Israel

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.

US presidential candidates give warmongering speeches backing Israel at AIPAC conference

By Barry Grey, 22 March 2016

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton went out of her way to satisfy the most diehard defenders of the Israeli state and its brutally repressive policies against the Palestinian people.

Syriza-led Greek government takes its place in US war drive alongside Israel

By John Vassilopoulos and Jean Shaoul, 20 February 2016

The pseudo-left Syriza government is backing US plans to dominate the energy-rich Eastern Mediterranean region and the Middle East.

Netanyahu brands Israel’s Palestinian citizens as criminals

By Jean Shaoul, 18 January 2016

Israel’s Palestinian citizens have suffered decades of discrimination under Israeli rule.

Israel’s shoot-to-kill policy against Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 12 January 2016

Around 46 Palestinians have been killed during demonstrations and clashes with the security forces by a single shot to the head or chest.

Turkey and Arab states line up with Israel over Syria, repression of Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 8 January 2016

Turkish President Erdoğan made a state visit to Saudi Arabia a few days ago, just two weeks after signing an agreement with Tel Aviv to restore diplomatic relations.

Wedding video shows Israeli far-right gathering celebrating arson attack on Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 30 December 2015

The couple getting married was well known in the radical right, and guests included friends of the suspects in the arson attack.

George Washington University apologizes for censorship of Palestinian flag

By Isaac Finn, 29 December 2015

The incident at the Washington, D.C university is only one of many similar attacks on free speech rights aimed at suppressing criticism of Israel.

Israel: No prosecutions for firebombing of Palestinian family

By Jean Shaoul, 21 December 2015

The refusal to prosecute the suspects testifies to Netanyahu’s undeclared policy of leniency and conciliation towards the fascistic forces that successive governments have promoted.

Israel’s covert involvement in Syria conflict to escalate

By Jean Shaoul, 3 December 2015

Israel’s preparation for more overt involvement in Syria coincides with its stepped-up repression of the Palestinians.

Israel: Netanyahu capitalises on Paris bombings

By Jean Shaoul, 19 November 2015

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is using the terrorist attacks in Paris to ramp up tensions in pursuit of Israel’s geostrategic interests.

Israeli raid on Hebron hospital sparks new protests

By Bill Van Auken, 13 November 2015

With at least 83 Palestinians killed since the eruption of unrest last month, the hospital raid signals an escalation of Israel’s lawless repression.

Netanyahu visits White House seeking massive arms aid

By Patrick Martin, 11 November 2015

The main topic of discussion was a bid to increase the US military subsidy to Israel from $3 billion a year to $5 billion.

Israeli police threaten Palestinians with gas attacks “until you die”

By Jean Shaoul, 3 November 2015

The Israeli government has introduced measures aimed at terrorising and suppressing the Palestinians, stripping them of their democratic rights and driving them out of their homes.

Netanyahu’s apology for Hitler

By Jean Shaoul, 23 October 2015

The Israeli prime minister has foully slandered the Palestinian people by attributing to them the responsibility for the Holocaust.

Israel: Racist mob lynches migrant as violence intensifies

By Jean Shaoul, 21 October 2015

Ultra-nationalist Jewish politicians have encouraged the mobilisation of vigilante groups and fascistic mobs that go on the rampage while the police stand and watch.

US military chief pledges increased support as Israel steps up attacks on Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 19 October 2015

The pledge of increased military aid comes amid the Zionist state’s increasingly brutal crackdown on Palestinians within both the occupied territories and Israel itself.

Obama backs Israeli crackdown in Jerusalem

By Patrick Martin, 17 October 2015

Israeli security forces have killed 37 Palestinians since October 1, mostly teenage youth shot down for throwing rocks at Israeli police and soldiers.

Israeli army-police crackdown seals off East Jerusalem

By Jean Shaoul, 15 October 2015

The violence was triggered by Israeli efforts to restrict Palestinian access to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Israeli forces step up repression in Jerusalem, West Bank

By Jean Shaoul, 10 October 2015

Nearly 2,000 Palestinians have been wounded in dozens of violent clashes with Israeli troops, police and settlers over the past week.

One year since the war on Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 28 August 2015

Millions of people around the world saw the war for what it was—a crime of historic proportions against a cruelly abused population.

The devastation of Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 28 August 2015

The physical suffering has taken a particularly heartbreaking toll on children’s mental health.

Mass protests demand release of Palestinian hunger striker

By Jean Shaoul, 19 August 2015

Hunger striker Mohammad Allaan’s defiant stand to protest his detention without trial exposes both the Israeli and the Palestinian authorities.

Israel’s Netanyahu government widens use of anti-democratic detention orders

By Jean Shaoul, 8 August 2015

The same dictatorial methods utilised in suppressing and brutalising the Palestinians are coming home.

Amnesty International report details Israeli war crimes in 2014 bombing of Rafah

By Jean Shaoul, 3 August 2015

The assault was marked by immense Israeli firepower directed at an essentially defenceless civilian population.

Clashes erupt on West Bank after child is murdered by Zionist settlers

By Thomas Gaist, 1 August 2015

Friday’s arson attack bears the hallmarks of previous atrocities committed by religious nationalist forces.

Right-wing Israeli fanatic stabs six at gay rights parade

By Bill Van Auken, 31 July 2015

The ultra-Orthodox assailant had been released from prison only three weeks earlier, after serving a sentence for carrying out a nearly identical attack 10 years ago.

UN report details Israeli war crimes in Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 24 June 2015

The UN commission recognised that the death and destruction carried out by Israel last year followed the atrocities of previous wars on Gaza and Lebanon.

Israel exonerates its armed forces of war crimes

By Jean Shaoul, 18 June 2015

The report comes days before the UN’s Human Rights Council is due to publish the findings of its inquiry into Israeli war crimes in Gaza.

Former Israeli Premier Olmert sentenced to jail

By Jean Shaoul, 2 June 2015

If Olmert’s appeals on a conviction for fraud and breach of trust are unsuccessful, he will be the first former Israeli Premier to be jailed.

Soldiers reveal Israeli war crimes in 2014 Gaza assault

By Jean Shaoul, 14 May 2015

A recent report alleges that the Israel Defence Force reduced whole neighbourhoods to rubble for no clear operational reason, just to “demonstrate presence in the area.”

Netanyahu forms far-right coalition government in Israel

By Jean Shaoul, 8 May 2015

Netanyahu’s maneuvers leaves him in charge of a fractious cabinet and subject to blackmailing by his partners in pursuit of their own interests.

Police attack demonstration against police violence in Israel

By Chris Marsden, 5 May 2015

Sunday’s protest was sparked by video footage of police officers beating an Ethiopian-Israeli soldier without provocation.

Iran nuclear talks in countdown to US-imposed deadline

By Keith Jones, 30 March 2015

Washington is insisting that the economic sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy remain in place for years to come.

Israel spied on US-Iran talks in effort to block deal

By Patrick Martin, 25 March 2015

Israeli intelligence services spied on the Iran nuclear talks and leaked details to congressional Republicans and Democrats in an effort to block a prospective deal.

Behind the tensions between Obama and Netanyahu

By Bill Van Auken, 24 March 2015

With his explicit rejection of the so-called “two-state solution,” the Israeli prime minister exposed the fraud of US policy, cutting across Washington’s interests in the region.

Israeli settlers, soldiers attack Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Nablus

By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2015

The attacks signal a new offensive by settlers encouraged by the election victory of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition.

Netanyahu begins post-election maneuvers, in Israel and abroad

By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2015

After his apparent election victory, the Israeli prime minister has sought to cover up the blatant anti-Arab racism of his final campaign appeals.

Right-wing Israeli parties begin talks on coalition

By Patrick Martin, 19 March 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to head his fourth coalition government committed to the expansion of illegal settlements on the West Bank.

Netanyahu claims victory in close Israeli election

By Patrick Martin, 18 March 2015

Netanyahu is in a strong position to form the next government after his chief rival rang him to concede defeat.

Netanyahu makes far-right appeal on eve of Israeli election

By Barry Grey, 17 March 2015

In an interview Monday, Netanyahu said that if reelected, he would not permit the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Netanyahu delivers anti-Iran tirade to US Congress

By Bill Van Auken, 4 March 2015

Underlying the acrimony between Washington and Tel Aviv are not merely differing assessments of Iran, but broader divergences in strategic interests.

Manhattan terror trial vs. PLO: The hypocrisy of imperialist justice

By Tom Carter, 2 March 2015

If the PA and the PLO can be held liable in US courts for $655.5 million, the bill owed by the United States and Israel should run into the trillions.

Netanyahu exploits Islamist attacks on European Jews

By Jean Shaoul, 24 February 2015

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu has mounted a hysterical campaign in the Israeli media, claiming that Jews can never be safe in Europe.

UN survey documents Israeli war crimes in Gaza

By Jean Shaoul, 18 February 2015

Israel’s war on Gaza last summer killed at least 2,205 Palestinians, including 540 children, according to UN estimates.

Israel threatens war following clashes with Hezbollah

By Thomas Gaist, 29 January 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that the world should “look at what happened in the Gaza Strip” as a model for what Israel plans in Lebanon and Syria.

Syria strike caps Israel’s provocations in Middle East

By Chris Marsden, 21 January 2015

Israel’s air strike follows its denunciations of the International Criminal Court’s decision to launch a preliminary investigation into possible war crimes in Palestine.

Canada’s foreign minister greeted by protests on Mideast tour

By Roger Jordan, 21 January 2015

Palestinians angered by Ottawa’s full-throated support for Israeli aggression pelted eggs and shoes at Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister when he visited the West Bank.

Israel blocks funds of Palestinian Authority

By Jean Shaoul, 6 January 2015

The Israeli moves are designed to bully into submission the cash-strapped PA, upon which many Palestinians depend for their livelihoods.

Palestinian Authority signs up to International Criminal Court

By Jean Shaoul, 3 January 2015

The move by Abbas and his Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority, backed by the Arab regimes, is a last-ditch attempt to preserve their credibility.

Murder of Palestinian minister is latest Israeli provocation

By Jean Shaoul, 13 December 2014

The killing of Palestinian Authority Minister Ziad Abu Ein took place just days after Prime Minister Netanyahu called an early election for next March.

Israeli bombing of Syria threatens wider war

By Bill Van Auken, 9 December 2014

The latest bombing raids took place amid fresh reports of Israeli aid to the Islamist “rebels” inside Syria.

Israeli prime minister Netanyahu calls March 2015 general election

By Jean Shaoul, 8 December 2014

Netanyahu called the general election for March 17, appealing for the support of ultra-nationalist and religious parties.

Netanyahu’s “Jewish nation” bill enshrines an apartheid-style constitution

By Jean Shaoul, 1 December 2014

The “Jewish nation” bill sets the scene for far greater discrimination against the Palestinian population within Israel.

Israel steps up repression against Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 24 November 2014

The latest crackdown follows last week’s killing of four rabbis and a policeman in a synagogue in West Jerusalem.

Israel’s Netanyahu threatens clampdown after synagogue killing

By Jean Shaoul, 19 November 2014

The attack and Israel’s response portend a wider conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel committed war crimes in Gaza, Amnesty International finds

By Jean Shaoul, 10 November 2014

Amnesty detailed eight instances in which people’s homes were attacked with large aerial bombs without warning, resulting in the deaths of at least 104 civilians, including 62 children.

Israeli provocations ignite growing Palestinian revolt in Jerusalem

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2014

Israel has launched a major security crackdown in East Jerusalem following the shooting of a right-wing Zionist known for staging provocations at the Al-Aqsa mosque.

UN envoy: Destruction in Gaza “truly shocking”

By Jean Shaoul, 25 September 2014

Following Israel’s 50-day war against a defenceless civilian population, most of Gaza’s 1.8 million inhabitants are now dependent on food aid.

The witch-hunting of Steven Salaita and the new McCarthyism

By Bill Van Auken, 23 September 2014

The political victimization of Salaita in the name of “democracy” is another chilling warning that core democratic rights, including academic freedom, are incompatible with a society dominated by social inequality and the drive to war.

Israeli security service reservists refuse to conspire against Palestinians

By Jean Shaoul, 18 September 2014

The refusal of the 43 reservists is the latest expression of growing opposition within Israel to the repression of the Palestinian people.

Savage cuts in Israel follow Gaza war

By Jean Shaoul, 8 September 2014

While the Israeli working class faces more austerity, the Palestinian Authority has estimated that the reconstruction of Gaza will cost about $7.8 billion.

Netanyahu indicates Gaza ceasefire paves way for wider war

By Jean Shaoul, 1 September 2014

Netanyahu has faced criticism from within his Likud party and his coalition government for calling off military action short of his declared intention of obliterating Hamas and without consulting his security cabinet.

Gaza truce sets stage for deepening of crisis in Israel

By Barry Grey, 28 August 2014

The indecisive manner in which the latest Gaza war has apparently concluded—leaving a horrific toll of death and destruction among the Palestinians and an unusually high number of dead Israeli soldiers—has left large sections of the Israeli population questioning what the war was all about and why it was waged.

Indefinite ceasefire commences in Gaza

By Peter Symonds, 27 August 2014

While the truce holds out the prospect of an end to Israel’s one-sided war on Gaza, the Israeli military remains poised to resume action at the slightest pretext.

More Israeli crimes against Palestinians

Killings in Gaza, arrests on West Bank

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2014

Israeli air strikes killed another 26 in Gaza Thursday, including three top Hamas leaders.

Israel resumes assault on Gaza

By Bill Van Auken, 20 August 2014

Netanyahu ordered the Israeli delegation to withdraw from truce talks in Cairo.

Gaza truce extended but Israel refuses to end blockade

By Mike Head, 14 August 2014

Backed by the Obama administration, the Israeli government is insisting on the continuation of the ghetto-like conditions it has imposed in Gaza.