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Artists challenge the blockade by building a virtual bridge between Gaza and London

At Home in Gaza and London EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

"Art is a threat because it's a non-violent form of resistance and even non-violent forms of resistance are a threat; sometimes actually they are a greater threat."

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Palestinians do not have high hopes for reconciliation

MEMO CommentaryThe fact that the two largest Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, are speaking to each other is a welcome development. Put mildly, their relationship has been afflicted by mistrust for too long. In recent weeks, though, both parties have come under immense pressure from various quarters to bury their differences. Sadly, the gap between the two remains wide and few Palestinians are pinning their hopes on the expected meeting between leaders Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Meshaal in Qatar.

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Islamic Movement institutions banned by Israel

Sheikh Raed SalahIn November 2015, the Israeli government outlawed the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in the country, using British Mandate-era “Emergency Regulations” to do so. Following this decision, a number of organisations deemed to be affiliated with the group were closed and their premises were raided by the Israeli authorities.

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Arab women at the top of European governments

Khadija Arib

Over the past few years, women of Arab origins have been appointed to important positions in European political life. In this report, we will mention the four most well-known women, one Palestinian and three Moroccans.

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Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan on 'Arabic Language: past and present'

Arabic Language: Past and Present This is the text of a keynote address delivered at the Arabic Day celebrated by the Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi on 18 December 2015. The author, Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan is the Editor of The Milli Gazette, New Delhi.

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Palestinian security cooperation with Israel

Set up under the 1993 Oslo Accords, security coordination involves the sharing of intelligence between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The PA was also established under Oslo. Before the official signing of the agreement, the two sides had agreed on a “Declaration of Principles”, which included a pledge from PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat to uphold UN Security Council Resolution 242. That created a framework allowing for Palestinian statehood in exchange for Israeli security.

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The illusive peace: the legacy of Oslo 20 years on

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Briefing Paper: The illusive peace: the legacy of Oslo 20 years on

In 1993, the Oslo accords launched a transitional process that was supposed to end in May 1999 with a Palestinian state in all of the West Bank, including Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip. Twenty years on, this transitional period has become a permanent fixture on Palestine's political landscape. All that remains for the proposed Palestinian state is 42 per cent of the West Bank, and even that is fast diminishing due to Israeli settlement expansion.

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