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A Strike in the Dark
By Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker, February 11, 2008
Sometime after midnight on September 6, 2007, at least four low-flying Israeli Air Force fighters crossed into Syrian airspace and carried out a secret bombing mission on the banks of the Euphrates River, about ninety miles north of the Iraq border. The seemingly unprovoked bombing, which came after months of heightened tension between Israel and Syria over military exercises and troop buildups by both sides along the Golan Heights, was, by almost any definition, an act of war.

America’s Whoredom Season
By Khalid Amayreh, Palestine Information (U.K.), February 9, 2008
It is political suicide to call for peace and justice in Palestine, since “justice” for the Palestinians would always be construed to mean “another holocaust” for Jews. It is political suicide to invoke UN resolutions 242 and 338, as the basis of a prospective peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians. It is political suicide to call on Israel to stop targeting Palestinian civilians…because then you are raising questions about Israel’s morality especially its “most moral army.”

The Strangulation of Gaza
By Saree Makdisi, The Nation, February 1, 2008
All this is supposed to be in response to Palestinian militant groups' firing of crude homemade rockets into Israel, which rarely cause any actual damage. There can be no excuse for firing rockets at civilian targets, but Israel was squeezing Gaza long before the first of those primitive projectiles was cobbled together. The first fatal rocket attack took place four years ago; Israel has been occupying Gaza for four decades.

George Habash's Contribution to the Palestinian struggle
By Assad AbuKhalil, The Electronic Intifada, January 30, 2008
What do you when they want to convince you that a kind and gentle man you met and respected as a person is a terrorist when you know otherwise? Do you quibble with their definitions to no avail? Do you go back and see how they wrote glowing obituaries for Zionist militia leader and later Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, a man whose record of killing civilians is as horrific and grotesque as that of Osama Bin Laden, former Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, Fatah Revolutionary Council founder Abu Nidal or Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet?

Bombs Away Over Iraq
By Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com, January 29, 2008
Note that both pieces started with bombing news - in one case a suicide bombing that killed several Iraqis; in another a roadside bombing that killed an American soldier and wounded others. But the major bombing story of these last days - those 100,000 pounds of explosives that U.S. planes dropped in a small area south of Baghdad - simply dangled unexplained off the far end of the Los Angeles Times piece; while, in the New York Times, it was buried inside a single sentence.

Genocide In Gaza, Ethnic Cleansing In The West Bank
By Ilan Pappe, Indypendent, January 28, 2008
Not long ago, I claimed that Israel is employing genocidal policies in the Gaza Strip. I hesitated before using this very charged term and yet decided to adopt it. The responses I received indicated unease in using such a term. I rethought the term for a while, but concluded with even stronger conviction: it is the only appropriate way to describe what the Israeli army is doing in the Gaza Strip.

Worse than a Crime
By Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, January 26, 2008
The Gaza Strip is the largest prison on earth. The breaking of the Rafah wall was an act of liberation. It proves that an inhuman policy is always a stupid policy: no power can stand up against a mass of people that has crossed the border of despair.

That is the lesson of Gaza, January, 2008.

The Myth of International Consensus
By Kathleen Christison, Counterpunch, January 24, 2008
The most obvious response to this honoring of the international consensus is that in actuality the international community is not in the least interested in what becomes of the Palestinians, now or ever in the past, and does not give more than lip service to any particular solution. Whatever "international consensus" exists has never been interested in specific positions but primarily in accommodating the U.S. and its policies -- which ultimately means preserving Israel's existence above all, supporting a two-state solution because that is the position to which the U.S. and Israel currently themselves pay lip service, but not exhibiting concern for Palestinian rights in any respect. The international community does not initiate policies; it merely parrots and goes along with the positions promoted by the centers of international power, in this case the U.S. and Israel.

War Crimes Airbrushed from History
By Jonathan Cook, Counterpunch, January 4, 2008
The new report follows a series of inquiries by the most influential human rights groups, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, to identify the ways in which international law was broken during Israel's 34-day assault on Lebanon. However, both organisations failed to examine, except in the most cursory and dismissive way, Israel's treatment of its own civilians during the war. That failure may also have had serious repercussions for their ability to assess Hizbullah's actions.

The Sack of Annapolis
By Patrick Foy, Taki's Top Drawer, January 2, 2008
If you want to appreciate just how hopelessly entangled America has become in the fate of modern day Israel and Zionism, you may want to take a look at an eye-opening article of December 5th in the Jerusalem Post. It is entitled “Annapolis—A True Zionist Victory” by Dr. M.K. Ephraim Sneh.

Democracy: An existential threat?
By Ali Abunimah and Omar Barghouti, The Electronic Intifada, December 30, 2007
Palestinians are urged by an endless parade of Western envoys and political hucksters -- the latest among them Tony Blair -- to make do with what the African National Congress rightly rejected when offered it by South Africa's apartheid regime: a patch-work Bantustan made up of isolated ghettoes that falls far below the minimum requirements of justice.

Help! A Cease Fire!
By Uri Avnery, Gush Shalom, December 22, 2007


At long last, there now exists a world-wide consensus that peace in our region must be based on the co-existence of the State of Israel and the State of Palestine. Our government has slipped into it and is exploiting this agreement with another aim altogether: the rule of Israel in the whole country and the turning of the Palestinian population centers into a series of Bantustans. This is, in fact, a One-State-Solution (Greater Israel) in the guise of the Two-State Solution.

CAN THIS plan succeed?

No State Has the Right to Exist as a Racist State
By Omar Barghouti and Silvia Cattori, ZMag.org, December 15, 2007
On the contrary, I see it as the beginning of the end of Zionism itself. Israel and Zionism have lost whatever international respect and admiration they once had. They are steadily becoming pariahs. Israel, a state whose incessant ethnic cleansing and criminal dehumanization of the Palestinians is more or less out in the open, is now solely reliant on bullying, intellectual terror and arm-twisting of the international community and elected officials in the West to achieve its objectives. People around the world do not like or support Zionism, as several recent polls have shown; they are simply afraid of Zionism, and the difference is huge.

Israel's Palestinians Speak Out
By Nadim Rouhana, The Nation, December 11, 2007


Palestinians inside Israel have developed a history and identity after nearly sixty years of hard work and struggle. We are not simply pawns to be shuffled to the other side of the board. We expect no more and no less than the right to equality in the land of our ancestors. Israeli Jews have now built a nation, and have the right to live here in peace. But Israel cannot be both Jewish and democratic, nor can it find the security it seeks by continuing to deny our rights, nor those of Palestinians under occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, nor those of Palestinian refugees. It is time for us to share this land in a true democracy, one that honors and respects the rights of both peoples as equals.

Of Arabs at Annapolis
By Susan Abulhawa, December 6, 2007

How is it possible that Arab men who command the greatest natural resource ever known to man manage to be utterly powerless to stop the wholesale robbery and rape of Palestine or Iraq?  Is attending such a farce as Annapolis the best they can do?


Israel's Strategy for Permanent Occupation

By Jeff Halper, Counterpunch, November 28, 2007
The answer for the past 40 years of occupation is the status quo, delay, while quietly expanding the settlements and strengthening its grip on Judea and Samaria (again, we do not use the terms "occupation" or "occupied territories" in Israel, not to mention "Palestinian"). Just look at the run-up to Annapolis and the negotiations Israel is promising. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said recently that "Annapolis is a landmark on the path to negotiations and of the genuine effort to achieve the realization of the vision of two nations: the State of Israel--the nation of the Jewish people; and the Palestinian state--the nation of the Palestinian

Why Israel Has No "Right to Exist" as a Jewish State
By Oren Ben-Dor, Counterpunch, November 20, 2007


Notice, however, that Palestinian are not asked merely to recognise the perfectly true fact and with it, the absolutely feasible moral claim, that millions of Jewish people are now living in the State of Israel and that their physical existence, liberty and equality should be protected in any future settlement. They are not asked merely to recognise the assurance that any future arrangement would recognise historic Palestine as a home for the Jewish People. What Palestinians are asked to subscribe to recognition the right of an ideology that informs the make-up of a state to exist as Jewish one. They are asked to recognise that ethno-nationalistic premise of statehood.


What do You Mean When You Say 'No'?

By Gideon Levy, Haaretz, November 18, 2007
The mountains of excuses, "settlement blocs" and "natural growth," as well as "beyond the fence" and "inside the fence," cannot conceal the naked truth: The enterprise has not ceased for a moment. It will not stop now. The hands of a quarter million settlers are soiled by iniquity and felony, but they are not the true guilty party. That belongs to all Israel's governments, with the exception of Yitzhak Rabin's second government. All of them have a hand in the iniquity.

Orchestrated Panic
By Yitzhak Laor, Review of, 1967: Israel, the War and the Year That Transformed the Middle East by Tom Segev, translated by Jessica Cohen, London Review of Books, November 6, 2007
The 1967 war changed the lives of Israelis and made Palestinian lives hell. Shortly after it, Israel’s Labour prime minister, Levi Eshkol, a relative moderate, approved the colonisation of the West Bank. The Labour Party never really opposed the process, though for years it seemed to have its doubts. That way of carrying on – appearing indecisive, sounding hesitant, while acting decisively, even aggressively – is a key component of Israeli politics. Eshkol tended to be scornful about the process he’d set in motion. In his favourite language, Yiddish, he said that Israel was thought of as a ‘nebichdike Shimsen’ (‘pitiful Samson’). For years the Israeli soldier has been depicted this way, as a conscience-stricken man who doesn’t really want to become a hero but has no choice.

Iraq's Little-Known Humanitarian Crisis
By Haroon Siddiqui, The Toronto Star, November 1, 2007
Since the 2003 U.S. invasion, between 75,000 and 1.2 million Iraqis have been killed (depending on who's counting). This is in addition to the 1 million Iraqis, half of them children under 5, who died slow deaths during the 1991-2003 U.S.-led United Nations economic sanctions (a UNESCO estimate).

More than 4 million Iraqis have been displaced. Half have fled to Syria, Jordan, Egypt and elsewhere.


A Lesson in Humility for the Smug West

By William Dalrymple, Times Online, October 14, 2007

For though we like to ignore it, and like to think of ourselves as paragons of peace and freedom, the West has a strong militaristic tradition of attacking and invading the countries of those we think of as savages, and of wiping out the less-developed peoples of four continents as part of our civilising mission. The list of western genocides that preceded and set the scene for the Holocaust is a terrible one.


Ticking Clocks and 'Accidental' War

By Alistair Crooke, Conflicts Forum, October 14, 2007

The view from those most likely to be affected by an “accidental” war, Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas, all share the conclusion both that war is imminent and that any one of a number of “ticking clocks” may be “engineered” as a provocation that would by-pass the Pentagon chiefs of staff arguments against expanded conflict and trigger war. All of these actors have been preparing flat-out for the coming conflict.

Getting Your Victims to Love You
By Azmi Bishara, Al Ahram Weekly, October 2007
The Jewish pupil is being asked to affirm his ethnic self (or critically couched: to negate his individuality and assimilate the identity of the national project); the Arab pupil is being asked to negate his ethnicity and distort his identity through identification with the colonialist project that exiled his people and denied their existence.

The Religion of Divide and Conquer
By Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus, October 3, 2007
If there was something slightly bizarre about apocalyptic Christians weeping over the fact that Israel might trade land for peace, there was nothing fringy about the foreign policy heavy weights CUFI has gathered under its wing. On hand to address the convention was Senator Joseph Lieberman, Republican heavyweight Newt Gingrich, and the man who will quite likely to be the next prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.

'The President Has Accepted Ethnic Cleansing'
Interview with Investigative Journalist Seymour Hersh, Speigal Online, September 28, 2007
The Surge means basically that, in some way, the president has accepted ethnic cleansing, whether he's talking about it or not. When he first announced the Surge in January, he described it as a way to bring the parties together. He's not saying that any more. I think he now understands that ethnic cleansing is what is going to happen. You're going to have a Kurdistan. You're going to have a Sunni area that we're going to have to support forever. And you're going to have the
Shiites in the South.

U.S. Secret Air War Pulverizes Afghanistan & Iraq
By Conn Hallinan, Foreign Policy in Focus. September 16, 2007
These assaults are part of what may be the best kept secret of the Iraq-Afghanistan conflicts: an enormous intensification of US bombardments in these and other countries in the region, the increasing number of civilian casualties such a strategy entails, and the growing role of pilot-less killers in the conflict.

We're not Terrorists: This is what a Hamas Cabinet Session Would Sound Like; Sounds Familiar?
By B. Michael, YNet News, September 8, 2007
"When I was a student," the young man said, "we explicitly learned that the word 'terror' meant sowing fear and creating suffering among innocent civilians in order to press their government and achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives."

"True," said the prime minister while stroking his beard. "What's your question?"

 "I heard what you were talking about," the young man continued hesitatingly, "does that mean we're terrorists?"

The Advancing Ethnic Cleansing
By Victoria Buch, Occupation Magazine, September 22, 2007
An average Jewish-Israeli does not know - or does not want to know - about the ethnic cleansing program executed by their state - she or he prefers to think of it as "fight against terror".  Jewish-Israeli citizens live in virtual reality, thoughtfully provided for them by the leaders, the media, and the education system. In this reality, the Israelis figure as good guys, fighting for their existence, rather than as colonizers and occupiers. 

Priorities of Conflict
By Galal Nassar, Al Ahram Weekly, August 21, 2006
Resistance in Lebanon is not separate from resistance in Iraq and Palestine. We must look at the tools implementing this hostile project and denounce them with equal zeal. In Iraq, there is now a constitution and a federation representing the balkanisation project and calling for the partitioning of the country along ethnic and sectarian lines. We cannot assess the imperialist project in Iraq without assessing the tools and human forces that accompany it and aim to implement it. And we cannot assess that imperialist project without asking ourselves: who are the regional forces that support it, and who are those who give it political legitimacy?

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