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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To Israel, Palestinian blood isn’t just cheap, it is worthless

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 14/11/2019 elatives of Palestinian Mohammad Sharab, who was killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza, mourn during his funeral ceremony on 14 November 2019 [Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency] Those interested in human rights should remember the name of Omar Haitham Al-Badawi, from Al-Arroub refugee camp near Hebron. He …

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Israel’s old habit of ignoring the rule of law dies hard

First published by the Arab Weekly on 3/11/2019 It seems Israel operates above the law when it comes to its citizens but uses administrative detention at will to incarcerate Palestinians and other foreign nationals when it chooses. Have you heard of her? A demonstrator holds a picture of Jordanian citizen Hiba al-Labadi during a protest …

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Palestinians’ olive oil harvest threatened by settler violence

First published by the Arab Weekly on 2710/2019 It is perhaps surprising that US administration officials are silent about these attacks but quick to condemn violence by Palestinians. Scorched-earth policy. A Palestinian tries to extinguish a fire in an olive grove near the Palestinian village of Burin in the northern West Bank after an attack …

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Like the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque is also under threat

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 18/12/2019 Fanatic Jews, under Israeli police protection, enter the atrium of Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in East Jerusalem’s Old City on 30 September 2019. [Faiz Abu Rmeleh - Anadolu Agency] Not a day goes by without another Israeli attack on various aspects of Palestinian life, be it through …

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The Palestinian voice will be heard at the Labour conference

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 21/9/2019 John Bercow, the speaker of the UK’s House of Commons, will be standing down soon. He has been an animated figure, whose gesticulations and dressing downs of MPs have left a mark with viewers all over the world. At the height of the continuing Brexit saga, …

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British author denied German literary award over support for Israel boycott

I was interviewed by RTUK on 19/9/2019 https://youtu.be/jcmhwvq-efA

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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Israel won’t silence Tlaib, Omar by banning them from entry

First published by the Middle East Monitor on Friday 16/8/2019 Rashida Tlaib (R) and Ilhan Omar (L) became the first Middle Eastern women to be elected to Congress during the US mid-terms on 6 November, 2018 [Facebook] US Representatives, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, a thorn in the side of the American establishment and the …

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