If Israel has committed no war crimes, then why does it refuse the ICC probe?

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 9/4/2021 A picture taken on March 4, 2021 shows the so-called Italian complex in Gaza City which was severely damaged by Israeli airstrikes during the 2014 war. [MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images] On 5 February, Palestinians saw a long tunnel open and a light flicker in the …

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Israel is angered by UN grilling despite getting a free ride for decades

First published by TRT World on 24/3/2021 Does the United Nations have a bias against Israel? Israel seems to think so despite the fact that it has never been held accountable for the crimes it is accused of. A Palestinian boy hangs laundry inside a damaged house, hit in January 2009 during Israel's military offensive …

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Palestinians Must Not Waste Opportunity to Pursue Israel at the ICC

First published by Inside Arabia on 17/2/2021 Palestinians and their supporters greeted the ICC Pre-trial Chamber’s recent decision that Palestine is considered a state and that the Court has jurisdiction to investigate alleged Israeli crimes with a mixture of relief and joy. However, past legal wins were wasted by the Palestinian leadership. The question now …

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Palestinian National Council Should Come Before Legislative and Presidential Elections

First published by Inside Arabia on 27/10/2020 Palestinian institutions are badly in need of renewal through democratic elections. However, before any other elections, the institution that needs this the most is the Palestinian National Council, which is the highest legitimate authority for the Palestinian people. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a leadership meeting at his …

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Public Statement: Palestinian Reconciliation and Elections

Published on 8 October 2020 To the Palestinian people in the Homeland and in Exile, We the undersigned, motivated by our national and historic commitments to our people and our cause, are extremely concerned by the worrying attempts, by international and regional players, to liquidate the Palestinian cause and to deny the Palestinians their inalienable …

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Open Letter to the Labour Party

18/9/2020 We write as British Palestinians. Many of us are members of the Labour Party, some are not. We have previously expressed our fears of how the space to publicly bring the facts of the Palestinian people’s history and ongoing dispossession into the public domain was under severe threat. Then, as now, our concerns were …

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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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Covid-19 in occupied territories

My contribution on Indus Special, Indus News on 10/4/2020 https://youtu.be/xayqA66_oAg

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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Phil Murphy’s show on New Style Radio, Birmingham

My thanks to Phil Murphy for hosting me on 17/2/2020 to talk about the Middle East and the Palestinian injustice. I am told that New Style radio was the first community radio to be licensed in the UK and serves the AfroCaribbean community as well as broadcasting to the world. Introduction https://youtu.be/5AcDHBoVzlU Remaining parts of …

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