Israel’s old habit of ignoring the rule of law dies hard

First published by the Arab Weekly on 3/11/2019 It seems Israel operates above the law when it comes to its citizens but uses administrative detention at will to incarcerate Palestinians and other foreign nationals when it chooses. Have you heard of her? A demonstrator holds a picture of Jordanian citizen Hiba al-Labadi during a protest …

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Palestinians’ olive oil harvest threatened by settler violence

First published by the Arab Weekly on 2710/2019 It is perhaps surprising that US administration officials are silent about these attacks but quick to condemn violence by Palestinians. Scorched-earth policy. A Palestinian tries to extinguish a fire in an olive grove near the Palestinian village of Burin in the northern West Bank after an attack …

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Like the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque is also under threat

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 18/12/2019 Fanatic Jews, under Israeli police protection, enter the atrium of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in East Jerusalem’s Old City on 30 September 2019. [Faiz Abu Rmeleh - Anadolu Agency] Not a day goes by without another Israeli attack on various aspects of Palestinian life, be it through …

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The Palestinian voice will be heard at the Labour conference

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 21/9/2019 John Bercow, the speaker of the UK’s House of Commons, will be standing down soon. He has been an animated figure, whose gesticulations and dressing downs of MPs have left a mark with viewers all over the world. At the height of the continuing Brexit saga, …

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The whole world is a threat to Israel’s security

  First published by the Middle East Monitor on 27/8/2019 Israeli forces attack Palestinian worshippers in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque on 11 August 2019 [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Anadolu Agency] Israel’s greatest weapon against peace is its endlessly fluid security needs. It really is a case of “how long is its security piece of string”? The piece of …

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Israel won’t silence Tlaib, Omar by banning them from entry

First published by the Middle East Monitor on Friday 16/8/2019 Rashida Tlaib (R) and Ilhan Omar (L) became the first Middle Eastern women to be elected to Congress during the US mid-terms on 6 November, 2018 [Facebook] US Representatives, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, a thorn in the side of the American establishment and the …

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New Governments in Israel and Palestine but peace is a distant goal for Palestinians and Israelis

24/4/2019 The Israeli people have spoken through the ballot box to give Benjamin Netanyahu another term, while the Palestinian President has acted to impose a Fatah led Government on the Palestinian People. Neither the exaggerated Israeli democracy nor the Palestinian President’s autocracy will bring the Israelis and Palestinian closer to peace. On the 9th of …

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There are no fig leaves left to cover the uncomfortable and illegal facts about Israel

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 8/4/2019 Israeli forces intervene in Palestinians during a protest against construction of Jewish settlement within 43rd anniversary of Palestinian Land Day in Ramallah, West Bank on March 29, 2019. [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency] There is nothing left of the rotten fig leaves which have been used …

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Israeli elections and the Palestinian question

First published by TRT World on 8/4/2019 Palestinians are hardly a footnote in the Israeli election and those who get to vote are forced to make a choice between soft apartheid and a hard one. As Israelis go to the polls to elect their next parliamentarians and prime minister, spare a thought for the occupied …

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Israeli apartheid in the spotlight

First published by The New Arab on 29/3/2019 Comment: It's time the UN republished the ESCWA report on Israeli practices of Apartheid against the Palestinian people A visit to Hebron, divided between Israeli settlers and Palestinians, is instructive [Getty] University students across the world have been holding events in support of the Palestinian people and …

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