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Egypt Widens Security Crackdown as Concerns of Unrest Grow

Egypt’s government has intensified a crackdown on political opponents, arresting a series of high-profile dissidents in raids on their homes in recent weeks as President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi prepares to begin a new term next month. Those detained in the current sweep are among the country’s most prominent non-Islamist activists, including …

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Maduro: America’s Hostile Decisions Want to Rob Jerusalem of Its History

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro reaffirmed his country’s pro-Palestine stance and rejected the controversial US embassy’s move from Tel Aviv to Occupied Jerusalem. In a press conference held following a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Maduro said “Sovereign and free Venezuela resolutely, firmly, and efficiently supports a free and independent …

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President Abbas at the Helm again: A Way Forward for Palestinians

by Munshi Zubaer Haque, Intern, Beirut Center for Middle East Studies President of Palestinian Authority (PA) and Chairman of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Mahmoud Abbas has been re-elected as head or chairman of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), a move that clearly seems to be a further consolidation of his authority …

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Jerusalem is a Red Line

By: Wasan Abu Baker*   Ben Gurion in 1948 said, “We must do everything to insure the Palestinians never do return. The old will die and the young will forget”. In a recent interview with Helena Cobban hosted by the Institute for Palestine Studies, Dr. Rashid Khalidi, the founder of …

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Saudi Prince Comments on Palestinian Issue Made People ‘Fall Off Their Chairs’

During a closed-door meeting with heads of Jewish organizations in New York, the heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia reportedly criticized the Palestinian administration for its alleged refusal to accept the peace proposals it was offered on many occasions. Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, berated …

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Trump’s intention to attend U.S. embassy inauguration in Jerusalem “flagrant violation”: Abbas advisor

Palestine said Saturday that the U.S. President Donald Trump’s intention to attend the inauguration ceremony of the new U.S. embassy building in Jerusalem next month is considered “a flagrant violation.” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Foreign Affairs advisor Nabil Shaath said that Trump has committed “grave mistakes during his tenure with …

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BOOK REVIEW – Jerusalem Stands Alone

Jerusalem Stands Alone. Written by: Mahmoud Shukair. Reviewed by: Wasan Abu Baker. Mahmoud Shukair is a Palestinian author, born in Jabal Mukaber, Jerusalem in 1941. He has written short stories and novels for adults and teenagers.  His work has focused on the Palestinian cause, especially Jerusalem.  Mr. Shukair has authored …

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Provoking Palestinians and Peace in the Holy Land

By Mohamed Mohamed*   Adding insult to injury for Palestinians, the State Department has announced that the US will relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by May 2018, to coincide with the 70thanniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence. For Palestinians however, this date is no cause for celebration. It marks 70 …

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Abbas, Haley exchange strong criticism over Middle East at U.N. Security Council

With President Trump’s Middle East peace envoys looking on, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused the Trump administration of abdicating its commitment to a peace settlement and an independent Palestinian state. Abbas, the leader on whom three U.S. presidents have hung hopes for successful negotiations, all but wrote …

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Netanyahu calls police chief ‘delusional’ amid indictment rumors

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized Israel’s top police officer amid reports the politician could be indicted as part of corruption probe as early as next week. Roni Alsheikh is Israel’s chief of police. Thomas Coex / AFP/Getty Images file On Wednesday, Police Chief Roni Alsheikh said on a Israeli TV that “powerful figures” …

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UAE leaders receive Jordan king

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Wednesday received King Abdullah II of Jordan and his delegation. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and a number of topics related to UAE-Jordan cooperation. King Abdullah voiced his profound …

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Israel’s growing ties with former Arab foes

A number of recent reports have appeared to confirm one of the worst-kept secrets in the Middle East. In coordination with Egyptian authorities, Israel has for months been conducting clandestine airstrikes against jihadist groups operating in northern Sinai. The Israelis used unmarked drones, helicopters and jets to launch at least 100 strikes …

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