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    Russia cancels Jewish Agency conference

    Hebrew media sources claim that the Russian authorities have decided “suddenly” to cancel an International Conference of the Jewish Agency, which was scheduled to be held later this month in St Petersburg. According to Maariv newspaper, the Kremlin says that the Jewish Agency – an organisation which aims to...
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    Israel Deputy Foreign Minister to visit Britain amidst protest calls

    Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Daniel Ayalon, is to visit Britain this week, the first visit by a senior Israeli politician since an arrest warrant for war crimes was issued against Tzipi Livni in December last year. As a government minister Ayalon has diplomatic immunity and will not face the...
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    Chilcot War Inquiry: Professor to launch ‘Nuremberg’ war crimes prosecution against Blair

    By Glen Owen for the Daily MailPlans to bring a war crimes prosecution against Tony Blair based on last week’s bombshell evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry have been launched by a leading law professor. The move could see Mr Blair follow former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic into a dock...
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    Smash EDO Gaza Demo, Brighton

    On the first anniversary of the end of the Israeli war against Gaza, Smash EDO activists in Brighton organized a demonstration against the local factory of arms manufacturer EDO MBM/ITT who made some of the weapons that killed 1417 Palestinians during the three-week assault. Brighton, UK. 18/01/2010. On the...
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    European Parliamentarians visit the Besieged Gaza Strip one year on

    Fifty European MP’s visited the besieged Gaza Strip this weekend to assess for themselves the aftermath of Israel’s offensive a year ago, which left over 1400 Palestinians dead, most of them women and children. The recent European delegation was organised by the European Campaign to End the Siege on...
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    MEPs to visit Gaza

    The Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) is preparing to receive the largest delegation of European parliamentarians since the imposition of the blockade against the Gaza Strip. The delegation of MEPs is expected to visit Gaza in the next few days to see for themselves the ongoing effects of Israel’s devastating...
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    Letter to the Prime Minister signed by MPs, peers and lawyers opposing changes on Universal Jurisdiction

    A Letter to the Prime Minister, Gordon BrownDear Prime Minister, We are shocked at suggestions by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister Ivan Lewis and Foreign Secretary David Miliband, that Britain may consider changing its laws to avoid any future attempts to prosecute suspected war criminals, Israeli or otherwise. The UK...
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    Erdogan slams Israel over violation of Lebanese airspace

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Israel on Monday for violating Lebanon’s airspace and using disproportionate force against Palestinians in Gaza, the latest in a series of criticisms Ankara has directed at the Jewish state’s policies in the Middle East. “It is impossible for us to remain...
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    European Parliament delegation waiting for Egyptian approval to visit Gaza

    Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have accused the Egyptian authorities of procrastination over their application for approval to visit Gaza via the Rafah border crossing. The visit is scheduled to go ahead in five days’ time and the MEPs have been waiting for a response from the Egyptians...
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    Turkish Foreign Ministry warns Israel over Jewish settlements

    The Turkish Foreign Ministry yesterday said it was concerned about Israel’s decision to build 700 new Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem, adding that such a move was a clear violation of the international law. In a statement released in Ankara, the  Foreign Ministry warned Israel about its decision to...
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    Turkish MPs to enter Gaza with Viva Palestina convoy in Egypt

    Five Turkish MPs will on Monday join an international aid convoy that has reached Egyptian port one-week later after the date that they initially hoped to reach Gaza Strip on the first anniversary of Israel’s 22-day offensive. Viva Palestina Convoy is now at the Egyptian port of El-Arish with...
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    British parliamentarians and Palestinian supporters present letter to Egyptian ambassador in London

    Yesterday a delegation of senior British parliamentarians, Muslim figures and Palestinian solidarity leaders in the UK presented a letter to the Egyptian Ambassador Hatem Seif El Nasr to London concerning the obstruction to the Viva Palestina convoy and the blockade of Gaza. The letter was handed in by Baroness...
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    Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) writes to Foreign Secretary on Tzipi Livni arrest warrant

    The Rt. Hon. David Miliband MPSecretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth AffairsForeign and Commonwealth OfficeKing Charles StreetLondon SW1A 2AH 23rd December 2009 Dear Mr Miliband, I am writing to express the deep disappointment and grave concern of the Muslim Council of Britain (the MCB) at your views with...
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    “UNRWA still vital for the protection of Palestinian refugees,” says PRC head

    The Director-General of the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) has said that the role of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) remains vital for the protection of Palestinian refugees. Speaking at the PRC’s London conference with the theme “UNRWA and the future of Palestinian refugees”, Dr. Majed Al-Zeer, also...
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    Families of the Kidnapped Committee: The Guardian defended our children while the Arabs kept silent

    The Families of the Kidnapped Committee disclosed yesterday that “the torture and abuse of our sons in the West Bank prisons is much more widespread than reported by The Guardian. However, the committee stressed that what was published by the British newspaper in defence of their sons was very...
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    Amnesty International’s Director derides British Government for its shortsighted rush to protect ally and undermining of fight for international justice

    In a letter to the editor of The Times today (18 December) the UK Director of Amnesty International, Kate Allen said the newspaper’s denunciation of the arrest warrant for Tzipi Livni (leading article, Dec 16) is misplaced and to argue that Ms Livni be shielded from justice because she...
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    Growing outrage over British government suggestion to change the law to protect suspected Israeli war criminals

    The British government is said to be ‘urgently’ looking into its universal jurisdiction laws, following the successful issuing of a warrant by Westminster magistrates’ court for the arrest of Tzipi Livni, the former Israeli foreign minister, on Saturday 12 December. Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, came out last night stating...
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    HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER SPEAKS OUT ON ARREST WARRANT FOR THE LEADER OF THE ISRAELI OPPOSITION AND DAVID MILIBAND’S PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE LAW OF UNIVERSAL JURISDICTION

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Following the issue of an arrest warrant for Tzipi Livni, Israel’s former foreign minister, Sarah McSherry, partner at Christian Khan solicitors and executive committee member of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights, speaks out about David Miliband’s proposal to change the law in the UK to ensure...
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    Al-Jazeera correspondent in London: warrant issued for arrest of Livni

    Al-Jazeera London’s correspondent reported today Monday December 14 that a warrant has been issued by a British judge for the arrest of former Israeli foreign minister Tsipi Livni for alleged war crimes committed in the Gaza Strip last winter. Ms Livni was scheduled to speak in London at a...
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    MEMO welcomes FCO condemnation of “politically motivated detention”

    Yesterday, 11 December 2009, the Middle East Monitor (MEMO) published an exclusive interview with a 30 year old man in the West Bank who recounted his horrific experience of being unjustly detained, brutally interrogated and abused for days by the Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces. MEMO point out...
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    The Palestinian Forum in Britain condemns Tel Aviv for denying European Parliament Members from entering Gaza

    The Palestinian Forum in Britain condemned, on Wednesday, December 9, the Israeli authorities’ decision to deny European Parliament Members access to Gaza, and considered this decision to be a response to the EU foreign ministers’ recent call for Jerusalem to become the capital of both Israel and a future...
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    Friends of Gaza Centre in Oxford prepares to launch exhibition – “Children Under Fire”

    The Friends of Gaza Centre in Oxford is preparing to set up an exhibition featuring the drawings of the children of Gaza under the title “Children under Fire.” The exhibition, which will start at the end of next January and last for a month, will include drawings from the...
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    London School of Economics set to twin with Gaza college

    One of the UK’s most prestigious universities is set to “twin” with the Islamic University of Gaza after its student union voted in favor of the move. The London School of Economics (LSE) is set to link up with the Gaza institution after the student union passed a motion...
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    Israel refuses Irish FM permission to visit Gaza

    Israeli authorities deny Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Michael Martin permission to visit the impoverished coastal sliver of Gaza which has long been under an Israeli siege. Speaking at the Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs on Friday, Martin said no substantive reason had been given for the refusal. “I just...
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    Turkey’s Vakit interviews MEMO

    Nedim Aslan of Vakit newspaper interviews the Director of Middle East Monitor, Dr Daud Abdullah, to talk about the establishment of the institution, its stated purpose and its role in aiding conflict resolution in the Middle East. Dr Abdullah spoke of the widespread ignorance on the causes of the...
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    EU to recognize East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

    The EU’s foreign ministers will recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state next week, according to a Tuesday report in the Israeli daily Haaretz. The newspaper said it obtained a draft document authored by Sweden, which currently holds the EU presidency, implying that the EU...
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    Palestinian photographer runner up in global award

    Palestinian photojournalist Mahmud Ajrami has been awarded the second best photographer in the international Rory Peck competition just concluded in London. Ajrami won the award for filming the Israeli bombing of a school ran by the UNRWA in Beit Lahia, which was a refuge for Palestinian civilians who left...
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    David Cameron faces tough questions after last week’s Dispatches report.

    Several civil society bodies have expressed interest in further probing the issues uncovered in the Dispatches programme aired last Monday 16th November on the Pro-Israel lobby in Britain. The British Muslim Initiative (BMI) and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), for example, have asked David Cameron to address some of...
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    Conservative Shadow Foreign Secretary reaffirms condemnation of Israel’s “Disproportionate” actions.

    MEMO has contacted the office of William Hague who has reaffirmed his stance that Israel acted in a “disproportionate” manner in the 2006 attack on Lebanon. Mr Hague is quoted as having said, “We have always maintained our view, as expressed in July 2006, that elements of the Israeli...
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    French FM fearful Israel doesn’t want peace

    French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner expressed his fear that Israel no longer appears prepared to pursue negotiations in the Middle East, adding that Paris remains fervently opposed to settlement construction in the West Bank, Israeli media reported on Tuesday. In an interview with France Inter radio, Kouchner elucidated that...
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    Erdogan: the Israeli army committed serious crimes double that attributed to Sudan

    Turkey’s Prime Minister Rajab Tayeb Erdogan criticised the Zionist government led by Benyamin Netanyaho saying he prefers to meet with the Sudanese president to discuss the crisis in Dar Fur rather than the head of the Israeli government to discuss the Goldstone report. Erdogan pointed out that during the...
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    A man humiliated

    A man humiliated The decision by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, not to run for re-election next year looks like the act of a man who has reached the end of his political tether. He is the principal Palestinian advocate of a negotiated two-state peace agreement with Israel. If...
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    Turkish students hurl eggs at Israeli envoy

    Turkish police detained around 20 students on Wednesday after they pelted Israel’s ambassador with eggs to protest the Jewish state’s treatment of Palestinians, forcing him to cancel a university visit. The protest took place outside the university in the Black Sea port of Trabzon as ambassador Gabby Levy arrived...
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    Miliband assures Fayad Britain will pressure Israel to end its provocative actions in Jerusalem

    A statement from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) today confirmed that Britain’s foreign secretary David Miliband has been in touch with the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah, Salam Fayad, over the deteriorating situation in Jerusalem. The statement also confirmed that Miliband expressed his grave anxiety...
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    Tel Aviv accuses Britain of blocking its accession to the OECD

    Israeli political sources accused the British government of putting obstacles in the Jewish state’s path to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  A vote will be held on Tel Aviv’s membership of the OECD by the beginning of the next year, 2010. The Hebrew radio reported...
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    Looming Diplomatic crisis between Egypt and Israel after cancellation of Mediterranean Union conference

    A conference of foreign ministers of the Mediterranean Union due to take place in Istanbul in November has been cancelled after Egypt and several other Arab countries objected to the participation of Israel’s extremist foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman; the Jerusalem Post reported yesterday. Egypt’s foreign minister, Ahmad Abu Al-Ghaet...
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    Al Masri: “Bernard Kouchner’s determination to visit Gaza is the beginning to correct Western approach to Hamas”

    A member of the Palestinian Parliament and leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, Mushir Al-Masri, regards the insistence of French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner to visit Gaza as a positive step. By recognising the realities on the ground without overlooking them, the French and the West are correcting...
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    Easy Jet Event to Encourage Israeli Tourism Picketed by Pro-Palestine Demonstrators

    Pro-Palestine Supporters picketed the start of a 5 day Israeli Tourism event held in Spitalfields market, East London. Despite efforts by Israeli security to get demonstrators to move, police made no efforts to move them on to the frstration of the Pro-Israel organisers. To celebrate the new low cost...
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    Turkey Disallows Israeli Participation in NATO Military Exercises

    Turkey has decided to cancel air force military exercises that were scheduled for next week, Israeli media reports revealed Sunday. According to sources in the Israeli security ministry, Ankara notified Israel about its decision days before the scheduled manoeuvres were to take place, with the participation of the United...
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    FCO official: “We regard all settlement activity as 100% illegal.”

    The Middle East Monitor (MEMO) has been in touch with the British Foreign Office in an attempt to illicit a reaction about Israel’s ever increasing settlement expansion programs, including the laying of the foundation stone of the biggest settlement in Jerusalem yesterday. In a telephone interview with the Middle...
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    British MP’s reactions to the Israeli settlements.

    The Middle East Monitor (MEMO), has contacted MP’s from the three main political parties, as well as the foreign office, to get their reaction to Israel’s very provocative act yesterday of laying the foundation stone of a new settlement expansion program in East Jerusalem’s Jabal Mukaber neighborhood. The response from...
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    Jerusalem’s troublesome sheikh

    Jerusalem’s troublesome sheikhRa’ed Salah is mobilising opposition to the undermining of the Islamic presence in the city. His actions play to a wider audience, A subtle shift in power has recently taken place on the street in Jerusalem. The confrontations during the past week between Palestinians and the Israeli...
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    Zionist attempts to desecrate the first of the two Qiblas

    Turkish demonstrators blockade Israeli Council in Istanbul in protest against actions in Al-Aqsa Mosque. Hundreds of Turkish youths blockaded the Israeli Consulate from midnight Sunday until the early hours of Monday morning in Istanbul in protest against Zionists attempts to assault Al-Aqsa Mosque with the help of the Occupation...
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    Turkey will work to accomplish Goldstone report in the Security Council

    Erdogan: Turkey will work to accomplish debate of the Goldstone report in the Security Council Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced that his country would work within the Security Council to accomplish a debate of the Goldstone report published last month. The report confirmed that the Israeli army...
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    PINOCHET ATTORNEY REPRESENTS BARAK

    FCO letter “upgraded” minister’s status to avoid arrestA last minute letter by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to a London court purportedly upgrading Ehud Barak’s visit from private to ‘special’ status saved the Israeli Defence Minister from certain arrest on charges of war crimes yesterday, 29th September. While...
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    Vice Premier and ex-IDF chief cancels U.K visit over arrest fears

    Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon recently canceled a planned trip to Britain for fear of being arrested there. Ya’alon was invited to London to attend a fund-raising dinner for Benji’s Home, a group home for soldiers with no family in Israel. The project is the initiative of the parents...
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    European Parliament calls for international inquiry and end to blockade

    An international and impartial inquiry into Israel ‘s attack on a humanitarian flotilla, the opening of all crossing points to and from Gaza and an immediate end to the blockade are among Parliament’s demands in a resolution passed on Thursday. MEPs also advocate reshaping the EU’s Middle East policy,...
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    Award-winning film director calls Israel “a racist state”

    By Mehmet Nedim AslanAward-winning British film director Ken Loach has described Israel as a “racist state” in an interview with the Turkish daily Vakit newspaper. The director said the Israeli state was based on the ethnicity of those who are given automatic citizenship; this in itself is “proof of...
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    British lawyer Tayab Ali takes up case of Al Mabhouh family

    A British human rights lawyer Tayab Ali of Irvine Thanvi Natas solicitors has been appointed by the family of the assassinated Hamas leader Mahmoud Al Mabhouh to pursue legal action in the British court. Several persons using forged British passports were involved in the killing. Al Mabhouh was murdered...
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    Red Cross: Israel siege on Gaza illegal punishing civilians

    Red Cross described Israeli siege as “collective punishment” of Gaza’s civilian population as a violation of the Geneva Conventions, calling on Israel to lift it. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday described Israeli siege as “collective punishment” of Gaza’s civilian population as a violation of...