Palestine


Meaning of Israel’s attack on Gaza

29 December 2008 Phyllis Bennis on holding Israel to account

There is a light …

28 December 2008 The world must turn the light of conscience into activism, says Ewa Jasiewicz

Civilians dead

28 December 2008 Ewa Jasiewicz reports from Gaza on the devastation wreaked by the Israeli air strikes

Gaza today: ‘This is only the beginning’

28 December 2008 Ewa Jasiewicz reports from Gaza on the 'darkest night people have seen in their lifetimes'

A walk in the hills

1 December 2008 Once Raja Shehadeh would lose himself in long walks across the open countryside around his home in Ramallah on the West Bank. Israeli settlement in the Palestinian occupied territories has put a stop to that, with paths closed and the relaxing rambles turned into a challenge often marred by shootings, unpleasant encounters and threats of arrest for daring to walk in a land that has been claimed by strangers

The legacy of the Nakba

5 July 2008 Academic institutions pride themselves on fostering freedom of expression and thought. But Israeli universities are accused of complicity in the silencing of Arab voices by British academics. Jaimie Kaffash reports

This is what you do

1 June 2008 Hollow Land by Eyal Weizman, reviewed by Michael Kustow

Anti-semitism and the Israel lobby

3 April 2008 In this extract from his book, If I Am Not for Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew, Mike Marqusee says that no one should be deterred from criticising the Israel lobby by charges of anti-semitism

The mega prison of Palestine

6 March 2008 Ilan Pappe sees a deliberately genocidal policy by Israel towards the Palestinians

Talking with the enemy

10 February 2008 Peace requires negotiating with your enemies, says Gerald Kaufman MP, Labour's shadow foreign secretary in the 1980s and 1990s. The Annapolis summit was a complete waste of time, he argues, and so will be any other attempt at a solution that does not involve negotiations with Hamas

American interest

27 December 2007 The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy by John Mearsheimer and Stephen M Walt (Allen Lane 2007), reviewed by Richard Kuper

Pluto threatened over Israel book

16 October 2007 The publication of Joel Kovel's Overcoming Zionism has once again stoked controversy in the United States over academic criticism of Israel. David Castle, from the book's British publisher Pluto Press, argues that lobbying to silence criticism weakens the very academic debate the book's opponents claim to be defending.

Stop the Wall

1 June 2007 In the first in a series on the networks and organisations that make up the global justice movement, Nadia Idle looks at the grassroots campaign against Israel's 'apartheid wall'

Globalisers with guns

1 October 2006 The heady, optimistic days of the 1990s, when the end of the cold war seemed to usher in a new era of peaceful transformation across the globe seem a long way off now. Sergio Yahni looks at the rise of 'armed globalisation', before and since 9/11, and the special role of Israel in the so-called 'clash of civilisations'

Stop arming Israel!

1 September 2006 A new campaign is focusing on the arms trade with Israel, targeting both the government and arms manufacturers. James O’Nions reports

Gaza stripped

1 August 2006 As Israeli jets blast Beirut and other targets in Lebanon, the continuing siege of Gaza has turned into a wholesale onslaught on Palestinian democracy, says Mustafa Bhaghouti. Here he reports from Gaza and calls for international action in support of the Palestinian people [article written in August 2006]

Academic boycott

1 May 2006 Issues such as boycott require some introductory remarks that are on the verge of the obvious, but nonetheless worth repeating. They can be summed up as a recognition of the uneasiness which accompany, and should accompany, any citizen who would call upon the outside world to boycott his or her own country. This means that any call for such a drastic action, should be thought over again and again and not taken easily off hand.

The new (and old) Hamas

1 March 2006 What lay behind the sweeping victory of Hamas in the Palestinian elections – and what will it do with its new-found power?

What can you do?

1 January 2006 Convinced by the arguments on the Palestinian issue? Want to do something about it? Here's some suggestions.

Elections without a state

1 January 2006 Palestinians will be going to the polls in January not to prepare for an independent state but to steel themselves against a crushing defeat

Singling out Israel

1 January 2006 Its supporters constantly laud Israel as the only democratic country in the Middle East with the most moral army in the world. Why single it out for criticism, they ask

Stopping the Wall

1 January 2006 ‘Through our hands, the wall will fall!’ Under this slogan, the third ‘Week Against the Apartheid Wall’ (held during 9-16 November 2005) saw a fresh upsurge of popular resistance to Israel’s so-called ‘security wall’ in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Wherever Israeli bulldozers are destroying and isolating Palestinian homes, lands and water resources through the wall’s construction, people are standing up against the ghettoisation of their communities and the destruction of their livelihoods. From Jerusalem to the Jordan Valley, in Eizarya, Aboud and Anata and throughout Palestine, grassroots campaigners are mobilising in continuous protests against the wall and the occupation.

Palestine at the polls

1 February 2005 Caroline Lucas draws inspiration from the recent Palestinian presidential election, but warns that US and Israeli policies still stand in the way of progress.

Yasser Arafat, 1929-2004

1 December 2004 To have seen Yasser Arafat's last days in Ramallah is to understand why dozens rather than thousands on 28 October saw off his helicopter from his compound in what turned out to be his last flight from Palestine.

‘I do not recognise the authority of the Israeli judiciary’

1 October 2004 Red Pepper contributor Ewa Jasiewicz says her recent expulsion from Tel Aviv is indicative of a widespread crackdown on international journalists and human rights activists in Israel

Notes from the West Bank: July 2004

1 August 2004 The impact of the proposed 650 km "security wall" being constructed by Israel inside the occupied West Bank has finally captured international attention. In late June the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that certain sections of the wall should be rerouted; and by mid-July, the International Court of Justice's opinion that the wall contravenes international and humanitarian law was overwhelmingly endorsed by a UN General Assembly vote. But less is known about the ongoing grass-roots Palestinian campaign against the wall - and the role that village women play.

Notes from the West Bank: 2 May 2004

1 July 2004 "We have been going for 50 years and will always find a way to meet." Gabby Baramki founder of the Jerusalem Choir

Notes from the West Bank: 1 April 2004

1 May 2004 Adah Kay has been keeping a diary on the Palestine/Israel frontline. Over the coming months in our print magazine, she will be offering a personal insight into life in the West Bank. Here is the first entry.

Friendless in Gaza

1 April 2004 As long as the trade and investment opportunities in Palestine remain negligible, Britain will always support Israel.

Two states are neither possible nor desirable

1 December 2003 While still small, the percentage of activists supporting a single-state solution to the Israel-Palestine question is, for the first time in decades, growing.

Choosing independence over apartheid

1 December 2003 After decades of struggling to get Palestinian national rights recognised at the international level, any new initiative to abandon what has been achieved should be viewed with scepticism.

Israeli soldiers shoot to kill human rights observers

22 April 2003 Human rights observers volunteering in the occupied territories claim the Israeli Defence Force is deliberately targeting them, writes Jan Goodey



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