Mouin Rabbani on Human Rights Watch and the Gaza Massacre

On Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Mouin Rabbani The Middle East has always been a difficult challenge for Western human rights organizations, particularly those seeking influence or funding in the United States. The pressure to go soft on US allies is in some respects reminiscent of Washington’s special pleading for Latin American terror regimes in the 1970s and 1980s. In the case of Israel such organizations also face a powerful and influential domestic constituency, which often extends to senior echelons of such organizations, for whom


Who Profits from the Israeli Occupation?

On Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Now, more then ever, Israeli activists need a powerful global movement to help us build a just peace in Israel/ Palestine. Looking for effective tools for ending the occupation, we have launched a new website listing companies directly involved in the occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights. The grassroots initiative, of the Israeli Coalition of Women for Peace, includes a database and an information center, and reflects an on-going two-year effort, rigorous


Judeo-Nazis demand pound of flesh from Erdogan

On Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Soner Cagaptay Turkey is a special Muslim country. Of the more than 50 majority-Muslim nations, it is the only one that is a NATO ally, is in accession talks with the European Union, is a liberal democracy and has normal relations with Israel. Under its current government by the Justice and Development Party (AKP), however, Turkey is losing these special qualities. Liberal political trends are disappearing, E.U. accession talks have stalled, ties with anti-Western states such as Iran are


Another take on Bullshit Broadcasting Corporation

On Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Will Self If the protesting luvvies really wanted to make a point about Gaza, they’d attack Israel and the British government Whether Mark Thompson’s decision not to air the Disasters Emergency Committee’s appeal for Gaza on the BBC was the right one, the response of a whole phalanx of luvvies and legs (the term used by TV techies for those in front of the cameras) has been laughable. Oh! How they’re appalled at the pusillanimous BBC in the face


Society for the Revival of Satan-Worship Cancels Turkish Holiday

On Monday, February 2nd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Irit Rosenblum and Zohar Blumenkrantz, Haaretz Correspondent Israeli tourism to Turkey took a nosedive after Thursday’s incident at the Davos World Economic Conference, where Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stormed off the stage after verbally sparring with President Shimon Peres over last month’s fighting in the Gaza Strip. Tourism officials are reporting massive cancelations of Turkish vacations booked for the Pesach holiday period and for this summer. Turkey is the single most popular foreign destination for Israeli tourists,


Bringing democracy to the Arab world.

On Monday, February 2nd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH It’s no secret that several Palestinian Authority and Fatah officials in the West Bank would have liked to see Operation Cast Lead end with the removal of Hamas from power in the Gaza Strip. Of course, these officials are still not prepared to go on the record to express their displeasure over the failure of the IDF offensive to get rid of the Hamas regime. However, in private conversations over the past few days, many of


Allan Nairn on Promoting Real Democracy

On Monday, February 2nd, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By Allan In urban areas with street crime the idealized figure of the honest cop has long been deeply popular, especially among children. Asked what he wants to be, a young boy in a poor household cries out, eagerly, “Polisi!,” and, on getting his ear twisted by an angry mother, amends, “Allright, I’ll be a doctor!” Actually, his chances of rising to doctorhood are slim — no spare money, no free education — but they may be greater than those


"Occupations are currently ongoing at London's Queen Mary College and King's College and have spread across the country to campuses in, Cambridge, Oxford, Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Coventry and Manchester."

On Sunday, February 1st, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

By KARIN LAUB For the latest on UK campus occupations: http://occupations.org.uk/ GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Doctors from the United States who rushed to the Gaza Strip to help the war wounded quickly learned that their challenge went beyond treating shrapnel injuries. The eight American specialists found themselves operating on patients who had fallen victim to the 20-month-border closure that had crippled Gaza’s health care system even before Israel’s offensive against Hamas. On Tuesday, the team removed a kidney


"Fighting Terror" v. The Rule of Law

On Sunday, February 1st, 2009 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

JERUSALEM, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Israel said on Friday the Spanish government had said it would work to amend a law under which a Madrid court is to consider trying seven Israelis over the killing of Palestinians. Spain’s High Court announced this week it would launch a war crimes investigation into a Israeli ex-defence minister and six other top security officials for their role in a 2002 attack that killed a Hamas commander and 14 civilians in Gaza. Spanish law