‘The Palestine Exception’: War on BDS Is Now a War on American Democracy

There is something immoral in Washington D.C., and its consequences can be dire for many people, particularly for the health of US democracy. The US government is declaring war on the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The fight to defeat BDS has been ongoing for several years, but most notably since 2014. Since … Continue reading “‘The Palestine Exception’: War on BDS Is Now a War on American Democracy”

Power to the People: Why Palestinian Victory in Jerusalem Is a Pivotal Moment

Neither Fatah nor Hamas have been of much relevance to the mass protests staged around Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. Neither have American pressure, halfhearted European "concern about the situation" or cliché Arab declarations made one iota of difference. United Nations officials warned of the grim scenarios of escalation, but their statements were mere words. … Continue reading “Power to the People: Why Palestinian Victory in Jerusalem Is a Pivotal Moment”

Fear and Trepidation in Tel Aviv: Is Israel Losing the Syria War?

Israel, which has played a precarious role in the Syrian war since 2011, is furious to learn that the future of the conflict is not to its liking. The six-year-old Syria war is moving to a new stage, perhaps its final. The Syrian regime is consolidating its control over most of the populated centers, while … Continue reading “Fear and Trepidation in Tel Aviv: Is Israel Losing the Syria War?”

The Story Behind the Jerusalem Attack: How Trump and Netanyahu Pushed Palestinians Into a Corner

Early October 2016, Misbah Abu Sbeih left his wife and five children at home and then drove to an Israeli police station in Occupied Palestinian East Jerusalem. The 39-year-old Jerusalemite was scheduled to hand himself over to serve a term of 4 months in jail for, allegedly, trumped up charges of "trying to hit an … Continue reading “The Story Behind the Jerusalem Attack: How Trump and Netanyahu Pushed Palestinians Into a Corner”

Fighting the Wrong Enemy: Why Americans Hate Muslims

Two officers sought me from within a crowd at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They seemed to know who I was. They asked me to follow them, and I obliged. Being of Arab background, often renders one’s citizenship almost irrelevant. In a back room, where other foreigners, mainly Muslims, were holed for "added security", I was … Continue reading “Fighting the Wrong Enemy: Why Americans Hate Muslims”

Pushing Gaza to Suicide: The Politics of Humiliation

Mohammed Abed is a 28-year-old taxi driver from the village of Qarara, near the town of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. He has no teeth. Lack of medical care and proper dentistry work cost him all of his teeth, which rotted and decayed at a very young age. Yet, his dire financial needs prevented … Continue reading “Pushing Gaza to Suicide: The Politics of Humiliation”

Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine

The United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, seems to be championing a single cause: Israel. When Haley speaks about Israel, her language is not merely emotive nor tailored to fit the need of a specific occasion. Rather, her words are resolute, consistent and are matched by a clear plan of action. Along … Continue reading “Israel vs. the United Nations: The Nikki Haley Doctrine”

Journalism, History, and War: Sit, Type and Bleed

The typical newsroom setup, where journalists chase after news headlines dictated by some centralized news gathering agency – often based in some western capital – does not suffice any more. In the case of the Middle East, the news narrative has been defined by others and dictated on Arab journalists and audiences for far too … Continue reading “Journalism, History, and War: Sit, Type and Bleed”

The Unwanted ‘Bride’: Can the 1967 War Offer Opportunity for Peace?

There is a saying that goes: “Be careful what you wish for, for you may get it.” This has been Israel’s dilemma from the very beginning. The Zionist movement, which held its first conference in Basel, Switzerland 120 years ago, wanted Palestine but not the Palestinians. They achieved this objective 50 years later, in what … Continue reading “The Unwanted ‘Bride’: Can the 1967 War Offer Opportunity for Peace?”

Trump’s Visit to Israel: How Palestine Disappeared From US Media Coverage

As if he has, overnight, been transformed into a master politician, Donald Trump’s 27-hour trip to Israel has left many analysts mystified. Quoting former Israeli political adviser, Mitchell Barack, the New York Times referred to Trump as the “Liberace of world leaders”, in reference to flamboyant, piano player, Wladziu Valantino Liberace. The latter, known as … Continue reading “Trump’s Visit to Israel: How Palestine Disappeared From US Media Coverage”