Israel-Palestine: The Missing Link… The Solution to the Nakba (Catastrophe)

By Jeff Mackler – May 15, 2021 In great detail the unfolding Palestinian freedom struggle against the racist, Zionist, colonial, apartheid settler capitalist state of Israel has captured headlines worldwide and won the solidarity of humanity’s finest democratic and human rights fighters. That apartheid Israel receives $3.8 billion annually in U.S. military aid – exceeding … Continue reading Israel-Palestine: The Missing Link… The Solution to the Nakba (Catastrophe)

Democrats and Republicans Converge on Trade, War and Israel

By JEFF MACKLER Democrats’ sound and fury in denouncing President Trump’s unilateral imposition of tariffs on Chinese imports has given way to general agreement, if not bi-partisan praise, for Trump’s pending tariff deals with China. The same with Trump’s essential denunciation of the WTO, the hitherto world institution aimed at the increasingly impossible objective of … Continue reading Democrats and Republicans Converge on Trade, War and Israel

Cancelled “squad trip” to West Bank puts U.S. Israel policy in the spotlight

By STEVE XAVIER In August, an announced trip by freshman House members Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) to the occupied West Bank drew the ire of President Trump and other GOP politicians. The Netanyahu government decided to bar entry to the two legislators using the urging of Trump, who tweeted that the pair … Continue reading Cancelled “squad trip” to West Bank puts U.S. Israel policy in the spotlight

Does criticism of Israel equal anti-Semitism?

By STEVE XAVIER The aftermath of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting has focused renewed attention on anti-Semitism. Claims that a shadowy group of sinister figures are behind world events—which appear in conspiracy theories about financier George Soros, the 9/11 tragedy, and elsewhere—have dangerous implications. These conspiracy theories have deep roots on the far right, … Continue reading Does criticism of Israel equal anti-Semitism?

Novelist detained in Israel: ‘Statement to Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival’

 Philadelphia-based novelist Susan Abulhawa, a long-time activist for the rights of the Palestinian people, was detained at the Tel Aviv airport on Nov. 1. At the time, she was traveling to the Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival, where she had been invited to speak. In the United States, close to 3000 people signed an emergency petition … Continue reading Novelist detained in Israel: ‘Statement to Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival’

Israel slaughters 65 in Gaza, as U.S. embassy opens in Jerusalem

By JOHN LESLIE The Great Return March culminated on May 15, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel, known to the Palestinian people as the Nakba (catastrophe). Israel hit Gaza with air strikes and tank fire, claiming to be targeting Hamas positions. A day earlier, a mass mobilization of more than 100,000 … Continue reading Israel slaughters 65 in Gaza, as U.S. embassy opens in Jerusalem

Palestine leadership suspends recognition of Israel

By WAYNE DELUCA The Palestine Liberation Organization’s central council voted on Jan. 15 to “suspend recognition of Israel until it recognizes the State of Palestine on the 1967 borders and revokes the decision to annex East Jerusalem and expand and build settlements.” This is an important move that would also reverse the Palestinian leadership’s adherence … Continue reading Palestine leadership suspends recognition of Israel

Ilhan Omar: Anti-Zionist comments smeared as anti-Semitic

By JEFF MACKLER and BRUCE LESNICK In a new campaign reminiscent of the McCarthy era witch-hunt, politicians and media pundits have taken to smearing pro-Palestinian, pro-BDS activists as anti-Semitic. Singled out for special attention are those, like Somali-born Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and Palestinian-American Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who happen to be people of color. A … Continue reading Ilhan Omar: Anti-Zionist comments smeared as anti-Semitic

UNAC statement on the CNN firing of Marc Lamont Hill

The following statement was published by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) on Dec. 3. Supporters of Israel and Zionism have repeatedly charged in the mainstream media that Professor Marc Lamont Hill’s statements at the UN on behalf of the rights of the Palestinian people are “anti-Semitic” and have demanded that Temple University fire him, … Continue reading UNAC statement on the CNN firing of Marc Lamont Hill

U.S. Hands off Iran, Syria and Afghanistan!

[Statement by Socialist Action National Committee, January 5, 2021] President Trump’s waning months at the White House saw him cloistered with his top National Security team of warmakers considering whether to launch yet another round of deadly missile strikes against Iran. In the same timeframe, the ongoing U.S. imperial war against Syria saw multiple U.S.-Israeli-orchestrated … Continue reading U.S. Hands off Iran, Syria and Afghanistan!

Massacre in Gaza as Israeli troops fire on peaceful protesters

By STEVE XAVIER At least 18 Palestinians are dead and more than 1700 injured after Israeli forces opened fire on peaceful protesters gathered at the Gaza border fence with southern Israel. The event was timed to mark the anniversary of Land Day, commemorating the 1976 killing of six Palestinians taking part in mass protests against … Continue reading Massacre in Gaza as Israeli troops fire on peaceful protesters

UNAC statement on Israeli/U.S. war on Gaza’s Nakba protests

For more than 70 years, Palestinians have endured the crimes of ethnic cleansing, dispossession, disenfranchisement, destruction, and death at the hands of apartheid Israel, with the unqualified backing of the United States, as well as the tolerance of this ongoing trampling on humanity and justice by the international community. As Israelis celebrate the May 14, … Continue reading UNAC statement on Israeli/U.S. war on Gaza’s Nakba protests

UN again condemns Israel without sanctions, while settlements expand

 By MARK UGOLINI On Dec. 23, the UN Security Council voted 14-0 to condemn Israel for “flagrant violation” of international law by constructing and expanding Jewish-exclusive settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The U.S. abstained from the vote rather than employ its standard practice of vetoing resolutions critical of Israel. Until now, the … Continue reading UN again condemns Israel without sanctions, while settlements expand

U.S. takes aim at Iran, threatens military action

By NICK BAKER As U.S. imperialism ceaselessly spreads its tentacles around the globe, its latest victim, yet again, is Iran, the strategically located oil-rich Middle Eastern nation that has resisted U.S. and British colonial domination for over a century. Since its 1979 Revolution that ousted the murderous dictatorship of Shah (meaning “King”) Reza Pahlavi, imposed … Continue reading U.S. takes aim at Iran, threatens military action

More casualties in Gaza on the ‘Friday Of Tires’

By JOHN LESLIE On Friday, April 6, one week after the Land Day Massacre, more than 20,000 demonstrators returned to the border fence between Gaza and Israel to demand the right to return for all Palestinians. Protesters burned tires to obscure the vision of Israeli snipers. The death toll now stands at 31, with 10 … Continue reading More casualties in Gaza on the ‘Friday Of Tires’

UNAC antiwar conference registers gains

By ADAM BIERMANN Some 300 antiwar and social justice activists from 27 states and four nations attended the fifth national conference of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) at the People’s Forum in New York City over the weekend of February 21-23. Entitled, “Rise Against Militarism, Racism and the Climate Crisis – Building Power Together,” the … Continue reading UNAC antiwar conference registers gains

A children’s book that teaches about justice and resistance

By JOHN LESLIE  “P is for Palestine,” a children’s alphabet book by Golbarg Bashi, illustrated by Golrokh Nafisi. The publication of the book, “P is for Palestine,” has sparked controversy and charges of anti-Semitism from pro-Israel parents and politicians. Some parents were particularly upset by the choice of “I is for Intifada” as part of a … Continue reading A children’s book that teaches about justice and resistance

Northern Lights SA Canada: Delegates Pushed Undemocratic NDP Virtual Convention to the Left

by Barry Weisleder It may have been the most undemocratic convention in the 60-year history of the New Democratic Party.  Technical glitches (of which there were many) were not the main problem.  Political decisions by the party establishment really made it a farce.  But repeatedly, waves of rebellion crashed ashore as close to 2,000 delegates … Continue reading Northern Lights SA Canada: Delegates Pushed Undemocratic NDP Virtual Convention to the Left