Which Norman Finkelstein turned up to Aljazeera Head to Head with Mehdi Hasan?

 I attended the recording of Aljazeera's Head to Head with Professor Norman Finkelstein at the Oxford Union on the 30th of May.  Finkelstein is a well known supporter of an end to the occupation of Palestine.  He has been writing and speaking about this iussue for 30 years and believes that his anti-occupation stance has damaged his …

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The anniversary of the attack on the Mavi Marmara, and the Gaza siege

I will always remember where I was when Israel attacked the peaceful Gaza siege breaking flotilla. I was watching live transmission of interviews with some of the passengers on the lead ship, the Mavi Marmara. I remember feeling excited but worried. Could the siege really be broken? Could this peaceful protest achieve what the Palestinians …

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Palestinian Unity Government, long overdue

Update: 2 June 2014 The Palestinian Unity Government was finally sworn in on 2 June. Ministers from Gaza were barred from travelling to the West Bank to swear the oath of office. Here is a link to my interview on Press TV about the Unity Government. Original blog Archive photo Thursday 29 May 2014 is …

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Salt and water, the symbol of support for Palestinian hunger striking prisoners

Supporters of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike since 24 April to protest their Administrative Detention use the hashtag salt and water #مي_وملح. Hunger strikers drink water mixed with salt to help keep their bodies functioning. Palestinian singer Qasem Najjar has just released this video in solidarity with the prisoners.

Pope Francis means well but the proposed Peres / Abbas meeting provides continued cover for the occupation

Image from @ynet Pope Francis is making a historic trip to the Middle East. He was made very welcome in Jordan. He deliberately landed in Bethlehem for his trip to Palestine and at the time of writing had landed in Israel. This is a tricky trip as he manoeuvres around tricky issues including the logistics. …

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To Palestinians, Israel is a colonialist, racist, ethnic cleansing, occupying, Apartheid state

Not a day passes without Israel doing something or planning something that angers me. The most recent revelation was reported by Amira Hass in Haaretz yesterday, 21 May. IDF uses live-fire zones to expel Palestinians from areas of West Bank, officer admits. I sat back and wondered what kind of a state does this to …

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Abuse of power by IDF commanders: it is official

The online Israeli news website Ynet, reported that IDF ombudsman report reveals abuse of power among commanders . It reports "A career soldier who poured bleach on another soldier's head, an officer who checked his soldiers' body wastes, a commander who forced soldiers to drink until they vomitted and an army doctor who told a …

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