The ‘Last Martyr’: Who Killed Kamal Al-Assar?

When I learned of the death of Kamal al-Assar, a few years ago, I was baffled. He was only in his 40s. I remember him in his prime, a young rebel, leading the neighborhood youth, armed with rocks and slingshots, in a hopeless battle against the Israeli army. Understandably, we lost, but we won something … Continue reading “The ‘Last Martyr’: Who Killed Kamal Al-Assar?”

Decades of US Diplomacy Has Failed: Why the US Wants to Shut Down PLO Office

On November 18, just days before the 50th anniversary of United Nations Resolution 242, the US State Department took its first step towards severing its ties with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). The timing of this decision could not be any more profound. The first formal contact between the US and the PLO occurred in … Continue reading “Decades of US Diplomacy Has Failed: Why the US Wants to Shut Down PLO Office”

70 Years of Broken Promises: The Untold Story of the Partition Plan

In a recent talk before Chatham House think-tank in London, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, approached the issue of a Palestinian state from an intellectual perspective. Before we think of establishing a Palestinian state, he mused, “it is time we reassessed whether the modern model we have of sovereignty, and unfettered sovereignty, is applicable everywhere … Continue reading “70 Years of Broken Promises: The Untold Story of the Partition Plan”

Anti-BDS Laws and Pro-Israeli Parliament: Zionist Hasbara Is Winning in Italy

A proposed law at the Italian Parliament is set to punish the boycott of Israel. In the past, such an initiative would have been unthinkable. Alas, Italy, a country that had historic sympathies with the Palestinian cause has shifted its politics in a dramatic way in recent years. Most surprisingly, though, the Left is as implicated … Continue reading “Anti-BDS Laws and Pro-Israeli Parliament: Zionist Hasbara Is Winning in Italy”

The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu: Corruption in Israel Is Not Just an Israeli Issue

Whether the string of scandals, now hounding Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, lead to his sacking or not, it matters little. Though nearly half of Israelis polled last July – well before the scandals took a much dirtier turn – believe that Netanyahu is corrupt, a majority of Israelis said that they would still vote … Continue reading “The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu: Corruption in Israel Is Not Just an Israeli Issue”

‘Creeping Annexation’: Why Israel Shelved the ‘Greater Jerusalem Law’

The postponing of an Israeli Knesset bill that would have annexed major illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank to the Jerusalem municipality is the result of behind-the-scenes US and, possibly, European pressure. But the story of the so-called “Greater Jerusalem law” does not end there. Israel wants to maintain an absolute demographic Jewish majority … Continue reading “‘Creeping Annexation’: Why Israel Shelved the ‘Greater Jerusalem Law’”

Walls and Militarized Police: How Israel Is Exporting Its Occupation to the US

Israeli footprints are becoming more apparent in the US security apparatus. Such a fact does not bode well for ordinary Americans. US Senate Bill S.720 should have been a wake-up call. The Bill, drafted by the Israel lobby group, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), as part of its “2017 Lobbying Agenda” is set to … Continue reading “Walls and Militarized Police: How Israel Is Exporting Its Occupation to the US”

Palestinian Unity: Beyond Hamas and Fatah

The reconciliation agreement signed between rival Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, in Cairo on October 12 was not a national unity accord – at least, not yet. For the latter to be achieved, the agreement would have to make the interests of the Palestinian people a priority, above factional agendas. The leadership crisis in Palestine … Continue reading “Palestinian Unity: Beyond Hamas and Fatah”

The Real Reason Behind Trump’s Angry Diplomacy in North Korea

To understand the United States’ stratagem in the Pacific, and against North Korea in particular, one has to understand the fundamental changes that are under way in that region. China’s clout as an Asian superpower and as a global economic powerhouse has been growing at a rapid speed. The US’ belated "pivot to Asia" to … Continue reading “The Real Reason Behind Trump’s Angry Diplomacy in North Korea”

What Is Behind the Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation?

Egypt’s enthusiasm to arbitrate between feuding Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, is not the outcome of a sudden awakening of conscience. Cairo has, in fact, played a destructive role in manipulating Palestinian division to its favor, while keeping the Rafah border crossing under lock and key. However, the Egyptian leadership is clearly operating in coordination … Continue reading “What Is Behind the Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation?”