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    Erdogan stresses need to end Gaza blockade

    During an official visit to Serbia on Monday, 12th July, the Turkish Prime Minister reaffirmed that his country will continue its pursuit of an apology and compensation for the families of those killed aboard the ‘Freedom Flotilla’ in May. Recep Tayyip Erdogan also stressed that Turkey continues to demand...
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    Ashton calls for entry of all re-construction materials to Gaza

    The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, has announced her intention to visit Gaza in the next ten days. Her visit will precede a tour of the sector by European Ministers scheduled to take place before the end of this month....
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    British Parliamentarians concerned for fate of Jerusalem legislators

    There is growing concern among British parliamentarians about the fate that is befalling three Palestinian legislators and one ex Minister in Jerusalem who have been unjustly and illegally targeted by Israeli officials for arrest and expulsion. Having been forced to choose between leaving their homes voluntarily and being parted...
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    Ireland cancels munitions deal with Israel for forging Irish passports used in the Mabhouh assassination

    On Monday (11.10.2010), the Israeli newspaper, Maariv, reported that the Irish Ministry of Defence has cancelled a contract with Israel to supply the Irish army with more than 20 million bullets annually which are used as ammunition by the various Irish military forces. Maariv quoted the Irish press as...
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    Turkish PM announces boycott of Athens Conference if Netanyahu attends

    Turkey’s Prime Minister has announced that he will not attend the climate conference in Athens next Friday if his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu takes part. In an interview with Greek television on Monday evening, Recep Tayyip Erdogan also stated that Israel was on the brink of losing a very...
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    Greenstock raises concern over continued torture in West Bank

    Britain’s former ambassador to the UN and Iraq has raised concerns over the use of torture by the Western backed Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. Sir Jeremy Greenstock was interviewed by the BBC’s Kate Silverton on Sunday 24 October and spoke about a range of issues, starting with...
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    British victims of flotilla assault demand to be heard by Israel’s Turkel Commission

    Sources in Israel have revealed that up to 33 British activists who were on board the Freedom Flotilla when it was assaulted by Israeli commandos have demanded that they be permitted to testify before the Turkel Commission. The Israeli government established the commission to investigate Israel’s attack on the...
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    Dutch anti-Islam politician to take part in conference to ‘change Jordan’s name to Palestine’

    Israeli media sources have reported that steps are being taken toward holding a right-wing Israeli conference to address the issue of changing Jordan into a nation-state for the Palestinian people, with no consideration to Jordan’s sovereignty. In its Monday (8.11.2010) issue, Haaretz reported that a large number of right-wing Israeli...
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    Text of Spectator’s apology to Mohammed Sawalha

    On 2 July 2008 we published an article entitled “Just look what came crawling out” which alleged that at a protest at the celebration in London of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel, Mohammad Sawalha had referred to Jews in Britian as “evil/noxious”. We...
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    UN Rapporteur tells media it’s time to change the language on Palestine

    Professor Richard Falk has spoken to the media on some of the most pertinent issues relating to human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The UN Special Rapporteur for Palestinian Human Rights in the OPTs was speaking at a press briefing on Monday organised jointly by the Middle East...
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    The Palestinian Return Centre denies Israeli allegations

    The Palestinian Return Centre in London has denied Israeli allegations that it is affiliated to a Palestinian faction, describing them as ‘unfounded’. In a written statement, the PRC affirmed that the reasons given by the Israel government for “designating” the London-based campaign group “as a front organisation for the...
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    French trial of Israeli boycott campaigners condemned as a “political measure”

    The trial of activists in France who are campaigning for a boycott of Israeli goods has been condemned as a “political measure”. Khalid Mansour, the Coordinator of the Popular Campaign for Boycotting Israeli Goods, said that the trial is intended to deter the people of France from joining the...
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    British NGOs call for vigil outside Downing Street in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike

    A number of British NGOs have called on supporters to join them outside Downing Street on Saturday 27th April, in solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who are currently on hunger strike. In a press release made available to Quds Press, the Palestine Forum of Britain called on...
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    Sheikh Raed Salah’s lawyer named The Times ‘lawyer of the week’

    The Times newspaper has named Tayab Ali, of ITN Solicitors their lawyer of the week. Mr Ali headed the legal team along with barristers Raza Hussian QC and Duran Seddon in defence of Sheikh Raed Salah against the Home Secretary, Theresa May. He described the complexity of the case,...
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    Leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood congratulates Sheikh Raed Salah

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES Following a fraught 10 month legal battle against the British Home Secretary, Sheikh Raed Salah’s friends, supporters and campaigners bid him a fond farewell during a congratulatory function in London yesterday. He was greeted by a packed hall of over 350 people, and entered to the congratulatory...
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    How BBC views Gaza through a Zionist looking glass

    Watching, reading or listening to a BBC report on Israel’s occupation of Palestine is like stepping through the Zionist looking-glass and witnessing not the reality of the situation, but Israel’s totally distorted version of it. In this inverted world, presented to us by a broadcaster with a huge global...
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    Supporters of Sheikh Raed Salah hold press conference post appeal victory

    EXCLUSIVE PICTURES A press conference was held at the Palestine Gallery in Euston today by the organisations which have supported the Palestinian activist Sheikh Raed Salah in his ten-month struggle to clear his name. The media briefing followed the recent judgement by the Upper Immigration Tribunal to overturn the...
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    Palestinian Ambassador thanks MEMO for Sheikh Raed support

    Following the success of Sheikh Raed Salah’s appeal against a deportation order, the Palestinian Ambassador to London, Professor Manuel Hassassian, has offered his thanks to those who have  supported Sheikh Raed and helped to highlight the injustice of the government’s legal action. In particular, Prof. Hassassian thanked Middle East...
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    British Muslim Initiative calls on Home Secretary to resign or be sacked

    The British Muslim Initiative (BMI) has called on the Home Secretary to resign following the Upper Immigration Tribunal’s upholding of Sheikh Raed Salah’s appeal against a deportation order. Even though media interest in the story is growing at home and abroad, the fact that the decision of Mr. Justice...
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    European institutions look into UAE human rights record

    European NGOs are looking into the human rights situation in the United Arab Emirates, especially the withdrawal of citizenship from UAE nationals and reported punitive measures taken against would-be reformers. A consultation was held in Brussels for this purpose on Tuesday. NGO representatives tackled an agenda which included the...
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    Anger as Tory MPs accuse Foreign Secretary of “bigotry towards Israel”

    According to the Mail on Sunday newspaper, Conservative MPs in the Coalition Government have accused the Foreign Secretary of being under the influence of anti-Israel diplomats in the Foreign Office and being biased towards the Palestinians and Arabs. The newspaper claims that Douglas Carswell MP told William Hague that...
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    Hague announces additional £1m for Lebanon Tribunal

    The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has announced that Britain is to donate an additional £1 million towards the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. He stressed that the UK will continue to support international justice which, he said, “represents one of the pillars of Britain’s foreign policy”. In a written statement...
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    Turkish aid ship docks in Ashdod to transfer supplies to Gaza

    A Turkish ship loaded with medical supplies has docked in the Israeli port of Ashdod prior to the transfer of its cargo to the Gaza Strip. Egypt has refused for the past three months to allow the ship to dock in El-Arish and transfer the aid to Gaza through...
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    Gul hints at possibility of opening Hamas office in Turkey

    Media reports have claimed that consultations are underway between the Turkish government and the Hamas Movement over the possibility of opening offices for the Islamic Resistance Movement on Turkish territory. In a statement made to the press on Sunday , the President of the Turkish Republic, Abdullah Gul, hinted...
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    French court to review Mohammed Al-Durra footage for authenticity

    Eleven years after 12 year-old Mohammed Al-Durra was shot and killed during an Israeli military operation in Gaza, a court in France is to review the footage of his death to decide on its authenticity. The filmed report of the Palestinian child’s death by French journalist Charles Enderlin has...
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    Lifting the siege of Gaza is one of three conditions to revive Turkey’s relationship with Israel

    Turkey’s Prime Minister has said that lifting the siege of Gaza is one of the three conditions that his government has set for the revival of its relationship with Israel. Recep Tayyip Erdogan made his statement during a meeting with his Gaza counterpart, Ismail Haniyeh, who is visiting Turkey...
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    Turkey and Egypt hold joint naval exercise

    Reports from Turkey have given details of a joint naval exercise with Egypt in Turkish territorial waters in the northern Mediterranean. Dozens of warships from both countries are taking part in the exercise along with elements of the Special Forces and Turkey’s Air Force Reserve. The theme for the...
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    Turkish president boycotts lunch attended by Ehud Barak

    The President of Turkey has boycotted a lunch and other fringe events at the 4th World Policy Conference in Vienna due to the presence of Israel’s Minister of Defence. Abdullah Gul also refused to take part in a group photograph of participants alongside Ehud Barak, who left the conference...
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    EU is ready to cooperate with the Tunisian government

    The Special Representative of the European Union for the Southern Mediterranean has said that the EU is monitoring political developments in Tunisia closely and believes that the situation is moving forward and making progress. Speaking after a meeting with the National Constituent Assembly’s Mustapha Ben Jaafar in Tunis on...
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    British students reject twinning with Israel’s Hebrew University

    Students at Britain’s University of York have rejected a proposal to twin the institution with the Hebrew University in occupied Jerusalem. The vote on the issue was carried out by York University’s Student Union. According to newspaper reports, York student Jacob Campbell proposed the twinning agreement in order to...
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    Foreign Secretary expresses concern at Israeli legislation on Non-Governmental Organisations

    Foreign Secretary William Hague has spoken after proposals in the Israeli Knesset to pass legislation that would restrict foreign funding to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). Speaking today the Foreign Secretary said: “Britain is deeply concerned by proposals to pass legislation in the Israeli Knesset that would limit foreign funding of...
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    Foreign Office Minister condemns Israeli legalisation of Shilo building units

    Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt said that construction is obstructive to efforts to bring a lasting peace to the Middle East conflict and threatens the future of a two-state solution. Speaking after the Israeli Ministry of Defence decided to legalise the construction of 119 building units in...
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    Britain looking forward to working with new democratic government in Morocco

    The Foreign Secretary has welcomed the parliamentary elections in Morocco and said that Britain’s Coalition is looking forward to working with the newly-elected government. Describing the elections as an opportunity for peaceful change, the advancement of human rights and economic development across the region, William Hague encouraged each country...
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    EU confirms intention to work with new Tunisian government

    The European Union has confirmed its intention to work with the new government in Tunisia following the elections for the National Constituent Assembly. The Islamist Al-Nahda (Renaissance) Party won a majority of seats in the new assembly. A statement issued by the EU Council of Foreign Affairs in Brussels...
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    Debris from Israeli reconnaissance drone found in Turkey

    Reports in Turkey say that debris from the wreck of an Israeli Air Force reconnaissance drone has been found in the Turkish town of Karatas. An inquiry has been opened by the Turkish government. According to Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak on Saturday, a Turkish fisherman found parts of an...
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    Russia calls Israeli settlements “biggest obstacle” to two-state solution

    Russia’s permanent delegate at the United Nations has called the continued construction of illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories “the biggest obstacle to the two-state solution”. Vitaly Churkin also called on Israel to stop demolishing Palestinian homes in Occupied Jerusalem. Speaking during an open UN Security Council...
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    Turkey declines Israeli earthquake aid

    The Turkish government has declined an offer of help from Israel following the devastating earthquake in the east of the country. Israel made its offer of help on Sunday after more than 200 people were known to have been killed by the quake and hundreds more were injured. The...
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    Hague calls on Israel to revoke its announcement of a new settlement

    Britain’s Foreign Secretary has expressed his dismay at Israel’s announcement last Friday of a new settlement at Givat Hamatos. William Hague described the Israeli step as “provocative” and “disappointing”. He called upon the Israeli government to revoke its statement. In a press release from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office,...
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    Turkey to monitor Constituent Assembly elections in Tunisia as part of EC team

    The Turkish government has said that it intends to join the European Union mission to monitor the Constituent Assembly elections in Tunisia. According to media reports on Sunday, two Turkish MPs will join the EU mission later this week. Hurriyet newspaper added that the MPs will be part of...
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    Foreign Secretary praises role of Peace Prize winners

    Britain’s Foreign Secretary has praised the role played by the Yemeni activist who has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. According to William Hague, MP, Tawakkul Karman “has played a leading part in the struggle for women’s rights and for democracy and peace in Yemen. These are actions...
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    Ofcom rejects complaint by Erekat and PLO against Al-Jazeera for the Palestine Papers

    Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries has rejected a complaint put forward by Dr Saeb Erekat on his own behalf and on behalf of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) against Al-Jazeera for publishing the Palestine Papers.   Dr Erekat, the PLO’s chief negotiator,...
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    New legislation fails to give Tzipi Livni protection from arrest

    Today, 6 October 2011, former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni visited the United Kingdom . Ms. Livni was Foreign Minister during Israel’s 27 December 2008 – 18 January 2009 offensive on the Gaza Strip (Operation Cast Lead. OCL). Significant evidence was collected indicating her individual criminal responsibility for war...
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    Turkey criticises Quartet plan to revive peace process

    Turkey has criticised the Middle East Quartet plan to revive the Palestine-Israel peace process because it “ignores the UN recognition issue” and calls upon the Palestinians to go back to the negotiation table without requiring any prerequisites from Israel. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the Palestine issue does...
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    European Commission provides €460m to “support democracy” in the Middle East-North Africa region

    In the wake of the popular uprising in the Arab world, the European Commission has announced its adoption of four new resolutions in support of democratic programmes in the region: growth, job creation, microcredit and higher education. The total cost is estimated to be €460m. In a press statement,...
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    Turkey rejects “mutual apology” proposal

    Sources in Israel have revealed that Turkey’s Prime Minister has rejected an American proposal for solving the diplomatic crisis between Tel Aviv and Ankara. The initiative produced by the Ambassador to Tel Aviv would require a mutual apology to be made by the two sides over the Israeli attack...
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    Turkish Foreign Minister walks out before Israeli speech at UN headquarters

    Turkey’s Foreign Minister has walked out of a conference on anti-terrorism at the UN headquarters in New York moments before a speech by Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister. It was reported that Ahmet Davutoglu left the room after his own speech, in which he stressed the importance of cooperation in...
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    Coalition split (again) as Lib Dems support Palestinian recognition by the UN

    The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats has told a fringe meeting at the party’s conference that they are fully supportive of the Palestinian application for recognition of an independent state by the UN. Simon Hughes MP made his statement at the meeting co-hosted by the New Statesman and...
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    Turkey rejects US mediation in crisis with Israel

    Turkey has rejected US mediation to resolve the diplomatic crisis between Ankara and Tel Aviv, following Israel’s refusal to apologise for killing nine Turkish activists during its assault on the Freedom Flotilla in May 2010. The ships were taking humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip. According to the...
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    Turkey warns Israel to keep away from Kurdish separatists

    The Turkish Foreign Minister has warned Israel not to use Kurdish separatists in an effort to weaken Turkey. Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey “will respond to Israel or any other country which thinks about using the PKK terrorist organisation as a tool, or resorts to terrorism against our country”....
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    Turkish Red Crescent renovates water supply networks in Gaza

    The Turkish Red Crescent has announced its readiness to resume work on renovating the water supply networks in the Gaza Strip. The besieged territory suffers from a severe potable and irrigation water shortage as a result of the blockade that has been imposed for five years. The first task...