Al-Aqsa under threat as Israeli elections loom

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 17/1/2019 Muslims arrive at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound to perform the Friday prayer in Jerusalem on 26 October 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency] When Muslims first prayed, they faced Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem rather than Mecca. When Prophet Mohammed (Peace be Upon Him) ascended to heaven, he did so …

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What if Wales had been offered to the Jews as a homeland?

First published by the Middle East Eye on 1/11/2017 #Balfour One hundred years ago, the Balfour Declaration backed Palestine as a Jewish homeland. Imagining if history had taken another turn offers a fresh perspective.   On 2 November 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour sent a letter to Lord Walter Rothschild, a prominent zionist, which …

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The Palestinians too should take back control of their destiny

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 12/12/2016 From the Middle East Monitor 2016 will be remembered for a new phrase that came to characterise popular uprisings against “the establishment” in the West. From the UK to the USA, “taking back control” struck a chord with the voters when it was adopted by Donald …

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Israel’s ban on the Muslim call to prayer in Jerusalem is the tip of the iceberg

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 7/11/2016 Al-Aqsa mosque Something is in the air in Jerusalem and if Israel has its way it soon won’t be; the Muslim call to prayer — the adhaan — is under threat. The state which is built upon the ethnic cleansing of the majority of the indigenous …

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TV interview: Israel arrests over 50 Palestinians in the West Bank following attack in Jerusalem

I was interviewed by Press TV on 10 October 2016. I tried to explain that the illegal occupation is to blame for the continuing violence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovg1TaKDr2A

Palestinians don’t attack Israeli soldiers in pursuit of ‘economic peace’

The Middle East Eye published this on 2/3/2016 Palestinians don't attack Israeli soldiers in pursuit of 'economic peace' Following France's stuttering attempt to restart the peace process, US Secretary of State John Kerry met Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman. This could lead to a meeting between Israel and the PA possibly in …

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Jerusalem at the heart of the conflict

My article was first published in Palestine News in February 2016    Jerusalem at the heart of the conflict Violence has erupted in Jerusalem in recent months with scores of deaths and regular clashes between Palestinian protestors and Israeli Occupation Forces. Here Kamel Hawwash, a native of East Jerusalem and vice chair of PSC, explains …

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مقابلة مع قناة القدس عن فعاليات التضامن مع فلسطين

مقابلة مع قناة القدس عن فعاليات التضامن مع فلسطين بتاريخ ٢٤/٢/٢٠١٦   

It’s time that the Palestinian Authority embraced the BDS call

This article was published by the Middle East Monitor on 19/2/2016 It’s time that the Palestinian Authority embraced the BDS call  Image from the Middle East Monitor The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been in the news recently following the British government's decision to “ban” local authorities from applying their ethical procurement policies …

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Abbas commits to more negotiations while violence escalates

The Middle East Monitor publiched my article on 15/1/2016 Abbas commits to more negotiations while violence escalates    Image from the Middle East Monitor In his first speech of 2016, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas reviewed the situation facing the Palestinians and set out his approach for the forthcoming year. He started with the …

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