Resurrecting the PLO Is Palestine’s Best Response to the ‘Deal of the Century’

Palestinian groups, Fatah, Hamas and others should not confine themselves to simply rejecting the Trump Administration’s so-called "Deal of the Century". Instead, they should use their resistance to the new American-Israeli plot as an opportunity to unify their ranks. Leaked details of the "Deal of the Century" confirm Palestinians’ worst fears: the "Deal" is but … Continue reading “Resurrecting the PLO Is Palestine’s Best Response to the ‘Deal of the Century’”

Israel’s Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue To Bomb Gaza

On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets. The clashes were instigated by Israel, when the Israeli military … Continue reading “Israel’s Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue To Bomb Gaza”

The Two Narratives of Palestine: The People Are United, the Factions Are Not

The International Conference on Palestine held in Istanbul between April 27-29 brought together many speakers and hundreds of academics, journalists, activists and students from Turkey and all over the world. The Conference was a rare opportunity aimed at articulating a discourse of international solidarity that is both inclusive and forward thinking. There was near consensus … Continue reading “The Two Narratives of Palestine: The People Are United, the Factions Are Not”

France and the EU Recognize Yet Support Apartheid Reality in Palestine

A recent statement made by the outgoing French Ambassador to the US regarding the nature of Israeli apartheid accentuates a larger ailment that has afflicted the European Union foreign policy. The EU is simply gutless when it comes to confronting Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine. Ambassador Gerard Araud was, of course, right when he told … Continue reading “France and the EU Recognize Yet Support Apartheid Reality in Palestine”

Notre Dame of Gaza: Our Mosques and Churches Are Also Burning

As the 300-foot spire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris tragically came tumbling down on live television, my thoughts ventured to Nuseirat Refugee Camp, my childhood home in the Gaza Strip. Then, also on television, I watched as a small bulldozer hopelessly clawed through the rubble of my neighborhood mosque. I grew up around … Continue reading “Notre Dame of Gaza: Our Mosques and Churches Are Also Burning”

War Versus Peace: Israel Has Decided and So Should We

So, what have we learned from the Israeli legislative elections on April 9? A whole lot. To start with, don’t let such references as the "tight race" between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his main rival, Benny Gantz, fool you. Yes, Israelis are divided on some issues that are particular to their social and … Continue reading “War Versus Peace: Israel Has Decided and So Should We”

The Unfinished Gaza War: What Netanyahu Hopes To Gain From Attacking Palestinian Prisoners

The current violence targeting Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails dates back to January 2. It was then that Israel’s Public Security Minister, Gilad Erdan declared that the "party is over." "Every so often, infuriating pictures appear of cooking in the terrorist wings. This party is coming to an end," Erdan was quoted in the Jerusalem … Continue reading “The Unfinished Gaza War: What Netanyahu Hopes To Gain From Attacking Palestinian Prisoners”

‘The Essence of Being Palestinian’: What the Great March of Return Is Really About

The aims of the Great March of Return protests, which began in Gaza on March 30, 2018 are to put an end to the suffocating Israeli siege and implementing the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees who were expelled from their homes and towns in historic Palestine 70 years earlier. But there is much more … Continue reading “‘The Essence of Being Palestinian’: What the Great March of Return Is Really About”

Uniting Fatah, Not Palestinians: The Dubious Role of Mohammed Shtayyeh

Political commentators sympathetic to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Fatah Movement, in particular, fanned out as soon as the news was announced of Mohammad Shtayyeh’s appointment as the new Palestinian Prime Minister. It is no surprise to witness this gush of support and enthusiasm, for Shtayyeh is a Fatah man, par excellence. Gone are … Continue reading “Uniting Fatah, Not Palestinians: The Dubious Role of Mohammed Shtayyeh”

Chasing Mirages: How Will Palestinians Combat the ‘Deal of the Century’?

More US measures have been taken in recent weeks to further cement the Israeli position and isolate the Palestinian Authority (PA), before the official unveiling of President Donald Trump’s so-called "deal of the century". But while attention is focused on spiteful US actions, little time has been spent discussing the PA’s own responses, options and … Continue reading “Chasing Mirages: How Will Palestinians Combat the ‘Deal of the Century’?”