Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes is, in fact, an own goal

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 25/8/2017 Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes is now almost a daily occurrence. The reasons vary but the phenomenon is ultimately a form of collective punishment; the humiliation of the occupied by the occupier and a means to achieve “demographic control” of occupied Palestinian territory. The Zionist state …

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Jerusalem’s Palestinian youth face bleak future

First published by the Arab Weekly on 30/7/2017London - The results of the tawjihi — General Secondary Education Certificate Examination — were re­cently announced across the Palestinian territories to great cheers and celebration in some households and deep disappoint­ment in others.The future isn’t what it used to be. Palestinian children chat outside a school in …

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East Jerusalem is occupied but the hearts and minds of the children are not

This column first appeared in the Middle East Eye on 6/10/2016 Jerusalem has a special place in the hearts of people all over the world. I was fortunate to visit it again recently, or rather “return”, as my parents were both born in this great city. My first sighting of the Dome of the Rock …

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Three Palestinian teachers named among top fifty in the World

From Ramallah News The PA's minister of education, Sabri Saidam honoured three Palestinian teachers for their recognition among the World's top fifty teachers. Fida' Za'tar from Nablus, Hanan Alhurub fromRamallah  and Jawdat Jamil from Jerusalem's suburbs received the 'Nobel award for education' or the Global teacher award from the Varkey GEMS Foundation.     The minister …

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