Happy Days are Back Again

On Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By ROBIN SHEPHERD It has been a terrible month for Israel’s reputation in Great Britain. The government has announced a partial arms embargo in protest of Operation Cast Lead. The Charity War on Want has held a launch event for a new book entitled Israeli Apartheid: A Beginners Guide. The Guardian has featured commentaries promoting the apartheid analogy as well as accusing Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of using Nazi language to defend settlement policy. The BBC and other media outlets


While our spigots let the water run full blast…

On Sunday, July 19th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict, What We Can Do.

Israel leaves the inhabitants of the West bank thirsty Join us in a protest against the water shortages caused by the occupation Dry water taps – no water for drinking or bathing, many months during the summer heat. Since March this is the situation of many families in the villages Qarawat Bani Zayed, Kufr ‘Ein, Ramani & Nabi Salah, 15,000 people. In the same time, these Palestinian villagers can see beyond the settlements’ fences a different situation. They see green


These people are getting out of hand

On Sunday, July 19th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

NEW YORK – Parents of a Jerusalem-born American boy who want “Israel” listed as their son’s country of birth on his passport have been dealt another blow with the dismissal of their case by a US court of appeals. The US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, on July 10 upheld a lower court’s decision that the courts lack jurisdiction in the matter because foreign policy – including the recognition of foreign governments – belongs exclusively in the domain of


The painful truth

On Sunday, July 19th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Gideon Levy Really, who needs all this? The U.S. president is devoting a considerable amount of his precious time and goodwill trying to be persuasive about the need to end the Arab-Israeli conflict. The Europeans are ready to act, half the world is waiting, but let’s admit the truth: Why all the commotion about us? The settlers might scream and block highway intersections. The Israel Defense Forces would become less important and the news could actually become boring. The


A surprising award from politically-correct Germany to a wonderful human being

On Sunday, July 19th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

BY BENJAMIN WEINTHAL BERLIN – Horst Köhler, the president of the Federal Republic of Germany, issued on Thursday the ‘Federal Cross of Merit, first class,’ the most prestigious award in Germany, to Israeli attorney Felicia Langer, a vociferous critic of Israel, who lives in the city of Tübingen in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg. Langer frequently compares Israel with apartheid in South Africa, and praised the anti-Semitic speech of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Geneva at the Durban II UN


"For those who suffered most, the war continues"– The Guardian on Gaza under siege

On Monday, July 6th, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Peter Beaumont The Observer, Sunday 5 July 2009 In the immediate aftermath of Israel’s bloody three-week war with Hamas in January, Peter Beaumont travelled to Gaza and met the Palestinians devasted by the death of their families and the destruction of their neighbourhoods. Six months later he returns to find they are still waiting – to rebuild both their homes and their lives Shifa Salman Shifa Salman, in the ruins of her family home, which was destroyed by the


Gideon Levy on the "inhumane and illegal siege"

On Friday, July 3rd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Gideon Levy For the past several weeks it has been very hard to get coffee in Gaza. Gas is dirt cheap (NIS 2.40 per liter), and diesel is even cheaper (NIS 1.70); it’s all flowing through the tunnels from Egypt. But there is no coffee. Only after inquiring at a number of grocery stores might you find a bag of coffee, but the grocer will sell you only 250 grams for NIS 18 shekels – an exorbitant price in


Christian Science Monitor: Why the Siege Must End

On Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

A boat carrying foreign activists and three tons of medical supplies was rerouted Tuesday. Meanwhile, the fishing industry – a key source of jobs and protein – has been crippled. By Mel Frykberg | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor Ramallah, West Bank – Bringing fresh attention to its blockade of the Gaza Strip, Israel on Tuesday turned back a boat attempting to deliver three tons of medical supplies to Gazans. After a radio message asking the small ferry to


Onward to Victory!

On Wednesday, July 1st, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Richard Hall Daily Star staff Wednesday, July 01, 2009 BEIRUT: A coalition of activists belonging to various Palestinian solidarity organizations are planning an international march in Gaza aimed at ending the blockade of the territory. The event will aim to bring thousands of demonstrators from around the world to march alongside Gazans as they breach the blockade imposed upon the population since the election of Hamas in 2006. “This march draws inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi,” said a draft statement


Latest from Gaza

On Thursday, June 25th, 2009 in News.

By Steven Gutkin and Karin Laub GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Two years after Hamas seized power, the Gaza Strip is a jumble of absurdities: an economy sustained by smuggling through tunnels, a civil service that gets paid on condition it doesn’t work, and a population no longer fearful of gangs but feeling muzzled under the thumb of Hamas. Under a border closure enforced by Egypt and Israel, the U.N. says, shampoo can come in but conditioner can’t. Nor can



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