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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2018: a year to forget for Palestinians?

First published by TRT World on 31/12/2018 2018 was one of the worst years for the Palestinian cause, suffering serious blows in its quest for peace and independence. The outlook for 2019 is the same, but Palestine's resilience and hope in the face of adversity is unwavering. 2018 is likely to be remembered as one …

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How Israel uses attacks as an excuse to expand illegal settlements

First published by TRT World on 19/12/2018 Illegal settlement building is increasingly becoming a favoured collective punishment against Palestinians. If only Israel was as creative in seeking peace with the Palestinians as it is in finding different ways to punish them. A policy of dehumanisation that aims to present Palestinians to the world as sub-human, …

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Israel’s actions speak louder than its talk of regional peace

First published by the Arab Weekly on 16/12/2018 It is clear that Israel is unwilling to meet the legitimate demands of the Palestinians for peace or those of the wider Arab world. Louder than words. Israeli police scuffle with activists in the West Bank Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar which is slated for demolition, October …

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Trump’s Administration will fail to break the Palestinians

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 11/9/2018 Trump and Netanyahu are now brothers in arms in racism against the Palestinians US President Donald Trump (L) is welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) in Tel Aviv on 22 May 2017 [Daniel Bar On/Anadolu Agency] The Palestinian people and their cause are facing …

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US embassy move is a day of mourning and a warning

First published by the Middle East Eye on 14/5/2018 As Trump celebrates the relocation of his country’s embassy to Jerusalem, Israel should recognise that the next generation of Palestinians will never stop fighting back The vultures are circling again, this time on a mission to take another bite out of Palestine's heart, Jerusalem, 70 years …

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