It is time for Israel to lift the cruel and futile siege on Gaza

First published by TRT World on 21/5/2021 Exactly what purpose is the blockade of Gaza serving? The bombs have stopped dropping on Gaza, as have the rockets and projectiles launched out of the besieged territory. A temporary and unconditional ceasefire has been secured by Egypt. This really is deja vu. We were there in 2008-9, …

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What are the Palestinians to do to secure their rights now that they are not entitled to self-defence?

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 15/5/2021 Israeli police use tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse Palestinians who were standing at Al-Aqsa Mosque's gates to prevent raids by extremist Jews, in East Jerusalem on May 10, 2021 [Eyad Tawil / Anadolu Agency] Over the past few days, our TV screens …

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Palestine solidarity is alive and well this Israeli Apartheid Week

First published in the New Arab on 16/3/2021 The theme of this year's Israeli Apartheid Week is 'United Against Racism' [Getty] Comment: This year, Israeli Apartheid Week activists explore Palestinian solidarity through the lens of anti-racism, despite ongoing efforts to silence them, writes Kamel Hawwash. Tags: Israeli Apartheid week, Palestinian solidarity, BDS, Israel, Boycott Solidarity …

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Increasing settler violence goes unchecked by the Israel ‘Defence’ Forces

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 12/3/2021 As I was reading an article headlined "Israel says 600 children given Covid jab had no serious side effects", my twitter feed was filled with messages expressing outrage about a video of some other children: Palestinian children.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/Tweet.html?creatorScreenName=middleeastmnt&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1369680316051390468&lang=en-gb&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.middleeastmonitor.com%2F20210312-increasing-settler-violence-goes-unchecked-by-the-israel-defence-forces%2F&siteScreenName=MiddleEastMnt&theme=light&widgetsVersion=e1ffbdb%3A1614796141937&width=550px This told a very different story. Palestinian children aged …

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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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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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Soleimani’s death deepens chasm between Israelis, Palestinians

First published by the Arab Weekly on 12/1/2020 On the Palestinian street, there was condemnation of Soleimani’s assassination but also condemnation of him as a man with the blood of thousands on his hands. Show of loyalty. Palestinian Hamas Chairman Ismail Haniyeh delivers a speech during a funeral procession at Tehran University for commander of …

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Trump’s 12 days of Christmas: The gift that keeps on giving – to Israel

First published by the Middle East Eye on 24/12/2019 From the Jerusalem embassy move to UNRWA funding cuts, the US administration has lavished Israel with gifts while erasing Palestinian rights US President Donald Trump stands on stage after his address to the Israeli American Council National Summit in Florida on 7 December (AFP) Christmas - …

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Anti-BDS move likely among first actions of new UK government

First published by the Arab Weekly on 22/12/2019 Considering its historic responsibility to the Palestinian people, the United Kingdom should be atoning for the Balfour Declaration. Unexpected start. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking at the despatch box in the House of Commons in London, during the first sitting of Parliament since the general election, …

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UK election: Where do political parties stand on Palestine?

First published by the Middle East Eye on 2/12/2019 Israel knows it has a strong ally in the Conservative Party, while Labour positions its policy firmly in support of justice and international law A protester ties the Palestine flag to a lamppost opposite Downing Street on 5 September (Reuters) With days to go until the …

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