European Hypocrisy: Empty Words for Palestine, Deadly Weapons for Israel

In theory, Europe and the United States stand on completely opposite sides when it comes to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. While the US government has fully embraced the tragic status quo created by 53 years of Israeli military occupation, the EU continues to advocate a negotiated settlement that is predicated on respect for international … Continue reading “European Hypocrisy: Empty Words for Palestine, Deadly Weapons for Israel”

Zionist War on Palestinian Festival in Rome Is Ominous Sign of Things to Come

A Zionist-led war on a Palestinian cultural festival in Rome has exposed the fragility of the Italian political system when it comes to the conversation on Palestine and Israel. The sad truth is that, although Italy is not often associated with a "powerful" pro-Israel lobby as is the case in Washington, the pro-Israel influence in … Continue reading “Zionist War on Palestinian Festival in Rome Is Ominous Sign of Things to Come”

Dying Alone: When We Stopped Caring for Palestinian Prisoners

"No one cares about the prisoners." Over the past few years, I have heard this phrase – or some variation of it – uttered many times by freed Palestinian prisoners and their families. Whenever I conduct an interview regarding this crucial and highly sensitive topic, I am told, repeatedly, that "no one cares." But is … Continue reading “Dying Alone: When We Stopped Caring for Palestinian Prisoners”

Despite Ambiguity in International Law, Palestinians are Winning the ‘Legitimacy War’

"International law" remains one of the most discussed terms in the context of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It is almost always present, whether the discussion pertains to the Israeli wars and siege on Gaza, the expansion of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank or the encroaching apartheid throughout Israel and the Occupied Territories. … Continue reading “Despite Ambiguity in International Law, Palestinians are Winning the ‘Legitimacy War’”

Fight Over the Mediterranean: France’s Proxy War and the Budding Turkish-Russian Alliance

Overwhelmed by uncontrollable circumstances, the Greek government is bracing for another financial crisis that promises to be as terrible as the last one in 2015. Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, announced, on September 12, that Athens has made a "robust" arms deal that will "reinforce the armed forces" and create a "national shield". However, beyond Mitsotakis’ … Continue reading “Fight Over the Mediterranean: France’s Proxy War and the Budding Turkish-Russian Alliance”

Palestinians Are Not Numbers: On the Future of the Palestinian Discourse

Palestine can never be truly understood through numbers, because numbers are dehumanizing, impersonal, and, when necessary, can also be contrived to mean something else entirely. Numbers are not meant to tell the story of the human condition, nor should they ever serve as a substitute for emotions. Indeed, the stories of life, death – and … Continue reading “Palestinians Are Not Numbers: On the Future of the Palestinian Discourse”

How Do Democrats and Republicans Differ on Palestine and Israel?

The polarized nature of American politics often makes it difficult to address fundamental differences between the country’s two main political rivals, Republicans and Democrats. As each side is intent on discrediting the other at every opportunity, unbiased information regarding the two parties’ actual stances on internal and external issues can be difficult to decipher. Regarding … Continue reading “How Do Democrats and Republicans Differ on Palestine and Israel?”

The ‘Desaparecidos’ of Palestine: Gantz Escalates Israel’s War on the Dead

On September 2, the Israeli government approved a proposal that allows the military to indefinitely withhold the bodies of Palestinians who have been killed by the Israeli army. The proposal was made by the country’s Defense Minister, Benny Gantz. Gantz is the main political rival of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He also serves the role … Continue reading “The ‘Desaparecidos’ of Palestine: Gantz Escalates Israel’s War on the Dead”

Israel’s Friends at the RNC: ‘Christian Zionists’ Dictate the Agenda of the Republican Party

It is difficult – and futile – to argue which American president has historically been more pro-Israel. While former President Barack Obama, for example, has pledged more money to Israel than any other US administration in history, Donald Trump has provided Israel with a blank check of seemingly endless political concessions. Certainly, the unconditional backing … Continue reading “Israel’s Friends at the RNC: ‘Christian Zionists’ Dictate the Agenda of the Republican Party”

‘Dying to Fish’: How Israeli Piracy Destroyed Gaza’s Once Thriving Fishing Industry

On August 16, the Israeli navy declared the Gaza sea a closed military zone. A few days later, a group of Gaza fishermen decided to take their chances by fishing within a mere two or three nautical miles off the Gaza shore. No sooner had they cast their nets, Israeli navy bullets began whizzing all … Continue reading “‘Dying to Fish’: How Israeli Piracy Destroyed Gaza’s Once Thriving Fishing Industry”