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VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’ With Chris Hedges: Islamic State, the New Israel

In this first episode of a two-part series for his TeleSUR show “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and professor Sabah Alnasseri trace the roots of Islamic State to their origins and explore comparisons to the 20th-century genesis of Israel.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

Exposed: Pro-Israel Modern-Day McCarthyites Are Going to Extremes to Slime Human Rights Activists

As pro-Israel extremism reaches new depths with the notorious Canary Mission project, the FBI investigates growing threats against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

May Alan Kurdi’s Death Inspire Us to Create a World Without Borders

Children all over the world are suffering, and families remain trapped by artificial borders and legal requirements. Rather than simply increase quotas for some refugees, we need to envision a world where everyone has the right to flee violence and poverty.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

U.N. Declares Gaza Will Soon Be ‘Uninhabitable’ If Israeli Blockade and Wars Continue

Here’s why, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, it’s entirely Israel’s fault that the Palestinian territory may become totally unlivable five years from now.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

How the Israel Lobbies Hurt the University of Illinois and the First Amendment in the Salaita Case

There is no honor among thieves or ideologues, and it is sad to see a great university’s leadership descend into petty squabbling and vicious infighting over the illegal firing of Urbana-Champaign professor Steven Salaita.

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 READ MORE

Places That AIPAC Would Never Show U.S. Congress Members on Their Upcoming Propaganda Trip to Israel

Instead of the one sponsored by an arm of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a tour of the “real Israel” would show U.S. representatives the ugly truth behind Israel’s propaganda.

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 READ MORE

A Brutally Frank Jimmy Carter Calls Out Israel on Permanent Apartheid

The former president, foreseeing the darkness to come, says there’s “zero chance” of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Tens of Thousands of Brits Sign Petition Asking That Netanyahu Be Arrested for War Crimes

Bibi’s scheduled visit to the U.K. next month is already mired in controversy now that a petition calling for the Israeli prime minister’s arrest upon arrival to London has gone viral.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Breaking the Silence

The Israel Defense Forces veterans’ group has provided the world with testimonies from more than 1,000 Israeli soldiers about atrocities committed in the Palestinian territories.

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 READ MORE

Israeli Troops Kill 2 Palestinian Teens Protesting Arson Death of Infant

Laith Fadel al-Khaladi and Mohammed al-Masri, both 17, were fatally shot during protests that broke out after an arson attack on a Palestinian family took the life of an 18-month-old child and left his parents and brother with severe burns.

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE

Why I Support the BDS Movement Against Israel

To bring justice to Palestine, there are no mechanisms left except BDS — boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE

Israel Brands Rock-Throwing as Terrorism; Charge Could Carry Up to 20 Years in Prison

Palestinian activists and officials have condemned the law as repressive and racist.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE

The Next Gaza War

Odds are that months of relative “quiet” in Gaza will prove nothing more than an interregnum between Israel’s ever more devastating military escalations.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE

How Israel Used F-16s and High-Tech Soldiers to Devastate Gaza

Forty-six days into Operation Protective Edge in the besieged Gaza Strip, the Israeli military was attacking with renewed ferocity.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE

One Year After Gaza Massacre, UN Exposes Likely War Crimes

“The scale of the devastation was unprecedented” in Gaza, according to an independent commission convened by the United Nations.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

Gaza Reconstruction Is Moving at ‘Snail’s Pace’

It will likely take 30 years to repair the damage to the Gaza Strip, given the current rate of construction, a senior United Nations official has said.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

The Evil That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Israel’s Apartheid

A perverted decorum bans the term, but a writer’s trip to the West Bank finds that the conditions imposed on Palestinians by Israelis amply justify the use of the “A-word.”

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE

Expelled for Life: A Palestinian Family’s Struggle to Stay on Their Land

Nasser was only 4 years old in June 1986 when Israel’s Civil Administration declared his village an archaeological site and expropriated it. He doesn’t remember being driven out of the cave in which he was born, but his 70-year-old mother, Um Jihad, recalls it vividly.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE

Robert Fisk: Taking Away the Right to Protest Empowers Terrorism

Depriving people of the right to express moral outrage through boycotts—as Canada’s Harper government intends to do with critics of Israel—increases the probability that some will resort to violence as a means of political expression, writes Robert Fisk at The Independent.

Posted on May 30, 2015 READ MORE

Economy of Gaza on ‘Verge of Collapse’ With World’s Highest Unemployment

Unemployment rates of 43 percent for Gaza’s general population and 60 percent for young people suggest a bleak future for Israel as well as Gaza.

Posted on May 22, 2015 READ MORE

The Everyday Politics of Confinement in Palestine

Despite the torrents of press coverage here about Israel and its relationship with the United States, the daily reality of half the people in a century-old conflict is essentially off the American radar screen.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: The Middle East Policy of President Bernie Sanders

When it comes to the Middle East, what could we expect during a Bernie Sanders presidency?

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE

U.N. Finds Israel Responsible for 2014 Attacks on Gaza Shelters

The United Nations has officially condemned Israel for shelling its emergency shelters in Gaza during the summer of 2014. The attacks left hundreds injured and at least 44 dead.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Khalida Jarrar

The lawmaker, feminist and human rights activist was recently seized by Israeli forces for her leading role in Palestine’s accession to the International Criminal Court.

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 READ MORE

‘Each Breath Despite the Air’: A Poet’s View of Gaza From America

Kenji Liu’s poem about the 2014 conflict in Gaza is especially poignant to listen to as news of the Palestinian Authority joining the International Criminal Court spreads.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE

U.N. Report: Palestinian Death Toll in 2014 Highest Since 1967

An annual U.N. report states that last year, more than 2,300 Palestinians were killed and more than 17,000 injured at the hands of Israel.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE

Young Jews to ‘Pharaoh’ Netanyahu: ‘Let the Palestinian People Go’

Increasingly, younger Jews are opposing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “open racism and obstinate refusal to help create a Palestinian state,” Rabbi Michael Lerner of Tikkun magazine writes.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE

Mideast Reacts With Horror at Netanyahu’s Re-Election: ‘Israel Has Elected Extremism and Racism’

Observers in the Arab press who contemplated the victory of far right Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli elections express emotions from “concern and anxiety” to out-and-out horror at the potentially destructive impact it will have on the region.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE

As Israel’s Economic Onslaught Against Gaza Continues, War May Be Inevitable

The conditions in Gaza this winter, as described by the United Nations and The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof, are not only heartbreaking but inhumane. It’s no wonder many Palestinians are predicting another war with Israel.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE

The Great Game in the Holy Land

Almost all the current wars, uprisings and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by an increasingly frenzied competition to find, extract and market fossil fuels whose future consumption is guaranteed to lead to a set of cataclysmic environmental crises.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE

Cutting Through the Hysteria Over Court’s Gaza War Probe

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Here are the facts about the International Criminal Court’s examination of crimes committed in the 2014 fighting.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE

Gaza in Arizona

In October 2012, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces explained his country’s border policing strategies at a border technology conference in El Paso, Texas. “We have learned lots from Gaza,” he told the audience. “It’s a great laboratory.”

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart Asks Jimmy Carter If There’s Any Hope Left for Global Peace; His Answer May Surprise You

The 39th president of the U.S. has kept quite busy since the end of his term, but he put aside some time to talk with the “Daily Show” host about the Middle East and the recent Paris unity rally, among other things.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE

What Would Happen If the International Criminal Court Indicted Israel’s Netanyahu?

If the International Criminal Court takes up Israeli government actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, it could well find specific officials guilty of breaches of the Rome Statute of 2002.

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 READ MORE

The Best Truthdig Cartoons of 2014

Take a look at some of our favorite editorial cartoons and animations published this past year.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 READ MORE

No Exit In Gaza

What struck me most about the tribulation of the Awajah family during the military invasion that Israel called Operation Cast Lead was the demand of the children regarding the reconstruction of their home: they insisted that the house have two doors.

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE

Is The New York Times Biased When It Comes to Israel?

A former reporter and professor of journalism argues that The New York Times omits and blurs facts to protect Israel; drones are having an impact on the way we measure crowds, which is significant in a number of ways; meanwhile, a Russian TV show tried to prove that American parents turn their children gay with propaganda. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE

Amnesty Report Accuses Israel of War Crimes and Condemns Palestinian Rocket Fire

A damning 49-page report says the Israel Defense Forces acted with “callous indifference” to civilians in airstrikes that destroyed entire families in homes during the recent war in Gaza.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE

Palestine Goes to U.N. Security Council to Demand Israeli Withdrawal by 2016

Palestine will argue that Israel has systematically and over decades violated all the international laws regulating military occupations, and that it is quickly marching toward being an apartheid state.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE

Get Ready for Yom Kippur With This List of Political Sins

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Jews around the world this Friday night will ask God for forgiveness. Don Futterman, writing in Haaretz, says this year Jews of all political persuasions, no matter where they live, have much to atone for.

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE

Is Mahmoud Abbas Right That Israel Is Guilty of War Crimes, Genocide in Gaza?

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday at the United Nations that Israel was guilty of war crimes in Gaza and even “genocide.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE

Edward Snowden: The NSA’s Passing Americans’ Private Data to a Secret Israeli Military Organization (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The whistle-blower recently told journalist James Bamford that the National Security Agency is sharing the details of Americans’ phone calls and emails, including names and other sensitive data, with an Israeli military group called Unit 8200.

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 READ MORE

Chris Hedges Has 15 Minutes to Start a Revolution

By Chris Hedges

The Truthdig columnist speaks to a crowd in Wisconsin over the weekend about the prevailing power structure and “the abject surrender of our political class ... to cash-rich lobbying groups.”

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE

Egypt Offered Palestinians 1,600 Square Kilometers Near Gaza

In response to the Palestinian refugee crisis, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said he was willing to cede some of his country’s land, but Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the offer; some Ukrainian soldiers are alarmingly wearing Nazi symbols on their helmets; meanwhile, Turkey refuses to join the coalition against Islamic State. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE

Must Muslim Americans Condemn IS? Must Turkish Jews Condemn Gaza War?

During the recent war in the Gaza Strip, a controversy broke out in Turkey about whether Turkish Jews were required to condemn Israel’s actions, as some pro-Palestinian Turks suggested.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE

Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America

The abandonment of Gazans, some of the planet’s most powerless people, illustrates how all who are vulnerable are now routinely sacrificed by our political elites.

Posted on Sep 14, 2014 READ MORE

Cease-Fires in Which Violations Never Cease

The regular pattern is for Israel to disregard whatever agreement is in place—while Hamas observes it—until a sharp increase in Israeli violence elicits a Hamas response, followed by even fiercer brutality. These escalations, which amount to shooting fish in a pond, are called “mowing the lawn” in Israeli parlance.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE

Gaza War Inspires a Third of Israelis to Consider Leaving the Country

For a variety of reasons, the recent war in the Palestinian territory has persuaded an increasing number of Israelis to give serious thought to emigration, according to one poll; in Gambia, the National Assembly passed a law to imprison people for life for “homosexual acts”; meanwhile, it’s important that the left condemn jihad as vehemently as it does Israeli occupation. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE

Israel to Take Over Land in West Bank in Its Biggest Seizure in 30 Years

Days after a cease-fire in Gaza was agreed to by Hamas and Israel, the latter announced it was taking over 1.5 square miles of West Bank territory south of Bethlehem as “a response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teenagers in the area” this summer.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE

Israeli Education to Help Pay for Summer War on Hamas in Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has moved to slash government expenditures by 2 percent to offset the $2.5 billion cost of his administration’s 50 day military campaign against Hamas in Gaza. Much of the money will come out of the nation’s education budget.

Posted on Aug 31, 2014 READ MORE

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