Israel’s flight to the UAE: Taking the Emirates for a ride

First published by the Middle East Eye on 1/9/2020 True peace can only be achieved when Palestinians obtain freedom, justice and equality in their historic homeland An El Al plane from Israel lands in Abu Dhabi on 31 August (AFP) When the doors of El Al flight LY971 opened at the Abu Dhabi airport, it confirmed the …

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From fighting BDS to fighting delegitimisation: Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs code for battling accountability

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 14/8/2020 BDS The Israeli Ministry for Strategic Affairs is shifting its focus from fighting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), to fighting deligitimisation. It was initially established in 2006 for Avigdor Lieberman, and he was given the role of coordinating security, intelligence and diplomatic initiatives regarding …

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How the international community reacted to Israel’s annexation plan

A transcript of my talk to Open Discussions/ Gulf Cultural Club on 22/7/2020 I thought that in my own talk I would concentrate on what the international community’s reaction has been. As someone who was described as an engineer rather than a law professor, I write very much on the subject. I am from Jerusalem. …

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The deal of the century is unpalatable for both Israel and Palestine

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 17/7/2020 US President Donald Trump speaks to the media in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. [Drew Angerer/Getty Images] As US President Donald Trump’s term nears its end, his deal of the century to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has …

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Palestinians welcome Boris Johnson’s article on annexation but it does not go far enough

First published at Palestine Forum on 5/7/2020 Boris Johnson and Mahmoud Abbas The first of July came and went without Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu making any announcement on the start, or extent of his annexation plans. TV stations had lined up panels to discuss the issue when the announcement came. Columnists with pens at …

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Why we need elections to the Palestinian National Council

First published by the Middle East Eye on 23/6/2020 Frustrated by the failure of their leadership to push back against Israeli apartheid, Palestinians are signing a petition to give themselves a stronger voice The Palestinian flag is waved during a protest in Tel Aviv over Israeli annexation on 6 June (AFP) As possible annexation of …

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Ten years after Israel’s hijacking of the Mavi Marmara, we cannot forget those who it killed

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 29 May, 2020 Palestinians hold portraits of those killed by Israel during the attack on the Mavi Marmara on 31 May 2010 [Ashraf Amra/ApaImages] It is ten years since a live broadcast from the Mediterranean on Aljazeera TV came to an abrupt end. On 31 May 2010 I was …

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Opinión: Diez años después del secuestro del Mavi Marmara por parte de Israel, no podemos olvidar a los que asesinó

First published by the Middle East Monitor and translated into Spanish by the Palestinian Community in Chile on 29/5/2020 Los palestinos tienen retratos de los asesinados por Israel durante el ataque al Mavi Marmara el 31 de mayo de 2010 Hace diez años que una emisión en directo desde el Mediterráneo en Aljazeera TV llegó …

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A Nakba that keeps repeating itself

First published by TRT World on 15 May 2020 The catastrophe that Palestinians first faced 72 years ago seems to only worsen with time. The Palestinian people commemorate the 72nd anniversary of their Nakba (catastrophe) on the 15th of May, one day after Israel celebrated the 72nd anniversary of its independence. The contrast could not be starker.  …

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Victory over UK government marks a key step for Palestine activists – but a long road lies ahead

First published by the Middle East Eye on 1/5/2020 Supreme Court ruling was heartening, but continued pressure is needed to quash the government's anti-boycott efforts A protester ties the Palestinian flag to a lamppost opposite Downing Street (Reuters) s we await the latest daily depressing updates on coronavirus casualty figures, we look for good news. But that …

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