What next for Palestine? My prediction, with lots of health warnings

Throughout the Israeli terrorist attack on Gaza, the question I have been asked repeatedly has been "What next for Palestine"? I have resisted committing to an answer or at least to expressing a view because it is a very complicated situation to understand, analyse and then gaze through a crystal ball and see beyond the …

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Israelis are in a ‘moral coma’, Urgent help needed for all our sakes

Berieved parents following attack on children at Shati camp This is not an attack to stop rocket fire from Gaza. That may have been the pretext but what we see is a war on the Palestinian civilian population to force it to surrender. Israel has targeted civilians, especially children, homes, hospitals, universities, sewage treatment works, …

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Palestine Solidarity Meetings in Birmingham and Wolverhampton

26/6/2014 Birmingham 7:30-9:00 Public meeting: Solidarity with Palestine </a The Vice President of the NUT, Philipa Harvey visited Palestine as part of the NUT delegation last year. She will be reporting on her visit to a meeting organised by the West Midlands Palestine Solidarity Campaign and sponsored by the Birmingham Trades Council. It will be …

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Is Netanyahu’s divide and rule strategy unravelling?

Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Olmert enjoyed periods of rule during which the Palestinians, or to be more accurate Fatah and Hamas, have been divided. The divisions which started in 2007 have remained largely intact since then and through pretty turbulent times in the Middle East. Repeated attempts at reconciliation under the auspices of a number …

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No more ‘we must avoid any act that will derail the peace process’ please

Image from the Guardian Western powers have been adamant over the years that they will not firmly criticise, let alone sanction Israel because any act could derail the peace process. Let us out to one side the fact that the process has become an illusion that has not led to peace. In fact it has …

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Is Israel’s reliance on unconditional backing coming to an end?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Image from the Telegraph I am not jumping to conclusions and assuming the US, or the EU for that matter, is making a radical change in policy towards Israel. Should a veto be required in the UN Security Council, the US Index finger will rise without hesitation. But for the …

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Palestinian Unity Government, long overdue

Update: 2 June 2014 The Palestinian Unity Government was finally sworn in on 2 June. Ministers from Gaza were barred from travelling to the West Bank to swear the oath of office. Here is a link to my interview on Press TV about the Unity Government. Original blog Archive photo Thursday 29 May 2014 is …

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US officials say Israel is to blame for talks failure but impose no sanction on it

In a very revealing article, Nahum Barnea Inside the talks' failure: US officials open up presents what he considers an official US analysis of why the talks failed. In essence blame is squarely laid at Israel and Netanyahu's door. [update 5/5/2014 According to Dr Daoud Kuttab (Twitter @daoudkuttab), the unnamed US Official is believed to …

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Reconciliation agreement now or never

An important question arises in relation to yesterday's reconciliation agreement reached in Gaza between Fatah and Hamas. Why now? It seems that a combination of factors both internal and external contributed to this. The change of regime in Egypt, coupled with its withdrawal from Syria saw Hamas isolated and facing a financial crisis. Things were …

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