Resources for peace, justice, and human rights
Connexions, an information
clearinghouse founded to promote justice, democracy, and social and environmental alternatives, has compiled this Web gateway to selected resources on Israel/Palestine. These resources were selected to help those who believe that a solution to the conflict is possible only on the basis of justice, equality, mutual recognition and an end to Israels occupation of the Palestinian territories.
A more extensive selection of books, documentaries, videos, documents and articles is on the Connexions Library under subject headings such as
Human Rights Abuses,
Israeli Apartheid (Hafrada),
Media Coverage/Middle East,
Refugees/Right of Return,
Other organizations may be found in the
Connexions Directory, especially under
Palestine in the Subject Index.
The Connexions Web site
also features a library of articles and links concerned with
alternatives and social justice issues generally. A printable PDF
of the organizations, Web sites, and news sources featured on this
page is available here.
See below for more articles.
Why Israel Won't Survive
Ali Abunimah. If there was ever a moment when the peoples of the region would accept Israel as a Zionist state in their midst, that has passed forever. Israel’s “military deterrent” has now been repeatedly discredited as a means to force Palestinians and other Arabs to accept Zionist supremacy as inevitable and permanent. Now, the other pillar of Israeli power – Western support and complicity – is starting to crack. We must do all we can to push it over.
Israel in Gaza: A Critical Reframing.
Jeff Halper. The critical reframing we offer, that of Israelis committed to human rights, international law and a just peace as the only way out of this interminable and bloody conflict, argues that security cannot be achieved unilaterally while one side oppresses the other.
Turn off the Canadian Media, Please
Justin Podur. If you want to have the first idea about what is happening in Israel/Palestine (or most of the rest of the world), the best thing to do is to turn them off the mainstream Canadian media.
Israel: Boycott, Divest, Sanction.
Naomi Klein. January 7, 2009. The best strategy to end the increasingly bloody occupation is for Israel to become the target of the kind of global movement that put an end to apartheid in South Africa.
See below for more articles.
Web Sites and Organizations
The Alternative Information Center
A Palestinian-Israeli organization which disseminates
information, research and political analysis on Palestinian and
Israeli societies as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while
promoting cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis based on
the values of social justice, solidarity and community involvement.
Palestinian portal for information about the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict and its depiction in the media. News, commentary, analysis,
and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from
a Palestinian perspective.
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East
Advocates for a just foreign policy regarding Middle-East issues; demands that the Canadian government uphold and enforce all UN resolutions and instruments of international law, both in word and in deed; challenges the media to present balanced and objective coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israeli Committee Against House
A non-violent, direct-action group originally established
to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in
the Occupied Territories, now also engaged in resistance activities
in other areas - land expropriation, settlement expansion, by-pass
road construction, policies of closure and separation,
the wholesale uprooting of fruit and olive trees and more.
Gush Shalom (the name means Peace Bloc
in Hebrew) is an extra-parliamentary organization, independent of
any party or other political grouping, which has played an important
role in setting the moral and political agenda of the peace forces
in Israel, as well as in breaking the so-called national consensus
based on misinformation. The primary aim of Gush Shalom is to influence
Israeli public opinion and lead it towards peace and conciliation
with the Palestinian people.
Canada-Palestine Support Network
canpalnet gathers Canadians of all backgrounds who support the human, democratic, and national rights of the Palestinian people.
Independent Jewish Voices
A national human rights organization whose mandate is to promote a just resolution to the dispute in Israel and Palestine through the application of international law and respect for the human rights of all parties.
Jewish Voice for
A diverse and democratic community of activists inspired
by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice,
and human rights. Supports the aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians
for security and self-determination.
A grassroots movement of Arabs and Jews working to
break down the walls of racism and segregation by constructing a
true Arab-Jewish partnership.
The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in
the Occupied Territories.
Bat Shalom (Daughter of Peace)
Feminist peace organization working toward a just
peace between Israel and its Arab neighbours.
International Middle East Media
Media center developed in collaboration between Palestinian
and International journalists to provide English language media
coverage of Israel-Palestine.
Miko Peled website
Campaigning to transform the Israeli apartheid system into a secular democracy, where Israelis and Palestinians will live as equal citizens.
Not in My Name
A predominantly Jewish organization deeply committed
to a peaceful and just resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict,
a resolution that will provide safety, security and freedom for
Jews, Palestinians, and all others living in this region. We believe
that such a peace can only be achieved when Israel withdraws from
its settlements in the Palestinian territories and addresses the
legitimate national and human rights of the Palestinian people.
Palestinian-led movement committed to resisting the
Israeli occupation of Palestinian land using nonviolent, direct-action
methods and principles.
Supports Israelis who refuse to serve in the Occupation.
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid
Believes that Israel is an apartheid state that resembles
South African Apartheid and that justice will not be achieved without
equal rights for everyone in the region, regardless of religion,
ethnicity or nationality.
Stop the Wall
Site of the Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid
Maps showing the extent of Israels land seizures.
Companies that profit from the Israeli occupation
From the Interfaith Peace Initiative. Makes the case for action against companies that profit from the Israeli occupation.
Partnership of Jewish and Arab eco-builders, architects,
academics, and farmers promoting social and environmental justice
in Israel/Palestine. Cultivates sustainable models to effect change
by combining advocacy and in-depth political analysis with strategic
action and utilizes principles of permaculture and non-violent direct
action across ethnic divides.
Zatoun (the Arabic word for olive) is
a non-profit organization which sells Palestinian olive oil to benefit
Palestinian farmers and their children living in occupied Palestine,
and which works to create awareness for peace in Palestine.
Selected news and analysis sources
English-language site of the Arabic news network.
Israeli daily newspaper.
Le Monde Diplomatique
Excellent French newspaper with in-depth analytical
articles. Also in English,
Progressive Web site with extensive coverage of Israel-Palestine.
An American newsletter featuring numerous articles
about the Middle East.
Independent online newspaper providing daily news,
commentary, features and book reviews on a variety of subjects,
largely focused on Palestine, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the
Middle East as a whole.
UK-based Web site aspires to redress the balance
of world news and information by being a voice for the voiceless,
by focusing on injustice and by providing an alternative interpretation
of international and domestic issues.
Kibush - Occupation Magazine
News, summaries, and commentary by people opposing
Israels occupation of the Palestinian territories. In Hebrew,
English and Russian.
Web site featuring articles by Robert Fisk, Middle
East correspondent for the Independent
Web site featuring articles of Jonathan Cook, a British
journalist based in Nazareth.
Presents Israeli and Palestinian viewpoints on prominent
issues of concern, focusing on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict
and peace process. Produced, edited and partially written by Ghassan
Khatib, a Palestinian, and Yossi Alpher, an Israeli. Its goal is
to contribute to mutual understanding through the open exchange
Articles and Documents
A more extensive list of articles, books, and other resources is available in the Connexions Library under subject headings such as
Human Rights Abuses,
Israeli Apartheid (Hafrada),
Media Coverage/Middle East,
Refugees/Right of Return,
- How a Selective Boycott Can Boost External Support for Palestinians (October 18, 2016)
The pro-Palestine solidarity movement could enlarge its following, convince more influential supporters, and get past trivial, harmful and sectarian disputes -- if it wants to. A boycott must be humanist, as is the cause of supporting Palestinian self-determination. Boycotting humanism allows the cynical internal corrosion of any political movement of the left.
- Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine: Home Demolitions on the Rise (April 22, 2016)
According to the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions, an Israeli NGO, the Israeli government has demolished 28,000 Palestinian structures since the Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza began in 1967, resulting in the homelessness and suffering of untold numbers of people. There is little ambiguity about the morality of this form of ethnic cleansing, and even most Israeli legal scholars agree that it is in contravention of international law.
- Eleven years of protesting Israel's occupation (February 21, 2016)
Al Jazeera spoke with 11 villagers on the anniversary of Bilin's weekly protests against Israel's separation wall.
- Israel spraying toxins over Palestinian crops in Gaza (January 19, 2016)
Khan Younis, Gaza Strip - On January 7, 2016, a low-flying agricultural aircraft sprayed herbicides on to Palestinian farmlands along the eastern border, eradicating or damaging up to 162 hectares of crops and farmland along the Israeli border fence. The sprayed areas belong to Israel's unilaterally imposed and poorly delineated "buffer" or "no-go zone".
- California Leads the Way in the "Block the Boat" Movement (October 17, 2014)
In organizing theory, activists often emphasize the importance of formulating what they call an "escalation plan." When pushing for social change, they explain, it is important that one's methods of exerting pressure on power slowly grow in strength, not remain stagnant. Block the Boat is the next step in the escalation plan of US Palestinian solidarity activists. The idea of Block the Boat is quite simple: Hundreds of activists organize a protest in a local dock and prevent Israeli ships from unloading cargo.
- To the family of the one thousandth victim of Israels genocidal slaughter in Gaza (August 3, 2014)
This is 2014 the destruction of Gaza is well documented. This is not 1948 when Palestinians had to struggle hard to tell their story of horror; so many of the crimes Zionist committed then where hidden and never came to light, even until today. So my first and simple pledge is to record, inform and insist on the truth. But surely this is not enough. I pledge to continue the effort to boycott a state that commits such crimes.
- Questions about Israel's attack on Gaza (July 23, 2014)
Why do these terrible outbreaks of violence keep happening? Written during the Israeli attack on Gaza in July 2014.
- Israel showed restraint in Gaza before attacking? You must be kidding (July 14, 2014)
Israeli journalist Amira Hass, writing in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, demolishes some myths.
- The True Gaza Backstory (July 10, 2014)
How come all those Palestinians all 1.5 million are crammed into Gaza in the first place? Well, their families once lived, didnt they, in what is now called Israel? And got chucked out or fled for their lives when the Israeli state was created.
- Let's talk about Gaza, Sderot and the racist valuation of lives (July 8, 2014)
A frank discussion about everything we dont mention when talking about rockets and bombs and Gaza. Lets talk about fear, about poverty, about angst and about racism.
- Israel does not want peace (July 4, 2014)
Rejectionism is embedded in Israel's most primal beliefs. There, at the deepest level, lies the concept that this land is destined for the Jews alone.
- Water Apartheid in Palestine (March 26, 2014)
Ayman Rabi on the 2.1 million Palestinians who suffer an artificial water scarcity deliberately created and sustained by Israels military occupation and the private Israeli water company Mekorot.
- 50 Young Israelis Send a Letter to Netanyahu: "We Refuse to Serve in the Occupation Army" (March 10, 2014)
We, the undersigned, intend to refuse to serve in the army and the main reason for this refusal is our opposition to the military occupation of Palestinian territories.
- Abandoned in the Cold and Dark (December 25, 2013)
The world has forgotten Gaza, its women and children. The people of Gaza are being crushed under the Israeli blockade which severely restricts essential supplies coming into the strip. The blockade is as bad as the war; its like a slow death for everyone in Gaza.
- Why is Canada Subsidizing Racist Property Restrictions? (October 23, 2013)
In Canada it is illegal to restrict the sale of property to certain ethnic or religious groups but many of our business people and politicians promote an organization that does exactly that in Israel.
- What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm (2013)
"What Comes Next?: A forum on the end of the two-state paradigm" was initiated by Jewish Voice for Peace as an investigation into the current state of thinking about one state and two state solutions, and the collection has been further expanded by Mondoweiss to mark 20 years since the beginning of the Oslo peace process.
- Justice, Peace and the Israeli State (December 4, 2012)
International Law and the creation of a world body to aid in the direction of nation states to live in peace and justice under defined conditions such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Charters of the UN suggests that Israel must change, it must recognize that it is not the sole determiner of world events, that it has lifted its beliefs beyond those that exist elsewhere in the world and it must, therefore, reverse its direction to become one with its neighbors and all the nations of the UN.
- I'm Omar Saad and I will not be a soldier in your army (October 27, 2012)
Omar Saad, a young (Druze) Palestinian musician from the Galilee has received a summons to the Israeli army. The Druze citizens of Israel are forced to enlist in the Israeli military, since 1956, when conscription law applied to Druze men (not to other Palestinians).
- Ethnic Cleansing of Invented People (December 20, 2011)
Once we connect the dots it is not hard to see that the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza is only a small part of the Israeli Palestinian issue. The greater issue is the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine by the Zionist state. The way forward for Israelis and Palestinians alike is to oppose the ethnic cleansing by opposing all its manifestations.
- The Futile Undertaking of Palestinian Statehood (September 23, 2011)
Eventually a state that represents all its inhabitants on the basis of equality and genuine respect and dignity for all its citizens is one that the world will some day celebrate, not a phony declaration that legitimizes the oppressive nature of one and confers false hope on the other.
- The protest march of September 3 -- where to? (September 5, 2011)
We, workers from all sectors, Arabs and Jews, marched to the square on Saturday with a clear message: Bibi, your time is up, go home! We marched with a socialist worldview, according to which the economy should exist to serve society, not capital. Those who truly struggle for social justice must seek universal justice. There will be no true welfare state until the occupation is ended!
- The Tent Intifada (August 2, 2011)
The bug that had spread from Tahrir Square in Cairo to Del Sol in Madrid now landed in Tel Aviv. The slogan coined in Cairo, "Social Justice!" became the main slogan in Israel.
- The Death of Democracy (July 22, 2011)
Democracy is dying in both Israel and the United States, and much of the world is turning away in revulsion.
- Goldstone's shameful U-turn (April 4, 2011)
This shameful U-turn did not happen this week. It comes after more than a year and a half of a sustained campaign of intimidation and character assassination.
- Shot in the Head (January 14, 2011)
In the past 10 years Israeli forces have killed at least 255 Palestinian minors by fire to the head, and the number may actually be greater, since in many instances the specific bodily location of the lethal trauma is unlisted. In addition, this statistic does not include the many more Palestinian youngsters shot in the head by Israeli soldiers who survived, in one form or another.
- Historic Declaration by Palestinians, Israelis in Support of Israeli Social Protest, Anti-Colonial Struggle (2011)
Some 20 political parties and social movements from both sides of the Green Line issued an historic declaration in support of the social protests currently rocking Israel and their necessary linkage to the struggle against Israels occupation and colonial policies.
- Statement by Jewish Activists and Organizations active in BDS against Israel (2011)
A Jewish response to the February 2011 Statement of Jewish Zionist Organizations on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)
- Insisting on Humanity (December 17, 2010)
It is important that we preserve the distinction between the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian people, who have held on to their rights for so many years, and unleashed two of the greatest expressions of people's power and resolve: the First Uprising of 1987 and al-Aqsa Intifada of 2000. A whole population taking on the self-celebrated "greatest army in the Middle East" is hardly "powerless". The Palestinian people have printed themselves on the practical discourse of this conflict, and they have proved themselves to be powerful players in determining their own fate.
- Gazan Youth's Manifesto for Change (December 13, 2010)
We, the youth in Gaza, are so fed up with Israel, Hamas, the occupation, the violations of human rights and the indifference of the international community!
- Defending Palestinian solidarity (December 6, 2010)
The Electronic Intifada, the online publication about Palestine, finds itself at the centre of a storm as a pro-Israel group applies pressure to have a grant from a Dutch foundation withdrawn. This assault is part of a well-coordinated, escalating Israeli government-endorsed effort to vilify individuals and cripple organisations that criticise Israel's human rights record and call for it to respect Palestinian rights and international law.
- Why NGO Monitor is attacking The Electronic Intifada (November 30, 2010)
NGO Monitor has launched a campaign targeting a Dutch foundation's financial support to The Electronic Intifada, accusing the publication among other things of "anti-Semitism." NGO Monitor is an extreme right-wing group with close ties to the Israeli government, military, and West Bank settlers,
- The Root of the Mid-East Conflict and the Reason Our Government Supports Israel's Government (June 23, 2010)
How should decent people respond to the Middle-East conflict? We should support equality, not Zionist ethnic cleansing. Equality is the way to make a better world for ordinary people from Watertown to Ramallah to Tel Aviv, and it is the only way to end racist ideologies such as anti-Semitism and Zionism.
- Israel's vivid act of piracy may yet turn the tide of global opinion (June 4, 2010)
In the summer of 1947 a steamer named the Exodus set out from France to run the British blockade of Palestine. The British authorities boarded and seized the ship, and killed three passengers who tried to fight the British attackers. The British succeeded in preventing the ship from landing, but the event helped to turn world public opinion against the British. Israel's attack on the Gaza aid convoy may prove to have the same result.
- The Real Motive Behind the Gaza Flotilla Attack (June 4, 2010)
Israel's leadership is committed to "a dynamic state bent upon expansion". The greatest threat to continued expansion is the threat of peace. Whenever Israel's leadership is faced with the threat of peace, it initiates violence designed to stop it.
- From Klinghoffer to the Gaza Flotilla (June 2, 2010)
Under the Rome Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation of 1988, it is an international crime for any person to seize or exercise control over a ship by force, and also a crime to injure or kill any person in the process. The treaty necessarily adopts a strict approach. One cannot attack a ship and then claim self-defense if the people on board resist the unlawful use of violence. In other words, according to international law, the actions of the Israeli military were beyond the law and those involved should be treated no differently than, say, the Somali pirates who are also in the habit of boarding ships by force.
- Israel's 'mad dog' diplomacy doesn't make it more secure (June 2, 2010)
Israel is feeling cornered on every front it considers important; and like Dayan's 'mad dog,' it is likely to strike out in unpredictable ways. These trends are likely only to deepen in the coming months and years. The mad dog is baring his teeth, and it is high time the international community decided how to deal with him.
- The Massacre and the Cover-Up (June 2, 2010)
Without much stronger international pressure than the international community has applied to date, there is every reason to expect Israeli massacres to steadily become more severe, their PR rationales more outlandish. Mild diplomatic rebukes will not sway them. Unless serious costs are imposed for such crimes, much worse is yet to come.
- America's Complicity in Evil (June 1, 2010)
Once again the US government has permitted the Israeli state to murder good people known for their moral conscience. The Israeli state has declared that anyone with a moral conscience is an enemy of Israel.
- Israel Is Now a Lunatic State (May 31, 2010)
What happened with the Gaza flotilla was not an accident. You have to remember that the Israeli cabinet met for fully a week. All the cabinet ministers discussed and deliberated how they would handle the flotilla. At the end of the day, they decided on a nighttime armed commando raid on a humanitarian convoy. Israel is now a lunatic state. It's a lunatic state with between two and three hundred nuclear devices. It is threatening war daily against Iran and against Hezbollah in Lebanon. We have to ask ourselves a simple, basic, fundamental question: can a lunatic state like Israel be trusted with two to three hundred nuclear devices when it is now threatening its neighbors Iran and Lebanon with an attack?
- Top Ten Reasons East Jerusalem does not belong to Jewish-Israelis (March 23, 2010)
- Israel's Apartheid (March 8, 2010)
Blacks in South Africa never faced a 20-foot wall dividing their communities. Palestinians' land is still being seized, their orchards bulldozed.
- Is Israel an Apartheid State? (March 6, 2010)
Do Israel's practices in occupied Palestinian territory, namely the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, amount to the crimes of colonialism and apartheid under international law?
- Israel is an apartheid state and that is why they are losing legitimacy (March 3, 2010)
Israel is losing legitimacy in the world because of what their government is doing to the Palestinians, not because of anti-semitism.
- Israel and apartheid: A fair comparison? (March 1, 2010)
The comparison between Israel's policies toward the Palestinians and to apartheid is a legitimate part of that debate and this is an analogy frequently used by Israelis and also by South Africans.
- The New McCarthyism In Israel (February 22, 2010)
The Israeli government and its right-wing supporters have been waging a 'McCarthyite' campaign against human-rights groups by blaming them for the barrage of international criticism that has followed Israel's attack on Gaza a year ago, critics say.
- Take Israel To International Criminal Court (February 22, 2010)
It is imperative that the international community view the Israeli response to the Goldstone report as a blatant attempt to whitewash its crimes in Gaza, and refer the matter to the ICC without further delay. To do otherwise will only continue to encourage Israeli intransigence.
- Israel's New Strategy: "Sabotage" And "Attack" The Global Justice Movement (February 17, 2010)
Reut's analysis vindicates the effectiveness of the Boycot Divestment Sanctions strategy. As Israeli elites increasingly fear for the long-term prospects of the Zionist project they are likely to be more ruthless, unscrupulous and desperate than ever.
- Palestine/Israel: A single state, with liberty and justice for all (December 30, 2009)
The notion of religious-ethnocentric entitlement and exclusivity for one people at the expense of another has been rejected the world over. Palestinians reject it and we assert that we are human beings worthy of the same human rights accorded to the rest of humanity; that we are worthy of our homes and farms, our heritage, our churches and mosques, and our history; and that we should not be expected to negotiate with our oppressors for such basic dignities. The two-state solution was and remains an instrument to circumvent the basic human rights of Palestinians in order to accommodate Israel's desire to be Jewish. Polls show that Palestinians refuse to be the enemies of our Jewish brothers and sisters anywhere, just as we refuse to be oppressed by them.
- Tactics of desperation: Using false accusations of 'anti-semitism' as a weapon to silence criticism of Israel's behaviour (December 27, 2009)
The Israeli state and its defenders are increasingly attempting to silence critics because they are losing the battle for public opinion.
- Steel walls cannot contain the struggle for freedom (December 20, 2009)
If siege is an act of aggression and war, then breaking out of it by any means is an act of self-defense and resistance.
- Dead Palestinian Babies And Bombed Mosques - IDF Fashion 2009 (December 5, 2009)
Dead babies, mothers weeping on their children's graves, a gun aimed at a child and bombed-out mosques - these are a few examples of the images Israel Defense Forces soldiers design these days to print on shirts they order to mark the end of training, or of field duty. The slogans accompanying the drawings are not exactly anemic either: A T-shirt for infantry snipers bears the inscription "Better use Durex," next to a picture of a dead Palestinian baby, with his weeping mother and a teddy bear beside him. A sharpshooter's T-shirt from the Givati Brigade's Shaked battalion shows a pregnant Palestinian woman with a bull's-eye superimposed on her belly, with the slogan, in English, "1 shot, 2 kills."
- Occupation Industries: The Israeli Industrial Zones (December 2, 2009)
In a climate in which the call for a consumer boycott of Israeli goods is finally gaining strength, one area of Israel's economy is, as yet, surprisingly under-researched. Most of Israel's industrial zones in the West Bank are connected to illegal residential settlements and provide an indispensable economic backbone to the local settler economy. Business areas like the industrial zones are at the forefront of Israel's brutal occupation of Palestine, facilitating ethnic cleansing and acting hand-in-hand with the Israeli state in their quest for territorial dominance.
- A Country Of Sacred Cows And Ten Commandments (October 19, 2009)
It's high time that Israel must understand that criticizing Israeli government's foreign policy for assassinating people or for shooting children, is by no way Anti-Semitic, it's just being humane.
- Fearsome Words? (October 14, 2009)
We are so bemused by the lovely vision of peoples determining themselves, we cannot see that ethnic self-determination is, in the real world, a quest for racial sovereignty, not a bid to enter some international folk dancing festival.
- On Palestinian Civil Disobedience (September 28, 2009)
Human rights organizations have documented the forms of repression Israel deploys against villages that resist the annexation of their land. Once a village decides to struggle against the annexation barrier the entire community is punished. In addition to home demolitions, curfews and other forms of movement restriction, the Israeli occupation forces consistently use violence against the protestors - and most often targets the youth -- beating, tear-gassing, as well as deploying both lethal and 'non-lethal' ammunition against them.
- The Goldstone report and the battle for legitimacy (September 22, 2009)
It may yet be the case that, as in the anti-apartheid struggle, the shift in the relation of forces in the Palestinians' favour will occur not through diplomacy or as a result of armed resistance, but on the symbolic battlefield of legitimacy that has become global in scope.
- How low will Israel stoop to win the propaganda war? (September 16, 2009)
The Israel Project's training manual is an unpleasant piece of work. It recycles many of the discredited techniques used by the advertising industry. And it serves to undermine with clever words the inalienable rights pledged by the UN and the world's civilized nations to all peoples, including the Palestinians.
- U.N. Team on War Crimes Condemns Israel, Hamas (September 16, 2009)
A four-member United Nations fact-finding mission, which has just concluded an investigation into last year's brutal conflict in Gaza, makes a strong case for war crimes charges against Israel for its unrelenting 22-day military attacks on Palestinians, largely civilians, including women and children.
- Farmers in Palestine create amazing produce in adverse conditions - and are fighting to export them (September 13, 2009)
Palestine produces some of the finest olive oils in the world, not to mention dates, nuts, tomatoes - even wine. Now, despite the conflict, farmers are finding ways to export their produce - and show the world that their country is still the land of milk and honey.
- Did Leviev's Empire Succumb to Boycott? (September 2, 2009)
The brave people who took to the streets to demand boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel and Israeli companies have received a clear message that their efforts are not in vain. Private companies that seek to make easy profits in Palestine while ignoring the injustices and illegality of Israel's crimes there, will have to think twice about their investments. They may be required to pay a price in actual money for the moral deficit in their accounts.
- Naomi Klein Shows You Can Boycott Israel Without Cutting Off Dialogue Over Palestine (September 1, 2009)
An interview with Klein and Israeli publisher Yael Lerer on why boycotting Israel will pressure the country to live up to international law.
- Boycott Israel (August 26, 2009)
It is clear to me that the only way to counter the apartheid trend in Israel is through massive international pressure.
- Gaza's Kite Runners (August 11, 2009)
Gazan children's kites are expressions of defiance, hope and the longing for freedom.
- Israel Seeks Ways To Silence Human Rights Groups (August 4, 2009)
In a bid to staunch the flow of damaging evidence of war crimes committed during Israel's winter assault on Gaza, the Israeli government has launched a campaign to clamp down on human rights groups, both in Israel and abroad.
- Twitterers Paid To Spread Israeli Propaganda (July 21, 2009)
Israel's foreign ministry is reported to be establishing a special undercover team of paid workers whose job it will be to surf the internet 24 hours a day spreading positive news about Israel. Internet-savvy Israeli youngsters, mainly recent graduates and demobilised soldiers with language skills, are being recruited to pose as ordinary surfers while they provide the government's line on the Middle East conflict.
- Israeli agents to screen judges before appointment (July 9, 2009)
Israel's internal security service has been given a de facto veto over the appointment of judges.
- Five years of illegality (July 8, 2009)
Oxfam International presents testimonies of Palestinian men and women who recount their daily problems, arising from the construction of Israel's illegal Wall and its associated regime of land confiscation and permits, and settlement construction.
- Pro-Israel Lobby Alarmed by Growth of Boycott, Divestment Movement (June 29, 2009)
The international campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel is emerging as one of the most important ways to demonstrate solidarity with Palestine.
- Israel's Crimes, America's Silence (June 17, 2009)
To date, too little mention has been made of investigations that show there is sufficient evidence to bring charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity against Israel's political and military leadership for their actions in Gaza. Recently, two comprehensive independent reports have been published on Gaza, and earlier this month a mission mandated by the UN Human Rights Council, and chaired by South African Richard Goldstone, visited Gaza to conduct a further investigation into Israel's offensive....
- Occupation on Trial - Palestinian village sues Canadian corporations for building illegal Israeli settlements (May 30, 2009)
Bil'in, a Palestinian village that has become an international symbol of Palestinian popular non-violent resistance to the ongoing construction of the Israeli separation wall, is suing Canadian corporations for building illegal settlements.
- Criminalizing Criticism of Israel (May 7, 2009)
A massive push is underway to criminalize criticism of Israel. The Lobby is working to ban as anti-Semitic any truth or disagreeable fact that pertains to Israel. It is permissible to criticize every other country in the world, but it is anti-semitic to criticize Israel, and anti-semitism will soon be a universal hate-crime in the Western world.
- Gaza 2009: De-Osloizing the Palestinian Mind (March 14, 2009)
The lesson we learn from Gaza 2009 is to harness all effort to fight the outcome of the Oslo Accords, and to form a United Front on a platform of resistance and reforms. This cannot be achieved without dismantling the PA and realizing that ministries, premierships, and presidencies in Gaza and Ramalah are a façade not unlike the South African Independent Homelands with their tribal chiefs. The classical national program, created and adopted by the Palestinian bourgeoisie has reached its end unsuccessfully.
- Israeli Spying in the United States (March 12, 2009)
Israel runs one of the most aggressive and damaging espionage networks targeting the U.S.
- Jewish Canadians Concerned About Suppression of Criticism of Israel (March 10, 2009)
We are Jewish Canadians concerned about all expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, and social injustice. We believe that the Holocaust legacy "Never again" means never again for all peoples. It is a tragic turn of history that the State of Israel, with its ideals of democracy and its dream of being a safe haven for Jewish people, causes immeasurable suffering and injustice to the Palestinian people.
- Justice in the News: A Response to the targetting of media in Gaza (February 20, 2009)
A mission to Gaza found that media were subject to intimidation and direct military assault and deliberately prevented from working freely. The findings confirm evidence of frequent targeting of media during the operations.
- Operation Cast Lead: News control as a military objective (February 17, 2009)
Control of news in time of war has become a military objective.
- Self-Defense Against Peace (February 5, 2009)
Legally and morally, an aggressor cannot rely upon self-defence to justify violence against resistance to its own aggression. The most plausible reason Israel is fighting Hamas (and the PLO before it) is 'self-defence', not against rockets and mortars, but against having to make peace with the Palestinians on the basis of the pre-1967 borders as required by international law.
- "Exterminate all the Brutes": Gaza 2009 (January 20, 2009)
Israel has a straightforward means to defend itself: put an end to its criminal actions in occupied territories, and accept the long-standing international consensus on a two-state settlement that has been blocked by the US and Israel for over 30 years, since the US first vetoed a Security Council resolution calling for a political settlement in these terms in 1976. The Arab League has gone even beyond the consensus, calling for full normalization of relations with Israel. Hamas has repeatedly called for a two-state settlement in terms of the international consensus. Iran and Hezbollah have made it clear that they will abide by any agreement that Palestinians accept.
- Why Israel Won't Survive (January 20, 2009)
If there was ever a moment when the peoples of the region would accept Israel as a Zionist state in their midst, that has passed forever. Israel's "military deterrent" has now been repeatedly discredited as a means to force Palestinians and other Arabs to accept Zionist supremacy as inevitable and permanent. Now, the other pillar of Israeli power - Western support and complicity - is starting to crack. We must do all we can to push it over.
- Time for a New Divestment Campaign (January 19, 2009)
We must see Israel with the same eyes as we saw South Africa in the apartheid years - as a racist nation deserving of international isolation and sanctions.
- Independent Groups Debunk Israeli War Propaganda (January 15, 2009)
As the Israelis try to justify the massive loss of civilian life in Gaza, their arguments and counter-charges continue to be shot down either by the United Nations or by international human rights organizations.
- The Facts About Hamas and the War on Gaza (January 13, 2009)
The record shows that Hamas wanted to continue the ceasefire, but only on condition that Israel eases the blockade. Long before Hamas began the retaliatory rocket attacks on Israel, Palestinians were facing a humanitarian crisis in Gaza because of the blockade.
- How Many Divisions? (January 11, 2009)
In this war, as in any modern war, propaganda plays a major role. The disparity between the forces, between the Israeli army - with its airplanes, gunships, drones, warships, artillery and tanks - and the few thousand lightly armed Hamas fighters, is one to a thousand, perhaps one to a million. In the political arena the gap between them is even wider. But in the propaganda war, the gap is almost infinite.
- Israel's Colonial War against the Gaza Strip (January 11, 2009)
Israel is becoming a war machine, terrifying yet lacking in all moral grounding.
- Abettors of war crimes will be held accountable (January 10, 2009)
Taking action to bring perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity to justice.
- Israel in Gaza: A Critical Reframing (January 10, 2009)
The critical reframing we offer, that of Israelis committed to human rights, international law and a just peace as the only way out of this interminable and bloody conflict, argues that security cannot be achieved unilaterally while one side oppresses the other and that Israel's attack on Gaza is merely another attempt to render its Occupation permanent by destroying any source of effective resistance.
- Israel: Boycott, divest, sanction (January 9, 2009)
The best strategy to end the increasingly bloody occupation is for Israel to become the target of the kind of global movement that put an end to apartheid in South Africa.
- The lying silence of those who know (January 9, 2009)
In every war, Israel has had the same objective: the expulsion of the native people and the theft or more and more land.
- Olive oil, opposition and Gaza (January 9, 2009)
Rick Salutin writes about increasingly widespread Jewish opposition to Israel's actions.
- Outcry Over Israel's War Crimes (January 9, 2009)
Jonathan Cook describes legal actions underway to hold Israel accountable for war crimes.
- Turn off the Canadian Media, Please (January 9, 2009)
If you want to have the first idea what is happening in Israel/Palestine (or most of the rest of the world), the best thing to do would be to turn the Canadian media off completely.
- The War Isn't Over, But Israel Has Lost (January 9, 2009)
The Israelis - and their backers in the American political establishment - appear incapable of grasping that which is empirically obvious: Hamas and its ilk grow stronger every time Israel seeks to eliminate them by force.
- Jewish Women Occupy Israeli Consulate in Toronto (January 7, 2009)
A group of Jewish-Canadian women occupied the Israeli Consulate in Toronto in protest against the on-going Israeli assault on the people of Gaza.
See a video at http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=ln0zFRg0kRU
- Comparison of military strength of Israel and the Palestinians (January 5, 2009)
As the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has once again flared up following Israel's ongoing air and ground assault on the Gaza Strip, the IMEU presents a comparison of Israeli and Palestinian military capabilities. (Jaunary 2009).
- In Support of the Palestinian Human Rights Community Call for International Action (January 5, 2009)
In the past the world knew how to fight criminal policies. The boycott on South Africa was effective, but Israel is handled with kid gloves: its trade relations are flourishing, academic and cultural cooperation continue and intensify with diplomatic support. This international backing must stop. That is the only way to stop the insatiable Israeli violence.
- An Open Letter From Anti-Zionist Jewish Youth in Canada (January 5, 2009)
Let us not be silent bystanders while humanity suffers. Let us raise our voices, as Jewish youth, and demand a single, democratic state, with equal rights for everyone in Israel/Palestine.
- 'Free speech' - as long as it doesn't offend anyone (January 1, 2009)
On the issue of free speech most of the right and much of the left are in agreement, and so too are many liberals, activists, and human rights apparatchiks. They hold essentially the same position on freedom of expression - they are for it -in principle-, but only so long as it isn't used to express views that they find unacceptable or offensive. What they disagree about is merely who gets to decide what ideas are unacceptable, i.e., who gets to censor who.
- Obama on Israel-Palestine (2009)
Noam Chomsky criticizes Barack Obama's vague stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict and warns that there is much importance in what he is not expressing.
- Covering Israel-Palestine: The BBC's Double Standards (April 22, 2008)
The priorities of the news media mean that the more Palestinians are killed, the less importance their deaths have to news organisations. Conversely, the fewer Israelis killed the more seriousness their deaths are accorded.
- Free Speech and Acceptable Truths (April 1, 2008)
While we support freedom of speech and academic freedom, we believe that university administrations have a duty to provide a safe learning environment in which students and faculty are protected by incorrect or harmful ideas. To achieve this safe learning environment, it will be necessary for the university authorities to cleanse the university's libraries of harmful books, to block inappropriate Internet sites, to ban guest lectures who hold improper views, and to identify and prosecute students and faculty who are guilty of thought crimes.
- Israel threatens Palestinians with 'holocaust' (February 29, 2008)
One day after Israeli occupation forces killed 31 Palestinians, nine of them children, including a six-month-old baby, in a series of bomb attacks across the Gaza Strip, Israel's deputy defense minister threatened to unleash a holocaust on Gaza if Palestinians do not cease their resistance.
- War Crimes Airbrushed from History (January 4, 2008)
A report written by a respected Israeli human rights organisation, one representing the country's Arab minority not its Jewish majority, has unearthed evidence showing that during the 2006 Lenanon war Israel committed war crimes not only against Lebanese civilians -- as was already known -- but also against its own Arab citizens.
- Putting Technology to Work for Palestine Activism (2008)
- Revisiting the partition of Palestine (October 19, 2007)
Henry Lowi calls on honest, realistic and pragmatic peace activists the world over to expose partition, protest against it and propose an alternative solution to the question of Palestine.
- The Power of the Israel Lobby (October 4, 2007)
The Israel Lobby has shifted more and more to the Right. The billionaires who finance the Lobby are the same people who finance the extreme Israeli Right, and most of all the settlers.
- Celebrate Jewish Glasnot (September 1, 2007)
Although you wouldn't know it if you followed Jewish life simply through the activities of such major Jewish communal bodies as the Conference of Presidents of American Jewish Organizations and the Anti-Defamation League, the extent to which the eight million Jews of the Diaspora identify with Israel is increasingly open to question (much to the horror of the Zionist-oriented Jewish establishment).
- Why Israel? (August 19, 2007)
A routine strategy of Israel's defenders is to continually redirect attention to the human rights failings of countries hostile to Israel, or to catastrophes like Darfur that are used to argue the ongoing need for the sort of 'humanitarian interventions' that provide cover for the advancement of U.S. interests. Yet the question of why Israel is being targeted and not some other country assumes, erroneously, that other countries are not being targeted. The reverse, in fact, is usually the case. Often, countries deemed acceptable for criticism by supporters of Israel are already subject to political and diplomatic sanctions by the U.S. and its tool, the UN Security Council -- sometimes for acting in ways identical to Israel.
- Agreement on terms (March 16, 2007)
I have come to accept that western journalists cannot accurately, let alone objectively, represent the Middle East and the Arab world. The problem is not that journalists do not always adhere to their own professional codes and methods, though that does happen. It is that even if correspondents strictly obey all the rules, they still present a fundamentally biased and skewed picture of the Middle East.
- Strip-Searching Children (March 15, 2007)
Israeli officials have been regularly strip-searching children for decades.
- The Wall, Apartheid and Mandela (March 2, 2007)
During his years of struggle in South Africa, Nelson Mandela offered ideas worth examining closely, especially when considering that he and his followers defeated the very condition that Palestinians face today, Apartheid.
- Carter's Inconvenient Truths (January 11, 2007)
The reason that Israel has been able to appropriate Palestine unto itself with American aid and support is that Israel controls the explanation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At least 90% of Americans, if they know anything at all of the issue, know only the Israeli propaganda line. Israel has been able to control the explanation, because the powerful Israel Lobby brands every critic of Israeli policy as an anti-semite who favors a second holocaust of the Jews.
- Addressing the Violence: My Roadmap to Peace (2007)
In order for peace to set sail there should be some guiding principles. The most important is equality. This is not to say that the conflict is between two equals. Overwhelming Israeli power and unconditional United States support has no comparison on the Palestinian side, other than the tragic balance of terror that has been reached with Israel through suicide bombing. But neither side should be treated differently from the other.
- Why Israeli Anti-Zionists do NOT 'recognize the right of the State of Israel to exist as a Jewish state' (2007)
States that define themselves with reference to the domination of one ethnic group cannot claim legitimacy.
- Israel boycott may be the way to peace (December 15, 2006)
The non-violent international response to apartheid was a campaign of boycott, divestment and UN-imposed sanctions which enabled the regime to change without bloodshed. We should try to follow the same route to a just peace.
- We must speak out (December 15, 2006)
Supporting a world-wide appeal to teachers, intellectuals and artists to join the cultural boycott of the state of Israel.
- The Academic Boycott Debate (November 28, 2006)
An excellent summary and commentary on a debate at Ryerson University about whether Israel should be subjected to an academic boycott because of its human rights violations.
- An Interview with Tanya Reinhart (October 2, 2006)
Persistent struggle can have an effect, and can lead governments to act. Such struggle begins with the Palestinian people, who have withstood years of brutal oppression, and who, through their spirit of zumud--sticking to their land - and daily endurance, organizing and resistance, have managed to keep the Palestinian cause alive
- Building blocks for peace in the Middle East (August 15, 2006)
The minimal demands of both sides are compatible and legitimate; the maximum demands lead to endless war.
- Sanctions on Israel: If not now, when? (July 28, 2006)
How much longer are we prepared to watch Lebanon and Palestine burn, before we act?
- Hezbollah, Hamas and Israel: Everything You Need To Know (July 21, 2006)
We are supposed to think that the current crisis in the Middle East has no historical roots.
- Countering Zionist propaganda about Hizbullah and Lebanon (July 18, 2006)
Nothing will change until the people of Palestine, Arabs and Jews, rise up to change the rules of the game, and rebuild the country on a new basis that respects democracy and human rights and good-neighbourly relations.
- If Israel Has the Right to Use Force in Self Defense, So Do Its Neighbours (July 18, 2006)
There is no reason why Israel should be able to enter Arab sovereign soil to occupy, destroy, kidnap and eliminate its perceived foes - repeatedly, with impunity and without restraint - while the Arab side cannot do the same.
- Israel's appalling bombing of Gaza (June 30, 2006)
Destroying the only power source for a trapped and defenseless civilian population is an unprecedented step toward barbarity. It reeks, ironically, of the Warsaw Ghetto.
- With A Little Help From Outside (June 12, 2006)
The world sees a great and ongoing injustice. They want a just Israel. They see an Israel that occupies and is clearly unjust, and they believe they should do something. We should thank them for this from the bottom of our hearts.
- A Reply to B'nai Brith's Manifesto Denouncing CUPE-Ontario's Boycott of Israel (June 3, 2006)
Why supporting the global campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israeli apartheid is the right thing to do.
- Why an Economic Boycott of Israel is Justified (January 14, 2006)
If singling out South Africa for an international economic boycott was defensible, it would seem equally defensible to single out Israel's occupation, which uniquely resembles the apartheid regime.
- Calls for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Against Israel (2006)
A call for sanctions against Israel until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.
- Counter-Rhetoric (2006)
This useful little book does two things. It challenges the rhetoric, the perceptions and assumptions regarding the conflict in Israel/Palestine, and it exposes the underlying imbalance of power around which this rhetoric swirls. It is both useful as a historical guide and as a tool for countering the prevailing divisive rhetoric. Whether challenging the concepts embedded in Zionism, the wars of the mid 20th century and the later occupation, or the Wall as security argument, this book gives a systematic alternative to the prevailing mantras and begins the process of changing the viewing of the conflict.
- How to Deal with The Lobby: The De-Zionization of the American Mind (2006)
Countering the influence of the Zionist lobby.
- Telling it like it isn't (December 28, 2005)
Let's call a colony a colony, let's call occupation what it is, let's call a wall a wall.
- Sanctions Against the Israeli Occupation: It's Time (January 29, 2005)
A call from the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) for sanctions as the next logical step in the global campaign to end the Occupation.
- Damage Control: Noam Chomsky and the Israel-Palestine Conflict (2005)
While Noam Chomsky has provided extensive documentation of Israeli crimes, his approach has also served to block serious efforts to halt those crimes and to build an effective movement on behalf of the Palestinian cause.
- Disaster and Mental Health (2005)
The continuing Israeli military occupation of Gaza is the cause of deep and widespread trauma for Palestinian children and adults.
- The Olga Document (July 12, 2004)
A document written in a series of meetings in Givat Olga, Israel, and titled after the location, The Olga Document. Advoctes coexistence of the peoples of this country, based on mutual recognition, equal partnership and implementation of historical justice.
- Words have failed (March 3, 2004)
The written word is a failure at making tangible to Israeli readers the true horror of the Occupation.
- Truth Against Truth (2003)
Challenges the myths, conventional lies, and historical falsehoods on which most of the arguments of both Israeli and Palestinian propaganda rest. The truths of both sides are intertwined into one historical narrative that does justice to both. Without this common basis, peace is impossible.
- The lessons we have learned (November 10, 2002)
A speech on "the peace movement: lessons learned and the way forward." Henry Lowi argues that "There is no sign of hope, for the old prejudices and the old concepts, and there is no hope for the colonialists, and the supremacists, and the ethnic nationalists. There is hope for those who proclaim clearly, and organize diligently, for coexistence between Arabs and Jews under a democratic constitution that upholds human rights."
- Do I Divest? (October 17, 2002)
If apartheid ended, so can this occupation, but the moral force and international pressure will have to be just as determined.
- Israeli Violations of Human Rights (June 20, 2002)
Speech by Jeff Halper, Coordinator Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. Halper focuses on the fact that "virtually all of Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands violates human rights conventions and especially the Fourth Geneva Convention that forbids an occupying power from making its presence a permanent one."
- What is Anti-Semitism? (June 4, 2002)
Inflating the meaning of 'antisemitism' to include anything politically damaging to Israel is a double-edged sword. It may be handy for smiting your enemies, but the problem is that definitional inflation, like any inflation, cheapens the currency. The more things get to count as antisemitic, the less awful antisemitism is going to sound.
- A truly fragile identify (March 1, 2002)
Israel has equated modern identity not with actual live people, with rights and obligations, but with a vast collectivity with no limits either in the past, the present, or the future.
- Personal testimony of an Irraeli refusnik (February 1, 2002)
Why would a regular guy get up one morning in the middle of life, work, the kids and decide he's not playing the game anymore?
- When journalists forget that murder is murder (August 18, 2001)
When Israelis are involved, our moral compass, our ability to report the truth, dries up.
- Anti-racists who queston Zionism are not racists (July 1, 2001)
Anyone who criticizes the actions of the Israeli government runs the risk of being labelled anti-Semitic by those who want to silence all criticism of Israel.
- Israel's approved ethnic cleansing (June 1, 2001)
Israel's treatment of the Palestinians has always presented a moral problem to the West, as that treatment has violated every law and moral standard on the books.
- Eastern Exposure (1996)
Noam Chomsky examines and praises Norman Finkelstein's study of the difference between the image and reality of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
- Israeli Apartheid and Terrorism (May 1, 1994)
If Jews in France were required to carry identification cards designating them Jews, could not acquire land or buy or rent homes in most of the country, were not eligible for service in the armed forces, and French law banned any political party or legislation calling for equal rights for Jews, would France be widely praised in the United States as a "symbol of human decency" and paragon of democracy?
- Israel will withdraw only under pressure (July 1, 1991)
The overwhelming majority of the Jewish public has been determined since 1967 not to relinquish any territory except if forced to do so.
- Anti-Semitism and the Beirut Pogrom (1983)
Fredy Perlman tells how encounters with racism in Central Europe, Bolivia and the U.S. heightened his perception and prepared him to denounce "American cheerleaders of Israel." He is astounded that potential victims of Nazi extermination camps can accept, even support, Israeli massacres of Palestinian refugees.
- Reflections and Meditations Thirty Years After (March 1, 1978)
I.F. Stone's reflections on Israel thirty years after writing his first-hand account "Underground to Palestine'.
- Bertrand Russell's Last Message (1970)
No people anywhere in the world would accept being expelled en masse from their own country; how can anyone require the people of Palestine to accept a punishment which nobody else would tolerate?
Sourcewatch's analysis of 'Hasbara' -- the propaganda efforts to sell Israel, justify its actions, and defend it in world opinion. The premise of hasbara is that Israel's problems are a matter of better propaganda, and not one of an underlying unjust situation.
- Israel's 'left' apologists
Criticism of Israel is not anti-Semitism.
Books, Films and Periodicals
- Against Our Better Judgement
How the U.S. was used to create Israel
Author: Weir, Alison
An account of how U.S. support enabled the creation of modern Israel, and of how U.S. politicians pushed this policy over the forceful objections of top diplomatic and military experts.
- Avenge But One of My Two Eyes
Author: Mograbi, Avi (director)
Israeli director Avi Mograbi documents what he calls the "culture of death" in the psychology of Israel the occupier.
- BDS: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions
The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights
Author: Barghouti, Omar
The case for a rights-based BDS campaign against Israeli occupation and apartheid.
- Beyond Chutzpah
On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History
Author: Finkelstein, Norman
A meticulously researched expose of the corruption of scholarship on the Israel-Palestine conflict. Bringing to bear the latest findings on the conflict and recasting the scholarly debate, Finkelstein points to a consensus among historians and human rights organizations on the factual record. Why, then, does so much controversy swirl around the conflict? Finkelstein's answer, copiously documented, is that apologists for Israel contrive controversy. Whenever Israel comes under international pressure, another media campaign alleging a global outbreak of anti-Semitism is mounted.
- Blaming The Victims
Spurious Scholarship And The Palestinian Question
Author: Said, Edward; Hitchens, Christopher (eds.)
Demonstrates with cold precision how the consistent denial of truth about the Palestinians by governments and the media in the West has led to the current impasse in Middle East politics. Controversial, forceful, and 'above all' honest, it attempts to redress a sustained crime against historical truth in order to make a more rational political future in Palestine possible. Searing essays from Noam Chomsky, Norman Finkelstein, Peretz Kidron, G. W. Bowerstock, Ibrahim and Janet L. Abu-Lughod, Mumammad Hallaj, Elia Zureik, and Rashid Khalidi.
- The Case Against Israel
Author: Neumann, Michael
Neumann argues that Israel's policies are the cause of the conflict, and that the conflict can be ended by Israel changing its behaviour.
- The Class Nature of Israel
Author: Hanegbi, Haim; Machover, Moshe; Orr, Akiva
Israeli society is not merely a society of immigrants; it is one of settlers. The society, including its working class, was shaped through a process of colonization. The permanent conflict between the settlers' society and the indigenous, displaced Palestiniann has never stopped and has shaped the very strcuture of Israeli sociology, politics, and economics.
- Dr. Makdisi on a One State Solution
Author: Makdisi, Saree
A video clip featuring Dr. Saree Makdisi presenting the case for a one-state solution in Israel-Palestine - a democratic secular state.
- Drinking the Sea at Gaza
Days and Nights in a Land Under Siege
Author: Hass, Amira
Israeli journalist Amira Hass describes life in Gaza under Israeli siege.
- The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Author: Pappe, Ilan
Israelo historian Ilan Pappe recounts the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from Israel during the war of 1948.
- Expulsion of the Palestinians
The Concept of Transfer in Zionist Political Thought 1882-1948
Author: Masalha, Nur
Before, during and after 1948 the Israelis expelled more than 750,000 Palestinians. The ideas and attitudes that allowed for this concept of "transfer" are examined in Nur Masalha's book. "Transfer"being a euphemism for expulsion- and he shows how that concept is the logical extension of the Israelis process of colonization.
- The Fateful Triangle
Israel, the United States and the Palestinians
Author: Chomsky, Noam
Chomsky examines how Israel has systematically tried to eradicate the Palestinians as a political, national and cultural entity by stealing their land, invasion and occupation and how this has been made possible by U.S. aid.
- A History of Modern Palestine
One Land, Two Peoples
Author: Pappe, Ilan
A history of the people of Palestine.
- The Hollow Land
Israel's Architecture of Occupation
Author: Weizman, Eyal
Groundbreaking exposé of Israel's terrifying reconceptualization of geopolitics in the Occupied Territories and beyond.
- If I Am Not For Myself
Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew
Author: Marqusee, Mike
In a journey through family memory and leftwing history, Marqusee introduces us to Jewish heretics and heroes. In proudly reclaiming the Jewish radical tradition, he reminds us that cultures are not the exclusive franchises of nation-states, and that Zionists and anti-semites share the same sinister, racialized concept of group identity.
- Image and Reality of The Israel-Palestine Conflict
Author: Finkelstein, Norman
Challenges generally accepted truths of the Israel-Palestine conflict as well as much of the revisionist literature. This new and enlarged edition critically re-examines dominant popular and scholarly images in the light of the current debacle of a "peace" process.
- In Search of Fatima
A Palestinian Story
Author: Karmi, Ghada
A frank and intimate memoir by diaspora Palestinian Ghada Karmi, detailing her experiences of displacement, nostalgia and loss.
- Inside Israel-Palestine The Conflict Explained
Author: Bennis, Phyllis
An ideal guide, in question and answer format, to this most complex of conflicts.
- The Iron Cage
Author: Khalidi, Rashid
- Israel: A Colonial-Settler State?
Author: Rodinson, Maxine
Rodinson argues that Zionism fits into the general pattern of Western colonialism, and that Arab opposition to Israel is the opposition of a colonized people towards their colonizers.
- Israel and Palestine
Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations
Author: Shlaim, Avi
Reflections on the causes and consequences of the Israel Palestine conflict, by the author of The Iron Wall.
- The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy
Author: Mearsheimer, John J., Walt, Stephen M.
Mearsheimer and Walt describe the remarkable level of material and diplomatic support that the United States provides to Israel and argue that this support cannot be fully explained in either strategic or moral grounds. This exceptional relationship is due largely to the political influence of a loose coalition of individuals and organizations that actively work to shape U.S. foreign policy in a pro-Israel direction. Mearsheimer and Walt contend that the lobby has a far-reaching impact on America's posture throughout the Middle East and the policies it has encouraged are in neither America's national interest nor Israel's long-term interest.
- Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide
Author: White, Ben
A readable introduction to the history and practice of apartheid in Israel.
- Israel's New Racism: The Persecution of African Migrants in the Holy Land
Author: The Nation
About 60,000 African migrants have arrived in Israel since 2006, fleeing unrest in their home countries. But upon arrival in the ostensibly democratic country, the migrants have faced intense persecution and have been branded as "infiltrators" by right-wing politicians and activists.
- An Issue Of Justice
Origins Of The Israel/Palestine Conflict
Author: Finkelstein, Norman
Finkelstein lays out the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict with clarity and passion, arguing that any other similar conflict would be perfectly understood, yet this one exists beneath a blanket of ideological fog. Finkelstein cuts through the fog with indisputable historical facts, optimistic that the struggle is winnable, and that it is simply an issue of justice.
- Middle East Illusions
including Peace in the Middle East? Reflections on Justice and Nationhood
Author: Chomsky, Noam
Written during the last 30 years, these pieces display many characteristics of Chomsky's thought: a deep mistrust of U.S. and Israeli intentions and a desire to change the course of history. Chomsky is erudite, and some of the points are now standard in discussion about the Middle East, such as the contradiction of Israel being both a Jewish state and a democracy.
- The Myths of Liberal Zionism
Author: Laor, Yitzhak
Yitzhak Laor, one of Israel's most independent writers and prominent dissidents, demystifies the "peace camp" liberals.
+972 is a blog-based web magazine jointly owned by a group of Israeli journalists and bloggers whose goal is to provide fresh, original, on-the-ground analysis and reporting of events in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
- The Other Israel
The Radical Case Against Zionism
Author: Bober, Ari (ed.)
A collective effort by a small group of Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel to penetrate the dense net of illusion and myth that dominates the thinking and feeling of most Israelis and, at the same time, determines the prevailing image of Israel in the Western world. According to the Zionist fairy tale, the state of Israel is an outpost of democracy, social justice, and enlightenment, and a homeland and haven for the persecuted Jews of the world. The reality, as this book demonstrates, is utterly different.
- The Other Israel
Voices of Refusal and Dissent
Author: Carey, Roane; Shainin, Jonathan (ed.)
A compilation of essays written by Israelis who oppose Israel's occupation of Palestine.
- The Other Side of Israel
My Journey Across the Jewish/Arab Divide
Author: Nathan, Susan
Explores the unequal treatment of Palestinians living in Israel as "citizens", but as second-class citizens in a theocratic state that discriminates against Arabs in many ways.
- Our Way to Fight
Peace-work under siege in Israel-Palestine
Author: Riordon, Michael
Documents the lives and work of grassroots peace activists, Israelis and Palestinians fighting for justice and human rights on both sides of the wall. The book also explore events that stirred people to action, and the escalating risks they face in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. The title is borrowed from a young Palestinian who makes and teaches film in the Jenin refugee camp. "This is my way to fight," he said. Like other people featured in the book, he is a peace activist. Like them he is also, in his own way, a freedom fighter. If a just peace can grow in this beautiful, hard land, the seeds for it will have been planted by people like these.
- Overcoming Zionism
Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine
Author: Kovel, Joel
Kovel argues that the inner contradictions of Zionism have led Israel to a 'state-sponsored racism' fully as incorrigible as that of apartheid South Africa and deserving of the same resolution. Only a path toward a single-state secular democracy can provide the justice essential to healing the wounds of the Middle East. Kovel draws on his detailed knowledge of the Middle East to show that Zionism and democracy are essentially incompatible. Ultimately, Kovel argues, a two-state solution is essentially hopeless as it concedes too much to the regressive forces of nationalism, in which lie the roots of continued conflict.
- Palestine & Palestinians Guidebook
More than an ordinary tourist guidebook, this book provides an in-depth discovery of the entire range of Palestinian culture: historical, archaelogical, religious, and architectural, as well as the daily realities of the Israeli occupation.
- Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
Author: Carter, Jimmy
Former U.S. President Carter calls Israel's treatment of Palestinians 'apartheid' and identifies continuing Israeli control of the occupied territories as the primary obstacle to peace.
- Palestinian Children and Israeli State Violence
Author: Abdolell, Mohamad
- Palestinian Refugees: The Right Of Return
Author: Aruri, Naseer (ed.)
The thorniest of issues, elucidated, discussed, and contextualized, by an impressive array of scholars and activists, including Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, Norman Finkelstein, Jaber Sueiman, Nahla Ghandour, Susan Akram, Salman Abu-Sitta, and Jan Abu Shakrah. The chapters cover the historical roots of the Palestinian refugee question; the obligations of host countries under international law (the case of Lebanon); Israeli perceptions of the refugee question; the role of the United States and the European Union and the Refugee Question; the PLO; meeting the needs of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon; Palestinian refugees and Jewish immigrants from Arab countries; and a program for an Independent Rights Campaign.
- The Politics Of Anti-Semitism
Author: Cockburn, Alexander; St. Clair, Jeffrey (eds.)
How did a term, once used accurately to describe the most virulent evil, become a charge flung at the mildest critic of Israel, particularly concerning its atrocious treatment of Palestinians? This is the question considered in these 18 essays (by nine Jews and nine Gentiles), including Edward Said, Robert Fisk, Norman Finkelstein, Lenni Brenner, and Uri Avnery.
- Press for Conversion #66
In an effort to support the international Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, and the call for an arms embargo on Israel, COAT's two-part report exposes $1.5 billion-worth of CPP investments in 68 companies selling products and services for Israel's wars and the illegal occupation of Palestinian land.
- Press for Conversion #67
In an effort to support the international boycott, divestment, sanctions movement, and the call for an arms embargo on Israel, COAT's two-part report exposes $1.5 billion-worth of CPP investments in 68 companies selling products and services for Israel's wars and the illegal occupation of Palestinian land. (Part 2).
- Radicals, Rabbis and Peacemakers
Conversations with Jewish Critics of Isreal
Author: Farber, Seth (ed.)
This is a collection of interviews, edited, introduced, and annotated by Farber, a member of Jews Against The Occupation. The contributors are among the leading American Jewish critics of Zionism and of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians. The book articualtes the reason behind the dissent and a vocbulary and framework to express it.
- The Ramallah Concert
Author: Barenboim, Daniel, and the East-West Divan Orchestra
This concert by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra took place in August of 2005 in the Palestinian Territory in the city of Ramallah and includes repertoire that Daniel Barenboim is famous for, such as Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Viola and the ""Nimrod"" variation from Elgar's ""Enigma Variations."" Also includes a feature-length documentary: ""Knowledge is the Beginning"", which was filmed over a six-year period and tells the story of Barenboim's development of the orchestra through interviews, rehearsal and concert excerpts.
- Reporting from Ramallah
An Israeli Journalist in an Occupied Land
Author: Hass, Amira
Amira Hass, a Jewish Israeli journalist lives in the Palestinian town of Ramallah. These dispatches cover five years of her reporting
- The Returns of Zionism
Myths, Politics and Scholarship
Author: Piterberg, Gabriel
Leading Israeli scholar with a major re-evaluation of Zionist ideology and literature.
- The Roadmap to Nowhere
Israel/Palestine Since 2003
Author: Reinhart, Tanya
An urgent and searing exposé of the 'peace process' by a prominent Israeli thinker.
- Sharon and my Mother-in-Law
Author: Amiry, Suad
A diary of everyday life under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank, depicting the Kafkaesque absurdities and injustices Palestinians are forced to live with.
- 6 Floors to Hell
Author: Efrat, Johnathon Ben (Director)
On the outskirts of Tel Aviv, in an underground world, live hundreds of Palestinian workers sleep in this hell in order to find a day's work in Israel and bring money home to their families in the West Bank.
- A Threat from Within
A Century of Jewish Opposition to Zionism
Author: Rabkin, Yakov M.
Rabkin brings to light continuing Jewish opposition to Zionism, a religious tradition which presents a fundamental challenge to the idea of Israel as a Jewish state.
- A Time to Speak Out
Independent Jewish Voices on Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity
Author: Karpf, Anne; Klug, Brian; Rose, Jacqueline; Rosenbaum, Barbara
A collection of strong Jewish voices, drawing on an established tradition of Jewish dissidence, come together to explore some of the most challenging issues facing diaspora Jews, notably in relation to the ongoing conflict in Israel-Palestine.
- Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
Author: Bennis, Phyllis
Designed to inform those who are somewhat unfamiliar with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Written in question and answer format
- The UnJewish State
The Politics of Jewish Identity in Israel
Author: Orr, Akiva
- War and Peace in the Middle East
Author: Shlaim, Avi
Avi Shlaim locates various sources of conflict in the Middle East, from the presence of oil, competition between the Soviet Union and the United States, to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
- We Blocked The Boat - Oakland 2014
For four days straight the San Francisco Bay Area community blocked the Israeli ZIM ship from unloading at the SSA. And today, we salute the rank and file workers of ILWU local 10 for standing with us against Israeli Apartheid by honoring our pickets.
Selected Quotes - Israel/Palestine
A selection of quotes about Palestine and Israel.
Other Resources on Palestine and Israel
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Library Subject Index:
- Anti-Semitism - Apartheid
- Arab Affairs/Politics - Arab/Israeli
Issues - Boycotts - Canada-Israel
Relations - Canadian Jews/Attitude
to Israel - Censorship - Children/Violence
- Crimes Against Humanity - Discrimination
- Disinvestment - Double
Standards - Foreign Policy -
Gaza Strip - Hate
- History/Arab - Holocaust
- Human Rights Abuses - Human
Rights Abuses/International - International
Law - Israel - Israel/Doing
Business in - Israel/Investing in
- Israeli Apartheid - Israeli
Settlements - Jewish History
- Jews - Jews
in Arab Lands - Jews in Canada
- Labour Movement - Media
Bias - Media Coverage/Middle East
- Middle East - Middle
East Conflict - Middle East Peace
Process - Middle East Politics/History
- Militarism - News
Bias - News Coverage/International
- Occupied Territories - Palestine
- Palestine/Occupation - Palestinian
Authority - Palestinian Refugees
- Palestinians - Peace
- Peacebuilding - Propaganda
- Rule of Law
Africa - Torture
Nations - War Crimes
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