Israel and Hamas agree on one thing: Mahmoud Abbas

First published by TRT World on 14/1/2019 An Israeli minister's comments seeking to exile Abbas and blaming him for unrest in Gaza is an indication that not only is Hamas fed up with Mahmoud Abbas - but Israeli leadership is fast losing any trust it had in him. Ask any Palestinian about Yasser Arafat and …

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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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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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Nikki Haley’s swansong at the UN was an embarrassment

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 10/12/2018 US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley [Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency] The 6 December was the first anniversary of US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and that he would move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. …

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While Arab states normalise relations with Israel, British voters lobby MPs for Palestine

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 3/12/2018 November was an extraordinary month for normalisation between Arab states and Israel. You would think that Israel had settled its disputes with its neighbours — perhaps accepting and implementing the Arab peace initiative, for example, — and that a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital was …

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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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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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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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Interview: We Must Be Careful Whether to Say Saudi Journalist ‘Is Alive or Not’ – Scholar

I was interviewed by Sputnik about Jamal Khashuggi on 8/10/2018 Concerns are growing for the well-being of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was last seen entering the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday. His fiancee waited for him outside the consulate for 11 hours, but there was no sign of Khashoggi leaving, and he has not been seen or …

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