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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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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US premises approach towards Palestinians on denial of Israeli occupation

First published by the Arab Weekly on 31/8/2019 Israel and the United States are trying to disappear Palestine and its people but the Palestinians will not agree to losing their collective identity. Obvious occupation. Maps showing Israel’s changing borders since 1947. (AFP) The so-called Deal of the Century, or what US Special Representative for International …

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From Iraq to Lebanon, Israel attacks its neighbours with impunity

First published by the Middle East Eye on 29/8/2019 With an election around the corner, Netanyahu has launched a regional show of force, safe in the knowledge that his targets are too weak to retaliate before the September vote A Hezbollah media centre in Beirut was damaged in the recent Israeli strike (AFP) It’s election …

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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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The US administration and fanatic Zionism

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 11/7/2019 US President Donald Trump (L), Jared Kushner (C), US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Flickr] For decades now, the Palestinians have been looking for an ‘honest peace broker’ to bring an end to their suffering through …

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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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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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