Palestinians must ensure that Nizar Banat did not die in vain

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 25/6/2021 A group of Palestinians holding banners gathers to protest against the death of Nizar Banat, on 24 June 2021, in Ramallah, West Bank. [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency] The past few weeks have seen us waking up to news of more Palestinian deaths in Gaza or …

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The National Demonstration for Palestine in London 2021

Extracts from the demo on 22/5/2021 My own speech starts 47 minutes in https://youtu.be/V2vOqGYJkCo

Palestinians do not want anti-Semites at our rallies

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 17/5/2021 Protestors have gathered in solidarity with the people of Palestine amid ongoing conflict in Gaza on May 16, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland [Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images] As Chair of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Britain, I was proud to work with our partners to organise the …

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What are the Palestinians to do to secure their rights now that they are not entitled to self-defence?

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 15/5/2021 Israeli police use tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse Palestinians who were standing at Al-Aqsa Mosque's gates to prevent raids by extremist Jews, in East Jerusalem on May 10, 2021 [Eyad Tawil / Anadolu Agency] Over the past few days, our TV screens …

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Israel does not spare Gaza from strikes, even in Ramadan

First published by TRT World on 4/5/2021 A month of peace is it is not, for those who live in Gaza. For Muslims all over the World, Ramadan is a month of prayer, contemplation, kindness and charity. This applies to Palestinians all over historic Palestine. Many more try to attend prayers in mosques, especially prayers …

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Ten years after Israel’s hijacking of the Mavi Marmara, we cannot forget those who it killed

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 29 May, 2020 Palestinians hold portraits of those killed by Israel during the attack on the Mavi Marmara on 31 May 2010 [Ashraf Amra/ApaImages] It is ten years since a live broadcast from the Mediterranean on Aljazeera TV came to an abrupt end. On 31 May 2010 I was …

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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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Al-Aqsa under threat as Israeli elections loom

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 17/1/2019 Muslims arrive at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound to perform the Friday prayer in Jerusalem on 26 October 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency] When Muslims first prayed, they faced Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem rather than Mecca. When Prophet Mohammed (Peace be Upon Him) ascended to heaven, he did so …

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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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Criticise Israel and you immediately trigger its army of outraged partisans

First published by the Middle East Eye on 12/12/2018 #HumanRights An army of social media trolls are at the ready to denounce legitimate criticism of Israel’s occupation and settlement enterprise Israel was created through violence and terror, which it continues to heap on Palestinians to this day, as it works to fulfill the dream of …

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