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    The Intifada and its Signals

    Since the last war on Gaza, the media has abounded with forecasts and the predicted signals of a third Intifada in Palestine, particularly in the West Bank. These expectations have mounted following the death of Palestinian prisoner, Arafat Jaradat, in an Israeli prison and the violent clashes that ensued...
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    The third intifada and the decisive year

    The Israeli military has warned about the outbreak of a “third intifada” in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. I have also warned of this before now, as there have been several signs that this is a distinct possibility. First, the “peace process” and “two-state solution” have reached a...
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    How the Graffiti Boys ignited the Syrian Revolution

    “Ashaab yureed isqat annidham.” This phrase is ringing in the ears of tyrants and despots around the Arab world and means quite simply that the people want to bring down the regime. It is the enduring chant of the Arab Spring, so it’s hardly surprising that these are probably...
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    Palestine Spring in the making?

    A third Palestinian uprising is simmering slowly, fuelled by the denigrating policies of Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. With the chances for a political resolution steadily diminishing, and lacking other options, the conditions are ripe for a new Palestinian Intifada. While the Palestinian leadership has repeatedly committed to a peaceful settlement,...
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    Livni is being used to polish Netanyahu’s image

    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was keen to draw attention to his success in incorporating the Movement Party, led by former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, in his latest coalition government. This keenness is not aimed at putting pressure on the other parties trying to impose further conditions on him...
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    Does reconciliation really need “temporary borders” which will threaten the Palestinian cause?

    Benjamin Netanyahu’s election coalition partner has said that it is “impossible” to solve the conflict with the Palestinians. “It is possible to manage it – and it is important to manage it – and to negotiate in order to reach a long-term transitional agreement,” claimed Avigdor Lieberman, who was...
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    No unity without real partnership

    The internal split within Palestinian ranks has damaged the national cause and has been foremost in its negative impact on the resistance in occupied Palestine post-first and second intifadas. Nevertheless, the second Intifada lasted longer despite all obstacles and in spite of the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip....
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    Israel’s segregated bus lines have touched a nerve

    One of the most iconic moments in the American civil rights movement took place in Alabama in 1955, when Rosa Parks, a black woman, refused to give up her seat in the “coloured” section of a bus to make way for a white passenger. She was not the first...
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    EU-funded Israeli theft

    A leaked report commissioned by the European Union (EU) has concluded that Israeli settlement construction “remains the single biggest threat” to peace in the Middle East. The confidential, 15-page report outlines 10 recommendations for the 27 EU states to consider regarding Israel’s wanton activities in occupied Palestine. It describes proposals...
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    UNICEF report reveals Israel’s “institutionalised” ill-treatment of Palestinian children

    Israel imposes two parallel legal systems across the occupied West Bank. Illegal Jewish settlers who commit a crime face the mainstream Israeli courts, with in-built legal rights and safeguards. Palestinians, on the other hand, are channelled through a military court system, with none of the legal protections enjoyed by...
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    Erdoğan and Zionism

    The Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, knows very well that when he described Zionism before the UN Alliance of Civilizations Forum held in Vienna late last February as being “a crime against humanity”, he opened the door for much Zionist, American and European criticism. The office of the...
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    The Henry Jackson Society and scaremongering with AIPAC

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is North America’s most vociferous pro-Israel lobby group. This week Alan Mendoza of Britain’s Henry Jackson Society offered an interesting glimpse into what appears to be one of the main preoccupations of his organisation; namely, scaremongering about Muslims. The Henry Jackson Society...
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    Tunisia is still at the forefront

    The French Minister of Interior, Manuel Valls, faced sharp and well-deserved criticism following statements he made in the wake of the assassination of opposition politician, Chokri Belaid, last month. Valls asserted that Tunisia was no longer the model country for the Arab Spring as a result of the control...
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    Israeli doctors accused of collusion in torture

    Questions are being raised about the involvement of Israeli doctors in the suspected torture of a young Palestinian detainee who died in custody last month. Sharmila Devi reports. The death of a Palestinian prisoner in disputed circumstances in an Israeli prison has reignited a longstanding controversy over alleged physician...
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    News black-out and political farce over Jerusalem clashes

    Despite their ferocity, last Friday’s clashes in the Noble Sanctuary of Al-Aqsa failed to make international headlines. The virtual news black-out was indicative of prevailing attitudes towards Jerusalem as a whole. Palestinian officials argue, and rightly so, that even the Arab media is complicit in this neglect. With every...
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    Israel and the looting of Arab natural resources

    In just a few weeks, Israel plans on extracting gas from the “Tamar” and “Leviathan” gas fields, which were discovered dozens of kilometers into the waters northwest of Haifa.  The gas reserves in these two fields are very large, and are considered the two largest offshore reserves discovered in...
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    Double agent Adnan Yasin avoided sentence under Israeli pressure

    By Zuhair Andraos Yesterday, Israeli reports revealed that the Israel’s foreign intelligence agency, Mossad, was able to plant bugs in Mahmoud Abbas’s (Abu Mazen) office in 1993 while he was Deputy Chairman of the PLO Executive Committee. It also revealed conflict between Abbas and then Palestinian President Yasser Arafat....
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    On tenth anniversary, Israel partisans behind Iraq War still at large

    Three years ago this month, I wrote a piece entitled “Who’s to Blame for the Iraq War?” to mark the seventh anniversary of the US invasion. My sole purpose in compiling a by-no-means-exhaustive list of 20 Israel partisans who played key roles in inducing America into making that disastrous...
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    The Nakba is now 64 years old and counting

    May 2012 sees Israel entering the sixty-fifth year since it was established on the ruins of historic Palestine. Those years have been a colonial journey unprecedented in history. Israel was based on the philosophy of bringing people of one ethnicity from around the world to supplant another people indigenous...
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    The Judaisation of Jerusalem

    The Judaisation of Jerusalem has occupied a prominent place in the Arab and Muslim media recently, and is the focus of many statements made by officials and heads of state on the grounds that the city’s future concerns those who care about Islamic and Christian holy sites there. Recent...
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    Modifying the Egypt-Israel peace treaty

    The question of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel was raised after the Eilat incident and its aftermath when six Egyptian border police were killed by Israel. In response to public opinion, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces had to consider whether or not to cancel the...
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    From Damascus to Sanaa, Cairo and Tunis: changing the course of history is inevitable

    In response to the threat made to him by the Turkish foreign minister that he is about to face the same fate of Saddam Hussein or Qaddafi, Syria’s President promised to put a quick end to the violence perpetrated by his security and army forces against his own people....
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    UNESCO and Jerusalem

    The recent reference by the United Nations Educational, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO) to the occupied city of Jerusalem as the “capital of Israel” was both surprising and contrary to previous decisions of the organisation itself. The latter have emphasised that Jerusalem is an occupied Arab city in accordance...
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    Hamas and recognition: goals and cautions

    The clampdown on Hamas continues: despite some clear sky here and there, the demands are the same; recognition of Israel as a Jewish state in exchange for recognition of the movement’s legitimacy. It must choose between staying in power by recognising Israel or abandoning its democratic mandate as a...
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    Sheikh Raed Salah and the rise of the Islamic Movement in Israel

    If we want to know why the British government decided to arrest Sheikh Raed Salah, we need to look at his pivotal role in the Islamic Movement inside Israel (“the 1948-occupied Palestinian territories”), which is a cause for great concern for the Israeli authorities and security services in the...
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    The PLO is to “liberate” not to legalize partition

    If political wisdom does not prevail, if no crucial decisions are taken in which ALL Palestinians are represented, and if we do not learn from the mistakes of the past by changing the previous policies and methods and those who made them, then we are embarking on a disaster...
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    Hamas and Europe in the wake of Palestinian reconciliation

    The Palestinian reconciliation agreement has brought the issue of European recognition of Hamas and its political role back to the fore. Given that Hamas is such a decisive force with influence and presence within Palestinian ranks, it is impossible to disregard it. Europe’s position on relations with Hamas has...
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    Arab media focus on Khaled Meshaal post-reconciliation

    The Head of the Hamas Political Bureau, Khaled Meshaal, has been the focus of much Arab media interest in the wake of the historic reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas. Cairo correspondents for the London-based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (The Middle East) newspaper quoted Khaled Meshaal in a lengthy article saying...
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    A bitter choice between tyranny and colonialism

    After forty years of absolute rule during which he spent billions of dollars to boost his image in the world, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi finds himself without friends. Despite dozens of lengthy television interviews and the distribution of millions of copies of his “Green Book” in every conceivable language,...
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    President of Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr Aziz Dwaik meets envoy to Russian Foreign Minister in Ramallah

    On Wednesday (02.03.2011), the President of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr Aziz Dweik, along with a number of other PLC deputies, met with a visiting Russian delegation which included the Russian Foreign Minster’s envoy, Alexander Ifimov and Russia’s representative to the Palestinian Authority, Alexander Rudakov. The two groups discussed...
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    Egypt placed on the agenda for Israel’s Herzliya Conference

    The people’s revolution in Egypt cast its shadow as far as the eleventh Herzliya Conference in Israel. Opened by Israeli President Shimon Peres on the 7 February, the conference brought together opinion makers to focus on Israel’s security matters among other issues. It was clear that events in Tunisia...
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    It’s time for those who hold the keys to their homes to rise up

    The issue is not that documents giving details of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority were leaked by Al Jazeera and the Guardian. We all had a general picture of the positions taken by Palestinian negotiators in front of Israel. Such positions were already subjected to strong criticism...
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    Hamas political deputy claims West Bank will not put up with PA much longer

    The deputy leader of Hamas’s political bureau, Dr Mousa Abu Marzouk, has claimed that the Palestinians living in the Occupied West Bank “will not be patient for long with the Ramallah Authority’s system of administering the affairs of the territory”. These include, said Dr. Abu Marzouk, the PA’s “practices...
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    Why the Israelis prefer Omar Suleiman

    Since it was first mooted about eight years ago that the son of Hosni Mubarak was being groomed to take his place as president of Egypt, the Director of the country’s General Intelligence Services, Omar Suleiman has faced fierce competition for the top job. Meanwhile, the neo-con Zionist lobby...
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    The tragedy of the two-state solution

    It is fairly obvious that Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is messing around with US President Barack Obama, when on the one hand he declares that he is interested in peace while on the other he is doing his utmost to thwart a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict....
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    The economics of occupation in the West Bank

    By Dr. Abdel Sattar QassemThe Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967 have suffered from an odd economic situation ever since, in stages summarised as follows: 1. The Israeli occupation authorities adopted two main principles until the establishment of the Palestinian Authority: a) The people were not exactly starved, as that would threaten...
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    Christians are massacred and Netanyahu gets a reward

    By Abdel Bari Atwan At a time when Israeli intelligence is accused of breaking Egyptian security through spy networks and the involvement of its agents in fuelling sectarian strife in Egypt, the authorities in Cairo are laying out the red carpet for Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister is...
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    Palestinians and another deadline… that is not sacred?

    The Palestinian leadership has begun to speak about this coming September as the month of the three appointments or deadlines; for the end of the year of negotiations approved by Washington, the Quartet and the international community; the end of the “two year” period designated by the caretaker government...
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    The Palestinian Authority and the problem of reform under Israeli occupation

    By Dr. Mohsen Mohammed SalehIs real reform of the Palestinian Authority possible or can reform only ever be a matter of “dancing to the Israeli occupation’s tune”? Can the types of reform be split and classified in such a way that some administrative, economic, educational and social reforms are...
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    Does President Abbas have the power to dissolve the Palestinian Authority?

    Just one week separates two recent statements by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, each of which contradicts the other. He hinted in his first statement to a “conditional acceptance” of a state with provisional borders; in his second statement he threatened to dissolve the Palestinian Authority, after “discovering” that it...
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    American exclusion of the European role… when will it end?

    By Ali Badwan European complaints about their exclusion from the current Middle East peace process have come rather late. For many years the United States effectively marginalized major international organizations from the course of events in the region, in return for a minimal role as donors to provide funds...
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    Lessons from British compassion

    By Mahmoud al-Mubarak The British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, began his most recent visit to Israel with the great confidence and cold boldness that matches the history of his country and its faithful support for Zionist crimes and Occupation when he announced Britain’s intentions to change its domestic laws...
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    Umm al-Fahm and the final status solution

    By Abdul Hakim MufeedFollowing the march by right-wing Israelis in the northern Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm this week, we need to pass more than a political eye over the situation. It is possible, of course, to regard the demonstration as simply a provocation by the extreme right-wing...
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    Palestinian refugees and direct negotiations

    By Ali Badwan Leaks from Washington and those involved in the inner circles of the peace negotiations suggest that the right of return for Palestinian refugees is on the point of being sacrificed. The US is insisting that anyone agreeing to negotiate with Israel must abandon this fundamental issue....
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    Arab League report reveals that Israel’s Wall is almost all built on occupied land

    Israel’s so-called “Separation Wall” is nearly all built on Palestinian land occupied by the Zionists state since 1967, according to a report produced by the Arab League. The more commonly-called Apartheid Wall is also “an overt violation of the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice”, as well...
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    Land swap will obliterate the Palestinians’ case

    By Fahmi HoweidiThe basic principle in politics is to assume a lack of innocence surrounding any action, so we should treat with caution the visit of the Elders’ delegation to Gaza and the tour of the region. This group contains some of the most respected figures with worldwide reputations,...
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    “Palestinian “sales” season”

    By Abdul Bari Atwan On October 20, the Palestinian-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following opinion piece by Chief Editor Abdul-Bari Atwan: “It is difficult for us to understand this free concessions “surge” launched by the Palestinian Authority, its officials and president, and directly affecting the national principles. It is...
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    Netanyahu’s Jewish Republic of Israel

    The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has started its latest session full of racism and hatred. It is scheduled to discuss a number of laws devoted to the country’s supposed “Jewish identity”. The first of these is the “citizenship law”, which is backed by the Netanyahu government with the support of...
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    Whoever sabotages the negotiations must be considering war

    By Bilal Al-Hassan The Arab kings and presidents whose latest summit was in Sirte had a very complex political situation on the agenda, requiring political decisions of a particularly complex kind. Given the nature of the issue in question, it is pertinent to ask if the rulers were prepared...
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    The experience of secret negotiations led to disastrous results

    By Dr Anis Mustafa Qasim This article addresses two problems facing the current negotiations: (I) the problem of what became known as the Palestinian division and (II) the problem of previous understandings with the Israeli side. We do not want to discuss the subject of negotiations per se, as...