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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Patrick O’Connor, 15 June 2010
Israeli government and military figures have made little pretence that the inquiry will be anything other than a whitewash of the Israeli massacre.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 June 2010
President Barack Obama’s meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington on Wednesday again demonstrated US complicity with the Israeli government and its crimes.
By Patrick O’Connor, 8 June 2010
Israeli naval commandos killed four Palestinian militants off the coast of Gaza yesterday morning in an operation designed to send a signal to the Palestinian people and the world—that its illegal blockade will continue despite mounting criticism of the May 31 massacre of nine Turkish activists.
Commandos raid the Rachel Corrie as
By Jean Shaoul, 7 June 2010
As Israeli naval commandos stormed the Rachel Corrie aid vessel on Saturday, further evidence was emerging about the May 31 massacre of nine people aboard another aid ship trying to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
By Chris Marsden and Jean Shaoul, 1 June 2010
Israel’s massacre of up to 19 supporters of an aid convoy to Gaza has provoked angry protests internationally. But the Obama administration signalled tacit US endorsement of the bloodbath.
By Chris Marsden, 1 June 2010
Israel’s action against the Gaza aid flotilla is in line with its increasingly bellicose stance on all fronts.
By Jean Shaoul, 20 May 2010
The “proximity talks” between Israel and the Palestinians are only the latest cynical exercise launched by the the Obama administration.
By Jean Shaoul, 27 April 2010
Israel has deported two Palestinian men to the Gaza Strip under a new military regulation that came into effect two weeks ago restricting the right of Palestinians to live in the West Bank.
By Patrick O’Connor, 2 March 2010
The reaction of world governments to the brutal murder of Hamas member Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last month underscores the extent to which basic precepts of international law have been torn up under the “war on terror”.
By Chris Marsden, 18 February 2010
There is mounting evidence that Mossad organised the hit squad that murdered senior Hamas official Mahmoud al Mabhouh in Dubai last month.
By Danny Richardson, 23 January 2010
Israel’s attorney general has announced that the government will support the efforts of reservist soldiers to appeal the decision of a lower court that rejected their claim for libel against Mohammed Bakri, whose film Jenin, Jenin depicted atrocities committed against Palestinians in a West Bank refugee camp.
By Jean Shaoul, 29 December 2009
One year after Israel’s military assault on Gaza, a report by 16 aid agencies has condemned the major powers for failing to end the blockade of Gaza.
By Jean Shaoul, 29 December 2009
Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza exceeds in length the sieges during World War II of Leningrad, Stalingrad and the Warsaw Ghetto, and there is no end in sight to this humanitarian crime.
By Chris Marsden, 26 November 2009
Repeated attempts by Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah leadership to restore their flagging authority amongst the Palestinian masses only underscored the abject failure of Fatah’s perspective.
By Chris Marsden, 13 November 2009
President Mahmoud Abbas’s threat to resign is a desperate gamble made necessary by the Obama administration’s undermining of its leading Palestinian ally.
By Jean Shaoul, 26 September 2009
An authoritative and highly critical United Nations inquiry released last week concluded that Israel “committed actions amounting to war crimes, possibly crimes against humanity” during its three-week offensive against Gaza in December last year.
By Chris Marsden, 24 September 2009
Tuesday’s meeting between Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was widely regarded as little more than a photo opportunity before it began.
By Jean Shaoul, 14 September 2009
A report by B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights group, shows that 1,387 Palestinians were killed during Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip last December and January
By Jean Shaoul, 3 September 2009
Media claims that President Barack Obama is close to brokering a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) ignore the deepening political crisis in the Middle East.
By Jean Shaoul, 15 August 2009
Fatah’s first congress in 20 years was proclaimed by its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, as a “new beginning.” That he was still in a position to do so is proof to the contrary.
By Jean Shaoul, 6 July 2009
A report from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), “Gaza: 1.5 million people trapped in despair,” paints a harrowing picture of a humanitarian catastrophe.
By Jean Shaoul, 16 June 2009
Israel’s premier, Benyamin Netanyahu, has made clear that his government is not interested in reaching any agreement with the Palestinians.
By Jean Shaoul, 10 June 2009
Israel’s prime minister, Benyamin Netanyahu, has refused to submit to demands for a complete cessation to settlement expansion and building in the West Bank.
By Jean Shaoul, 25 May 2009
His three-hour meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu made clear that President Barack Obama has no more intention of acting as an “honest broker” to secure a settlement with the Palestinians than his predecessor, George W. Bush.
By Jean Shaoul, 21 May 2009
Increasing numbers of young people and reservists are refusing to serve in the Israeli Defence Force. But the state is taking repressive action against the organisations that help them.
By Jean Shaoul, 2 May 2009
Five military investigations into war crimes committed by Israeli Defence Force soldiers during Operation Cast Lead, the attack on Gaza in December-January, have ended in a whitewash.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 March 2009
Testimony by Israeli soldiers detailing atrocities in which they participated or that they witnessed has fueled demands for an international war crimes tribunal to investigate the Israeli siege of Gaza last December and January.
By Jean Shaoul, 5 March 2009
The donor conference for Palestine at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt had nothing to do with alleviating the appalling humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but served as a cover for furthering Washington’s geopolitical interests in the Middle East.
By Robert Stevens, 30 January 2009
Students at more than a dozen universities in the UK have staged occupations in protest at the war in Gaza.
By Julie Hyland, 29 January 2009
Israeli warplanes bombed Gaza’s border with Egypt early Wednesday morning.
By Niall Green, 28 January 2009
There has been broad condemnation of the decision by the British public service broadcaster the BBC to refuse to show an appeal for humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza organised by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) of aid charities.
In the wake of the Gaza war
By Johannes Stern reports from Cairo, 24 January 2009
On the spot report from Cairo reveals the extent of popular opposition to the Mubarak regime
By Jerry White, 22 January 2009
The Israeli military reportedly withdrew its last soldiers from the Gaza Strip Wednesday as new evidence of the war crimes committed during its three-week assault on the Palestinian territory emerged.
By Jean Shaoul, 22 January 2009
The conclusion of a two-part report on Israel and Palestine given to an expanded meeting of the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board in Sydney, Australia in January 2006.
By Julie Hyland, 21 January 2009
The Israeli army has stated that a “complete withdrawal” from the Gaza Strip “is out of the question” at this time.
By our reporters, 21 January 2009
Despite provocations from pro-Zionists and a huge police presence, several thousand people demonstrated Saturday against the Gaza war in the German city of Duisburg.
By Jean Shaoul, 21 January 2009
The first of a two-part report on Israel and Palestine given to an expanded meeting of the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board in Sydney, Australia in January 2006.
By Patrick O’Connor, 20 January 2009
At least 5,000 homes have been destroyed and more than 20,000 damaged, with many urban centers reduced to nothing more than rubble. Gaza’s limited social infrastructure has been largely obliterated, as have numerous factories and agricultural centers.
By Samuel Davidson and Eula Holmes, 20 January 2009
On Saturday, 200 people came out in sub-freezing temperatures in Pittsburgh to a rally and “March of the Dead” to symbolize the more than 1,000 Palestinians killed in Gaza since Israel’s offensive.
By David Walsh, 19 January 2009
A tense truce presently exists in the Gaza Strip after Israel’s declaration of a unilateral ceasefire Saturday night and Hamas’ announcement of a one-week ceasefire twelve hours later
By our correspondents, 19 January 2009
Rallies against Israel’s genocidal onslaught in Gaza continued at the weekend in major cities across the UK.
19 January 2009
About 5,000 took part in a protest Saturday in Central London against the Israeli assault on Gaza. Protests took place across Britain, including in Sheffield, Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester. The WSWS interviewed participants on the London demonstration.
By our reporters, 19 January 2009
The weekend protests—the third held in Australia since the attack on Gaza began late last year—highlighted the deep anger felt by ordinary people towards the criminal actions of the Israeli government and military that has seen some 1,300 Palestinians killed.
By Paul Mitchell, 17 January 2009
Students at two London universities occupy campuses in protest at Gaza attacks By Paul Mitchell 17 January 2009
By Julie Hyland, 17 January 2009
“Armageddon” was the word used by Times of London correspondent Martin Fletcher, the first eyewitness from the British news media to see the devastation wrought by Israel in Gaza.
By Jerry White, 16 January 2009
Israeli military forces carried out a ferocious assault on densely populated neighborhoods in Gaza City Thursday, forcing thousands of civilians to flee as ground forces, backed by heavy artillery, helicopter gunships and tanks entered the city.
By David Walsh, 15 January 2009
The Palestinian death toll in the Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip reached more than 1,000 Wednesday, according to medical officials. Nine Israeli human rights groups raised the “heavy suspicion” of war crimes.
By Hendrik Paul and Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2009
Berlin Left Party leader Klaus Lederer spoke publicly in support of the Israeli war on the Palestinian population in Gaza at a demonstration last Sunday.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2009
The Israel military stepped up its air and ground assault on Gaza City Tuesday, driving the death toll to nearly 1,000. As the carnage escalates, what Israel will achieve from it is being called into increasing question.
By Jean Shaoul, 14 January 2009
Israel’s genocidal offensive against defenceless Palestinians in Gaza points to the crucial role of the Arab bourgeoisie in demobilising the widespread opposition within their own countries on behalf of imperialism.
By Tom Eley, 13 January 2009
In recent days, the New York Times has planted a series of propaganda pieces disguised as news articles, which aim to justify Israeli war crimes in Gaza.
By Éric Marquis, 13 January 2009
Demonstrations were held in cities across Canada last Saturday to denounce the Israeli state’s onslaught against the subjugated Palestinian population of the Gaza Strip and the complicity of Washington and Canada’s Conservative government.
By Peter Symonds, 12 January 2009
As the Palestinian death toll climbed to 869 on Sunday, the Israeli military was poised to launch a major escalation of its one-sided war against Gaza.
By our reporter, 12 January 2009
Demonstrators took the streets Saturday in Berlin, Nuremberg, Munich and Duisburg, demanding, “Stop the massacre in Gaza!” and asking, “Who are the terrorists?”
The WSWS Editorial Board, 10 January 2009
The genocidal offensive launched by the Israeli government is inseparably connected to the crisis of the capitalist world economy. After decades of unrestrained enrichment, the ruling classes all over the world have nothing to offer the working masses except poverty, unemployment, exploitation, repression and war.
By Tom Eley, 10 January 2009
On Friday, Israel rejected a UN cease-fire and made preparations for an invasion of Gaza City, home to 410,000.
By Carl Bronski and Keith Jones, 10 January 2009
Canada’s government, the official opposition Liberals, and most of the corporate media have given their full support to the Israeli state’s bloody onslaught against the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip.
By Tom Eley, 10 January 2009
On Friday, Israel rejected a UN cease-fire and made preparations for an invasion of Gaza City. More Israeli war crimes came to light in the town of Zeitoun, where 30 more bodies were discovered in the rubble of a bombed house.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 January 2009
The death toll inflicted by Israel’s 12-day onslaught against Gaza has risen to at least 700 amid reports that Israel is using the cover of international ceasefire initiatives to prepare a redoubled offensive.
8 January 2009
A selection of letters on the US-backed Israeli war on Gaza.
7 January 2009
The premeditated slaughter yesterday of innocent men, women and children sheltering in the UN-run al-Fakhora school in Gaza is a monstrous war crime for which the Israeli government and military top brass are directly responsible.
By Barry Grey, 6 January 2009
The toll of Palestinians killed and wounded continues to rise rapidly as Israel intensifies its combined air and ground assault on the largely defenseless and starved Gaza Strip.
Ground assault sparks worldwide protests
By Chris Marsden, 5 January 2009
Israel’s bombardment and ground invasion of Gaza has unleashed a global wave of protest.
By Barry Grey and David North, 5 January 2009
The International Committee of the Fourth International and the World Socialist Web Site denounce the Israeli military’s murderous assault on the Palestinian population of Gaza. The combined air and ground attack on the densely populated and virtually defenseless enclave is a war crime.
5 January 2009
Tens of thousands protested in London on Saturday against the Israeli attack on Gaza which has claimed the lives of hundreds, including many children. The World Socialist Web Site spoke to participants on the demonstration.
By our correspondents, 5 January 2009
Just hours after the first media reports of the launch of the Israeli ground assault on the Gaza Strip, protests in Australia’s major cities of Melbourne and Sydney drew thousands into the streets.
By Barry Grey, 3 January 2009
As the Israeli devastation of Gaza enters its second week and signs point to an imminent ground invasion of the Palestinian territory, the US government is working to block diplomatic initiatives for a cease-fire in order to give Israel a free hand to intensify its assault on the defenseless population.
By Peter Symonds, 2 January 2009
The murderous Israeli air assault on Gaza continued unabated for a sixth day yesterday. According to Palestinian emergency services, at least 420 people have been killed and more than 2,100 injured. The UN estimates that at least a quarter of those killed have been civilians.
By Dietmar Henning, 2 January 2009
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has given her full backing to the murderous attack launched by Israel on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
By Julie Hyland, 31 December 2008
Israeli jets continued to pound Gaza for a fourth day amidst threats of worse to come. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has described the lethal bombardment as just “the first of several stages” of military action.
31 December 2008
There is little to distinguish the “newspaper of record’s” version of events from the mendacious account being peddled by the American media in general: the Palestinians are the aggressors and Israel the victim. Never mind the grim and unequal equation of the conflict: roughly 100 Palestinians killed for every Israeli.
By Tom Eley, 31 December 2008
A protest against the Israeli attack on Gaza attracted approximately 5,000 people in Dearborn, Michigan. The demonstration marked a spontaneous and largely independent outpouring of anger against the onslaught.
By our reporters, 31 December 2008
About 3,000 people demonstrated in central Melbourne yesterday against the Israeli military’s bombardment of the Palestinian people in Gaza.
By Chris Marsden, 30 December 2008
The Israeli Air Force has waged its third day of bombing against Gaza, killing over 300 Palestinians and wounding more than 1,400. The Israeli offensive has sparked solidarity demonstrations around the world, which in many Arab nations have become political protests against the ruling regimes.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 December 2008
The onslaught against Gaza has provoked popular outrage throughout the Middle East and around the world, even as governments in the Arab world and elsewhere have lined up to provide justifications for this US-Israeli war crime.
By Tom Eley, 30 December 2008
Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza strip, which has killed at least 345 Palestinians and maimed scores, has sharply intensified a severe humanitarian crisis in the area.
As death toll mounts
By Chris Marsden, 29 December 2008
Israel seems set for a ground invasion of Gaza following sustained bombardment that has left more than 300 dead and over 1,000 injured.
29 December 2008
The Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza is a war crime for which not only the government of Israel but also that of the United States bears full responsibility.
By Richard Phillips, 24 November 2008
In Spitting Distance is an emotional and at times darkly ironic exploration of the situation facing a Palestinian actor/playwright in Ramallah, Paris and Tel Aviv in 2002.