Canada’s move to label settlement wines is a positive step. Much more is needed

First published by the Middle East Eye on 2/8/2019 The global community must take action to remind Israel and its US backers of the vital importance of international law One wine in question is made by Shiloh Winery, based in a West Bank settlement (AFP) In what is one of their darkest hours, Palestinians are …

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HSBC divests from major Israeli arms company ten years after Operation Cast Lead

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 27/12/2018 Activists come together to protest outside branches of HSBC bank over shares in an Israeli arms company accused of manufacturing internationally banned weapons [Ryan Ashcroft] It is ten years since Israel launched a major military offensive against the people of the Gaza Strip, which it called Operation …

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TV Interview: Will Palestinians Ever Receive Justice?

I was interviewed by Press TV on 23/12/2018 https://www.facebook.com/100976976914141/videos/761580020846016/?__tn__=kC-R0.g&eid=ARDGSLgM6rzRpuVCtVA7Gi6lyifcBpls32AOK7ix2VHbctmIdHZRJKjU1VcC5qgi3nY3yepULFxCYaYZ&hc_ref=ARRiijbj981NHMoGHMorGFZvY7delKVGUkakWan5JDuXy5d1OwypPqhO24ebrl_FRvc&fref=nf&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARDfsroAaZ--wYdwl83Zn5RzJCL0wEVmnpmeN_uvN_tctUoJ7tDd7NnLrtfxPlC38YLKiVBMLuHEzkM8ishlJSI3rXZS8id9WebeU1Ig9GJbtagbi92aLVLH5bL913kVskaMMpMhsl49pVtcGY9ftJlIivDubLWLDNqRCETPZKHabvrYdlA657cL8mzSaKkcdzYAs6pK3AptJENuTM2Tz6Uo1vtTxeX8Alc2eQV9ippz1vNs162lmtoOIK8MIOTH7x5URPPnUnFVFoAR2tIAtd7HXLuP1-9ihRATcc7Xb3qAJAMchPGnhbXOlRMloUzSYVEVpVXD5uA4Waaq

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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Watch: Palestinian FM files complaint against Israel at ICC

  I was interviewed by Press TV on 22/5/2018   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x81_HrGo51Q

The PNC meeting was ‘much ado about nothing’

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 7/5/2018   Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (2nd L) makes a speech during the 23rd session of the Palestinian National Council in Ramallah, West Bank on 30 April 2018 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency] After a 22-year lull, the highest Palestinian legislative authority of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), the …

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What options does Abbas have after that General Assembly vote?

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 27/12/2017 Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas makes a speech during extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey on 13 December 2017 [Onur Çoban/Anadolu Agency]   As the dust settles on a significant week at the UN, in which America’s recognition of Jerusalem as …

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How long before the Israeli flag flies over Riyadh?

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 22/11/2017 A general view from the Arabic Islamic American Summit at King Abdul Aziz International Conference Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 21 May, 2017 [Bandar Algaloud/Anadolu Agency] At a recent MEMO conference entitled “Crisis in Saudi Arabia: War Succession and Future”, I asked Professor Madawi Al-Rasheed of the London …

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Palestinians should put more focus on their case internationally

First published by the Arab Weekly in 12/11/2017 The PLO should join more international bodies and conventions and use these to pressure Israel back to the negotiating table. If it is to make progress to­wards realising its people’s legitimate right to self-deter­mination in their homeland, the Palestinian leadership needs to take stock and weigh its …

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The US kicks the Israeli-Palestinian peace deal into the long grass

First published by the Middle East Eye on 30/8/2017 #Occupation Just days after a US delegation visit to Israel and Palestine, Netanyahu declares that Israel will no longer uproot settlements. Any dreams of peace anytime soon are a long way off   Say what you want about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but he doesn’t …

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