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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Israel has done nothing to deserve normalisation with the Arab world

First published by the Middle East Eye on 12/11/2018 Growing normalisation has left Palestinians struggling to understand what happened to the Arab world’s support for the Palestinian cause   Our Arab brothers - as none of our leaders are women - have stabbed us in the front and the back, abandoning us politically while embracing …

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I shook Jamal Khashoggi’s hand. Days later he was murdered

First published by the Middle East Eye on 18/10/2018 #Khashoggi The Saudi Arabia I knew as a child would not have carried out such a heinous act as the brutal murder of a patriotic intellectual Last night, as I was watching the unfolding news coverage of the grisly assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, I …

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Supporting Palestine can now get you denied entry to the US

First published by the Middle East Eye on 17/10/2018 I have been a severe critic of the current US administration's policy towards the Palestinians. But does this make me a possible security threat to the US? Of course not In April 2017, while travelling for a routine family holiday to Jerusalem, I was denied entryupon arrival at …

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How the US is sidelining Palestinian refugees

First published by the Middle East Eye on 18/8/2018 Dual approach involves starving UNRWA of funding and trying to strip Palestinians of their refugee status There are indications that a truce between Hamas and Israel is close to being concluded, bypassing the Palestinian Authority. The main commercial access point to Gaza, Kerem Shalom crossing, has …

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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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Gaza’s children deserve to be rescued like the boys in Thailand

First published by the Middle East Eye 12/7/1018 Palestinian children see the efforts put into the rescue of the Thai boys and wonder why nobody cares as much about them The whole world rejoiced when 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand were rescued alongside their football coach. Divers from around the world risked their lives …

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A challenge for Trump: Pull out of the UN

First published by the Middle East Eye on 27/6/2018 If it’s really ‘America first’, why is the US remaining in an organisation simply to act as Israel’s chief defender? President Donald Trump has pulled the US out of the United Nations Human Rights Council. I challenge him to pull the country out of the UN entirely. …

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Six million Palestinians are a fact Trump and Netanyahu can’t ignore forever

First published by the Middle East Eye on 1/6/2018 Abandoned by the world, Palestinians could find strength in demographics The political climate is ripe for Israel to achieve, in only a matter of months, victories it would once have only dreamed of attaining over a number of decades. The primary reason for this? Donald Trump. …

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70 years of Nakba: Why can’t Palestinians walk home?

First published by the Middle East Eye on 18/5/2018 All who are interested in peace in historic Palestine must remember that we did not choose our occupiers; they chose Palestine, knowing it was not an empty land, and we paid with our lives and rights I would not be writing these words today if Israel …

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