The New Palestinian Unity Deal May Not Change Much

The unity agreement between Hamas and Fatah under which they will set up a joint administration that will, among other things, control Gaza is going to be regarded with scepticism in the region. The accord signed in the main intelligence headquarters in Cairo has come about because both the Palestinian sides are weak and have …

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Israel Seals off West Bank and Gaza as Sukkot Begins

Eleven-day border closure hits some four million Palestinians as week-long Jewish holiday commences. Israeli authorities have sealed off the occupied West Bank and the already besieged Gaza Strip for 11 days, as Jewish celebrations for the Sukkot holiday commence. At midnight on Tuesday, all crossings to the West Bank and Gaza Strip were closed off …

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Trump Calls Netanyahu ‘A Bigger Problem’ Than Abbas: Reports

The US President Donald Trump described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the harder side to convince in his efforts to mediate between the Israelis and Palestinians, according to well-placed sources. A Western diplomat who was briefed on Trump’s comments, which came during a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York, told Haaretz …

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Trump Ambassador to Israel Goes Rogue

What is Donald Trump’s policy towards Israel and the Palestinians? No one from within the president’s administration seems able to say. During an interview with an Israeli news site, David Friedman, Trump’s ambassador in Tel Aviv, advanced views contradicting decades of US policy, as well as the professed positions of the administration. The State Department’s …

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Israel Covers Up Role in Myanmar Crimes Against Rohingya

Israel is attempting to bury information about its arms sales to the military regime in Myanmar, which the UN accuses of a “brutal” campaign against the country’s Muslim Rohingya population, amounting to a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have fled their homes as the military and Buddhist mobs burn their …

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Deporting Palestinians?

The scheme keeps resurfacing – deporting families of Palestinian activists for justice to Syria or Gaza. In November 2014, months after Israeli Protective Edge aggression on Gaza, Knesset legislation was drafted to revoke the citizenship or residency of Palestinian freedom fighters falsely called “terrorists,” along with their family members, demolishing their homes straightaway, and deporting …

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Mustafa Elayan, 17, was shot in his leg by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank [Jaclynn Ashly/Al Jazeera]

How Israel is Disabling Palestinian Teenagers

Survivors of Israeli live fire speak about Israel's 'kneecapping' practice of shooting youth in their lower limbs. In the Dheisheh refugee camp, it is common to see Palestinian teenagers with deep scars dotting the length of their legs, while posters and murals of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces adorn the concrete walls - testaments to …

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Israel’s Stall-Forever ‘Peace’ Plan

President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, whom the President has entrusted with, among many other things, searching for an Israeli-Palestinian peace, said regarding that task: “We don’t want a history lesson. How does that help us get peace? Let’s not focus on that. We’ve read enough books.” He’s wrong. Without taking into account the history of this …

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IDF Brig. Gen. Zvika Haimovich and U.S. Maj. Gen. John L. Gronski conduct a ceremony at Bislach Air Base, near Mitzpe Ramon on Sept. 18, 2017.

A New Provocation: US Establishes First Permanent Military Base Inside of Israel

In terms of US and Middle East geopolitics, something extremely significant has just taken place this week, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the Western mainstream press. This latest addition to the Pentagon’s imperial portfolio of over 800 overseas military bases is sure to fuel even more resistance to what many see as …

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