Israel’s Barak Calls for Unilateral Withdrawal From Parts of West Bank

By: Monday September 24, 2012 1:42 pm

In the US press, a big story on the Middle East today is another ignorant comment by the President of Iran, who holds very little power in the Islamic Republic relative to the Supreme Leader. But the really big story comes out of Israel, where Defense Minister Ehud Barak called for a settlement pullout from [...]

Egypt Opens Rafah Border Crossing With Gaza

By: Saturday May 28, 2011 9:15 am

Egypt has opened the Rafah border crossing with Gaza. Younger men will need an entry visa to get into Egypt, but all others will be able to cross freely. The Egyptian foreign minister explicitly stated that the opening would “ease the suffering of the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.” Hundreds of Palestinians massed at [...]

Arabs Protest at Three Border Crossings With Israel, Leading to Violence

By: Monday May 16, 2011 6:19 am

Inspired by the Arab uprising, protesters on three borders marched into Israel and triggered violent responses from Israeli security, leading to at least 15 dead. The protests were held on Nakba Day, a day of commemoration of the displacement of the Palestinians from Israel. Nakba is Arabic for “catastrophe.” In a surprising turn of events, [...]

Israeli Military: We Did Nothing Wrong with Gaza Flotilla

By: Monday July 12, 2010 12:22 pm

The pitfalls of allowing an organization to investigate itself became clear today when the Israeli military cleared the Israeli military of wrongdoing in the murder of nine Turks in the Gaza flotilla incident. An Israeli military investigation into its naval takeover of a Gaza-bound flotilla six weeks ago found that it was plagued by errors [...]

Still No List of Items Allowed to Gaza in Israeli Blockade

By: Monday June 21, 2010 6:50 am

In a PR coup for Israel, the country has managed to convince the world that they would ease the blockade on Gaza without producing a list of approved or banned goods, and a process for how those goods would make their way into the war-torn Palestinian strip. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that everything that [...]

Israel Looks to Ease Blockade of Gaza, Won’t Yet Define “Easing”

By: Wednesday June 16, 2010 10:59 am

The Guardian reported last night that Israel would take steps to ease the naval blockade of Gaza, allowing in humanitarian goods. The Israeli cabinet is today expected to agree to a plan to ease off the blockade on Gaza in a deal brokered by Tony Blair, the Middle East envoy. The new arrangements – decided [...]

Iran Sending Aid Ship to Gaza

By: Monday June 14, 2010 12:06 pm

A tip of the hat to a certain Mr. Dayen from Langhorne, Pennsylvania, who stone-cold called this scenario in a phone call to me over the weekend. Iran is sending two aid shipments towards Gaza, officials said today, a move likely to further heighten tensions with Israel. One ship left on Sunday and another, carrying [...]

Red Cross: Gaza Blockade Violates International Law

By: Monday June 14, 2010 6:37 am

The International Committee of the Red Cross announced that the Israeli blockade of Gaza violates international humanitarian law, another example of the pressure being put on Israel in the wake of the flotilla tragedy. In a statement, the ICRC describes the situation in Gaza as dire, saying the only sustainable solution is a lifting of [...]

Schumer’s Ugly Endorsement of Economic Apartheid

By: Friday June 11, 2010 11:24 am

The Gaza flotilla tragedy highlighted the Israeli economic blockade against the 1.5 million people of Gaza, and the swift international condemnation of the incident has led to some mildly positive results. Both Egypt and Israel have eased the blockade somewhat, the President has offered an aid package to the Palestinians (just don’t expect it to [...]

MV Rachel Corrie Boarded, Diverted to Ashdod

By: Saturday June 5, 2010 8:42 am

Activists aboard the MV Rachel Corrie, carrying humanitarian supplies toward Gaza, ran up against the Israeli blockade. This time, nobody was killed or injured, but the ship was boarded and diverted to the port at Ashdod. Today’s operation was mounted despite growing calls for Israel to ease its siege of Gaza significantly. The US, Israel’s [...]

Lee, Ellison Call for End of Gaza Blockade

By: Friday June 4, 2010 2:24 pm

Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Barbara Lee, and Rep. Keith Ellison, one of only two Muslims in Congress, have called for an end to the blockade of Gaza, after the deadly flotilla incident with Israel. In a letter to President Barack Obama, they urge him to make the same commitment to call for lifting the blockade, [...]