Palestine

Netanyahu indicates Gaza ceasefire paves way for wider war

By Jean Shaoul, 1 September 2014

Netanyahu has faced criticism from within his Likud party and his coalition government for calling off military action short of his declared intention of obliterating Hamas and without consulting his security cabinet.

Gaza truce sets stage for deepening of crisis in Israel

By Barry Grey, 28 August 2014

The indecisive manner in which the latest Gaza war has apparently concluded—leaving a horrific toll of death and destruction among the Palestinians and an unusually high number of dead Israeli soldiers—has left large sections of the Israeli population questioning what the war was all about and why it was waged.

Israel resumes assault on Gaza

By Bill Van Auken, 20 August 2014

Netanyahu ordered the Israeli delegation to withdraw from truce talks in Cairo.

Gaza truce extended but Israel refuses to end blockade

By Mike Head, 14 August 2014

Backed by the Obama administration, the Israeli government is insisting on the continuation of the ghetto-like conditions it has imposed in Gaza.

The use of archaeology in Jerusalem as a political weapon

By Matthew MacEgan, 14 August 2014

The actions taken by some Israeli archaeologists operating in East Jerusalem have been heavily criticized for using a selective view of history in order to marginalize local Palestinian communities and drive them from their homes.

Israel rejects calls to lift Gaza blockade

By Peter Symonds, 12 August 2014

A month of Israeli attacks has compounded the hardships confronting the Palestinian population of 1.8 million.

Israel resumes indiscriminate killings in Gaza

By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2014

Israeli air strikes and artillery fire killed at least five Palestinians Friday, including a child.

Oppose the Israeli assault on Gaza!

Resolution of the SEP Third National Congress

9 August 2014

This resolution was adopted unanimously by the Third National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in the United States.

Gaza death toll climbs over 1,800

By Peter Symonds, 5 August 2014

The latest 72-hour ceasefire could evaporate just as quickly as the last.

The slaughter in Gaza: A warning to the international working class

By Peter Symonds, 4 August 2014

The war crimes being carried out in Gaza today are the most brutal expression of what is being prepared against the international working class.

Israel intensifies Gaza slaughter after ceasefire collapses

By Peter Symonds, 2 August 2014

Confident of Washington’s backing, the Israeli government was never serious about abiding by the ceasefire or entering talks with Palestinian factions in Egypt.

Israel calls up more troops to join Gaza slaughter

By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2014

The death toll among Palestinians is nearing 1,500, including more than 300 children.

Gaza braces for new onslaught as Israel vows to expand war

By Bill Van Auken, 29 July 2014

Netanyahu brushed aside UN and US appeals for an unconditional ceasefire, vowing to escalate and prolong the slaughter in Gaza.

Thousands in Israel protest against Gaza bombardment

By Nick Barrickman, 29 July 2014

The protests against war give the lie to the Israeli government claims that its actions are supported by the vast majority of Israeli society.

Israel resumes its onslaught on Gaza

By James Cogan, 28 July 2014

Netanyahu’s government has refused to even entertain Hamas’s terms for an end to the carnage.

Israel rejects Kerry’s Gaza ceasefire

By Bill Van Auken, 26 July 2014

The unanimous vote of the Israeli security cabinet signaled that Tel Aviv intends to expand the massacre of Palestinians.

The Gaza war crimes and the bankruptcy of nationalism

By The WSWS International Editorial Board, 25 July 2014

What is required is a political perspective that can unite the working class of all religious and ethnic backgrounds in a common struggle for socialist internationalism.

Israeli bombs kill nearly 600 Palestinians

Gaza death toll doubles in four days

By Patrick Martin, 22 July 2014

Entire family groups have been slaughtered by indiscriminate Israeli bombing and shelling of the densely populated territory.

UK: Leeds protest against Gaza war condemns BBC blackout

By our reporters, 22 July 2014

Demonstrators on the protest in Leeds, West Yorkshire carried placards saying “BBC=British Brainwashing Channel” and shouted “We are all Palestinians now.”

The assault on Gaza: A historic crime

By Patrick Martin and Barry Grey, 21 July 2014

In its long and bloody history of aggression, Israel in the past four days has crossed a fundamental line. Its actions in Gaza are those of a society in a state of political and moral disintegration.

Israeli forces slaughter hundreds in weekend blitz in Gaza

By James Cogan, 21 July 2014

Large numbers of civilians in Shuja’iya were caught in the shelling and fighting.

Protests in Israel against Gaza war

By Jean Shaoul, 21 July 2014

More than 400 people have been killed in Gaza, many of them children, and another 3,000 injured while thousands more have been forced to flee their homes.

US-backed Israeli invasion of Gaza unleashes death and destruction

By Bill Van Auken, 19 July 2014

The operations of armored columns and tens of thousands of troops in the densely populated Gaza Strip have sent the numbers of dead and wounded soaring.

US networks remove reporters critical of Israeli attack on Gaza

By Barry Grey, 19 July 2014

On two consecutive days this week, journalists reporting from the Gaza war zone who evinced less than unquestioning support for Israel were removed by US television network executives.

Oppose the Israeli invasion of Gaza

By Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 18 July 2014

The aim of the offensive is to carry out mass killings and inflict mass destruction, leaving Gaza a smoking ruin.

Backed by Obama, Israeli leaders threaten Gaza invasion

By Mike Head, 17 July 2014

The Israeli government is preparing a full-scale ground assault, confident of Washington’s full support.

After phony cease-fire, Israel vows to intensify Gaza bloodbath

By Bill Van Auken, 16 July 2014

The Netanyahu government has seized on Hamas’s failure to immediately observe a cease-fire about which it was never consulted as the pretext for escalating its one-sided war against Gaza.

Israeli war crimes in Gaza provoke global outrage

By Patrick Martin, 15 July 2014

The Israeli government admits to deliberately targeting mosques, hospitals, schools and private homes in its war against the Palestinian people.

Detroit protesters oppose Israeli assault on Gaza

By Tom Hall, 15 July 2014

Hundreds marched through downtown Detroit demanding an end to the Israeli bombing of Gaza.

Israel escalates attack on Gaza

By James Cogan, 14 July 2014

Israel is openly targeting the private homes of officials and leading members of the Islamist Hamas organisation, regardless of who is residing in them.

The toxic crisis of Israeli society

By Barry Grey, 12 July 2014

There is a close connection between the violence being carried out by the Israeli government in Gaza and the emergence of fascistic elements within Israel capable of brutally murdering an innocent Palestinian youth.

Israel warns of imminent ground invasion of Gaza

By Mike Head, 11 July 2014

The Israeli offensive is being intensified with the clear backing of the Obama administration.

New York protesters demand end to Israeli assault on Gaza

By a WSWS reporting team, 11 July 2014

Thousands marched in front of the Israeli Mission to the UN as the Israeli bombardment intensified.

Death toll mounts in Israeli attacks on Gaza

By Patrick Martin, 10 July 2014

At least 63 Palestinians have been killed since Sunday, the vast majority of them civilians, including more than a dozen children.

Air strikes kill civilians as Israel prepares new Gaza bloodbath

By Bill Van Auken, 9 July 2014

The Israeli blitz against the densely populated neighborhoods of Gaza has been politically prepared by weeks of anti-Palestinian incitement.

Family of Tariq Khdeir denounces beating by Israeli police

By Matthew MacEgan, 8 July 2014

At a press conference on Monday, the family of the 15-year-old US citizen denounced the Israeli police beating and the American government’s failure to secure Khdeir’s return home.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

US, Arab allies call for intervention in Syria after bombing of Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp

By Jean Shaoul, 20 December 2012

All media reports of the bombardment of Yarmouk stress that the Syrian government is guilty of a crime and must pay a price.

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.

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.

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.

Palestinian Authority to exhume Yasser Arafat’s body to test polonium murder claim

By Jean Shaoul, 6 July 2012

The Palestinian Authority has announced that it will exhume the body of Yasser Arafat, the president of the PA who died in a French hospital in November 2004.

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.

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.

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

Hamas aligns itself with US imperialism against Syria, Iran

By Sahand Avedis, 1 March 2012

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya delivered a speech in Cairo endorsing Syria’s Western-backed opposition and thereby confirming speculation that the Palestinian Islamist movement has found new patrons among the Middle East’s most reactionary regimes.

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.

Joint US-Israeli campaign against Palestinian UN bid

By Julie Hyland, 5 November 2011

The vote by Unesco to admit Palestine as a member has met with an aggressive reaction from Israel and the United States

Captured soldier Gilad Shalit freed in Israeli-Palestinian prisoner exchange

By Alex Lantier, 19 October 2011

Yesterday Hamas released captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit to the Egyptian government in exchange for the release of 1,027 Palestinians detained by Israel.

US Congress blocks Palestinian aid after UN statehood bid

By Jean Shaoul, 5 October 2011

In a provocative move, the US Congress has blocked nearly $200 million of humanitarian aid for the Palestinian people, intended for food aid, health care and development initiatives.

Israel announces new settlements in East Jerusalem

By Jean Shaoul, 1 October 2011

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s right wing coalition government has approved the construction of 1,100 new homes in Gilo, an outer suburb of East Jerusalem, on what was Palestinian land.

United Nations attempts to stall Palestine statehood bid

By Jean Shaoul, 26 September 2011

On Friday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas formally submitted an application to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon requesting the General Assembly recognise a Palestinian state.

Palestine and the UN: The dead-end of the “peace process”

By Bill Van Auken, 24 September 2011

While the turn to the UN is a tacit admission of the bankruptcy of the US-brokered “peace process,” the bourgeois leadership of the Palestinian Authority is not posing any alternative.

Obama at the UN: The arrogant voice of imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2011

President Obama’s empty and arrogant sermon to the United Nations Wednesday was laced with platitudes about “peace”, designed to mask Washington’s predatory policies.

Israel prepares brutal response to Gaza flotilla ship

By Robert Stevens, 7 July 2011

Israeli government officials have said plans are in place to prevent by force a French ship carrying humanitarian aid from reaching the Gaza Strip.

Israel threatens violence against Gaza aid convoy

By Robert Stevens, 29 June 2011

Israel has threatened violent repression against the Freedom Flotilla II aid convoy, due to sail this week on route to Gaza.

Israeli troops murder Palestinian and Syrian protesters

By Chris Marsden, 6 June 2011

Israeli troops killed 13 protesters after opening fire on a peaceful and unarmed demonstration at the ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights.

Further Israeli provocations on Jerusalem Day

By Jean Shaoul and Chris Marsden, 2 June 2011

Yesterday’s Jerusalem Day was an extraordinary political provocation, even by the normal standards of the event.

Israel’s border massacre and human rights hypocrisy

By Bill Van Auken, 17 May 2011

The Obama administration’s reaction to Israel’s massacre of unarmed Palestinian protesters on its borders underscores the hypocrisy of those ascribing “humanitarian” motives to Washington’s predatory policy in the region.

Israeli troops kill unarmed Palestinian protesters on borders

By Patrick O’Connor, 16 May 2011

Israeli soldiers yesterday killed at least 15 Palestinians and wounded many more as they suppressed protests held at border posts facing Syria, Lebanon and Gaza to mark the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the Zionist state.

Fatah, Hamas reconciliation part of broader strategic realignment by Egypt

By Jean Shaoul, 30 April 2011

Egypt announced that Fatah and Hamas, the rival Palestinian parties, had agreed a “reconciliation deal” to form an interim unity government and fix a date for elections.

Crisis-ridden Palestinian Authority calls elections

By Jean Shaoul, 15 February 2011

The Palestinian Authority has announced elections, a cabinet reshuffle and the resignation of Saeb Erekat, its chief negotiator with Israel. It is the desperate reaction of a regime in crisis, trying to forestall the spread of the mass movements that have toppled Tunisia’s Ben Ali and Egypt’s Mubarak.

Hamas and PLO suppress solidarity action for Egypt

By Peter Schwarz, 10 February 2011

Both the Islamist Hamas and the Palestine Liberation Organization have suppressed solidarity actions for Egypt.

Britain’s MI6 trained Abbas in suppression of Palestinian opposition

By Jean Shaoul, 29 January 2011

Secret documents show that Britain’s intelligence service, MI6, and civil servants played a key role in crushing all opposition by militant groups to Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine.

The Palestine papers and the dead-end of nationalism

By Bill Van Auken, 26 January 2011

The so-called Palestine papers provide documentary confirmation of what is becoming plain to millions of Palestinians: the nationalist project of building an independent Palestinian state has become transformed into a new means of oppression.

Secret Palestine documents expose sham “peace process”

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2011

The release of some 1,700 secret documents has exposed the so-called peace process as a criminal farce, part of a permanent US-Israeli conspiracy against the basic rights of the Palestinian people.

WikiLeaks confirms Fatah sought Israeli-US support for attack on Hamas

By Jean Shaoul, 29 December 2010

A cable released by WikiLeaks has revealed that members of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah party asked Israel to attack its rival Hamas.

US drops demand for Israel to freeze settlement building

By Jean Shaoul and Ann Talbot, 20 December 2010

The US government has dropped its demand that Israel halt the building of new Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Palestinian President Abbas refuses to quit phoney peace talks

By Jean Shaoul, 30 September 2010

The refusal of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to break off US-brokered talks following Israel’s resumption of settlement construction on the West Bank confirms his role as a pliant tool of Washington.

Toronto International Film Festival 2010—Part 2

Tears of Gaza director: “How could one not want to show the world what is happening?”

By Joanne Laurier, 28 September 2010

Tears of Gaza, directed by Norway’s Vibeke Løkkeberg, is a powerful documentary. The filmmakers collected video footage shot by Palestinians during the Israeli onslaught in December 2008-January 2009. The film follows three children in particular.

Mideast talks a cover for US war preparations

By Robert Stevens, 8 September 2010

Washington’s real aim in convening the talks between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Abbas is to legitimise the support of the Arab states for a future military onslaught against Iran.

US Mid-East talks: A conspiracy against the Palestinians

By Chris Marsden, 2 September 2010

Today’s talks in Washington between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are a means through which the United States is seeking to further its interests in the Middle East.

Israeli-Palestinian talks part of preparations for US aggression against Iran

By Chris Marsden and Jean Shaoul, 26 August 2010

The August 20 announcement of a resumption of direct talks between Israel and Palestine solicited widespread disbelief internationally.

Israel, Gaza and the aid flotillas

By Julie Hyland and Robert Stevens, 3 August 2010

Two months on from Israel’s murderous assault on the aid ship Mavi Marmara, the imperialist powers continue to whitewash its act of cold-blooded murder.

Armed confrontation with Gaza aid ship narrowly averted

By Robert Stevens, 15 July 2010

On Wednesday morning another armed confrontation by the Israeli Defence Force with an aid ship was averted when the captain of a Libyan government-sponsored vessel agreed to sail to an Egyptian port.

Israeli government shores up Gaza blockade

By Patrick O’Connor, 24 June 2010

Israel’s modification of its blockade is designed to strengthen the military’s hand in its crushing suppression of the 1.5 million Palestinians living in Gaza.