The use and abuse of administrative detention by Israel

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 7/1/2022 Palestinians holding banners gather to protest against the decision of Israel's "administrative detention" in front of the Red Crescent Building in Gaza City, Gaza on December 20, 2021 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency] The Palestinian people rightly saluted Hisham Abu Hawash as a brave man who was prepared …

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Opinion: The Biden-Bennett battle of wills on the US Consulate in East Jerusalem

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 11/11/2021 US President Joe Biden (R) meets with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Oval Office at the White House on 27 August 2021 in Washington, DC [Sarahbeth Maney-Pool/Getty Images] Any hopes that the removal of Benjamin Netanyahu from power would bring us closer to a …

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The olive harvest in Palestine threatened by settler terror

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 22/10/2021 Ask any Palestinian about their connection with Palestine, wherever they live, and the olive tree would figure prominently in what Palestine means to them. This would be alongside the flag and the Kufiyah. It would be difficult to find a Palestinian house that does not store …

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Palestinians must ensure that Nizar Banat did not die in vain

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 25/6/2021 A group of Palestinians holding banners gathers to protest against the death of Nizar Banat, on 24 June 2021, in Ramallah, West Bank. [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency] The past few weeks have seen us waking up to news of more Palestinian deaths in Gaza or …

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Palestinians do not want anti-Semites at our rallies

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 17/5/2021 Protestors have gathered in solidarity with the people of Palestine amid ongoing conflict in Gaza on May 16, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland [Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images] As Chair of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Britain, I was proud to work with our partners to organise the …

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What are the Palestinians to do to secure their rights now that they are not entitled to self-defence?

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 15/5/2021 Israeli police use tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse Palestinians who were standing at Al-Aqsa Mosque's gates to prevent raids by extremist Jews, in East Jerusalem on May 10, 2021 [Eyad Tawil / Anadolu Agency] Over the past few days, our TV screens …

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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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