"From the opening lines of The Iron Cage Rashid Khalidi confronts the tough question facing Palestinians: Why did they fail to establish an independent state before 1948 and what was the impact of that failure in subsequent years? Couching this work in terms of "failure" rather than victimization, Khalidi turns history on its head, leaving doors open for a far-reaching discussion of the predicament faced by nascent, then aborted, Palesntinian nationalism" Joel Gordon Reviews Rashid Khalidi's book "The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood"
Ghada Karmi writes about an important UN resolution passed sixty years ago,which called on the Israeli state to repatriate the displaced Palestinians,and which is the legal basis for the ‘right of return’, to which Palestinians have clung for sixty years.
Recently an article was published reporting the shooting of two children inside a United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) school in one of Gaza's refugee camps. Ahmed, a seven-year-old, was seated at his desk when a bullet penetrated his head just as the school day began. Despite my best efforts, I have been unable to determine if he survived.
The first Palestinian intifada (uprising or shaking off) erupted dramatically on 9 December 1987 after twenty long years of brutal Israeli military occupation. The Palestinians had had enough. Not only had they been dispossessed of their homeland and expelled from their homes in 1948 to make way for the boatloads of European Jewish immigrants flooding into Palestine on a promise of a Jewish state, they had been made to suffer the indignities of a people despised and rejected by the whole world.
On 8th December 1987, an Israeli army vehicle ran over a group of Palestinian protestors at the Jabalya Refugee camp in the Gaza Strip killing four and injuring seven. This incident was the proverbial last straw on the camel's back and led to mass outpourings of anger on the streets of Palestine the very next day. Today, 9th December, 2008 is the 21st anniversary of the Intifada or mass rebellion of the Palestinians against Israeli occupation and oppression.
Report, Addameer, 25 November 2008
On 30 October 2008, at 10:15am, the Israeli army stormed the faculty of the Palestine Technical College in Arroub refugee camp, Hebron and arrested students from some of the classrooms. The students were blindfolded, shackled, and then repeatedly beaten, slapped, and punched all over the body. They were then taken to Gush Etzion military detention center.
GAZA CITY, Gaza -- Half of Gaza's bakeries have closed down and the other half have resorted to animal feed to produce bread as Israel's complete blockade of the coastal territory enters its 19th day.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon alarmed at the escalating humanitarian crisis called incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert last week and demanded that he lift the blockade.
United Nations General Assembly President Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann on Monday likened Israel's policies toward the Palestinians to South Africa's treatment of blacks under apartheid.
Meanwhile, Half of Gaza's bakeries have closed down and the other half have resorted to animal feed to produce bread as Israel's complete blockade of the coastal territory enters its 19th day.
Earlier on October 30, the Israeli army stormed the faculty of the Palestine Technical College in Arroub refugee camp, Hebron and arrested students from some of the classrooms. The students were blindfolded, shackled, and then repeatedly beaten, slapped, and punched all over the body. They were then taken to Gush Etzion military detention center.
Pragoti's weekly post on Palestine.
Pragoti supports the demand for the immediate release of the General Secretary of the Popular Front for The Liberation of Palestine - Ahmad Sa'adat, a political prisoner held by Israel. Pragoti urges readers to sign the petition demanding Sa'adat's release published by Fight Back News Service.
The latest tightening of Israel's chokehold on Gaza – ending all supplies into the Strip for more than a week – has produced immediate and shocking consequences for Gaza's 1.5 million inhabitants.