Stephen Zunes : Israel and Palestine


Gaza and the Bipartisan War on Human Rights
17 October 2014

During and after Israel’s war on Gaza, bipartisan congressional majorities have worked to undermine war crimes investigations by the United Nations and human rights groups.


Netanyahu’s Ugly Game in Gaza
9 July 2014


U.S. Culpability in the Failure of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks
5 June 2014

The failure of John Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian peace talks showed just how extreme U.S. policy on the conflict has become.


How the state Assembly tries to limit what I can teach
25 January 2014

In preparing my syllabus for my introductory course on the Middle East this semester, it gives me pause that the California Assembly is still on record declaring that discussing certain well-documented historic incidents in modern Middle Eastern history should “not be tolerated in the classroom.” This unprecedented attack on academic freedom came in the form of a resolution (HR 35), co-sponsored by 66 of the 88 Assembly members, which passed by a voice vote in 2012.


Attacks against anti-occupation activism increase
22 July 2013

A growing movement has emerged on college campus calling for divestment from companies that support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories that is part of broader international campaign initiated by Palestinian civil society for boycott, divestment and sanctions to pressure Israel to end its occupation of territories seized in the 1967 war.


Israel, Syria and the United States
13 May 2013

An op-ed piece published on Truthout.org about Israel’s attack against Syria on May 6th, 2013


Israel’s settlements outside official border flout international law
19 January 2013

In mid-December, Israeli officials approved plans for the construction of more than 2,600 new homes to be built on Givat Hamatos, a hill on the outskirts of Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem. This settlement would be the first major new Jewish neighborhood in Jerusalem outside of Israel’s internationally recognized borders since 1997, effectively completing the encirclement of […]


US policy on Gaza crisis rife with contradiction
19 December 2012

The Obama administration’s reaction to last month’s Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip is emblematic of the contradictions in its foreign policy seen throughout its first term.


U.S. policy at U.N. hurts prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace
7 December 2012

Up until the mid-20th century, Western attitudes regarding national freedom was that the independence of white Western nations was a given, but independence for nonwhite, non-Western nations could only be under conditions granted by the occupying powers.


Abetting the Carnage in Gaza
26 November 2012

The November 22 ceasefire between Israeli and Hamas forces is a huge relief for the civilian population on both sides—the primary victims of the conflict. But the Obama administration’s unconscionable decision the previous week to block a ceasefire effort by the UN Security Council not only resulted in additional civilian deaths but also serves as an indication that, despite the president owing his re-election to the hard work of his progressive base, his foreign policy will continue to lean to the right.