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    Turkey absent from inauguration of international conference in Cairo

    Turkey has decided not to attend the inaugural event for the tenth session of an international conference convened at the level of senior officials in Cairo. The G8's Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) initiative inaugurated the tenth session of its annual Forum for the Future, which is...
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    Switzerland says it is eager to return smuggled Egyptian money

    Switzerland's Public Prosecutor Michael Christophe Lauber is scheduled to hold a press conference on Monday at the Swiss embassy in Cairo to discuss the investigation into whether Egyptian funds were illegally smuggled to Swiss banks by the previous regime. Lauber is visiting Cairo for one day to discuss the...
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    Amnesty International demands that the European Union host more Syrian refugees

    Amnesty International (AI) has denounced the reaction of the European Union (EU) to the growing Syrian refugee crisis. So far, EU member states have only opened their doors to 12,000 Syrian refugees as part of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' plan for securing 30,000 places, leading the...
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    Germany warns Israel against settlement expansion

    The German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has warned Israel against continued settlement expansion, saying that it undermines peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Steinmeier, who is paying his first official visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories since being appointed in December as the German foreign minister, asserted that: "it...
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    Israel loses 'last friend' in Europe

    Israel's friendship with Germany has been damaged because of settlements in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, Israeli newspaper Maariv said on Sunday. Describing Germany as Israel's "last friend" in Europe, Maariv said that the government in Berlin is withdrawing its historical support from the country. From now on the...
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    Ex-security chief flees Denmark over arrest fears

    The former director of Israel's Shabak internal security agency has been forced to flee from Denmark following a formal complaint accusing him of committing crimes of torture and brutality against Palestinian detainees. Carmi Gillon was attending the Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival when he learned that a pro-Palestinian organisation had...
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    Turkey's Foreign Minister says Al-Qaeda and Al-Assad regime are partners

    Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Anadolu news agency on Thursday that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, also known as Daash, is a secret partner of the Syrian regime. According to Davutoglu, the organisation emerged in Syria when the opposition began winning control of areas in...
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    Russia vetoes UNSC statement on attacks by Syrian regime

    Russia has vetoed a UK-drafted statement at the UN Security Council denouncing attacks by the Syrian regime forces on Aleppo in the north of Syria, UN diplomats told Reuters Wednesday. A diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Council was unable to reach a statement on the issue...
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    Kerry asks Arab kings to put pressure on Abbas to recognise Israel as a Jewish state

    US Secretary of State John Kerry has asked the Jordanian and Saudi kings to put pressure on the Palestinian Authority (PA) president, Mahmoud Abbas, to recognise Israel as a Jewish state, Haaretz newspaper reported a senior Israeli official saying on Tuesday. The official did not disclose how both kings...
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    European think-tank slams Egyptian military's crackdown

    Egypt is not moving towards democracy under its military rulers, warns think-tank the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) in a new policy memo published the week before a bitterly contested constitutional referendum is set to take place. The memo's authors Anthony Dworkin and Hélène Michou argue that the...
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    International Criminal Court to investigate Egyptian military for "crimes against humanity"

    IMAGES At a packed press conference in Mayfair, London, the legal team appointed by the Freedom and Justice party to investigate the Egyptian military following the coup against the Morsi government in July 2013, accused the Egyptian regime of crimes against humanity. The legal team announced that a case...
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    Israel threatens to sever ties with Europe

    Israeli officials and diplomats have threatened to "cut ties with the EU" should the latter impose a boycott on Israel. They said that the first step would be to export Israeli goods to non-EU countries, including Russia and the former Soviet Union, China and India. Europe has been putting...
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    Israeli diplomats warn of growing boycott movement

    Diplomats have warned of the growing boycott of Israel and accused the European Union of creating an atmosphere which encourages and gives legitimacy to NGOs not to cooperate with the state. The Israeli officials made their comments at a meeting held at the European section of the Ministry of...
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    'Gaza writes back' launched in London

    Wednesday night in London saw the launch of the new book 'Gaza Writes Back', a collection of short stories by young Palestinian authors published by Just World Books. The P21 Gallery venue was standing room only, as Victoria Brittain compered an evening of readings, testimony, and discussion by some...
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    Egypt warns foreign journalists to follow Egyptian narrative

    Foreign media correspondents have received warnings from the Egyptian authority and asked to be cautious when covering incidents in the country, The Times newspaper said. The Times said that the Egyptian government, backed by the army, told the foreign correspondents that their coverage is being censored. The newspaper said...
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    European Court dashes hopes for Saudi torture victims

    The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that three British men who were subjected to torture in prison in Saudi Arabia cannot pursue a case against the kingdom in the British courts. "This," commented Amnesty International, "dashes any hope of justice." The ruling blocks any opportunity for further...
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    UNESCO postpones Jewish exhibit fearing it will endanger current peace talks

    The UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation UNESCO has decided to postpone opening a Jewish exhibition at its headquarters in Paris after Arab states protested. UNESCO's director general Irina Bokova, who previously signed an agreement with the Simon Wiesenthal Centre to fund the exhibition 'Jews and the Holy Land,'...
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    Russia steps up milirary aid to Syria, Reuters

    Russia has stepped up its military assistance to Syria, including armored vehicles and drones and precision-guided bombs, informed sources told Reuters news agency. A number of sources told Reuters that Assad forces received since December arms and military supplies including drones, which Russia arranged to deliver to Syria whether...
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    Why is Congress acting against the US constitution?

    In the days following the official resumption of US-led "peace talks" between Israel and Palestine, the Israeli government decided to expand its list of illegal settlements eligible for government subsidies and approved a plan to build more than 1,000 new settler homes in the Occupied Territories. Meanwhile the US...
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    The peace talks and Palestinian representation: in conversation with Osamah Khalil

    After much political drama and media fanfare, US Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to rekindle "peace talks" between Israel and Palestine finally commenced this week with a meeting in Washington D.C. between the Israeli justice minister, Tzipi Livni, and Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat. Of course this was...
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    With democracy compromised mixed messages come out of Egypt

    Recent events in Egypt have polarized more than just Egyptians. Activists around the world have also been divided ever since the mass protests against President Morsi on 30th June. Some have voiced support for the military coup on 3rd July that ousted the president and his government from power,...
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    What impact will Israel's new ambassador to the US have on Jewish American voices?

    Historically the US political and media mainstream has often dismissed those who are critical of Israeli policies as anti-Semitic, making it difficult for solidarity activists, including Jewish Americans, to speak out. And although the climate is changing, even today critical conversations that are commonplace in Israel are often still...
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    Not every Jew is a Zionist but their voices are being silenced

    Much of the world may not know this, but there are many tens of thousands of opponents of the State of Israel living in and around New York City. And although they are vocal, their voices are being silenced. While many of us are aware of the existence of...
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    The price of supporting Palestine on US campuses

    Eight years ago this week, a coalition of Palestinian civil society organizations issued the global call for a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel in response to the international community's continued failure to hold Israel accountable for denying Palestinians "their fundamental rights of freedom, equality, and self-determination...
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    Growing support for liberation theology against injustice and apartheid in Palestine

    Many Western activists are sceptical of the role of religion in Palestine solidarity. Beyond the problem of Islamophobia, which is sadly manifest across the political spectrum, activist views of religion are also negatively shaped by the legacy of Christian Europe's darker periods, such as the Crusades and the colonial...
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    AIPAC lobbyists press Congress for war on Syria

    While France and Russia are busy engaging in last minute diplomacy to prevent a US strike against Syria, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is deploying hundreds of activists in the US capital to win over Congressional support for the strike. AIPAC is considered to be the most...
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    By attacking Syria, Obama is making a political point, not a moral one

    Like many US presidents passed, President Obama is determined to violently attack others in the name of morality and the common good. He and other American exceptionalists tell us that the US has a moral obligation to enter into the Syrian conflict, even though any such military intervention goes...
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    Gaza's own ark will export Palestinian goods

    In 2007, Israel strengthened its occupation of Palestine by placing the Gaza Strip under a siege, restricting the movement of people and goods in and out of the enclave. By denying the population in Gaza direct access to the world by sea or air, the only two entry and...
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    Israel's booming Occupation tourism

    When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington two years ago, the US Congress gave him 29 standing ovations, four more than they had given to President Obama during his State of the Union address earlier that year, leaving some to wonder which leader is the real decider-in-chief...
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    Pro-Palestinian students suffer from harassment, police intimidation and death threats on US campus

    Last April, the Zionist Organization of America and the student group Owls for Israel invited Israeli Colonel Bentzi Gruber to speak at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Gruber was traveling across the US for a series of talks on "Ethics in the Field: An Inside Look at the Israel Defense...
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    US politicians continue to cosy up to the Israel Lobby

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and to celebrate the organisation has been holding a series of high profile events across the US. Last week, the ADL hosted a centennial conference in New York featuring US ambassador to the UN Samantha...
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    On the twisted logic that portrays the occupied as hateful and the occupier as peaceful

    The New York Times recently published an editorial by Yuval Steinitz, an Israeli politician and Knesset member for the Likud party, under the headline "How Palestinian hate prevents peace". It is not necessary to elaborate on the argument that Steinitz presents in this article, as the title speaks for...
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    Solidarity activists turn to social media to raise awareness of hunger strikers

    "After I stop eating, how many days does it take before the hunger pains go away? How long will I continue to suffer from thirst? And how many days can I go before I risk dying?" Fortunately most of us will never have to ask these questions, let alone...
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    Egypt and revolution

    Last weekend McClatchy newspapers published an article under the headline "Egypt's 'revolution' is over as people accept imposition of military rule". In the article journalist Nancy A. Youssef remarks that, "Egypt now resembles the kind of police state whose oppressive policies" once gave rise to the Arab uprisings. The...
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    "Disappearing Palestine" poster campaign takes Vancouver by storm

    In North America, the mainstream media is not exactly sympathetic to the Palestinian cause. This presents a huge obstacle for solidarity activists who want to change the hegemonic discourse of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to reflect the reality on the ground: that Israel is an occupying power systematically cleansing Palestinians...
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    Foreign aid to Palestine exists only to support the "peace process" industry

    Earlier this month, Oxfam published 20 facts about Oslo that painfully illustrate why the "peace talks" between Israel and Palestine have abysmally failed. In the past ten years alone, the number of illegal Israeli settlers has doubled while Israel has constructed a 708 km separation wall around the West...
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    Al-Quds controversy highlights international complicity in the ongoing suffering in Palestine

    Last month, the Palestinian movement Islamic Jihad staged a protest at Al-Quds University that sparked an international controversy, leading two American universities to take the decision to sever ties with the Palestinian university in occupied East Jerusalem. While the protest, which was staged on 5 November, was indeed problematic...
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    Islamic charities, the domestic victims of the war on terror

    It has now been five years since the sentencing of the Holy Land Five: Muslim-American humanitarians who were falsely convicted of providing "material support for terrorism" because of their charitable work in Palestine. To mark the occasion, the daughters of the Holy Land Five have produced a powerful video...
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    Institutionalising Zionism in American academia

    It is widely known that Israel and its allies spend millions of dollars to promote Zionism on college and university campuses across the US. Zionist organisations fund student groups like Hillel, the largest Jewish campus organisation in the world, as well as sponsor American Jewish students to travel or...
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    Silencing the debate on US campuses

    American Zionists are once again up in arms about an event taking place later this week at Brooklyn College in New York City featuring Ben White, a researcher and writer for MEMO. White is currently on a speaking tour of North America to discuss Israeli policies of segregation and...
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    American movement for equal rights and justice in Palestine gains momentum

    As the New Year approaches and we step back to reflect upon 2013, it becomes increasingly obvious that cracks are emerging in Israel's most special relationship. While the occupation of Washington continues uncontested, more and more Americans are carving out other spaces of resistance that challenge the hegemony of...
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    Anti-boycott academics demonstrate lack of excuses in supporting Israel

    In recent days, a group of American scholars have been debating publicly whether or not to boycott Israel. According to the New York Times, the American Studies Association (ASA) will disclose today the results of its members' vote on a resolution to endorse an academic boycott of Israel that...
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    What will it take for the US to cut military aid to Egypt?

    Ever since the 3 July military coup that ousted Egypt's first democratically elected government, the world has stood back to witness the Egyptian authorities' brazen attempt to cleanse an entire community from Egypt's population. As an American citizen I have to ask: how many Egyptians need to be killed,...
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    The Israel-Palestine 'peace process' as a capitalist metaphor

    MEMO published an article recently by Egyptian scholar and diplomat Abdullah Al-Ashaal about what he calls the disastrous "bartering policy" framework of the ongoing negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. In theory, the way this framework is supposed to work is that both parties have their sets of demands...
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    Western powers "doing nothing" in Syria? If only

    Here we are again. A decade on from the American-British war of aggression against Iraq, the cruise-missile liberals are demanding that "something must be done" about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "Something" inevitably amounts to bombing. What would it take for them to shut up for once? I wish TV...
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    Don't be fooled by Israel's "negotiations"

    The peace process circus continued this week, as officials from Israel met in Jerusalem with negotiators from its Palestinian Authority puppet regime Wednesday night. Meeting in secrecy at the dead of night, it now looks as though the talks are due to become a weekly fixture for the next...
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    Israel's new plan of ethnic cleansing in the desert

    The birth of a "Jewish state" in a country overwhelmingly not Jewish required a massive act of ethnic cleansing in Palestine. Between 1947 and 1949, Zionist militias executed this catastrophe by driving out some 750,000 Palestinians. This is commemorated as the Nakba. The latest incarnation of this on-going Nakba...
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    The peace process merry-go-round

    The 13th of September will mark 20 years since the White House lawn signing ceremony between Yasser Arafat and Yitzak Rabin, flanked by former US President Bill Clinton. The signing of Declaration of Principles initiated the related series of agreements between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization known as...
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    Arab Idol will not liberate Palestine

    Muhammad Assaf, a Palestinian singer from a Gaza refugee camp won the Arab Idol reality TV show. I was in Ramallah on the night of his victory, and I too celebrated enthusiastically. I too felt as if the divided Palestinian national body, spread around Gaza, the West Bank and...
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    Palestinians of all faiths face persecution by Israel

    This Ramadan, Israeli restrictions on Palestinians worshippers in Jerusalem are as bad as ever. According to a weekly report of the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: "age criteria and permit requirements continued to be applied and Palestinians from the Gaza Strip...