Originally posted on Alternet, January 3, 2009
The United States bears much of the blame for the ongoing bloodshed in the Gaza Strip and nearby parts...
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In similar situations around the world, civilians caught in the midst of conflict would have the option of seeking safety in neighboring countries as refugees. Gazans have no such option.
Palestinian civilians are continuing to suffer as the Israeli military pushes deeper into the Gaza Strip.
At least 540 people have been killed in t...
While Israel's explicit goal is to cease all attacks on southern Israel, senior IDF and intelligence officials have privately signaled that this is unrealistic, even with a ground invasion.
I wish I didn't believe that the events now unfolding in the Middle East are too complicated for unalloyed outrage. I wish the arguments of only one side rang wholly true to me.
Dividing the planet into a "free world" and an "extremist and terrorist world," rooted in ethnicity and religion, is the exact antithesis of everything Obama has been talking about.
The phone call came at around 4.20pm on Saturday. A bomb had been dropped on the house at our small farm in northern Gaza. My father was walking from ...
The invasion, to no one's surprise, did begin today -- so any further criticism will now come too late. But as in the past, U.S. media coverage and commentary has overwhelmingly backed Israeli actions.
Is it in the interest of humanity that we Americans engage in the charade that the Israeli government is an autonomous actor in this matter?
The people I met in Sderot were not calling for war, they were calling for negotiation. They knew that they would be the ones to catch the brunt of an attack on Gaza, not Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem.
In West Jerusalem, Israelis celebrated New Year's Eve with abandon -- throngs of young Israelis danced. In East Jerusalem, celebrations to ring in the New Year were largely canceled.
No war, no military action, no act of self-defense or revenge has a legitimacy that exempts the perpetrators from responsibility for the consequences they create.
With each fresh round of bombing, Israel's reputation gets worse, allowing growing numbers of people who might never have said a critical word about that country to finally speak up.
Israeli warplanes killed a senior Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip and hit the territory's parliament building as bombing continued Thursday. But with t...
As the death toll from Israel's aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip continues to climb, Al Jazeera asked Gazans to describe the situation where they ...
Does the Gaza war improve Israel's long-term (or even short-term) situation? I am not questioning Israel's right to respond. But that is the wrong question.
Irrespective of time and chronology, trading land for peace continues to be the most logical and appropriate way to address the conflict which has bridged the 20th and 21st centuries.
My family had been trying to speak with my grandfather since Saturday, after Israel began its onslaught on Gaza. But we haven't managed to reach him.
The people of Gaza are victims of geopolitics at its inhumane worst: producing what Israel itself calls a 'total war' against an essentially defenseless society.
SHEIKH ZOWAYED, Egypt -- In north Sinai, Egyptians angrily watched a scorching air offensive by the Israeli Air Force against Hamas, as well as ordi...
The horrors that are unfolding in Gaza are but a tragic replay of past confrontations.
Hamas possesses a "new weapon" to face Israeli armor in case Israel decides upon a ground invasion into the Gaza Strip, a senior Iranian official and ...
What troubles me most is how the IDF, in the name of transparency and smart public relations, has not only posted quite a few videos of bombing runs, but continues to show one in question.
Al Jazeera reports that the United States supplies $3 billion a year in aid to Israel, and almost all of it is spent on the military. Watch this video...
One wonders if President-elect Obama's principles of safety, dignity and self defense apply to Palestinians as well?
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