Seven decades after the Nakba the UNRWA is more vital than ever before

Fir1st published by TRT World on 16/5/2019 As they commemorate the Nakba, or 'catastrophe', Palestinians see the UNRWA as a vital ingredient in the struggle for freedom, justice and equality. Today, May 15, the Palestinian people are once again commemorating the Nakba, or ‘catastrophe’, which marked their dispossession and expulsion for the Zionist movement to fulfil …

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‘Deal of the century’ is a surrender note, and Palestinians will not sign

First published by the Middle East Eye on 10/5/2019 Considering the US administration’s bias towards Israel, there is little hope for a genuine peace deal The US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, listens as White House adviser Jared Kushner speaks in Jerusalem on 14 May 2018 (AFP) Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and …

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New Governments in Israel and Palestine but peace is a distant goal for Palestinians and Israelis

24/4/2019 The Israeli people have spoken through the ballot box to give Benjamin Netanyahu another term, while the Palestinian President has acted to impose a Fatah led Government on the Palestinian People. Neither the exaggerated Israeli democracy nor the Palestinian President’s autocracy will bring the Israelis and Palestinian closer to peace. On the 9th of …

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Interview: Palestinian Authority Needs Promised Arab League Funds to Operate

Interview published by Sputnik News 24/4/2019 The Arab League on Sunday pledged $100 million per month to the Palestinian Authority to offset deductions withheld by Israel over payments made to the families of Palestinian attackers and prisoners jailed by Israel for violence. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held emergency talks with the Arab League nations last week …

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37 ex-EU leaders wrote a letter, so what could the current European leaders do to deliver justice to Palestinians?

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 17/4/2019 Activists laid out 4.500 pairs of shoes in front of the Council of the EU in Belgium on 28 May 2018 to represent every person killed in the Israel-Palestine conflict in the past decade [File photo] The European Union is at a crossroads when it comes …

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There are no fig leaves left to cover the uncomfortable and illegal facts about Israel

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 8/4/2019 Israeli forces intervene in Palestinians during a protest against construction of Jewish settlement within 43rd anniversary of Palestinian Land Day in Ramallah, West Bank on March 29, 2019. [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency] There is nothing left of the rotten fig leaves which have been used …

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Israeli elections and the Palestinian question

First published by TRT World on 8/4/2019 Palestinians are hardly a footnote in the Israeli election and those who get to vote are forced to make a choice between soft apartheid and a hard one. As Israelis go to the polls to elect their next parliamentarians and prime minister, spare a thought for the occupied …

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What Palestinians want from the Arab League summit

First published by the Arab Weekly on 31/3/2019 Palestinians know Arab citizens support them but they will want Arab leaders to be equally supportive through the delivery of strong positions in Tunis. Daily struggle. An Israeli soldier stands guard as Palestinians watch Jewish settlers (unseen) touring the Palestinian side of the old city market in …

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The Great March of Return is the definitive guide to Israeli injustice

First published by TRT World on 29/3/2019 For a whole year scores of Palestinians have been killed and wounded for simply demanding their right to return home. For the Palestinians, the 30th of March traditionally marks 'land day', when they commemorate Israel’s killing of six Palestinians in 1976 who were protesting the Israeli government’s announcement …

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From Qana to Gaza, Israel issues denials and smears investigations of its crimes

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 5/3/2019 I wrote recently about an EU report on the growth of illegal Israeli settlements and argued that the EU was diligent in documenting Israel’s-breaches of international law but that it has singularly failed to bring it to account, even when it has demolished EU-funded projects. A more recent …

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