2018: a year to forget for Palestinians?

First published by TRT World on 31/12/2018 2018 was one of the worst years for the Palestinian cause, suffering serious blows in its quest for peace and independence. The outlook for 2019 is the same, but Palestine's resilience and hope in the face of adversity is unwavering. 2018 is likely to be remembered as one …

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Israel’s actions speak louder than its talk of regional peace

First published by the Arab Weekly on 16/12/2018 It is clear that Israel is unwilling to meet the legitimate demands of the Palestinians for peace or those of the wider Arab world. Louder than words. Israeli police scuffle with activists in the West Bank Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar which is slated for demolition, October …

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Gaza strikes: Israeli impunity grows as Arab states normalise ties

First published by TRT World on 13/11/2018   The botched Israeli operation, and airstrikes, in Gaza, comes while a truce is under discussion with Hamas. Is bombing the Palestinians into submission, Benjamin Netanyahu's idea of a negotiation? Israel is quite literally playing with fire. It launched a botched operation 3km into the Gaza strip, whose objectives …

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UN General Assembly brings no respite for Palestinians

First published by TRT World on 28/9/2018 Between Donald Trump touting a two-state solution and Benjamin Netanyahu preoccupied with Israel - the plight of the Palestinians was once again largely ignored at the UN. All eyes were on US President Trump during the UN General Assembly this year as he made his second address to …

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What’s the point of negotiating for peace when Israel gains without it?

First published by TRT World on 5/9/2018 As America makes one concession after another to Israel, is it any wonder Israel doesn't seek peace with the Palestinians? On a recent visit to Lithuania, the birthplace of his grandmother, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that that he sees 'no urgency' in advancing US President Donald Trump's peace …

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With Israel’s Nation State Law in place, violence against Palestinians will get worse

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 30/8/2018 Israeli forces fire tear gas at Palestinian during a protest in Nablus West Bank on 15 February 2018 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency] Ever since Israel passed the Nation State Law, Palestinians and neutral observers have been wondering about its possible impact on the substantial Palestinian minority in …

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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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Israel challenges the world: I am an Apartheid state, what are you going to do about it?

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 23/7/2018 View of a Palestinian refugee camp behind Israel's apartheid wall in east Jerusalem on 3 December 2014 [Muammar Awad/Apaimages] Remember the date, 19 July 2018 is when Israel’s pretense of democracy, the Knesset  passed the Nation State Bill, which could more aptly be called, the “Jewish State …

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