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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Why Palestinians deserve a new leadership

First published by the Middle East Eye on 2/3/2020 The Palestinian Authority's response to Trump's 'deal of the century' has been woefully inadequate, and Hamas is no better Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks to the UN Security Council in New York on 11 February (AFP) A month since US President Donald Trump announced his “deal …

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Settlement construction intensifies with Trump’s ‘vision for peace’

First published by the Arab Weekly on 1/3/2020 Trump’s “vision for peace” is turning into Netanyahu’s reality of “grand theft auto of Palestinian land.” Beyond creeping. Israel’s controversial concrete barrier separating the Jewish settlement of Pisgat Zeev in the northern part of east Jerusalem and the Palestinian area of Al-Ram in the occupied West Bank. …

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Opinion | From Balfour to Trump: Denying Palestine, one dirty deal at a time

First published by the Middle East Eye on 30 January, 2020 Yet again, the leader of a 'civilised' western democracy has told millions of Palestinians that we have no rights US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announce the ‘deal of the century’ on 28 January in Washington (AFP) US President Donald …

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With Israeli talk of annexing the Jordan valley, does anyone worry about peace?

First published by the Arab weekly on 26/1/2020 Netanyahu has indicated that he would use the gathering of world leaders in Jerusalem to urge that they impose sanctions on the ICC. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on January 19. (AFP) Last September, Israeli Prime Minister …

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Soleimani’s death deepens chasm between Israelis, Palestinians

First published by the Arab Weekly on 12/1/2020 On the Palestinian street, there was condemnation of Soleimani’s assassination but also condemnation of him as a man with the blood of thousands on his hands. Show of loyalty. Palestinian Hamas Chairman Ismail Haniyeh delivers a speech during a funeral procession at Tehran University for commander of …

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Anti-BDS move likely among first actions of new UK government

First published by the Arab Weekly on 22/12/2019 Considering its historic responsibility to the Palestinian people, the United Kingdom should be atoning for the Balfour Declaration. Unexpected start. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking at the despatch box in the House of Commons in London, during the first sitting of Parliament since the general election, …

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Indus Special: Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu indicted with corruption charges

The item begins 22 minutes into the programme on Indus News recorded on 22/11/2019 https://youtu.be/oY70VGL98jg

And just like that, illegal Israeli settlements are now ‘legal’

First published by TRT World on 20/11/2019 What is the point of 'international law' when it can be summarily dismissed by the US in service to its ally Israel? US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement that the long-held American policy that Israeli settlements were illegitimate according to international law has been abandoned, and could be the …

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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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