Tag Archive for 'Middle East'

Palestinian president threatens to go to UN

The US Secretary of State John Kerry has cancelled his trip to the Middle East after a surprise bid by the Palestinian President for further UN recognition. Mahmoud Abbas signed a request to join several UN agencies and expressed his anger at Israel’s delay in prisoner releases.

Palestine in 1896

Rare footage originally recorded by the Lumier Brothers in 1896 of Palestine. At the time, it was part of the Ottoman Empire. It would be 21 more years until it was conquered by the British in World War I.

Ariel Sharon is dead

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From The Electronic Intifada:

The immense cruelty of Ariel Sharon
Submitted by David Cronin on Thu, 01/09/2014 – 21:28

If it wasn’t for a brief encounter with Ariel Sharon, I may never have become a Palestine solidarity activist.

It was towards the end of 2001. I was among a number of reporters accompanying a European Union “peace mission” to the Middle East. On a Sunday afternoon, we waited for Sharon, then Israel’s prime minister, to give a press conference in Jerusalem’s King David Hotel.

When Sharon eventually appeared, I was struck by how venomous he was. My memory has — naturally enough — faded a little in the interim. But I’m fairly sure that there was a smirk on his face as he spoke of how Palestinians sometimes blew themselves up.

The gist of his lengthy monologue was that all resistance to the Israeli occupation amounted to “terrorism.” He seemed to be rejoicing in Palestinian suffering.

We celebrate the death of this Butcher of Beirut, who has the blood of thousands of Palestinians on his hands!

Killing Arafat was “crime of the century”

Calling it the “crime of the century”, the Palestinians say that finding out who killed Yasser Arafat is a national and moral responsibility. Two reports into the death of the former leader have determined that Arafat did not die of disease or old age, but the reports do not agree on what was responsible for his death. Al Jazeera‘s Nisreen El-Shamayleh reports from Ramallah.

Israeli historian describes ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 (Nakba)

Dr. Ilan Pappé is an Israeli historian who was a senior lecturer at Haifa University from 1984-2007. His position as an Israeli academic gave him access to official Israeli historical archives. Through research this Israeli-born academic learned the truth about the Israeli narrative. This clip of a lecture he gave in the US clarifies what happened on 1948, May 15th as Yawm An-Nakba or “Day of the Catastrophe.”

“It was suggested to them that so few years after the Holocaust it wasn’t a good idea to portray the Jews as murderers, expellers, looters, occupiers, and colonizers. This was a conscious decision by the political elites of the West to atone for what Europe did to the Jews in the Second World War. The price was very clear, the dispossession of Palestine.”