From Iraq to Lebanon, Israel attacks its neighbours with impunity

First published by the Middle East Eye on 29/8/2019 With an election around the corner, Netanyahu has launched a regional show of force, safe in the knowledge that his targets are too weak to retaliate before the September vote A Hezbollah media centre in Beirut was damaged in the recent Israeli strike (AFP) It’s election …

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The whole world is a threat to Israel’s security

  First published by the Middle East Monitor on 27/8/2019 Israeli forces attack Palestinian worshippers in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque on 11 August 2019 [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Anadolu Agency] Israel’s greatest weapon against peace is its endlessly fluid security needs. It really is a case of “how long is its security piece of string”? The piece of …

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Syria’s air defense system confronts hostile target near Damascus

I was interviewed by Press TV on 11/8/2018 https://youtu.be/kWY7D3ms6n0

Is the Syrian war turning into a regional proxy war?

I took part in Strait Talk on TRT World Published on 26/2/2018 https://youtu.be/YQHETss7Tv0

The Arabs have handed Israel a dream start to the 21st century but it still wants more

This article was first published by the Middle East Monitor on 8/3/2016 The Arabs have handed Israel a dream start to the 21st century but it still wants more To Palestinians, the creation of Israel in their homeland in 1948 was a catastrophe known as the Nakba. Not only were they dispossessed of their land but …

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Jews migrating to Israel should go via Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon

Jews migrating to Israel should go via Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon This first appeared on the Middle East Monitor on 1 February 2016 Every year, Israel announces proudly that more Jews have made “aliyah”, the Hebrew term for Jewish migration from the “Diaspora” to the “Land of Israel”. In 2014, 26,500 made the journey, …

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Abbas commits to more negotiations while violence escalates

The Middle East Monitor publiched my article on 15/1/2016 Abbas commits to more negotiations while violence escalates    Image from the Middle East Monitor In his first speech of 2016, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas reviewed the situation facing the Palestinians and set out his approach for the forthcoming year. He started with the …

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Britain’s security dilemma: to bomb or not to bomb?

My latest column for the Middle East Monitor Britain’s security dilemma: to bomb or not to bomb? 30 November 2015 The issue of whether Britain should join the multitude of nations already bombing Syria is one of the most important questions facing parliament for some time. Prime Minister David Cameron made the case for bombing …

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From Bouazizi to Alkasasba, the Arab Uprising from Spring to Nightmare

Mohammed Bouazizi Four years after Mohammed Bouazizi set fire to himself, triggering the Arab Spring, Islamic State set fire to Jordanian pilot Muath Alkasasba confirming that it had turned into the Arab nightmare. Jordanian pilot Muath Alkasasba Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor, took his own life on 17 December 2010 in in protest at confiscation …

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2015-16 Asfari Foundation UK Masters scholarships

Great news for potential students for UK Masters degrees offered by the Asfari Foundation. Details here ELIGIBILITY The scholarships are open to full-time applicants who satisfy all the following criteria in that they: are Syrian, Palestinian or Lebanese are resident in Syria, Palestine, or Lebanon or have recently moved elsewhere in the region (including Syrian …

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