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Watching war crimes in Jerusalem

  • It is a special kind of malicious cruelty that has armed Israeli police evicting a family of 12 people, including five children, from their home in the middle of the night in freezing winter. Yet this is what happened last week in East Jerusalem. If only this was an uncommon occurrence. A few ...
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UK needs a swift resolution to Johnson’s party saga

  • The center of the UK government, Downing Street, is currently the butt of endless jokes and the root of incandescent anger, the likes of which British politics has never seen. Last week, bruised and battered Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized for a series of lockdown-breaking parties in Do...
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Who will defend Palestinians from racist attacks?

  • Have attitudes hardened in the maelstrom that is the world of Israel-Palestine? The furor over a social media post from actress Emma Watson suggests so, heralding the nadir in debates about one of the world’s oldest conflicts. The time has come when even a vague expression of solidarity with Pa...
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The future looks grim for beleaguered Syrians

  • Russian bombers struck northwest Syria on Dec. 31. They did so more than 40 times in the month as a whole. And they were at it again on Jan. 1. Forget any festive let-up. The 3 million Syrian civilians waiting helplessly below are not sure if they will be bombed or starved to death or if they w...
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Global action offers a cure for Israel’s apartheid variant

  • What to make of 2021 for Palestinians and Israelis?  At many levels, huge changes have altered the political environment, yet where it counts, on the ground, the same inexorable processes have continued. It feels like an alternate reality, but at the beginning of the year, US President D...
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Bashar Assad won’t give up his deadly weapons

  • Finding something positive to say about events in Syria in the past decade is almost an impossible task, at least for those who put the future of Syrians of all hues first. Yet surely a large number of us can agree that the Syrian regime’s agreement to give up its chemical weapons program back ...
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‘Forgotten’ Gaza needs more than pious messages, empty promises

  • Over six months ago, Israel ended its pummeling of Gaza and Hamas ceased its rocket attacks. This was the fifth war on Gaza this century. In its wake, all sorts of promises and pledges were trotted out about the need to restore calm, address the underlying issues and assist in the reconstructio...
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Palestinian issue is expanding, not shrinking

  • Dwight Eisenhower, the former US president, once observed that “if you can’t solve a problem, enlarge it.” Put a challenge in its broader context and opportunities may open up. Eisenhower, who commanded the Allied forces in Europe during the Second World War, was no slouch in terms of devising ...
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Leaders bicker while refugees risk their lives

  • It is a fair bet that Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron will be scrubbing each other off their respective Christmas card lists this year. With both in full-on clash mode, every other day brings yet another Punch and Judy-style spat. The Entente Cordiale has been peppered with insults and accusa...
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How COVID-19 triggered a pandemic of hate

  • Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, online hate has mushroomed by a jaw-dropping 20 percent. This was the finding of a report into the issue in the UK, but the problem is mirrored elsewhere. It appears that the viral pandemic triggered a pandemic of hate. The report was based on a review...
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