Why Israel should stop trying to Judaise al-Quds

First published by the Middle East Eye on 7/7/2019 The holy city's Arab Palestinian character is an important part of its world-renowned diversity Palestinians pray at al-Aqsa Mosque compound (AFP) My parents are from the Arab Palestinian city of al-Quds, not Jerusalem. While I was not born there, my first visit was a year or …

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Report: Israel’s ‘racist’ Nation-State Law condemned in Westminster

Report by Middle East Monitor 27/2/2019 Hosted by British Labour MP Andy Slaughter, the seminar brought together individuals from the legal, diplomatic and public policy fields https://videos.files.wordpress.com/Sh0p1LGM/israele28099s-e28098raciste28099-nation-state-law-condemned-in-westminster-1_hd.mp4 Israel’s Jewish Nation-State Law was condemned as “racist” at a seminar held in the Palace of Westminster yesterday by EuroPal Forum whose chairman, Zaher Birawi, described the legislation …

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Britain has much to apologise for in Palestine

First published by the Middle East Eye on 16/2/2019 Not only did Britain abandon Palestinians to face the terror of Zionism in 1948, it continues to befriend the state that oppresses them. Protesters gather on the centenary of the Balfour Declaration in Gaza on 2 November 2017 (AFP) Britain's colonial past has left its mark …

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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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