How Israel uses attacks as an excuse to expand illegal settlements

First published by TRT World on 19/12/2018 Illegal settlement building is increasingly becoming a favoured collective punishment against Palestinians. If only Israel was as creative in seeking peace with the Palestinians as it is in finding different ways to punish them. A policy of dehumanisation that aims to present Palestinians to the world as sub-human, …

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With no meaningful international plan, Khan Al-Ahmar needs a popular uprising to save it

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 11/10/2018 Israeli occupation forces storm the Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar in the West Bank on 14 September 2018 [İssam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency] The Palestinian Bedouin residents of Khan Al-Ahmar wake up every morning relieved that the Israeli occupation’s bulldozers did not arrive overnight to destroy their homes …

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Bedouins’ endless suffering in Israel

First published by the Arab Weekly on 25/2/2018 How else does one explain replacing Bedouin villages with Jewish-only settlements? Unabated onslaught. Bedouin children stand on the rubble of two classrooms destroyed by the Israeli Army in the village of Abu Nuwar in the West Bank, on February 4. (AP) Descendants of the Bedouins who inhabited …

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Israel is pushing its luck with the EU

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 20/10/2017 Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu (L) speaks during US President Donald Trump's (R) visit to Israel on 23 May 2017. [Israeli Government Press Office/Haim Zach/Handout] When it comes to the various stakeholders in the Israeli Palestinian conflict Israel has guaranteed American support in almost whatever …

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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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No, it is not unfair to criticise Israel 

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 13/5/2017 Israeli security forces break up Palestinian protests organised to show solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, in Ramallah, West Bank on April 23, 2017 [Issam Rimawi / Anadolu Agency] As Palestinians mark a number of key, painful anniversaries in 2017, Israel is busy with not …

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As Britain pledges to celebrate Balfour, Israel denied my Easter homecoming to Palestine

First published by the Middle East Eye on 13/4/2017 On 7 April, I travelled with my wife, Lina, and my five-year-old son, Adam, to Palestine to spend Easter with family and friends, mainly in Attur, East Jerusalem. In the late afternoon, we arrived at Tel Aviv airport and made our way to passport control. I …

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