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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Phil Murphy’s show on New Style Radio, Birmingham

My thanks to Phil Murphy for hosting me on 17/2/2020 to talk about the Middle East and the Palestinian injustice. I am told that New Style radio was the first community radio to be licensed in the UK and serves the AfroCaribbean community as well as broadcasting to the world. Introduction https://youtu.be/5AcDHBoVzlU Remaining parts of …

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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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And just like that, illegal Israeli settlements are now ‘legal’

First published by TRT World on 20/11/2019 What is the point of 'international law' when it can be summarily dismissed by the US in service to its ally Israel? US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement that the long-held American policy that Israeli settlements were illegitimate according to international law has been abandoned, and could be the …

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Is it wise for Arabs to support Gantz for Israeli Prime Minister?

First published by the Arab Weekly on 28/9/2019 Blue and White does not endorse a two-state solution nor does it commit to rescinding the annexation of occupied East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights. Israel’s Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz delivers a statement in Tel Aviv, September 19. (AP) The outcome of Israel’s …

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The Palestinian voice will be heard at the Labour conference

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 21/9/2019 John Bercow, the speaker of the UK’s House of Commons, will be standing down soon. He has been an animated figure, whose gesticulations and dressing downs of MPs have left a mark with viewers all over the world. At the height of the continuing Brexit saga, …

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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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Canada’s move to label settlement wines is a positive step. Much more is needed

First published by the Middle East Eye on 2/8/2019 The global community must take action to remind Israel and its US backers of the vital importance of international law One wine in question is made by Shiloh Winery, based in a West Bank settlement (AFP) In what is one of their darkest hours, Palestinians are …

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Israel’s latest home demolitions highlight the need for UN censure

First published by TRT World on 26/7/2019 Passing Item 7 at the UN Human Rights Council would send the message to Israel that it is not beyond reproach. On July 22, Israeli demolition teams began work early in the neighbourhood of Wadi al Hummus in the village of Sur Bahir in the occupied West Bank. …

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Palestinians remain key player in Middle East peace dynamics

First published by the Arab Weekly on 29/6/2019 Kushner claimed the political plan would not be based on the Arab Peace Initiative but would be somewhere between the initiative and what Israel’s position is. Accommodating hosts. Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa (C) attends the closing session of the US-sponsored Middle East …

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