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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Palestine’s electoral process threatens to legitimise the status quo

First published by the Middle East Eye on 27/1/2021 By holding parliamentary elections first, the Palestinian leadership aims to protect the PA and the Oslo paradigm. A series of Palestinian elections have been scheduled between May and August (AFP/file photo) A letter from Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh was enough to trigger a long-awaited presidential decree by Palestinian Authority (PA) President …

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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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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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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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Why Palestinians deserve a new leadership

First published by the Middle East Eye on 2/3/2020 The Palestinian Authority's response to Trump's 'deal of the century' has been woefully inadequate, and Hamas is no better Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks to the UN Security Council in New York on 11 February (AFP) A month since US President Donald Trump announced his “deal …

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Soleimani’s death deepens chasm between Israelis, Palestinians

First published by the Arab Weekly on 12/1/2020 On the Palestinian street, there was condemnation of Soleimani’s assassination but also condemnation of him as a man with the blood of thousands on his hands. Show of loyalty. Palestinian Hamas Chairman Ismail Haniyeh delivers a speech during a funeral procession at Tehran University for commander of …

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Where is Gaza heading in 2020?

First published by the Arab Weekly on 5/1/2019 The Gaza Strip is always one rocket away from another heavy attack by Israel regardless of whether it is liveable or not. Uncertain future. A Palestinian woman walks past the rubble of a building destroyed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza City, last May.(Reuters)As the sun set …

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