Uri Avnery on Obama’s Visit to Palestine

This Avnery piece is to me the most accurate analysis of Obama’s visit I’ve read: In Their Shoes OBAMA IN ISRAEL: Every word right. Every gesture genuine. Every detail in its place. Perfect. Obama in Palestine: Every word wrong. Every gesture inappropriate. Every single detail misplaced. Perfect. IT STARTED from the first moment. The President of the United States came to Ramallah. He visited the Mukata’a, the “compound” which … Read more Uri Avnery on Obama’s Visit to Palestine

Daniel Cohn-Bendit @ European Parliament

At the European Parliament, Cohn-Bendit speaks (unhappily only in French) of the need for the European Community to come clear about Palestine & to back the Palestinians & tell Israel it has to stop its lies, for example “the lie that it wants to negotiate without preconditions, when in fact on the terrain they are changing the conditions continually … tell them to immediately stop the new implantations and … Read more Daniel Cohn-Bendit @ European Parliament

Ghassan Zaqtan’s Absence in Albany Today

—> Just learned that today’s event has been cancelled! <— For anybody in Albany or surrounds, please go to the events at the New York State Writers Institute at SUNY Albany that should have featured Palestinain poet Ghassan Zaqtan (who cannot be there as the US State Department has refused to give him a visa) but that will feature his translator, Fady Joudah, today Tuesday, 10 April: 4:15 p.m. … Read more Ghassan Zaqtan’s Absence in Albany Today

Thousands of Palestinians Risk Displacement

Via The Electronic Intifada: Thousands of Palestinians in the Jordan Valley risk forced displacement, says UN body Submitted by Adri Nieuwhof on Sat, 02/11/2012 – 16:46 Sixty thousand Palestinians live under harsh conditions in the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea area – one of the most isolated and restricted areas in occupied Palestine. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has summarized their humanitarian situation … Read more Thousands of Palestinians Risk Displacement

Uri Avnery on Newt

Uri Avnery writes: December 17, 2011   “With Friends Like These…” MY GOD, what a bizarre lot these Republican aspirants for the US presidency are!  What a sorry bunch of ignoramuses and downright crazies. Or, at best, what a bunch of cheats and cynics! (With the possible exception of the good doctor Ron Paul). Is this the best a great and proud nation can produce? How frightening the thought that … Read more Uri Avnery on Newt

Juan Cole re Wikileaks on Gaza & the US

Wikileaks: Israelis ‘Intend to Keep the Gazan Economy on the Brink of Collapse’ Posted on 01/05/2011 by Juan The Norwegian newspaper Aftenpost has released a March, 2008, US embassy cable describing the Israeli blockade and siege of Occupied Gaza as an attempt to reduce the society to the lowest possible level of functioning without provoking a “humanitarian crisis” (presumably mass starvation). “Israeli officials have confirmed to Embassy officials on … Read more Juan Cole re Wikileaks on Gaza & the US

“Don’t distort our speech” — GYBO

As a follow up on my post from 2 January “Gaza Youth Manifesto,” here is their latest message & corrective. I was alerted to this by a reader of the blog who posted an answer to the manifesto. I am also delighted to see how the GBYO Manifesto swept through the net. Earlier today saw a discussion in a German newspaper. Message from the Gaza Youth Breaks Out Team … Read more “Don’t distort our speech” — GYBO

Cantarow: Resistance in Bethlehem's Villages

Below, the opening paragraphs of Ellen Cantarow’s  Counterpunch article; you can read the full version here. December 15, 2009 Heroism in a Vanishing Landscape Resistance in Bethlehem’s Villages By ELLEN CANTAROW Christmas is coming. My e-mail has returned at least one plea to help Bethlehem – Christ’s birthplace crucified by Israel’s segregation wall; 25 foot-high concrete punctuated by militarized watch towers surrounds the entire town. PEACE BE WITH YOU … Read more Cantarow: Resistance in Bethlehem's Villages

George Fragopoulos On Mahmoud Darwish

One of the better essays on the work of Mahmoud Darwish in this country was recently published in The Quarterly Conversation on-line magazine. I am reproducing a section of the essay below; you can read the full essay here. Tracing Mahmoud Darwish’s Map Essay by George Fragopoulos — Published on December 7, 2009 • more articles by this author • more articles about this publisher • Read more about: … Read more George Fragopoulos On Mahmoud Darwish