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  • Abbas seeks further imperialist collaboration

    Only a few days after Tawfik Tirawi ambiguously called upon Palestinians, including the Palestinian leadership, to embrace resistance, PA President Mahmoud Abbas has once again revealed his allegiance to Israel and imperialism by compromising upon border security, should the hypothetical Palestinian state become a reality. In a televised interview...
  • Israel's Finance Minister warns of boycott impact, as further divestment announced

    Israel’s Finance Minister Yair Lapid has issued a stark warning of the consequences should the U.S.-led peace process end in failure. Reports of Lapid’s comments on the threat posed by a boycott of Israel came hours before news of further divestment targeting Israeli companies by the Norwegian government. Speaking...
  • Egypt's regime craves elusive legitimacy

    This week, the African Union’s (AU) Peace and Security Council held a summit in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. The 54 member states focused on the situation in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Egypt. Representatives of Egypt will be in attendance – but only to give...
  • The end of a long battle for the Beit Jala community in the shadow of the wall

    Tomorrow, Israel’s Supreme Court may issue a final decision in a case which has seen the peaceful Cremisan Valley community in Beit Jala, West Bank, drawn into an 8 year battle. The community has been fighting against Israel’s defence ministry’s plans to sever the Valley with the construction of...
  • Palestinians urged to embrace resistance

    The illusions of establishing a Palestinian state based upon the US-brokered negotiations have shifted discourse partly to incorporate the necessity of resistance. Tawfik Tirawi, a senior Fatah official, has admitted the futility of the negotiations publicly and called upon his movement to embrace resistance. In a televised message on...
  • Israel is worried about Germany's "significant escalation" against settlements

    Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are illegal under international law. Even Israel’s staunchest allies, such as Britain and the US, acknowledge this fact and make occasional critical statements about them. While international ire generally stops at statements, in recent years, the EU has been introducing...
  • Shin Bet employees quizzed: Do you act according to Zionist values?

    Shin Bet, the Israeli internal security service, has recently begun asking employees if they “act according to a Zionist value system”. The question, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, was added to the organisation’s annual evaluation form for its staff. An editorial in the paper, by way of context, notes...
  • Western diplomats: We've informed our friends in Egypt's foreign ministry that they are putting those who wish to defend them in a tough position

    At dawn yesterday security forces detained, according to more than one source, three political activists: Muhammad Al-Baqir, Strong Egypt Party member; Amr Midhat, Our Egypt member; and Muhammad Said, from the Socialist Revolutionaries. Muhammad Imam, spokesman for Strong Egypt – a party that has had 20 of its members...
  • Double punishment for family of boy shot dead by Israeli soldier

    On the 18th January 2013 at 3.20pm 15 year old Saleh Elamareen was standing outside a youth centre with a group of friends in Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem, when he was shot in the head with a suspected dumdum bullet, fired by an Israeli soldier. After being rushed to...
  • Egypt excluded from the US-Africa summit

    The military-backed regime in Cairo has not been invited to a summit of African leaders set to take place in Washington this August because Egypt’s membership in the African Union (AU) has been suspended. In July the AU suspended Egypt days after the coup that ousted democratically elected president...
  • Egypt's "roadmap to democracy" is nothing but a mirage

    When the Arab Spring protests swept Egypt in 2011 and ousted Hosni Mubarak after decades of dictatorial rule, it seemed that the country was on the road to democracy. But the journey has been long and fractious. Three years after the 25 January revolution that toppled Mubarak, the country...
  • Discussing Israel's colonial expansion at the UN Security Council

    Recurring trends regarding the peace negotiations have emerged from the latest United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting. Language shifted from heroic to compromising, within a veneer of fabricated equality which rarely challenged Israel’s imperialist-supported policies. Despite the alleged concern to implement a just solution enabling Palestinians to achieve self-determination,...
  • The farcical referendum

    It was a memorable day in the history of forged polls in Egypt, reminiscent of the 1950s when referendums were corrupt and passed by 99 per cent, and also prevalent during Abdel Nasser’s era. The famous writer and journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heikal was the godfather of Abdel Nasser’s era...
  • Oxfam reputation at risk over Johansson-SodaStream controversy

    Oxfam’s reputation is at risk of taking a hit after the charity’s ambassador Scarlett Johansson was recently unveiled as brand ambassador for SodaStream, an Israeli company with production facilities in an illegal West Bank settlement. Oxfam is now receiving calls by campaigners urging the charity to take immediate action....
  • Refugee children from Syria

    When Iman Al Ajami greets me at Movement Social’s headquarters in Badaro, Beirut, I’m immediately drawn to her warm eyes and wide smile. There is something deeply comforting about her presence. She doesn’t need to say anything for me to know that she is an important figure in the...
  • Canada's Prime Minister Harper passes Israel's loyalty test

    The Canadian Prime Minister’s visit to Israel affirmed his political and diplomatic support for the Zionist state. In an atmosphere of mutual adulation, Stephen Harper and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasised the imperialist concept of democracy, ignoring the subjugation of the Palestinians which Israel and its allies persist...
  • Geneva II: threatened by disputes between delegates

    Getting all parties to the table at the second round of Syria peace talks, due to start on Wednesday, has been a major negotiation in itself. Russia and the US have been working on getting both the regime and the opposition on-side for over a year – and fundamental...
  • Report: Israeli restrictions harming Palestinian families

    Israel’s regime of restrictions on Palestinian freedom of movement between the Gaza Strip and West Bank is the subject of a new report by NGOs B’Tselem and HaMoked. A key element of Israel’s apartheid system, restrictions on Palestinians’ ability to travel freely and live where they choose have long...
  • Why is criticism of Zionism censored?

    On a rainy and miserably cold evening last month I attended the opening ceremony for the Bethlehem Unwrapped programme, a major interactive art installation in the middle of St. James’ Church courtyard in central London. The installation turned out to be a replica of the apartheid wall built by...
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    Revised Bill to Stifle Public Discussion of the Nakba in Israel Proposed in the Knesset

    Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, head of the right-wing Yisrael Beitinu party, at the Knesset on 29 June. Israel’s right-wing Yisrael Beitinu party proposed a bill this past May that would outlaw the public commemoration of the Palestinian Nakba, or remembrance of the dispossession of Palestinians from their homes...
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    Israeli military jeep kills boy of 17

    Israeli military jeep runs down Jenin teen, killing him. A seventeen-year-old student was killed on Wednesday morning when an Israeli military jeep ran him over near the West Bank city of Jenin. According to witnesses, Foad Mahmoud Nayif Turkman, 17, was standing with other students outside Izz Ad-Din Al-Qassam...
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    Gaza authorities will investigate Goldstone's findings

    Hamas is critical of the Goldstone commission’s report on alleged war crimes in Gaza, but will nonetheless accept its recommendations and investigate charges that militant groups violated the rules of war, senior Hamas official Ahmad Yousef told Ma’an. In an extended interview at his home in the Gaza Strip...
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    Heavy Israeli police presence in Jerusalem

    Israeli police imposed strict restrictions over Muslim worshippers coming to pray Friday at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israeli sources said that men holding Jerusalemite or Israeli identity cards (blue cards) who are over fifty and women with the same ID cards who are over 45 will be permitted to enter...
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    Palestinian rights organisation: 'Justice delayed is justice denied'

    A number of prominent Palestinian human rights organizations prepared a joint statement they intended to read at the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday. However, that was before the Palestine Liberation Organization’s decision to postpone debate denied them that right, they insisted, while 14 of them issued a separate...
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    Badil demands PLO justify call to postpone action on Goldstone report

    The Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights demanded an explanation from the PLO’s Executive Committee over the Palestinian stance on the UN-mandated Goldstone report. A statement from the center, released Saturday, described the Palestinian stance as a “stunning blow” to the report which is called an...
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    Israeli jets pound Gaza for fourth consecutive day

    Israel’s air force launched three strikes on the tunnel area in Rafah, between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip, on Sunday morning. The strikes terrified residents, but no casualties were reported after the fourth consecutive attack in as many days. Israeli warplanes have continued to strike the Gaza Strip...
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    Five Palestinians were killed and two injured

    During the past two weeks, five Palestinians were killed and two injured, as violence escalates in Gaza; one Palestinian was killed and 50 injured in the West Bank, over half on one day. Settler violence continued in the West Bank. Nearly 60 percent of the Palestinian population denied access...
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    Last Female Prisoner Released

    Israeli occupation authorities on Sunday released the final Palestinian female prisoner as part of a swap with Hamas for a short video of its soldier captured in Gaza. Roudah Habib was released into Gaza via the Erez crossing, where she was greeted by relatives and friends before being escorted...
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    Pressure mounts on Abbas to quit

    A senior member of Hamas has demanded that the Palestinian president resign for supporting the postponement of a UN vote which could have led to the prosecution of Israel for war crimes during its campaign in Gaza. Mahmoud al-Zahar told Al Jazeera that Mahmoud Abbas was guilty of “a...
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    Israeli forces in standoff with Al-Aqsa protesters

    Israeli security forces reportedly surrounded and threatened to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on Monday evening in an ongoing standoff with demonstrators inside the holy site. Around 200 Palestinians have holed up inside the Mosque and have refused Israeli authorities demands to leave the area, according to...
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    Baby Yusuf, the worlds youngest prisoner to be released celebrates his second birthday

    As soon as the prison gates opened for his mother to breathe the air of freedom, Palestinian baby Yusuf celebrated his second birthday with the unprecedented merit of being the youngest released prisoner in the world. As his mother Fatima , a prisoner released in a “good will” deal,...
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    Mahmoud Abbas' chronic submissiveness

    In a single phone call to his man in Geneva, Mahmoud Abbas has demonstrated his disregard for popular action, and his lack of faith in its accumulative power and the place of mass movements in processes of change. For nine months, thousands of people – Palestinians, their supporters abroad...
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    Dweik calls for Abbas' resignation

    Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council Aziz Duwaik called for the resignation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday, following the failure of Palestinian leadership to demand action on the UN-mandated Goldstone report on Israel’s Operation Cast Lead. Duwaik was quoted in the English language Israeli news page Ynet,...
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    Israel tightens Jerusalem 'siege'

    Palestinians in Jerusalem’s Old City are describing it as a community “under siege” as Israeli forces continue to operate in large numbers fearing renewed demonstrations. Restrictions in the city were so severe that children were prevented from reaching schools in the Old City. Israeli forces also prevented Islamic Endowment...
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    Israel has to be held accountable

    The postponement of the UN Human Rights Council vote on the findings of Richard Goldstone’s report into Israel’s recent 22-day war on Gaza has raised many questions. Sahar Francis, a Palestinian Israeli and a human rights lawyer who testified before the UN fact finding mission led by Goldstone, spoke...
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    Israel releases Palestinian leader

    Israeli police have detained and released a leading member of the Islamic Movement, a Palestinian group, accusing him of inciting violence. Sheikh Raed Salah was arrested during clashes between Palestinians and police in the neighbourhood of Wadi Joz in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem on the third day of intermittent violence...
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    The Palestinian Authority Betrayed Their People

    The UN’s Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Palestinian territories Professor Richard Falk has yesterday described the decision of the Palestinian Authority (PA) to defer the vote on the Goldstone Report in the Human Rights Council as disappointing. Falk said he was astonished by the conduct of the...
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    ISRAEL CELEBERATES LAYING OF FOUNDATION STONE FOR LARGEST SETTLEMENT IN JERUSALEM

    In clear defiance of international disapproval of its settlement activities in Occupied Jerusalem and in an attempt to heighten already existing tensions in the city, Israel yesterday celebrated the laying of the foundation stone of the second phase of the new Jewish settlement enclave in East Jerusalem’s Jabal Mukaber...
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    Palestinian anger at Abbas

    Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, is facing a growing backlash over the postponement of a vote on a UN report that criticises Israel for the Gaza war. The report by Richard Goldstone, a South African judge, blamed both the Israeli military and Palestinian fighters for war crimes during Israel’s...
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    Israeli warplanes attack Gaza tunnels - drop three bombs

    At least two Israeli F16 warplanes dropped three bombs on the tunnels area in Rafah early Friday morning, Palestinians reported no injuries from the attacks. Palestinian medical sources at Abu Yousef An-Najjar Hospital confirmed that no injuries had been reported, but family of tunnel workers were flooding the hospital...
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    Israel's US envoy compares Goldstone to Nazis

    Israel’s ambassador to the United States argues that a United Nations war crimes investigation poses a genocidal threat to Jews comparable to the Nazi Holocaust. “Recognizing the murder of six million Jews more than six decades ago is, in fact, vital for understanding the supreme dangers posed to six...
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    Lieberman: US doesn't get it - peace efforts have no chance

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told AP there is no chance of ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for many years, in an interview published Thursday. The comments to the international news agency came as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators sit down in Washington, Tel Aviv and Ramallah under American patronage and...
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    Palestinians barred from Old City

    Israeli police have barred Palestinians protesting in defence of the al-Aqsa mosque compound from gaining access to Jerusalem’s Old City. Friday’s increased restrictions on the mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem follow a series of clashes that started late last month.  Several hundred Palestinians, denied entry to the mosque,...
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    Clashes erupt in Gaza; at least one injured

    Clashes broke out in the As-Sabra area of the Gaza Strip on Saturday afternoon, according to residents. Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that the clashes lasted for two hours before de facto police surrounded the area. Ambulances arrived, as well, to treat one person reportedly injured in the incident. Members of...
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    25 Lawmakers Still Held in Israeli Prisons

    The Palestinian ministry for prisoners’ affairs says at least 25 lawmakers along with two former ministers are still being held in Israeli prisons under appalling conditions. According to a press release published on Saturday, the highest number of detainees were from al-Khalil, 10, followed by Ramallah, 6, Al-Quds, 4,...
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    Media Forum Calls to Expose Crimes in Jerusalem

    The Palestinian Media Forum has called upon different Palestinian, Arab, and free institutions to set an urgent media plan to expose Israeli strategies to Judaize Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque, and it urged media entities to coordinate efforts in solidarity with Jerusalemites and Jerusalem in the face of Israeli...
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    Abbas makes U-turn on anti-Israeli resolution

    The Acting Palestinian Authority chief says he will push for a vote on a recently released UN report about Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip. Mahmoud Abbas had earlier requested the UN Human Rights Council to defer the vote, a decision that was strongly condemned by Palestinian factions...
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    Israel PM denounces UN Gaza report

    Israel’s prime minister has lashed out against the Goldstone report which criticises Israel for deliberately targeting civilians during its war on Gaza earlier this year. Opening the winter session of the Israeli parliament on Monday, Binyamin Netanyahu denounced the UN report as a “distorted report, written by this distorted...
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    UN chief backs call to reopen HRC debate on Gaza report

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon supports a new Palestinian proposal to reopen debate on the Golstone report on the Gaza war in the Human Rights Council. Ban’s spokesperson, Michele Montas, said the UN chief discussed the issue during a telephone conversation with President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday, according...
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    Report: Israel planning wave of Jerusalem house demolitions

    Israeli authorities are planning to demolish 150 Palestinian houses, home to about 1,000 people in East Jerusalem, according to a new report from the Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights. The leveling of two structures in the town of Beit Hanina on Monday were the first of a...