Middle East Watch
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December 2019



276 articles :

  • Legitimizing Netanyahu? - The Pope’s Pilgrimage

    15 May 2009, by Jonathan Cook
    Pope Benedict XVI upset the schedule on his first day in Israel by leaving an interfaith meeting in Jerusalem early on Monday night after a leading Muslim cleric called on him to condemn the “slaughter” of women and children in the recent assault on Gaza. The pontiff walked out, a spokesman noted, because Sheikh Tayseer Tamimi’s speech was a “direct negation” of dialogue and damaged the Pope’s efforts at “promoting peace”. Before he arrived in the region, the Pope declared that he was coming as a (...) continue continue
  • Pope challenges Israel to give Palestinians homeland

    14 mai 2009, par Donald Macintyre
    Pope Benedict used a visit to a West Bank refugee camp yesterday to issue his most resonant plea yet for an independent Palestinian state, while describing the Israeli military’s separation barrier as a "tragic" manifestation of years of conflict. The 82-year-old Pope went out of his way at an open air mass in Bethlehem, and in a later politically charged visit to the crowded Aida refugee camp, to identify with the plight of Palestinian civilians declaring : "I know how much you have (...) suite suite
  • Ban Ki-Moon advises Israel to change Its Policies

    12 mai 2009,
    The U.N.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said "time has come" for Israel to "fundamentally" change its policies in the occupied Palestinian territory and said its "genuine" readiness to negotiate "all core" issues will be the true test of its commitment to the two state solution. Addressing a Ministerial meeting on the Middle East under the Presidency of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov here last night, Ban said "the time has come for Israel to fundamentally change its policies (in (...) suite suite
  • Criminalizing Criticism of Israel

    7 May 2009, by PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
    On October 16, 2004, President George W. Bush signed the Israel Lobby’s bill, the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act. This legislation requires the US Department of State to monitor anti-semitism world wide. To monitor anti-semitism, it has to be defined. What is the definition? Basically, as defined by the Israel Lobby and Abe Foxman, it boils down to any criticism of Israel or Jews. Rahm Israel Emanuel hasn’t been mopping floors at the White House. As soon as he gets the Hate Crimes (...) continue continue
  • The Emperor’s Old Clothes

    2 May 2009, by Uri Avnery
    EVERYBODY IS talking about the first 100 days of Barack Obama. And there’s a lot to talk about. Like a young bull he stormed into the arena. A deluge of new ideas in every direction, a tsunami of practical initiatives, some of which have already begun to be implemented. Clearly he had been thinking about them for a long time and intended to put them into practice from his first moment in office. He put his team together long ago, and his people started to act even before his triumphal (...) continue continue
  • U.S. drops spy charges against two ex-AIPAC officials

    2 May 2009,
    Federal prosecutors moved Friday to dismiss espionage-related charges against two former pro-Israel lobbyists accused of disclosing classified U.S. defense information, ending a tortuous inside-the-Beltway legal battle rife with national security intrigue. Critics of the prosecution of Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee accused the federal government of trying to criminalize the sort of back-channel discussions between government officials, (...) continue continue
  • US Hides Behind Iran Sanctions Threat

    1 May 2009, by Kaveh L Afrasiabi
    Whereas United States President Barack Obama promised in his new year message to Iran that he was committed to a new diplomacy that "will not be advanced by threats", a month later this is precisely what is happening. This is in light of new White House-backed legislation in the US Congress that aims to impose "crippling sanctions" on Iran by targeting its energy imports. The Iran Sanctions Enhancement Act, introduced by a bipartisan group of US senators, states in its preamble that its (...) continue continue
  • Devouring Jerusalem

    27 March 2009, by Khalid Amayreh
    In its increasingly rabid efforts to consolidate control of traditionally Arab-East Jerusalem, Israel this week moved to suppress Palestinian cultural activities associated with the city being declared the capital of Arab culture for 2009. On 19 March heavily armed paramilitary police violently dispersed a meeting at the Ambassador Hotel in East Jerusalem, confiscating posters, leaflets, placards and computers. Israeli police also raided schools, social clubs and community centres to foil (...) continue continue
  • Soldier says rabbis pushed "religious war" in Gaza

    20 March 2009, by Douglas Hamilton
    Rabbis in the Israeli army told battlefield troops in January’s Gaza offensive they were fighting a "religious war" against gentiles, according to one army commander’s account published on Friday. "Their message was very clear: we are the Jewish people, we came to this land by a miracle, God brought us back to this land and now we need to fight to expel the gentiles who are interfering with our conquest of this holy land," he said. The account by Ram, a pseudonym to shield the soldier’s (...) continue continue
  • Obama and "Two States"

    30 April 2009, by Ellen Cantarow
    A false claim is wafting through the press: Obama is hanging tough with Benjamin Netanyahu, he’s going to “twist Israel’s arm” and at long last force the Jewish state into a two-state agreement, settling the Israel-Palestine question for good. There’s even talk that Obama backs the Arab League’s 2002 peace initiative, complete with its main demand: Israel’s withdrawal to its 1967 borders. There’s no proof for any of this. Obama has said nothing about when, where, and with what boundaries a (...) continue continue

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