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An article by Richard Falk
The delusions of the peace process
18 December 2010 | The politics of the peace process have emphatically ensured that the mere prospect for producing peace is nonexistent. It is astonishing that despite the huge gaps between the maximum that Israel is willing to concede and the minimum that the Palestine Authority could accept as the basis of a final settlement of the conflict, governmental leaders, especially in Washington, continue to pull every available string to restart inter-governmental negotiations.

An Article by Hasan Afif El-Hasan
Dissolve the Palestinian Authority
13 December 2010 | On September 9, 1993, Yasser Arafat, the PLO chief, signed a letter addressed to Yitzhak Rabin accepting UN Security Council resolutions 242 and 338 and recognizing the right of Israel to exist in peace and security. It promised to assume responsibility over all PLO elements and personnel in order to assure their compliance with Oslo agreement, prevent violations and discipline violators and declared inoperative all the articles in the Palestinian Covenant which denied Israel’s right to exist.

A tale by James Petras
Christmas Story - Mary and Joseph in Palestine 2010
12 December 2010 | How would Mary and Joseph, two Jews from Nazareth, have fared in the context of present-day Palestine where the Romans have been replaced by Jewish occupiers? A caustic exercise in realistic imagination offered by James Petras.

Human Rights
Israel prevents Mordechai Vanunu from accepting human rights award
10 December 2010 | Mordechai Vanunu was to have been awarded the Karl von Ossietzky Prize for his work promoting disarmament, but Israel refused to allow him to travel to Berlin to accept it. Now organizers have cancelled the ceremony.

An article by Antoine Raffoul
New History or a New Mirage
8 November 2010 | Echoing Edward Said, the legendary Palestinian scholar, Antoine Raffoul addresses the ambiguities of Israel’s "new historians" who, with the clear exception of Ilan Pappe, condemn the occupation but fail to question the legitimacy of the Zionist State. They denounce the 1967 borders but not those violated in 1948. Until their celebrated revision of Israeli history does not clarify this core issue, the "new historians" will continue to be part of the problem, not the solution.

Israel or the savagery of the "the most moral army in the world"
The Palestinian woman filmed by Israeli soldiers describes her journey of torture and humiliation
8 October 2010 | The Palestinian woman who was filmed, handcuffed and blindfolded as an Israeli soldier danced around her said Thursday that the video only showed the beginning of "a journey of torture and humiliation."

An article by Khalid Amayreh
The refugees are the crux of the matter
8 September 2010 | Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul-Gheit hinted recently that Palestinian refugees would receive $50 billion dollars as a compensation for giving up the right of return. The Egyptian official didn’t elaborate or reveal the source of the information. More to the point, he didn’t say where the money would come from or whether the current Palestinian leadership, e.g. the PLO, would accept such a scenario.

Repression in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Mass arrests, clashes follow settler shootings
3 September 2010 | On 1 September the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) security forces launched an unprecedented arrest campaign against Palestinians affiliated with the Hamas party in the occupied West Bank. The arrest sweep followed attacks earlier in the week against Israeli settlers in Hebron and Ramallah.

An article by Ramzy Baroud
Behind the Israeli Wall: A Lesson in Reality
2 September 2010 | Writers often romanticize their subjects. At times they even manipulate their readers. A book - or any piece of writing for that matter – is meant to provide a sense of completion. Sociological explanations are offered to offset the confusion caused by apparent inconsistency in human behavior. At times a reader is asked to take a stance, or choose sides. This is especially true in writings which deal with compelling human experiences. In “Behind the Wall: Life, Love and Struggle in Palestine” (Potomac Books, 2010), Rich Wiles undoubtedly directs his readers, although implicitly, towards taking a stance. But he is unabashed about his moral priorities and makes no attempt to disguise his objectives.

The Washington Farce - An article by Jeffrey Blankfort
Mahmoud Abbas: Double Agent
2 September 2010 | This coming week we will witness the latest challenge for the man who is arguably the most extraordinary double agent in the Middle East. What is unusual about Mahmoud Abbas, or Abu Mazen, as he was known when his fellow Palestinians had yet to take his measure, is that most of what he does for his Israeli and US masters he does in plain sight.

An article by Max Blumenthal
The “Summer Camp Of Destruction:” Israeli High Schoolers Assist The Razing Of A Bedouin Town
31 July 2010 | On July 26, Israeli police demolished 45 buildings in the unrecognized Bedouin village of al-Arakib, razing the entire village to the ground to make way for a Jewish National Fund forest. The destruction was part of a larger project to force the Bedouin community of the Negev away from their ancestral lands and into seven Indian reservation-style communities the Israeli government has constructed for them.

An Article by Jeffrey Blankfort
Chomsky and Palestine: Asset or Liability?
20 July 2010 | In a recent interview renowned linguist Noam Chomsky called the BDS campaign ‘hypocritical’. Jeffrey Blankfort, who is the author of an earlier important critique of Chomsky’s position on Palestine, responds.

Richard Falk interviewed by C.J. Polychroniou
Richard Falk Answers Questions Regarding His Annual Report
17 July 2010 | Interview responses by Richard Falk to questions regarding his Annual Reports as Special Rapporteur for the occupied Palestinian Territories on behalf of UN Human Rights Council 3Jul10.

Freedom Flotilla
Report on the “Flotilla Free Press” meeting in Istanbul
13 July 2010 | Today is Tuesday, July 13th, 2010. It has been 43 days since the bloody raid carried out by the Israeli army in international waters. During this raid on the Mavi Marmara nine people, including one journalist, were killed.

A message from Suma Baroud
A Mother’s Message from Gaza: We Embrace Hope
19 June 2010 | The following is an edited and translated version of a speech that was prepared to be delivered at an UNRWA event in Gaza, but was rejected by the UN organizer for being ’too political’.

An article by Lauren Booth
Shocking Testimonials from the Mavi Marmara Survivors
11 June 2010 | One of the most striking trends following the flotilla attack has been how quickly Israeli hasbara is being exposed by internet journalists. The doctored IOF audio clips, where amateurs with mock Arab accents hiss ‘Go back to Aushwitz’ to Israeli naval officers. Well they didn’t take long to pull apart did they?

Carnage of the Israeli army against the Freedom Flotilla
Al Jazeera Journalist: “Kidnapped by Israel, forsaken by Britain”
6 June 2010 | Firstly I must apologise for taking so long to update my blog. The events of the past few days have been hectic to say the least, and I am still trying to come to grips with many of the things that have happened.

Freedom Flotilla
Israel killed more than 9, threw wounded into sea, witnesses say
4 June 2010 | Planes carrying 520 aid volunteers and nine dead bodies of activists killed by Israeli security forces on Monday returned home on Thursday, with many claiming mistreatment at the hands of Israeli military officers and other officials and additional allegations that not everyone has returned.

An article by Nour Odeh
Israel faces child-abuse claims
31 May 2010 | An international children’s rights charity has said it has evidence that Palestinian children held in Israeli custody have been subjected to sexual abuse in an effort to extract confessions from them.

Protest by Mazin Qumsiyeh
Israeli piracy and massacre in international waters
31 May 2010 | Israeli criminal navy attacks humanitarian ships in International waters. Reports of 10-16 humanitarian activists killed and 50-60 injured.

Cultural Boycott against Israeli Apartheid
UK singer Elvis Costello cancels Israel concerts
20 May 2010 | Elvis Costello, the British singer-songwriter, has cancelled two concerts in Israel this summer because of what he called the "grave and complex" sensitivities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Defence for Children International calls for a UN investigation
Sexual assault of Palestinian children at the hands of Israeli soldiers
18 May 2010 | On 18 May 2010, Defence for Children International (DCI-Palestine) submitted 14 cases to the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture for investigation. The submission relates to the sexual assault, or threat of sexual assault, of Palestinian children at the hands of Israeli soldiers, interogators and police between January 2009 and April 2010. The ages of the children range from 13 to 16 years.

A Research carried out by the New Weapons Committee
New weapons experimented in Gaza: population risks genetic mutations
11 May 2010 | Toxic and carcinogenic metals, able to produce genetic mutations, have been found in the tissues of people wounded in Gaza during Israeli military operations of 2006 and 2009.

A testimony by Trauma expert Sonja Wentz
“Systematic dehumanization in Gaza is unique”
9 May 2010 | “Trauma is a way of life in Gaza,” says Sonja Wentz, an American mental health professional who was in the besieged strip recently to support Palestinian professionals who are trying to help Gazans cope with daily and continuous trauma.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel
Jeff Blankfort critic of Noam Chomsky
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A Lecture delivered by John J. Mearsheimer
The Future of Palestine
29 April 2010 | The following is a lecture delivered by Professor John Mearsheimer at the Palestine Center in Washington D.C. on April 29, 2010.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel
Letter of Support for Divestment from Professor Richard Falk
14 April 2010 | To the Senate of the Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley (ASUC)

An article by Joseph Massad
An immaculate conception?
14 April 2010 | The Palestinian Authority is pregnant! Indeed, it is the unelected and American-imposed Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad who is pregnant. He told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz in a recent interview that "the time for this baby to be born will come ... and we estimate it will come around 2011."

Richard Falk interviewed by Hanan Chehata
Richard Falk: "I believe that Hamas should be treated as a political actor"
9 April 2010 | Richard Falk is the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967. In 2001 Falk served on a United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Inquiry Commission for the Palestinian territories with John Duggard. He is also an American Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University with a long and distinguished career in academics, politics and law. He recently gave this exclusive and revealing interview to the Middle East Monitor’s Dr Hanan Chehata.

Liberation Theology
A South African Christian response to the Palestinian Kairos Document
5 April 2010 | Over the Easter weekend, more than 60 South African church leaders and lay inter-faith theologians have responded to the Kairos Palestine Document, launched in December 2009 by a group of Palestinian Christians. They unequivocally reject Christian Zionism and theologies that justify the Israeli occupation, endorse the boycott campaign against Israel and denounce the links between the South African and Israeli governments. By comparing parallel experiences, they significantly conclude that conditions for Palestinians are even worse than those prevailing in South African apartheid.

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