Why the US & Israel are Preventing Aid from Reaching Lebanon

Robert Inlakesh Supporters of Lebanon’s Hezbollah march in Beirut, Lebanon August 9, 2022. © ANWAR AMRO / AFP Efforts to stop Iran from spreading its influence are preventing the alleviation of Lebanon’s economic crisis Despite the recent signing of a historic maritime border agreement, tensions continue to remain high, with both Israel and the United…

How it Feels to Visit an Apartheid Country

Philip Weiss An advertisement alongside the separation wall in East Jerusalem. Here the wall divides a Palestinian neighbourhood so as to limit the numbers of Palestinians in official Jerusalem. Photo by Philip Weiss. Racial profiling in Israel is rampant. Abuse and invective are normal. This is the daily machinery of separating Jews from Arabs Every…

The UN Calls on Israel to Destroy its Nuclear Weapons

Viktor Mikhin The United Nations General Assembly has finally voted on a resolution calling on Israel to destroy its entire nuclear arsenal and allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit its nuclear facilities. 152 countries voted “yes”, five – Canada, Israel, Micronesia, Palau, and the United States – against, and another 24 countries,…

Total, ENI to Launch Sea Exploration after Lebanon-Israel Deal

Stephane Michel, then president of Total Middle East and North Africa, speaks during a signing ceremony to start exploratory offshore drilling for oil and gas in Beirut, Lebanon, February 9, 2018. (AFP) TotalEnergies would have 60% stake in the operation and ENI the rest. French oil giant Total said Tuesday it would soon launch exploration…

Israel Lashes Out Against US Decision to Investigate Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

Peoples Dispatch Shireen Abu Akleh. (Photo: Al-Jazeera For months, the US had declined to conduct any investigation into the killing of the Palestinian journalist and accepted the Israeli version calling it an accident. This is despite repeated appeals by Akleh’s family and human rights groups for an inquiry Israel declared that it will not cooperate…

Israeli Jets Pound Syria from Northern Lebanon

The Cradle At least two Syrian servicemen were killed and three others injured during the Israeli airstrikes on Shayrat airbase On 13 November, the Israeli air force launched multiple missile strikes targeting a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) military location in Homs governorate, with massive explosions reported in the vicinity of the Shayrat airfield. “At approximately…

Hasbara: ‘Israel’s’ Propaganda Policy

David Miller Hasbarists seek to influence public opinion across the globe in favor of “Israel” and Zionism, with Israelis and Zionists abroad acting as “mouthpieces”. The Hebrew term hasbara literally means ‘explanation’ and is a euphemism within “Israel” for a formal policy of pro-“Israel” evangelism, apologism, and propaganda. Hasbarists seek to influence public opinion across the globe…

“Ben-Gvir as Head of Israeli Security Means an Escalation in the West Bank”

Steven Sahiounie According to MiddleEastMonitor, a leading Israeli newspaper said that Israel “is now closing in on a right-wing, religious and authoritarian revolution” aimed at destroying democracy.  The recent Israeli elections have brought Benyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party back to power, but with the ultra-right wing religious party led by Itamar Ben-Gvir as an allied partner. Israel…

Airstrikes on Syria-Iraq Border Leave at Least 15 Dead

The Cradle There are conflicting reports on whether the US or Israel carried out the airstrikes At midnight on 9 November, large explosions ripped through the outskirts of the Al Bukamal area following airstrikes launched near the Syrian-Iraqi border crossing in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor. At least 15 people who were near the…

Lebanon Seeks to Demarcate Maritime Border with Syria, Cyprus

The Cradle The disputed maritime border area between Syria and Lebanon is over 800 square kilometers long On 9 November, Deputy Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament, Elias Bou Saab, announced the country’s decision to potentially demarcate its maritime border with Cyprus and Syria. A successful negotiation process and a deal on the maritime border with…

Arab League Priorities Clash with the Israeli Election Outcome

Steven Sahiounie The Arab League met in Algeria for the first time in two years, and their final declaration called for freedom for the Palestinian people who have suffered under a brutal Israeli military occupation for almost six decades.  The meeting of nearly 22 nations across the Middle East and North Africa coincided with Israeli…

Israel Grants Settler Group $7.9 Million to Advance Colonialism

The Cradle A man places the Palestinian flag on the Israeli separation wall, with Israeli settlements in the background. (Photo credit: REUTERS/Ammar Awad) The new settlement project is intended to strip rightful Palestinian landowners of their land under the guise of tourism and natural parks The “Elad” settlement association received 28 million shekels, or roughly…