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Asaf Oron: A Letter To American Jews From An Israeli Refusenik

Dear People, Yesterday I was informed of an interesting phenomenon: a peace-supporting Jewish organization called Tikkun published an ad in favor of us, the Israeli reservist refuseniks [now over 1,000 Iraeli soldiers officers & generals], and was immediately bombarded with hate mails and phones from other American Jews. What is more interesting is that even Read more…

Earl ofari Hutchinson: Another Wolf Guarding The Henhouse

If nothing else George Bush Jr.’s recess appointment of Gerald Reynolds as assistant secretary of education for civil rights proved that he is a good student of history. A decade ago George Bush, Sr. ignited one of the most bruising, and ugly confirmation hearings in living memory when he nominated hyper-black conservative, Clarence Thomas to Read more…

Bill Thomson: It’s The Occupation

The War in the Middle East Bill Thomson March 31, 2002 Some 16 months ago I wrote the following: “As of Friday, October 13, 2000, the death toll in the current Mideast conflict stands at 113, including 92 West Bank and Gaza Palestinians, 14 Palestinian citizens of Israel and 7 Israelis (including 4 soldiers). The Read more…

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Neve Gordon: Open Letter to the Commander of the Israeli Paratroopers

 This letter by Israeli human rights activist and writer Neve Gordon was published in the weekly Jerusalem newspaper Kol Ha’Ir. It is addressed to Aviv Kohavi, Brigade Commander of the Israeli Paratroopers, and describes the Israeli military incursion into the Balata refugee camps in the West Bank. To: Colonel Aviv KohaviBrigade Commander of the Israeli Read more…

Laurie King-irani: The surreal and circus-like situation in the West Bank

Not even the great Italian cinematic genius Fellini could have choreographed a more surreal and circus-like situation in the West Bank—the absurd siege of Arafat’s compound and the doubly absurd calls from Ariel Sharon and George Bush, Jr., that Arafat—confined to an office lacking electricity, running water, or a spare cell phone battery—“do more to Read more…

Jim Lobe: As Sharon Declares War Peace Groups Struggle

As Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon broadened his military offensive on the West Bank Sunday against what he called Yasser Arafat’s “terrorist infrastructure,” peace and human rights groups in the region were struggling to respond to the carnage on both sides of the green line. In Jerusalem, several Israeli peace groups announced they will march Read more…

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Uri Avnery: The Murder Of Arafat

If Ariel Sharon succeeds in murdering Yasser Arafat, as he wants to, the Palestinian leader will remain in the collective memory of his people, and the whole Arab world, like Moses in Jewish memory. Moses rebelled against Egyptian oppression, led his people forth from “the house of bondage”, led them for 40 years in the Read more…

Lev Grinberg: Israel’s State Terrorism

What is the difference between State terrorism and individual terrorist acts? If we understand this difference we’ll understand also the evilness of the US policies in the Middle East and the forthcoming disasters. When Yassir Arafat was put under siege in his offices and kept hostage by the Israeli occupation forces, he was constantly pressed Read more…

Sari Hanafi: Opening The Debate On The Right Of Return

Sari Nusseibeh, the Palestinian Authority’s diplomatic representative in Jerusalem, started an enriching debate when he declared that, in the framework of a two-state solution, the Palestinians cannot demand the return of refugees to homes now inside the state of Israel. Spirited responses to Nusseibeh came from scholar Salman Abu Sitta and refugee advocate Terry Rempel Read more…

David Hirst: Beware The Martyr

Ever since he was confined to his Ramallah headquarters, Yasser Arafat – the world’s most exalted political prisoner – has been making it clear that he is prepared to die for his cause. Several weeks ago, he reportedly ordered his guards to resist Israeli assault “up to and including the death of the president”. And Read more…

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