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August 21, 2014

Hamas spokesman Abu Ubaida said in a televised speec that Israel had "failed" in its assault on Gaza and called upon the Palestinian negotiating delegation in Cairo to return home.

Hamas spokesman Abu Ubaida said in a televised speech on Aug.

July 14, 2014

Two synagogues were attacked in Paris and the rabbi of the Casablanca Jewish community brutally beaten in reprisals for Israel's "Operation Protective Edge."

The Abravanel synagogue in central Paris is under police guard after more than 100 youths tried to storm the building July 13, chanting "Israel murderer!" The incident—near Bastille Place, on the eve of Bastille Day—followed a march protesting the Israeli air-strikes on Gaza.

June 30, 2014

As Palestinian prisoners announced an end to their two-month hunger strike, some 1,000 African migrants at an Israeli detention center in the Negev desert started one.

Dozens of Palestinian prisoners announced an end to their two-month hunger strike, despite not winning any pledge by the Israeli government to end use of "administrative detention." Shawqi Eissa, the Palesitian minister of prisoners affairs, said June 25 that 63 prisoners agreed a deal and suspended their protest shortly after midnigh

June 16, 2014

Hebron and the West Bank are heavily militarized as Israeli troops hunt for three youths whose abductions have now been claimed (somewhat dubiously) in the name of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Israel's Haaretz reported June 14 that a "Pamphlet Number 1" issued in the name of the Islamist State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and circulated around Hebron is claiming responsibility for the abduction of three Israelis in the West Bank—but the statement's authenticity is in doubt.

May 27, 2014

The rise of far-right "anti-Europe" parties in the Europarliament elections echoes escalating ultra-nationalist and neo-fascist rhetoric on both sides in the Russo-Ukraine conflict.

The May 24 shooting at the Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels, that left three dead, is greeted by the usual ridiculous bet-hedging. CNN typically writes: "The circumstances of the shooting have raised suspicions that it may have been an a

May 21, 2014

Imprisoned Palestinian leaders Marwan Barghouthi and Ahmad Saadat announced that they will go on hunger strike in solidarity with "administrative detainees" who are refusing food.

Jailed Palestinian leaders Marwan Barghouthi and Ahmad Saadat have announced that they will go on hunger strike May 21, a senior official said. Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Issa Qaraqe said that over 120 Palestinian prisoners, including the two jailed leaders, will go on hunger strike for one day in support of administrative detainees who have been refusing meals for nearly four week

February 5, 2014

Demolition teams destroyed three Palestinian homes and forced a man to demolish his own home in East Jerusalem, leaving 28 homeless and sparking street clashes.

Demolition teams from the Jerusalem municipality on Feb.

January 27, 2014

Mayor de Blasio's closed-doors meeting with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) plays into the worst stereotypes about Jews. No thanks, Bill.

Pretty hysterical irony. Gawker reported Jan.

January 21, 2014

The murky case of a 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center suddenly got murkier thanks to statements by a former Israeli ambassador.

The 20-year-old investigation into the July 1994 bombing of the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA) building in Buenos Aires took a new turn on Jan.

January 18, 2014

With urban planners along the Green Line foreseeing the shift of Arab-majority suburbs into the West Bank, Israeli calls for "transfer" of the Palestinians are again mounting.

Israel's ultra-reactionary foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, a vocal advocate of "transfer" of the Palestinians, stars in a very gloomy analysis in 

December 19, 2013

Some aghast at the suffering of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are strangely unconcerned with that in Yarmouk, the Damascus refugee camp now besieged by Syrian regime forces.

Isn't it utterly absurd that there are some aghast at the suffering of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and utterly unconcerned with that in Yarmouk, the Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus now besieged by forces loyal to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad... and vice versa...? A brutal winter storm in the region has exacerbated the suffering in both blockaded enclaves, and most Palestinians assuredly grasp the obvious symmetry. In some quarters, however, a sort of ideological blindness seems to prevail: Assad's apologists are of course outraged at the agony in Gaza, but find that in Yarmouk invisible. The US State Department, in turn, exploits Yarmouk for propaganda against Assad, while displaying no such concern for Gaza...

December 19, 2013

Some 150 Sudanese migrants abandoned a desert prison camp to march cross-country on Jerusalem in protest of Israel's draconian new anti-immigration law.

In the most dramatic demonstration ever staged by African refugees in Israel, some 150 Sudanese men who have been detained for months at the sprawling Saharonim prison camp in the desert south marched cross-country on Jerusalem, and on Dec. 18 protested outside the government compound there.

December 11, 2013

While Republicans wax outraged over Obama's handshake with Raúl Castro at the Mandela memorial, US client state Israel offers a far better analogy to apartheid South Africa.

Obama's notorious handshake with Raúl Castro at the Nelson Mandela memorial in Johannesburg yesterday is prompting requisite outrage from all the predictable quarters—beginning with Florida's Republican Congressional delegation. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen called the handshake "nauseating and disheartening," while Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, also the offspring of Cuban immigrants, said "the president's friendly demeanor with Raúl Castro is reflective of his policies to the Castro regime and every other terrorist dictatorship." Sen. Marco Rubio said Obama "should have asked [Castro] about those basic freedoms Mandela was associated with that are denied in Cuba." (USA Today)
October 22, 2013

Iran's relations with the West seem to be improving. Will this finally lead to a conclusive investigation of Argentina's worst-ever terrorist attack?

Argentina and Iran have agreed to proceed with a joint investigation into the July 1994 bombing of the Argentine Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA) building in Buenos Aires, Argentine foreign minister Héctor Timerman said after a Sept.

September 23, 2013

Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered Israel's civil administration to allow settlers back into a stolen Palestinian property in Hebron—in response to the killing of an Israeli soldier.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sept.

July 13, 2013

I am officially renouncing my Project Censored award over the group's endorsement of an "anti-war" (sic) statement that betrays the Syrian opposition.

The latest statement from the poorly named United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) is entitled "No more wars—US out of the Middle

July 10, 2013

Palestinian youths smashed holes in Israel's separation wall in East Jerusalem on the ninth anniversary of an International Court of Justice advisory opinion that ruled the wall illegal.

Palestinian youths smashed holes in Israel's separation wall in East Jerusalem on July 9. The protest marked the ninth anniversary of an International Court of Justice advisory opinion that ruled the wall illegal and called for its removal. Activists declared the

June 7, 2013

Israel released former Palestinian Minister of Prisoner Affairs Wasfi Qabaha at a Nablus checkpoint, ending his two-year detention without charge or trial.

Israel on June 6 released former Palestinian Minister of Prisoner Affairs Wasfi Qabaha, ending his two-year detention without charge or trial. Previous to the two years in administrative detention, Qabaha had been detained by Israel nine times and spent 13 years in jail.

June 6, 2013

Samantha Power's appointment as UN ambassador may signal a determination on the part of the Obama administration that intervention in Syria is inevitable.

The usual frustrating mess.

April 27, 2013

A Catholic monastery and convent outside Bethlehem lost a seven-year legal battle against the construction of Israel's "separation barrier" across its land.

A Catholic monastery and convent in the secluded  Cremisan Valley outside Bethlehem lost a seven-year legal battle against the construction of Israel's "separation barrier" across its land on April 24.

April 18, 2013

Long-term hunger striker Samer Issawi called for "rage and solidarity" to mark Palestinian Prisoners Day. 3,000 detainees in Israel's prisons refused food to mark the day.

Long-term hunger striker Samer Issawi on April 17 called for "rage and solidarity" to mark Palestinian Prisoners Day. "Greetings to all without exception.

March 19, 2013

The new coalition government is calling for a rewrite of Israel's Basic Law that would officially make the state's democratic character subservient to its Jewish character. 

Israel may have to soon forfeit its long-touted claim to being the Middle East's only democracy. The new coalition government agreed to March 15 between Likud-Yisrael

March 9, 2013

The Israeli high court dismissed an appeal by an "unrecognized" Bedouin village demanding access to water. A land titling plan for the Bedouin is being blocked by the military.

On Feb. 20, the Israeli Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by residents of the "unrecognized" Bedouin village of Umm El-Hiran in the Negev demanding access to drinking water. The Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel filed the appeal on behalf of the village's 500 residents.

February 26, 2013

Hundreds took to the streets in the West Bank and Gaza in a second day of protests following the death of a Palestinian prisoner who PA officials say died as a result of torture.

Hundreds of people took to the streets in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Feb.