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Noam Chomsky: Why the Israel-Palestine ‘negotiations’ are a complete farce

The negotiations provide a cover for Israel's takeover of the territories it wishes to control and should spare the United States some further embarrassment at the UN.

Noam Chomsky weighs in on Syria strike

"As international support for Obama’s decision to attack Syria has collapsed, along with the credibility of government claims, the administration has fallen back on a standard pretext for war crimes when all else fails: the credibility of the threats of the self-designated policeman of the world," Chomsky said.

Noam Chomsky: Israel’s West Bank plans will leave Palestinians very little

One prevailing assumption is that there are two options: either a two-state settlement will be reached, or there will be a "shift to a nearly inevitable outcome of the one remaining reality -- a state 'from the sea to the river'." ... There is a third option, the most realistic one: Israel will carry forward its current policies with full U.S. economic, military, and diplomatic support, sprinkled with some mild phrases of disapproval.

Assaf Kfoury: The background to the July 3, 2013 military coup in Egypt, according to The New York Times

The greatest illusion about the cataclysmic events shaking Egypt is that, during the truncated one-year presidency of Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian military had been forced to accept civilian rule and then vacate the political stage. How much did we get from the New York Times (and other mainstream papers) to think otherwise? What information, or misinformation, did the Times pass on to its readers, so that the events since late June of this year would not hit them like a freak summer storm?

IOA status update

After nearly five years of operation, the IOA website is suspending regular content uploads. Having started immediately after Israel’s attack on Gaza in December 2008 – January 2009, the Israeli Occupation Archive project has expanded its coverage of the Israeli occupation, its daily practices, relevant analysis and commentary on it, and its history – going back to the pre-1948 years. As regular readers have noticed, the website has undergone several changes over the years, and it is now time for another change.

Jonathan Cook: When they fail, peace talks will only deepen crisis for Palestinians

It may not have reached the level of fevered expectation unleashed by that famous handshake between Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the White House lawn in 1993, but the sense of hope inspired by the long-awaited revival of peace talks is both tangible and deeply misplaced.

Jonathan Cook: Israeli army recruitment plan aims to incite Christian-Muslim tensions

Leaders from the [Israeli] Palestinian community, Christian and Muslim, who have spoken against this new [IDF] enlistment effort have been called in for investigation by Israel’s secret police. In an Orwellian inversion, they have been accused of “incitement to violence.”

Noam Chomsky on Israel-Palestine peace talks, Middle East, US role, and Snowden (video)

Noam Chomsky covers the upcoming Israel-Palestine 'peace talks' and the history of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations; settlements, the Occupation and the 'One-State' and 'Two-State' solutions; US strategic control of the Middle East; Syria and Egypt; the 'Iran threat'; Edward Snowden, and much more.

Michael Sfard: ‘The peace process has become a major enemy of human rights’

Michael Sfard: “While talks are happening Israel gets away with anything. Land grabs, the expansion of settlements, even [Operation] Cast Lead was waged while there were peace talks.”

Jonathan Cook: Filmmaking as resistance – Hany Abu Assad’s dream of a new Palestinian cinema

Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad: “I want my films to put fear into Israelis. My job is to disturb their dreams, to wake them from the fantasy that there is no occupation.”

Weiner’s bigotry towards Palestine is worse than his sexting

While everyone is so caught up with Weiner’s wiener, and the many puns that can be created for headlines, the real scandal and reason why he should not be running for office is going unnoticed. The outrage should be over his bigotry towards Palestinians and how he has misused his past position in Congress to support punitive policies against the Palestinians.

Moshé Machover: Israel-Palestine – déjà vu all over again

Watch US secretary of state John Kerry assuming the mantle of our lord: just as JC resurrected Lazarus, JK is about to revive the dead-as-a-doornail talks between the Israeli government and the captive so-called Palestinian ‘Authority’. Though, unlike old Lazarus, this corpse will talk and talk and talk … but will not walk.

Jonathan Cook: Israel’s thriving arms trade is a setback to peace agreement

Former Israeli defence (then industry) minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer: "People like to buy things that have been tested. If Israel sells weapons, they have been tested, tried out. We can say we've used this 10 years, 15 years."

Noam Chomsky: An interview on the Syrian revolution

It is hard to make progress in the real world without making various compromises. I have no advice other than to say don’t let your wishes whip away the facts entirely. Be aware of the facts. We live in an actual world, with all its horror and ugliness, and we have to deal with it and make our decisions within it.

Haaretz’s Gideon Levy endorses boycott of Israel

In his op-ed in Haaretz on Sunday, columnist Gideon Levy openly endorses a boycott of Israel as the “Israeli patriot’s final refuge.” He argues that it is in fact those who fear for Israel’s future that should reach the conclusion that it must be economically boycotted. He says that it is the “least of all evils” and that there is no other alternative left.

Jonathan Cook: Treatment of Palestinians is apartheid by any other name

[Lawyers] and others argue that Israel is carrying out a systematic and intentional policy to drive Palestinians off their land to replace them with Jewish communities. This, they say, should be identified as “ethnic cleansing”, a term first given legal and moral weight in the Balkans conflict in the early 1990s.

Aisha Mershani: Palestine photo project – 10 years later

Ten years ago, Aisha Mershani began a project to document the lives of everyday Palestinians non-violently resisting Israeli occupation. Since 2003, she have photographed and gathered testimonies from Palestinian communities that have resisted the building of the Wall. After six years away, she is returning to the West Bank in the summer of 2013 to complete this project. Thus far, Aisha has self-funded her work; she is now asking for your support with the completion of the last stage of this ten-year project.

IOA Editor: We highly recommend supporting Aisha's work.

Noam Chomsky: American University of Beirut commencement 2013 speech (video)

If Palestine ever does gain independence in something like the terms of the overwhelming international consensus, it is likely that its borders with Israel will erode through normal processes of commercial and cultural interchange, as had begun to happen in the past during periods of relative calm. Anyone familiar with Mandatory Palestine knows well how artificial and disruptive any partition must be.