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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Why Palestinians have a problem with the IHRA definition of ‘anti-Semitism’w

First published by the Arab Weekly on 9/9/2018 The conflation of anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism suits Israel. Not seeing eye to eye. People wear flag of Israel glasses at a gathering organised by the Campaign Against Antisemitism outside the head office of the British opposition Labour Party in London. (AFP) If the average person is asked …

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Labour’s anti-Semitism controversy protecting Israel from criticism

First published by the New Arab on 7/9/2018 Protesters lobbied Labour's NEC members as they arrived to decide on the new definition [Getty] The UK's Labour party has been embroiled in a controversy over anti-Semitism, which broke soon after the socialist candidate for the party's leadership, Jeremy Corbyn, won the contest. There was no immediate …

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If free speech is to mean anything at all, its principles must be applied equally

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 10/8/2018 UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn [REUTERS/Peter Nicholls] Britain’s two major political parties have been gripped by accusations that they have a problem with racism. In the case of the Labour Party, this allegedly takes the form of anti-Semitism, while in the Conservative Party, it is …

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How the US and Israel are working to transform Gaza into the Palestinian state

First published by the Middle East Eye on 26/7/2018 Trump’s team is focusing on how to force the Palestinians in Gaza - and Hamas - to submit and accept their dictates or face further misery The heat is on - again - in Gaza, as Israel tightens its siege and continues to kill and maim …

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Israel implements a deliberate policy to terrorise Palestinian children

First published by the Middle East Eye on 4/1/2018 At the start of the second intifada in 2000, an iconic image emerged of Muhammad al-Durra, a 12-year-old Palestinian boy, as he was being shielded from Israeli fire by his father who begged the soldiers to stop shooting. The bullets, however, continued and al-Durra died from …

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The Balfour Declaration: 67 words that changed the history of Palestine

First published by the Arab Weekly on 5/11/2017 The Balfour Declaration crucially omitted reference to the indigenous Palestinian Arabs who at the time made up 90% of the population. The British and Israeli governments celebrated the Balfour Declaration in London and Is­rael while Palestinians and their supporters marched in many cities across the world demanding …

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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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