HSBC divests from major Israeli arms company ten years after Operation Cast Lead

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 27/12/2018 Activists come together to protest outside branches of HSBC bank over shares in an Israeli arms company accused of manufacturing internationally banned weapons [Ryan Ashcroft] It is ten years since Israel launched a major military offensive against the people of the Gaza Strip, which it called Operation …

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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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Israel’s anti-BDS actions reveal that the boycott might just be working

First published by TRT World on 19/10/2018 Israel fears nothing more than the power of boycotts, it realises that it has the power to penalise Israeli actions while the international community looks on at its lawless actions. Lara Al Qassem, a Palestinian-American student was detained at Tel Aviv airport on the 2 of October as …

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Supporting Palestine can now get you denied entry to the US

First published by the Middle East Eye on 17/10/2018 I have been a severe critic of the current US administration's policy towards the Palestinians. But does this make me a possible security threat to the US? Of course not In April 2017, while travelling for a routine family holiday to Jerusalem, I was denied entryupon arrival at …

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Israel challenges the world: I am an Apartheid state, what are you going to do about it?

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 23/7/2018 View of a Palestinian refugee camp behind Israel's apartheid wall in east Jerusalem on 3 December 2014 [Muammar Awad/Apaimages] Remember the date, 19 July 2018 is when Israel’s pretense of democracy, the Knesset  passed the Nation State Bill, which could more aptly be called, the “Jewish State …

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Ireland’s decision to advance boycott bill could be the tipping point for justice for Palestine

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 12/7/2018 Construction workers build illegal settlements in Jerusalem [Sliman Khader/Apaimages] The Palestinian people are in need of some good news to boost their morale at an extremely difficult time in their struggle for freedom, justice and equality. There has been little good news, particularly since US President …

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كل الأبعاد: حول مستقبل القضية الفلسطينية في ظل اقتراب صفقة القرن

لقائي مع الأستاذ شريف منصور الذي تحدثنا به عن القضية الفلسطينية في ظل صفقة القرن والتغيرات الإقليمية بتاريخ ٢٧/٦/٢٠١٨ https://youtu.be/GEkBaP2pduI

Is Mahmoud Abbas’ peace plan achievable?

First published by TRT World on 5/6/2018 The US has effectively removed any facade of its status as 'mediator' between Palestinians and Israelis. Will it be possible for any peace process to move forward in the face of US and Israeli belligerence? The Palestinians are at a crossroad, as they commemorate the 51 anniversary of …

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Obituary: Farewell to Rim Banna, Palestinian cultural icon

First published by the Arab Weekly on 1/4/2018 Banna performed her music in a youthful, magical manner, which reached deep into the hearts of her audiences. Prolific legacy. A 2009 file picture shows Palestinian singer Rim Banna performing during a concert in Damascus. (AFP) I never had the honour of meeting Rim Banna or hearing …

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EU is all talk and no action on Israel-Palestine conflict

First published by the Middle East Eye on 6/2/2018 If it is to be taken seriously as a broker for peace, the EU must make disruptive decisions to pressure Israel, just as the US has been doing against Palestinians The past few weeks have been transformational for the prospects, or rather lack thereof, for peace …

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