Akram Rikhawi, one of many Palestinian political prisoners said to be held by the Israeli government, without charge and without seeing a trial, today will enter his 64th day on hunger strike. 64 days without food. As he does, 25 year old former Palestinian national team footballer Mahmoud Sarsak enters his 88th day on hunger strike, the longest any detainee has gone through such an ordeal in an Israeli jail. That’s nearly 3 months without food.
Despite a change in the universal jurisdiction legislation last year, Israeli officials and military officers are still not visiting Britain for fear of arrest on war crimes charges.
Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, being held without being charge and without trial by the Israeli government, ended their hunger strike last Monday which was in protest at Israel’s policy of ‘administrative detention’.
Sheikh Raed Salah, the prominent Palestinian spokesperson has won his court appeal overturning home secretary Theresa May’s deportation order issued against him last year.
‘Israel’s right to exist’, those words a stock phrase, typical of the mainstream media, instantaneously stir up deep seated sensitivities over the so-called conflict between the state of Israel and Palestine. So-called because the word conflict implies some sort of equality and level playing field to begin with. However, this is not the case.
This is Israel in 2012 according to a top UN body. Using unprecedented strong language, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) criticised Israeli policies in terms of “apartheid”, as part of their published observations following a regular review.
Sorry to see Mehdi Hasan, who is one of the more thoughtful of the appeasement faction, returning to the scene of his folly.
Recently we had an exchange reviving the very old debate about the 2005 speech of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in which the Iranian President said that Israel must be wiped from the pages of history.
Hasan said that [...]
If President Barack Obama thought he had managed to restrain Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from ordering preemptive military strikes on Iran to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon, he might have to try again.
Judging from the prime minister’s speech to the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC in Washington, an Israeli attack is coming sooner rather than later. Noting [...]
The Bedouin of Israel and the occupied territories are easy to pick on. Self-identifying as neither Israeli nor Palestinian, not often considered as such by either community in return, their plight is less attention-grabbing, less politically-infused than that of other communities in the Holy Land. Accordingly, when their rights are apparently under assault, their suffering can easily disappear under the radar.
I am no foreign policy expert, and so until now I have refrained from writing anything about Syria. Until now, I have instead confined myself to tweeting my simultaneous senses of frustration, helplessness and anguish about the situation, whilst faithfully following those on Twitter whom I have deemed better placed, either emotionally or intellectually, to comment on this crisis than I. (I have included here a list of Twitter accounts – some contentious, all compelling – that I have found indispensable to my embryonic understanding of what is going on.)
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