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  • People wear medical masks as a precaution against coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, on 26 February 2020 in Kuwait city, Kuwait. [Jaber Abdulkhaleg - Anadolu Agency]

    Lebanon is unprepared for a coronavirus outbreak

    Lebanon is facing the imminent threat of economic default and ongoing anti-government protests which have failed to abate. These factors have allowed problems within the healthcare system to slip from the government’s grasp, leaving it to rot. Now, just when a strong healthcare sector is most needed, it is...
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    Syrians race to escape war in Idlib

  • Palestine as Metaphor

    Palestine as Metaphor

    “It is particularly in Darwish’s poetical progression that Palestine endured and became metaphor.” This observation in the introduction to Palestine as Metaphor (Olive Branch Press, 2019) resonates throughout the five interviews with Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, which together make up this book. Darwish narrates Palestine, conflict and confrontation, love,...
  • Palestinians protest against the closure of the Rafah crossing point between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip and the Israeli blockade on the territory, on 24 January 2019 in Rafah. [SAID KHATIB / AFP / Getty]

    Israel to close crossing to West Bank, Gaza during election

    Occupation authorities will be closing all crossings between Israel and the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip on Monday as general elections are held in the country. “A general closure will be imposed on the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip crossings will be closed as of Monday...
  • Israeli settlers walk towards the tomb of Atnaeil Ben Kinaz, a Jewish religious site in the divided West Bank town of Hebron on 22 July, 2018 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages]

    New app allows settlers to measure distance from Palestinian territories 

    A notorious right-wing settler group has developed an app that enables users to calculate the distance between their homes and the borders of the Palestinian state being proposed by US President Donald Trump, reported the Jerusalem Post. The right-wing group Regavim used maps proposed in Trump’s so called “deal...
  • A picture taken on August 14, 2018 shows stacks of undelivered mail dating as far back as 2010 which has been withheld by Israel [ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images]

    Palestine wins the right to direct international postal exchanges

    The UN Universal Postal Union has recognised Palestine’s right to have direct postal exchange with the world through Jordan without any restrictions imposed. Following the UPU council meeting in Bern, Switzerland, discussing solutions aimed at improving the operations and quality of the Palestine’s postal services, the Palestinian government announced...
  • Israeli forces attack Palestinians who were defending themselves from illegal settlers Nablus, West Bank on 27 February 2020 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency}

    Israel military protects illegal Jewish settlers invading Palestine villages

    Israeli forces have opened fire on Palestinians who were defending themselves from illegal settlers taking over a major West Bank city last night. According to the Palestinian news agency WAFA, Jewish settlers attacked Palestinian stores and houses in the town of Huwwara and the village of Beita, south of...
  • An injured boy is being treated at a hospital in New Mustafabad, following the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) clashes in Delhi, India on 26 February 2020 [Javed Sultan/Anadolu Agency]

    ‘India commiting massacres against Muslims’, Erdogan says

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday hit out against “massacres” committed against Muslims in India after riots in New Delhi left at least 33 dead. “India right now has become a country where massacres are widespread. What massacres? Massacres of Muslims. By who? Hindus,” Erdogan said during a speech...
  • Jordanian Princess Haya bint Al-Hussein and her husband, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum (R), walk to the parade ring on Ladies Day, the third day of horse racing at Royal Ascot in southern England on 17 June 2010. [REUTERS]

    Dubai ruler loses appeal preventing publication of UK court battle with estranged wife 

    The billionaire ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, has today lost a court battle to keep secret publication of his marital feud with his youngest wife, Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussein, who fled to London from the UAE last year with their two children. The Court of Appeal...
  • US athletes kneel in protest as Israeli national anthem plays
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    US athletes kneel in protest as Israeli national anthem plays

    Two volleyball players from Brooklyn College showed solidarity with Palestinians by taking to their knees earlier this week during the playing of “Hatikvah”, Israel’s national anthem, before a match at Yeshiva University in New York. The gesture, which has become a universal symbol of protest against racism and discrimination...
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    Dog enrols in Turkish school

    PHOTOS: Turkey holds cat beauty pageant...
  • Students wear masks to protect themselves from coronavirus as a precaution in Beirut, Lebanon on 22 February 2020 [Hussam Chbaro/Anadolu Agency]

    Lebanon halts entry for travellers from coronavirus hubs

    In a measure intended to contain the spread of the coronavirus, Lebanon has banned all entry to travellers from countries with large outbreaks of the illness, the National News Agency (NNA) reported today. The measure will restrict entries via land, air and sea, to travellers from China, Iran, South...
  • Inmates are seen inside an Egyptian prison on 19 November 2019 [MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Images]

    Fifth detainee dies in Egypt police station after being denied medical care

    Mohamed Al-Saifari has become the fifth person to die from medical negligence whilst detained in Egypt. Al-Saifari died inside the 10th of Ramadan city police station in Al-Sharqia Governorate yesterday, despite being acquitted in July 2019 on bail of 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($320). Al-Saifari had been on hunger strike...
  • NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg makes a speech as he attends the 56th Munich Security Conference at Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich, Germany on February 15, 2020 [Abdulhamid Hoşbaş / Anadolu Agency]

    NATO: We will continue to support Turkey air defences in Idlib

    NATO members held an emergency meeting today at the request of Turkey following the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in north-east Syria. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement after the meeting that the talks were held under Article 4 of NATO’s founding treaty, which allows any ally...
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    2 more US presidential candidates drop out of AIPAC conference 

    Two leading Democratic presidential hopefuls have said that they will not be attending the upcoming AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference, in what appears to be another high-profile rejection of the pro-Israel group. Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar each said they will not take...
  • Special Envoy for Syria Joel Rayburn Joel Rayburn meets with Saudi officials [Twitter]

    US, Saudi announce joint support for Syria opposition in Idlib 

    US and Saudi officials met in Riyadh to discuss their mutual support for the Syrian opposition  forces in Idlib, American officials said in a tweet. The embassy made the announcement on Twitter saying: “We just finished a productive meeting with our Saudi partners. We discussed the U.S.-#Saudi Arabia partnership...
  • Turkish National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and commanders-in-chief of armed forces inspect the operation by ground and air support units against Assad regime targets in Idlib from a center in Turkey’s Hatay province, bordering Syria on 28 February 2020. [Arif Akdoğan - Anadolu Agency]

    Turkey kills over 300 Syria regime troops in retaliation to attack

    Turkey has reportedly killed at least 309 Syrian regime soldiers and destroyed dozens of military vehicles and defence systems in retaliation for the regime’s offensive which killed 33 Turkish soldiers last night. According to Turkey’s Defence Minister Hulusi Akar today, they destroyed five regime military helicopters, two air defence...
  • A fighter of the UAE-trained Security Belt Force, dominated by members of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) which seeks independence for south Yemen, stops cars at a security checkpoint where the flags of the southern Separatists (top) and the UAE are flying, in al-Maala district in the centre of the second city of Yemen on 4 September 2019 [SALEH AL-OBEIDI/AFP - Getty Images]

    Second army regiment rebels against Yemen government in Socotra 

    A regiment in the Yemen Army has pledging allegiance to the UAE-backed separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) in Socotra, renouncing the UN-backed government of Abd rabbuh Mansur Hadi. An adviser to the Yemeni Minister of Information, Mukhtar Al-Rahbi, said that a second army regiment in Socotra has rebelled against...
  • Prime Minister-designate Hassan Diab gives a statement following his meeting with outgoing prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut on 20 December, 2019 [AFP/Getty Images]

    Lebanon PM launches Twitter account for ‘Plans and Suggestions’

    Lebanese Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, yesterday launched a Twitter account with his “official team” asking “for Plans & Suggestions” from citizens. The account calls for Lebanese people to “share with …  recommendations, projects & claims”, in hopes to please everyone and come up with solutions. Under the...
  • Egyptian journalist Solafa Magdy (R) and her photojournalist husband Hossam El-Sayed. [Twitter]

    Egypt journalist and husband’s detention renewed

    Journalist Solafa Magdy and her husband Hossam Al-Sayyad have had their detention renewed for a further 15 days. Solafa and her husband were arrested in November 2019 as they were leaving a coffee shop in Dokki, Cairo, along with their friend, the activist Muhammed Salah. All three were forcibly...
  • Palestinian students sit inside a classroom at their school belonging to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in Deir Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, on 29 August, 2018 [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]

    Israel’s Shin Bet ‘illegally interfering’ in Palestinian citizens’ education system

    Israeli legal rights centre Adalah has sent an urgent letter to the director general of the Education Ministry, demanding details of a recent meeting with agents from the Shin Bet security agency. Last November, Director General Shmuel Abuav met with two Shin Bet agents “to discuss issues related to...
  • Social Media apps [Wall Boat/Flickr]

    Anti-Palestinian social media incitement in Israel continues to rise

    Anti-Palestinian incitement continues to rise in Israeli society, according to a new report by 7amleh – The Arab Centre for the Advancement of Social Media. 7amleh’s annual index revealed that in 2019, one racist social media post was published on average every 64 seconds – a total of 495,000...
  • Mohamed Salah of Liverpool poses for a photo after he was named best player in the tournament during the cup ceremony at the end of the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool FC and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar on 21 December 2019. [Mohammed Dabbous - Anadolu Agency]

    Egypt’s Mohamed Salah is first ambassador for UN refugee schools programme

    Egyptian and Liverpool football star Mohamed Salah has been named as the first ambassador for the UN Instant Network Schools programme, which aims to connect young refugee and host country students to high quality online education. As of this year, 20 new Instant Network Schools will be launched, with...
  • Palestinians in Gaza protest against German Parliament decision on BDS, in Gaza on 23 May 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

    Palestinian boycott movement slams Austrian parliament anti-BDS motion

    The Palestinian-led boycott movement has slammed a motion passed by the Austrian parliament that singles out the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign for criticism. “Instead of fighting real anti-Jewish racism at home,” the BDS Movement stated, “Austria’s parliament adopted an anti-democratic resolution today that demonises BDS as antisemitic...
  • Israeli people gather to protest against Israeli security forces' violences in Isawiya district of Eastern Jerusalem on 7 December 2019. [Mostafa Alkharouf - Anadolu Agency]

    Poll: Just 37% of Israelis say human rights groups should operate freely

    In a major international survey, only 37 per cent of Israelis said human rights groups should be able to operate freely, as reported by the Times of Israel. The 34-nation poll, conducted by the US-based Pew Research Centre from May-October 2019, focused on views of, and support for, democracy...
  • Diala Isid, the head of the Right to Movement campaign.

    One Palestinian group is running to restore freedom of movement

    Reading, research and short trips are simply not enough for visitors to Palestine to understand how difficult it is for those living under occupation with restrictions imposed on their movement as they go about their daily lives. Palestinians are caged in by a forbidding wall, and have to negotiate...
  • Senior Hezbollah leader, Emad Al-Tawil [Twitter]

    Israel kills senior Hezbollah leader in Syria

    Israel is reported to have assassinated a senior Hezbollah leader yesterday near the village of Hader, near Quneitra, in the Syrian Golan Heights. Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported that a “civilian” was killed in an Israeli drone strike on his car in Quneitra, southern Syria. However, opposition media...
  • Israel forces Jerusalemite to demolish home on 6 January 20120 [Ma'an News Agency]

    Israel demolishes Palestinian house, garage near Bethlehem

    Israeli occupation forces yesterday demolished a house and a garage north-west of Bethlehem; south of the occupied West Bank, under the pretext that it was built without the nearly impossible to obtain building permits. Local sources said Israeli army forces accompanied by a bulldozer and military vehicles stormed the...
  • People wear medical masks as a precaution against coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, on 26 February 2020 in Kuwait city, Kuwait. [Jaber Abdulkhaleg - Anadolu Agency]

    Kuwait's coronavirus cases rise to 45

    Kuwait confirmed two more cases of the new coronavirus today, taking the toll to 45, according to its Health Ministry. “The two cases were in contact with the infected people who came from Iran before the outbreak was announced,” the ministry said. The ministry asserted stable health conditions of all...
  • Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul [AFP via Getty Images]

    US Congress members nominate jailed Saudi women’s rights activist for Nobel Peace Prize

    Eight members of US Congress have nominated Saudi women’s rights activist, Loujain Al- Hathloul, who has been imprisoned by authorities in Riyadh since 2018 for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Saudi security services arrested Al-Hathloul in mid-2018, as part of a campaign against female activists and human rights defenders. According...
  • A tourist photographs a sign painted on a wall in the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem on June 5, 2015, calling to boycott Israeli products coming from Jewish settlements [THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images]

    Listing companies to boycott over Israeli war crimes is a start…

    The UN finally published its database this month listing companies which profit from Israel’s brutal military occupation of the West Bank. This move was only made after years of unexplained delays. Rather helpfully, though, the Zionist Federation – an anti-Palestine, pro-Israel lobby group in Britain — admitted that, “The...
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    Elmali kurabiye (Turkish apple cookies)

    The first time I tried these elmali kurabiye, or apple cookies, my Turkish friend had made a huge platter and brought them over. I cannot tell you how melt-in-your mouth these cookies are. The apple cinnamon filling is a thing of dreams. I fell in love immediately and knew...
  • Ethiopia’s Minister of State for Finance and Economic Cooperation, Admasu Nebebe in Vienna in November 2015. [Flickr]

    UAE signs $100m deal to support projects in Ethiopia

    The UAE’s Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED) yesterday signed a $100 million agreement with the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance to support and finance micro, small and medium-sized projects in the country. The deal was signed by Hussain Jassim Al-Nowais, chairman of the Khalifa Fund, and Ahmed Shide, Ethiopia’s...
  • Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh (left 3), Tunisian President Kais Saied and cabinet members pose for a photograph during sworn in ceremony in Tunis, Tunisia on 27 February 2020. [Tunisian Presidency / Handout - Anadolu Agency]

    Tunisia new government sworn in

    Tunisia’s new Prime Minister, Elyes Fakhfakh, and members of his cabinet yesterday sworn in before country’s president Qais Saeed a parliamentary confidence vote that broke four months of political wrangling. “The most prominent challenges facing the new government today are the country’s economic and social conditions,” Saeed said in a...
  • Irregular migrants arrived to Edirne to proceed Europe Turkey on 28 February 2020. [Salih Baran - Anadolu Agency]
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    Turkey says will not stop Syrian refugees reaching Europe after troops killed

    Turkey will no longer stop Syrian refugees from reaching Europe, a senior Turkish official said, as Ankara responded on Friday to the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in an air strike by Syrian government forces in Syria’s northwestern Idlib region, Reuters reports. President Tayyip Erdogan chaired an emergency meeting...
  • A photo taken from Turkey's Hatay province shows Turkish military convoy consisting of armored personnel carriers are on the way towards observation points in Syria's Idlib, on 7 February 2020 in Hatay, Turkey. [Cem Genco - Anadolu Agency]

    33 Turkish soldiers killed in Syrian regime attack

    At least 33 Turkish soldiers have been killed and tens of others injured in an airstrike by forces of the Bashar al-Assad regime in Idlib, northwestern Syria, a Turkish official said late Thursday, Anadolu reports. “There are critically wounded , and they are being treated at...
  • Demonstrators hold placards and shout slogans during the protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel on 3 March 2019 [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Anadolu Agency]

    Former Israeli General: ‘Netanyahu led Israel into complete chaos'

    An Israeli general in the military reserve attacked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying that he has become a threat to the moral and democratic system. Amos Malka, the former head of the Israeli military intelligence (Aman), described in an article,  published in Yedioth Ahronoth the prime minister’s agreement to sell...
  • Iraq's former communications minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi speaks after being assigned by Iraq's president Barham Salih to form a new government, in Baghdad, Iraq on February 1, 2020 [IRAQI PRESIDENCY PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT - Anadolu Agency]

    Iraqi PM relinquishes his British citizenship 

    Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfik Allawi has submitted a request to the British ambassador in Baghdad, relinquishing his British citizenship, Russia Today (RT) reported yesterday. “Following my assumption as the Prime Minister of Iraq, I’m giving up my citizenship of any foreign country,” Allawi said in an official message to...
  • The Evin House of Detention in Iran [Wikicommons] prison iran

    Iran to release prisoners over Coronavirus spread

    Iranian officials yesterday called for “granting leave to a group of prisoners as a measure to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in the country.” “We asked the judiciary to grant leave for prisoners with health certificates to reduce inmates’ numbers in prisons and limit the spread of the...
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    Algeria: Tebboune’s son acquitted in corruption case

    A court in Sidi Mohamed, Algeria, acquitted the son of President Abdelmajid Tebboune on Thursday of corruption-related charges in the real estate sector. At the same time, the main suspect was sentenced to eight years in prison, according to the Algerian radio. The verdicts were issued on Wednesday after...
  • Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu speaks during an opening ceremony in Ankara, Turkey on 28 October 2019. [Evrim Aydın - Anadolu Agency]

    Turkey deports 7,918 foreign terrorists

    The Turkish Minister of the Interior, Suleyman Soylu, announced that his country had deported 7,918 foreign “terrorists”. The Anadolu Agency quoted Soylu saying that the deportees belong to 102 different nationalities and that their deportation came within the framework of the measures taken by Turkey against “foreign terrorists.” On...
  • German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas addresses the media after the follow-up meeting on Libyataking place on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) on February 16, 2020 in Munich, Germany. [Abdulhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]

    Germany urges Syria, Russia to protect Idlib civilians

    German foreign minister demanded the Syrian regime and Russia protect civilians in Idlib, Anadolu Agency reports. Heiko Mass told the UN Security Council that UN officials have described conditions in the province where people are freezing to death and attacks on civilians are “cruel beyond belief” in a scene of an ongoing offensive...
  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov makes a speech during the 56th Munich Security Conference at Bayerischer Hof Hotel in Munich, Germany on February 15, 2020. ( Abdulhamid Hoşbaş - Anadolu Agency )

    Russia's Lavrov meets Fatah member in Moscow

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met Fatah Central Committee member Hussain Sheikh on Thursday in Moscow where he urged Palestinians to reconcile to strengthen its position in talks with Israel, Anadolu Agency reports. Lavrov confirmed Russia’s adherence to the two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement....
  • Lebanon's Middle East Airlines (MEA) [Aero Icarus/Wikimedia]

    Lebanon health ministry confirms third case of coronavirus, NNA reports

    Lebanon confirmed the country’s third case of coronavirus on Thursday, after a man arriving from Iran on Feb. 24 tested positive, the health ministry said, according to news agency NNA, Reuters reports. The patient was taken from his home by the Lebanese Red Cross and into quarantine at a Beirut hospital...
  • Kuwait Airways [Adrian Pingstone/Wikipedia]

    Kuwait places restriction on entry of Gulf citizens

    As part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Kuwait will temporarily not allow Gulf citizens to enter the country using their national identity cards, Kuwait’s Interior Ministry said on Thursday,  Anadolu Agency reports. “The decision excludes Kuwaitis who are abroad and exited on their identity cards,” the...
  • An inflatable boat with refugees arrives at Skala Sykamias, Lesvos island, Greece. A volunteer from Israel's IsraAid helps them get on-shore.

    As coronavirus takes hold, Greece worries about migrant camps

    Greece will tighten border controls to prevent the spread of coronavirus, focussing on island routes used by migrants to enter the country, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday, Reuters reported. His comments came as Greece reported two new cases of coronavirus, bringing its total of confirmed cases to three –...
  • Image of Hebron hospital staff striking over unpaid salaries [Wisam Hashlamoun/Apaimages]

    Palestinian medical group threatens to step up protests against government

    The Palestinian Doctors Association has threatened to take “unprecedented measures” and step up protests against the government, after the Supreme Court ruled to end their strike. The Supreme Court in Ramallah issued a decision to stop the medical association’s strike for the second time, after a decision was issued...
  • Iraqis take medical precautions at the Bashmaq border crossing with Iran to prevent the spread of coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq on 23 February 2020. [Fariq Faraj Mahmood - Anadolu Agency]

    Now is the time for unity in the Middle East as coronavirus fears grip the region

    In 1918, the Spanish flu pandemic killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. The current coronavirus epidemic, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, has so far infected around 80,000 people and killed more than 2,700, most of them in China. Can we expect to...
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    Iran nuclear deal parties reaffirm commitment

    China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and Iran met in Vienna on Wednesday to voice support for the Iran nuclear deal, the EU External Action Press Office has announced. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was signed in 2015, but was seen to be threatened by the unilateral withdrawal of...
  • St Peter's Square, Vatican [file photo]

    Iran's ex-ambassador to Vatican dies of coronavirus

    Iran’s former ambassador to the Vatican and prominent cleric Hadi Khosrowshahi died of coronavirus, local media reported on Thursday, Anadolu Agency reports. According to the semiofficial Tasnim News Agency, the 81-year-old cleric died at a hospital in Iran. Earlier in the day, Iran put the death toll in the country from...
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