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Dr Daud Abdullah

MEMO Director

 

Items by Dr Daud Abdullah

  • Why the BBC must change

    Love it or hate it, the BBC is perhaps the most powerful media institution in the world. Not even the Murdoch empire in its heyday matched the scale and impact of the BBC’s operations. Yet, in the last week, it has suffered two embarrassing setbacks in the aftermath of...

  • Palestinian prisoners are from planet Earth too

    Given the contrasting reactions of Western leaders to the case of the former Ukrainian prime minister and that of the Palestinians in Israeli jails, one may think that the latter are from a different planet. In Ukraine, a single politician, Yulia Tymoshenko, has gone on hunger strike in protest against...

  • Israel's latest security obsession

    As Israelis celebrate the 64th anniversary of the creation of their state in the land of historic Palestine, officials are warning of a new security threat. This, it seems, is not the bogey of Iranian nuclear weapons, but neighbouring Egypt, Israel’s long-time ally. The recent decision by the Egyptian...

  • How much longer can the Home Secretary hang on to her job?

    The office of Secretary of State for the Home Department is one of the great offices of state but is regarded widely as a poisoned chalice. It is one of the most challenging and, arguably, thankless jobs in the British government. Home Secretaries are often damned if they do...

  • Europeans divided on Israel

    A poll conducted in Europe reveals growing disconnect between governments and people over the policy on Israel. The Middle East is not the only region witnessing a growing disconnect between governments and people. In Europe, a major survey has shown that governments there have become increasingly out of tune with...

  • More unease in the Pentagon with Israel

    Something unusual is happening in the upper echelons of the US military establishment. There is a constant drip of reports calling for a change in official policy toward Palestine. What has entered the public domain may only be the tip of the ice-berg, and although the movement may be...

  • Muslim voters tell politicians “Ignore Palestine at your peril”

    Following the final “prime ministers’ debate” the community initiative YouElect conducted a poll which confirms that Palestine and Islamophobia are at the top of Muslim concerns in this General Election campaign. Arguably one of the largest of its kind, the poll result constituted a resounding demand to the parliamentary...

  • Rebuttal to the Times Editorial - "The Gaza Trap"

    By Dr Hanan Chehata on the editorial“The Gaza Trap” By (Times Online, Friday 16th October 2009.) Dear Editor, In the Times today you called upon Europe and the UN Human Rights Council to reject the entire Goldstone report, rather than abstaining from a vote on the issue. This is a shocking...

  • 'The UK is not a banana republic'

    By Dr Daud Abdullah, for Al Jazeera English Director of the Middle East Monitor David Miliband, the UK’s foreign secretary, has apologised to his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, after the humiliation and embarrassment caused by the issuing of a warrant for the arrest of Tzipi Livni, the former Israeli foreign minister. The...

  • Anatomy of a broken marriage: Israeli-Turkish Relations on the rocks

    By Dr Daud Abdullah No war has tarnished the image of Israel and damaged its vital international relationships as the “Operation Cast Lead” it waged on Gaza last winter. There are times when a single event can change the history of nations. Many, including Israeli supporters, view the Gaza War...

  • Uncovered: MI6 in the Palestine Papers

    The leaked documents known now as the “Palestine Papers” have been picked over and analysed extensively by Al Jazeera and the Guardian; at least, most of them have. The files relating to the activities of MI6 officials in Jerusalem need a much more thorough investigation. The Middle East Monitor’s (MEMO)...

  • Mandela's legacy for Palestine

    Over the next two weeks tributes to the life and struggle of Nelson Mandela will continue to cascade on every media platform. All will no doubt be united on the fact that he was unquestionably a global figure. Like the people of South Africa, Palestinians across the political divide...

  • "Doha Forum" sidesteps maltreatment of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

    To many analysts President Obama’s appointment of a special US envoy to the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) was only another item of window-dressing. On the burning issues that affect Muslim peoples worldwide the administration remains evasive at best and in denial at worst. While the just concluded “Doha...

  • Israel's new war on Islamic sites

    By Dr Daud Abdullah, for Al Jazeera EnglishDirector of the Middle East Monitor In a move that appears to be a celebration of the 16th anniversary of the massacre of 29 worshippers by the terrorist Baruch Goldstein, the Israeli government has proclaimed that the Ibrahimi Mosque in Khalil (Hebron) and...

  • First it forged its passports, now Israel dictates to Germany

    The dust from the Al-Mabhouh murder and forged passports affair has barely settled, yet Israel is again infuriating its European allies. After the furore following Al-Mabhouh’s assassination in Dubai, during which Israeli agents used forged passports from several European countries, Israeli officials would have been well advised to stay...

  • Three messages from Tunisia

    It was not that it happened but the manner of Zain al-Abedin Ben Ali’s departure from Tunisia which took everyone by surprise. The extraordinary speed, the humiliation and the reactions all told a story. Three momentous messages were delivered from the dictator’s toppling in Tunisia; one to the autocracies...

  • The Palestine Papers - "Shocking revelations" on Jerusalem

    The chief Palestinian negotiator appears disconnected from his own people and his wider Arab and Muslim constituency. One of the most shocking revelations of The Palestine Papers obtained by Al Jazeera relates to the demographic and territorial concessions that the Palestinian Authority was willing to give on Jerusalem. The papers show...

  • The negotiators made no effort to defend and uphold the right of return

    At a meeting with the chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, on 18 February 2008, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner commended the Palestinian approach on the refugee issue, describing it as “wise”. This plaudit was only given after the Palestinian negotiators had confirmed their distinction between recognition of the right...

  • Defending the indefensible

    Following Richard Goldstone’s rather odd op-ed piece in the Washington Post, there is now a frantic campaign to overturn the UN’s “Goldstone Report” into Israel’s 2008/9 war against the people of Gaza. Leading the charge is a legion of columnists, public relations handlers, apologists and spin doctors intent on...

  • Leaked documents explain events at Al-Jazeera

    There has been a cascade of rumours about the shock resignation of Al-Jazeera’s Wadah Khanfar. While some point to diplomatic reports of a power struggle between Islamists and secular liberals, others suggest that the former Director General had become too close to the Americans. The WikiLeaks cables, however, give...

  • News black-out and political farce over Jerusalem clashes

    Despite their ferocity, last Friday’s clashes in the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa failed to make international headlines. The virtual news black-out was indicative of prevailing attitudes towards Jerusalem as a whole. Palestinian officials argue, and rightly so, that even the Arab media is complicit in this neglect. With every...

  • Hand-over of power in Qatar is no surprise

    Reports that the Emir of Qatar, Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, will shortly hand-over power to his son and heir, Shaikh Tamim, are no surprise. Sources close to the family confirmed that this has been known for quite some time by relatives and close friends. In a region where rulers...

  • Qatar: Continuity in change

    There is no doubt that Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is an extremely hard act to follow. In a region burdened with government inertia, many regard him as a visionary and trendsetter. His son and successor, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, inherits this legacy in every practical...

  • British Involvement in the West Bank

    Concerns about British and EU Roles in Palestinian Authority Human Rights Abuses in the Occupied West Bank “While it may be true that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, it is no longer true that what happens in the Middle East stays in the Middle East. And all of...