If Israel has committed no war crimes, then why does it refuse the ICC probe?

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 9/4/2021 A picture taken on March 4, 2021 shows the so-called Italian complex in Gaza City which was severely damaged by Israeli airstrikes during the 2014 war. [MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images] On 5 February, Palestinians saw a long tunnel open and a light flicker in the …

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Increasing settler violence goes unchecked by the Israel ‘Defence’ Forces

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 12/3/2021 As I was reading an article headlined "Israel says 600 children given Covid jab had no serious side effects", my twitter feed was filled with messages expressing outrage about a video of some other children: Palestinian children.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=middleeastmnt&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1369680316051390468&lang=en-gb&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.middleeastmonitor.com%2F20210312-increasing-settler-violence-goes-unchecked-by-the-israel-defence-forces%2F&siteScreenName=MiddleEastMnt&theme=light&widgetsVersion=e1ffbdb%3A1614796141937&width=550px This told a very different story. Palestinian children aged …

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It is time to make it official and brand Israel as an apartheid state

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 4/12/2020 Palestinians take part in a rally against apartheid in the West Bank town of Hebron on 14 September 2012 [Mamoun Wazwaz/Apaimages] No one should throw accusations of racism around lightly because, if proven, then swift action must follow. The trade union movement in Britain, which represents over …

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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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