2017 is the year of sad anniversaries for Palestinians

First published by the Arab Weekly on 19/2/2017 Israel continues to violate UN resolutions with im­punity and Palestinians can expect more bad anniversaries to mark. A 2016 picture shows a Palestinian youth waving the national flag on the 68th anniversary of the Nakba (AFP) 2017 is the year of anniver­saries for Palestinians. Sadly, none can …

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Can the Istanbul conference for diaspora Palestinians lead to unity of vision?

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 16/2/2017 The situation continues to get worse for Palestinians as they remain under occupation in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, and the latter has also been under siege for a decade. Those who make-up one-fifth of the Israeli population continue to suffer from official …

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Trump’s status quo for Palestine-Israel isn’t so bad, unless you’re a Palestinian

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 7/2/2017 Israeli police detain a Palestinian protester during a demonstration against US President Trump [Shadi Hatem/Apaimages] The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States appears to have emboldened Israeli politicians. Many clearly feel that their strongest ally will henceforth provide them with the chance to …

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Debate: Why the status of Jerusalem is not the crux of the matter

First published by the Arab Weekly on 5/2/2017 Since his inauguration, Trump seems to have rolled back on his embassy com­mitment, much to the surprise of many. Road signs are seen in front of the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the occupied West Bank, on January 17th. (Reuters) The question of whether the Trump …

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