How COVID-19 is changing our world view

How COVID-19 is changing our world view

Covid-19 is a wake-up call. It is a loud and costly reminder of the world’s lack of preparedness. One of many crucial questions this deadly pandemic is confronting us with pertains to the true definition of human development, of true wealth and real power. When militarily powerful and rich countries, like the United States, find […]

Grassroots Activism Behind Pro-Palestine Shift in the US

Grassroots Activism Behind Pro-Palestine Shift in the US

At a recent virtual J Street Conference, US Senators, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren broke yet another political taboo when they expressed willingness to leverage US military aid as a way to pressure Israel to respect Palestinian human rights. Sanders believes that the US “must be willing to bring real pressure to bear, including restricting […]

A Palestinian Prayer for Ramadan: May the Voices of the Oppressed Be Heard

A Palestinian Prayer for Ramadan: May the Voices of the Oppressed Be Heard

COVID-19 cases in Palestine, especially in Gaza, have reached record highs, largely due to the arrival of a greatly contagious coronavirus variant which was first identified in Britain. Gaza has always been vulnerable to the deadly pandemic. Under a hermetic Israeli blockade since 2006, the densely populated Gaza Strip lacks basic services like clean water, […]

Recognition of Palestine is ‘Symbolic’ but also Critical: The Australian Case

Recognition of Palestine is ‘Symbolic’ but also Critical: The Australian Case

Australia’s Labor Party’s recognition of Palestine as a State on March 30 is a welcomed position, though it comes with many caveats. Pro-Palestinian activists are justified to question the sincerity of the ALP’s stance and whether Australia’s Labor is genuinely prepared to fully adopt this position should they form a government following the 2022 elections. […]

Israel Rejects ICC Investigation: What Are the Possible Future Scenarios?

Israel Rejects ICC Investigation: What Are the Possible Future Scenarios?

The Israeli government’s position regarding an impending investigation by the International Criminal Court of alleged war crimes committed in occupied Palestine has been finally declared by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “It will be made clear that Israel is a country with rule of law that knows how to investigate itself,” Netanyahu said in a […]

The Clandestine War on Africa: France’s Endgame in Mali

The Clandestine War on Africa: France’s Endgame in Mali

In a recent report, the United Nations Mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, concluded that, on January 3, French warplanes had struck a crowd attending a wedding in the remote village of Bounti, killing 22 of the guests. According to the findings, based on a thorough investigation and interviews with hundreds of eyewitnesses, 19 of […]

From his solitary confinement, Marwan Barghouti holds the key to Fatah’s future

From his solitary confinement, Marwan Barghouti holds the key to Fatah’s future

If imprisoned Palestinian leader, Marwan Barghouti, becomes the President of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the status quo will change substantially. For Israel, as well as for the current PA President, Mahmoud Abbas, such a scenario is more dangerous than another strong Hamas showing in the upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections. The long-delayed elections, now scheduled for […]

Kafkaesque Politics: The Missing Lessons from Israel’s Latest Elections

Kafkaesque Politics: The Missing Lessons from Israel’s Latest Elections

A ‘major setback’ was the recurring term in many news headlines reporting on the outcome of Israel’s general elections of March 23. While this depiction specifically referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to secure a decisive victory in the country’s fourth elections in two years, this is only part of the narrative. Certainly, […]

Nuclear Weapons Blazing: Britain enters the US-China fray

Nuclear Weapons Blazing: Britain enters the US-China fray

Boris Johnson’s March 16 speech before the British Parliament was reminiscent, at least in tone, to that of Chinese President Xi Jinping in October 2019, on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. The comparison is quite apt if we remember the long-anticipated shift in Britain’s foreign policy and Johnson’s conservative […]

The Nakba of Sheikh Jarrah: How Israel uses ‘the Law’ to ethnically cleanse East Jerusalem

The Nakba of Sheikh Jarrah: How Israel uses ‘the Law’ to ethnically cleanse East Jerusalem

A Palestinian man, Atef Yousef Hanaysha, was killed by Israeli occupation forces on March 19 during a weekly protest against illegal Israeli settlement expansion in Beit Dajan, near Nablus, in the northern West Bank. Although tragic, the above news reads like a routine item from occupied Palestine, where shooting and killing unarmed protesters is part […]