after crushing the invaders … Continue reading The new Palestinian and the hope of return
By Daoud Kuttab Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud talks during the opening of the 29th Arab Summit in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, April 15, 2018. ARTICLE SUMMARY The Saudi king declared the April 15 Arab League Summit held in the city of Dhahran in eastern Saudi Arabia to be the “Jerusalem Summit,” yet many Palestinians doubt this show of support will lead to lasting change. When the Saudi leadership decided to move the annual Arab League Summit from the Saudi capital of Riyadh to the eastern Saudi city of Dhahran, it appeared that the April 15 summit would be called by … Continue reading Palestinians skeptical about Arab League support for Jerusalem