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On his first visit to Israel, Guterres cast aside any possibility of decolonisation

While exhibiting contempt for international laws and conventions through its existence and policies, Israel also reserves the right to dictate to others with regard to its violations of the said laws, all in the name of “security concerns”. The institution bearing the brunt of such diktats is the UN, an entity which has actually regularly affirmed its pro-Israel bias and through which Palestine became colonised territory, ravaged by settlers and burdened with useless, non-binding resolutions. Since Trump’s presidency began in America, both Israel and the US have increasingly utilised the international platform to obscure Palestinian rights. The trend looks set to continue with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s first visit to Israel. Israel National News described the visit as an “attempt […]

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Turkish charity launches aid campaign for Gaza

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The Turkish-registered charity Gaza Destek Derneği (“Gaza Aid”) launched an aid campaign on Sunday to collect donations to fund development projects in the besieged Palestinian territory, Safa news agency has reported. The “Ten days to support Gaza” campaign marks the first ten days of the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah leading up to the festival of Eidul-Adha; this month carries a lot of religious significance for the world’s Muslims. The charity said that the campaign aims to support unemployed professionals, workers, university graduates and housewives. It has allocated funds for a number of micro-projects for each group. In a press statement, Gaza Destek Derneği noted that the campaign aims to help the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip who have been […]

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Israel orders settlers to evacuate Palestinian home in Hebron

August 29, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Israeli authorities have ordered a group of settlers to evacuate a building in Hebron’s Old City in the southern occupied West Bank that belongs to the Abu Rajab family, after the settlers forcibly took over the home a month ago amid a year’s-long legal battle over the building. Meanwhile, a member of the Palestinian family reported continued physical attacks at the hands of the settlers. The Israeli state prosecutor told the Israeli Supreme Court that the 15 settler families have seven days to vacate a three-story building, Israel’s justice ministry announced on Sunday evening. The state was responding to an appeal submitted to the court by the Abu Rajab family against the takeover of the house, over which settlers have […]

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Israel shoots 2 Palestinians after settlers storm Nablus site

August 29, 2017 Middle East Monitor 0

Two young Palestinian men were shot and injured and another was detained early this morning when clashes erupted between Israeli occupation forces and Palestinian youths, as the soldiers escorted hundreds of settlers and right-wing Israelis to Joseph’s Tomb near Balata refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus. Palestinian security sources told Ma’an in Nablus that five busloads of Israelis under heavy military protection stormed the area to perform religious rituals at Joseph’s Tomb, which is located in an area controlled by the Palestinian Authority. The sources added that young Palestinian men clashed with the Israeli soldiers around the site and two young men were shot and injured during the clashes. Read: Bulldozers raze lands in Hebron area as settlers assault […]

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Iraq MP: ‘Armed militias pose a threat to the state’

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The Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament Salim Al-Jabouri called for the need to fight what he called “armed militias and gangs” stressing that they are a “threat” to the security and stability of the state. Speaking at a news conference yesterday, Al-Jabouri said: “Whatever is the affiliation and agenda of armed militias and criminal gangs, they pose a threat to the security and stability of the state and must therefore be confronted and fought.” He added that “Daesh was defeated and became powerless in Iraq, and what was achieved by Iraqi forces in Tal Afar is a major accomplishment.” According to the official, Iraq “has regained its position in decision-making at the Arab and regional levels.” On 20 August, Iraqi […]

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Iran and Turkey step up cooperation

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The visit to Ankara earlier this month by the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, Major-General Mohammad Baqeri, is a clear indication of a significant upgrade in bilateral ties, particularly in the security sector. It is also an indication of the eclipse of the Syria crisis as a major thorn in relations between Iran and Turkey. Syria undoubtedly loomed large in the discussions between Baqeri and his Turkish counterpart, General Hulusi Akar, not least as the conflict is taking new shape following the collapse of most of the rebel groups. Most important of all, the ascendance of Al-Qaeda affiliated jihadists in Idlib has called into question a proposed de-escalation zone in that strategically important province. However, the most […]

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