Israel’s flight to the UAE: Taking the Emirates for a ride

First published by the Middle East Eye on 1/9/2020 True peace can only be achieved when Palestinians obtain freedom, justice and equality in their historic homeland An El Al plane from Israel lands in Abu Dhabi on 31 August (AFP) When the doors of El Al flight LY971 opened at the Abu Dhabi airport, it confirmed the …

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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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The deal of the century is unpalatable for both Israel and Palestine

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 17/7/2020 US President Donald Trump speaks to the media in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. [Drew Angerer/Getty Images] As US President Donald Trump’s term nears its end, his deal of the century to solve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has …

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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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Stop Israel’s annexation of the West Bank

Letter in the Guardian, published on 10/6/2020 MPs including Jeremy Corbyn and Caroline Lucas, and peers including Tessa Blackstone and Peter Hain, along with union leaders, campaigners and cultural figures, call for the UK government and all political parties to heed the appeals of Palestinian civil society organisations for ‘effective measures’ Palestinian territories Starting in …

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Will Mahmoud Abbas follow up tough talk on Israel with action?

I made a contribution to this TRT World article, published on 20/5/2020 The Palestinian Authority leader repeated his declaration that Palestinians will absolve agreements with Israel but has yet to clarify what happens now. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that he is ending all agreements  with the US and Israel after the latter stated its intention …

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Interview on formation of new Israeli government Day 2020

I was interviewed by Ejaz Haidar on INDUS Special, Indus News on Nakba Day15/5/2020 My contribution starts 36 minutes minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbB6UGdor24

A Nakba that keeps repeating itself

First published by TRT World on 15 May 2020 The catastrophe that Palestinians first faced 72 years ago seems to only worsen with time. The Palestinian people commemorate the 72nd anniversary of their Nakba (catastrophe) on the 15th of May, one day after Israel celebrated the 72nd anniversary of its independence. The contrast could not be starker.  …

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My interview about protests in tel Aviv against the Netanyahu-Gantz Deal

I wan interviewed on the News Wire programme on Indus News on 4/5/2020 My interview starts at 29 minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bimzA2iRy9c

Israel’s new government is being lauded despite Apartheid and annexation

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 22/4/2020 Blue and White alliance leader and former Israeli chief of staff, Benny Gantz on 18 February 2020 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency] When it comes to Israel, the international community has once again been exposed for the double standards and hypocrisy it reserves to support the rogue state. …

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