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Mazin Qumsiyeh : Time for a change!
11 May 2012 | Palestinian political prisoners illegally held in Israeli jails are on hunger strike and some are near death. The population of strikers includes 200 child prisoners, 27 Palestinian legislative council members, and 456 prisoners from Gaza who have not been allowed family visits since 2007.

Khader Adnan to Hunger Strikers: Go Forth and Be Victorious
28 April 2012 | Khader Adnan defied everything related to the Israeli occupation, its prisons, and jailers. He rose up against interrogators and informants, and against all kinds of intimidation and humiliation. He put his body on the line with a 66-day hunger strike until the occupation relented. Adnan spoke to Al-Akhbar about the details of his historic hunger strike.

An article by Saed Bannoura
Power Crisis Posing Serious Health Risks In Gaza
23 March 2012 | The Hamas led Palestinian government in the Gaza Strip is now trying hard to control the deteriorating situation in the Gaza Strip, following the serious shortages of electricity and fuel supplies which have put a hold on nearly 85% of public services, according to reports from the Arabs48 news website.

An article by Mazin Qumsiyeh
Palestine : "Christ at Checkpoint"
20 March 2012 | Israel has been paranoid about people finding out the truth of what it is doing. In an example of this, 55 Harvard students were expelled from Al-Walaja earlier this week (*).

An article by Saed Bannoura
Gaza : Father, Daughter, Killed In Israeli Air Strike - Death Toll Rises To 23
12 March 2012 | Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported Monday that a father and his daughter were killed when the Israeli Air Force bombarded Tal Az-Za’tar area in Beit Lahia, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip.

An article by Ramzy Baroud
Bibi stirs trouble with attack on Gaza
12 March 2012 | The first Israeli missile sped down to its target, scorching the Gaza earth and everything in between. Palestinians collected the body parts of two new martyrs, while Israeli media celebrated the demise of two terrorists.

An article by Saed Bannoura
14 Palestinians killed in less than 24 Hours
10 March 2012 | Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that two Palestinian were killed, on Saturday at noon, when the Israeli army fired a missile at their motorcycle, in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. The latest attack brings the number of Palestinians killed by the army since Friday evening to 14.

An article by Evelyn Hecht-Galinski
The journey to Jerusalem
4 March 2012 | The game of Musical Chairs is called in German The Journey to Jerusalem. The origin of this name is unclear. Perhaps it dates back to the Crusades or to the time of the Zionist migration to Palestine when space on the ships to Palestine was limited. The racist Israeli-Zionist regime is playing a deadly variant of the same game on the Palestinians: always pulling the chair from under the butts of the last remaining Palestinians.

An article by Ramzy Baroud
Between Politics and Principles: Hamas’ Perilous Maneuvers
3 March 2012 | Despite all of Hamas’ assurances to the contrary, a defining struggle is taking place within the Palestinian Islamic movement. The outcome of this struggle – which is still confined to polite political disagreements and occasional intellectual tussle – is likely to change Hamas’ outlook, if not fundamentally alter its position within a quickly changing Arab political landscape.

Haniyeh from Iran: Holy Quds, Our Top Priority
13 February 2012 | Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Sunday that the first priority of the Palestinian nation is to preserve the Holy Quds and repel threats to it. Haniyeh, while addressing a joint press conference with Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi in Tehran, said that alleviating Gazans’ sufferings and pains is the Palestinians’ next priority.

Zahar slams Doha deal for Abbas to head unity govt
13 February 2012 | Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar on Saturday denounced his party leader’s agreement to accept President Mahmoud Abbas as prime minister in a temporary government to unite Gaza and the West Bank.

Visit of Ismail Haniyeh to Tehran
Haniyeh: "Hamas will never recognize Israel"
11 February 2012 | Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has reiterated that the Palestinians will never recognize Israel for Tel Aviv’s occupation of the Palestinian territories

An article by Robert Fisk
In the line of fire: Tom Hurndall
26 January 2012 | The photographs and journal entries of the young activist Tom Hurndall – who was killed at the age of 21 by a sniper – are a visceral portrait of the conflict in the Middle East, says Robert Fisk.

‘Tears of Gaza’ – The Movie
15 January 2012 | ‘Tears of Gaza’ by Vibeke Lokkeberg is a documentary film that should be watched by every American, to see how Israel spends our taxes. Every European should watch it, to see the true face of Israel. It should be viewed by every Arab, to renew our resolve not to allow a racist nation to wipe Palestine and her children from the map and from history.

An article by Ramzy Baroud
Hamas, the Brotherhood: Reanimating History
8 January 2012 | There was an unmistakable hint of triumph in the comments made by Ismail Haniyeh, Prime Minister of the elected Hamas government in Gaza when he was hosted by Mohammed Badie, Supreme Guide of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

An article by Ruqaya Izzidien
Christmas in Gaza
25 December 2011 | This Christmas marks the third anniversary of the 2008-2009 Israeli war on the Gaza Strip; a winter in which 19-year-old Ramy El Jelda saw his home bombed just two days after Christmas. He returned to the site a couple of days later to find his Christmas decorations scattered across the road.

An article by John Lyons
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd seeks action on torture allegations involving Palestinian children
20 December 2011 | Australia will raise concerns with Israel about its juvenile military court system, which has been accused of jailing and torturing Palestinian children as young as 12. Following a report in The Weekend Australian Magazine three weeks ago, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has instructed Australian diplomats to visit the juvenile military court.

An article by Toufic Haddad
Palestinian Prisoners: In the Shadows of Ramallah’s Nationalist Narrative
27 November 2011 | The West Bank’s de-facto financial and political capital, Ramallah, is abuzz with the spectacle of prosperity and statehood. Enormous portraits of Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas holding his government’s statehood application at the United Nations bedeck multiple billboards about town. Construction on government ministries, hotels, and large-scale commercial real estate projects continues around the clock.

An interview by Toufic Haddad
Fakhri Barghouti: Recounting a Lifetime of Struggle
27 November 2011 | After 33 years in captivity, Fakhri Barghouti returned to his people and his family as part of the Gilad Shalit deal last month. He shared with al-Akhbar the painful memories of a lifetime of loss, struggle, hope, and defiance.

An article by The Palestinian Information Center
Universal declaration against besieging nations issued in Gaza
23 November 2011 | A galaxy of lawmakers from Islamic, Arab and European countries issued on Tuesday evening "The universal declaration against besieging nations" during a ceremony held in the Gaza Strip.

Solidarity Convoy Arrives In Gaza
22 November 2011 | A solidarity convoy made it into the Gaza Strip on Monday 21 November evening, through the Rafah Border Terminal, between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Members of the "Freedom Spring" convoy will be holding meetings with political and social figures in Gaza.

An article by Joseph Massad
Israel-Palestine: Truths, Facts and Facts on the Ground
7 November 2011 | Much of the international support that Israel receives is based on several lies it tells and re-tells as "facts". In 1991, negotiations started officially and unofficially between the Palestine Liberation Organisation (and the Palestinians associated with it) and the Israeli government. At the time, Israel had occupied the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip for the previous 24 years.

Interview by Dr. Hanan Chehata
Prof. Richard Falk: "No matter what the facts are or the law is, the US will side with Israel"
31 October 2011 | In an exclusive and extensive interview with the Middle East Monitor Prof. Richard Falk, the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, talks about the on-going intransigence of Israel and its continued failure to abide by international law.

A statement by Richard Falk
Oral Statement introducing Report on Israeli Violations of Human Rights in Occupied Palestine
23 October 2011 | Oral presentation on 20 October 2011 of Report to the General Assembly by Special Rapporteur on “Situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967,” submitted in 13 September 2011.

A scandal our media never talk about
Palestinian Prisoners in Israel
11 October 2011 | In the wake of the recently reported deal for a prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas, and the ongoing hunger strike by Palestinians in Israeli jails, the IMEU offers the following fact sheet on Palestinians imprisoned in Israel.

An article by Saed Bannoura
Hamas: “Abbas’ Speech Filled With Contradictions”
24 September 2011 | Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, stated that the Friday evening speech of Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, at the United Nations, “is filled with contradictions, despite its emotional start”.

A study published by the Afro-Middle East Centre
Realities and perils of the Palestinian ’statehood’ bid
20 September 2011 | This article explores the upcoming attempt by the Palestinian Liberation Organization to gain recognition at the United Nations for a Palestinian state. It examines the possible options that the Palestinian statehood delegation might follow at the UN and discusses the potential ramifications of the bid, and what this might mean for the future of the Palestinian struggle.

State of recognition
Whether the UN grants the PA status as a state or refuses to do so, either outcome will be in Israel’s interest.
17 September 2011 | What is at stake in Barack Obama’s vehement refusal to recognise Palestine as a mini-state with a disfigured geography and no sovereignty, and his urging the world community not to recognise it while threatening the Palestinians with retribution? What is the relationship between Obama’s refusal to recognise Palestine and his insistence on recognising Israel’s right to be a "Jewish state" and his demand that the Palestinians and Arab countries follow suit?

An article by Ilan Pappe
At the UN, the funeral of the two-state solution
12 September 2011 | We are all going to be invited to the funeral of the two-state solution if and when the UN General Assembly announces the acceptance of Palestine as a member state.

An article by Richard Falk
Disappointment at the United Nations: The Palmer Report on the Flotilla Incident of 31 May 2010 .
9 September 2011 | When the UN Secretary General announced on 2 August 2010 that a Panel of Inquiry had been established to investigate the Israeli attacks of 31 May on the Mavi Marmara and five other ships carrying humanitarian aid to the beleaguered people of Gaza there was widespread hope that international law would be vindicated and the Israelis would finally be held accountable. With the release of the report this past week these hopes have been largely dashed as the report failed to address the central international law issues in a credible and satisfactory manner.

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