Arab regimes once wielded their collective strategic leverage as gatekeepers to Israel’s Mideast integration. Now they’re defeatists, offering Netanyahu normalization for free - but there’s an explosive backlash brewing
Muhammad Shehada is a writer and civil society activist from the Gaza Strip and a student of development studies at Lund University, Sweden. He was the PR officer for the Gaza office of the Euro-Med Monitor for Human Rights.
When Saudi Arabia's most fanatical pro-Israel influencer was kicked out of Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque this week, it was a propaganda gift for the kingdom's anti-Palestinian trolls, tasked with pushing normalization with Israel at all costs
'Incapable' of governing themselves: Kushner's condescending slur betrays the Palestinians who have backed negotiations, and boosted the most violent and extreme voices in Palestine
Israel's bribes aren't working any more, and Hamas isn't preventing Islamic Jihad blowing up the status quo. The Kushner/Trump 'peace plan' is based on the same failed reasoning – and could have even more disastrous results
Omar al-Bashir’s ousting is good news for Sudan, but very bad news for Hamas. For years, its leaders have mentored, aided and helped arm Hamas. Could Israel end up being the big winner of Sudan's uprising?
Iran is doubling down on its explosive investment in Gaza: Islamic Jihad. An impoverished Hamas faces a militant, rejectionist and increasingly untamable rival, flush with cash and determined to trigger war with Israel
When Gazans declare: 'We Want To Live,’ Hamas smears them as traitors, junkies and fools – then beats them up. No wonder Gazans find it hard to distinguish between the repression of Hamas, Abbas and Israel
The Arab regimes' exploitation and betrayal of Palestine has a long history. Now, they're framing the Palestinian cause as a burden, and a dangerous distraction from Iran
Israel just expelled the only international monitors protecting Hebron’s Palestinians from 800 heavily guarded far-right settlers, one of whom committed the 1994 massacre that triggered their deployment. No one expected Trump to respond - but where's the European outcry?
The Palestinian Authority has come to the defense of its sworn enemy, Hamas, in the face of Nikki Haley’s final pandering to the pro-Israel right. But UN member states still should make sure this victim-blaming resolution doesn’t pass
Israel’s botched military incursion saved Hamas from the nightmare of being branded as 'sell-outs'. Now feted as resistance heroes, it won’t be long before Hamas' betrayal of the Palestinian national movement is exposed again
Opinion Hamas Prepares for Its Annual UN Ritual: Stabbing Palestinian Authority Presidents in the Back
Thanks to Trump and Netanyahu, the Palestinian cause is absorbing one body blow after another. And by escalating its self-serving attempts to delegitimize the Palestinian president, Hamas is joining in, choosing the wrong side of history - again
A Hebrew message Hamas sent Israelis wasn’t exactly a threat. It was a plea for a cease-fire before Gaza descends into chaos
Hamas persistently downplays the escalating flight of Gaza’s professionals, but Gaza's best and brightest are intent on escape, and Turkey is their favored destination. But there's a bitter twist
Senior Hamas figures are sending up a direct-negotiations trial balloon, indicating interest in buying into the White House plan to ease the crisis in Gaza. The consequences could be explosive
Protesting the U.S. embassy move gives the Ramallah elite an opportunity for some rhetorical righteousness. It's an indulgence for Gazans, who are marching for their right to life
My teenage brother risks snipers and tear gas at the marches near the Israeli border. But, like all Gazans, he feels he's dying a slow death anyway
Tuesday's unprecedented attack on Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Gaza reflects the continued enmity between Hamas and the PA, even if the attack was the work of disgruntled Hamas security personnel acting independently
Every Egyptian military regime has sealed off Gaza, blamed Gazans for Cairo's own problems and sown fear, humiliation and misery among the enclave's Palestinian population. Al-Sissi is no exception
Some of the Mideast's most embattled Christians have little to celebrate. After 11 years of blockade, only 1000 Christians are left in Gaza, and the call to join relatives in exile grows stronger every year
Despite Palestinian despair as deep as before the first intifada, there won't be a popular uprising or widespread officially-sanctioned violence. It's not in the interests of the PA or Hamas - and they've bought the obedience of the activists who would have led the charge
Hamas leaders in Gaza are convinced that now isn’t the time for a direct conflict with Israel - and they have several routes to pressure Islamic Jihad to follow suit, from risking popular antagonism to threatening the loss of privileges they currently enjoy
Opinion Endless Waiting, Suffocating Heat, Filthy Prison Cells and Blackmail: What Palestinians Face When They Leave Gaza
The Palestinian Authority, not Hamas, may now control Gaza's borders, but Palestinians fear little will change the appalling exit ordeal, where the corrupt, abusive border bullies are Egyptian. This is my experience
As Rami Hamdallah takes over Gaza, Hamas will insist, like Hezbollah, its militants are synonymous with the Palestinian struggle. Can the Palestinian Authority really assert its authority over Hamas' shadow parallel state?
My mother spent two days cleaning and baking maamoul on her own, then waited for a knock on our door. But none came. After years of the blockade and its privations, those who are left won't visit empty-handed - and they have nothing to bring
They've given up trying to sleep in the suffocating heat, but that's not all Gazans are giving up hope for: “The war is coming. I'm beginning to believe I'm going to die before I even experience living."