Inger Andersen is responsible for World Bank strategy and operations throughout the Middle East and North Africa region. She assumed her position shortly after the start of the Arab Spring and led the realignment of Bank engagement with the region to meet emerging needs and priorities.
Hanine Hassan is a PhD candidate at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the long-term effects of humiliation as a tool of oppression by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Of all the bizarre encounters the Palestinian conflict has generated, Tony Blair's four meetings in Doha with Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas leader must surely rank as one of the oddest.
Last week, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) member states approved the London-based Palestinian Return Centre's bid for special consultative status.
Liberation movements past and present are sources of inspiration for people whose struggle is still ongoing. Although the Palestine-Israel conflict is far from resolved, for many decades quite a few other movements have found inspiration in the Palestinian struggle. These same movements, such as the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa and the Republican quest for independence, self-determination and sovereignty in Northern Ireland never cease to inspire Palestinian freedom fighters.
On May 9th, the trawler Marianne of Gothenburg departed from its home port heading for the Eastern Mediterranean and Gaza. Ship to Gaza Sweden and Norway have joined forces with the international Freedom Flotilla to once again to attempt to peacefully break the inhumane, illegal blockade of the besieged Palestinian population on that narrow coastal strip between Israel and Egypt.
Both of the UK's main parties are refusing to heed calls for robust action against Israeli apartheid. Support for Israel has been hardwired into Britain's ruling elite.
Dozens of aid agencies have called for international sanctions on Israel over its continued illegal blockade of the occupied Gaza Strip and the fact that six months after its deadly and devastating assault, there has been virtually no reconstruction in the territory.
as an Israeli war criminal been given a veto on what aid may enter Gaza?. Earlier this week, I wrote about how Yoav Mordechai, a major-general who took part in the 2009 attack against Gaza, had been invited to the European Parliament. Following complaints by Palestine solidarity activists and some of the parliament’s own members, Mordechai’s scheduled appearance was canceled at the last minute yesterday.
Back in 1988 a handful of Eastern European nations had already acknowledged Palestinian statehood. However, since then only Iceland has followed their lead – and it’s not even an EU member. So for many it was rather unexpected when Sweden became the 137th member of the United Nations to officially recognise the State of Palestine. The reaction of other Western European countries came almost immediately. Only weeks after Stockholm parliamentary votes were held in Britain and Ireland, followed by nods of approval from Spain in November and France in early December.
On 23 November 2019, EuroPal Forum and Middle East Monitor co-hosted a conference at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury in London on the relations between Europe and Palestine. A first of its kind, the conference brought together individuals at the forefront of discourse on Palestine in
As the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rules that European Union countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, MEMO and EuroPal Forum are hosting a conference to discuss the EU’s position on major issues related to the occupat