From fighting BDS to fighting delegitimisation: Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs code for battling accountability

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 14/8/2020 BDS The Israeli Ministry for Strategic Affairs is shifting its focus from fighting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), to fighting deligitimisation. It was initially established in 2006 for Avigdor Lieberman, and he was given the role of coordinating security, intelligence and diplomatic initiatives regarding …

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The deal of the century is unpalatable for both Israel and Palestine

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 17/7/2020 US President Donald Trump speaks to the media in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. [Drew Angerer/Getty Images] As US President Donald Trump’s term nears its end, his deal of the century to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has …

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Ten years after Israel’s hijacking of the Mavi Marmara, we cannot forget those who it killed

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 29 May, 2020 Palestinians hold portraits of those killed by Israel during the attack on the Mavi Marmara on 31 May 2010 [Ashraf Amra/ApaImages] It is ten years since a live broadcast from the Mediterranean on Aljazeera TV came to an abrupt end. On 31 May 2010 I was …

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Opinión: Diez años después del secuestro del Mavi Marmara por parte de Israel, no podemos olvidar a los que asesinó

First published by the Middle East Monitor and translated into Spanish by the Palestinian Community in Chile on 29/5/2020 Los palestinos tienen retratos de los asesinados por Israel durante el ataque al Mavi Marmara el 31 de mayo de 2010 Hace diez años que una emisión en directo desde el Mediterráneo en Aljazeera TV llegó …

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Israel’s new government is being lauded despite Apartheid and annexation

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 22/4/2020 Blue and White alliance leader and former Israeli chief of staff, Benny Gantz on 18 February 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency] When it comes to Israel, the international community has once again been exposed for the double standards and hypocrisy it reserves to support the rogue state. …

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The PA’s response to the coronavirus shows that Palestine is ready for statehood

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 24/3/2020 Palestinian police officers wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus as they stand guard in Bethlehem, West Bank on 5 March 2020 [Wisam Hashlamoun / Anadolu Agency] The US and Israel, as well as its supporters, seek to deny the Palestinians their rights to freedom, justice …

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Israeli Apartheid

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 12/3/2020 If any country which claims to be a democracy, its potential prime minister declares that the votes of a significant minority are not part of the democratic ‘equation’, they would be rightly condemned as racists. That is exactly what Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu declared when claiming he had won …

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To Israel, Palestinian blood isn’t just cheap, it is worthless

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 14/11/2019 elatives of Palestinian Mohammad Sharab, who was killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza, mourn during his funeral ceremony on 14 November 2019 [Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency] Those interested in human rights should remember the name of Omar Haitham Al-Badawi, from Al-Arroub refugee camp near Hebron. He …

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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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The Palestinian voice will be heard at the Labour conference

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 21/9/2019 John Bercow, the speaker of the UK’s House of Commons, will be standing down soon. He has been an animated figure, whose gesticulations and dressing downs of MPs have left a mark with viewers all over the world. At the height of the continuing Brexit saga, …

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