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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US peace deal’s outcome foreshadowed by talk of West Bank annexation

First published by the Arab Weekly on15/6/2019 Despite their apparent weakness, the Palestinians hold the trump card, that of their needed signature to any deal, economic or political. Heavy bias. A 2018 file picture shows White House senior adviser Jared Kushner (R) speaking with US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman upon Kushner’s arrival at the …

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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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Academics on Why Palestinians Have No Illusions About Trump’s ‘Peace Plan’

I was interviewed by SPUTNIK radio and this report was published on 28/2/2019 The Palestinians have no illusions about the Trump administration's much-discussed peace plan, academics of Palestinian origin Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh and Kamel Hawwash told Radio Sputnik, casting doubts on reports that Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu are about to establish a Palestinian state. …

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How the US and Israel are working to transform Gaza into the Palestinian state

First published by the Middle East Eye on 26/7/2018 Trump’s team is focusing on how to force the Palestinians in Gaza - and Hamas - to submit and accept their dictates or face further misery The heat is on - again - in Gaza, as Israel tightens its siege and continues to kill and maim …

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Interview: Saudis told Abbas to back Trump’s plan or resign

I contributed to Press TV's The Newsline programme on 16/11/2017 This can be watched here

Who sets US policy on Israel and Palestine?

First published by the Arab Weekly on 15/10/2017 With Trump, Tillerson, Trump’s advisers and his ambassador seemingly working in an uncoordinated manner, it may be a case of too many cooks spoiling the peace broth. The president of the United States normally sets the broad objectives of the country’s foreign policy, which largely fol­low his …

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The US kicks the Israeli-Palestinian peace deal into the long grass

First published by the Middle East Eye on 30/8/2017 #Occupation Just days after a US delegation visit to Israel and Palestine, Netanyahu declares that Israel will no longer uproot settlements. Any dreams of peace anytime soon are a long way off   Say what you want about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but he doesn’t …

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