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The net is closing around Israeli war crimes suspects

memo commentaryThree and a half years have passed since Archbishop Desmond Tutu refused to share a platform with Tony Blair, the former British prime minister. The veteran anti-apartheid campaigner believed that Blair’s actions over the war in Iraq were both “morally indefensible” and criminally culpable. Apart from the dreadful consequences of the war, Tutu’s action drew attention to the shocking failures of the international criminal justice system. South Africa’s Directorate of the Priority Crimes Investigation Unit (DPCIU) took a major step last week to address this shortcoming by issuing warrants for the arrest of four senior Israeli military officers for their role in the attack on the Freedom Flotilla ships which were sailing to Gaza from Turkey and Greece in 2010.


New York’s original Syrian migrants

Linda Jacobs


In the historical iconography of New York, few places capture the imagination more than Ellis Island, the gateway to America and the first port of call for millions of immigrants arriving on the shores of the New World from 1892 to 1954. Mentions of Ellis Island bring to mind images of rows upon rows of people, waiting to be processed; of dreams made and hopes shattered as, one by one, people were either turned away or allowed in to pursue their very own version of the American Dream.


Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan on 'Islamic Extremism'

This is the text of a lecture was delivered at the 3-day International Conference on 'How to Understand and Co-exist with Radical Islam' at RCA Girls PG College, Virindavan, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, on 18 November, 2015.The author, Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan is the Editor of The Milli Gazette, New Delhi.

Dr Zafarul Islam KhanThe theme of this international conference is “How to Understand and Co-exist with Radical Islam.” But when I read the concept paper, or the brochure, it became clear from the very first paragraph that the issue at hand is “Islamic terrorism” and that, in the view of the writer of the concept paper, the only terror that exists in the world or should be fought is the Islamic or Muslim terror. The concept paper also tells us in the very first paragraph that “The terrorists are immersed in Islamic history and doctrine.” The concept paper then goes on to say that “The world had yet to devise a strategy to understand, manage or counter the menace,” and that “We either have to score a victory in this war, which at the moment appears not possible… or have to design a framework to learn to co-exist with this growing global militant threat.”


Policy Paper: Building Solidarity for Palestine in Latin America

Panel of speakers at MEMO's conference on Palestine and Latin America in the 21st century

For more than 100 years, Palestinians and Latin Americans have been linked by a common aspiration for independence. That relationship is set to continue well into the 21st century as Latin America’s transformative projects evolve and begin to impact on global affairs. There are four major channels through which solidarity for the Palestinian cause will be advanced: the Palestinian Diaspora in Latin America; the Native American peoples; Latin American governments; and the social movements spearheaded by the BDS movement.


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.


MEMO Profile: Anwar Sadat (25 December 1918 – 6 October 1981)

Anwar SadatShortly before his visit to Jerusalem in 1977, then Egyptian President Anwar Sadat said he would go to “the ends of the earth” to obtain peace; as promised, he went on to negotiate the first peace accord Israel would sign with an Arab country. In the American media Sadat was revered as a great leader and a man of peace, but to many Arab leaders he had sold the Palestinians short by abandoning their right to self-determination. At first he was ostracised in the region. Some observers would later hold the treaty responsible for his death.


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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