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Palestinian unrest spreads across Israel

By Patrick Martin, 7 July 2014

Police have arrested six right-wing Israeli Jews, including several residents of illegal West Bank settlements, in the gruesome murder of 16-year-old Muhammad Abu Khudair.

Israeli police savagely beat Palestinian-American youth

By our reporter, 7 July 2014

The videotaped beating is an irrefutable demonstration of official Israeli violence and racism.

Thousands demonstrate at funeral of slain Palestinian youth

By Barry Grey, 5 July 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said he would delay any major military escalation for 24 hours while cease-fire talks with Hamas continued.

Israel bombs Gaza Strip, masses army on border

By Patrick Martin, 4 July 2014

The military mobilization around Gaza is the largest since Israel’s last full-scale attack on the Palestinian territory in 2012.

Murder of Palestinian youth sparks unrest in Jerusalem

By Patrick Martin, 3 July 2014

When the murder of Muhammad Khudair became public knowledge Wednesday, Palestinian youth took to streets of the Shuafat and Beit Hanina neighborhoods of East Jerusalem.

As thousands mourn murdered teenagers

Israeli government prepares onslaught against Palestinian people

By James Cogan, 2 July 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has seized on the tragic death of the young men as the pretext for escalating Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.

Israel attacks Palestinian territories after bodies of missing youth discovered

By James Cogan, 1 July 2014

From the time the boys disappeared, Netanyahu and his government shamelessly exploited their fate.

Israel stoking conflict in Iraq, Iran, Syria and the Occupied Territories

By Chris Marsden, 25 June 2014

In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, Netanyahu gave a frank insight into the politically criminal thinking of the Israeli ruling elite.

Australian shift on East Jerusalem provokes diplomatic furore

By Peter Symonds, 25 June 2014

The Abbott government’s stance may well point to a wider shift taking place in ruling circles, particularly in the US, on the status of occupied Palestinian territories.

Former Israeli PM Olmert sentenced to jail

By Jean Shaoul, 22 May 2014

The conviction and sentencing of the former prime minister is evidence of the deep decay of Israeli democracy.

Israel halts peace talks over Palestinian reconciliation deal

By Jean Shaoul, 29 April 2014

The rival Palestinian bourgeois parties, Fatah and Hamas, announced a “reconciliation” agreement to form an interim government and hold elections.

Israel air strikes on Syrian military raise Mideast tensions

By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2014

One Syrian soldier was killed and seven injured in the ninth Israeli military strike across its borders in the past month.

Israel backs far-right coup in Ukraine

By Jean Shaoul, 18 March 2014

The Israeli government is supporting the fascist-led coup in Ukraine and keeping silent on the role of neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic forces.

Unions betray Israel’s Hadassah hospital strike

By Jean Shaoul, 26 February 2014

The bitter two-week dispute at Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital won broad popular support at a time of other hospital closures in Jerusalem and elsewhere.

Australian Labor Party defends its “heartfelt” celebration of Ariel Sharon

By Patrick O’Connor, 14 February 2014

Deputy Labor Leader Tanya Plibersek denounced the insinuation that her praise for the Israeli war criminal was not genuine.

Australian documentary reveals Israeli torture of Palestinian youth

By Will Morrow, 13 February 2014

The policy is aimed at terrorising the Palestinian population and suppressing any opposition to the Israeli occupation.

Sharon’s funeral pays homage to war criminal

By Mike Head, 14 January 2014

The whitewashing of Sharon’s record is bound up with the fact that the criminal methods he employed have been openly adopted by Washington and its allies.

Ariel Sharon, war criminal (February 26, 1928-January 11, 2014)

By Jean Shaoul, 13 January 2014

Sharon is justly reviled by millions for his policies of provocation, murder and ethnic cleansing.

Mass protests by migrants and asylum seekers in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 9 January 2014

Asylum seekers began a three-day strike at restaurants, hotels, and other workplaces throughout the country.

One in five Israelis lives in poverty

By Barry Mason, 8 January 2014

The report noted the persistence of poverty among poor Israeli families with children, with around two-thirds of such families being in long term poverty.

Lebanon destabilised by Chatah assassination

By Jean Shaoul, 30 December 2013

The killing of former Lebanese Finance Minister Mohamad Chatah underscores the threat of war that has spread throughout the region.

US academics approve boycott of Israeli universities

By Bill Van Auken, 20 December 2013

Members of the American Studies Association approved by a two-thirds majority a boycott of all Israeli academic institutions.

Israel’s Netanyahu weakened by US shift on Iran/Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 7 December 2013

It is the fear that Tehran could become a crucial US ally whose usefulness would outweigh Israel's own that lies behind Netanyahu’s rage over the Geneva deal.

In Israel, French President Hollande takes bellicose stance against Iran

By Kumaran Ira, 22 November 2013

Hollande assured the Israeli regime that France will continue to take an aggressive line against Iran and across the entire Middle East.

The assassination of Yasser Arafat

By Jean Shaoul, 16 November 2013

The Bush administration backed Israel to the hilt, vetoing a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s decision to get rid of Arafat.

Tests show Yasser Arafat was poisoned with polonium

By Jean Shaoul, 8 November 2013

After Israel’s bombing of his offices in Ramallah in 2002, Arafat was kept a virtual prisoner until his strange and sudden illness.

Israeli warplanes strike targets inside Syria

By Thomas Gaist, 2 November 2013

The strikes targeted military installations near Latakia and Damascus in an apparent attempt to destroy anti-aircraft missile systems.

Lancet report supports accusation that Yasser Arafat was poisoned

By Jean Shaoul, 21 October 2013

The exhumation of the body of Arafat, came after longstanding rumours that he had been poisoned.

Obama, Netanyahu stress war against Iran “still on the table”

By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2013

At a White House meeting largely overshadowed by the threat of a US government shutdown, Netanyahu pressed Obama to maintain sanctions and military threats against Iran.

Israel’s Netanyahu rails against US-Iran talks, but others see opportunities

By Jean Shaoul, 25 September 2013

The Israeli government has claimed for months that Syria’s Assad regime is using chemical weapons, attempting to help provide Washington with a casus belli.

Israel plans mass evictions of Bedouins

By Jean Shaoul, 19 September 2013

The Prawer-Begin plan that is to be signed into law by the Israeli Knesset will dispossess nearly 40,000 Bedouins of their historical lands.

Israel attacks Russian plan for Syria’s chemical weapons

By Jean Shaoul, 16 September 2013

To provide Washington with a casus belli, Israel has for months claimed that Syria’s Assad regime is using chemical weapons.

US condemnation of chemical weapons use not applied to Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 14 September 2013

Not only does Israel have the largest stockpile of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons in the Middle East, it has also used them in the West Bank, Gaza and Lebanon.

NSA feeds raw intelligence data to Israel

By Bill Van Auken, 13 September 2013

A secret memo reveals that the NSA is funneling raw intelligence data, including information from intercepted communications of US citizens, to Israeli intelligence.

The Law in These Parts: Israeli military justice in the Occupied Territories

Available on PBS online until September 18

By Kevin Kearney, 12 September 2013

Ra’anan Alexandrowicz’s The Law in These Parts deals with the Israeli military legal system in the Occupied Territories on the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip over the last 45 years. It is available online at PBS’s POV until September 18.

New settlements on West Bank as Israeli-Palestinian talks begin

By Jean Shaoul, 15 August 2013

The US-sponsored talks serve to cover Israel’s ever more rapacious land grab.

Top US general travels to Middle East for war talks

By Thomas Gaist, 14 August 2013

US military leaders have been meeting with regional allies to discuss the next phase of the United States’ proxy war in Syria.

Israeli-Palestinian talks a cover for US aggression in Middle East

By Jean Shaoul, 29 July 2013

The talks offer nothing to the Palestinian working class except more suffering and misery.

UN report documents Israeli regime’s abuse and torture of Palestinian children

By Jean Shaoul, 25 June 2013

A new report by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child documents the Israeli regime’s physical and mental abuse of Palestinian children, including the systematic trying of children before juvenile military courts.

Settlements authorised as Kerry tries to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks

By Jean Shaoul, 28 May 2013

Benyamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government has begun the legal process to retrospectively authorise four outposts as settlements in the Occupied West Bank.

Nationwide protests against austerity in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 16 May 2013

The budget aims to cut the deficit that reached US$11 billion in 2012.

Stephen Hawking and the academic boycott of Israel

By Chris Marsden, 15 May 2013

In a letter explaining his decision to pull out of Israel’s Presidential conference, noted theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking explained that Israeli government policy “is likely to lead to disaster.”

Washington’s threat to invade Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2013

US allegations of chemical weapons use by government forces have brought Washington to the brink of war with Syria.

Israel renews military threat against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 20 April 2013

The Israeli government’s aim appears to be, in the first instance, to pressure the Obama administration into setting a deadline for a US-led attack on Iran.

Israel bombs Gaza, shoots down West Bank youth

By Bill Van Auken, 5 April 2013

Israel placed its military on “high alert” Thursday as anger erupted following the deaths of a prominent Palestinian prisoner and two young protesters in the occupied West Bank.

Obama talks “peace” in Israel while preparing war

By Bill Van Auken, 22 March 2013

In a speech delivered in Jerusalem Thursday, Obama identified US interests unconditionally with Israel, while reiterating war threats against both Syria and Iran.

Australian government’s cover-up of “Prisoner X’s” death in Israel

By Mike Head, 18 March 2013

The government is continuing to lie in the most bald-faced manner about the entire affair.

Conflict erupts on West Bank over death of Palestinian in detention

By Chris Marsden, 1 March 2013

More than 150 people have been injured in clashes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank between the Israeli army and Palestinians protesting the death of Arafat Jaradad in Israeli custody.

Australian government complicit in “Prisoner X’s” death in Israel

By Mike Head, 16 February 2013

The Labor government knowingly allowed one of its citizens to “disappear” into Israeli detention and die in solitary confinement.

Israel’s bombing of Syria escalates threat of wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 1 February 2013

The bombing of a Syrian military site by Israeli warplanes has ratcheted up the danger that the Western-backed civil war in Syria will spill over into a broader regional conflagration.

Israel’s elections augur deepening political instability

By Jean Shaoul, 24 January 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing electoral alliance, Likud-Beiteinu, and his religious coalition partners won a much-reduced majority in Tuesday’s elections, resulting in a hung parliament.

Israel: High voter turnout results in setback for Netanyahu

By Jean Shaoul, 23 January 2013

Netanyahu has sought to capitalise on the rise of new right-wing secular parties to push through an austerity budget for 2013.

Israeli election campaign reflects rightward shift

By Jean Shaoul, 9 January 2013

The Israeli parliamentary election campaign is marked by an ever more rightward turn by all the main political parties.

Israel considering attack on Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 18 December 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has twice asked Jordan for its support to bomb Syria’s alleged chemical weapons facilities.

Israel to expand settlements after UN vote on Palestine

By Bill Van Auken, 1 December 2012

In a provocative response to the UN’s recognition of Palestine as a nonmember state, the Netanyahu government is pushing ahead with 3,000 new housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Israeli forces break Gaza ceasefire as Netanyahu outlines his political calculations

By Jean Shaoul and Chris Marsden, 24 November 2012

The ceasefire that brought to an end Israel’s eight-day blitzkrieg against Gaza is already under strain, after Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man on the border.

Bombardment of Gaza portends further criminal wars in Middle East

By Chris Marsden, 23 November 2012

For eight days, the Israel Defense Forces rained down devastation on Gaza that has left it in ruins. More than 150 Palestinian lives were lost, including 40 children.

US and Egypt announce ceasefire in Israeli assault on Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 22 November 2012

After supporting a ceaseless bombardment for the last eight days of densely populated Gaza neighborhoods, the US was concerned that the conflict could threaten its broader agenda in the Middle East.

Israel continues blitz against Gaza amid truce talks

By Bill Van Auken, 21 November 2012

Israeli warplanes continued to pound Gaza Tuesday, inflicting mounting civilian casualties amid predictions that an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire would soon take effect.

The Law in These Parts: Israeli military justice in the Occupied Territories

By Kevin Kearney, 21 November 2012

Ra’anan Alexandrowicz’s documentary is a penetrating look at the Israeli military legal system in the Occupied Territories on the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip over the last 45 years.

Stop the massacre in Gaza!

By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2012

The Israeli leadership, the Obama administration and the corporate media all invoke the “right of self-defense” to justify the onslaught against Gaza that has already killed and maimed hundreds of Palestinian civilians.

Death toll mounts from Israeli air strikes in Gaza

By Patrick Martin, 19 November 2012

Israeli warplanes and gunboats intensified their attacks on Palestinian homes and institutions throughout the Gaza Strip over the weekend, bringing the death toll to more than 75.

Israel calls up 75,000 troops as bombing continues in Gaza

By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2012

The Israeli military boasted of carrying out more than 500 air strikes against densely populated Gaza since launching its offensive on Wednesday.

Israel masses troops on Gaza border as bombardment intensifies

By Bill Van Auken, 16 November 2012

Israeli warplanes carried out hundreds of air strikes against the densely populated Gaza Strip Thursday as Israel mobilized troops on the Palestinian territory’s border.

Israel launches offensive against Gaza

By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2012

In its most intense attack on Gaza since the Operation Cast Lead invasion of 2008-2009, Israel carried out a bombardment of the Palestinian territory, beginning with the assassination of a top Hamas leader.

Israel launches missile strike against Syria

By Niall Green, 12 November 2012

With the US elections out of the way, Washington and its allies have stepped up their campaign for regime-change against Syria.

Likud/Israel Beiteinu bloc prepares ground for war and savage austerity measures

By Jean Shaoul, 1 November 2012

The Likud party has overwhelmingly backed a planned bloc with the ultra-nationalist Israel Beiteinu in the January 22 election.

US, Israel plan joint strikes on Iran

By Jean Shaoul, 10 October 2012

The US and Israel are planning joint strikes against Iran, according to reports in the Israeli media and Foreign Policy magazine.

Netanyahu’s war ultimatum at the UN

By Barry Grey, 1 October 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s belligerent and provocative speech last Thursday before the United Nations General Assembly underscored that plans for an unprovoked military attack on Iran are far advanced.

Israeli prime minister lays out path to war with Iran

By Joseph Kishore, 28 September 2012

In a speech before the UN, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded a “red line” for Iran’s nuclear program that would lead to military action in the spring or summer of next year.

Israeli leader presses Obama to set trigger for war against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 18 September 2012

Netanyahu’s remarks were designed to create the false impression that the country is on the brink of building a nuclear weapon.

Protests against Palestinian Authority austerity measures

By Jean Shaoul, 14 September 2012

The Palestinian Authority, the Palestinian trade unions and Israel are united in opposing a growing tide of protests in the West Bank.

Jewish youth charged with assault on Israeli Arabs

By Jean Shaoul, 3 September 2012

An attack by a gang of Jewish youths on several Palestinian Israelis that left one 17-year-old Palestinian close to death has shocked Israel.

Israeli court rules army not responsible for Rachel Corrie’s death

By Jean Shaoul, 30 August 2012

Haifa’s district court has dismissed a civilian suit brought by the parents of Rachel Corrie against the Israeli security forces for the death of their daughter in March 2003.

Israeli threats heighten danger of Middle East war

By Peter Symonds, 17 August 2012

Regardless of its immediate purpose, Israeli warmongering can only heighten tensions throughout the region and add to the dangers of war.

Memo exposes Israeli war plan against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 16 August 2012

A leaked memo providing a detailed blueprint for an unprovoked Israeli war against Iran coincides with multiple Israeli media reports indicating that such an attack may be imminent.

Israeli cabinet reveals draconian austerity budget

By Jean Shaoul, 3 August 2012

Israel’s cabinet has approved austerity measures aimed at increasing taxes by NIS13 billion ($3.25 billion) and slashing state expenditure by NIS12 billion ($3 billion).

Book on Mossad confirms Israel assassinated Iranian nuclear scientists

By Jean Shaoul, 30 July 2012

Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars states unequivocally that Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, assassinated five of Iran’s top scientists in that country’s nuclear programme.

Netanyahu government in crisis over drafting orthodox Jews

By Jean Shaoul, 25 July 2012

Shaul Mofaz has pulled his Kadima party out of Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s coalition government over the Likud leader’s refusal to force Israel’s orthodox Jews to carry out military or some other form of national service.

The self-immolation of Moshe Silman

By Chris Marsden, 19 July 2012

The self-immolation of Moshe Silman raises fundamental questions of political perspective before workers and youth in Israel and throughout the Middle East.

Israeli man immolates himself over social crisis

By Patrick Martin, 18 July 2012

Moshe Silman, 57, was comatose and in critical condition at a hospital in Tel Hashomer after setting himself on fire at a protest over homelessness and destitution.

Israeli police arrest social protest movement leader and break up demonstrations

By Jean Shaoul, 27 June 2012

Israeli riot police have detained dozens of activists demanding social justice, after violently breaking up demonstrations.

Israel’s ruling Likud party incites racist attacks on migrants

By Jean Shaoul, 28 May 2012

Racist attacks injured dozens of asylum seekers, following a rally where leading members of the ruling Likud party made inflammatory remarks against African migrants.

Palestinian hunger strike ended after Egypt’s intervention

By Jean Shaoul, 23 May 2012

Palestinian prisoners have accepted a deal brokered by Egypt to end their hunger strike in protest against Israel’s use of detention without charge or trial and the inhuman conditions they face in jail.

US intensifies confrontation with Iran

By Peter Symonds, 14 May 2012

If the Baghdad talks next week collapse, the danger of military conflict initiated by Israel or the US will rise dramatically.

Israel’s national unity government prepares ground for war

By Jean Shaoul, 10 May 2012

Less than two days after calling an early general election for September 4th, Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu announced that he had instead brought the opposition Kadima party into his coalition.

Netanyahu predicted to call early Israeli election

By Jean Shaoul, 7 May 2012

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is expected to announce a snap election for September.

Berlin: Israelis and Iranians protest danger of war in the Middle East

By our correspondents, 7 May 2012

Several hundred Israelis, Iranians and German citizens demonstrated in Berlin on Saturday against US and Israeli preparations for war against Iran.

Israel repeats military threat against Iran

By Peter Symonds, 19 April 2012

Defence Minister Ehud Barak made clear that an Israeli attack on Iran was possible, even as international talks proceeded.

Israel blocks pro-Palestinian “flytilla”

By Jean Shaoul, 17 April 2012

Israel mounted a massive international effort at the weekend to prevent pro-Palestinian activists from entering Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion international airport, en route for Bethlehem in the West Bank, to join the “Welcome to Palestine 2012” campaign.

Stop the warmongers! Defend Günter Grass!

By Wolfgang Weber, 11 April 2012

The campaign of defamation against one of the world’s best known writers, a recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature and many other awards, makes clear that the German ruling class and its counterparts in Washington and Tel Aviv are intent on intimidating and silencing anyone who dares criticise the preparations for war against Iran.

US, Israel issue ultimatums to Iran

By Peter Symonds, 10 April 2012

The provocative demands prior to international talks set to begin Friday are intended to make any deal to end the US confrontation with Iran highly unlikely.

Israel: Documents show Defence Ministry planned West Bank land grabs

By Jean Shaoul, 10 April 2012

Recently released documents show that Israel’s Civil Administration, part of the Defence Ministry, has long earmarked up to 10 percent of the West Bank for new settlements or the expansion of existing ones.

Israelis protest war with Iran

By our correspondent, 28 March 2012

Saturday saw the first public demonstration in Israel opposing war against Iran.

US war game foreshadows Israeli attack on Iran

By Peter Symonds, 21 March 2012

The Pentagon exercise concluded that a strike on Iran would lead to a wider regional war involving the US.

Israel threatens Iran, continues air strikes against Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 19 March 2012

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has insisted that Israel would act to defend itself against Iran even if Washington objected.

Israel expands deadly air strikes on Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 13 March 2012

Israel on Monday carried out air strikes on Gaza for the fourth successive day, killing at least 22 Palestinians

Israel steps up repression in occupied Palestinian territories

By Jean Shaoul, 28 February 2012

On Friday, Israeli forces fired on Palestinian protesters at a checkpoint near Ramallah in the West Bank, killing one young man and injuring four more.

US, Israel invoke terror to ratchet up war threats against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2012

Both Washington and Israel have seized upon a string of abortive bomb plots in India, Georgia and Thailand to escalate threats against Iran.

Israel threatens war against Iran within months

By Peter Symonds, 4 February 2012

While the Obama administration has cautioned against Israeli military action, there is no indication that Washington has vetoed such an attack.