How the international community reacted to Israel’s annexation plan

A transcript of my talk to Open Discussions/ Gulf Cultural Club on 22/7/2020 I thought that in my own talk I would concentrate on what the international community’s reaction has been. As someone who was described as an engineer rather than a law professor, I write very much on the subject. I am from Jerusalem. …

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Palestinians welcome Boris Johnson’s article on annexation but it does not go far enough

First published at Palestine Forum on 5/7/2020 Boris Johnson and Mahmoud Abbas The first of July came and went without Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu making any announcement on the start, or extent of his annexation plans. TV stations had lined up panels to discuss the issue when the announcement came. Columnists with pens at …

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Why we need elections to the Palestinian National Council

First published by the Middle East Eye on 23/6/2020 Frustrated by the failure of their leadership to push back against Israeli apartheid, Palestinians are signing a petition to give themselves a stronger voice The Palestinian flag is waved during a protest in Tel Aviv over Israeli annexation on 6 June (AFP) As possible annexation of …

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Coronavirus does not distinguish between Palestinians and Jews

First published by the Arab Weekly on 15/3/2020 Common risks. Palestinian security forces man a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, currently under lockdown due to coronavirus, March 10. (AFP) The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic and the group’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, noting that the number of …

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Israel’s old habit of ignoring the rule of law dies hard

First published by the Arab Weekly on 3/11/2019 It seems Israel operates above the law when it comes to its citizens but uses administrative detention at will to incarcerate Palestinians and other foreign nationals when it chooses. Have you heard of her? A demonstrator holds a picture of Jordanian citizen Hiba al-Labadi during a protest …

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Palestinians’ olive oil harvest threatened by settler violence

First published by the Arab Weekly on 2710/2019 It is perhaps surprising that US administration officials are silent about these attacks but quick to condemn violence by Palestinians. Scorched-earth policy. A Palestinian tries to extinguish a fire in an olive grove near the Palestinian village of Burin in the northern West Bank after an attack …

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‘Deal of the century’ is a surrender note, and Palestinians will not sign

First published by the Middle East Eye on 10/5/2019 Considering the US administration’s bias towards Israel, there is little hope for a genuine peace deal The US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, listens as White House adviser Jared Kushner speaks in Jerusalem on 14 May 2018 (AFP) Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and …

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37 ex-EU leaders wrote a letter, so what could the current European leaders do to deliver justice to Palestinians?

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 17/4/2019 Activists laid out 4.500 pairs of shoes in front of the Council of the EU in Belgium on 28 May 2018 to represent every person killed in the Israel-Palestine conflict in the past decade [File photo] The European Union is at a crossroads when it comes …

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Israeli elections and the Palestinian question

First published by TRT World on 8/4/2019 Palestinians are hardly a footnote in the Israeli election and those who get to vote are forced to make a choice between soft apartheid and a hard one. As Israelis go to the polls to elect their next parliamentarians and prime minister, spare a thought for the occupied …

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Nightmare neighbours: What if a religious settler project took over Britain?

First published by the Middle East Eye on 18/3/2019 To understand Israel’s land grab in Palestine, imagine the backlash if similar circumstances unfolded in the UK Palestinians demonstrate by the Israeli settlement of Modiin Illit in 2015 (AFP) The UN Human Rights Council this month delayed publication of a promised database of companies complicit in Israel’s illegal …

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