I don’t know if it's because I've never been to an Arab country in the winter before. Or if I was brainwashed as a kid into thinking the Middle East must be hot all the time. Whatever, there's something very incongruous standing in a main street in Amman looking at lots of colourful Arabic shop signs whilst buttoning an overcoat against cold, wet sleet.
The tripartite Greece – Cyprus – Israel agreement is considered of special economic and geopolitical importance by government sources. This agreement, which is the result of increasingly frequent contacts last year, is the second, after the tripartite agreement of Greece, Cyprus and Egypt.
Following Israeli tantrums over EU plans to move ahead with the accurate and honest labelling of settlement products, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been venting his spleen about purported anti-Israel bias, stating rather ambiguously that ties between Israel and the EU need to be “reset”.
The chokehold on Gaza moved into its tenth year in 2016. The suffering born of a decade of human rights violations, poverty and three full-scale military assaults creates a psychological toll on the population which is inestimable. Homelessness, multiple deaths within families, severe injuries, and the ever-present threat of renewed Israeli bombardment create a psychological climate of ongoing continuous, collective trauma.
The state of Israel has been built upon myths which distort reality in order to develop some sense of legitimacy within the state and in the international community. Ardent non-Israeli Zionists, such as successive British prime ministers and US presidents, buy into these myths despite overwhelming evidence that they are illogical at best, and outright lies at worst.
The first three letters of the alphabet A, B & C have come to mark the occupation and creeping colonisation of Palestine by Israel. The lines around these areas were drawn in the Oslo II agreement signed in Taba in 1995. This divided the West Bank into three areas, with Israel and Palestine enjoying varying degrees of administrative and security rights in each. The area covering all West Bank cities and most of the Palestinian population was labelled Area A, with the Palestinian Authority (PA) enjoying “full” administrative and security control.
Israel still portrays itself as a Jewish and democratic state. Yet in practice, as its Palestinian citizens can attest, it functions as a Jewish ethnocracy, leaving small margins of freedom for its Palestinian citizens that have been steadily shrinking in the past few years. Now the Israeli state has come under the complete control of the far right wing, which sees no need even for such limited margins of freedom.
No Palestinian state for the time being – this is the position of Israel’s opposition Zionist Camp, as expressed this week by its leader and chair of the Labor party, MK Isaac Herzog.
What’s the big difference between Israel’s 1967 occupation and its 1948 occupation? In short, the difference is that the second one disturbed Zionists a little bit more. Not for moral reasons – but for nationalist ones.
Zionists are big on dialogue. Nary does a criticism of Israel occur without an appeal to dialogue in return. Dialogue is especially popular on campus, where Zionist groups respond to Palestinian human rights activism by vigorously requesting dialogue.
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