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Artists challenge the blockade by building a virtual bridge between Gaza and London

Artists challenge the blockade by building a virtual bridge between Gaza and London

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW "Art is a threat because it's a non-violent form of resistance and even non-violent forms of resistance are a threat; sometimes actually they are a greater threat." Read more

Why doesn’t Israel cover up for Al-Sisi?

Why doesn’t Israel cover up for Al-Sisi?

It is no surprise that Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s decision to wage a water war on Gaza, flooding the tunnels and destroying them (and damaging the environment in the process), stemmed from Israel’s request or direct order. This was announced by Israeli Minister of Infrastructure Yuval Steinitz a couple of days ago. Read more

No matter how many compromises the Palestinians make, it will never be enough for Israel and the West

No matter how many compromises the Palestinians make, it will never be enough for Israel and the Wes…

The battle to replace Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as head of the Fatah movement is underway. Simultaneously, Fatah and Hamas are trying, for the seventh time since 2007, to reconcile in a Qatari-brokered meeting in Doha with the aim of forming a unity government. Read more

70,000 Syrians flee Russian, regime attacks on Aleppo

70,000 Syrians flee Russian, regime attacks on Aleppo

Russian airstrikes and Syrian regime attacks have forced around 70,000 people to flee their homes in the northern city of Aleppo, according to local sources. Read more

Benkirane first PM to join Regency Council in Morocco

Benkirane first PM to join Regency Council in Morocco

Moroccan Ministerial Council has approved the membership of Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane in the country’s Regency Council. Read more

PA releases prominent West Bank academic on bail

PA releases prominent West Bank academic on bail

Prominent Palestinian academic and outspoken critic of the Palestinian Authority Dr Abdul-Sattar Qassim was released on bail yesterday, the Anadolu Agency reported. Read more

Erdogan won’t meet Sisi, even if he pardons Morsi

Erdogan won’t meet Sisi, even if he pardons Morsi

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that he would not meet with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, even if the Egyptian regime abolished the death sentence against ousted President Mohamed Morsi. Read more

Israel: Russia helping divide Syria between Assad and Daesh

Israel: Russia helping divide Syria between Assad and Daesh

Israeli military sources have revealed that Russia’s intervention in Syria aims to divide the country into two areas of control; one under the control of Bashar Al-Assad’s regime and the other under the control of Daesh. Read more

Knesset Speaker, who lives in a West Bank settlement, to address British MPs

Knesset Speaker, who lives in a West Bank settlement, to address British MPs

Yuli Edelstein, the Speaker of Israel’s Knesset, will address British MPs and Lords on March 2 in Westminster, at an event organised by the British Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU). The meeting will be chaired by Louise Ellman MP, chair of the All-Party Britain-Israel Parliamentary Group. Read more

Egyptian court freezes assets and puts dozens on no-fly list

Egyptian court freezes assets and puts dozens on no-fly list

The Cairo Criminal Court issued an order on Sunday to freeze the assets of Mubarak-era Interior Minister Habib Al-Adly and officers of twelve security units. All were also placed on a non-fly list. Read more

Israel demolishes homes and tells Palestinian owners to pay the costs

Israel demolishes homes and tells Palestinian owners to pay the costs

The Israeli occupation authorities have told the Palestinian owners of homes destroyed by security forces to pay the demolition costs, Safa news agency reported on Sunday. Israeli magistrates sat in a special session in Be’er Sheva on Sunday to consider the case filed by the Israeli authorities versus the Palestinian... Read more

Fighting corruption in Arab Spring countries

Fighting corruption in Arab Spring countries

One key demand for which people took to the streets in the Arab Spring countries back in 2011 was uprooting corruption.It was hoped that, in that part of the world, a serious attempt to stop all forms of unethical misconduct would have been set up.A simple definition of corruption, according to ‘tranparency.org’, is ... Read more

Israeli has ‘no interest’ in a new war with Hamas, claims minister

Israeli has ‘no interest’ in a new war with Hamas, claims minister

Israel’s Minister of Public Security, Gilad Erdan, said on Sunday that the government has “no interest” in a new confrontation with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Anadolu has reported. Read more

Israel hands Zoabi 6-month suspended sentence

Israel hands Zoabi 6-month suspended sentence

The Nazareth Magistrate’s Court yesterday sentenced Member of the Knesset Hanin Zoabi to a suspended sentence of six months and a fine of 3,000 Israeli shekels ($750) for insulting civil servants. Read more

France cancels Israeli drone order

France cancels Israeli drone order

The French government has cancelled its order for unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) from the Israeli weapons manufacturer Elbit, AlKhaleejonline.com reported on Sunday. Read more

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