The Murder of Yasser Arafat

Eric Margolis EricMargolis.com THE MURDER OF YASSER ARAFAT In 2004, shortly after the mysterious death of PLO leader Yasser Arafat, I wrote a column stating my strong belief that he had been murdered by poison. I recalled Stalin’s favorite line, “no man, no problem.” Poison had been a favorite tool...

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Imploding the Myth of Israel

Chris Hedges truthdig http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/imploding_the_myth_of_israel_20131103 Israel has been poisoned by the psychosis of permanent war. It has been morally bankrupted by the sanctification of victimhood, which it uses to justify an occupation that rivals the brutality and racism of apartheid South Africa. Its democracy—which was always exclusively for Jews—has been hijacked...

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‘The bra is a security threat’: Harassment and interrogation at Ben Gurion airport

Anonymous Mondoweiss http://mondoweiss.net/2013/10/big-hold.html Anonymous is 21 years old and lives in Berkeley, California. Her father is a Jordanian Palestinian and her mother is a British Jew. The following trip took place in September, 2013. I took a deep breath and looked around at my surroundings. I mostly kept tabs on...

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Director’s Screening

Gaza filmmaker Fida Qishta presents her award-winning film, the first film about Gaza made by Palestinians living the reality of Israel’s siege and blockade of this tiny enclave. Saturday, September 21.

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Why the Israel-Palestine ‘Negotiations’ Are a Complete Farce

Noam Chomsky AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/world/chomsky-why-israel-palestine-negotiations-are-complete-farce?paging=off The Israel-Palestine negotiations currently underway in Jerusalem coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Oslo Accords. A look at the character of the accords and their fate may help explain the prevailing skepticism about the current exercise. In September 1993, President Clinton presided over a handshake...

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My Surprisingly Inspiring Trip to the West Bank: Echoes of Our Civil Rights Movement

Jeff Cohen Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/27-3 As I prepared for a grueling fact-finding trip to Israel and the Palestinian West Bank (occupied for 46 years), Secretary of State Kerry announced that Israel and the Palestinian Authority had agreed to resume peace talks without preconditions. On the day my delegation flew to the region,...

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Any Other ‘Statesman’ Who Negotiated Peace Like John Kerry Would Be Treated as a Thief

Robert Fisk The Independent/UK http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/robert-fisk-any-other-statesman-who-negotiated-peace-like-john-kerry-would-be-treated-as-a-thief-8760028.html Has John Kerry no shame? First he cuddles up to both Palestinians and Israelis and announces the renewal of a “peace process” which the Palestinians don’t trust and the Israelis don’t want. Then Israel announces that it will build 1,200 new homes for Jews – and Jews...

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Israel Mocks ‘Peace Talks’

Juan Cole Informed Comment http://www.juancole.com/2013/08/announcement-squatter-palestine.html The Israeli government of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Sunday that it would take bids on nearly 1200 new housing units on Palestinian territory occupied by Israel. The news from Tel Aviv further underlines what a charade the John Kerry-pushed “peace talks” are between a powerful Israel...

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John Kerry’s Doomed Peace Process Is Deja Vu All Over Again

Phyllis Bennis Mondoweiss http://mondoweiss.net/2013/08/john-kerrys-doomed-peace-process-is-deja-vu-all-over-again.html Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest foray into Middle East negotiations should be called the Einstein peace process.  Doing the same thing over and over again and still expecting different results is the great scientist’s definition of insanity. This time around, indications are that Kerry actually...

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Peace Talks: A New Chapter in An Old Book

Robert Jensen Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/27 New negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians may begin next week, with much talk of a “new chapter” in the seemingly intractable conflict. A new chapter, perhaps, but who is writing the book? Any public discussion about the “peace process” is tense, in part because there...

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