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Strong condemnations from Israeli government fall short in Duma fire

Jessica PurkissIn the early hours of Friday morning, two Palestinian houses were set alight in the West Bank village of Duma in a suspected arson attack by Jewish extremists. Eighteen-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha was killed in the blaze, while his father and mother, Saad and Reham Dawabsha, and another son, Ahmad, 4, were taken to a hospital in critical condition.


The failure of political Islam?

Islamic Jihad soldiers prayingIn 1994, Harvard University Press published the English edition of a book by the eminent French political scientist Olivier Roy. The Failure of Political Islam had a powerful impact on policy-making circles, as well as among students of modern Islam and the Middle East, be they academics or think-tankers.


Erdogan's security dilemma

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoganThe 20 July bomb attack in Suruç made it clear that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing a long battle. The Daesh bombing of a leftist youth centre took 32 lives; it has not only shown that Turkey is now becoming increasingly vulnerable to such attacks, but also that the domestic political situation in Turkey is becoming very sensitive.


Israel shows its true colours as use of the A-word increases

Chris McGrealIt's difficult to say exactly when the taboo was broken.

Was it when former US President Jimmy Carter put the word "apartheid" in the title of his book to sound a warning to Israel? Was it when South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu said the situation in the Palestinian territories struck him as worse than the white racist regime he'd lived under? Or was it when the A-word began spilling from the lips of former Israeli prime ministers?


A forgotten Palestinian kidnap victim

Asa WinstanleyDirar Abu Sisi was once the technical director of Gaza's only electricity plant. One night in February 2011, traveling on a train to visit his brother in Ukraine he was kidnapped and disappeared. His frantic family could find no word of him.


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