Mahmoud Abbas’s Strategy of Patience

“Arabs have a long, unbroken history, with many ups and downs. They are used to waiting. Patience is a mighty instrument.”

occupation of Palestine

When I first met Yasser Arafat in besieged Beirut, in the summer of 1982, Abu Mazen was not present. But when I met him again in Tunis, a few months later, he asked me to meet Abu Mazen, too. Abu Mazen, it transpired, was the Fatah leader in charge of Israeli matters. My first impression of Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) was that he was the exact

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Why the US Wants to Shut Down Palestine’s PLO Office

Even if the PLO’s office is permanently shut down, the decision should not just be seen as punishing Palestinians for seeking ICC support but, ultimately, as the culmination of disastrous U.S. diplomacy, for which the Trump Administration has no clear alternative.

On Nov. 18, just days before the 50th anniversary of United Nations Resolution 242, the U.S. State Department took its first step towards severing its ties with the Palestinian Liberation Organization. The timing of this decision could not be any more profound. The first formal contact between the U.S. and the PLO occurred in mid-December,

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Hillary Clinton Lends Credibility To Zionist Colonialism At Saban Forum

Clinton recently participated in a forum hosted by a U.S. foreign policy think tank discussion that largely revolved around U.S. support for Israel and the so-called “two-state solution” — a discussion that took place within narrow Zionist parameters.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Israel, Monday, July 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

The Center for Middle East Policy, a U.S. foreign policy think tank under the Brookings Institution, hosted the 11th annual Saban Forum from Friday to Sunday. Under the banner of “Stormy Seas: The United States and Israel in a Tumultuous Middle East,” participants in the Zionist propaganda event included U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli

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Despite Israel’s Threat, Palestinian Unity Pact Announced

Political dispute between PLO and Hamas declared “over” after seven years, but skepticism remains over its true impact on Israeli occupation.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and the leadership of Hamas in the Gaza Strip announced an end to their seven-year political dispute on Wednesday, saying that the two main factions of the Palestinian people have signed a "historic" pact to re-unify the Palestinian governments in both the West Bank and Gaza within weeks and plans for new

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Israeli Demand Sparks ‘Jewish State’ Debate

The U.S. usually doesn’t recognize countries by ethnicities, but Deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said the U.S. does recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Is Israel "the Jewish state"? The answer may seem as obvious as the Star of David on the Israeli flag. Yet the question is starting to complicate the ambitious U.S. effort to ram through a peace deal between the Palestinians and Israel. A broad-based group of Israelis plans to lobby the Knesset to declare the country, for the

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Anniversary Of The Sabra And Shatila Massacres In Lebanon Passes Largely Unnoticed

An event the U.N. deemed an act of genocide is apparently not worth including in the American narrative of Middle Eastern history.

Between Sept. 16  and Sept. 18, 1982, between 762 and 3,500 Palestinian and Lebanese civilians -- most of whom were women, children and the elderly -- were raped, tortured, killed and mutilated in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon. The killings were carried out as retaliation for the assassination of Lebanese President Bachir

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