Phyllis Bennis

Phyllis Bennis

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. Her most recent book is the 7th updated edition of Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer. Follow her on Twitter: @PhyllisBennis

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Palestinian demonstrators burn pictures of US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest against a US-brokered deal between Israel and the UAE to normalize relations, in the northern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Jabalia, on August 15, 2020. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, August 28, 2020
The Israel-UAE Deal Isn’t About Peace at All
In some ways, the U.S.-brokered plan for mutual recognition between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is big news. For more than a quarter of a century, only two Middle Eastern countries—Egypt and Jordan—had officially recognized Israel. None of the Gulf monarchies did. So, it was a pretty big...
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This militarism at home is linked inextricably to U.S. militarism abroad. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
The Police and the Pentagon Are Bringing Our Wars Home
Uniformed U.S. soldiers occupied the center of the city, where an armored personnel carrier was stationed at a major intersection. Was it Kabul or Atlanta ? A U.S. military helicopter hovered over crowds of unarmed civilians, its down-drafts whipping debris and broken glass into their faces. Was it...
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Yamileth Lopez holds a photo of her deceased friend Javier Amir Rodriguez at a makeshift memorial for victims outside Walmart, near the scene of a mass shooting which left at least 22 people dead, on August 6, 2019 in El Paso, Texas. Rodriguez was a sophomore at Horizon High School and was killed in the shooting. A 21-year-old white male suspect remains in custody in El Paso, which sits along the U.S.-Mexico border. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
In the US Killing Fields, We're Now Way Past "Thoughts and Prayers Are Not Enough"
They are shootings du jour —we're now up to 255 mass shootings (that means more than four people shot) so far this year. That's more than one a day. The 22 people killed in El Paso on August 3 were four more than the average number of people murdered there every year. By now we're long past "...
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Anti-war demonstrators gather outside Downing Street on 26 June, 2019 in London, England, to call on the government to publicly oppose the escalation of conflict between Donald Trump's administration and Iran and demand that military action is ruled out. (Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 01, 2019
If War Breaks Out with Iran, It Won’t Be an Accident
Some things are still unclear about Trump’s recent decision to bomb Iran — and his rapid-fire follow-up decision not to. We still don’t know what he or his bomb-Iran cheerleaders — National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — thought the bombing would actually...
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Foreign Aid That Costs an Arm and a Leg — Literally
My friend Andrew Rubin is an amputee. He’s lost his right hand, lower arm, right foot, and lower leg. He used to be an avid runner and cyclist. He can’t do much of that anymore, although his walking is getting much better. Soon he might be able to run with his artificial leg. Andrew is incredibly...
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Denial of the scale—and in many cases, the very existence—of civilian casualties has been a feature of Washington’s global war on terror since its origins. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, May 10, 2019
The Alarming Rise of Civilian Deaths in the War On Terror
“There is no military solution” is an often-heard saying since the “global war on terror” began almost 18 years ago. We need political solutions to the military conflicts we’ve embroiled ourselves in over the last two decades, most policymakers agree. But in the meantime, the last three...
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Monday, January 14, 2019
United Nations Inaction and the Gaza Crisis: Ten Years ago and Today
According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza, during the week beginning December 27, 2018, a disabled Palestinian man was killed by Israeli snipers, and 25 other civilians were wounded, including five children, a journalist and two paramedics. Those 26 Palestinians are among the two...
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Wednesday, November 07, 2018
We Have Movement Work To Do
Elections are not how we change history. But they are a big part of how we—social movements, poor and disenfranchised and marginalized people, communities of color—engage with power. So when we win electoral victories, it matters. A lot. It's not because of which party wins, which state turns from...
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Monday, May 28, 2018
The Best Way to Honor Our Vets and Protect Americans? End the Wars
Millions of Americans will spend Memorial Day at community picnics, family barbecues, or local parades. “Thank you for your service” will be a ubiquitous phrase. Despite that annual refrain, we’re very far from honoring our veterans. Though drone strikes and bombing campaigns have reduced casualty...
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Monday, April 09, 2018
John Bolton's Terrifying First Day in the Trump White House
Today, fanatic war proponent John Bolton is taking office as President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser—and it comes at a perilous moment for international security. The volatile situation in Syria significantly raises the danger of a major intensification of direct U.S. military...
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