Words Without Action: The West’s Role in Israel’s Illegal Settlement Expansion

The international uproar in response to Israel’s approval of a massive expansion of its illegal settlement enterprise in the occupied Palestinian West Bank may give the impression that such a reaction could, in theory, force Israel to abandon its plans. Alas, it will not, because the statements of "concern," "regrets," "disappointment" and even outright condemnation … Continue reading “Words Without Action: The West’s Role in Israel’s Illegal Settlement Expansion”

Jerusalem’s ‘Liveliest Parties’: Has Biden Proved Different From Trump on Palestine?

When Joe Biden was declared the winner in the US elections last November, expectations in Ramallah were high. A Biden Administration, compared to the brazenly pro-Israel Trump Administration, would surely be much fairer to Palestinians, was the conventional wisdom at the time. Hence, unsurprisingly, Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, was among the first world leaders … Continue reading “Jerusalem’s ‘Liveliest Parties’: Has Biden Proved Different From Trump on Palestine?”

The Cultural Genocide in Palestine: On Sally Rooney’s Decision to Boycott Israel

The pro-Israel crowd on social media was quick to pounce on award-winning Irish novelist, Sally Rooney, as soon as she declared that she had "chosen not to sell … translation rights of her best-selling novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You to an Israeli-based publishing house". Expectedly, the accusations centered on the standard smearing used by … Continue reading “The Cultural Genocide in Palestine: On Sally Rooney’s Decision to Boycott Israel”

Heroes or Parasites: Europe’s Self-Serving Politics on Refugees

Language is politics and politics is power. This is why the misuse of language is particularly disturbing, especially when the innocent and vulnerable pay the price. The wars in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern, Asian and African countries in recent years have resulted in one of the greatest humanitarian catastrophes, arguably unseen since … Continue reading “Heroes or Parasites: Europe’s Self-Serving Politics on Refugees”

Racial Justice vs. The Israel Lobby: When Being Pro-Palestine Becomes the New Normal

There is an unmistakable shift in American politics regarding Palestine and Israel, a change that is inspired by the way in which many Americans, especially the youth, view the Palestinian struggle and the Israeli occupation. While this shift is yet to translate into tangibly diminishing Israel’s stronghold over the US Congress, it promises to be … Continue reading “Racial Justice vs. The Israel Lobby: When Being Pro-Palestine Becomes the New Normal”

The Untold Story of Why Palestinians Are Divided

The political division in Palestinian society is deep-rooted, and must not be reduced to convenient claims about the "Hamas-Fatah split", elections, the Oslo accords and subsequent disagreements. The division is linked to events that preceded all of these, and not even the death or incapacitation of the octogenarian, Mahmoud Abbas, will advance Palestinian unity by … Continue reading “The Untold Story of Why Palestinians Are Divided”

Who Represents Afghanistan: Genuine Activists vs. ‘Native Informants’

Scenes of thousands of Afghans flooding the Kabul International Airport to flee the country as Taliban fighters were quickly consolidating their control over the capital, raised many questions, leading amongst them: who are these people and why are they running away? In the US and other Western media, answers were readily available: they were mostly … Continue reading “Who Represents Afghanistan: Genuine Activists vs. ‘Native Informants’”

From the ‘Iron Wall’ to the ‘Villa in the Jungle’: Palestinians Demolish Israel’s Security Myths

25 years before Israel was established on the ruins of historic Palestine, a Russian Jewish Zionist leader, Ze’ev Jabotinsky, argued that a Jewish state in Palestine could only survive if it exists "behind an iron wall" of defense. Jabotinsky was speaking figuratively. However, future Zionist leaders, who embraced Jabotinsky’s teachings, eventually turned the principle of … Continue reading “From the ‘Iron Wall’ to the ‘Villa in the Jungle’: Palestinians Demolish Israel’s Security Myths”

Hashtag #Untie_Our_Hands: How Many More Palestinians Must Die for Israel’s ‘Security’?

A large Israeli army campaign is taking social media by storm. The installed aim of what is known as the "#Untie_Our_Hands" initiative is the desire to kill, with no accountability, more Palestinian protesters at the Gaza fence. The campaign was motivated by the killing of an Israeli sniper, Babel Hadaria Shmueli, who was reportedly shot … Continue reading “Hashtag #Untie_Our_Hands: How Many More Palestinians Must Die for Israel’s ‘Security’?”

On Propaganda and Failed Narratives: New Understanding of Afghanistan Is a Must

For twenty years, two dominant narratives have shaped our view of the illegal US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, and neither one of these narratives would readily accept the use of such terms as "illegal," "invasion" and "occupation." The framing of the US "military intervention" in Afghanistan, starting on October 7, 2001, as the official … Continue reading “On Propaganda and Failed Narratives: New Understanding of Afghanistan Is a Must”