The PA’s response to the coronavirus shows that Palestine is ready for statehood

First published by the Middle East Monitor on 24/3/2020 Palestinian police officers wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus as they stand guard in Bethlehem, West Bank on 5 March 2020 [Wisam Hashlamoun / Anadolu Agency] The US and Israel, as well as its supporters, seek to deny the Palestinians their rights to freedom, justice …

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Coronavirus does not distinguish between Palestinians and Jews

First published by the Arab Weekly on 15/3/2020 Common risks. Palestinian security forces man a checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, currently under lockdown due to coronavirus, March 10. (AFP) The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic and the group’s Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, noting that the number of …

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Why Palestinians deserve a new leadership

First published by the Middle East Eye on 2/3/2020 The Palestinian Authority's response to Trump's 'deal of the century' has been woefully inadequate, and Hamas is no better Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks to the UN Security Council in New York on 11 February (AFP) A month since US President Donald Trump announced his “deal …

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Settlement construction intensifies with Trump’s ‘vision for peace’

First published by the Arab Weekly on 1/3/2020 Trump’s “vision for peace” is turning into Netanyahu’s reality of “grand theft auto of Palestinian land.” Beyond creeping. Israel’s controversial concrete barrier separating the Jewish settlement of Pisgat Zeev in the northern part of east Jerusalem and the Palestinian area of Al-Ram in the occupied West Bank. …

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Phil Murphy’s show on New Style Radio, Birmingham

My thanks to Phil Murphy for hosting me on 17/2/2020 to talk about the Middle East and the Palestinian injustice. I am told that New Style radio was the first community radio to be licensed in the UK and serves the AfroCaribbean community as well as broadcasting to the world. Introduction https://youtu.be/5AcDHBoVzlU Remaining parts of …

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UN delivers a blow to Israel’s settlement enterprise, but is it enough?

First published by TRT World on 17/2/2020 The UN database of companies cooperating with illegal settlement activities is not exhaustive or binding, but it is a crucial starting point. The long-awaited release of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s database of companies complicit in Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise made the expected headlines and brought the …

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With Israeli talk of annexing the Jordan valley, does anyone worry about peace?

First published by the Arab weekly on 26/1/2020 Netanyahu has indicated that he would use the gathering of world leaders in Jerusalem to urge that they impose sanctions on the ICC. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on January 19. (AFP) Last September, Israeli Prime Minister …

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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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