US Secretary of State John Kerry's current visit to Palestine was foreshadowed by a familiar dark cloud; every such high-level American visit results in more pressure on the Palestinian Authority. This one will be no exception. Washington is desperate to placate Israeli anger over its deal with Iran. As has happened so many times in the past, Palestinian rights will be sacrificed for Israel's security wish-list. Freedom and justice will remain illusions in Kerry's new-old package.
Freedom and justice remain illusions in Kerry's new-old package
- 06 December 2013
Lebanon launches new campaign to combat violence against refugee women and children
- 05 December 2013
The number of refugees in Lebanon has now reached 25 per cent of the total population. 78 per cent of the ever-increasing number or Syrian refugees, who currently number around 824,000, are women and children. 79,000 refugees coming from Syria are still awaiting registration at the borders. According to a recent report from Human Rights Watch (HRW), the most vulnerable are "disproportionately affected by Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV)". A growing attitude amongst female refugees to return to the war-torn country they only just fled has been detected, as rape and sexual harassment has made life in Lebanon unbearable. (Beirut, 4rd Dec, 2013)
President of the Palestinian Federation of Peru on the Palestinian community in Peru, internationalism and democratic unity
- 02 December 2013
"Around the end of the 19th century a significant number of immigrants fleeing poverty during the Ottoman Empire reached Peru. The first Arabs who reached the country were mostly Palestinians who settled in the South Andes after crossing the highlands in Northern Argentina and Bolivia."
PROFILE: Al-Khudairi's struggle for judiciary independence in Egypt continues
- 26 November 2013
"I consider my resignation an expression of protest against the current conditions of the judiciary, and I hope that a serious action is taken to reform it."
It was with these words that Judge Mahmoud Al-Khudairi ended his career in the judiciary after 46 years as the vice president of the Egyptian Court of Cassation. This was back in 2009, when he was fighting for the independence of the judiciary under Mubarak's reign. Last night, he was arrested by Al-Sisi's militia at the age of 73.
The illusive peace: the legacy of Oslo 20 years on
- 11 September 2013
In 1993, the Oslo accords launched a transitional process that was supposed to end in May 1999 with a Palestinian state in all of the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Twenty years on, this transitional period has become a permanent fixture on Palestine's political landscape. All that remains for the proposed Palestinian state is 42 per cent of the West Bank, and even that is fast diminishing due to Israeli settlement expansion.
Notorious massacres of Palestinians between 1937 & 1948
- 15 May 2013
According to hundreds of Palestinian, Arab, Israeli, and Western sources, both written and oral, Zionist forces committed dozens of massacres against Palestinians during what was called the 1948 "war". Some of these are well-known and have been published while others are not. Below are some of the details of the most notorious massacres committed at the hands of Haganah and its armed wing, the Palmach, as well as the Stern Gang, the Irgun and other Zionist mobs.
Israel denies its Occupation of the Palestinian Territory
- 07 December 2011
The Guardian Weekend Magazine published a map under the title 'Welcome To Northern Israel' depicted a map of Israel encompassing the whole of historic Palestine including the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
As part of Israel's Ministry of Tourism systematic campaign of distorting facts, the misleading map implies that the entire area is Israel and that the Occupied Palestinian Territory including the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem are part of Israel.
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- David Ward MP on the pro-Israel lobby, the two state solution and the suppression of Palestinian rights
- Israel moves from rejection to obstruction of peace
- Manifesto of all people of good conscience
- Oslo's Roots: Kissinger, the PLO, and the Peace Process
- Why are Palestinians voting with their feet in the Israeli elections?
- Does the BBC really believe the death of Palestinians is worth less than rocket damage to an Israeli house?