Coronavirus does not distinguish between Palestinians and Jews

First published by the Arab Weekly on 15/3/2020 Common risks. Palestinian security forces man a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, currently under lockdown due to coronavirus, March 10. (AFP) The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic and the group’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, noting that the number of …

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Why Palestinians deserve a new leadership

First published by the Middle East Eye on 2/3/2020 The Palestinian Authority's response to Trump's 'deal of the century' has been woefully inadequate, and Hamas is no better Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks to the UN Security Council in New York on 11 February (AFP) A month since US President Donald Trump announced his “deal …

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Settlement construction intensifies with Trump’s ‘vision for peace’

First published by the Arab Weekly on 1/3/2020 Trump’s “vision for peace” is turning into Netanyahu’s reality of “grand theft auto of Palestinian land.” Beyond creeping. Israel’s controversial concrete barrier separating the Jewish settlement of Pisgat Zeev in the northern part of east Jerusalem and the Palestinian area of Al-Ram in the occupied West Bank. …

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UN delivers a blow to Israel’s settlement enterprise, but is it enough?

First published by TRT World on 17/2/2020 The UN database of companies cooperating with illegal settlement activities is not exhaustive or binding, but it is a crucial starting point. The long-awaited release of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s database of companies complicit in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise made the expected headlines and brought the …

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Opinion | From Balfour to Trump: Denying Palestine, one dirty deal at a time

First published by the Middle East Eye on 30 January, 2020 Yet again, the leader of a 'civilised' western democracy has told millions of Palestinians that we have no rights US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announce the ‘deal of the century’ on 28 January in Washington (AFP) US President Donald …

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With Israeli talk of annexing the Jordan valley, does anyone worry about peace?

First published by the Arab weekly on 26/1/2020 Netanyahu has indicated that he would use the gathering of world leaders in Jerusalem to urge that they impose sanctions on the ICC. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on January 19. (AFP) Last September, Israeli Prime Minister …

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Where is Gaza heading in 2020?

First published by the Arab Weekly on 5/1/2019 The Gaza Strip is always one rocket away from another heavy attack by Israel regardless of whether it is liveable or not. Uncertain future. A Palestinian woman walks past the rubble of a building destroyed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, last May.(Reuters)As the sun set …

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Trump’s 12 days of Christmas: The gift that keeps on giving – to Israel

First published by the Middle East Eye on 24/12/2019 From the Jerusalem embassy move to UNRWA funding cuts, the US administration has lavished Israel with gifts while erasing Palestinian rights US President Donald Trump stands on stage after his address to the Israeli American Council National Summit in Florida on 7 December (AFP) Christmas - …

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Anti-BDS move likely among first actions of new UK government

First published by the Arab Weekly on 22/12/2019 Considering its historic responsibility to the Palestinian people, the United Kingdom should be atoning for the Balfour Declaration. Unexpected start. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking at the despatch box in the House of Commons in London, during the first sitting of Parliament since the general election, …

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UK election: Where do political parties stand on Palestine?

First published by the Middle East Eye on 2/12/2019 Israel knows it has a strong ally in the Conservative Party, while Labour positions its policy firmly in support of justice and international law A protester ties the Palestine flag to a lamppost opposite Downing Street on 5 September (Reuters) With days to go until the …

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