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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UN delivers a blow to Israel’s settlement enterprise, but is it enough?

First published by TRT World on 17/2/2020 The UN database of companies cooperating with illegal settlement activities is not exhaustive or binding, but it is a crucial starting point. The long-awaited release of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s database of companies complicit in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise made the expected headlines and brought the …

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Opinion | From Balfour to Trump: Denying Palestine, one dirty deal at a time

First published by the Middle East Eye on 30 January, 2020 Yet again, the leader of a 'civilised' western democracy has told millions of Palestinians that we have no rights US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announce the ‘deal of the century’ on 28 January in Washington (AFP) US President Donald …

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With Israeli talk of annexing the Jordan valley, does anyone worry about peace?

First published by the Arab weekly on 26/1/2020 Netanyahu has indicated that he would use the gathering of world leaders in Jerusalem to urge that they impose sanctions on the ICC. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on January 19. (AFP) Last September, Israeli Prime Minister …

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Trump’s 12 days of Christmas: The gift that keeps on giving – to Israel

First published by the Middle East Eye on 24/12/2019 From the Jerusalem embassy move to UNRWA funding cuts, the US administration has lavished Israel with gifts while erasing Palestinian rights US President Donald Trump stands on stage after his address to the Israeli American Council National Summit in Florida on 7 December (AFP) Christmas - …

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UK election: Where do political parties stand on Palestine?

First published by the Middle East Eye on 2/12/2019 Israel knows it has a strong ally in the Conservative Party, while Labour positions its policy firmly in support of justice and international law A protester ties the Palestine flag to a lamppost opposite Downing Street on 5 September (Reuters) With days to go until the …

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Like the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque is also under threat

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 18/12/2019 Fanatic Jews, under Israeli police protection, enter the atrium of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in East Jerusalem’s Old City on 30 September 2019. [Faiz Abu Rmeleh - Anadolu Agency] Not a day goes by without another Israeli attack on various aspects of Palestinian life, be it through …

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Is it wise for Arabs to support Gantz for Israeli Prime Minister?

First published by the Arab Weekly on 28/9/2019 Blue and White does not endorse a two-state solution nor does it commit to rescinding the annexation of occupied East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights. Israel’s Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz delivers a statement in Tel Aviv, September 19. (AP) The outcome of Israel’s …

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Israeli elections are being fought by annexing Palestinian land

First published by TRT World on 12/9/2019 The Israeli right led by Benjamin Netanyahu is having to grab increasingly more land from neighbours in order to shore up support at home. Next week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces his second election of the year, having failed to form a coalition government in his first …

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US premises approach towards Palestinians on denial of Israeli occupation

First published by the Arab Weekly on 31/8/2019 Israel and the United States are trying to disappear Palestine and its people but the Palestinians will not agree to losing their collective identity. Obvious occupation. Maps showing Israel’s changing borders since 1947. (AFP) The so-called Deal of the Century, or what US Special Representative for International …

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