Israel and Hamas agree on one thing: Mahmoud Abbas

First published by TRT World on 14/1/2019 An Israeli minister's comments seeking to exile Abbas and blaming him for unrest in Gaza is an indication that not only is Hamas fed up with Mahmoud Abbas - but Israeli leadership is fast losing any trust it had in him. Ask any Palestinian about Yasser Arafat and …

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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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HSBC divests from major Israeli arms company ten years after Operation Cast Lead

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 27/12/2018 Activists come together to protest outside branches of HSBC bank over shares in an Israeli arms company accused of manufacturing internationally banned weapons [Ryan Ashcroft] It is ten years since Israel launched a major military offensive against the people of the Gaza Strip, which it called Operation …

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How Israel uses attacks as an excuse to expand illegal settlements

First published by TRT World on 19/12/2018 Illegal settlement building is increasingly becoming a favoured collective punishment against Palestinians. If only Israel was as creative in seeking peace with the Palestinians as it is in finding different ways to punish them. A policy of dehumanisation that aims to present Palestinians to the world as sub-human, …

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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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Israel has done nothing to deserve normalisation with the Arab world

First published by the Middle East Eye on 12/11/2018 Growing normalisation has left Palestinians struggling to understand what happened to the Arab world’s support for the Palestinian cause   Our Arab brothers - as none of our leaders are women - have stabbed us in the front and the back, abandoning us politically while embracing …

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Supporting Palestine can now get you denied entry to the US

First published by the Middle East Eye on 17/10/2018 I have been a severe critic of the current US administration's policy towards the Palestinians. But does this make me a possible security threat to the US? Of course not In April 2017, while travelling for a routine family holiday to Jerusalem, I was denied entryupon arrival at …

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With no meaningful international plan, Khan Al-Ahmar needs a popular uprising to save it

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 11/10/2018 Israeli occupation forces storm the Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar in the West Bank on 14 September 2018 [İssam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency] The Palestinian Bedouin residents of Khan Al-Ahmar wake up every morning relieved that the Israeli occupation’s bulldozers did not arrive overnight to destroy their homes …

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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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