What Palestinians want from the Arab League summit

First published by the Arab Weekly on 31/3/2019 Palestinians know Arab citizens support them but they will want Arab leaders to be equally supportive through the delivery of strong positions in Tunis. Daily struggle. An Israeli soldier stands guard as Palestinians watch Jewish settlers (unseen) touring the Palestinian side of the old city market in …

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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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Israel’s botched operation in Gaza comes with consequences

First published by the Arab Weekly on 18/11/2018 The Palestinian group behind that attack scored a public relations victory because it refrained from firing until Israeli soldiers left the bus. War advocacy. Israeli residents from the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon demonstrate against the Gaza ceasefire, on November 14. (AFP) A botched Israeli operation 3km …

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Peaceful resistance is the Palestinian answer to Trump’s ‘deal of the century’

First published by the Arab Weekly on 22/7/2018 Israel meets even peaceful Palestinian resistance with brutal force. Resilient despite pressures. Demonstrators try to prevent an Isreali tractor from passing through the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied West Bank, on July 4. (AFP) International law states that a people under occupation are …

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Britain must not reward Israel for its abuse of Palestinians

First published by the Arab Weekly on Sunday 10/6/2018 Britain appears to be developing closer relations with Israel on many fronts. Breaking with the norm? Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Prince William arrive as she hosts a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in London, on May 31. (AP) Prince William’s visit to Israel this …

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Palestine- Israel two-state solution is off the rails

First published by the Arab Weekly on 15/4/2018 Whatever the real motives, the outcome would be an entrenchment of Israel’s presence in the West Bank. Another brick in the wall. A 2016 file picture shows Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara during an inauguration ceremony of Hahemek rail line. (AP) Early in …

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Reconciliation or permanent division for Palestinians?

First published by the Arab Weekly on 1/4/2018 The takeaway message on reconciliation is that it has been kicked into the long grass. At an impasse. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) attends a meeting with the Revolutionary Council of the ruling Fatah party in the West Bank city of Ramallah, on March 1. (AFP) The …

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Obituary: Farewell to Rim Banna, Palestinian cultural icon

First published by the Arab Weekly on 1/4/2018 Banna performed her music in a youthful, magical manner, which reached deep into the hearts of her audiences. Prolific legacy. A 2009 file picture shows Palestinian singer Rim Banna performing during a concert in Damascus. (AFP) I never had the honour of meeting Rim Banna or hearing …

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Bedouins’ endless suffering in Israel

First published by the Arab Weekly on 25/2/2018 How else does one explain replacing Bedouin villages with Jewish-only settlements? Unabated onslaught. Bedouin children stand on the rubble of two classrooms destroyed by the Israeli Army in the village of Abu Nuwar in the West Bank, on February 4. (AP) Descendants of the Bedouins who inhabited …

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Israeli sovereignty doesn’t extend to Palestinian territories

First published by the Arab Weekly on 21/1/2018 Israel is using its control of entry points to the occupied Palestinian territories to punish human rights activists and organisations. Fifty years after Israel took control of all of historic Palestine in the Six-Day War, it is taking a number of approaches to the sta­tus and laws …

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