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Jerusalem’s Palestinians speak out

  • The issue and future of Jerusalem have been a focus of attention for years and especially since the 1967 Israeli occupation. Palestinians in Jerusalem have boycotted Israeli municipal elections aimed at a forced unification of the city. Although there was opposition to political unification, ...
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Change needed if two-state solution is to be resuscitated

  • For decades, the defining conflict of the Middle East has revolved around a single piece of diplomatic jargon: The “two-state solution.” Originally, this term referred to a concrete idea — the formation of a sovereign, independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. But for most politicians, it...
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A new plan for Palestine that may just work

  • The killing of Palestinian TV journalist Shireen Abu Akleh and the appalling Israeli police assault on her funeral appear to have temporarily shifted attention back to the issue of Palestine and the Israeli occupation. Palestinian efforts to end the decades-long occupation in the context of a...
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Israel must prove its commitment to status quo agreement

  • Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid last month added his name to the choir of Arab and world officials calling for respect of the status quo in Jerusalem’s Old City and especially at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. It is not clear if the Israeli official was parroting a talking point or if he und...
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Israel’s heavy-handedness at Al-Aqsa Mosque reflects its political bankruptcy

  • When Israeli security forces last Friday used drones to drop tear gas on tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers at Al-Haram Al-Sharif, it provided yet another sign of the Israeli government’s bankrupt policy. The use of drones to manage the huge crowd on the third Friday of Ramadan was even cr...
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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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