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    ICRC: Half a million wounded in Syria but Al-Assad's forces preventing access to aid (Copy)

    The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) says that the Syrian authorities are preventing aid from reaching rebel-held areas besieged by government forces, despite having made a request for more humanitarian assistance for the victims of the conflict. According to the head of the ICRC delegation in Syria,...
  • News

    US outraged by Israel's sale of military equipment to China (Copy)

    The sale of Israeli military equipment to China has sparked outrage in the United States, leading to the resignation of an Israeli Defence Ministry official. The Israeli newspaper Maariv reported on Sunday that Meir Shalit, the department head for defence exports at the ministry, resigned last week in the...
  • News

    Hamas calls on Arab League to protect Palestinians in Syria (Copy)

    The Islamic Resistance Movement in Palestine has called on the Arab League and human rights organisations to intervene to protect the Palestinians in Syria. Hamas said that such protection should apply equally to those living in refugee camps and those who are trapped in the conflict-ridden country. “We condemn...
  • News

    Egyptian activists accuse current government of undermining justice (Copy)

    One of Egypt’s leading youth activist movements announced on Monday the death of the transitional roadmap that was proposed in the wake of the military coup against the democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July. The 6th April movement, which took part in putting together the roadmap, said...
  • News

    Palestinian Authority denies time limit extension for talks (Copy)

    The Palestinian Authority’s chief negotiator has denied media claims that the nine-month time limit for negotiations with the Israelis has been extended. Sa’eb Erekat used his Facebook page to insist that the talks will end, as scheduled, in April next year. He added that the PA negotiators are seeking...
  • Article

    Enough conspiracy theories about Yasser Arafat's assassination (Copy)

    Palestinians have long suspected their leader Yasser Arafat was assassinated by Israel. Thanks to Clayton Swisher and his team at the Al Jazeera Investigations Unit, we have new evidence they were right all along. His 2004 death, in then-unclear circumstances, was almost certainly caused by a manufactured radioactive poison...
  • Article

    The Middle East and North Africa suffer the world's highest depression rates, according to new research (Copy)

    The study, recently published in the Public Library of Science (PLOS) Journal of Medicine, found that globally, the prevalence of depression was 4.4 per cent, while Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories were amongst the most depressed states. According to the research, depressive orders are second only to lower respiratory...
  • Article

    On the shifting of positions in the region (Copy)

    When you find a report titled “The story of the secret meeting in Beirut: Lines of communication restored between Damascus and Washington” in the pro-resistance newspaper Al-Akhbar, it means that the resistance party no longer views a relationship with Washington forbidden or wrong. When the “resistance and opposition” circles...
  • Article

    On the shifting of positions in the region

    When you find a report titled “The story of the secret meeting in Beirut: Lines of communication restored between Damascus and Washington” in the pro-resistance newspaper Al-Akhbar, it means that the resistance party no longer views a relationship with Washington forbidden or wrong. When the “resistance and opposition” circles...
  • Article

    The Middle East and North Africa suffer the world's highest depression rates, according to new research

    The study, recently published in the Public Library of Science (PLOS) Journal of Medicine, found that globally, the prevalence of depression was 4.4 per cent, while Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories were amongst the most depressed states. According to the research, depressive orders are second only to lower respiratory...
  • Article

    Enough conspiracy theories about Yasser Arafat's assassination

    Palestinians have long suspected their leader Yasser Arafat was assassinated by Israel. Thanks to Clayton Swisher and his team at the Al Jazeera Investigations Unit, we have new evidence they were right all along. His 2004 death, in then-unclear circumstances, was almost certainly caused by a manufactured radioactive poison...
  • News

    Palestinian Authority denies time limit extension for talks

    The Palestinian Authority’s chief negotiator has denied media claims that the nine-month time limit for negotiations with the Israelis has been extended. Sa’eb Erekat used his Facebook page to insist that the talks will end, as scheduled, in April next year. He added that the PA negotiators are seeking...
  • News

    Egyptian activists accuse current government of undermining justice

    One of Egypt’s leading youth activist movements announced on Monday the death of the transitional roadmap that was proposed in the wake of the military coup against the democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July. The 6th April movement, which took part in putting together the roadmap, said...
  • News

    Hamas calls on Arab League to protect Palestinians in Syria

    The Islamic Resistance Movement in Palestine has called on the Arab League and human rights organisations to intervene to protect the Palestinians in Syria. Hamas said that such protection should apply equally to those living in refugee camps and those who are trapped in the conflict-ridden country. “We condemn...
  • News

    US outraged by Israel's sale of military equipment to China

    The sale of Israeli military equipment to China has sparked outrage in the United States, leading to the resignation of an Israeli Defence Ministry official. The Israeli newspaper Maariv reported on Sunday that Meir Shalit, the department head for defence exports at the ministry, resigned last week in the...
  • News

    ICRC: Half a million wounded in Syria but Al-Assad's forces preventing access to aid

    The International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) says that the Syrian authorities are preventing aid from reaching rebel-held areas besieged by government forces, despite having made a request for more humanitarian assistance for the victims of the conflict. According to the head of the ICRC delegation in Syria,...
  • News

    Abbas says no to meeting with Netanyahu until talks progress

    A member of Fatah’s Central Committee has denied rumours that Mahmoud Abbas has caved in to US pressure and agreed to a meeting with Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu. Jamal Muheisen told Alresala.net on Sunday that there are no three-party summit meetings with the United States planned in the immediate future....
  • Publications

    Jordan and Jerusalem's Islamic sanctuaries

    The issue of Jerusalem is at the core of the Palestinian cause, which in turn is at the core of the conflict with Zionism. In other words, the issue of Jerusalem cannot be viewed in isolation from the Palestine-Israel conflict. Thus, when examining the dimensions of Jordan’s relationship to...
  • A femail student takes part in an Anti-Coup protest in Egypt by displaying the 'Rabaa' sign. [file photo]

    MEMO exclusive analyses of hoax videos receive worldwide attention

    Exclusive detailed analyses of two video films of the same alleged incident in Alexandria were published by MEMO on 8 and 9 July. The first analysis of the incident alleged to have taken place on 5 July noted that “the film looks more like an amateur production which, without...
  • Video showing MB throwing child off building is a hoax

    A video entitled “MB tortures kids and throws them off buildings” has gripped the attention of Egyptians and others following the unfolding events in Egypt. It has been widely shared on social networks and shown on Egyptian and international TV channels. We look more closely at the 5-minute video...
  • News

    'Enough, we have stolen the country'

    The daughter of the deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has described the moment when her father was arrested by the Egyptian police following the coup last Wednesday. Zahraa Al-Shater said that when the police entered her home to arrest her father Khairat they broke into her mother’s bedroom...
  • News

    I saw an intelligence officer shoot and kill an unarmed protester at close range

    LIVE REPORT by Press Photographer I am a press photographer. At exactly 1.30 yesterday afternoon, I arrived outside the Republican Palace in Cairo. It was protected by Republican Guards and intelligence service officers. They were equipped with light automatic machine-guns and tear gas canisters; support was provided by armoured...
  • Lord David Steel
    Interviews

    Lord David Steel speaks to MEMO

    Lord David Steel spent four years of his childhood in Kenya at the time of the Mau Mau uprising in the fifties and sixties, when thousands were killed rebelling against British colonial rule; now he is one of the longest serving leaders of the Liberal Party. This early experience...
  • Palestine Book Awards 2016 [Middle East Monitor]

    MEMO celebrates achievements of Iraqi scholar

    The Middle East Monitor (MEMO) has held a function to honour and celebrate the life achievements of the distinguished Iraqi-born scholar Dr Jafar Hadi Hassan. Well known for his pioneering studies of Jewish sects, Dr Hasan is also an accomplished linguist, specialising in Semitic languages. The event was held...
  • Publications

    Increasing psychological and neurological illness among Palestinian prisoners

    The phenomenon of prisoners of war is one of the most significant consequences of conflict between nation states or in countries subject to occupation. There is no doubting the fact that the experiences of these individuals are brutal and constitute severe trauma psychologically, socially or economically. Moreover, their return...
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    Publications

    The health risks posed by water pollution in the Gaza Strip

    The worsening problem of water in the Middle East is one of the most significant and dangerous struggles currently facing the region today. From issues of continuous deterioration in quality, to those of limited availability and high competition for that available, the situation is critical. All of this and...
  • Houses of the Parliament, UK

    Lords call for economic sanctions against Israel

    In a House of Lords debate on the plight of Palestinian citizens of Israel (“Arab Israelis”) called by the Lord Bishop of Exeter, peers from across the political spectrum drew attention to what has been described as a “fifth column” of Israeli society. The Bishop initiated the debate, explaining...
  • MEMO's week in pictures

    A window into my life...

    The following piece of writing is based on the true story of Hadil Ghalia and many other Palestinians living under occupation. Friday, my beloved Friday. It was our day of rest, a day where we united under one roof and declared our love for God. It was always a...
  • Ibrahim Hamid Solitary Confinement Prisoner #3

    Ibrahim Hamid was born and raised in the West Bank village of Silwad, north-east of Ramallah. He obtained a BSc degree in political science from Birzeit University and worked as a researcher at the Centre for Refugee Studies. He has written and published several papers on the depopulated Palestinian...
  • Abdullah al-Barghouti Solitary Confinement Prisoner #2

    “To see my children is tastier than food, and being with other human beings is more stimulating than drink” Abdullah al-Barghouti is on hunger-strike to obtain a mere fraction the rights he is entitled to as a human being and as a father. He has been prohibited from seeing...
  • The battle of empty stomachs

    It is almost two weeks since Palestinian prisoners began their hunger strike for dignity and freedom. Hundreds are held without charge or trial, and scores have been locked in solitary confinement for years, some more than ten years.  By waging this ‘battle of empty stomachs’, they seek to draw...
  • Ahmad Sa'adat Solitary Confinement Prisoner #1

    Ahmad Sa’adat is the General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. He was born in the West Bank town of Al Bireh in 1953, the son of a refugee family who were expelled from their home...
  • Palestinian man sorts olives cleaned by a machine before pressing it to be made into oil at an olive press in Gaza City October 6, 2016.
    Publications

    A harvest of tears: Palestinian agriculture continues to suffer as a result of ruthless Israeli policies

    Olive production It is olive harvest season once again in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) and something unusual is taking place, something unique to this region. Unlike most harvests around the world which are collected either by local farmers or migrant workers, in the case of Palestine people are...
  • Week 21: Nafiz Ahmad Talib Harz Palestinian political prisoner

    The grandchildren of Nafiz Harz have been waiting to meet their grandfather who disappeared from his family’s life a quarter of a century ago. Their pain and patience may be translated into pride and love by children who continue to have high hopes and dreams. The rest of his...
  • Week 20: Hani Jaber Palestinian political prisoner

    Hani Jaber has spent the majority of his life in prison. His is the story of a hero who knows the bitterness of pain and suffers the pain of illness and torture. He longs to see his wife and only daughter beyond the prison walls, and has never stopped...
  • Week 19: Siddqui Suliman Ahmed Al Maqt Palestinian political prisoner

    Prisoner Siddqui Suliman Ahmed Al Maqt, 44, from Majdal Shams, a village in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights has been detained since 23rd August 1985. He was sentenced to 27 years in prison, when a large force, exceeding 300 armed Israeli soldiers, barged into his house, removed the door...
  • Week 18: Haza'a Al Sa'adi Palestinian political prisoner

    Haza’a Mohammed Haza’a Al Sa’adi, 44, is the second oldest prisoner from the province of Jenin. He was arrested on 28th July 1985 at the age of 17. He is the only son of his parents and has three sisters. He was an active participant in demonstrations and national...
  • Week 17: Ziad Ghunimat Palestinian political prisoner

    Ziad Mahmoud Mohammed Ghunimat, 45, from Surif in Hebron is a true patriot who is currently serving a life sentence in an Israeli prison. He was arrested on the 27th July 1985 following a raid on his home during which Israeli forces surrounded the building and ordered him to...
  • Week 16: Talal Abu Kabash Palestinian political prisoner

    Many long-term Palestinian prisoners have been in Israeli jails since their children were very young. A generation has grown up not really knowing their fathers beyond second-hand information. In such cases, fellow prisoners become a new family but they can never replace the children. Prisoner Talal Abu Kabash is...
  • Week 15: Rafe'a Karajeh Palestinian political prisoner

    Some people are able to relish a struggle, no matter how difficult it is, or how serious the situation. So much so, in fact, that they set others a great example and go on to school them in how to cope with life behind bars in an Israeli jail....
  • Head of the Islamic Movement in Israel Sheikh Raed Salah

    Parliamentary event will go ahead despite detention of Sheikh Raed Salah

    Sheikh Raed Salah, Palestinian political leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel was detained by the UK Border Authority Police late Tuesday night. He was invited by the Middle East Monitor   and has been taking part in a speaking tour, speaking to British parliamentarians, academia and the public...
  • Week 14: Ahmed Fareed Muhammad Shehadeh Palestinian political prisoner

    It is possible for a prisoner to make the most of an appalling situation. One man who has done so has completed university studies and brightened his surroundings with his own ingenious works of art with his paintings which express his will not to surrender at any cost. That...
  • Week 13: Issa A Rabbo - Palestinian political prisoner

    It is said that cometh the hour, cometh the man. Heroes are born in times of suffering in order to stand up against those who violate their dignity and occupy their land. Prisoner Issa Abed Rabbo is one such man. Regardless of the difficulties he has faced in Israeli...
  • Week 12: Hafez Qundos - Palestinian political prisoner

    Although they have a life of pain in common, individual life stories of Palestinian prisoners are all very different. Prisoner Hafez Qundos has taught us many lessons about patience and hope despite painful wounds. He also conveyed a love of the homeland and the will to bear the pain...
  • Week 11: Salim Kayal - Palestinian political prisoner

    In Israeli prisons there are men and women who have not only been deprived of their freedom but also the most basic human rights. Some maintain their hope of freedom despite being behind bars for a quarter of a century or longer. Prisoner Salim Kayal is one such man,...
  • Week 10: Maher Younis - Palestinian political prisoner

    Maher Younis was born on 6th January 1958. He grew up in a modest family that believed in the justice of the Palestinian cause. He received his primary education in the village of Ara, and pursued vocational training in the city Al Khdera near Haifa. At the time of...
  • Week 9: Karim Younis - Palestinian political prisoner

    The fateful night of 6th January 1983, when Israeli soldiers raided their house in a brutal way, was the first that his relatives knew that Karim Younis was in any way involved with the resistance to Israel’s military occupation. As a child he was known to be “a bit...
  • Week 8: Sami Younis - Palestinian political prisoner

    Sami Younis is now in his eightieth year and has been in prison for 27 years. He is the doyen of Palestinian prisoners from inside Israel itself, having spent more time behind bars than he has ever done living with his family. Nevertheless, he remains determined and steadfast even...
  • Amnesty International [file photo]

    MEMO Statement

    It is clear that a co-ordinated campaign has been launched to try to get Amnesty International to withdraw the use of its premises for an event to be hosted by MEMO and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign later this month. Ironically, the programme in question is discussing whether or not...
  • Week 7: Othman Musleh - Palestinian political prisoner

    There are people in prisons who resisted the Israeli occupation of their land and paid with their freedom and youth. Such people grew up in prison teaching other prisoners to cope with life behind bars, encouraging them to challenge the occupation and helping them to learn and follow the...