Israel’s royal reward for discriminating against Palestinians

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 25/6/2018 UK Prince Williams arrives at the Marka International Airport to hold official visits in Amman, Jordan on 24 June 2018 [Shadi Nsoor/Anadolu Agency] As Britain’s Prince William arrives in Israel for a royal visit that will also see him visit the Occupied Palestinian Territories, does he …

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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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The Debate: ‘Attack against Christians’

Broadcast by Press TV on 28/2/2018 https://youtu.be/0K6tW7A4tRU

Deep concern as Israeli laws entrench the occupation

First published by the Arab Weekly on 26/3/2017 Photo: Remembering. Palestinian woman gestures in the village of Khirbet Zakaria with a view of the Israeli Gush Etzion settlement block seen in the background, on March 5th. (AFP) London - Israel has recently passed or initiated laws that can be con­sidered an entrenching of its occupation …

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The Palestinians too should take back control of their destiny

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 12/12/2016 From the Middle East Monitor 2016 will be remembered for a new phrase that came to characterise popular uprisings against “the establishment” in the West. From the UK to the USA, “taking back control” struck a chord with the voters when it was adopted by Donald …

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Israel’s ban on the Muslim call to prayer in Jerusalem is the tip of the iceberg

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 7/11/2016 Al-Aqsa mosque Something is in the air in Jerusalem and if Israel has its way it soon won’t be; the Muslim call to prayer — the adhaan — is under threat. The state which is built upon the ethnic cleansing of the majority of the indigenous …

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Rolls Royce, pants and sand: What Boris Johnson said to the Arab ambassadors

First published by the Middle East Eye on 13/10/2016 The foreign secretary's candid speech reveals an opportunity to influence UK policy in the Middle East - Arab ambassadors should seize it Away from the endless discussions on Brexit at this year’s Conservative party conference in Birmingham, there were the usual fringe meetings and receptions that complement …

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Israeli society and its leaders are hastening its complete isolation

Israeli society and its leaders are hastening its complete isolation First published by the Middle East Monitor on 30 May 2016 The news that the Israeli cabinet has confirmed the appointment of extremist settler and former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman as Defence Minister is troubling to Palestinians and their supporters. The leader of Yisrael Beiteinu …

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Palestine’s Arab Idol Mohammed Assaf rocks London

I reviewed Mohammad Assaf's concert at the London Barbican theater for Middle East Eye Palestine's Arab Idol Mohammed Assaf rocks London #Reviews   From a Gaza refugee camp to the London Barbican, Mohammed Assaf caused a sensation, with his mixed audience dancing in the isles Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf, Gazan winner of the Arab Idol …

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MUSIC REVIEW: Reem Kelani’s Live at the Tabernacle

MUSIC REVIEW: Reem Kelani's Live at the Tabernacle #Reviews    Kamel Hawwash For Middle East Eye 6 April 2016 Intimately familiar with the music of her native culture, Reem Kelani grew up to become an unofficial cultural ambassador for the art of Palestine All good things come to those who wait as the saying goes. …

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