In New Blow to Israeli Claims, ICC Affirms Occupied Status of Gaza, East Jerusalem

The Office of the Prosecutor (Office) at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has affirmed the occupied status of the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, in a blow to Israel’s claims to the contrary. A new report on preliminary examination activities, published on November 14, includes an update on the Office’s activities in relation to Palestine. […]

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Which Trump? Early Signs Not Good

By Ralph Nader Optimists are hoping for a Trump makeover. They cling to his brief victory remarks suggesting that he wants to be the “president of all the people.” In his 60 Minutes interview following the election Trump said that the protesters were out in the streets because “they do not know me.” They recall […]

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Defying International Law, Israeli Bill to Retroactively Legalize Settlement Outposts

The Israeli parliament, Knesset approved on Wednesday a preliminary reading of a controversial “formalization bill” which would retroactively legalize an Israeli outpost slated for evacuation. This followed a recent controversy regarding a decision to demolish the illegal illegal Amona outpost, where at least 40 Israeli families reside, in the central occupied West Bank. Amona was […]

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The Threatening Dynamics behind a Secretary of State Giuliani

By Sam Husseini  Many media are reporting that Rudolph Giuliani is slated to be nominated as Secretary of State [New York Times: “Secretary of State Giuliani? He’s the Leading Choice, Trump Aides Say“]. This would likely mean that he is being backed by Mike Pence, VP-elect, now head of the Trump transition. Pence of course is […]

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Erekat Says Trump’s Victory Emboldens Israel’s Right, Warns of Consequences

Top Palestinian official, Dr. Saeb Erekat said that Donald Trump’s victory in US presidential elections has empowered the most racist elements in Israeli government and society. Erekat, a former leading Palestinian negotiator and the current Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) wrote in an opinion piece in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz on Monday, November […]

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Praying for Freedom: Why Is Israel Silencing the Call for Prayer in Jerusalem?

By Ramzy Baroud As I was growing up, I was always reassured by the sound of the ‘Muadhin’ making the call for prayer in our refugee camp’s main mosque in Gaza. Whenever I heard the call very early in the morning, announcing in a melodic voice that the time for the ‘Fajr’ (dawn) prayer was […]

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