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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Coronavirus does not distinguish between Palestinians and Jews

First published by the Arab Weekly on 15/3/2020 Common risks. Palestinian security forces man a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, currently under lockdown due to coronavirus, March 10. (AFP) The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic and the group’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, noting that the number of …

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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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UN delivers a blow to Israel’s settlement enterprise, but is it enough?

First published by TRT World on 17/2/2020 The UN database of companies cooperating with illegal settlement activities is not exhaustive or binding, but it is a crucial starting point. The long-awaited release of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s database of companies complicit in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise made the expected headlines and brought the …

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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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UK election: Where do political parties stand on Palestine?

First published by the Middle East Eye on 2/12/2019 Israel knows it has a strong ally in the Conservative Party, while Labour positions its policy firmly in support of justice and international law A protester ties the Palestine flag to a lamppost opposite Downing Street on 5 September (Reuters) With days to go until the …

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Israeli elections are being fought by annexing Palestinian land

First published by TRT World on 12/9/2019 The Israeli right led by Benjamin Netanyahu is having to grab increasingly more land from neighbours in order to shore up support at home. Next week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces his second election of the year, having failed to form a coalition government in his first …

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US premises approach towards Palestinians on denial of Israeli occupation

First published by the Arab Weekly on 31/8/2019 Israel and the United States are trying to disappear Palestine and its people but the Palestinians will not agree to losing their collective identity. Obvious occupation. Maps showing Israel’s changing borders since 1947. (AFP) The so-called Deal of the Century, or what US Special Representative for International …

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