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PLO expresses appreciation for resolutions

Press Release – PLO

Dr. Ashrawi expresses appreciation for the principled members of the UNHRC for adopting resolutions reaffirming the rights of the Palestinian people Read more »

Israel-Hezbollah War Unlikely for the Foreseeable Future

Article – Franklin Lamb

Despite Claims to the Contrary, an Israel-Hezbollah War is Unlikely for the Foreseeable Future. Heres Why. Read more »

We reaffirm support for jailed Palestinian Munther Amira

Press Release – ANZASW

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) wishes to reaffirm its support for our jailed Palestinian colleague, Munther Amira. Read more »

Who Wants to Kill Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah?

Article – Ramzy Baroud

On March 13, while on his way to the besieged Gaza Strip, two 33-pounds bombs targeted the convoy of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister, Rami Hamdallah. Hamdallah was visiting Gaza, through the Israeli border checkpoint, Erez, to open a large sewage … Read more »

The Great March of Return

Issam Edwan


For the first time since 1948, the year of the Palestinian Nakbah, a massive march is being staged with the participation of huge crowds, as all Palestinian refugees, inside and outside the Palestinian territories, will take part in this event. Therefore, special preparations will be made for this march, as whole Palestinian families, including children, will attend it.

This march, which came 70 years later, is of great significance, and holding it now constitutes an important move in the Palestinian strategy regarding handling the right of return. The Palestinians have waited long for an international recognition of their right of return, but they are fed up with waiting.

Every nation living under occupation has the right to resist and make every effort to stand up and claim its rights. The March of Return, which will be held inside the Palestinian territories and in the world’s capitals, is an important form of resistance and has a great significance not less than the armed resistance, which is the most efficient way of resistance and the shortest way to liberation and achievement of return to our homeland.

The significance of the March of Return lies in the following: Read more »

Youth in Palestine Must Break Free from Dual Oppression

Article – Ramzy Baroud

As global voices continue to demand the freedom of 17-year-old teenage Palestinian girl, Ahed Tamimi, Israeli authorities have arrested nine additional members of her family. Read more »

Israeli Journalists Project Israel’s Crimes on Palestinians

Article – Ramzy Baroud

In an article published in Al-Monitor without a single verifiable citation, Israeli journalist, Shlomi Eldar, went to unprecedented lengths to divert attention from the corruption in his country. Read more »

The War in Syria: Advancing Toward a New Stage?

Article – INSS Insight

The war in Syria that began seven years ago is now on the brink of a new stage, as reflected in recent weeks by incidents on the various fronts. Inevitably, the complex fabric of interests among the many elements involved has resulted in conflicts and … Read more »

More Than a Fight over Couscous: the Palestinian Narrative

Article – Ramzy Baroud

As soon as Virgin Atlantic Airlines introduced a couscous-style salad “inspired by the flavours of Palestine”, a controversy ensued. Israel’s supporters ignited a social media storm and sent many complaints to the company, obliging the airline … Read more »

Israeli Supreme Court’s “license to torture” ruling

Press Release – UN Human Rights Office

GENEVA (20 February 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, expressed his utmost concern after a December 2017 ruling by Israel’s Supreme Court exempting security agents from criminal investigation despite their undisputed use of coercive … Read more »

The Last Earth – A Palestinian Story

Press Release – Ramzy Baroud

An evocative of modern Palestine, told through the stories of the people who have survived the conflict. Read more »

How Netanyahu Made Israel an American issue, and lost

Article – Ramzy Baroud

Despite massive sums of money spent to channel public opinion in the United States in favor of Israel, unmistakable trends in opinion polls are attesting to the changing dynamics of Israel’s support among ordinary Americans. Read more »

PLO on the Knesset’s extension of Israeli law

Press Release – PLO

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi on the Knessets extension of Israeli law to academic institutions in the illegal settlements Read more »

UN rights experts alarmed by detention of Palestinian girl

Press Release – UN Human Rights Office

GENEVA (13 February 2018) UN human rights experts* have expressed alarm over the case of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi who, after an incident in which she slapped an Israeli soldier, appeared before an Israeli military court today. The … Read more »

Middle East two-state solution more important than ever

Press Release – United Nations

Amid difficult reality in Middle East, two-state solution more important than ever UN chief Read more »

Report on business and rights in occupied Palestinian land

Press Release – UN Human Rights Office

GENEVA (31 January 2018) The UN Human Rights Office on Wednesday issued a report detailing its work on producing a database of business enterprises engaged in certain, specific activities in the occupied Palestinian territory that are either explicitly … Read more »

UN seeks $800 million for Palestine refugees amid crunch

Press Release – UN News

30 January 2018 Facing an acute funding shortage, the United Nations agency for Palestine refugees is seeking more than $800 million for its emergency programmes for Syria and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Read more »

Mixed bag of news and actions this week

Mazin Qumsiyeh


“We came and turned the native Arabs into tragic refugees. And still we dare to slander and malign them, to besmirch their name. Instead of being deeply ashamed of what we did and trying to undo some of the evil we committed we justify our terrible acts and even attempt to glorify them.” Nathan Chofshi, 9 February 1959

REFLECTIONS: US Vice President Pence finally came to our region after some delays because no one would receive him accept his Zionist paymasters. It took four weeks of pressure for him to get the meetings with the Egyptian dictator Sisi and the Jordanian king Abdullah.

Egypt was easier than Jordan.

Jordan had essentially expelled the Israeli ambassador after an Israeli guard murdered two Jordanians.

The compromise made with Zionist pressure (Zionist Kushner and Zionist Greenblatt) was a half-hearted “regret” from the Israeli government and some compensation money. This after Netanyahu still considers the Israeli murders of Jordanians as a heroic action and there will be no penalty for the murderer (mark my words).

Anyways like many things, the Zionists carry big sticks and Pence finally came to dictate the will of his masters.

Some people attribute his slavishness to his Christian Zionist up-bringing. But like Harry Truman who claimed in public that he supported Zionism (against advise of all people around him) for religious reason and to help the “poor Jews”, in private he articulated exactly why he did this: Zionists had money and power over US media to help him win election.

Same for Pence and Netanyahu (or Obama for that matter).

These politicians have no morals and they work for Rothschild more than for their own public.

My wish is that Arab leaders would learn that standing up to Zionists (and by extension to Washington which is also Zionist occupied territory) is not only possible, but is an existential necessity!!

We should learn from Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela, Lebanon, Yemen, and China the meaning of dignity!

Working on these big existential problems can be done by thinking globally and acting locally, as we are doing here at the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University

Mazin Qumsiyeh
A bedouin in cyberspace, a villager at home

US funding cuts for UN Palestine refugee agency

Press Release – United Nations

US funding cuts for UN Palestine refugee agency put vital education, health programmes at risk Read more »

Alan Hart’s last recommendation to us Palestinians

Mazin Qumsiyeh


A giant intellectual and kind human being and friend Alan Hart wrote his first book about Yasser Arafat and since then many other books on Zionism and more. Alan passed away January 15 at age 75.

The last message I received from Alan was 27 October 2017 and it has the two most succinct recommendations for us Palestinians which are timely today: Read more »

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