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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Three Mecca summits show support for Palestine but no action

First published by TRT World on 2/6/2019 Solidarity will not bring justice for the Palestinians at a time when they have been abandoned by their neighbours. General view of Arab leaders during the14th Islamic summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia June 1, 2019. ( Reuters ) Islam’s holiest city …

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Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ staggers after Mecca summits

First published by the Arab Weekly on 2/6/2019 While the American pair’s purpose of the visits to Jordan and Morocco was to drum up support for the Manama workshop, it appears this failed. Consensus issue. Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) greets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during the Arab League Summit in Mecca, …

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Thousands de-activate their Airbnb accounts over West Bank listings

I was interviewed by RT UK on 15/5/2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_N4r93WIhY

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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