Israel

More deaths and maiming of Palestinians amid latest “ceasefire”

By Jean Shaoul, 11 August 2018

The latest round of fighting could torpedo a four-year truce between Israel and Hamas.

Based on bogus charges of anti-Semitism

Details emerge of plot to oust Corbyn or split UK Labour Party

By Chris Marsden, 11 August 2018

In their plot to remove Corbyn, Labour’s right wing are reasserting the nakedly neo-liberal and militarist agenda pursued by Labour under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Israel carries out new strikes on Gaza

By James Cogan, 10 August 2018

The latest assault, which killed three people, follows repeated threats by the Israeli government to launch another full-scale military intervention.

PayPal closes pro-Palestinian group’s account in collusion with Israeli government

By Jean Shaoul, 9 August 2018

PayPal’s action is part of a broader censorship drive by US technology and social media giants, working closely with US and Israeli intelligence agencies.

Mass protest led by Druze against Israel’s Nation State law

By Jean Shaoul, 8 August 2018

The demonstration was reported to be around 150,000 strong, making it the largest-ever Druze rally.

Bogus anti-Semitism campaign against Corbyn and the “left” escalates

By Jean Shaoul and Chris Marsden, 28 July 2018

The attack on Corbyn and his supporters centres on measures that would criminalise criticism of the State of Israel for its persecution of the Palestinians as a form of anti-Semitism

Worker sets himself on fire in Gaza amid strike against mass layoffs

By Bill Van Auken, 27 July 2018

A massive cut in US funding for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees has led to the layoffs, part of an intensifying drive to starve Gazans into submission.

Israel shoots down Syrian jet over occupied Golan Heights

By Bill Van Auken, 25 July 2018

The shoot-down is part of the escalation of both Israeli and US aggression aimed at Syria and Iran.

Israel intervenes to extract US-UK-backed White Helmets from Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 23 July 2018

The Israel Defense Forces were sent into Syria at Washington’s request to rescue hundreds of White Helmets, a group funded by the US and UK to further regime change.

Israel’s Nation-State Law and the dead end of Zionism

By Barry Grey, 21 July 2018

The passage by the Israeli Knesset of the “Nation-State Law” enshrining Jewish supremacy as the legal foundation of the state marks a new stage in the crisis wracking Israel.

Israeli parliament passes apartheid-style “Nation-State” law

By Bill Van Auken, 20 July 2018

The measure enshrines the de facto discrimination and segregation practiced against Palestinians in a quasi-constitutional basic law.

Israel carries out biggest air strikes on Gaza since 2014 war

By Keith Jones, 16 July 2018

In recent days, Israel has stepped up its campaign to crush resistance in Gaza, intensifying its economic blockade, shooting scores of protesters, and mounting massive air strikes.

Prince William visit seeks to reinforce Britain’s ties with Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 2 July 2018

William’s visit was a very visible signal of Britain’s endorsement of Israel’s brutal suppression of the Palestinians and of the arch-criminal Netanyahu himself.

Israel’s Netanyahu tours Europe to advocate action against Iran

By Jean Shaoul, 7 June 2018

For all their differences with Trump, and evident distaste for Netanyahu, the European leaders did not seek to distance themselves from his demands because they know he speaks for Washington.

Israel deepens crackdown on human rights advocates, opponents of government’s policies

By Josh Varlin, 1 June 2018

Professor Katherine Franke, along with three other human rights activists, were deported from Israel as part of a crackdown on all opposition to Israeli government policy.

US and Europe line up behind Israel over Gaza rocket attacks

By Jean Shaoul, 31 May 2018

Israel’s armed forces carried out 65 air strikes on Tuesday and pre-dawn Wednesday in its biggest military attack on Gaza since 2014.

Statement of the Turkish supporters of the ICFI on the Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza

By Toplumsal Eşitlik, 19 May 2018

The Toplumsal Eşitlik (Social Equality) group condemns the massacre carried out by Israeli troops, as well as the cynical attempts of the Turkish government to pose as defenders of the Palestinian people.

More Palestinian deaths as Israel attacks protests in Gaza and West Bank

By Jean Shaoul, 16 May 2018

The death toll rose above the 58 announced Monday due to two additional shootings and the death of an eight-month-old baby due to gas inhalation.

The massacre in Gaza and imperialist war policy

By Andre Damon, 16 May 2018

The defense by the imperialist powers of Israel’s murder of over 60 Palestinian demonstrators Monday makes clear that they have adopted the mass killing of unarmed civilians as a legitimate policy tool.

Mass murder in Gaza

By Bill Van Auken, 15 May 2018

The shooting dead of at least 60 unarmed protesters in Gaza, along with the wounding of over 2,700 more, is a war crime for which all involved bear collective and personal responsibility.

Israel marks 70th anniversary amid war crimes and deepening social crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2018

Washington’s ripping up of the Iran nuclear treaty and moving of its embassy to Jerusalem have given the Israeli state a green light for war with Iran and violent suppression of the Palestinians.

Israeli army kills one, wounds hundreds during latest round of Gaza protests

By Niles Niemuth, 12 May 2018

The Gaza Health Ministry reported that among the hundreds who were wounded in the attack on unarmed, peaceful protestors, 143 were shot with live ammunition.

For a working-class strategy against the imperialist repartition of the Middle East!

By Keith Jones, 11 May 2018

In Iran, as around the world, the struggle against imperialist aggression and war must be founded on the independent political mobilization of the working class and the perspective of Permanent Revolution.

Middle East teeters on brink of region-wide war after US withdrawal from Iran deal

By Jordan Shilton, 10 May 2018

After Israeli war planes targeted Iranian personnel in Syria for the third time in less than a month, Iranian Quds forces reportedly launched rockets into northern Israel.

Israeli Knesset debates legal framework for apartheid-style state

By Jean Shaoul, 8 May 2018

The bill explicitly defines Israel as a Jewish state, according nationality rights only to its Jewish as opposed to Palestinian citizens.

Why is Germany’s far-right AfD championing Israel?

By Peter Schwarz, 4 May 2018

The recognition of Israel’s security interests has nothing to do with moral considerations arising from the Shoah.

Washington and Tel Aviv lurching toward a war with Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 2 May 2018

The aggression that is being prepared by the US and Israel threatens to drag all of the major powers into what could prove a catastrophic world war.

Israel denounces Iran nuclear deal after new missile strikes on Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 1 May 2018

Netanyahu’s bellicose speech indicting Iran, following on the heels of missile strikes on Syria, underscores the growing threat of a region-wide war.

US Secretary of State Pompeo endorses Israeli murder of Gaza protesters

By Will Morrow, 1 May 2018

Pompeo’s statements express the unanimous support of the US ruling elite and both its political parties for the policies of their key Middle Eastern ally.

Israel again opens fire on Gaza protesters, killing three and wounding hundreds

By Will Morrow, 28 April 2018

For the fifth Friday in a row, the Israeli army rained gunfire on thousands of unarmed protesters in Gaza, bringing the number killed since March 30 to 45.

The growing threat of an Israeli war against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2018

In the shadow of US-French discussions on the Iranian nuclear deal, Israel is preparing for a military confrontation with Iran, threatening to ignite a regional and even global war.

The slaughter in Gaza and the crisis of Israel on its 70th anniversary

By Bill Van Auken, 24 April 2018

The number of unarmed demonstrators murdered by Israeli army snipers firing into Gaza has risen to at least 40, with another 5,000 wounded, 1,600 by live ammunition.

Israeli army kills four more Gaza protesters

By Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2018

The latest bloodletting brings to 39 the number killed for marching in support of Palestinian refugees’ right of return.

Israeli troops again target peaceful protests with live ammunition and tear gas

By Jean Shaoul, 14 April 2018

Yesterday’s casualties follow Israel Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s earlier pledge of a “reaction of the harshest kind.”

Israel’s shoot-to-kill policy on Gaza border claims more lives

By Jean Shaoul, 7 April 2018

Approximately 10,000 Palestinians took part in the second “March of Return” protest yesterday, with rallies called for Friday evening and Saturday in cities in the US, Britain, France and elsewhere in Europe.

Gaza death toll mounts to 18 as US backs Israel’s massacre of Palestinians

By Bill Van Auken, 3 April 2018

The Israeli government has taken the response of the US and the major European powers as a green light to act with impunity in drowning Palestinian protest and resistance in blood.

US media’s silent complicity in Israeli massacre in Gaza

By Jean Shaoul and Barry Grey, 2 April 2018

Major American media outlets, led by the New York Times, are treating the Israeli military’s mass killing and wounding of unarmed, peaceful Palestinian protesters as a non-event.

Israel kills 17 border demonstrators in Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 31 March 2018

Demonstrations are set to continue for six weeks until May 15, the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel and the subsequent war between Israel and her Arab neighbours.

Israel imprisons Eritrean asylum seekers who refuse deportation orders

By Jean Shaoul, 9 March 2018

Netanyahu announced that Israel is seeking to expel at least 600 Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers each month, a total of 7,200 a year, and 20,000 by 2020.

Netanyahu, Trump discuss war preparations against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 7 March 2018

Netanyahu, facing criminal indictment in Israel, and Trump, his administration in deepening crisis, met to discuss plans for an escalation of military aggression against Iran.

Israel mounts fresh military assault on Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 20 February 2018

For months, there have been almost weekly demonstrations protesting Israel’s blockade of Gaza and the deteriorating economic conditions.

Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu faces possible corruption charges

By Jean Shaoul, 16 February 2018

Israeli police have confirmed there is enough evidence in two separate cases to indict Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

Netanyahu confirms US discussions on West Bank settlement annexations

By Jean Shaoul, 16 February 2018

Cabinet discussions centre on the Sovereignty Bill, proposed by Likud and Jewish Home, calling for annexing settlements.

Growing opposition to Israeli government’s plans to deport African refugees

By Jean Shaoul, 1 February 2018

Israel has a less than one percent success rate for asylum seekers, far below that of European Union countries.

India: First-ever visit by an Israeli PM used to strengthen strategic ties

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 27 January 2018

India’s burgeoning military-strategic partnership with Israel dovetails with its ever-more pronounced alignment with Washington and its principal Asian allies, Japan and Australia.

Members and supporters of 20 groups banned from entering Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 13 January 2018

The move is a violation of free speech and the right of free movement and travel.

Trump gives green light for Israeli repression of Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 12 January 2018

The recently elected leader of the opposition Zionist Union, a coalition that includes the former Labour Party, hailed Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Trump threatens Palestinian aid cut-off

By Jean Shaoul, 6 January 2018

A cut to the budget of the UNRWA for Palestinian refugees would have a devastating impact, particularly in the city of Gaza.

Strikes against austerity throughout Israel’s public and private sector

By Jean Shaoul, 3 January 2018

Rising social tensions take place amid a soaring cost of living, while public spending on welfare, education, health, transport and social security has been slashed.

UN General Assembly repudiates Trump over Jerusalem announcement

By Jordan Shilton, 22 December 2017

The 128-9 vote, with 35 abstentions, reflects the extreme isolation of the United States and increases the prospect of a violent clash in the Middle East.

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital deepens crisis of Arab leaders

By Jean Shaoul, 20 December 2017

Egypt’s military junta downplayed Trump’s announcement so as not to further inflame tensions already running high due to soaring food prices and unemployment.

Canada avoids criticizing Trump over Jerusalem provocation

By Roger Jordan, 13 December 2017

Ottawa’s muted response was aimed at avoiding antagonizing the Trump administration, but was also bound up with Canadian imperialist strategy in the oil-rich Middle East.

EU rejects Trump’s call to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

By Alex Lantier, 12 December 2017

The EU meeting in Brussels pointed to divisions between Washington and its European allies over the explosive conflicts in the Middle East.

Two Palestinians killed, hundreds wounded in clashes following Trump announcement on Jerusalem

By Jordan Shilton, 9 December 2017

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Friday following Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Trump and Jerusalem: The end of the Mideast “peace” charade

By Bill Van Auken, 8 December 2017

Trump’s declaration that he would move the US embassy to Jerusalem, an act of political aggression against the Palestinians, is bound up with the drive toward war throughout the Middle East.

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital sparks anger, protests

By Bill Van Auken, 7 December 2017

The provocative break with decades of US policy is bound up with both domestic politics and the preparation for wider war in the Middle East.

Israel responds to defeat of Islamist rebels in Syria with threat of wider regional war

By Jean Shaoul, 25 November 2017

Israel is seeking to counter Iranian influence and the Syrian government’s consolidation of control over the areas previously held by the various Islamist militias.

100 years since the Balfour Declaration

Part two

By Jean Shaoul, 8 November 2017

This is the conclusion of a two-part article on the Balfour Declaration that was to lead to the establishment of the state of Israel in Palestine.

100 years since the Balfour Declaration

Part one

By Jean Shaoul, 7 November 2017

This is the first of a two-part article on the Balfour Declaration that was to lead to the establishment of the state of Israel in Palestine.

Israel bombs Syrian government positions as anti-Assad opposition forces lose ground

By Jean Shaoul, 13 September 2017

The Israeli air strikes against Syria took place as the IDF was conducting the largest military exercise in 19 years on the border with Lebanon.

Israeli electricity shutoff deepens social crisis in Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 5 September 2017

The combined measures of Israel and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas have reduced Gaza to 19th century conditions.

Israel visit by Jared Kushner confirms demise of Middle East peace process

By Jean Shaoul, 2 September 2017

Emboldened by Trump’s support, Israel has expanded its West Bank settlements.

Israel: Netanyahu forced to remove metal detectors from the al-Aqsa compound

By Jean Shaoul, 2 August 2017

Israel’s ultra-nationalists feel emboldened by Trump’s apparent support for Israel, as part of his attempt to build a regional alliance against Iran..

Three Palestinians dead after clashes between Israeli police and protesters

By Peter Symonds, 22 July 2017

The violent clashes erupted yesterday after Israeli authorities imposed tough new security measures at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem.

Modi visit consolidates Indo-Israeli military-strategic partnership

By Deepal Jayasekera, 13 July 2017

Modi’s visit, the first by an Indian prime minister to Israel, was capped by an agreement to expand military-security cooperation.

In visit to Israel, Trump escalates attacks on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2017

The US president’s pretense that his policies will bring about an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement is transparent window-dressing for a policy of escalating militarism against Tehran.

German-Israeli relations in crisis

By Peter Schwarz, 28 April 2017

The German foreign minister’s visit to Israel ended Tuesday with a diplomatic scandal after he met with organisations critical of the country’s settlement and occupation policy.

Hunger strike by Palestinian political prisoners

By Jean Shaoul, 22 April 2017

The hunger strikers seek to highlight their appalling conditions in Israeli jails, which reflect the broader daily suppression of the Palestinian people.

Israel air raid targets government positions as Syrian conflict intensifies

By Jordan Shilton, 18 March 2017

Syrian government forces fired anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli aircraft carrying out air strikes near Palmyra, amid reports that the US bombed a mosque near Aleppo, killing 46 civilians.

Israel: Azaria manslaughter sentence presages stepped up repression of Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 27 February 2017

Convicted murderer Elor Azaria was notorious for his hatred of Arabs, which he voiced repeatedly on social media, calling for the massacre of every Palestinian in Gaza.

Netanyahu receives effusive official welcome in Australia

By Mike Head, 27 February 2017

The Australian government and financial elite feted Netanyahu, whose government is accelerating illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Trump, Netanyahu dismiss “two-state solution,” threaten Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2017

Both the US president and the Israeli prime minister referred to a “regional” approach based on securing the support of Arab Sunni despots for an escalation of militarism against Iran.

Netanyahu in London for talks with British prime minister

By Jean Shaoul, 7 February 2017

Netanyahu is seeking to extract every last ounce out of Trump’s hostility to Iran and his support for Israel, and Theresa May’s utter dependency on Washington.

Israel’s Netanyahu steps up settlement construction

By Jean Shaoul, 31 January 2017

A new law, now going through the Knesset, will establish a national enforcement unit to suppress unauthorised construction in Palestinian towns and villages in Israel.

Israel political crisis mounts over Netanyahu corruption revelations

By Jean Shaoul, 23 January 2017

While Netanyahu has appointed close associates to the positions of attorney general and police chief, recently leaked video tapes make his criminal prosecution increasingly likely.

Syria accuses Israel of launching missile strike against military airport in Damascus

By Niles Niemuth, 14 January 2017

Israel reportedly carried out its third attack against Syria in as many months even as a ceasefire in the six-year-old US-stoked civil war continues to hold.

UK: May and Corbyn suppress scandal over Israel's role in anti-Corbyn coup

By Jean Shaoul and Chris Marsden, 14 January 2017

In response to proof that the coup against him was sponsored by Israel, Corbyn has not said a single word.

Palestinian kills four Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem truck attack

By Patrick Martin, 9 January 2017

The attack is the bloodiest incident in Jerusalem since Israeli authorities announced a stepped-up expansion of Jewish housing in the predominantly Arab eastern half of the city.

Right-wing campaign to pardon Israeli soldier who shot Palestinian

By Jordan Shilton, 7 January 2017

Just hours after the verdict, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu joined the campaign in support of a pardon for Elor Azaria.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu faces possible indictment for corruption

By Jean Shaoul, 5 January 2017

An indictment would put Netanyahu under enormous pressure to step down.

Israel-Palestine and the “two-state solution”

By Nick Beams, 30 December 2016

John Kerry’s speech defending US abstention on a UN resolution criticising Israel’s expansionist policies was a warning that abandonment of the “two-state solution” could have explosive consequences.

Kerry argues against ditching the “two-state solution” in the Middle East

By Patrick Martin, 29 December 2016

In a lengthy speech at the State Department, Kerry warned that the anti-Palestinian policy of Netanyahu and Trump will have explosive consequences for US imperialist interests in the Middle East.

Israel presses settlement expansion, defies UN resolution

By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2016

The attack on the Palestinians is being encouraged by the incoming Trump administration in the United States.

US abstains as UN passes toothless resolution criticizing Israeli settlements

By Jean Shaoul, 24 December 2016

The passage of the resolution followed the intervention of president-elect Donald Trump, who urged a veto and worked with Israel in an effort to delay the vote.

Trump taps right-wing supporter of settlers as ambassador to Israel

By Bill Van Auken, 17 December 2016

David Friedman, an attorney who helped Trump reap millions from the bankruptcies of his Atlantic City casinos, is considered to the right of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump victory strengthens Israel’s far-right and settler parties

By Jean Shaoul, 5 December 2016

Trump’s remarks on the Israel/Palestine conflict reflect the most extreme demands of Israel’s settler movement and Netanyahu’s political rival Naftali Bennett.

Israel carries out airstrikes against ISIS ally in Syria

By Jean Shaoul, 29 November 2016

Sunday’s airstrikes highlight the increasing danger of a wider war involving nuclear-armed powers.

India moves to enhance strategic ties with Japan and Israel

By Deepal Jayasekera, 28 November 2016

The Modi government is forging closer strategic ties with Japan and Israel to aggressively pursue the great power ambitions of India’s elite against China and Pakistan.

Roger Cohen of the New York Times declares that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism

By Chris Marsden, 24 October 2016

Cohen’s attack on the left’s “anti-Semitism,” which seeks to proscribe all criticism of Israel, is a slander directed in particular against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters.

Shimon Peres (1923-2016)

By Patrick Martin, 1 October 2016

The state funeral for Shimon Peres, former Israeli president and prime minister, brought leaders from around the world to pay tribute, not so much to the individual as to the rapacious, land-grabbing, militaristic state he did so much to construct.

UC Berkeley reinstates class on Palestine after protests

By David Brown, 22 September 2016

The class had been suspended after a campaign by right-wing Zionist groups and was reinstated when the actions of the UC administration became more widely known.

Military prosecutor clears Israeli forces in 2014 Gaza war

By Jean Shaoul, 27 August 2016

Israel’s military advocate general concluded that the 2014 shelling of a United Nations school in Rafah in which 10 people died was entirely lawful since “proper procedures had been followed.”

Israel adopts powers to suspend members of parliament

By Jean Shaoul, 2 August 2016

The measures are aimed at preventing and suppressing any united opposition on the part of Jewish and Palestinian workers and youth to government policies.

Israel implements collective punishment after the stabbing of teenager

By Jean Shaoul, 4 July 2016

The IDF carried out detention raids in Bani Nai’im and Hebron, as clashes broke out between Palestinian youths and the IDF.

Censored Voices: A snapshot in time reveals war crimes

By Fred Mazelis, 22 June 2016

An Israeli filmmaker has brought 50-year-old tape recordings about the Six-Day War and their implications to life on the screen.

Clampdown worsens in Israel following Tel Aviv shooting

By Jean Shaoul, 17 June 2016

Successive governments have fostered anti-Palestinian bigotry, chauvinism and xenophobia, but such attitudes are by no means universal in Israel, a deeply divided country.

After Tel Aviv attacks, Israel launches police-state crackdown

By Thomas Gaist, 10 June 2016

The Netanyahu government has deployed hundreds of additional troops to the West Bank and imposed punitive travel restrictions on more than 80,000 Palestinian civilians.

Netanyahu seeks to shore up Israeli government with far-right alliance

By Jean Shaoul, 25 May 2016

The shift to the right by what is already the most right-wing government in Israel’s history has caused consternation among Israel’s political and military establishment.

IDF major general compares Israel with pre-Holocaust Germany

By Jean Shaoul, 10 May 2016

General Yair Golan’s statements cut across the official narrative of Israel as the victim of a hostile world bent on its destruction.

Arson attack on witness to murders in Palestinian village of Duma

By Jean Shaoul, 23 March 2016

The fire was clearly aimed at intimidating the witnesses in the forthcoming trial.