The New Schism: Will the Idea of the ‘West’ Survive the Scourge of the Russia-Ukraine War?

The "West" is not just a term, but also a concept that acquires new meanings with time. To its advocates, it can be analogous to civilization and benevolent power; to its detractors, mostly in the ‘East’ and ‘South’, it is associated with colonialism, unhinged violence, and underserved wealth. The current, seismic shifts in world affairs, … Continue reading “The New Schism: Will the Idea of the ‘West’ Survive the Scourge of the Russia-Ukraine War?”

Israel’s Premature ‘Victory’ Celebration: The Defining War in Gaza Is Yet To Be Fought

For years, Palestinians, as well as Israelis, have labored to redraw the battle lines. The three-day Israeli war on Gaza, starting on August 5, clearly manifested this reality. Throughout its military operation, Israel has repeatedly underscored the point that the war was targeting the Islamic Jihad Movement only, not Hamas or anyone else. A somewhat … Continue reading “Israel’s Premature ‘Victory’ Celebration: The Defining War in Gaza Is Yet To Be Fought”

Why Resistance Matters: Palestinians Are Challenging Israel’s Unilateralism, Dominance

Until recently, Israeli politics did not matter to Palestinians. Though the Palestinian people maintained their political agency under the most demoralizing conditions, their collective action rarely influenced outcomes in Israel, partly due to the massive discrepancy of power between the two sides. Now that Israelis are embarking on their fifth election in less than four … Continue reading “Why Resistance Matters: Palestinians Are Challenging Israel’s Unilateralism, Dominance”

Washington Is the Problem, Not the Solution: Why Mahmoud Abbas Is Seeking New ‘Powerful’ Sponsors

To judge US President Joe Biden’s recent visit to Israel and Palestine as a "failure" in terms of activating the dormant "peace process" is simply a misnomer. For this statement to be accurate, Washington would have had to indicate even a nominal desire to push for negotiations between the Israeli government and the Palestinian leadership.  … Continue reading “Washington Is the Problem, Not the Solution: Why Mahmoud Abbas Is Seeking New ‘Powerful’ Sponsors”

The War ‘Diplomat’: How Borrell and the West Lost the ‘Global Battle of Narratives’

In a blog entry, reflecting on the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Bali, Indonesia on July 7-8, the High Representative of the European Union, Josep Borrell, seems to have accepted the painful truth that the West is losing what he termed "the global battle of narratives."  "The global battle of narratives is in full swing … Continue reading “The War ‘Diplomat’: How Borrell and the West Lost the ‘Global Battle of Narratives’”

The Shameful UN ‘List of Shame’: Equating the Israeli Perpetrator and the Palestinian Victim

"We regret we failed to protect you." This was part of a statement issued by United Nations human rights experts on July 14, urging the Israeli government to release Palestinian prisoner Ahmad Manasra. Only 14 years old at the time of his arrest and torture by Israeli forces, Manasra is now 20 years old. His … Continue reading “The Shameful UN ‘List of Shame’: Equating the Israeli Perpetrator and the Palestinian Victim”

Worsening Chaos: Israel’s Political Instability Is Now the Norm

The collapse of the short-lived Israeli government of Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid validates the argument that the political crisis in Israel was not entirely instigated and sustained by former Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Bennett’s coalition government consisted of eight parties, welding together arguably one of the oddest coalitions in the tumultuous history of … Continue reading “Worsening Chaos: Israel’s Political Instability Is Now the Norm”

15 Years of Failed Experiments: Myths and Facts About the Israeli Siege on Gaza

15 years have passed since Israel imposed a total siege on the Gaza Strip, subjecting nearly two million Palestinians to one of the longest and most cruel politically-motivated blockades in history. The Israeli government had then justified its siege as the only way to protect Israel from Palestinian "terrorism and rocket attacks". This remains the … Continue reading “15 Years of Failed Experiments: Myths and Facts About the Israeli Siege on Gaza”

‘Not a Justification but a Provocation’: Chomsky on the Root Causes of the Russia Ukraine War

One of the reasons that Russian media has been completely blocked in the West, along with the unprecedented control and censorship over the Ukraine war narrative, is the fact that western governments simply do not want their public to know that the world is vastly changing. Ignorance might be bliss, arguably in some situations, but … Continue reading “‘Not a Justification but a Provocation’: Chomsky on the Root Causes of the Russia Ukraine War”

Cultural Warriors: Why Palestine’s Sports Victories Should Inspire Us

The Palestine National Football Team has, once more, done the seemingly impossible by qualifying for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup. By any standards, this is a great achievement, especially as the Palestinians have done it with style and convincing victories over Mongolia, Yemen and the Philippines, without conceding a single goal. However, for Palestinians, this … Continue reading “Cultural Warriors: Why Palestine’s Sports Victories Should Inspire Us”