Middle East Watch
The alternative press revue for a free Middle East

December 2019



276 articles :

  • In Village, Palestinians See Model for Their Cause

    28 August 2009, by Ethan Bronner
    Every Friday for the past four and a half years, several hundred demonstrators — Palestinian villagers, foreign volunteers and Israeli activists — have walked in unison to the Israeli barrier separating this tiny village from the burgeoning settlement of Modiin Illit, part of which is built on the village’s land. One hundred feet away, Israeli soldiers watch and wait. The protesters chant and shout and, inevitably, a few throw stones. Then just as inevitably, the soldiers open fire with tear (...) continue continue
  • Tutu to Haaretz: Arabs paying the price of the Holocaust

    28 August 2009, by Akiva Eldar
    "The lesson that Israel must learn from the Holocaust is that it can never get security through fences, walls and guns," Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa told Haaretz Thursday. Commenting on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement in Germany Thursday that the lesson of the Holocaust is that Israel should always defend itself, Tutu noted that "in South Africa, they tried to get security from the barrel of a gun. They never got it. They got security when the human rights (...) continue continue
  • Murdering Palestinians for their organs: "All facts on the ground prove Swedish report correct"

    by Saed Bannoura
    Former Palestinian detainee, researcher Abdul-Nasser Farwana, stated that all facts on the ground, since decades, prove that the Israeli occupation executed Palestinian detainees after they surrendered and refused to hand their bodies to their families. Hundreds of bodies were transferred to the families days, months or even years after the fact, and when the bodies were sent back, they were missing vital internal organs. Link for the Aftonbladet report by Swedish journalist Donald Boström (...) continue continue
  • US Turns Blind Eye to Israel’s New Separation Policy

    18 August 2009, by Jonathan Cook
    In an echo of restrictions already firmly in place in Gaza, Israel has begun barring movement between Israel and the West Bank for those holding a foreign passport, including humanitarian aid workers and thousands of Palestinian residents. The new policy is designed to force foreign citizens, mainly from North America and Europe, to choose between visiting Israel – including East Jerusalem, which Israel has annexed illegally – and the West Bank. The new regulation is in breach of Israel’s (...) continue continue
  • Peace Now: Halt illegal construction north of Jerusalem

    12 August 2009, by Efrat Weiss
    The left-wing Peace Now organization claims that construction works are being carried out to expand the settlement of Kochav Yaakov, located north of Jerusalem, eastward. A neighborhood with some 15 caravans has reportedly been established as part of the construction works. According to Peace Now, some of the caravans have already been connected to the water and sewage infrastructures, and a children’s playground has been set up in the area. The left-wing group said in a statement that (...) continue continue
  • Israel cuts 1948 ’catastrophe’ from Arabic texts

    22 juillet 2009, par MATTI FRIEDMAN
    The Israeli government will remove references to what Palestinians call the "catastrophe" of Israel’s creation from textbooks for Arab schoolchildren, the education minister said Wednesday. The reference to "al-naqba," the Arabic word catastrophe, as Palestinians call their defeat and exile in the war over Israel’s 1948 creation, was inserted by a dovish Israeli education minister in 2007. The phrase remains contentious six decades later, a symptom of the continuing divisions in Israel. (...) suite suite
  • Judenrein! Netanyahu adopts Nazi term to back Jewish settlers

    10 July 2009, by Dan Williams
    OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Hosting the German foreign minister this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used an especially tainted term to condemn the Palestinian demand that Israel’s settlements in the Occupied West Bank be removed. “Judea and Samaria cannot be Judenrein,” a Netanyahu confidant quoted him as telling Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Asked how Germany’s top diplomat responded to hearing the Nazi Holocaust term for areas “cleansed of Jews,” the confidant said: “What could he do? He basically (...) continue continue
  • Zionist Fanatics Practice Serial Vandalism in Paris

    6 July 2009, by Diana Johnstone
    Thousands of books drenched in cooking oil – that is the latest exploit of the Zionist fanatics who regularly attack property and people in Paris and get away with it. In the early afternoon of Friday, July 3, five men, mostly masked, stormed into the “Resistances” bookstore located in a quiet residential neighborhood of the 17th arrondissement in northwest Paris. To the startled women working in the shop, as well as two customers, they announcing that they were from the Jewish Defense League (...) continue continue
  • What about the Arabs’ natural growth?

    12 June 2009, by Akiva Eldar
    It seems that never before has so much been written and said about the "natural growth" of so few. The issue of construction in the West Bank settlements for the sake of the future generation is threatening to sabotage Israel’s relations with the U.S., or undermine Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s relations with the settlers and their representatives in the Likud and Israel’s right wing. Maybe it is no coincidence that the government spokespeople insist on describing the homes for "sons (...) continue continue
  • Israel ’wantonly destroyed Gaza’

    2 July 2009,
    Israel inflicted "wanton destruction" in the Gaza Strip during its 22-day war on the coastal enclave in December and January, Amnesty International, the London-based human rights group has said. In a 117-page report released on Thursday, Amnesty cited evidence that Israeli troops put children and other civilians in harm’s way "by forcing them to remain in or near houses which they took over and used as military positions". Accusing Israel of "breaching laws of war", Amnesty said: "Much of (...) continue continue

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