If Israel wants to be treated like a normal state, it should act like one

This article first appeared on the Middle East Monitor on 29/8/2016 Image from the Mddle East Monitor Israel is not a normal state, but has craved to be treated as such ever since its creation in historic Palestine, against the will of the indigenous Palestinian people, in 1948. It sometimes claims its legitimacy from the …

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Hey Israel, give Palestinians a sporting chance

First published by the Middle East Eye on 11/8/2016 The troubles of the Middle East have followed the Olympic flame to Rio de Janeiro for the Brazilian games. An early controversy erupted even before the teams reached the Maracana Stadium. The Lebanese and Israeli delegations clashed when the organisers planned for the two teams to …

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Faced with a choice of peace and BDS, Israel chooses BDS

first published by the Middle East Monitor on 10 August 2016 Israel’s recent decision to form a taskforce to target Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists for deportation is in stark contrast to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent claim that BDS had been defeated. Speaking at a special session of the State Control Committee …

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Britain should apologise for the Balfour Declaration, not ‘celebrate’ it

Published by the Middle East Monitor  6/8/2016 Image from Middle East Monitor The Balfour Declaration is a letter from the then British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Walter Rothschild, for transmission to the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland. The critical part of this short letter said: “His Majesty’s government view with favour the …

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