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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...
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    Pro-Israelis Turning U.S. into Islamophobic Police State

    The recent call by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer for increased rail safety funding and the creation of a “no-ride” list for Amtrak trains is yet another reminder of just who is stoking fear of Muslims in America. In an interview last year with a Jewish radio talk show in...
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    Is the American public about to ditch Israel?

    By Franklin Lamb, Beirut Ever so slowly over the past two decades, with growing momentum since Israel’s April 2002 destruction of the Jenin refugee camp, American attitudes towards Israel appear to be changing, according to some public opinion analysts. The American Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy polling unit...
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    Not one cent for tribute: Obama’s embarrassing gift to Israel

    By Mark Perry A legendary story from our early history has it that Thomas Jefferson so hated John Jay that he ordered Pierre L’Enfant — the civil engineer who designed our capital city — to excise any reference to Jay (including “J Street”) from his plans. The story is...
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    Israel’s Shabbos Goy

    Why America will come to regret the craven deal Obama is offering Netanyahu. By Christopher Hitchens Those of us who keep an eye on the parties of God are avid students of the weekly Sabbath sermons of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. In these and other venues, usually broadcast, this elderly...
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    Might the US be holding a fugitive Mossad agent in secret detention?

    By Paul Woodward Eight months after the murder of the Hamas commander, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in Dubai, two reports in the last few days present intriguingly contradictory pictures. First came a Wall Street Journal report on Friday with the headline, “In Global Hunt for Hit Men, Tantalizing Trail Goes Cold.”...
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    Is Obama capitulating to Netanyahu?

    By Khalid AmayrehDespite President Obama’s efforts to assure the pliant Ramallah leadership of his continued commitment to a notoriously disingenuous peace process, especially the creation of a Palestinian state, though one of amorphous and uncertain features, it is amply clear that the President has effectively succumbed to Netanyahu’s insolence...
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    Guess Who Wants to Kill the Internet?

    By Maidhc Ó Cathail It would be hard to think of anyone who has done more to undermine American freedoms than Joseph Lieberman. Since 9/11, the Independent senator from Connecticut has introduced a raft of legislation in the name of the “global war on terror” which has steadily eroded...
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    Sinking Ship

    The attack on the Gaza relief flotilla jeopardizes Israel itself. By John J. Mearsheimer Israel’s botched raid against the Gaza-bound humanitarian flotilla on May 31 is the latest sign that Israel is on a disastrous course that it seems incapable of reversing. The attack also highlights the extent to...
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    Kerry’s plan for Palestine

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has been preoccupied with the Middle East recently. After visiting Egypt and Saudi Arabia in order to repair damaged relations, he headed to Geneva to participate in the talks amongst the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council, along with Germany, to...
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    Who is the world’s policeman?

    The United States of America continues to play its role as the world’s policeman despite the huge financial crisis it is suffering and sharp internal polarisation. We were reminded of the fragile state of this “policeman” when the US Congress basically shut-down governmental services for two weeks and threatened...
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    America’s struggle to maintain unipolar domination

    The fall of the Soviet Union pleased America immensely, but the return of its ghost in Russia as a major player on the international stage is a concern. Post-Cold War, the US president could strut the stage at the head of the world’s only superpower, able to threaten and...
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    Obama’s “red line”: fighting for gas masks in Israel while Syria waits for US bombs

    In a matter of days, US President Barak Obama will seek authorisation from Congress to begin airstrikes against Syria. The members of Congress are being asked to approve “limited” intervention aimed at “deterring” President Basher Al-Assad from using chemical weapons. The resolution allows for a 60 day window for...
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    Which Obama should we believe?

    As the news of the Connecticut school massacre sinks in, it would take a hard-hearted person not to feel for the parents, families and friends of the victims. It is the sort of event which most of us will not experience first-hand, but some of us may know someone...
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    Bad news for Murdoch can only be good news for Palestinians

    The phone hacking scandal which has hit Rupert Murdoch’s publishing company News International is getting bigger every day and shows no signs of dying down. The effect on British politics has been compared to a revolution, albeit a very quiet one, and the term “British Spring” has been used.   British...
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    “Unreasonable behaviour” – a thought-crime?

    Sheikh Raed Salah, a political leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel and three times elected mayor of the Palestinian city of Umm al-Fahm, was arrested last week from a London hotel.  Normally, you would think one would have to commit a crime, or at least be suspected of...
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    Double standards over Salah’s arrest

    I was deeply disturbed to learn Sheikh Raed Salah is under threat of deportation on grounds that this action would be “conducive to the public good” (Inquiry after banned Palestinian enters UK, 30 June). On the contrary, it would be very harmful to the public good, at least if...
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    Sheikh’s arrest is an attempt to sabotage the legitimacy of the Palestinian cause

    The circumstances surrounding Sheikh Raed Salah’s arrest by the British government are irregular to say the least. He was taken from his hotel bedroom last Tuesday night and is currently being held in prison pending deportation. Sheikh Raed and his legal team were unaware of any “travel ban” against...
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    Weiss’ Knickers in Knot Over Sheikh Salah

    Michael Weiss, that insufferable, braying pro-Israel zealot, has his knickers in a knot over Sheikh Salah’s visit to England. The Telegraph blogger began his crusade before Salah arrived, with a shot across the bow on June 22nd, in which he crowed about alleged anti-Semitic statements made by Salah. Though a number...
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    Palestinian activists: unwelcome guests?

    In arresting Mr Salah for remarks he denies he made, a British home secretary is being even more intolerant than Israel Sheikh Raed Salah, an Israeli citizen who leads the Islamic Movement in Israel, is currently in the immigration removal centre at Heathrow airport. He was three days into...
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    Phillips leaves the Spectator as the complaints pile up

    Poor ol’ Melanie Phillips. In today’s Guardian, the Conservative Party chair Sayeeda Warsi goes on the offensive: “I don’t read her, actually. I call her Mad Mel,” Lady Warsi says of Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips, who has denounced her as “stupid”. Last week, Phillips announced her departure from...
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    Palestinian Christians express dismay with archbishop of Canterbury

    A letter that was sent by Rifat Kassis of Kairos Palestine this weekend to the Archbishop of Canterbury. In the letter to Dr Rowan Williams Kairos Palestine said… Bethlehem, 18 June 2011 The Most Reverend Dr Rowan WilliamsArchbishop of CanterburyLambeth PalaceLambeth Palace RoadLondon Your Grace, Kairos Palestine is deeply troubled by...
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    Israel has a lot to gain from unrest in Egypt

    Israel has felt uneasy about the situation in Egypt since the revolution of January 2011; until now. The serious political conflict between the government and opposition and the chaos in Egypt is a source of relief and satisfaction in Israel, which has never been entirely happy about the people’s...
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    Has foreign policy been forgotten by the LibDems?

    A visitor to this year’s Liberal Democrat Party conference might think that foreign policy has disappeared from the main agenda of this once internationalist party. With no references to the international agenda in their main conference speeches, delegates were forced to satisfy their desire to discuss foreign affairs by...
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    Britain condemns university status for illegal settlement college

    Britain’s Foreign Secretary has condemned the Israeli cabinet’s decision to upgrade a college in the illegal Ariel settlement in the occupied West Bank to university status, Haaretz newspaper reported on Monday. William Hague said that he was “very disappointed” by the unanimous decision to upgrade the status of the...
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    Learning from the Irish Hunger Strikes of 1981 and the Palestinian Challenge

    John Hurson in Ireland has been keenly conscious of the affinities between the historic Irish hunger strike of 1981 and the ongoing Palestinian hunger strikes. He has travelled to Gaza on several occasions on humanitarian aid convoys, and is the founder of the on line Gaza TV News service....
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    The rise and rise of Sheikh Raed Salah: Israel’s most prominent Islamist wins his case against Britain’s Home Secretary

    May 8 2012 In my blog entry in October 2011 I commented on the decision of the British government to issue a banning order against Sheikh Raed Salah, the head of the so-called Northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel. Salah had been invited to the UK by...
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    Friends of Al-Aqsa and Israeli propaganda

    A response to the deeply-misleading Meir Amit Report It is the usual policy at Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA) not to respond to blatant attempts to discredit our work by Israel’s propaganda machine. Since 1997, many such attempts have been made, yet our organisation goes from strength to strength and...
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    Vanessa Redgrave’s Intifada

    Vanessa Redgrave, a veteran actress and human rights activist was last night awarded the Orange British Academy Film Award at London’s Royal Opera House. Well known for her lifelong commitment to civil rights, and in particular, for speaking out against the oppressive and racist Israeli regime, Redgrave became politicised...
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    Revolutionary apostasy in Egypt and the Turkish coups

    In 1980, General Kenan Evren led a military coup against the Turkish government. American President Jimmy Carter was at a musical concert when he received a phone call from a CIA liaison officer saying: “Our agents did it!” Paul Henry, the director of the CIA at the time, admitted...
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    MPs discuss Gaza crisis in response to Foreign Secretary’s statement

    Britain’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague, read a government statement to the House of Commons on Tuesday in which he called for an urgent de-escalation of the current violence in Gaza and Israel. Reiterating his previously stated position that there is no military solution to the conflict, Hague also restated...
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    Wadah Khanfar: People should be at the heart of journalism

    The former Director General of the Al-Jazeera Network became the first Muslim and non-Western journalist to deliver the annual James Cameron Memorial Lecture at City University in London on Thursday. The anticipation buzzed through the crowd waiting to hear from Wadah Khanfar, one of the most influential figures in...
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    Thirst for Justice: The failure of the Euro-Mediterranean water talks

    Introduction On April 13, the Fourth Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Water took place in Barcelona, bringing together delegations from the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership’s 43 member states to reach an agreement on a strategy for managing water and to ensure equal access to the resource in the region. The Partnership was established...
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    Turkish-Israeli relations frozen, can the Arabs turn this to their favour?

    Introduction Turkey has been pursuing a new foreign policy since the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in November 2002. Although Turkey maintained its special ties with Israel during the early years of the AKP administration, there was growing concern among Israeli leadership regarding Turkey’s increasing activism...
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    EU warned about “rushing back into normal relations” with Egypt

    The launch of the European Council on Foreign Relations report, “Egypt’s Unsustainable Crackdown”, comes as the country is due to hold a constitutional referendum. The military-backed regime, which has rewritten the constitution approved by a majority of Egyptians in 2012, will hold a referendum on the 14 – 15th...
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    It is unfair to compare the Turkish government to the discredited dictators

    The protests in Turkey have dominated international media coverage for several weeks now. Starting with a local protest over plans to bulldoze a park to make way for a shopping mall, overly harsh policing caused the unrest to spread. The backlash has spread across the country, with people from...
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    Serious questions about the Abu Dhabi investments that saved Barclays

    The 2008 financial crash brought down most of the UK’s banks, which were forced to turn to the government for huge cash hand-outs to avoid pulling the rest of the economy down with them. While giants Lloyds TSB and the Royal Bank of Scotland needed to be bailed out...
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    BBC accused of bias over Israel-Palestine

    The BBC is well-used to accusations of bias from many quarters, not least on its coverage of the Israel-Palestine issue, where it appears unable to please anyone. More than 10,000 people have signed a change.org petition demanding that a public inquiry be held into the BBC’s pro-Israel bias. Four...
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    EU ban of grants to settlements ruffles a few feathers

    In July, plans to block European Union money from reaching Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian territory became official. The ban will make institutions and entities in the settlements – which are outside Israel’s pre-1967 borders and are illegal under international law – ineligible for EU grants, prizes or loans,...
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    Stronger EU measures are needed to halt human rights abuses in Egypt

    When Mohammed Morsi was deposed by the Egyptian military on 3 July, the international community was unsure how to react. The US held back from referring to events as a “coup”, as this would trigger an automatic suspension of aid to Egypt. The European Union was no less confused....