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Lullaby For Pilots

Yonatan Shapiro Yonatan Shapira was born on an Israeli military base the year before his father flew fighter jets in the October War of 1973. Thirty years later, twelve of them spent as an air force pilot himself, Shapira rejected the military. In 2003, he wrote a letter, pledging not to fly over the occupied … Continue reading Lullaby For Pilots

Redemption From The Mouth Of A Leper

The final stretch. Four days to elections, and everything is still hanging in the balance, and nothing has yet been decided. Will Binyamin Netanyahu fall or remain in power? Will a new government be established in Israel, or will it not? And if a new government does come about, will it bring about a significant … Continue reading Redemption From The Mouth Of A Leper

Tomgram: Michael Schwartz, Israel, Gaza, and Energy Wars in the Middle East

Introduction by Tom Engelhardt Talk of an oil glut and a potential further price drop seems to be growing. The cost of a barrel of crude now sits at just under $60, only a little more than half what it was at its most recent peak in June 2014. Meanwhile, under a barrel of woes, … Continue reading Tomgram: Michael Schwartz, Israel, Gaza, and Energy Wars in the Middle East

We Are Not Numbers: New Project Helps Gaza Writers Tell Their Story

An estimated 2,300 Palestinians in Gaza were killed during the summer assault by Israel. Each one was a mother, father, brother, sister, friend or spouse to someone left behind, and their deep feeling of grieving and loss is still palpable – almost like the phantom pain after the amputation of an arm or leg. Yet … Continue reading We Are Not Numbers: New Project Helps Gaza Writers Tell Their Story

Hundreds of Palestinians flee as Israel opens dams into Gaza Valley

GAZA CITY Hundreds of Palestinians were evacuated from their homes Sunday morning after Israeli authorities opened a number of dams near the border, flooding the Gaza Valley in the wake of a recent severe winter storm. The Gaza Ministry of Interior said in a statement that civil defense services and teams from the Ministry of … Continue reading Hundreds of Palestinians flee as Israel opens dams into Gaza Valley

I Was “Part Of A Terror Organization,” Says Israeli Pilot Turned Activist

Yonatan Shapira was born on an Israeli military base the year before his father flew fighter jets in the October War of 1973. Thirty years later, twelve of them spent as an air force pilot himself, Shapira rejected the military. In 2003, he wrote a letter, pledging not to fly over the occupied West Bank … Continue reading I Was “Part Of A Terror Organization,” Says Israeli Pilot Turned Activist

Salaita Sues Donors For ‘Injecting’ Themselves Into U Of Illinois Decision, Threatening To Withhold Gifts Unless He Was Fired

In a suit against the administration of the University of Illinois seeking his reinstatement as a professor at the school, scholar Steven Salaita also sued unnamed “John Doe donors” of the university for “injecting” themselves into the university hiring process and threatening “future donations” unless he was fired last summer because of the outspoken tweets … Continue reading Salaita Sues Donors For ‘Injecting’ Themselves Into U Of Illinois Decision, Threatening To Withhold Gifts Unless He Was Fired

Why Is An Israeli Defense Contractor Building A ‘Virtual Wall’ In The Arizona Desert?

Todd Miller and Gabriel Matthew Shivone Israeli companies are using the lessons they’ve learned occupying Gaza to militarize the US border. It was October 2012. Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was explaining his country’s border policing strategies. In his PowerPoint presentation, a photo of the enclosure wall that isolates … Continue reading Why Is An Israeli Defense Contractor Building A ‘Virtual Wall’ In The Arizona Desert?

Israel Shuts Dr Gilbert Out From Gaza For Life

Physician Banned For Security Reasons - Saving Lives A Norwegian doctor, Mads Gilbert, has been hit with a lifetime ban from entering Gaza by the Israeli government. Israeli authorities cited security reasons for shutting Doctor Gilbert out from the Gaza Strip. The Norwegian 67-year-old has travelled to and from Gaza to treat Palestinians. This summer, … Continue reading Israel Shuts Dr Gilbert Out From Gaza For Life

Remembering Abdul Rahman Abu Oida, “Broken Bird”, A Beautiful Soul

I am very, very sorry to learn of the death of a stoic young Palestinian man, Abed Abu Oida, a result of years of suffering after being shot in the spine by a zionist mercenary sniper in eastern Jabaliya, March 2008. I met Abed in a Cairo hospital in mid 2008, where he was wasting … Continue reading Remembering Abdul Rahman Abu Oida, “Broken Bird”, A Beautiful Soul