Al-Aqsa under threat as Israeli elections loom

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 17/1/2019 Muslims arrive at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound to perform the Friday prayer in Jerusalem on 26 October 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency] When Muslims first prayed, they faced Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem rather than Mecca. When Prophet Mohammed (Peace be Upon Him) ascended to heaven, he did so …

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2018: a year to forget for Palestinians?

First published by TRT World on 31/12/2018 2018 was one of the worst years for the Palestinian cause, suffering serious blows in its quest for peace and independence. The outlook for 2019 is the same, but Palestine's resilience and hope in the face of adversity is unwavering. 2018 is likely to be remembered as one …

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TV Interview: Will Palestinians Ever Receive Justice?

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Israel’s actions speak louder than its talk of regional peace

First published by the Arab Weekly on 16/12/2018 It is clear that Israel is unwilling to meet the legitimate demands of the Palestinians for peace or those of the wider Arab world. Louder than words. Israeli police scuffle with activists in the West Bank Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar which is slated for demolition, October …

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Mientras los Estados árabes normalizan su relación con Israel, los votantes británicos presionan a los parlamentarios en favor de Palestina

First published in Spanish by the Middle East Monitor on 4/12/2018 Noviembre ha sido un mes extraordinario para la normalización entre los Estados árabes e Israel. Podrías pensar que Israel ha resuelto sus disputas con sus vecinos – quizá aceptando e implementando la iniciativa de paz árabe, por ejemplo, – y que un Estado palestino …

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Criticise Israel and you immediately trigger its army of outraged partisans

First published by the Middle East Eye on 12/12/2018 #HumanRights An army of social media trolls are at the ready to denounce legitimate criticism of Israel’s occupation and settlement enterprise Israel was created through violence and terror, which it continues to heap on Palestinians to this day, as it works to fulfill the dream of …

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If there’s no occupation, then where are equal rights?

First published by the New Arab on 26/11/2018 Israel has had a 'normalisation' bonanza with a number of Arab Gulf countries in recent weeks without having to give anything in return. What had previously been relations under the table are now out in the open.  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu breached the decades-long taboo of …

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Gaza strikes: Israeli impunity grows as Arab states normalise ties

First published by TRT World on 13/11/2018   The botched Israeli operation, and airstrikes, in Gaza, comes while a truce is under discussion with Hamas. Is bombing the Palestinians into submission, Benjamin Netanyahu's idea of a negotiation? Israel is quite literally playing with fire. It launched a botched operation 3km into the Gaza strip, whose objectives …

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Israel has done nothing to deserve normalisation with the Arab world

First published by the Middle East Eye on 12/11/2018 Growing normalisation has left Palestinians struggling to understand what happened to the Arab world’s support for the Palestinian cause   Our Arab brothers - as none of our leaders are women - have stabbed us in the front and the back, abandoning us politically while embracing …

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