UNRWA, the US Embassy move and the Israeli occupation

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 24/4/2018 Gazan's gather outside the UN offices in Gaza to protest US cuts to UNRWA's funding, on January 28, 2018 [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor] This will be remembered as the year when the United States of America broke with the international consensus by moving its …

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Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes is, in fact, an own goal

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 25/8/2017 Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes is now almost a daily occurrence. The reasons vary but the phenomenon is ultimately a form of collective punishment; the humiliation of the occupied by the occupier and a means to achieve “demographic control” of occupied Palestinian territory. The Zionist state …

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Language discrimination, another blow at Jewish- Arab equality in Israel

First published by the Arab Weekly on 6/8/2017 Israel has been replacing Arabic road names with the Hebrew names.   The Israeli Ministerial Committee on Legislation recently approved a draft bill that would end Arabic’s status as an official language of the country, despite an Arabic-speaking population that includes 20% of the state’s citizens. This …

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Jerusalem’s Palestinian youth face bleak future

First published by the Arab Weekly on 30/7/2017London - The results of the tawjihi — General Secondary Education Certificate Examination — were re­cently announced across the Palestinian territories to great cheers and celebration in some households and deep disappoint­ment in others.The future isn’t what it used to be. Palestinian children chat outside a school in …

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East Jerusalem is occupied but the hearts and minds of the children are not

This column first appeared in the Middle East Eye on 6/10/2016 Jerusalem has a special place in the hearts of people all over the world. I was fortunate to visit it again recently, or rather “return”, as my parents were both born in this great city. My first sighting of the Dome of the Rock …

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Conference: Holding Palestine in the light

Lichfield is holding a conference entitled Holding Palestine in the Light 7-9 October. This promises to be an excellent event and I am privileged to be contributing to it. Details here

Q&A on antisemitism, anti-Zionism, and BDS

Q&A on antisemitism, anti-Zionism, and BDS Produced by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) 29, April 2016 We are being contacted by members and supporters concerned with the misrepresentation of the campaign for Palestinian human rights by media and public figures. In the past few weeks and months there has been increasing discussion of antisemitism. It …

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