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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.


Daesh will fall before the year end but the ideological war will still need to be won

Daoud KuttabDaesh, the self-declared "Islamic State", will most likely not exist before the end of this year. Its effects, however, will last for a long, long time.


Houses, hotel and shops approved on land of Islamic cemetery

Artist's rendering of the completed Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem at nightIsraeli officials have approved the construction of a massive complex which will include 200 houses, shops and a 480 room hotel in Jerusalem. The problem is this; the land that the complex will be built upon is already part of an Islamic cemetery. Although the land cited for the build is already home to a car-park and school, earlier excavations showed that bones and graves remain underneath.


UNRWA cuts are a violation of human rights

Syrian children at a refugee camp in TurkeyThe last thing one would think of is that the reduction of services provided by an agency established by the UN would constitute a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, all 30 articles of which were adopted by the organisation on 10 December, 1948. Indeed, no one would have thought that the violation would take place before the eyes and ears of the same countries that adopted magical terms such as democracy, partnership, participation, freedom of speech and opinion, equality, respect for human rights, and non-discrimination regardless of race, gender or belief.


The scandalous sentence in Assad's speech

Mohammad Kuraishan

As hard as people try to look for messages, meanings or positions in the Syrian president's latest speech, they will not find anything more important or dangerous than this sentence from Bashar Al-Assad: "Syria is not for those who live in it or those with Syrian citizenship; it is for those who defend it."


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