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    Time for coordinated youth activism

    In recent years, many young Palestinian activists living in the 1948-occupied Palestinian territories (Israel) have been questioning the absence of a unified national activist movement, in light of the growing role of the numerous activist groups that have formed since the start of the Aqsa Intifada 2000. This was...
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    Palestinian political blunder

    Statements by chief negotiator Saeb Erekat have revealed the political blunder in Palestine. The man admitted that since the resumption of negotiations in July 2013, Israel has killed 31 Palestinians in cold blood and announced several tenders for the construction of 5,992 settlement housing units ( three times the...
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    Israel doesn’t do retaliation, just more of the same

    Once again we hear that Israel has bombed the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip “in retaliation” for something that they’ve done against Israelis. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his country will “respond”. Many people would agree that a person in his position has a duty to protect his...
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    Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land

    In the Palestinian Christian village of Iqrit, only the church was left standing. On Christmas Eve 1951, Israeli troops destroyed the village. The houses were turned to rubble and the residents scattered. “Choosing Christmas Eve to demolish our village holds religious connotations; they wanted to insinuate that this land...
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    After five years of brutality, poverty is the legacy of Cast Lead

    Many will recall the days that stunned the world exactly five years ago, when Israel launched Operation Cast Lead against the Gaza Strip. It is difficult to pinpoint exactly what sears such moments into the minds-eye. Was it the corpses piled up on the streets of Gaza as the...
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    President Abbas and his addiction to secret negotiations

    The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is addicted to negotiations and secret channels with the Israelis and therefore it was not surprising when it was revealed that secret meetings had been held in London between Basel Aqel, one of his top advisors, and Isaac Molcho, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s...
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    Foreign dictates support the colonisation of Palestine

    Opposition to the Palestinian prisoners’ release reverberated during a meeting organised by Deputy Defence Minister Danny Danon. According to reports in Maariv, Danon called upon Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “reconsider the release of terrorists given the recent terror attacks,” adding that the meeting was a commemoration of...
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    Dismissing Sunni grievances in Iraq is not a solution

    As the world focuses on the bloody civil war in Syria and the series of revolutions and counter-revolutions in Egypt, attention has drifted away from Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost in the nation since the US invaded in 2003. Since the war officially ended in...
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    Gaza war commemoration reveals Israeli intelligence efforts

    When Israel attacked and invaded the Gaza Strip exactly five years ago, its political and military forces realised that its success or failure relied mainly on the accuracy of the intelligence gathered by the Shabak security agency. They also knew that the use of such information is necessary during...
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    The “Brutal Arab” and the “Muslim Terrorist” in the Israeli Media

    Although Israeli law considers racial incitement illegal, the Israeli media consistently provides a platform for extremists who commit racial incitement against groups that Israelis perceive as an “enemy,” especially the Palestinian people. Based on the results of monitoring the mainstream Israeli media (secular and religious), conducted over two years,...
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    Can a Breakthrough Be Made in Palestinian-Israeli Peace Negotiations?

    It appears that the Arab Spring’s aftershock/counter-revolution, culminated with the military coup in Egypt, has given a strong push for the peace process with Israel; encouraging the Israeli-American party to take advantage of the historical opportunity offered by an Arab strategic environment – that is weak, fragmented, and mired...
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    Revenge and fuelling sectarian war in Iraq

    The “new Iraq” government and its media are beating the drums of comprehensive sectarian strife. The Iraqi people, drowning in a flood of poverty, poor education and health provision, the destruction of the infrastructure, and corruption, as well as sectarian discrimination, are being exposed to a campaign of intimidation...
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    Settlement construction rose by 130% in 2013

    As people across the world welcome in the New Year, they will also reflect on the year just past. For Palestine and Israel, 2013 was a year that saw the resumption of “peace talks”. The US-brokered talks are projected to continue until April 2014, at the end of which...
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    Kerry proposes another sticking plaster for Palestine’s running sore

    During his tenure as Secretary of State, John Kerry has placed an emphasis on the Israel-Palestine peace process – or, more accurately, on restarting the peace process, which has been totally stalled for some years. It was largely due to Kerry’s personal efforts that direct talks resumed in July,...
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    Emigration of settlers from Palestine increases year after year

    Israeli statistics indicate that during the past year, there has been a rising number of Jews emigrating from the Palestinian territories occupied since 1948, while the process of bringing in Jews from various areas of the world into the Zionist state is very slow, which demonstrates that the living...
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    True and false narratives of genocide in Egypt and Syria

    The narrative of the Syrian revolution has been transformed from a story of peaceful protests demanding democracy to a civil war involving all members of Syrian society. In fact, the Syrian narrative is subject to variation depending on the narrator’s identity and political affiliations. According to the anti-government forces,...
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    Kerry’s Jordanian approach

    Some sources have mentioned US Secretary of State John Kerry’s new approach to his peace-making task, noting that Jordan plays a vital role in solving the “complications” of the Jordan Valley. America and Israel have symbolic roles. I do not know if this formula was proposed officially by the...
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    They mourn the negotiations, continue the negotiations, and then make ironic threats

    Every other day, it seems, figures from the group who believe that “life is negotiations” mourn the current negotiation process; they sometimes get upset and resign; at other times they analyse or complain, but the result is always the same. They continue to negotiate and, more importantly, when they...
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    Chaos in Iraq and Syria sparks US-Iranian partnership

    Since the election of Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani last year, there has been a significant thaw in relations with the country’s old adversary, the US. This diplomatic shift saw the first direct phone call between a US president and an Iranian premier in three decades, and a temporary...
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    The risks of the bartering policy in the Arab-Israeli conflict

    I must begin by explaining the meaning of barter in the context of this article, as it is drastically different than the concept of bartering a good for a good or a service for a service as an alternative to the exchange of money. On the other hand, I...
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    Population swap: From apartheid to something worse

    “Do you want to move to the Palestinian state?” “No, I want to stay in my city, Umm Al-Fahm.” “So, you like living in the state of Israel?” “No, this is my land; I was born here and I will stay here.” “You will not be displaced from your...
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    Europe’s chances in the Arab world

    Europe was quick in its response to the Arab Spring and adopted a new approach to relations with its Southern neighbours. Nonetheless, despite the great efforts and numerous investments and projects in the region, the perception of the Arab masses has not changed in a way that reflects the...
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    For Egypt’s liberals to retain credibility, they should not ignore the persecution of the Muslim Brotherhood

    In October 2013, the Egyptian writer Alaa al-Aswany gave a talk in Paris, to promote the French translation of his new book. The event ended in chaos, as a group of Aswany’s fellow Egyptians disrupted the talk. They were angry at Aswany’s ardent support for the military, and in...
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    Hamas, Gaza and a double confrontation

    When the Israelis finally complete their “Iron Dome” missile defence system they are more likely to consider another attack against the people of the Gaza Strip. Once again, the likely pretext will be “missiles” launched from Gaza at 1948-occupied Palestine. Israel says explicitly that Hamas is not interested in...
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    Sharon may be dead, but his apartheid legacy taints us all

    The shadow of the ex-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who has died aged 85, has always had a peculiar place in my life. He was in part the trigger of my interest in the Palestine-Israel conflict. I recall sitting in the living room in Montreal on an autumnal September...
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    Dutch business giants join boycott, causing Israel concern

    In the wake of the recent termination of cooperation with Israeli companies linked to settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories by three Dutch business giants, Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans has declared that the Netherlands rejects boycotts and sanctions against Israel. Despite Israel being responsible for the settlements and...
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    Kurdistan and the battle over oil

    The issue of oil has jumped to prominence in the political relationship between Ankara, Baghdad and Erbil (the capital of the Kurdish region in Iraq), and with it has come many questions and concerns about the interests and options open to the three. The question of oil is intertwined...
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    Is there room for a Saudi-Egypt-Turkey triangle?

    It is clear that the Arab region is turbulent. It is also clear that the political situation is in a state of confusing fluidity; alliances have collapsed while others form and the balances within and between states are not yet stable. The US will not leave the Middle East,...
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    Israel’s silent expulsion of Jerusalemites

    The Israeli authorities have taken advantage of the shifts in the Arab scene and the media’s preoccupation with these shifts to further Judaise the city of Jerusalem by means of imposing a silent transfer policy against Arab Jerusalemites. In practice, Israel has developed plans that aim to make Israeli...
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    Iraq’s struggle: The moral obligation to encourage reconciliation, not more violence

    In the midst of the sudden and bloody surge of violence that has plagued Iraq’s Anbar province over the past two weeks, reportedly claiming nearly 250 lives, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Saleh Al-Mutlaq, one of the few Sunni leaders in Nouri Al-Maliki’s Shiite majority government, told a group...
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    Transforming Palestinian solidarity into ‘themes’

    Contradictions regarding human rights and the exploitation of oppression emanating from the United Nations have culminated in Ban Ki-moon’s statement regarding the death of Ariel Sharon. Mingling sadness and glorification, the UN Secretary-General stuck to the imperialist strategy of obliterating the effects of Sharon’s policies endured by Palestinians. Pain...
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    Israeli considerations in the Syrian arena

    There are three objectives by means of which we can assess the Israeli policy towards the conflict in Syria, which are not masked by Tel Aviv’s feigned indifference and claim of neutrality. Nor do the statements made by some of its leaders stating that the regime in Damascus has...
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    In search of the truth behind bombings and displacement in Iraq

    The general picture of the reality in Iraq is that Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki’s regime is begging America to supply sophisticated weapons to combat terrorism. Foreign Minister Zebari has informed the US that Iraq is in need of American assistance with intelligence analysis, surveillance and the presence of political...
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    The economics of the other gas in Egypt and Bahrain

    Last week, media sources revealed that a shipment of tear gas on its way from South Korea to Bahrain was stopped after a campaign by human rights and humanitarian organisations and criticism from the Bahraini opposition. This shipment was valued at about $28 million, which Saudi Arabia is said...
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    An ethnic cleansing project in Palestinian Triangle

    When Israeli occupation’s government of Benjamin Netanyahu began to officially call Palestinians and Arabs to recognize it as a “Jewish state”, parties participating in the governing coalition started marketing the idea of “resident exchange”, in the same context of the PLO’s and the Arab League’s agreement on “land swap”,...
  • Palestinian athletes are truly Olympian

    The Palestine Olympic team has arrived in London. Made up of five athletes, it is the largest team Palestine has ever sent to the summer Olympics. The athletes are Maher Abu Remeleh, a judo champion; Baha Al-Farra, a 400m runner; Woroud Sawalha, an 800m runner; Sabine Hazboun, a 50m...
  • Gaza Resumes Sporting Activities

    Sports activities in the Gaza Strip resumed two months ago following the most recent Israeli military escalation against the region in November of last year. During last year’s attacks, several sports playing fields were devastated by rocket fire. The Sports Ministry has endeavoured to regain its strength as quickly...
  • Palestinians are seen at sea as they wait for arrival of the ship named Zaytouna belonging to the Womens Boat to Gaza in Gaza City, Gaza on October 5, 2016.

    Women’s racing team in Ramallah shows that there’s more to Palestine than the Occupation

    An all women’s motor racing team is not the first subject that springs to mind when imagining a new documentary to come out of the occupied West Bank, yet six Palestinian female racers, in fact the Arab world’s first all female team, are set to feature in a production...
  • Premier League football to return in Egypt, but behind closed doors

    Seven months after a ban on domestic football was implemented in Egypt, the country’s Ministry of Sport has announced that the Premier League will return on 17 September. The ban was put in place after Egypt’s worst ever football violence left 74 people dead. It happened at Port Said...
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    Over the Wall: A UK football team’s journey into Egypt and Occupied Palestine

    It begun with about 123 hours of footage, smuggled past suspicious border guards, and Jasper’s kitchen floor for a studio: “Terrible for our backs and postures,” Matthew explains. As the crowd disperses from the sold out cinema at the Rich Mix Cultural Foundation in London, I chat to the...
  • Why were the Egyptians happy that their team lost?

    Does history repeat itself? Where once we had the late Sheikh Muhammad Alsharawi praising Allah for the reprehensible defeat of our army in the 1967 war with the Israelis we now have millions of Egyptians praising Allah for the defeat of Egypt’s football team during a World Cup qualifier...
  • Israel and a Sports Boycott: Lessons from South Africa

    Sports events celebrating physical culture and competition have long had underpinnings in political and social motives. From the ancient Greek Olympics and Gladiator tournaments in Rome  to the elitist polo fields and underground bare knuckle boxing rings of Victorian Britain. All realms have served to uphold a certain image...
  • Ban on settlement goods wouldn’t break EU laws

    Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are illegal under international law. This is a fact, accepted by most countries in the world, so prohibition of trade with these settlements – distinct from a ban on Israel proper – might seem like a no-brainer. Such a ban is generally...
  • Be careful not to overstate the significance of individual resignations in Syria

    For months now, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has been described as “increasingly isolated” and “embattled”. Yet the regime has so far held fast, despite growing discomfort with massacres of civilians and a rising death toll: around 13,000 armed and unarmed opponents of Assad have been killed, and around 4,300...
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    The Missing Piece of the Arab Spring jigsaw? What the protests mean for Jordan

    The protests in downtown Amman are a restrained affair and do not compete in size to the millions in Tahrir Square, Cairo. In fact, other than on Fridays, it’s hard to find any trace of them. Where they do bear resemblance to Egypt, however, is that both began with...
  • Palestinian prisoners get family visits after five years

    For the first time in five years, 40 Palestinians from Gaza have been allowed to visit relatives held in Israeli jails. The visits were allowed as part of a deal to end a mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners demanding better conditions – including more access to relatives and...
  • Syria hits new stage in conflict

    The Syrian conflict appeared to enter a new stage last night after a bomb hit the National Security building in Damascus during a meeting of cabinet ministers and security chiefs. Three top security officials were killed in the worst losses for the Assad regime since the increasingly bloody conflict...
  • Yosri Fouda on Egypt After the Revolution

    In real life Yosri Fouda is relaxed. A warm character with a grey pin stripe suit, he settles down on a brown leather chair in the Frontline Club to begin his discussion. In a show characterised by positivity and determination, last night in conversation with senior BBC presenter Lyse...
  • Syrian threats – the drumbeats of war sound louder

    In the protracted, bloody and complex Syrian conflict, practically every day brings a new development. Yesterday, it was the apparent confirmation by a foreign ministry spokesman that the country has a stockpile of chemical weapons, and might use them if it is attacked. At a press conference in Damascus,...
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    Seeking refuge across the border: Syria’s Palestinian population

    Cyber City in the border town of Al-Ramtha, Jordan was once an industrial complex, but since May has become a transit camp for refugees fleeing the terror in Syria. According to footage obtained by Al Jazeera, families of up to eight people share a single room there and are...