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Israel and Palestine


Israel's iron fist
Voices of resistance
Exposing Israel's lies
Background to the conflict
The struggle for a free Palestine


A U.S. plot against democracy
The "greatest democracy on Earth" undertook a secret operation to overthrow the democratically elected government of the Palestinians.

Death from the skies over Gaza
Israel escalated its horrific war on Gaza with an onslaught of air strikes that killed more than 100 Palestinians in a matter of days.


After Israel's barbaric war
One year after the war's end, much of the country remains under reconstruction, and many Lebanese bitterly remember last year's destruction.

The shape of Lebanon since Israel's assault
Independent journalist Dahr Jamail tells what he witnessed when he returned to the Middle East to report on the aftermath of Israel's assault on Lebanon last summer.

Big turnouts for Hezbollah rallies
Protests shake U.S. allies in Lebanon
Huge demonstrations in Lebanon's capital are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and his pro-U.S. government.

U.S. officials exploit Gemayel assassination
Is Lebanon headed for civil war?
Following the assassination of a right-wing government minister, the U.S. government is stoking conflicts in Lebanon that could lead to another terrible civil war.

The organization Bush condemns as "terrorists"
Who is Hezbollah?
Israel calls it a "terrorist" and "extremist" organization, but the truth is that the political party Hezbollah is viewed in Lebanon as a leader of the national resistance.

Rania Masri on the future for Lebanon
"Israel and the U.S. don't like to lose"
A Lebanese-American antiwar activist talks about the devastation caused by the Israeli military in Lebanon--and the political consequences of this month's ceasefire.

"What in the name of God have we done to deserve this?"
War crimes in Lebanon
The terrible symbol of the Israeli onslaught in Lebanon is the dozens of bodies--men, women, children, infants--excavated from a demolished building in the village of Qana.

U.S. bankrolls and supplies Israel's destruction of Lebanon
Stand up against this war of terror
Boiling anger in the Middle East at Israel's state-sponsored terrorism and its U.S. backers hasn't budged the Bush administration from standing by its lies about the "war on terror."

Elaine Hagopian on Lebanon's history of war and resistance
Why the U.S. and Israel wanted this war
An author and veteran activists talks to SW about the history of Lebanon and the long record of U.S. and Israeli intervention.

How the U.S. and Israel justify the killing
Myths, lies and propaganda
Anthony Arnove examines the hypocrisy and double standards of the Israeli government and the U.S. media and political establishment.

A statement by the International Socialist Organization
Why the U.S. supports Israel's destruction of Lebanon
The Israeli attack on the Lebanese people is a war that the U.S. government wants. It is designed to advance the dominance of the U.S. and Israel in the wider Middle East.

Author Gilbert Achcar on the background to the war
"Israel is holding a whole population hostage"
A leading author and antiwar activist talks to SW about the causes and background of the Israeli assault on Lebanon.


Enduring the siege
Dr. Mona El-Farra talks about the starvation conditions Palestinians face as a result of Israel's siege.

The words of Gaza's children
A trauma therapist in Gaza puts the words of Palestinian children he has met together into an open letter to the world.

Intensified bombing adds to the misery
Israel's hidden war on Gaza
Israel's war against the 1.4 million Palestinians of Gaza has intensified while the world's attention has been dominated by the Israeli assault on Lebanon.

Israel's terror against Palestinians
Target: Gaza
The Israeli government is using the capture of one soldier as a blanket justification for its military rampage through Gaza.

Killed by Israeli shells on a Gaza beach
The slaughter of a Palestinian family on a Gaza beach by an Israeli artillery shell has highlighted Israel's bloody repression as it imposes borders on the Palestinians.

Israel and the U.S. try to strangle the Palestinian Authority
The drive to crush Hamas
Israel and the U.S. are stepping up efforts to crush a Hamas-led Palestinian Authority--with an economic, political and military offensive.

How can they call Ariel Sharon a "man of peace"?
The history of "The Bulldozer"
No one in the mainstream media is commenting on Ariel Sharon's long record of what can only be described as war crimes.

Toufic Haddad reports on Gaza after "disengagement"
The ongoing occupation
Ariel Sharon's "disengagement" had little to do with ending the occupation of Gaza or "reinvigorating the peace process." It was intended to preclude both of these possibilities.


The world's largest prison break
Defying police, Palestinians poured across the border into Egypt after a section of the 33-foot-high border wall came down.

The day the wall came down
Mohammed Omer describes what it was like at the Gaza border where Palestinians poured through a breach in the wall of their prison.

Why Israel fears Azmi Bishara
Israeli officials have announced their intention to charge the leading representative of Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel with aiding the enemy during the war against Lebanon.

What strategy for the Palestinian struggle?
Azmi Bishara's 2002 speech titled "The Quest for Strategy" argued for a framework to evaluate the effectiveness of the struggle for Palestinian liberation.

Gaza's suffering ignored
The hidden occupation
Gaza is sinking deeper into misery and crisis--but its suffering is all but hidden from the outside world.

Cindy and Craig Corrie continue Rachel's legacy
"Giving voice to the Palestinian people"
SW spoke with Cindy and Craig Corrie about the legacy of their daughter Rachel, a Palestinian rights activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer--and how they view the future of the struggle in Palestine.

Hunger strike against Israel's wall
"The world must not tolerate apartheid"
The International Court of Justice ruling against Israel's apartheid wall came amid an unprecendented hunger strike by well-known Palestinians. SW reports from the West Bank.

Interview with Palestinian author Naseer Aruri:
Breakdown of the "road map"
Palestinian author Naseer Aruri explains why the "hopefulness" of Bush's Middle East "peace" summit quickly disintegrated into renewed violence.

Toufic Haddad on the new "peace" plan for the Middle East
Road map to where?
Socialist Worker talked to Toufic Haddad in Ramallah about the "road map" to Middle East peace and the larger context in which Palestinian resistance to Israel's occupation is taking place.

Mother of an activist killed in Palestine speaks out
"Rachel was passionate about justice"
On March 16, 23-year-old Rachel Corrie, a Palestinian rights activist, was run over by an Israeli bulldozer as she and others tried to prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes. Here, Rachel's mother Cindy talks to Socialist Worker.

Activists launch campaign for divestment
Supporters of Palestinian rights are organizing for divestment--pressuring companies and institutions to cut their ties to Israel's apartheid system. Activists Rania Masri, Snehal Shingavi and Yusef Khalil talk to Socialist Worker about the struggle ahead.

Voices from the West Bank
The truth about Israel's reign of terror against Palestinians needs to be told. Here, Socialist Worker hears from some voices of the resistance: Huwaida Arraf, cofounder of the International Solidarity Movement; Toufic Haddad, coeditor of Between the Lines; and Warsaw Ghetto survivor Alex Hershaft.


Target of a witch-hunt for opposing Israel
Author and outspoken Palestinian rights supporter Norman Finkelstein talks to Socialist Worker about the attempt to stop him from getting tenure at DePaul University.

Jimmy Carter's book infuriates Israel supporters
Denounced for telling the truth
The publication of Jimmy Carter's Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid has forced the question of Palestine into mainstream debate.

Israel and Palestine:
Exposing the myths and double standards
SW takes a graphical look at the hypocritical myths that Israel uses to justify its violence against the Palestinians.

Latest stage in Israel's war on Palestinians
Their goal is to stop a new resistance
The military forays into Gaza are designed, in the words of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, to make Palestinians "understand that the landlord has gone crazy."

What to expect from Israel's election:
"All the parties support the war on Palestinians"
Israeli socialist Tikva Honig-Parnass talks to SW about the impact of the elections on the struggle for Palestine.

"A response to foreign occupation"
Who becomes a suicide bomber?
A new book by Robert Pape argues a simple point--the root cause of suicide terrorism is foreign occupation, not Islam.

Elections under occupation in Iraq and Palestine
Washington's "democracy" at gunpoint
The U.S. always claims that its wars and occupations "promote democracy." But Washington is behind elections in Iraq and Palestine this month that will do the opposite.

The crime of Israel's apartheid wall
Israel's "security barrier" is really another ploy in a decades-long war to steal more Palestinian land and reduce the Palestinian population to abject poverty.

The bulldozers that wreck Palestinian lives
Caterpillar's weapon of destruction
Ten minutes. That's all the time that Israeli officials gave Saleem Shawamreh to get his family and belongings out of his home. Then they used two Caterpillar D9 bulldozers to flatten his house.

Is it anti-Semitic to oppose Israel?
There's no contradiction at all between opposing anti-Semitic bigotry against Jews and opposing the political project of Zionism--the construction and defense of a Jewish state on hijacked land in Palestine.


How the Six Day War changed the Middle East
Though perhaps not immediately apparent at the time, the aftermath of Israel's 1967 conquest cast a huge shadow over the Middle East and the world.

Is Gaza headed for a civil war?
Palestinian activist and author Toufic Haddad talks about the sources of the conflict between Hamas and Fatah, and the role played by the U.S. and Israel.

Who fired the "first shot"--and when?
Trying to figure out who fired the first shot is a poor way to figure out which side, if any, has justice on its side.

The racist roots of the Israeli state
The racially exclusivist and bellicose character of Israel makes it uniquely suited to be, in the words of Noam Chomsky, a "Middle-East Sparta in the service of American power."

What drives U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East?
The "Israel lobby" controversy
An article by two academics has touched off a firestorm of debate about the impact of the "pro-Israel lobby" on U.S. foreign policy.

Antiwar movement debate over Palestine:
Unity on what basis?
The debate about why there are two antiwar protests called for September 24 has been joined by the crystallization of political differences on the crucial question of Palestine.

The horror of Sabra and Shatila
One of the most horrific war crimes of the 20th century took place 20 years ago this week--the slaughter of defenseless Palestinian refugees in the Sabra and Shatila camps in Lebanon during Israel's 1982 invasion.

Israel's long and bloody record of war crimes
What Israel has carried out in its war against Palestinians invites comparison to some of the worst atrocities of the 20th century--a comparison that at least some Israelis are making themselves.

Why did Arafat agree to an unjust peace?
For decades, the Palestinian struggle for national liberation inspired people committed to global justice--and Yasser Arafat was considered that struggle's determined leader. But today, he seems a shadow of his former self. How did it come to this?


Gaza and the future of the Palestinian struggle
Toufic Haddad, Mostafa Omar and Eric Ruder discuss the situation facing Palestinians in the wake of Hamas' dramatic takeover of Gaza and an escalation in Israeli violence.

Arafat and the struggle for Palestine
Toufic Haddad writes from the West Bank on the legacy of Yasser Arafat and the future of the Palestinian struggle.

A debate in our movement
Palestine and the antiwar movement
Should the antiwar movement take up the question of Palestine? Or, to put it another way, can the movement oppose one element of U.S. domination of the Middle East, the occupation of Iraq, while ignoring the other--the U.S.-funded Israeli occupation of Palestine?

How can Palestine be liberated?
The only just solution is a democratic and secular Palestine, with equal rights for all. Achieving this will mean confronting Israel; its backer, U.S. imperialism; and the corrupt and dictatorial Arab states that collaborate with the U.S.

The politics of the Palestinian movement
To the U.S. and Israel, all Palestinians who fight back against repression are mindless "terrorists." But this is a slander against a national liberation movement with a long history of struggle.

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