Jeremy R. Hammond, author of “Obstacle to Peace: The US Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict'”, systematically dismantles popular myths propagated by the mainstream media, giving a corrective historical overview focusing on the events of 1948 and 1967, the so-called “peace process”, “Operation Cast Lead”, and more.
Omar is a 7-year-old boy from Gaza. His family managed to obtain the necessary permits that allowed him to cross the Erez checkpoint to Jerusalem, through the West Bank, in order to undergo surgery. He was accompanied by his father. On the way back, the boy and his father were stopped at the Qalanidya checkpoint, separating occupied East Jerusalem from the West Bank. The father needed another permit from the Israeli military to take his son, whose wounds were still fresh hours after the surgery, back to the strip. But the soldiers were in no obliging mood.
No recent Palestinian prisoner has received more attention among the Palestinian than Samer Issawi, released on December 23 after reaching an extraordinary bargain with prison officials last April. He agreed then to stop his hunger strike, which had lasted an incredible 266 days, either partially or completely, in exchange for an Israeli pledge to release him in eight months at the end of 2013.