Money, Power, and Turf: Winning the Middle East Media War at Any Cost

It is hardly surprising to see Middle Eastern countries at the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index, as the worst violators of freedom of the press. But equally alarming is the complete polarization of public opinion as a result of self-serving media and, bankrolled by rich Arab countries, whose only goal is to serve … Continue reading “Money, Power, and Turf: Winning the Middle East Media War at Any Cost”

The Real Danger of the US Normalizing Israeli Settlements

It is hardly shocking that the United States government has finally decreed that illegal Jewish settlements which have been built in defiance of international law, are, somehow, "consistent" with international law.  US foreign policy has been edging closer towards this conclusion for some time. Since his advent to the White House in January 2017, President … Continue reading “The Real Danger of the US Normalizing Israeli Settlements”

How Western Media Bias Allows Israel To Get Away With Murder in Gaza

An Israeli attack on Gaza was imminent, and not because of any provocations by Palestinian groups in the besieged, impoverished Gaza Strip. The Israeli military escalation was foreseeable because it factors neatly in Israel’s contentious political scene. The war was not a question of “if”, but “when”. The answer came on November 12, when the … Continue reading “How Western Media Bias Allows Israel To Get Away With Murder in Gaza”

A Lesson for the Palestinian Leadership: The Reasons Behind Israel’s Arrest and Release of Jordanian Citizens

The release on November 6 of two Jordanian nationals, Heba al-Labadi and Abdul Rahman Mi’ri from Israeli prisons was a bittersweet moment. The pair were finally reunited with their families after harrowing experiences in Israel. Sadly, thousands of Palestinian prisoners are still denied their freedom, still subjected to all sorts of hardships at the hands … Continue reading “A Lesson for the Palestinian Leadership: The Reasons Behind Israel’s Arrest and Release of Jordanian Citizens”

Microsoft Should Not Fund Israeli Spying on Palestinians

The act of Palestinian activists covering their faces during anti-Israeli occupation rallies is an old practice that spans decades. The masking of the face, often by Kufyias – traditional Palestinian scarves that grew to symbolize Palestinian resistance – is far from being a fashion statement. Instead, it is a survival technique, without it, activists are … Continue reading “Microsoft Should Not Fund Israeli Spying on Palestinians”

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinian Christians That Nobody Is Talking About

Palestine’s Christian population is dwindling at an alarming rate. The world’s most ancient Christian community is moving elsewhere. And the reason for this is Israel. Christian leaders from Palestine and South Africa sounded the alarm at a conference in Johannesburg on October 15. Their gathering was titled: "The Holy Land: A Palestinian Christian Perspective". One … Continue reading “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinian Christians That Nobody Is Talking About”

US Must Stop Subsidizing Torture of Palestinian Children

In December 2018, 17-year-old Palestinian teen, Ayham Sabah, was sentenced by an Israeli military court to 35 years in prison for his alleged role in a stabbing attack targeting an Israeli soldier in an illegal Jewish settlement in the West Bank. Sabah was only 14 years old when the alleged attack took place. Another alleged … Continue reading “US Must Stop Subsidizing Torture of Palestinian Children”

The Last Lifeline: The Real Reason Behind Abbas’ Call for Elections

The call by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for elections in the Occupied Territories is a political ploy. There will be no true, democratic elections under Abbas’ leadership. The real question is: why did he make the call in the first place? On September 26, Abbas took on the world’s most important political platform, the … Continue reading “The Last Lifeline: The Real Reason Behind Abbas’ Call for Elections”

Palestinians Face Torture in Israeli Administrative Detention

On August 20, Heba Ahmed al-Labadi fell into the dark hole of the Israeli legal system, joining 413 Palestinian prisoners who are currently held in so-called administrative detention. On September 26, Heba and seven other prisoners declared a hunger strike to protest their unlawful detention and horrific conditions in Israeli prisons. Among the prisoners is … Continue reading “Palestinians Face Torture in Israeli Administrative Detention”

Netanyahu on Steroids: What a Gantz-led Government Means for Palestine

Experience has taught Palestinians not to pay heed to Israeli elections. But to every rule there is an exception. Although it is still true that no Israeli Zionist leader has ever been kind to the Palestinian people, the dynamics of the latest Israeli elections on September 17 are likely to affect the Occupied Palestinian Territories … Continue reading “Netanyahu on Steroids: What a Gantz-led Government Means for Palestine”