Criticise Israel and you immediately trigger its army of outraged partisans

First published by the Middle East Eye on 12/12/2018 #HumanRights An army of social media trolls are at the ready to denounce legitimate criticism of Israel’s occupation and settlement enterprise Israel was created through violence and terror, which it continues to heap on Palestinians to this day, as it works to fulfill the dream of …

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Nikki Haley’s swansong at the UN was an embarrassment

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 10/12/2018 US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley [Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency] The 6 December was the first anniversary of US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and that he would move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. …

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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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Ireland’s decision to advance boycott bill could be the tipping point for justice for Palestine

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 12/7/2018 Construction workers build illegal settlements in Jerusalem [Sliman Khader/Apaimages] The Palestinian people are in need of some good news to boost their morale at an extremely difficult time in their struggle for freedom, justice and equality. There has been little good news, particularly since US President …

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Report on seminar: UK panel on Mideast peace urges EU to take broker role

Anadolu Agency 24/1/2018 The US cannot continue to be accepted as an "honest broker" for peace, says speaker at panel organized by EuroPal Forum   By Ahmet Gurhan Kartal LONDON It is time for Europe to lead for peace in the Middle East following the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a London …

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Labour, Conservatives and the quest for a Palestinian state

First published by the Middle East Eye on 5/10/2017 As the 2017 conference season in the UK comes to a close, Palestinians can only hope that a future Labour government will recognise their pursuit of justice and freedom The annual conference season for the political parties in the UK has been in full swing. The …

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Israel’s double standards about boycotts do not advance peace

First published by the Arab Weekly on 16/7/2017 It is quite hypocritical for Israel to reject BDS while boycotting others for taking legal and moral positions in support of the Palestinians.  Peaceful expression. An Egyptian man shouts anti-Israeli slogans in front of banners with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) logo at the Journalists’ Syndicate …

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