Op-Eds & Analysis

Israel’s Military Plan in Gaza, and the Strengthening of Hamas
Taghreed El-Khodary, Huffington Post

Israel’s Military Plan in Gaza, and the Strengthening of Hamas

In Gaza today there are thousands of Anne Franks, but their words are rarely seen by Americans. The most painful feeling is when your life is not counted as fully human, is not valued as much as the lives of those who are trying to kill you. When your feelings and your soul mean nothing. When you know the world is watching and yet there are those who escape the realities by turning their heads away -- or need not turn their head at all because your story of dispossession and subjugation is not even being told. The worst is when people start by saying, "It's too complicated to understand or it will never be resolved."

about 3 days ago
Expert Q&A: Amnesty International & Human Rights Watch on Being Denied Entry to Gaza
IMEU

Expert Q&A: Amnesty International & Human Rights Watch on Being Denied Entry to Gaza

Since its latest assault on the occupied and besieged coastal territory began, Israel has repeatedly denied permission for AI and HRW staff to enter Gaza, while Egypt has failed to respond to requests to enter via its border crossing with Gaza.

about 3 days ago
Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: Why moral perversity of U.S. position in Gaza is stunning
Roger Waters, Salon

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: Why moral perversity of U.S. position in Gaza is stunning

The moral perversity of the U.S. position is stunning. How can the U.S. government ask Israel to be more careful about civilian lives while simultaneously arming and then rearming the IDF so it can more effectively inflict such devastation on an imprisoned and occupied people?

about 5 days ago
The Anger of the Palestinians Cannot Be Ended by Killing Their Children
Wallace Shawn, The Hollywood Reporter

The Anger of the Palestinians Cannot Be Ended by Killing Their Children

Over the decades, I've done quite a bit of work as a translator from various languages, and sometimes when I get home from work, I just can't stop. Yesterday, for example, I saw an ad in The Hollywood Reporter. It was in English, but its meaning was not immediately obvious at all, so I felt an overwhelming impulse to translate it.

about 5 days ago
Why Palestinian citizens of Israel are no longer safe
Ron Gerlitz

Why Palestinian citizens of Israel are no longer safe

About a month ago I wrote here that the fabric of relations between Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel was worsening, and that this was not just an escalation but a frightening new era of Jewish-Arab relations in Israel. In retrospect, we were just at the start of the deterioration and had no idea what was in store for us.

about 2 weeks ago
Opinion: Why Israel is its own worst enemy
Gideon Levy, CNN

Opinion: Why Israel is its own worst enemy

The streets of Ashkelon were half empty when I arrived on a Monday afternoon. The latest war was under way, and Haaretz had just published a critical article I'd written about Israel's air force pilots and the grave consequences of their bombardment of Gaza. I came to this southern Israeli town, not far from Gaza, to chronicle the fear spreading throughout Israeli communities near the border. As a columnist for the country's leading liberal newspaper, I am quite used to people being hostile towards my views, but this was something new.

about 3 weeks ago
U.S. Should Stop Funding Israel, or Let Others Broker Peace
Noura Erakat, The New York Times

U.S. Should Stop Funding Israel, or Let Others Broker Peace

As Israel’s primary patron of economic, military and diplomatic support, the United States has a duty and the capacity to help resolve the Palestinian-Israel conflict. It should either comply with its domestic laws and cease military aid to Israel or simply step aside and allow international mechanisms to function without obstruction.

on August 5, 2014
Q&A: Analyst Mouin Rabbani on the Gaza Crisis
IMEU

Q&A: Analyst Mouin Rabbani on the Gaza Crisis

The IMEU offers the following expert Q&A with analyst Mouin Rabbani, Senior Fellow with the Institute for Palestine Studies and Co-Editor of the ezine Jadaliyya.

on August 5, 2014
Unwavering Support of Israel Harms U.S. Interests, Encourages Extremism
Rashid Khalidi, The New York Times

Unwavering Support of Israel Harms U.S. Interests, Encourages Extremism

The blatant partiality of the United States in favor of Israel has already turned the words “peace process” into a bitter joke. Over many decades, American indulgence of Israel has blighted prospects of any resolution of the conflict with the Palestinians. Consequently, occupation has been entrenched and Israeli colonization of the West Bank and East Jerusalem has metastasized, going from under 200,000 illegal settlers in 1991 to over 600,000 today.

on August 5, 2014