Palestine

US backs Israeli inquiry into aid flotilla massacre

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.

Obama defends Israel as tactical shift prepared on Gaza blockade

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.

Israel steps up operations in Gaza

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

Further evidence emerges of Israel’s criminal attack on Gaza aid flotilla

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.

Israeli massacre of Gaza convoy supporters provokes outrage

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.

Israel steps up its warmongering

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.

Behind the “Proximity talks” between Israel and Palestinians

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.

Israel expels first Palestinians under new military edict

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.

The Dubai assassination and the “war on terror”

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”.

Mounting evidence Mossad behind Dubai assassination of Hamas leader

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.

Israeli government supports continued prosecution of filmmaker Mohammed Bakri

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.

Gaza report finds major powers complicit in Israel’s collective punishment

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.

Aid report details social devastation in 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.

The Palestinians and the perspective of Permanent Revolution

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.

Abbas threatens resignation and collapse of the Palestinian Authority

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.

Obama comes to aid of Israel over UN war crimes charges

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.

Obama gives Israel carte blanche on settlement construction

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.

Israel understated civilian death toll in Gaza

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

Deepening crisis surrounds Middle East talks

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.

Fatah’s congress followed by hollow claims of a “new beginning”

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.

Red Cross issues harrowing report on situation in Gaza

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.

Israel: Netanyahu rejects compromise with Palestinians

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.

Israel to expand its settlements

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.

Obama offers nothing to the Palestinians

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.

Israeli police target young people for refusing military service

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.

Military investigations whitewash Israeli war crimes

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.

Israeli troops detail Gaza atrocities as demand grows for war crimes probe

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.

Gaza donor conference: conspiracy wrapped up as compassion

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.

Britain: Student occupations protest Gaza war

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.

Israel bombs Gaza-Egypt border

By Julie Hyland, 29 January 2009

Israeli warplanes bombed Gaza’s border with Egypt early Wednesday morning.

BBC refuses to show emergency relief appeal for Gaza

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

Widespread anger in Egypt at Mubarak regime

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

Israel withdraws from Gaza as evidence of war crimes emerges

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.

The economic, social and political disaster produced by the Zionist project

Part two

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.

Israeli military says complete withdrawal from Gaza “out of the question”

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.

Thousands demonstrate in German city of Duisburg against Gaza onslaught

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.

The economic, social and political disaster produced by the Zionist project

Part One

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.

Reports reveal devastation wreaked by Israeli military in Gaza

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.

US: Pittsburgh protest against atrocities in Gaza

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.

Israel to keep troops in Gaza following ceasefire announcement

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

Protests held in UK cities in solidarity with people of Gaza

By our correspondents, 19 January 2009

Rallies against Israel’s genocidal onslaught in Gaza continued at the weekend in major cities across the UK.

Video: WSWS interviews London protesters

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.

Australia: Thousands rally for Gaza in nationwide demonstrations

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.

Students at two London universities occupy campuses in protest at Gaza attacks

By Paul Mitchell, 17 January 2009

Students at two London universities occupy campuses in protest at Gaza attacks By Paul Mitchell 17 January 2009  

Amid talk of cease-fire, eyewitness accounts describe Israel’s destruction of Gaza

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.

Israeli military lays siege to Gaza City

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.

Israeli forces have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza

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.

Left Party in Berlin supports Israeli war on Gaza

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.

Israeli military escalates assault on Gaza City

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.

Israel’s war on Gaza and the role of the Middle East bourgeoisie

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.

The New York Times and the Gaza crisis: Israeli war propaganda in the guise of news

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.

Protests denounce Israeli assault on Gaza and Canadian government complicity

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.

Israel prepares to escalate its war on Gaza

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.

40,000 demonstrate in Germany against Israeli invasion of 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?”

A socialist answer to the Gaza crisis

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.

Israel rejects UN cease-fire, continues Gaza assault

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.

Canada’s government and opposition trumpet Israel’s “right” to wage endless war in Gaza

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.

Gaza: The massacre in Zeitoun

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.

Gaza death toll tops 700 as Israel prepares new escalation

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.

Letters on Israel’s assault on Gaza

8 January 2009

A selection of letters on the US-backed Israeli war on Gaza.

Israeli atrocities in Gaza: a political impasse and moral collapse

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.

Israel spreads death and destruction as it advances into Gaza

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

Civilian casualties mount as Israeli army slices through Gaza

By Chris Marsden, 5 January 2009

Israel’s bombardment and ground invasion of Gaza has unleashed a global wave of protest.

Hands off Gaza!

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.

Video: London demonstrators protest Israeli assault on Gaza

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.

Australian demonstrations show solidarity with Palestinian people

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.

US blocks cease-fire, gives Israel carte blanche to continue killing in Gaza

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.

Israel rejects ceasefire calls and escalates attacks in Gaza

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.

German Chancellor Merkel defends Israeli onslaught on Gaza

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.

Israel continues to pound Gaza as troops mass on border

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.

The New York Times and Gaza: Justifying genocide

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.

Protest in Dearborn, Michigan denounces Israeli attack on Gaza

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.

Australia: Thousands rally against Israeli Gaza attacks

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.

Third day of Israeli attacks deepens anger of Arab masses

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.

The Gaza crisis and the perspective of permanent revolution

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.

Israel inflicts mass suffering on Palestinian population

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

Israel threatens ground invasion of Gaza

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.

Washington bears guilt for Gaza war crimes

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.

In Spitting Distance: war, exile and other daily realities for Palestinians

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.