Palestinians entitled to celebrate a famous victory

 Out of this devastation, a victoryThe rockets and bombs stopped at 16:00 hours GMT on the 26th of August 2014, marking the end of Israel's terror campaign on the Palestinian people in Gaza.  There was no formal announcement from Cairo as advertised.  Israel remained silent bth in print and on TV and Mahmoud Abbas held …

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What next for Palestine? My prediction, with lots of health warnings

Throughout the Israeli terrorist attack on Gaza, the question I have been asked repeatedly has been "What next for Palestine"? I have resisted committing to an answer or at least to expressing a view because it is a very complicated situation to understand, analyse and then gaze through a crystal ball and see beyond the …

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Today, deluded Netanyahu looked like Saddam’s Information Minister Al-Sahhaf

Former Iraqi information Minister Mohammad Saeed Al-Sahhaf I watched Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today (20 August) at his press conference, which he held with his Defence Minister Ya'alon. I had a flashback. I remembered the fall of Baghdad. The particular image was that of Mohammad Saeed Al-Sahhaf, Iraq's Information Minister at the time. He …

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Palestine and Israel locked in an impasse, intensive therapy needed

The Apartheid Wall in Bethlehem I spent the last few days of the Israeli attack on Gaza and the first couple of ceasefires in Jerusalem among family and friends. My first impression upon arrival was of an extremely tense atmosphere between Palestinians and Jewish Israelis. They were clearly not mixing as freely as they had …

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Jerusalem, a Holy City Facing an Unholy Occupation

Israel continuously claims Jerusalem as it's Capital and further promises that it will remain undevided. The Palestinians on the other hand are more flexible, claiming East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, currently a UN non member sate following the General Assembly vote to upgrade its status back in 2012. In 1947/8 Israel effectively ethnically …

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Reflections from Jerusalem during Israel’s attack on Gaza

I arrived in Jerusalem a few days ago, at the hight of Israel's murderous, in humane attack on Gaza. I had the usual 'security check' at Tel Aviv, which was intrusive but bearable. The airport was distinctly devoid of the usual number of passengers. I picked up a rent a car and made my way …

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