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The Druze protest against Israel’s Nation-State Law: Where is it leading?

Everyone knows that the Druze community lived in Palestine as an integral part of the Palestinian Arab people. In 1948, when the ‘State of Israel’ was established, its governments sought to isolate the community from their Arab environment by striking at the fact that Druze was a nationality in itself. In order to bring them closer, Israel exploited the story of the marriage of the Prophet Shuaib’s daughter to Prophet Moses, to show the Druze that there is a historical interrelationship with the Jews, similar to their relationship with the Arabs.In 1956, David Ben Gurion, the first prime minister of...
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Did Helsinki summit advance Israel’s strategic interests?

Since the end of the Helsinki summit between United States President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, there has been much talk in the political literature about “Israel’s security” being the most important issue at the summit. The two leaders declared their commitment to Israel’s security. It was an announcement with double meanings. The first is Israel’s demand to draw Syria’s future by adhering to the 1974 agreement on disengagement of forces. This was evident in Putin’s statement that “the implementation of the agreement must be adopted”. Israel was given the right to security demands also with Trump noting:...
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Helsinki summit: Much ado about nothing

Despite attempts by some American circles to cancel or postpone the Helsinki summit between United States President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, citing “Russian intervention in the US presidential election”, we have seen how Trump was eager to sit with Putin. The summit is a historic one for both the leaders. One has been taking solid steps and making gains in many parts of the world, while the other is controversial with a businessman mentality; and each needs the other. All along, the summit raised many questions and expectations. Are we about to witness “deals” that will characterise...

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Israel faces an uncertain future

Since the beginning of this year, Israel has been acting with an exaggerated pride as if about to achieve some sort of a “final victory”. This arrogance would not have been possible without the Donald Trump administration’s active backing. As per the Israeli Peace Now movement, there has been a marked rise in the colonialist movement in the occupied Palestinian territories since Trump took office. In recent months there have been meetings in Tel Aviv, under government auspices, to establish a new Israeli organisation called the “Coalition for the Golan Heights”, aimed at advancing international recognition of Israeli sovereignty over...
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Together West Bank and Gaza continue resistance against Israel

News of the uprising in the Gaza Strip topped headlines in Arab and international press and other media outlets during recent months. Most of them focused on Israeli soldiers’ brutal measures against young Palestinian protesters who came from all over Gaza to voice their commitment to the land of their ancestors. Yet, there have been whispers about what was called “the absence of struggle in the occupied West Bank”, or the ‘modest’ popular movement of its people as compared to that of Gaza. It has been said that such movement was restricted to some activities against the Separation (Apartheid) Wall,...

Investing in the Palestinian struggle for justice

The Palestinian ‘Marches of Return’ managed, among other things, to restore some major issues back onto the local, Arab, and international agendas — including the right of Palestinians to return to their lands and houses usurped by Zionist military forces during the 1948 war, as well as the ongoing unjust siege of the Gaza Strip.Such results are significant in facing up to American-Zionist schemes, and above all, US President Donald Trump’s so-called ‘Deal of the Century’!It is true that the Palestinians made inroads as far as the media is concerned, with the marches held to mark the Land Day of...

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Will the Palestinian Nakba turn into a political Nakba for Israel?

The current developments in the region point towards a kind of re-formulation of the prevailing situation in the Middle East. First, there were the Palestinian protests ‘Marches of Return’ from Gaza Strip and the massacres of the marchers by Israeli troops deployed along the border in 11 battalions with the besieged Strip. The protests launched, among other goals, aimed to condemn Israel’s ten-year blockade of Gaza.Second, the US inaugurated its embassy (indeed its ‘colony’) in occupied Jerusalem to meet the “promise” made by the US President Donald Trump, despite international condemnation and deep concern over the violation of international legitimacy...

Why Palestinian defiance unnerves Israel

Since its launch from the Gaza Strip on March 30, the continuing Palestinian ‘March of Return’ has been a source of confusion and embarrassment for the Zionist state, showing its floundering in the face of peaceful marches, while underscoring the impact of popular struggle against the military occupation.Israel has so far implemented several measures in a bid to put an end to the marches, but to no avail, despite all the provocative statements made by some members of the Israeli extreme-right government and army commanders. All those measures proved ineffective in restraining the flow of thousands of Palestinians to join...
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Palestinian prisoners will never give up the fight

Every year, Palestinians mark the annual Prisoner’s Day on April 17. Activities and events called for by the Prisoners and ex-Prisoners Affairs Committee and other Palestinian grass roots organisations were held this year, too, to express support to thousands of Palestinians held in Israeli jails. In 1974, the Palestinian National Council set April 17 as a National Day in support of the struggle of Palestinian prisoners.By the end of last month, the number of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails reached 6,500. They face torture, suffering and medical negligence. The prisoners include 63 females — 21 of them are mothers —...

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‘March of Return’ along the Palestinian ‘Path of Pain’

Easter and the accompanying procession of Jesus Christ (the first Palestinian resistance fighter) on the ‘Path of Pain’ coincided with the ‘great march of return’ initiated by Palestinian masses (starting from Land Day on March 30 to the middle of May, the 70th anniversary of the Nakba). The masses headed out from the depths of their large prison in the Gaza Strip and the areas of Israeli occupation, raising the slogan “uphold the right of return of Palestinian refugees”.This march is not just a whirlwind in a cup, but a massive outpouring launched by the Palestinian people in Gaza (where...
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Israeli racism pummels Palestinians

Hardly a day goes by without seeing various manifestations of Israeli racism against the Palestinians of 1948 areas; the last of which is the approval of the special committee for the preparation of the “National Law” of its text ahead of a vote on the first reading in the Knesset (Israeli parliament). The “Law” specifically mentions the establishment of Jewish towns with the aim of enabling the High Court of Israel to prefer the Jewish character of the state to democratic values when there is a contradiction between them. It also abolished Arabic as an official language. Soon after the...
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Growing Israeli voices warn of ‘one-state’ solution

More voices in Israel are warning that the absence of the ‘two state solution’ will lead sooner or later to ‘one state’ under Israeli sovereignty and similar to South Africa’s once apartheid state. The gap grows larger between the Palestinian and the American leaderships, as the US policy provides unqualified support to Israel. It increasingly appears that no solution is expected for any of the Israeli or Palestinian sides, despite the continuing talk on US President Donald Trump “deal of the century”. With such a stalemate, a number of Israeli politicians, analysts and writers began to call for a separation,...