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The deliberate pauperisation of Palestine

Say what you want about how American administrations, from former president Harry S. Truman downward, have, over the years, treated Palestinians. But none was so actively engaged in gunning for them as the current one. Relations between the present-day administration — an administration that from day one has trumpeted itself …

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Israel’s Total Control Over Palestinian Lives

By Mohamed Mohamed*   It is almost comical that recently, Israel finally decided to release more than 10 tons of mail that it has prevented from reaching Palestinians in the West Bank, much of which was sent eight years ago. Not eight weeks or months, but years. In the US, many people become …

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UK minority and ethnic groups slam attempts to silence discourse on Palestine

More than 80 prominent organisations from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities in Britain published a letter on Friday slamming attempts to silence the discourse on Palestine and suppress information on human rights abuses “here and abroad”. The letter criticises the working definition of anti-Semitism adopted in 2016 by the International …

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Gaza assault amounts to state-sponsored atrocity

One can only assume by the latest attacks on the Gaza Strip that the occupation administration in Israel now believes that it is “open season” on every Palestinian living in the densely populated and largely undefended civilian enclave — and there is no other reasonable or rationale conclusion from its …

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Baby among three killed as Israel strikes Gaza

The Israeli military said early Thursday morning that it struck more than 140 targets in Gaza in retaliation to a massive barrage of rockets that was fired at Israel overnight. A baby and her pregnant mother were among three Palestinians killed by Israeli strikes on Gaza overnight on Wednesday, Palestinian …

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Support for Palestine growing among Jews: Activis

Dozens of international Jewish organizations last week issued a joint declaration rejecting the assertion that criticism of Israeli state policy as “racist” — or any criticism of Israel for that matter — was tantamount to “anti-Semitism”. In its declaration, the International Jewish Voice (IJV) — a worldwide coalition of 39 …

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Palestine says ‘Deal of the century’ thwarted

The Palestinian Authority (PA) said Saturday the so-called “Deal of the Century” — a backchannel plan to reach a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians – has been thwarted. “Thanks to the steadfastness of the Palestinian people and the leadership’s commitment to the national constants, the US-led ‘deal of …

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Jewish nation state: Israel approves controversial bill

The “Jewish nation state” bill downgrades Arabic as an official language and says advancing Jewish settlement is a national interest. It also states that the “whole and united” Jerusalem is its capital. Israeli Arab MPs condemned the legislation but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised it as a “defining moment”. The …

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How Israel silences Palestine in EU circles

Imagine the following: a toxic op-ed is published that defames your organisation. You contact the website on which it features and are invited to publish a rebuttal. The next day, you submit your article. As the editors are about to put it online, they are targeted by a sophisticated disinformation …

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Palestine appoints permanent representative at OPCW

Rawan Suleiman, Palestine’s ambassador to the Netherlands and International Organizations in The Hague, presented on Monday in official ceremonies her credentials to the Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Ahmet Üzumcu, as Permanent Representative of the State of Palestine to this organization. Suleiman stressed …

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Trump administration focuses on Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, with Mideast peace plan stalled

With President Trump’s promised Middle East peace plan stalled, administration officials are focusing on improving conditions in the impoverished Gaza Strip — a move that could put political pressure on Palestinian leaders to come to the negotiating table. The larger peace proposal has been stymied by the Palestinian Authority, which …

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Activists protest planned West Bank demolition

Israeli police scuffled with activists protesting the planned demolition of a Bedouin hamlet in the West Bank on Wednesday amid international opposition to the razing of the site. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said 11 people were arrested in the “disturbance” including several for throwing stones at officers in Khan al-Ahmar. …

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Australia ends direct aid to Palestinian Authority

Australia has ceased providing direct aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA), with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop saying the donations could increase the self-governing body’s capacity to pay Palestinians convicted of politically motivated violence. Ms Bishop said funding was cut to the World Bank‘s Multi-Donor Trust Fund for the Palestinian Recovery and Development Program …

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