Israel's apartheid regime is the work of a callous rogue state

To be fair, not all Israelis are comfortable with the healthcare double standards of their government. Two hundred rabbis signed a petition by Rabbis for Human Rights calling on Tel Aviv to distribute coronavirus vaccines to the Palestinian population in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, the former senior rabbi of Reform Judaism in Britain and
| Article, Coronavirus, Israel |

Confronting Total Collapse in Israeli-Occupied Gaza: Division and COVID-19

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| Israel/ Palestine |

Al-Haq welcomes B’Tselem’s recognition of Israeli apartheid

Al-Haq welcomed the publication of B’Tselem’s position paper recognising the construction and maintenance of a single apartheid regime over the Palestinian people. [1] B’Tselem’s paper compellingly and starkly illustrates the now clearly fictional distinction between the oppressive treatment of Palestinians not only in the occupied Palestinian territory but also as citizens of Israel within the Green Line, recognising that “the
| Human Rights, Al-Haq, Palestine |

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Egypt’s Sisi, Jordan’s King Abdallah discuss Palestinian peace process

The president assured that Egypt will continue its tireless endeavors towards revitalizing the peace process and the path of negotiation in the Palestinian cause, putting the utmost effort towards restoring all rights for the Palestinian people and establish their independent state in accordance with the terms of international legitimacy. The Jordanian monarch meanwhile praised Sisi’s role in promoting joint Arab
| Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt-Jordan relations |

Israel moves to rein in rights group over ‘apartheid’ use

FILE – In this March 7, 2019, file photo, settlers jump on a trampoline as an Israeli solider stands guard in the Israeli controlled part of the West Bank city of Hebron. Israel’s premier human rights group has begun describing both Israel and its control of the Palestinian territories as a single “apartheid” regime, using an explosive term that the
| Middle East, apartheid, B'Tselem |

Was the US Embassy move to Jerusalem actually a hoax?

The decision by social media networks, including his beloved Twitter, to ban Trump has spared us from reading about this "GIFT FROM BIBI" in his usual caps lock style. As it was, earlier this week, Jerusalem's municipal planning committee pushed through with great haste planning approval for no less than two US Embassy compounds. What wasn't said, though, is that
| Article, Asia & Americas, Israel |

Palestinians need a centralised strategy to counter Israel in Africa, not slogans

While arguments that are predicated on moral values and shared history are still very much valid, making a case against normalisation cannot rest entirely on ethical reasoning or sentimentalities. True, the shared anti-colonial past of Africa and the Arab world, especially that of Palestine, is uncontested. Even so, some African countries did not side with the Arabs in their conflict
| Africa, Article, Asia & Americas |

Americans suffer from Trump as much as the Palestinians, says activist Issa Amro

And yet BDS is entirely peaceful. Founded by Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti, the movement seeks to use economic pressure to protest against Israeli policies in the occupied territories, and supports Palestinian independence. Israel has already imposed strict measures to curtail BDS activities, and has been boosted by support from the Trump administration. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced last
| Asia & Americas, Interviews, Israel |

Leading human rights group calls Israel an ‘apartheid’ state

FILE – In this Tuesday, June 30, 2020, file photo, a view of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ma’ale Efrayim in the Jordan Valley. Israel’s premier human rights group has begun describing both Israel and its control of the Palestinian territories as a single “apartheid” regime, using an explosive term that the Israeli government and its supporters vehemently reject.
| Middle East, B'Tselem, Gaza strip |

Settlers export 'made in Israel' goods to UAE

A shipment of olive oil and honey from Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank has been exported to the UAE. Products made by Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank have been exported to the United Arab Emirates with country of origin identified as "Israel" on the labels, officials said on Sunday. Among the products
| News |

The world’s most powerful passports for 2021

Japan is top of the list Japan holds the top spot for 2020. TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images The unstoppable UAE ‘Every person for themself’ The best passports to hold in 2021 are: 1. Japan (191 destinations) 2. Singapore (190) 3. South Korea, Germany (189) 4. Italy, Finland, Spain, Luxembourg (188) 5. Denmark, Austria (187) 6. Sweden, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Ireland (186) 7. Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom, Norway,
| Travel, coronavirus, pandemic |

Saar, longtime Netanyahu ally, emerges as his top challenger

FILE – In this August 26, 2012 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, speaks to then Israeli Education Minister Gideon Saar as they arrive to the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. For years, Saar had been one of Netanyahu’s most loyal and vocal supporters, serving as Cabinet secretary and government minister. Now the telegenic Saar, armed with near
| Middle East, Elections, Gideon Saar |

Trump's dictatorial impulses have been indulged, now the chickens have come home to roost

The Trump era has been a boon for Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu. The far right Prime Minister was so grateful for Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Heights, that he named an illegal settlement in his honour. Although unlikely, I wonder if "Trump Heights" will get a quiet name
| Article, Asia & Americas, Israel |

Roaming Charges: White Riot, They Wanna Riot, They Wanna Riot of Their Own

Booked Up What I’m reading this week… Decolonizing Israel, Liberating Palestine: Zionism, Settler Colonialism, and the Case for One Democratic State Jeff Halper (Pluto Press) Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone Sarah Jaffe (Bold Type) The Hearing Trumpet Leonora Carrington (NYRB) Sound Grammar What I’m listening to this week… There is a Tide
| articles 2015, Leading Article, Roaming Charges |

Roaming Charges: White Riot, I Wanna Riot of My Own

Booked Up What I’m reading this week… Decolonizing Israel, Liberating Palestine: Zionism, Settler Colonialism, and the Case for One Democratic State Jeff Halper (Pluto Press) Work Won’t Love You Back: How Devotion to Our Jobs Keeps Us Exploited, Exhausted, and Alone Sarah Jaffe (Bold Type) The Hearing Trumpet Leonora Carrington (NYRB) Sound Grammar What I’m listening to this week… There is a Tide
| articles 2015, Leading Article, Roaming Charges |

'One state is a game changer': A conversation with Ilan Pappe and Awad Abdelfattah on the one democratic state campaign

But all is not lost. The dismantling of the US-engendered 'peace' paradigm should not automatically indicate that Palestinians are not capable of championing their own political vision for liberation and freedom. On the contrary, the US and its 'moderate' allies in the region have always represented an obstacle to Palestinian freedom. For this camp, the objective was maintaining the status
| Article, Asia & Americas, Israel |

How the GCC reconciliation deal could reshape the region's power balance

Analysis: The breakthrough in resolving the Gulf crisis will have geopolitical implications, creating both new opportunities and challenges. On 4 January 2021, Riyadh removed the air and land blockade imposed on Qatar for the past three and a half years, thus securing the participation of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at the 41st summit of the Gulf
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Humanitarian aid and the two-state compromise spell another round of Palestinian subjugation

For the PA, Palestine is synonymous with the two-state paradigm. If nothing interferes with this script, then Ramallah has nothing to worry about. With the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) also scripted into the two-state compromise by its donors, the international community and the PA have made it clear that the only relevant actors
| Asia & Americas, Blog, Blogs - Politics |

Morocco 'committed to opening Israel embassy': report

The Israel-Morocco accord agreed late last year fell short of pledges to open embassies. Morocco is "committed" to opening an embassy in Israel as part of a normalisation deal, Israeli officials told Axios,  in a major step in the development of the two countries' diplomatic relations. A US-brokered agreement to establish ties between
| News |

COVID-19 and shrinking freedom limits in Jordan

Deploying laws Shrinking horizons In June, an opinion piece that marked Jordan's Independence Day but criticized Jordan’s dependency on Western and Israeli influences landed its author, Saeed Thyab, Jordanian Democratic Popular Unity Party's secretary-general, in jail for 7 days. Founded in the 1990s, the Jordanian Democratic Popular Unity Party is a socialist political party that stands
| Advocacy, Feature, Human Rights |

The 7 dangers of the new wave of normalisation with Israel

From official to popular normalisation: This phenomenon could be the most prominent phenomenon of the new wave of normalisation, as the normalisation countries, especially the UAE, tried to hide their crime under the veil of popular acceptance. They did not deal with this normalisation as a political agreement only, as Arab countries that previously normalised did, but rather tried to
| Article, Asia & Americas, Israel |

Amnesty calls on Israel to give Palestinians coronavirus vaccine

Amnesty International urged Israel to provide the coronavirus vaccine to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip. Amnesty International on Wednesday called on Israel to provide coronavirus vaccine doses to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, saying the Jewish state was obligated to do so under international law.
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If Israel wasn't there, the US would have to invent it to protect its interests

This is really surprising. Biden is neither a bogeyman who frightens the Arab rulers and deters them from committing their injustices, nor is he the saviour of humanity from injustice. He is a human being made by America, in America and for America; he is there to manage its affairs according to US interests and colonial goals, not the interests
| Article, Asia & Americas, Israel |

Israel could purchase additional F-35 squadron from US before Trump leaves office

Israel's defence minister has expressed interest in purchasing an additional F-35 squadron. Israel is hoping to secure the sale of an additional F-35 squadron from the US before President Donald Trump leaves office later in January, according to officials. Defence Minister Benny Gantz told Israeli Ynet TV that he is in talks with
| News |

In pictures: The Middle East bids farewell to 2020

Here's our look at how the region said farewell to a year of change and challenges. The past year presented the world with challenges unseen for generations. As fireworks displays lit up the skies of cities across the Middle East on Thursday evening, some celebrated while others braced and reflected on a year of change and challenges. For those in
| News |

Israel grants settlers millions to monitor Palestinian construction in occupied West Bank

Israeli settlement councils have been given more than $6 million to monitor 'unauthorised' Palestinian construction. Israel has granted illegal settlements more than $6 million to fund drones and patrol units to monitor " unauthorised " Palestinian building in the occupied West Bank . The Settlement Affairs Ministry published on Thursday the criteria for settlement
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In Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestinian territories: Refugee camps contain the hidden victims of Covid-19

The pandemic has confounded an already confused and complex picture. Thankfully, there is no need to speculate about this, as the ample research conducted by international human rights groups can help us appreciate the enormity of the challenge at hand. This work by Middle East Monitor is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
| Displaced and Refugees, Epidemics, Health Care |

2020 ends: 10 uplifting stories from the Middle East

Marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the year 2020 has been a challenge for all. Here are some stories that provided glimmers of hope. The year 2020 has been a struggle for the world, not least the Middle East following the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.  Iran  was one of the hardest hit countries, and earlier this
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UNRWA and Palestinian refugees are the next targets of normalisation deals with Israel

In 2019, UNRWA's mandate was extended until June 2023. This was hailed as a victory in the context of the funding deficit which has plagued the agency since the US withdrew its support. However, the existence of UNRWA also points to the international community's refusal to take the Palestinian right of return seriously. UN Resolution 194 is a convenient loophole
| Blog, Blogs - Politics, International Organisations |

Tunisia man discovers Palestine origins 30 years after his adoption

Once in Lebanon, he visited the mass graves where his parents are buried, and for the first time, he spoke to his birth mum and dad. He told them that his adoptive parents were very kind-hearted and generous and never allowed him to scope to question whether he was their son, but now he wished he had met and spoken
| Africa, Blog, Blogs - Culture |

Palestinians return to own farms in northern Jordan Valley for 1st time in 46 years

Israel took control of al-Qa’oun valley after it occupied the West Bank in 1967, and in 1974, it built up an electronic fence that surrounded the area and banned entry of Palestinian land owners. In 2015, the Palestinian National Commission to Resist the Wall and Settlement filed a case in the Israeli court to recover the land. Two years later, it
| National News, #Ramallah, Main News |

Bibi's new far right election foe poses challenge to Biden

With Sa'ar leading the charge against Netanyahu, it is certain that the Biden administration will face a very hardline Israeli government, whether or not Netanyahu wins again, writes Mitchell Plitnick. Israel is heading to new elections, for the fourth time in two years, and it may not be the last one. Like the previous three elections , there
| Comment |

Israel and UAE 'collaborating to eliminate UNRWA': report

Israel and the UAE are working on a plan to eliminate UNRWA, the troubled UN agency tasked with helping Palestinian refugees, a Le Monde report has said. Israel and the United Arab Emirates are working together to eliminate the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) , the French newspaper Le Monde has reported.
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Qassem Soleimani, The Story of the Legend – From Kerman to Palestine

Islam Times - Qassem Soleimani carried his heart from Kerman to Palestine, spreading the scent of victory. He liked fighting while bullets were raining down and falling asleep under walls that were shattered by war. On the way to Al-Quds, he became habituated with the Iraqi desert, the fragrance of the Levant, and the olives of the south. With mercy
| The martyr of Quds |

YouTube’s Violation of Palestinian Digital Rights: What Needs to be Done

YouTube community guidelines must respect human rights law and standards, and they must be translated into multiple languages, including Arabic. A third party, civil society monitoring group should ensure that AI is not hyper-surveying Palestinian content and discriminating against it. It should also support users in appealing the removal of their content. YouTube should publish transparency reports for its processes
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Arab states, Israel vying for 'seat at the table' in future Biden talks with Iran

Gulf Arab states and Israel have reportedly floated the idea of being present in future negotiations between the US and Iran. States opposed to a renewal of the 2015 nuclear deal are vying for influence in the incoming Biden administration's future talks with Tehran , accord to a Politico report on Tuesday. An inclusion of
| News |

Indonesia could get 'billions in US funding' for normalising ties with Israel

Indonesian Muslim groups and pro-Palestine NGOs have slammed the prospect of normalising ties with Israel. Indonesia could receive billions of dollars in US funding if it agrees to normalise relations with Israel , an official said this week. The US International Development Finance Corporation could more than double its current $1 billion portfolio in the
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US embassy in Jerusalem names courtyard after Jared Kushner

President Donald Trump's special advisor and son-in-law has spearheaded normalisation agreements between Israel and Arab states this year. The US embassy in Jerusalem renamed a courtyard after Jared Kushner this week in honour of his work forging  normalisation agreements between Israel and Arab states. Kushner, both special advisor and son-in-law to
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As Trump era ends, Israel and the UAE seek eleventh hour advantages

Analysis: Fearing a reversal of policies under the Biden administration, Israel and the UAE are exploiting the last days of Trump's presidency to shore up a new geopolitical reality. The past four years have been nothing short of a dream come true for the embattled Israeli prime minister and his coalition of expansionist politicians that advocate the "Greater
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Hope Thrives on Action

As Mohammed, a Palestine refugee with impaired vision who attends a specialized UNRWA programme for children with disabilities, told us during our mission to Lebanon a week ago: “I was worried. I was worried that I could not continue my education because the programme was going to be cut. Now I have hope that I can continue to study and
| Education, Health, Humanitarian Emergencies |

The ‘Israel’ Lobby at the University of Sydney

Islam Times - Documents released under freedom of information law show that an ‘Israeli’ organization has, over many years, privately contributed millions of dollars to the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences [FASS]. A sub-branch of the ‘Israeli’ World Zionist Organization [the Fund for Jewish Higher Education] contributes around half a million dollars to FASS each year,
| Australia |

The ‘Israel’ Lobby at the University of Sydney

Islam Times - Documents released under freedom of information law show that an ‘Israeli’ organization has, over many years, privately contributed millions of dollars to the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences [FASS]. A sub-branch of the ‘Israeli’ World Zionist Organization [the Fund for Jewish Higher Education] contributes around half a million dollars to FASS each year,
| Australia |

In memoriam: UN Resolution 194

51 per cent of Palestinians live outside Palestine, and are prevented from returning. 49 per cent of the Palestinians live in occupied Palestine. 43 per cent of the total Palestinian population inside historic Palestine are refugees. 2 million Palestinian refugees are registered with the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA); thousands remain unregistered with the agency. 7 per cent of
| Article, International Organisations, Israel |

Palestinian foreign minister urges Israel to return to talks

Palestinian foreign minister called on Israel to return to talks based on a two-state solution, saying the Palestinian Authority is ready to cooperate with incoming US President-elect Joe Biden. The Palestinian foreign minister on Saturday urged Israel to return to talks based on a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ahead of the transition to a
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Everyday War Crimes: Israeli PM Netanyahu Gets COVID Vaccine, Squatters get Vaccine, but Not Occupied Palestinians

‘Israel’s Deputy Health Minister Yoav Kisch told Kan Radio that Israel was working to attain a surplus of vaccines for Israelis and that “should we see that Israel’s demands have been met and we have additional capability, we will certainly consider helping the Palestinian Authority.’ “To the fullest extent of the means available to it, the Occupying Power has the
| Featured, Israel/ Palestine |

Yemeni FM Speaks to "Islam Times": We will not Compromise Palestine and We Condemn Normalization with Israel

Islam Times- The Yemeni Minister of Foreign Affairs in the National Salvation Government in the capital, Sana'a, Hisham Sharaf, confirmed that the position of the Salvation Government on the Palestinian issue is clear, which is that Palestine is an Arab country and that Palestinians have their own rights, and we are certain that Palestine will return one day.
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Morocco's normalisation trade-off: Western Sahara for Palestine

Comment: In exchange for recognition of Israel, the US has provided Morocco the opportunity to realize two of its longstanding ambitions. But many remain unconvinced, writes Khadija Moshen-Finan. The deal  is an attractive trade-off for Morocco , and its details have already been under discussion for several years, via visits by Jared Kushner himself, relentless work by the
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