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Motasem A Dalloul

The author is MEMO’s correspondent in the Gaza Strip.

 

Items by Motasem A Dalloul

  • Who is fighting who in Sudan, and why?

    When fighting erupted between the Sudanese army headed by General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan — the de facto ruler of Sudan — and the Rapid Support Forces headed by Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (also known simply as Hemedti), a deputy leader of the Transitional Sovereign Council, it was clear...

  • Why is the US bolstering its military presence in the Middle East?

    An American nuclear guided-missile submarine – USS Florida – left the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal and entered the Red Sea on Friday, joining the Bahrain-based US Fifth Fleet. A picture was released showing the submarine in the Suez Canal equipped with a dry shelter for the use of special operations...

  • Israel demonises worshippers to justify its raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque

    While hundreds of Israeli police officers were surrounding Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, the far-right occupation government maintained active communications with Jordan, demanding the removal of Muslim Palestinian worshippers from Al-Qibli Mosque within the sanctuary. In justification of its demand, the Israeli government described the worshippers as a “dangerous mob” and...

  • What does it look like to live in Gaza now?

    Like all people around the globe, Gaza residents wish to live safely and securely within their homes. However, from time to time, they come under heavy Israeli bombardment, killing and wounding thousands, demolishing their homes, playgrounds, schools, mosques, and even water pipes and electricity grids. On Thursday evening, the Israeli...

  • Turkish elections have a regional and international flavour

    Turkiye’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) is campaigning across the country to encourage voters to re-elect President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Campaign meetings have no songs or music out of respect for the bereaved families who lost loved ones in the devastating earthquakes in February that killed more...

  • Israeli solutions to their crises are usually at the expense of Palestinians

    Last Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended his planned judicial overhaul which would have had the effect of weakening Israel’s judiciary. He said that the necessary legislation would go ahead sooner or later, but he would give a chance for talks to calm the ongoing polarisation within Israeli...

  • The West is exploiting Turkiye’s crises to back Erdogan’s opponents

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan kicked off his official election campaign on 10 March. The presidential and parliamentary elections have been brought forward to 14 May, having originally been scheduled for 18 June. Erdogan said that the change will boost voter turnout by avoiding any clash with university exams,...

  • Is the EU a ‘key partner’ in starving, displacing and killing Palestinians?

    Early this week, Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen phoned EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell asking him not to interfere in Israel’s domestic affairs. This came following a one-hour debate held by the EU Parliament on the planned controversial judicial overhaul in Israel and its effect on the Israeli-Palestinian...

  • Nikki Haley is definitely Israel’s candidate of choice for the US presidency

    Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley announced on 14 February that she plans to campaign to be the Republican candidate for the 2024 US presidential election. Her campaign was launched formally in her home state. Given her history of support for Israel, her bid for the White House will...

  • PA sticks to Aqaba terms while Israel continues its crimes

    Undercover Israeli occupation forces sneaked into the village of Jaba in the occupied Palestinian West Bank city of Jenin yesterday morning. Dozens of Israeli Special Forces followed them in armoured military vehicles. Under drone cover, they opened fire at a private Palestinian car with three young Palestinians inside. All of...

  • Aksener’s weekend split from the Turkish opposition alliance leaves it damaged

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expecting to face fierce competition in the presidential election scheduled to take place on 14 May, because the strong opposition front formed by six parties in February last year announced in August that it would be running a joint presidential candidate. The front...

  • Who will pay the price for the killing of the Palestinian aid worker in Huwara?

    On Wednesday afternoon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Israeli people saying: “A short time ago, we apprehended the three terrorists who were responsible for the murder of Elan Ganeles.” He bragged about the quick detention of the three Palestinian men for allegedly participating in the killing of the...

  • There’s nothing new about Israel executing Palestinians

    Israel’s ministerial committee for legislation has voted to advance a bill proposed by the Otzma Yehudit party led by extreme far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir. If passed into legislation, Israel will have a legal fig-leaf to execute Palestinian prisoners. The introduction of capital punishment for Palestinian prisoners was a...

  • Is the EU thanking Israel for stealing Palestinian gas to sell to its members?

    Early this week the European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson delivered the opening speech at the Egypt Petroleum Show 2023 Strategic Conference, the largest oil, gas and energy conference and exhibition across Egypt, North Africa and the Mediterranean. Simson highlighted the EU’s need to diversify its energy sources, pointing out that this became...

  • Palestinians do not celebrate the killing of children, but Israelis do

    In the occupied city of Jerusalem, Hussein Qaraqe responded to a spate of violent attacks against Palestinians by ramming his car into a number of Israeli settlers at a bus stop. Two were killed, according to Israeli officials, and six were wounded, one of whom died later of his...

  • Israel is trying to win a PR battle through its fake rescue mission in Turkiye

    Following the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake ripped through Turkiye and Syria on Monday, dozens of countries rushed to offer humanitarian assistance to help rescue survivors, treat the wounded and shelter the displaced. Israel was among them, with its army’s rescue teams dispatched to earthquake-stricken southeastern Turkiye. The Israeli occupation army said...

  • The US and Israel are exploiting Sudan through the normalisation gateway 

    A senior Israeli delegation headed by Foreign Minister Eli Cohen went to Khartoum last week and met Sudan’s military leader Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan. The agenda included “ways to establish fruitful relations” between Israel and Sudan. The normalisation of ties between the African country and the occupation state were also...

  • Racist Israeli nationals reflect their new government

    On Tuesday a Jewish mother gave birth at the Israeli HaEmek Medical Centre in the city of Afula in the northern district of Israel. The Jewish woman found herself lying in a room alongside an Arab mother who had given birth at the same hospital. The Jewish woman got angry and asked...

  • US insists on glorifying Israel despite its increasing violations of international law

    Following the killing of seven Israeli Jewish settlers in the illegal settlement of Neve Yaakov on Friday evening, US President Joe Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and condemned the incident as a “horrific attack”. A readout provided by the White House stated that Biden “offered all appropriate...

  • Will Benjamin Netanyahu’s government survive?

    Before it was formed, the new far-right Israeli government coalition has been plagued with disputes and disagreements, despite the fact that all of its members are from the right-wing parties and all of them, at least, share the same principles, although each Party has its own procedures to achieve...

  • Is Jordan really the custodian of Jerusalem’s holy sites?

    Israeli occupation forces detained the Director of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani, as he entered the Noble Sanctuary on Tuesday. He was humiliated and searched before being allowed to enter the Islamic holy site. Last week, the Israeli occupation forces delayed Britain’s Minister for the Middle East, Lord Tariq Ahmad,...

  • Why does Israeli democracy matter, but Palestinian democracy doesn’t?

    In January 2006, the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement — Hamas — won a resounding victory in the parliamentary election, with 74 out of 132 seats. Its main rival, the secular Palestinian National Liberation Movement, Fatah, won 45 seats. According to Hana Naser, the head of the Central Election Commission,...

  • Who is more extreme, Ben-Gvir, Smotrich, or Netanyahu?

    Since they won the Knesset elections in November, leader of the Religious Zionist Party, Bezalel Smotrich, and leader of Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) Party, Itamar Ben-Gvir, have been making local, regional and international headlines due to their far-right extremist stances, and racist and hostile attitudes towards secularists as well...

  • Is Sisi fooling us about his ties with Israel?

    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is apparently angry with the Zionist state of Israel and its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu due to the “failure” of attempts to “rein in” far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir. It was Ben-Gvir who defied the whole world and desecrated Al-Aqsa Mosque last...