The Real News on the Middle East

Netanyahu Targets Iran to Deflect From Occupation

September 22, 2017

In his UN speech, Benjamin Netanyahu mentioned Iran 37 times but spoke about Palestine only twice, deflecting attention away from the occupation and giving Israel an external enemy, says Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy

Uproar over Ultra-Orthodox Military Service Deepens Old Israeli Rift

September 19, 2017

Journalist and documentarian Lia Tarachansky discusses the decision by the Israeli Supreme Court to overturn a law exempting ultra-Orthodox Jews from military service

The Disappearing Act in the United Arab Emirates

September 11, 2017

UAE law on cybercrime is providing a legal basis for disappearances and crackdowns on cyber-dissent, says Joe Odell, of the International Campaign for Freedom

Hezbollah’s Victory Over ISIS Undermined as US Bombs Evacuation Route

September 1, 2017

The problem with the U.S. analysis is that ‘it’s based on the idea that the only way to deal with ISIS fighters is to kill them,’ says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies

UN Report: Saudi Coalition Massacred Hundreds of Children in Yemen

August 24, 2017

A leaked draft of the United Nations report recommends that the Saudi-led coalition be placed on the U.N.’s list of countries that kill and maim children, but its exclusion from last year’s list shows the power of wealthy Gulf States to blackmail the U.N., says Codepink’s Medea Benjamin

Israel Demolishes Bedouin Village to Build Jewish-Only Town

August 23, 2017

Despite protests, the Israeli government will displace the Bedouin population of Umm al-Hiran to a temporary area until a new neighborhood is built for them nearby. However, residents won’t be welcome to return to the new Jewish-only city of Hiran

Israel Withholds Secret List of BDS Supporters

August 18, 2017

The Israeli government is compiling a list of BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) activists who are not allowed to travel to Israel. Asa Winstanly of the Electronic Intifada talks about the effort to expose this secret list

Hacked Emails Reveal How UAE Buys Influence in D.C.

August 2, 2017

Hacked emails from the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the US show the Gulf monarchy has strong ties, including financial, to influential and politically connected Washington think-tanks, says The Intercept’s Zaid Jilani

Trump Blasts Hezbollah as it Ousts al-Qaeda

July 29, 2017

President Trump claims Lebanon “is on the front lines in the fight” against Hezbollah, apparently not realizing that Hezbollah is a partner in the Lebanese government–and just as Hezbollah scores a key victory against al-Qaeda

Barghouti on Jerusalem Protests: Israel Incites, Palestinians Unite

July 21, 2017

The deadly Israeli crackdown on Palestinians protesting restrictions at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque is part of an effort to divide the holy site and undermine the Palestinian struggle for freedom, says Dr. Mustafa Barghouti

Israelis Demand Truth on Violations Against Yemeni Immigrants

July 10, 2017

Richard Silverstein discusses Israel’s silenced history of racially motivated medical malpractice

Israel-Palestine: Does Jared Kushner have the Chops to Negotiate Peace in a 50 Year Conflict?

June 30, 2017

Daoud Kuttab, award winning Palestinian journalist discusses the tensions Kushner faces as Trump’s peace negotiator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Egypt’s Alliance with Saudi Arabia Shows Signs of Stress

June 25, 2017

President Sisi of Egypt’s transfer of two Islands to Saudi Arabia is unprecedented and rejected by much of its population. However, it is part of a new larger reversal in the Arab World’s effort to normalize relations with Israel explains Professor Seif Da’na

Trump, Israel Back Saudi Power Play Against Qatar

June 7, 2017

Max Blumenthal of Alternet’s Grayzone Project says President Donald Trump’s backing of the Saudi Arabian campaign against Qatar could be the “pilot program” for a wider regional agenda of U.S.-backed Saudi hegemony

Economic Dimensions Militarized Palestine

June 7, 2017

Alaa Tartir of the Palestinian Policy Network explains that the Palestinian Economy is unable to grow or develop because the Israeli occupation controls all aspects of the economy

Israel Begins to Confiscate 20% of Asylum-Seekers’ Incomes

May 16, 2017

Documentary filmmaker Lia Tarachansky explains that the income garnishing measure targets African refugees and is intended to discourage asylum in Israel

Will Hamas Party Charter Accept a Two State Solution?

April 6, 2017

The leaked Hamas charter suggests a willingness to accept a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict says Imad Alsoos,

Arrest of Omar Barghouti Comes Amidst Upsurge in International Support for Boycott of Israel

March 28, 2017

After the P5+1 nuclear deal made it difficult for the Israeli government to continue to appeal to the right-wing through casting Iran as the bogeyman, depicting BDS as a ‘delegitimization’ campaign became its next means of generating fear and paranoia among voters, says journalist Richard Silverstein

The Protest-Resignation of UN Under-Secretary Dr. Rima Khalaf

March 27, 2017

UN Secretary General Guterres caves under pressure from Israel and United States and orders Under-Secretary Rima Khalaf to withdraw an incriminating investigative report on Israeli apartheid policies against Palestinians, says Vijay Prashad

UN Report Finds Apartheid Exists Within Israel

March 21, 2017

TRNN’s Shir Hever says although the reality of apartheid is obvious and uncontroversial to most Israelis, the recent United Nations report establishes an important legal basis for describing what exists beyond the Occupied Territories as apartheid