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Back on the agenda: Chemical gas attacks in Syria

Samira ShackleOn Friday 11th April, there was an attack on Kafr Zeita, a rebel-held village 125 miles north of the Syrian capital, Damascus. Agreement between the Syrian regime and the rebels is rare, but in this case, both sides say that it was a chemical gas attack, involving the use of chlorine. That's where the agreement ends. Each side has blamed the other; opposition leaders said the gas was dropped by a regime helicopter, while state-run television accused the Islamist group Al-Nusra front - the gas is widely available in the region and has been used by insurgents across the border in Iraq.


Deconstructing Israeli claims of incitement

Ramona WadiClaims of incitement and delegitimisation against the settler-colonial state are a matter of regular occurrence. Israel Hayom has reported that a survey by the Near East Policy Research Centre found that Palestinian Authority (PA) textbooks contained widespread incitement against Israel. The claim has been contradicted by UNRWA, which asserts the absence of incitement in textbooks utilised in the organisation's school premises.


The return of polio: Another tragic consequence of Syria's war

Syian child receiving polio vaccinationPolio is an entirely preventable disease that can cause paralysis, disability, and even death. It is incurable and highly contagious, but vaccination drives have meant that worldwide, cases have decreased by 99 per cent since 1988.


US-Israeli visa controversy wages on

Samira ShackleAmerica's visa waiver programme allows citizens of specific countries to enter the US for tourism, business, and in transit for up to 90 days without having to obtain a visa. It currently applies to 38 countries - and there are efforts to up that by one and include Israel.


The Israeli Embassy wants to stop my book launch and here's why

Ben WhiteThis Friday, I will officially launch the second edition of my book 'Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide' with an event at Amnesty International UK chaired by David Hearst, former chief foreign leader writer for The Guardian.