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    The Jewish lobby and the race to the White House

    With the approach of the 2012 U.S. presidential elections scheduled for November, difficult questions have arisen about the significance of the Jewish lobby in those elections on the one hand, and its ability to influence the U.S. stance towards the Israeli establishment and its orientations on the other. It...
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    Israel: guaranteed US election winner

    THE results of US elections are eccentric. While re-electing Barack Obama to the White House, voters also chose members of the opposing party as their representatives in Congress. Pundits refer to this as division of powers at its best. Today, next to President Barack Obama, Abigael Evans – the...
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    Israel is a threat to US democracy

    The US State Department is circulating a confidential letter urging European Union (EU) members and other “friendly” countries to help block Palestinian attempts to secure non-member Observer State status at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. The memorandum, seen by this writer, asserts falsely that the US and the...
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    Cultural bias in the US media

    Edward Said’s scholarly work on Western media coverage of Muslim and Arab countries showed that it has been shaped by discreet cultural biases or political motives. This fact couldn’t be more pertinent than in recent coverage of protests against the film deriding Prophet Muhammad. For days, the media was...
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    Israel may be “no more rogue than America”, but it behaves like a rogue state nevertheless

    Andrew Roberts is a historian of note, but his robust defence of the state of Israel in the Financial Times (Israel is no more rogue than America, 3 March) is missing in both objectivity and accuracy. Indeed, if the title of his article is anything to go by, then...
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    Barack Obama and his “State of the Union” speech

    In the traditional State of the Union speech yesterday, President Barack Obama mentioned one group of people (politicians aside) more than anyone else: the lobbyists. In pointing to their potential to have a negative impact on the work of his government – on financial reform, “the lobbyists are already...
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    The US is no longer the alpha-dog in the Middle East

    There is mounting pressure on the Obama administration amid concerns at its effectiveness as a peace broker in the Middle East conflict. Senator George Mitchell, US envoy to the Middle East, is currently involved in proximity talks with Israeli, Palestinian and Arab officials in an attempt to revive negotiations...
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    Civilians pay with their lives for America’s “global war doctrine”

    Perhaps understandably, the US is secretive about its drone programme. But over the last decade, thousands of unmanned drones have been deployed in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia as part of America’s covert war on terror. The US claims that these strikes allow them to eliminate the top tier of...
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    Mr. Biden, the destination is Ankara, not Cairo

    From his first days in office, President Barack Obama has sought to reassure the Muslim world that the “change doctrine” he brought to the White House supports issues concerning the Arabs, particularly that of the Palestinians. Sadly, it looks as if American “interests” which are sponsored by influential groups...
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    “My enemy’s enemy is my ally:” For Congress delegation to Cairo, that enemy is Islam

    Michele Bachman, Steve King and Louie Gohmert’s visit to Egypt has been an interesting turn for the three Congress members. During their visit to Cairo they met the interim Egyptian president, General al Sisi, the Coptic Pope and a number of other officials and following these meetings held a...
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    From red lines… to white flags

    When US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and his Russian counterpart and host Sergei Lavrov, make an announcement on having reached an agreement to hold an international conference on the Syrian crisis following marathon all night discussions, we know that such an announcement can only be made as part...
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    Israel Lobby out in force to block Hagel’s appointment as US Secretary of Defence

    Anti-Hagel groups in Washington are doing all they can to block Barack Obama’s nominee for the post of Secretary of Defence, Chuck Hagel. The anti-Hagel alliance, led from behind the scenes by the powerful Israel Lobby group AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), also includes the DEBKA Jewish...
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    Waiting for Obama

    US President Barack Obama will pay a visit to the Middle East next month. This will be his first trip to Israel in particular since his election in 2008 and it comes just after his re-election for a second term in office. Palestinian and Arab expectations of Obama started...
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    Does Britain really support justice?

    It is one of the long-standing riddles of the Israel-Palestine conflict that Britain and other democratic states do not appear to support genuine justice for Palestinians. While all MPs at Westminster will know the name of Sergeant Gilad Shalit, the single Israeli soldier being held by Palestinians who was...
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    An engagement ring, a pendant and the seeds of two dates

    The lack of Western news coverage of the tragic case of the Eqdiah family, devastated by an Israeli rocket attack on their home in Gaza, is puzzling. Although the tragedy is far from exceptional in Gaza it is precisely examples like this which are able to awaken the public...
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    Permanent Temporariness

    It was in 2003 that I realised something fundamental had changed. The door to the room in which I was sitting flew open. In stalked a figure still dressed in a dark overcoat and scarf. He evidently could contain himself no longer. I was in Downing Street with the...
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    British parliament debates Palestinian children prisoners

    By Renee Bowyer I visited the family of a twelve year old boy arrested on a Sunday morning. They lived in a small room on the outskirts of Balata refugee camp bordering the city of Nablus. The mother of Salim spoke to me first reminding me how the last...
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    Their money and our lives

    By Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban At last, it has been acknowledged that Western intelligence agencies tortured innocent people for years in the notorious Guantanamo prison. The admission came through the British government’s decision to pay compensation to 16 Muslims arrested without charges in Guantanamo. They suffered all forms of brutal torture since...
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    “No Peace Without Justice”: The London Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine

    By Frank Barat and Michael Mansfield QC Countless United Nations Security Council and General Assembly resolutions have been passed and violated; The Goldstone Report has been attacked and dismissed and the recent UNHRC fact finding Mission on the Freedom Flotilla incident, condemning Israel’s actions in the strongest possible terms,...
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    Britain: Don’t allow child killers on your soil

    By Khalid Amayreh 7 November, 2010 The Israeli government is exerting tremendous pressure on the UK to amend British laws allowing for the arrest and prosecution of suspected war criminal. British Foreign Secretary William Hague reportedly was being ‘ambushed’ by Israeli officials during his recent visit to the de...
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    Israeli-British laws and relations

    By Sir Cyril Townsend It is almost a year since the publication of the UN’s Goldstone Report on Israel’s war against Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009. The Committee which prepared the 525 page Report concluded that Israel attacked civilians, police stations, government ministries, food factories, sewage plants...
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    Justice Minister confirms to MEMO his intention to amend law on Universal Jurisdiction – Move likely to destabilize coalition

    Foreign Secretary, William Hague, made an unannounced appearance at this year’s Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) annual delegates’ reception. His appearance was met with raucous applause from majority of the 200-strong audience. Hague praised Mr Alistair Burt, Minister of State for the Middle East, who was also in attendance,...
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    Lib Dem leader Clegg attends Friends of Israel fringe meeting, but ignores Friends of Palestine

    Nick Clegg, the coalition’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, attended the Liberal Democrats Friends of Israel fringe meeting on Monday 20 September alongside LDFI President Sir Alan Beith MP, the President of the New Israel Fund, Professor Naomi Chazam, and the new Deputy Israeli Ambassador...
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    Al Quds day letter to Tony Blair from Lauren Booth, in Iran

    By Lauren Booth3 September 2010 Dear Tony, Congratulations on your political memoir becoming an instant bestseller. I’m in Iran and have the only copy in the country. I can tell you, it’s so fiercely fought over, it’s worth its weight in WMD’s. Note to Random House; have ‘A Journey’ translated...
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    Open letter to BBC Panorama Team

    Máiread Maguire was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, jointly awarded to her in 1976. She is a committed peace activist and has long been a supporter of the poor and the oppressed, including the Palestinians. Máiread Maguire has an internationally renowned reputation for peaceful activism and...
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    Tony and the Shah of Palestine

    By Yvonne RidleyEver since a group of ordinary people from more than 40 different countries came together and set sail for Gaza have we seen various world leaders scramble to persuade Israel to lift the blockade on Gaza. Why? To honour the memory of those martyred by Israeli soldiers...
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    Jeremy Bowen attacks BBC Trust for Gaza ruling

    Middle East editor defends his reporting on Israel after BBC Trust finds him guilty of inaccuracies. By Maggie Brown Jeremy Bowen has attacked the BBC Trust ruling that found him guilty of inaccuracies in a report about Israel last year. The BBC’s Middle East editor, speaking at the University...
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    German MP claims that Israel killed 19 on the Freedom Flotilla

    By Kalid Shamt – Berlin A German MP has claimed that the number of people killed by Israel in its attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla was nineteen, and not nine as is now widely accepted. Ange Hogger MP was among those involved in the flotilla when it was...
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    Lies, damned lies, and Israeli propaganda

    By Omar Radwan Following Israel’s murderous attack on the Freedom Flotilla taking humanitarian aid to Gaza, it is hard not to conclude that sections of the media in Britain and other Western countries have been desperate to find ways to justify the crime. On the BBC and Sky News,...
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    Israel’s war on international law

    By Mehmet Nedim Aslan Before the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government was formed in Britain, Israel’s Yediot Aharonot newspaper carried an article voicing concerns about LibDem leader Nick Clegg’s stance on the policies of the Jewish state. Clegg called for an arms embargo during the Israeli assault on Gaza last...
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    Turkey’s policy on Hamas: common grounds and differences

    By Furkan Torlak “Even if Turkey’s Hamas policy has some common ground with European Union countries, it has differences when we consider it in the context of the Middle East peace process and Arab-Israel conflict.” The officials and politicians behind Turkey’s foreign policies believe that Hamas came to power...
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    The Tories, Israel and Britain’s General Election

    By Omar RadwanIn the run-up to the British General Election on 6th May, the Conservative Party has taken out a full page advertisement in the Jewish Chronicle, aimed at the...
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    Donkeys and Demons

    By Yvonne Ridley Bradford: demons of apartheid South Africa It was a Charles Dickens’ character from the book Oliver Twist who called the law an ass. However, quite often it’s not the law that’s at fault but those who sit in judgment and interpret the law – they are...
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    How can Turkey liberate itself from Zionist blackmail?

    By Dr Abdullah Al-Ash’al It is indisputable that the Turkish government of the Justice and Development Party (JDP) is a model modern state that has applied the principles of Islam beyond semantics. It has been committed to the principle of effectiveness, as was the government of Mahathir Muhammad in...
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    Britain’s policy on Palestine is hypocritical, duplicitous and mendacious

    By Khalid Amayreh in occupied JerusalemLast week, a few Palestinian journalists and I had the opportunity to meet with Martin Day, a spokesman of the British government. The meeting, which was hosted by the Arabic Media Internet Network (AMIN), took place in Ramallah. In his introductory remarks, Day gave...
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    European collusion with Mossad terrorism

    By Abdel Bari AtwanThe assassination of Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh, widely assumed to have been carried out by Mossad, exposed not only some of the security services in the Palestinian Authority and their collaboration with Israeli intelligence, but has also some European countries and their collusion with Israeli terrorism. The silence...
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    INTERPOL Media Release

    INTERPOL issues Red Notices to assist in identification of 11 Dubai murder suspects LYON, France – INTERPOL has issued Red Notices for 11 internationally-wanted individuals who have been charged by UAE/Dubai authorities with co-ordinating and committing the murder of Palestinian national and Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai on...
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    Sentencing of protesters against war in Gaza: community concerns should not be ignored

    By Dr. Jonathan Githens-Mazer and Dr. Robert Lambert Stiff prison sentences being handed down to Muslim protesters who took part in London demonstrations during Israel’s military operation in Gaza last year contribute to an atmosphere that is having an adverse impact on the Government’s strategy to bring alienated young...
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    “Overlooking justice only leads to increased conflict and violence”

    By S.M. Mohamed IdrisIt is outrageous that the German Cabinet chose to hold a joint meeting last week with the Israeli Cabinet in Berlin at a time when the Israeli government is oppressing the Palestinians in a way that has been likened to what the Nazis did to the...
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    Shooting the Messengers

    By Omar Radwan This month has seen the first anniversary of Israel’s assault on Gaza in which more than 1,400 Palestinians – one third of them children – were killed; war crimes were committed and apologists for the state of Israel have a serious PR problem. British Muslims have...
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    Turkey, Israel and the EU

    The Israeli government has bowed to Turkish threats and made an official written apology to the Turkish ambassador in Tel Aviv for the insults he was subjected to earlier this week by Danny Ayalon, Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister. Ayalon had humiliated the ambassador while he complained about some Turkish...
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    What’s the point of David Miliband?

    By Yvonne RidleyI am beginning to ask myself, “What’s the point of David Miliband?” – a question I’ve no doubt Gordon Brown posed just a few days ago following the failed attempt to have the Prime Minister ousted. Miliband has drawn fire from angry Labour backbenchers who felt that...
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    Turkey-Israel relations take a downward turn

    By Omar Radwan The relationship between Turkey and Israel, which was severely tested following Israel’s assault against the Gaza Strip one year ago, has deteriorated yet further in the past few days. Last Friday, Turkish President Abdullah Gul met with his Israeli counterpart, Shimon Peres, and the two leaders...
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    Turkish Foreign Minister: No dialogue with Israel until it ends the occupation and stops killings

    By Mehmet Nedim Aslan Turkey’s Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, has made his strongest criticism yet of Israel and its policies. After talks with his British counterpart David Miliband at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, the two ministers held a joint press conference during which Mr Davutoğlu answered...
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    Should the prime minister and foreign secretary apologise for the actions of the British judiciary?

    The last few days have seen an uproar emanating from Whitehall, including both the British and Israeli media. The furore surrounds the issuing of an arrest warrant for former Israeli foreign minister, Tzipi Livni and the subsequent responses from the government. Human rights lawyers representing Palestinian victims of the Israeli...
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    ‘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...
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    Turkey’s Palestine-Israeli Policy

    By Furqan KayaTurkey is a significant actor in its region, even if the West is split over what region the country actually belongs to; a member of NATO and, bizarrely, (like Israel) playing football in European competitions but not accepted as a member of the EU. Nevertheless, Turkey’s geopolitical...
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    Exposed – the influence of the pro-Israeli lobby in British politics and media

    Before it even aired last night, the Channel 4 Dispatches documentary “Britain’s pro-Israel Lobby” had created shockwaves. Produced by Peter Oborne and James Jones their investigation bravely examines a subject that too few journalists are willing to risk their careers to tackle. Oborne and Jones, however, do not shy away...
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    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...
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    Through thick and thin: America continues to support Israel despite the economic crisis and global calls for social and economic justice

    At least a quarter of a million Israelis protested in August over the cost of living. In Tel Aviv alone, 200,000 people took to the streets. The protests, however, were over more than simply against the high cost of basic essentials and housing: “The people demand social justice!” they...