Oslo Sowed the Seeds of an Intra-Palestinian Schism

By Ghada Ageel On 23 April 2014 Palestinian factions led by Hamas and Fatah met at the home of then-Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and concluded the al-Shati agreement. Despite differences in ideology and political programmes as well as a shared understanding of the consequences – inevitable outside intervention, possible cuts in donors’ aid, and intensified […]

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Introduction to Middle East Sectarian Wars

By Hasan Afif El-Hasan The actual religious requirements of Islam are quite simple, but no religion can lead society down a common path to worldly happiness or to the here-after heavens when the religious are at war with themselves. Today, the most rigid religious Islamic states in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and Iran could […]

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Dimona: Israel’s ‘Little Hiroshima’

By Richard Silverstein  In the early 1950s, after Israel had fought a desperate war of independence in which thousands of Israelis died to ensure the founding of the state, David Ben Gurion, its first prime minister, decided the nation required an existential trump card to guarantee its survival. In 1955, he tasked his chief aide, […]

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Nakba and the Question of ‘Palestinian Strategy’

By Ramzy Baroud “What is the Palestinian strategy?” is a question that I have been asked all too often, including on 15 May, the day that millions of Palestinians around the world commemorated the 67th anniversary of the Nakba, the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians by Zionist militias in 1947-48. The question itself doesn’t require […]

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Breaking the Silence ‘Confessions’ Part of the Problem, Not the Solution

By Ghada Ageel and Rela Mazali The Israeli veterans’ group “Breaking the Silence” on 4 May uploaded a collection of testimonies describing Israel’s assault on Gaza last summer. These accounts, the group said, were given by more than 60 Israeli officers and soldiers who took part in the attack and disclose “systematic policies that were dictated […]

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The House Belongs to Someone Else: The Lie Lives on!

By Mats Svensson She told me she longed to get away. Just for a few days. She had been invited to visit friends in Amman, only a few miles away. She only needed to drive down the mountain, down to the Jordan River. If it can be called a river. Once upon a time it […]

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