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Absence of a political horizon invites instability in Palestine

  • Since late August, the political horizon for Palestinians has been shuttered. At that time, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met US President Joe Biden at the White House and told him point-blank that he had no plans to negotiate with the Palestinians or meet the Palestinian leader, and h...
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Abbas’ ultimatum shows Palestinians are at breaking point

  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was only 10 when the UN was established. Last month, he addressed its 76th General Assembly and issued a bold ultimatum: Israel has one year to withdraw from the Palestinian territory it occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem, or the Palestinians would no...
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The pros and cons of the UN when it comes to Palestine

  • The Palestinian conflict has taken more of the UN’s time and energy than any other conflict in the world. This has been both good and bad for Palestine. As the 76th session of the UN General Assembly begins its deliberations, an important question must be honestly addressed. Does the UN still ...
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How Biden can bring peace to the Middle East

  • For many observers of the Middle East conflicts, the idea of democracy and peace seems to be an oxymoron. Pundits repeatedly say that there is no relationship between peace and tranquility on the one hand and democracy and human rights on the other. US President Joe Biden can prove them wrong o...
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Abandoned strip of land a reminder of the effects of occupation

  • While I was running an English-language Palestinian newspaper, Al-Fajr Weekly, in the 1980s, I would often pass by a pile of stones that seemed odd. The stones lay on a piece of land by an important road in East Jerusalem, across from the offices of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Stud...
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A new direction for Palestine

  • Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin, U.S. President Bill Clinton and Yasser Arafat at the Oslo Accords signing ceremony, 13 Sept., 1993. (Wikimedia Commons) The deal between the UAE and Israel is an aberration, but still can be an opportunity for the Palestinians. It should p...
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Israeli-Palestine conflict: It’s the occupation, stupid

  • Israeli security forces at the Qalandiya checkpoint, a key crossing point between Jerusalem and Ramallah, April 27, 2016. (AP Photo) I was aged 12 on Monday, June 5, 1967, when the Israeli occupation began. My siblings and I heard the sirens while both our parents were not a...
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Annexation push and the competing narratives

  • Palestinians demonstrate against Israeli plans for the annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, in Gaza City, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo) The conflict between Israel and Palestine is frequently a victim of competing narratives — and often the more successful narrative is not t...
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Abbas has little choice but to end US boycott

  • US President Donald Trump meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in the White House, Washington, D.C., May 3, 2017. (AFP) Palestine’s leadership made a very difficult decision in December 2017. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is also chairman of the Pa...
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The Israelization of US foreign policy

  • The foreign policy of the US during the three years of the Donald Trump administration has undergone a slow change. It has gradually departed from international norms and carried out clear violations of the legal and ethical standards the country had previously championed. While some of the...
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