Stephen Zunes : Israel and Palestine


Chancellor’s opposition to student resolution problematic
4 December 2015

UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal, in an all-campus mailing sent out Nov. 19, expressed his opposition to a recently passed resolution by the Student Union Assembly in a manner which has raised serious concerns among supporters of corporate responsibility and academic freedom. It is virtually unprecedented for a chancellor or other high-level administration to criticize student representatives for participating in a democratic process of debate and decision making, even on contentious issues…


Why Netanyahu Needs Holocaust Revisionism and Israeli-Palestinian Violence
27 October 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s October 20 speech claiming that Hitler had not planned to exterminate Jews until a prominent Palestinian cleric pressured him to do so, while outrageous, is consistent with the longstanding narrative of the right-wing government and its U.S. supporters.


Bipartisan Attacks Against Anti-occupation Divestment Campaigns
14 September 2015

In April, the student senate at Earlham College, a Quaker liberal arts institution in Indiana, approved a resolution by consensus recommending the college endowment divest from three U.S. companies (Motorola, Hewlett Packard and Caterpillar) which are directly supporting the Israeli occupation in violation of international law. The resolution (thus far ignored by the college’s board of trustees) follows decisions by a number of Quaker-affiliated organizations — as well as the Presbyterian Church USA, the United Church of Christ, and other nonprofit groups — to divest from these companies…


Netanyahu Still Swaying U.S. Congress
4 March 2015


Stephen Zunes: Opposition to Israeli occupation consistent with other human rights struggles
6 February 2015


The Latest Blow to Israeli-Palestinian Peace
13 January 2015

The United States blocked the latest UN resolution to achieve peace between Israel and Palestine for the most disingenuous of reasons.


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.