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About Dalia
I am a multimedia journalist whose work has appeared in The Economist, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic and elsewhere.  Since 2000, I have divided my time between the U.S. and the West Bank, covering a range of political, economic and cultural issues for print, TV and radio.

Before moving back to the Holy Land in 2011, I was with Al Jazeera Arabic in Washington, D.C., for four years, producing its flagship current affairs talk show, "Min [From] Washington," which included setting up and conducting interviews with high-level politicians, community leaders and notable cultural icons.

In the U.S., I also worked with local newspapers and wire services.  I am a fluent Arabic speaker, and have two Master's degrees: from Northwestern (Journalism) and Birzeit University (International Relations). 

I am currently based in Chicago, freelancing for broadcast and print outlets in the U.S., the Levant and the Gulf. I'm available for assignments in news and production, as well as radio and TV commentary on regional events. I have been a regular guest on Monocle 24 Radio and BBC Radio. 

I am an expert in Israeli/Palestinian affairs, and regional Middle East issues as they pertain to business and economics, culture, art and U.S. foreign policy.

Samples of my print and radio work is available at: www.daliahatuqa.com
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Under Attack From Settlers and Clashing With the IDF, Palestinians Fear the ‘Take Over of the West Bank’

04 Apr 2024  |  rollingstone.com
Palestinians in the West Bank are experiencing heightened violence and fear as Hamas launches attacks on Israel, and Israel retaliates with airstrikes on Gaza. The West Bank is witnessing settler violence and a crackdown on Palestinian communities, with many fatalities reported. The Palestinian Authority and leadership are viewed as weak and ineffective, while Israeli rhetoric is increasingly dehumanizing. Palestinians feel isolated and vulnerable, with no one to advocate for their rights and dignity.

Palestinian women face barrage of sexual harassment online, report finds

22 Nov 2023  |  Middle East Eye
A study by the Arab Center for the Development of Social Media and the Swedish Kvinna til Kvinna Foundation reveals that one-third of Palestinian women in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Israel face online sexual harassment. The harassment, stemming from patriarchal societal norms and the Israeli occupation, has led to significant self-censorship among women. The report highlights various forms of abuse, including hacking, extortion, and the unsolicited sharing of pornographic material. Many women distrust the police to handle these cases, opting instead to manage the issues within their personal circles. The study underscores the need for societal change and better education for men to address this pervasive issue.

The Israel-Palestine Conflict Has Been Raging for 75 Years

14 Nov 2023  |  nytimes.com
The Israel-Palestine conflict has intensified with Hamas's attacks and Israel's aggressive reprisals in the West Bank, including raids, arrests, and air strikes. The violence has disrupted life in Ramallah and escalated with the arming of civilian groups by Israel's National Security Ministry. The conflict, marked by systematic violence against Palestinians and the annexation of their land, is part of a long history of destruction and trauma.

The Israel-Palestine Conflict Has Been Raging for 75 Years

14 Nov 2023  |  www.nytimes.com
Normal life in Ramallah has been disrupted by Israeli raids following Hamas's Oct. 7 attacks. Israeli forces have conducted air and drone strikes, arrested various individuals, and destroyed significant locations, including a memorial for journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir has armed civilian squads in settlements, contributing to escalating violence that has resulted in over 130 Palestinian deaths in the West Bank since Oct. 7. The article emphasizes the long-standing and systematic nature of violence against Palestinians and calls for a nuanced understanding of the conflict's history.

This war did not start a month ago

06 Nov 2023  |  www.almendron.com
The article discusses the ongoing violence and occupation in the West Bank and Gaza, emphasizing that the conflict did not start recently but has deep historical roots. It highlights the systematic violence faced by Palestinians, the impact of Israeli military actions, and the broader geopolitical context. The piece criticizes Israeli policies and the international community's response, arguing for a more nuanced understanding of the conflict's history and its effects on Palestinian lives.

Under Attack From Settlers and Clashing With the IDF, Palestinians Fear the 'Take Over of the West Bank'

21 Oct 2023  |  flipboard.com
The West Bank city of Ramallah, typically bustling, has become eerily silent amid attacks from settlers and clashes with the IDF. Palestinians express fear over what they perceive as a takeover of the West Bank, highlighting the ongoing conflict and tensions in the region.

Israel-Hamas war updates: Hundreds killed in Gaza hospital ‘massacre’

17 Oct 2023  |  www.aljazeera.com
Hundreds of people have been killed in a Gaza hospital, described as a 'massacre', amid ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. Iran has issued a warning that the 'resistance front' may attack, escalating tensions in the region.

A Day in the Life of Abed Salama: A Palestine Story

16 Oct 2023  |  themarkaz.org
The article delves into the tragic 'Jaba bus accident' in the West Bank, where seven Palestinians, including six children, were killed. It expands on Nathan Thrall's book 'A Day in the Life of Abed Salama,' which examines the systemic inequalities and injustices under Israeli occupation that contributed to the tragedy. Through the life of Abed Salama, whose son Milad died in the accident, the narrative exposes the harsh realities of Palestinian life, including restricted access to emergency services, inadequate infrastructure, and the impact of Israeli settlements and military presence. The text critiques the broader context of Israeli policies and their detrimental effects on Palestinian communities.

Israel kills 500 in Gaza hospital ‘massacre’

16 Oct 2023  |  KOREA EXPOSÉ
An Israeli air attack on the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City has resulted in at least 500 deaths, with thousands seeking safety at the hospital. The incident has intensified the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, drawing significant international attention and condemnation.

‘First-ever’ bill on Palestinian child rights introduced in US Congress

16 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
A group of Democratic representatives, led by Rep. Betty McCollum, introduced a bill in the US Congress aimed at ensuring US military aid to Israel is not used to harm Palestinian children. The bill, supported by various human rights organizations, highlights the abuse of Palestinian minors in Israeli military detention. Despite its unlikely passage, the bill is seen as a tool to foster more vocal criticism of Israel in Congress. Rights advocates emphasize the need for accountability and the protection of vulnerable Palestinian children.

Palestinians See a Double Standard in the World’s Reactions to Ukraine and Israel

12 Oct 2023  |  Yahoo News
Palestinians perceive a double standard in international reactions to the Ukraine war compared to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Following a significant attack by Hamas, resulting in numerous casualties on both sides, Palestinians note the swift global support for Israel's right to self-defense, contrasted with criticism of Palestinian actions. Ukrainian President Zelensky's support for Israel, despite his own country's struggle against Russian invasion, is seen as hypocritical by Palestinians. The article discusses the disparity in international responses, including the use of boycotts and sanctions, and highlights the International Criminal Court's actions regarding war crimes in Ukraine but not in Israel, despite Palestine being a member since 2015.

The View From Ramallah

12 Oct 2023  |  Foreign Policy
The article discusses the aftermath of a significant attack by Hamas on Israel, resulting in high casualties on both sides. It highlights the severe impact of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and the rising violence in the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority's limited response and the growing popularity of groups like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are noted. The article also addresses international reactions, particularly the perceived double standards in the global response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict compared to the Ukraine-Russia war, emphasizing the lack of empathy for the Palestinian cause.

Palestinians see opportunity in American division over Israel

01 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
Palestinians see an opportunity in the growing partisan divide in American public opinion on Israel, as revealed by a Pew Research Center poll. The poll shows a significant gap between Republican and Democratic support for Israel, with younger and more educated Americans showing increasing sympathy for Palestinians. Palestinian leaders and advocates believe this shift presents a chance to influence US policy and public discourse. The article discusses the implications of these changing attitudes and the potential for Palestinians to engage more effectively with American audiences.

There's a link between anti-Muslim bigotry and radicalisation, says study

01 Oct 2023  |  Middle East Eye
A study published in Science Advances links anti-Muslim bigotry to radicalisation, particularly among first- and second-generation immigrants in the US and Europe. The research, conducted by sociologists from Duke University and a statistician from UC Berkeley, found that discrimination and isolation contribute to radicalisation. The Council on American-Islamic Relations reported a significant increase in anti-Muslim incidents, correlating with the rise of bigotry since Donald Trump's election. The study suggests that counterterrorism policies perceived as discriminatory may exacerbate radicalisation, with implications for public policy.

All the Palestinians Got From Oslo Was KFC

30 Sep 2023  |  Foreign Policy
The article reflects on the Oslo peace process and its aftermath, highlighting the initial optimism and subsequent disillusionment among Palestinians. It describes the fleeting economic improvements and the eventual collapse of peace efforts, leading to increased violence and oppression. The narrative underscores the failure of the Palestinian Authority to achieve meaningful progress and the ongoing hardships faced by Palestinians in the West Bank.

Morocco earthquake updates: Three days of mourning after over 1,300 dead

09 Sep 2023  |  www.aljazeera.com
Morocco has declared three days of mourning following a powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake that resulted in over 1,300 deaths. The blog provided updates on the situation as it unfolded on Saturday, September 9.

Media watchdogs slam 'politically motivated' arrests of Palestinian journalists

07 Aug 2023  |  Middle East Eye
Israeli forces have arrested at least seven Palestinian journalists in the West Bank since 30 July, drawing condemnation from local and international journalists' rights groups and watchdogs who called the move politically motivated. The journalists, who have not been charged, were arrested following the ban of the Hamas-affiliated al-Quds TV. Rights groups such as the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Sans Frontieres have called for their release, condemning the arrests as arbitrary and politically driven. The article highlights the ongoing challenges faced by Palestinian journalists, including previous closures of media outlets and the confiscation of equipment during raids.

Israeli protests cast light on laws discriminating against Palestinians

27 Jul 2023  |  aljazeera.com
The Israeli parliament's recent bill limiting the Supreme Court's powers has sparked protests and international concern. Palestinians observe that the Knesset rarely censures Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and often passes laws discriminating against Palestinians. Human Rights Watch and other experts highlight laws that institutionalize racial discrimination and undermine Palestinian rights. These include the Admissions Committees Law, the Nation-State Law, the Citizenship Law, and the law banning BDS supporters from entering Israel. Critics argue that these laws erode democratic principles and equality in Israel.

The New Palestinian Resistance

29 Mar 2023  |  Foreign Policy
Representatives from Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority (PA), United States, and Egypt met in Sharm el-Sheikh to address rising violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories. The inauguration of Israel’s most extreme right-wing government has exacerbated tensions, leading to violent incidents in the West Bank. New armed Palestinian resistance groups like the Lions' Den and Jenin Brigade have emerged, operating independently of traditional factions and the PA. These groups have gained significant support among Palestinians, who are disillusioned with the PA's inability to protect them and its cooperation with Israel. The PA's legitimacy is further eroded as Israeli raids and settler violence continue, with no political solution in sight.

Twitter under fire for censoring Palestinian public figures

28 Feb 2023  |  aljazeera.com
Twitter and Facebook have faced criticism for suspending accounts of Palestinian public figures, including journalists and activists. Said Arikat, a veteran Palestinian journalist, and Noura Erakat, a human rights advocate, experienced account suspensions without clear explanations, raising concerns about digital rights and freedom of expression. Reports and experts suggest a pattern of bias against Palestinians in social media moderation. Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter has been associated with increased account suspensions and reduced content moderation, exacerbating the situation for Palestinians.

Russia Suffers Significant Losses in this Crucial Area...Is the End Near?

20 Feb 2023  |  www.realcleardefense.com
Russia is experiencing significant losses in a crucial area, raising questions about the potential end of its involvement or success in the conflict.

Russia-Ukraine latest: Ukraine says Lysychansk ‘not encircled’

02 Jul 2022  |  www.aljazeera.com
Ukrainian separatists, backed by Russia, claim to have encircled Lysychansk in the Luhansk region, while Ukraine denies the city is surrounded. Russia has targeted Ukrainian military sites in Donbas and Mykolaiv, and the US is sending Ukraine advanced missile systems and ammunition. The EU is preparing an emergency plan to reduce Russian energy dependence. A 'Marshall Plan' for Ukraine's reconstruction is being discussed in Switzerland. Russia assures India of reliable grain and fuel supplies. The UK condemns the exploitation of prisoners of war. Ukraine accuses Russia of using phosphorus bombs on Snake Island. Russian General Valery Gerasimov inspects troops involved in the Ukraine operation. Ukraine requests Turkey to seize a Russian ship carrying Ukrainian grain. Mykolaiv experiences powerful explosions amid ongoing conflict.

Ukraine latest updates: UN rights body to discuss ‘Russia abuses’

09 May 2022  |  www.aljazeera.com
Russian forces are attempting to take the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, while President Putin claims the invasion of Ukraine was to prevent aggression from the West. Ukrainian President Zelenskyy urges actions to unblock ports to avoid a global food crisis. The Pentagon reports Ukrainians being forcibly taken to Russia. EU's von der Leyen sees progress in talks with Hungary on a Russian oil ban. The US suspends tariffs on Ukrainian steel for a year. UN's top rights body will hold a special session on Ukraine. EU official warns of food stuck in Odesa. Angolan diamond mine says Russia sanctions could hurt operations. Macron urges Europe against repeating WWI-era mistakes. Russian envoy to Poland doused in red paint. Kyiv calls for UN rights session, citing Mariupol 'mass casualties'. Zelenskyy calls for moves to unblock ports. Ukraine says Russian forces are attempting to 'storm' Azovstal plant. Brussels to give 'opinion' on Ukraine EU membership bid in June. Russian negotiator says talks with Ukraine continue. Photos show Russia marking World War II victory amid ongoing Ukraine war. Anti-war messages appear on Russian TVs. In Putin's words: What Russia's leader said at Victory Day parade. Russia says it destroyed US-made radar system in Ukraine. Mariupol officials document new mass grave. Australia looks to fill Asia's energy gap amid the Ukraine crisis. Putin 'mirroring fascism' of Nazi Germany, UK minister says. Separatist leader celebrates Victory Day in Mariupol. Putin focused on 'justifications' for invasion. 'Unacceptable threat': Putin blasts NATO moves. Sweden's ruling party to announce NATO stance on May 15. Putin doesn't provide war assessment in Victory Day speech. Ukraine won't allow Russia to 'appropriate' WWII commemorations: Zelenskyy. Putin says troops in Donbas fighting for 'the Motherland'. Putin says 'West was preparing to invade our land'. Sweden's ruling Social Democrats said the party would announce on May 15 its position on whether the country should apply for NATO membership. A decision in favour of joining would in all likelihood pave the way for Sweden to submit a membership bid. If the Social Democrats support joining, there would be a clear parliamentary majority for an application, especially if neighbouring Finland – where a decision is also expected in the coming days – were to apply. Sweden and Finland have been militarily non-aligned for decades, but public opinion in both countries has shifted since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 226 Ukrainian children killed in Russian invasion: prosecutors. At least 226 children have been killed in Ukraine amid Russia's invasion, and another 415 have been wounded, according to the office of the country's prosecutor general. Al Jazeera could not independently verify the figures provided. Reporting by Mansur Mirovalev in Kyiv. Ukraine military warns of 'high probability of missile strikes'. Ukraine's military says there is a 'high probability of missile strikes' on the country before Russia's planned Victory Day parade in Moscow. The Ukrainian military's general staff also said in Russian-controlled areas of Zaporizhzhia, Russian troops had begun the 'seizure of personal documents from the local population without good reason'. Ukraine said Russian troops seized the documents to force the local people to take part in Victory Day commemorations there. Ukraine's military also warned that Russia had located some 19 battalion tactical groups in Russia's Belgorod region, just across the border. Those groups likely consist of some 15,200 soldiers with tanks, missile batteries and other weaponry. Russia's stock of precision-guided munitions heavily depleted: UK. The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence is warning that Russia is running out of precision-guided munitions, meaning that Moscow will increasingly turn to inaccurate rockets and bombs that can spread destruction even wider. In its latest intelligence update, the ministry said although Russia claimed that 'Ukrainian cities would therefore be safe from bombardment', the unguided munitions posed an increasing risk. 'As the conflict continues beyond Russian pre-war expectations, Russia's stockpile of precision-guided munitions has likely been heavily depleted,' the report said. 'This has forced the use of readily available but ageing munitions that are less reliable, less accurate and more easily intercepted.' The ministry added that Russia 'will likely struggle to replace the precision weaponry it has already expended'. Canada to help Ukraine find options to export grain. The Canadian prime minister says his government will help Ukraine work out options on how to export stored grain to uphold global food security. Nearly 25 million tonnes of grains are stuck in Ukraine and unable to leave the country due to infrastructure challenges and blocked Black Sea ports including Mariupol, according to the United Nations. 'We know people around the world are going to be starving because of the actions of Russia,' Trudeau told Reuters news agency in an interview. 'There is grain waiting to be shipped in Ukraine. We have to make sure that Russia doesn't prevent the grain that the world needs from getting out to the world.' Trudeau said Ukraine was looking at a number of options to export grain, including shipments via ports on the Danube River in the country's south. 'We're just looking to solve a very direct problem.' 'Evil always loses': Zelenskyy hails G7 support for Kyiv. Ukraine's president has thanked G7 nations after they pledged to deepen Russia's economic isolation over the war in his country. 'The main thing I felt today was the world's even greater willingness to help us,' Zelenskyy said. 'It is clear to the whole free world that Ukraine is the party of good in this war. 'And Russia will lose because evil always loses.' Fiji pauses US seizure of Russia-linked superyacht. A court in Fiji has suspended the execution of a US warrant to seize a $300m superyacht that Washington claims is owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov, according to prosecutors. The court granted an 'interim stay' after the company officially registered as the Amadea's owners petitioned judges to stop its seizure. Prosecutors said the case is scheduled to return to court on Thursday and that the yacht remains in Fiji police custody. It is also blocked from leaving the Pacific nation's waters despite the warrant suspension. Putin to mark Soviet Union's WWII victory. Putin is expected to lead anniversary celebrations of the Soviet Union's second world war victory over Nazi Germany as the conflict in Ukraine grinds on with no end in sight. Putin is expected to flaunt Russia's military might during Monday's symbolically important event. Huge intercontinental ballistic missiles will be towed for official review through Moscow's Red Square, and a planned flyover will feature supersonic fighters, strategic bombers and, for the first time since 2010, the Il-80 'doomsday' command plane, which would carry Russia's top brass in the event of a nuclear war. Zelenskyy awards medal to mine-sniffing dog. Ukraine's president has presented the country's famous mine-sniffing dog Patron and his owner, Civil Protection Service Major Myhailo Iliev a medal to recognise their dedicated service. The pint-size Jack Russell Terrier has been credited with detecting more than 200 explosives and preventing their detonation since the start of Russia's invasion on February 24. At a news conference in Kyiv with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Zelenskyy said: 'Today, I want to award those Ukrainian heroes who are already clearing our land of mines ... [a]nd a wonderful little sapper - Patron - who helps not only to neutralize explosives but also to teach our children the necessary safety rules in areas where there is a mine threat,' Zelenskyy said in a statement. Iran opposes war in Ukraine, calls for dialogue. Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has called for dialogue between Moscow and Kyiv to bring an end to the war in Ukraine. 'We are against the war in Ukraine, just as we are against the war in Yemen, in Afghanistan, in Syria, in Iraq, or in any other part of the world,' Amir-Abdollahian told a joint news conference in Tehran on Sunday. 'We believe that the solution in Ukraine is political and that political negotiations between Russia and Ukraine must lead to an end to the war,' he added. Lockheed Martin looks to nearly double Javelin missile production. US weapons maker Lockheed Martin plans to nearly double the production, to 4,000 per year from 2,100, of Javelin missiles, the antitank weapon that has helped Ukraine fight Russia's invasion, according to its chief executive. James Taiclet told CBS News on Sunday that the increase will take as long as two years, and that the firm is anticipating increased demand for 'superior systems in large enough numbers'. 'We're planning for the long run and not just in the Javelin,' he said, noting he expects to see increased demand beyond the Ukraine war due to threats from Russia and China. The US has rushed $3.4bn worth of weapons to Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24, including Javelins, howitzers, anti-aircraft Stinger systems, ammunition and body armour. Japan to ban Russian oil imports 'in principle'. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says Tokyo will ban Russian crude oil imports 'in principle', as part of a Group of Seven campaign to counter Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 'For a country heavily dependent on energy imports, it's a very difficult decision. But G7 coordination is most important at a time like now,' Kishida said, according to a statement released by the Japanese government after an online meeting of G7 leaders on Sunday. Russia is Japan's fifth-biggest supplier of crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG). Russia has 'forgotten' all that mattered to WWII victors: Zelenskyy. Zelenskyy says Russia has forgotten everything that mattered to the victors of WWII, that it 'has forgotten everything that was important to the victors of World War II'. Denouncing Russia's heavy shelling in the east of the country, including an attack on a school he says killed 60 people, Zelenskyy said while Moscow prepares to commemorate the defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII, Russian troops are attacking civilians in Ukraine. 'Civilians who simply hid in the school from the shelling. It was a targeted blow to the school. Another crime of the occupiers,' he said in his nightly address. UK places fresh sanctions on Russia, Belarus. The United Kingdom is placing fresh sanctions on Russia and Belarus, including import tariffs on precious metals and export bans. The import tariffs, including on platinum and palladium, will target trade worth 1.7 billion pounds ($2.10bn) while export bans worth 250 million pounds ($310m) will target Russia's manufacturing and heavy industry, the UK's Department for International Trade said. 'This far-reaching package of sanctions will inflict further damage on the Russian war machine,' Secretary of State for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan said. The UK has slapped a range of sanctions on Russian companies and individuals since Russia invaded Ukraine with Belarusian help in February. The UK's new sanctions bring the total value of products subjected to full or partial import and export sanctions to more than 4 billion pounds ($4.9bn). Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera's continuing coverage of the war in Ukraine.

In Protests, the Naqab Affirms Its Palestinian National Identity

16 Feb 2022  |  Jewish Currents
Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian Bedouin demonstrators in the Naqab region, protesting land seizures and forestation projects by the Jewish National Fund. The protests highlight the ongoing struggle over land rights and the marginalization of Palestinian Bedouins. Despite receiving permits, protesters faced violent crackdowns, leading to injuries and detentions. The Israeli government's policies, aimed at displacing Bedouins and Judaizing the region, have been met with resistance, reflecting a broader Palestinian mobilization. Political responses include threats from Ra’am party members to abstain from government votes until the forestation project is halted.

A High-Profile Trial Spells Tribulation for the Palestinian Authority

24 Sep 2021  |  Foreign Policy
After the killing of activist Nizar Banat by Palestinian security forces, anti-government protests erupted in the West Bank. The trial of the accused security personnel has begun, but public outrage against the Palestinian Authority (PA) persists. Banat, a vocal critic of the PA and President Mahmoud Abbas, was allegedly beaten to death by PA forces. The trial is seen as a charade by Banat's family, who believe it aims to absolve senior officials of responsibility. The PA's crackdown on protests and its failure to address public demands for accountability have further eroded its legitimacy. Recent polls indicate widespread dissatisfaction with Abbas and pessimism about the future of a Palestinian state. The PA's attempts to placate the public with superficial reforms and cooperation with Israel have been met with skepticism.

A Prison Break Liberates the Palestinian Political Imagination

06 Sep 2021  |  Jewish Currents
The escape of six Palestinian detainees from Gilboa prison in Israel sparked widespread euphoria and symbolic victory among Palestinians, highlighting the harsh conditions and systemic violence faced by Palestinian prisoners. The recapture of four escapees led to a somber mood and calls for protests. The incident underscored the deep-seated reverence for prisoners in Palestinian society and the ongoing struggle against Israeli occupation. The escape also prompted a severe crackdown within Israeli prisons, leading to further unrest and highlighting the political resistance of prisoners. The Palestinian Authority's response was criticized for its collaboration with Israeli forces, while the escapees' brutal treatment post-recapture drew significant attention.

Jewish and Palestinian Mobs Dueled in Israeli Towns — but the Crackdown Came for One Side

29 May 2021  |  theintercept.com
During the recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict, intercommunal violence between Palestinians and Jews inside Israel surged, particularly in mixed cities like Lod, Haifa, and Yafa. Mob violence, including assaults and murder, was perpetrated by both sides, but Israeli state support was evident for right-wing Jewish Israelis. A campaign of mass arrests targeted Palestinians, often without specific evidence, while Jewish Israelis accused of violence were not similarly pursued. The violence exposed deep-seated discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel, who face legal and social barriers, and are often treated as second-class citizens. The unrest was fueled by events such as barriers at Damascus Gate, police attacks in Al Aqsa Mosque, and looming evictions in Sheikh Jarrah. The Jewish Nation-State Law and the rise of the Kahanist movement have exacerbated the situation, with Palestinians in mixed cities experiencing systematic discrimination and state neglect.

Pune, Maharashtra: A Haze of Delirium and Rumors of a Medical Hoax

21 May 2021  |  fullerproject.org
The article highlights the severe healthcare crisis in Pune, Maharashtra, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It describes the dire conditions in hospitals, the spread of misinformation about vaccines, and the public's skepticism fueled by political and social activities. The narrative focuses on an elderly woman battling COVID-19 in a hospital and the broader implications of the crisis on the city's healthcare system and public perception.

Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh: ‘Our Supervisors Tell Us Not to Take the Vaccine. They Tell us That the Injection Will Kill Us.’

21 May 2021  |  fullerproject.org
Mahalakshmi, a sanitation worker in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, faces significant challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite receiving her first vaccine dose, she and her colleagues are discouraged by their supervisors from getting vaccinated due to fears and misinformation. The article highlights the precarious conditions of sanitation workers, including lack of health insurance, delayed salaries, and the burden of feeding their families. The Andhra Pradesh government's initial vaccination efforts and subsequent rumors have led to widespread fear and distrust among the community.

The New Palestinian Elections Are All Talk and No Action

02 Feb 2021  |  Foreign Policy
The article critically examines the prospects of the 2021 Palestinian elections, highlighting the entrenched political stagnation under Mahmoud Abbas's prolonged rule. It discusses the historical context of Palestinian elections, the ongoing Fatah-Hamas schism, and the external influences of Israel and Western donors. The piece argues that genuine democratic renewal in the Palestinian territories requires significant institutional reforms, including integrating Hamas into the PLO and ensuring free and fair elections. It also emphasizes the need for Israel and the United States to accept and engage with the election outcomes.

Tens of Thousands of Palestinian Newborns Blocked from Travelling

24 Sep 2020  |  www.vice.com
Tens of thousands of Palestinian newborns are unable to travel due to a lack of recognition by Israeli authorities, a consequence of the Palestinian Authority's decision to sever security coordination with Israel. This has left many families, including those with American citizenship, stranded and unable to leave the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Efforts by non-profits and political figures to resolve individual cases have seen limited success, while broader systemic issues remain unresolved. The situation is exacerbated by Israel's non-recognition of IDs issued to Palestinians, affecting travel for health, education, and family unification.

The Path of Negotiations Has Failed. Where Annexation Leaves Palestinians

01 Jul 2020  |  World Politics Review
On July 1, Israel's occupation of the West Bank is set to advance into formal annexation, fulfilling Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign promise. This move has led to significant backlash in Ramallah, with President Mahmoud Abbas announcing that the Palestinian Authority will cease all coordination with Israel and abandon existing agreements, including those from the Oslo Accords. The annexation plans have intensified the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, highlighting the failure of negotiations and the uncertain future for Palestinian self-determination.

The Two-State Solution Is Dead. What Comes Next Is Worse.

30 Jun 2020  |  Foreign Policy
Israel's potential annexation of parts of the West Bank, supported by the Trump administration, marks the end of the two-state solution and the beginning of a more formalized apartheid regime. The Palestinian leadership is criticized for its ineffectiveness, while internal divisions within Israel and the U.S. administration reveal differing opinions on the annexation. The article highlights the long-term implications for Palestinians, including increased subjugation and the need for a stronger civil society response.

Trump’s Peace Plan Is Palestinians’ Worst Nightmare

31 Jan 2020  |  Foreign Policy
The article critically examines U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, highlighting its negative implications for Palestinians. The plan proposes making Abu Dis part of the Palestinian capital, a move seen as undermining the principle of East Jerusalem as the capital. The plan is viewed as favoring Israeli right-wing positions and diminishing Palestinian self-determination. Palestinian leaders, including Mahmoud Abbas, have strongly opposed the plan, seeking international support to counter it. The article also discusses the broader geopolitical reactions and the potential impact on Palestinian society and future resistance movements.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas Need Each Other to Survive

07 Jul 2019  |  Foreign Policy
The article discusses the complex and interdependent relationship between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, highlighting a recent incident where Israeli troops mistakenly fired on a Palestinian security base. It explores the historical context of security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the impact of U.S. policy changes under the Trump administration, and the financial and political pressures facing the Palestinian Authority. The piece underscores the precarious balance of power and the potential for increased instability in the West Bank due to economic strains and political maneuvers.

'Stronger coalitions' needed to resist hatred of Muslims, Jews in Trump era

01 May 2019  |  Middle East Eye
A recent panel discussion at New York University highlighted the rising tide of hate-based violence and religious bigotry in the Trump era, emphasizing the need for stronger coalitions to combat Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) released a poll showing an increase in anti-Muslim sentiment in the US, driven by political rhetoric and policies like the Muslim ban. Experts argue that Muslim and Jewish communities, along with other marginalized groups, must unite against common enemies of bigotry and white supremacy. The ISPU's findings suggest that personal knowledge of Muslims and Islam can help reduce Islamophobia.

US census to collect responses in Arabic, but distrust in process remains

28 Mar 2019  |  Middle East Eye
The US federal government will include Arabic in the 2020 census to facilitate participation among Arabic speakers, aiming for a more accurate headcount. Despite this, distrust remains high among Arab Americans due to concerns about profiling and the potential inclusion of a citizenship question. The Arab American Institute and the Council on American-Islamic Relations highlight the importance of accurate data for community advocacy but express fears that the Trump administration's policies may deter participation. The Supreme Court is set to rule on the citizenship question, which has already been struck down by two federal courts.

Mohammed bin Salman Has Thrown the Palestinians Under the Bus

25 Jun 2018  |  Foreign Policy
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has shifted focus away from the Palestinian cause, aligning more closely with the Trump administration and Israel. This has led to increased Palestinian isolation and frustration, as traditional Arab support wanes. The Palestinian Authority faces internal divisions and a legitimacy crisis, while grassroots movements like BDS gain traction. The article highlights the changing dynamics in the Middle East, with Arab states prioritizing regional stability and countering Iran over the Palestinian issue.

Fundamentally un-American: Sharp decline in US refugee admissions

01 Jun 2018  |  Middle East Eye
The US has admitted the lowest number of refugees since the 1980 US Refugee Act, with a significant drop in 2017 and 2018. Critics, including Omar Baddar and David Miliband, argue that the Trump administration's policies, including the 'Muslim ban' and reduced refugee ceiling, are discriminatory and harmful to both refugees and American society. The Supreme Court's support for travel restrictions and the administration's additional vetting procedures have further impacted refugee admissions. The article highlights the divided opinion among Americans regarding the country's responsibility to accept refugees.

Islamophobia prompts Muslims to engage in US democracy: report

04 May 2018  |  www.aljazeera.com
American Muslims have experienced increased discrimination, prompting greater political engagement, as reported by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. Hate crimes against Muslims rose during and after Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The Islamophobia Index revealed Muslims are more politically active, with a higher voter registration rate and a record number of Muslim candidates running for office. Despite facing smear campaigns and threats, Muslim candidates are participating in elections across the US, with the potential for the first Muslim woman in Congress and the first Muslim senator. The ISPU survey also found that Muslims are more likely to reject violence and identify strongly with America, countering media and political narratives associating Islam with terrorism.

What’s next for Trump and the Palestinian Authority?

26 Mar 2018  |  www.aljazeera.com
The relationship between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Trump administration has fluctuated significantly, primarily due to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and plans to move its embassy there. Initially, the PA saw Trump's unconventional approach as an opportunity for peace, but optimism waned following the Jerusalem decision. The PA has since sought multilateral support, rejecting the US as a sole broker and turning to the UN and other international bodies. Despite strained relations, the PA continues security cooperation with Israel, viewing it as leverage in negotiations.

Anti-BDS bills expected to feature prominently at AIPAC

03 Mar 2018  |  www.aljazeera.com
At the upcoming AIPAC policy conference, measures to counter the BDS movement, which seeks to end Israel's occupation of Arab and Palestinian land, will be a key focus. Legislation in the US, both at the state and federal levels, aims to penalize those who support BDS, with critics arguing these laws infringe on First Amendment rights. Civil liberty groups, including the ACLU and Palestine Legal, have been actively challenging these laws. The UN has identified businesses operating in Israeli settlements, and AIPAC supports bills that would criminalize support for BDS. Despite legal challenges, such as a temporary injunction on a Kansas law, other states continue to introduce similar legislation.

Trump's 'Muslim ban' has backfired, study suggests

25 Jan 2018  |  Middle East Eye
A study published in Political Behaviour reveals that President Donald Trump's 'Muslim ban' has led to a significant backlash, changing public opinion against the policy. Initially, many Americans supported or were indifferent to the ban, but media backlash and public protests have shifted views, with more people now opposing it. The study, conducted by political scientists from several universities, found that the media played a crucial role in this shift. The findings are significant as they show a rare rapid change in public opinion, particularly among those with strong American identities. The study also notes the growing Muslim population in the US and the importance of understanding public perceptions towards them.

How Israel is digitally policing Palestinian minds

05 Dec 2017  |  www.aljazeera.com
Israeli authorities have been arresting Palestinians for alleged incitement through social media posts, media articles, and other forms of expression. This has included the case of poet Dareen Tatour, who was placed under house arrest for a poem posted on Facebook. Indictments for online incitement have tripled since 2014, with around 400 Palestinians detained for social media activity critical of Israel. Rights groups argue this trend stifles freedom of expression and is a violation of international law. Israeli leaders claim Palestinian incitement is a barrier to peace, but research suggests that incitement charges disproportionately target Palestinians, with Israeli incitement on social media often ignored.

Palestinians to appeal over Israeli settlement teams

26 Nov 2017  |  www.aljazeera.com
The Court of Arbitration for Sport will hear an appeal from the Palestinian Football Association against FIFA's decision not to vote on a proposal regarding Israeli football teams in West Bank settlements. The Palestinian association argues that these teams violate FIFA regulations and seeks disciplinary action. FIFA has delayed action on the issue, prompting the Palestinians to consider further legal steps. Human Rights Watch supports the Palestinian position, criticizing FIFA for sponsoring matches on disputed land. Israeli authorities argue that the issue is being politicized and that FIFA statutes do not apply due to unresolved border agreements.

Canadian sues over wines labelled ‘Product of Israel’

31 Oct 2017  |  www.aljazeera.com
David Kattenburg, a Canadian university lecturer, has filed a federal court suit against the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for inaccurately labelling wines made in Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank as 'Product of Israel.' Kattenburg argues this misleads consumers and violates Canada's food and drug regulations and labelling laws. The CFIA initially agreed but reversed its decision, citing the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement. Kattenburg's lawyer, Dimitri Lascaris, claims the government is using the trade agreement to avoid addressing the origin of the grapes. The case has now moved to the Federal Court of Canada for judicial review.

Administrative detention ‘worst of all possible worlds’

03 Oct 2017  |  www.aljazeera.com
Administrative detention in Israel allows for the indefinite imprisonment of individuals without charge or trial, based on secret evidence. This practice has been used predominantly against Palestinians, with a notable increase in detentions following tensions in the West Bank. Human rights organizations and activists, including those from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, have been targeted, leading to international concern and criticism. The case of Salah Hamouri, a Palestinian-French dual citizen, exemplifies the arbitrary nature of this detention, drawing attention from French politicians and human rights groups.

Israel challenges BDS at home and beyond

04 Aug 2017  |  www.aljazeera.com
An interfaith group was barred from flying to Israel due to their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, following Israel's enforcement of a law denying entry to BDS supporters. Israel's efforts to combat BDS extend beyond its borders, with US legislation aiming to penalize BDS supporters. Critics argue these bills conflate Israel with its settlements and infringe on free speech. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, in particular, has faced backlash for its potential to impose severe penalties on BDS advocacy. Some lawmakers are reconsidering their support for the bill amid concerns over its impact on civil liberties.

Crackdown aims to ‘silence’ Palestinian journalists

31 Jul 2017  |  www.aljazeera.com
Palestinian journalists face increasing violations and suppression of media freedom by both the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza, including detentions, harassment, and movement restrictions. The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedom noted a significant rise in such violations. The PA has also blocked websites and passed an

Timeline: Al-Aqsa Mosque

27 Jul 2017  |  www.aljazeera.com
The article provides a historical overview of significant events related to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Tech in Palestine: ‘Virtual market has no checkpoints’

23 Dec 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
Mashvisor, a Palestinian company from Ramallah, became the first to join the 500 Startups program, offering a platform that simplifies US real-estate investment analysis. Founded by Peter Abualzolof and Mohammed Jebrini, and backed by Ibtikar Fund, Mashvisor overcame fundraising challenges and operates similarly to Silicon Valley startups, unhindered by the physical barriers of the Israeli occupation. The company's success and the growing Palestinian tech scene suggest a potential for an independent economy through technology.

Fidel Castro: The Palestinian connection

26 Nov 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
The article explores the historical relationship between Fidel Castro and Yasser Arafat, highlighting the strong ties between Cuba and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). It recounts key moments such as Arafat's 1974 visit to Havana, the awarding of the Bay of Pigs Medal, and Cuba's early recognition of the PLO. The narrative underscores Cuba's consistent support for the Palestinian cause, both politically and militarily, and the mutual benefits derived from this alliance within the context of the Non-Aligned Movement. The article also touches on the educational and logistical support provided by Cuba to Palestinians, reflecting a deep-rooted and multifaceted partnership.

Museum sheds light on African American history

19 Sep 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
The Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, set to open on September 24, 2016, is a culmination of a century's efforts and an 11-year journey led by founding director Lonnie Bunch. The museum, which will display 3,000 artifacts out of a collection of 37,000, is divided into history, community, and culture sections, featuring significant items like Rosa Parks' dress and Emmett Till's coffin. Funded by Congress and private donations, the museum aims to present the African American experience as an integral part of American history. The design by David Adjaye features a bronze-colored 'corona' exterior, drawing from African and American heritage. The museum's opening is considered timely, coinciding with the Black Lives Matter movement and ongoing racial tensions in the US.

Hillary Clinton accepts Democratic Party nomination

29 Jul 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
Hillary Clinton made history by accepting the Democratic Party's presidential nomination, calling for unity and addressing the nation's challenges. She contrasted her hopeful message with Donald Trump's dark portrayal of America, criticizing his business practices and lack of national security credentials. The convention faced initial division due to leaked emails favoring Clinton over Bernie Sanders, but unity was restored by speeches from Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden. Clinton's campaign aims to appeal to independents and working-class voters, emphasizing economic opportunities and addressing social issues.

Raising the Palestinian cause at the DNC

28 Jul 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
Pro-Palestine activists, including Eva Putzova, demonstrated at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to push for greater recognition of Palestinian rights. Bernie Sanders played a significant role in bringing the issue to the forefront, advocating for policy changes and appointing pro-Palestine figures to the platform-writing committee. Despite resistance from Hillary Clinton's supporters and concerns about backlash from Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, the discourse on Palestine has shifted, with increased support among younger Americans and progressive circles. The DNC platform now acknowledges Palestinian rights to independence, sovereignty, and dignity, marking a significant change in the conversation.

DNC 2016: What do Bernie Sanders’ supporters want?

27 Jul 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
Following Bernie Sanders' endorsement of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention, his supporters staged a walkout and sit-in, expressing their discontent. They criticized Clinton for her ties to Wall Street, her role in Benghazi, and other issues, and many considered voting for Green Party candidate Jill Stein instead. The article highlights the frustration and sense of betrayal among Sanders' followers, who believe the DNC conspired against him and feel forced to choose between two undesirable candidates.

US election: DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to quit

26 Jul 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced her resignation following a leak of emails by Wikileaks, which suggested the DNC was biased against Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton. The controversy has heightened tensions between Clinton and Sanders supporters ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Efforts to unify the party include the formation of a 'unity commission' to address the role of superdelegates. High-profile speakers at the convention include President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and former President Bill Clinton. Protests are expected in Philadelphia, with the city preparing for a range of demonstrations.

US: What did Muslims at the RNC think of Donald Trump?

23 Jul 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
Donald Trump formally accepted the Republican presidential nomination, promising law and order. The article explores the views of Muslim Republicans at the RNC, revealing a mix of support and criticism towards Trump. Some believe his rhetoric on Islam is exaggerated by the media, while others criticize his comments as harmful. The article highlights the importance of dialogue and understanding within the party, with some Muslims feeling accepted and others concerned about the impact of Trump's statements on the Republican Party.

Donald Trump accepts Republican presidential nomination

22 Jul 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
Donald Trump officially accepted the Republican presidential nomination, promising safety and security while criticizing the current state of the nation and the policies of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. He reiterated his pledge to build a wall on the Mexican border and restore law and order. The speech, which was frequently interrupted by cheers, linked domestic issues with foreign policy, emphasizing a strong stance against terrorism and illegal immigration. Critics noted the lack of specific policy details in his address.

Anti-Trump protests get creative in Cleveland

21 Jul 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
In Cleveland, Ohio, during the Republican National Convention, innovative protests emerged against Donald Trump, focusing on immigration, wealth inequality, and derogatory rhetoric. Father Jose Landaverde walked 360 miles from Chicago to Cleveland to raise awareness against Trump's anti-immigrant speech. Advertising partners Tommy Noonan and Douglas Cameron created the 'Trump Hut' to discuss wealth inequality, while the 'Trump Museum' by American Bridge 21st Century criticized Trump's rhetoric and failed business ventures. The protests aimed to open dialogue and highlight inconsistencies in Trump's policies and statements.

Cleveland braces for protests ahead of GOP convention

17 Jul 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
Cleveland is preparing for the Republican National Convention amid heightened security concerns and potential protests. The city has adjusted protest regulations after the ACLU of Ohio's lawsuit, ensuring First Amendment rights while maintaining safety. The recent violence in Dallas and Baton Rouge, along with Ohio's open carry gun laws, have intensified fears of unrest. Groups with diverse interests, including the Oath Keepers and Ohio Carry, will be present, with some planning to carry firearms. Authorities are implementing strict security measures to manage the situation.

Curious George embraces Ramadan

04 Jul 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
Curious George, the beloved children's character, celebrates Ramadan in a new book by Hena Khan. The story introduces Islamic culture and traditions through George's experiences with his friend Kareem, highlighting the importance of inclusion and diversity. The book aims to foster understanding and challenge negative narratives about American Muslims. It has been well-received by both Muslim and non-Muslim families, contributing to a positive representation of Islam in children's literature. Khan's work is part of a broader effort to provide representation and combat Islamophobia, with more Islamic-themed books in the pipeline.

Thousands of Americans to stage anti-bigotry rally

30 Jun 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
A group of American Muslims, along with interfaith leaders, are organizing a march in Washington DC to stand against bigotry, extremism, and gun violence. The rally, set for July 23, aims to condemn terrorism and reject the ideology of ISIL. The event is being organized by the Islamic Society of Central Florida and the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, with support from over 20 organizations. The initiative responds to rising anti-Muslim sentiment, partly fueled by the rhetoric of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The Southern Poverty Law Centre and other organizations have reported a significant increase in anti-Muslim attacks and Islamophobic incidents in recent years.

First mushroom farm in Palestine ends Israel’s monopoly

16 Jun 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
In Jericho, the Amoro farm, established by four young Palestinians, has successfully launched the first locally produced mushrooms in Palestine, challenging Israel's market dominance. Despite lacking agricultural backgrounds, the founders learned mushroom cultivation techniques in Europe and have since captured significant market share from Israeli producers. The farm faces numerous challenges, including high customs duties and delays imposed by Israeli authorities, but remains optimistic about its role in promoting local production and economic independence. The venture has been well-received by consumers, who prefer locally-farmed goods over Israeli products.

Palestine slams Israel’s rejection of French peace plan

28 Apr 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
Palestinian officials, including President Mahmoud Abbas' spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh and chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, have criticized Israel's rejection of a French peace initiative aimed at reviving peace talks. Israel, through a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office, expressed a preference for direct, bilateral negotiations and labeled other diplomatic efforts as counterproductive. The French plan includes an international summit and a potential conference in the second half of 2016, with the backdrop of ongoing violence in the region. Palestinians have postponed a UN Security Council resolution against Israeli settlements and emphasized support for an international peace conference, while also suggesting the need for an alternative national strategy.

Palestinians take to streets to mark Prisoners Day

18 Apr 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
Thousands of Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza Strip commemorated Prisoners Day to highlight the situation of 7,000 Palestinians incarcerated by Israel. The day has been observed since 1974, with various activities including rallies, educational classes, and media stories. The Palestine Liberation Organisation seeks international intervention for the release of prisoners, including administrative detainees and those with health issues. The Palestinian Prisoners Club notes that among the prisoners are parliament members and journalists. Criticism was directed at the Palestinian Authority for inadequate support, and calls were made for the prisoners' release to be a part of peace negotiations.

Surge in demolitions leaves more Palestinians homeless

12 Apr 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
The article reports on the surge in home demolitions in the Palestinian village of Umm al-Khair in the West Bank, rendering many residents homeless. Israeli authorities claim the structures are illegal, while villagers, led by Suleiman Hathaleen, assert their right to the land. The demolitions are part of a broader trend of increased displacement of Palestinians in 2016, with the UN noting the highest rate in seven years. The article highlights the stark contrast between the living conditions of the Palestinian Bedouins and the nearby Israeli settlement of Carmel, emphasizing the ongoing struggle and resilience of the Palestinian community against forced displacement.

Palestinians slam EU ‘double standard’ on settlements

09 Apr 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
Palestinians and BDS movement supporters criticize the European Union for its perceived double standard regarding Israeli settlements. Despite opposing settlements and introducing labelling guidelines for settlement products, the EU continues to trade with them, which some argue finances their expansion and perpetuates Israel's occupation. The EU's largest trading partner, Israel, has found ways to circumvent these guidelines, and the EU's actions have sparked debate and raised awareness about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Recent anti-boycott measures in Europe have targeted activists, with some countries criminalizing BDS activism.

Cuba and the US: The end of an era?

20 Mar 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
The article discusses the thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba, marked by President Barack Obama's historic visit to the island, the first by a sitting US president in nearly 90 years. It outlines the steps taken by the Obama administration to normalize relations, including lifting travel restrictions, removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, and reopening the US embassy in Havana. The visit aims to consolidate these changes and make them irreversible. Despite opposition from hardline anti-Castro politicians and human rights concerns, the article suggests that the majority of Americans support the renewed ties. The article also touches on the remaining issues such as the US trade embargo and the Guantanamo Bay naval base.

Poll: Half of Israeli Jews want Palestinians expelled

10 Mar 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
A new poll by the Pew Research Center reveals that half of Israeli Jews support the expulsion or transfer of Palestinian citizens from Israel, sparking alarm among politicians and observers. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin calls for moral reflection on the findings, which also show significant support for preferential treatment of Jews in Israel. The poll highlights deep societal divisions and differing views on discrimination and the peace process, with both Palestinian and Jewish respondents expressing skepticism about their governments' commitment to peace. The survey underscores the intertwined nature of Jewish-Arab relations within Israel and the broader Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Palestinian MP resists arrest after anti-graft remarks

02 Mar 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
Palestinian MP Najat Abu Bakr has resisted arrest after accusing a cabinet minister of corruption and seeking refuge in the Palestinian Legislative Council building. The public prosecutor claims she is being summoned for crimes, not opinions. Abu Bakr argues her parliamentary immunity protects her and asserts her persecution is due to her anti-corruption stance and support for a teachers' strike. Human rights groups and politicians have rallied in her support, condemning the Palestinian Authority's actions and calling for respect for the constitution.

Palestine on the Brink

28 Feb 2016  |  Foreign Affairs
The article discusses the recent attacks on Israeli soldiers by Palestinian Authority (PA) security officers, highlighting a growing discontent among Palestinians, including those within the PA's security forces. The incidents reflect the frustration with the ongoing Israeli occupation, a stagnant peace process, and the PA's role in maintaining security coordination with Israel. Despite the PA's reliance on Israel for its existence and the international support for its security apparatus, there is a crisis of legitimacy and accountability within the PA, as President Mahmoud Abbas continues to lead beyond his term without elections. The article also touches on the international community's response to the violence and the potential consequences of the PA's security forces' collapse.

How important are the South Carolina primaries?

19 Feb 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
The South Carolina primaries are crucial as they are more diverse and representative of the US than earlier states like Iowa and New Hampshire. The state has a history of predicting the Republican nominee and is known for its intense political battles. The upcoming primaries will test candidates' appeal across different voter demographics, including African Americans and evangelicals. Donald Trump leads the Republican race, while Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton vie for the Democratic vote, particularly among minority groups. The outcomes in South Carolina could significantly influence momentum heading into Super Tuesday.

Italian scholars boycott Israeli academic institutions

30 Jan 2016  |  Al Jazeera
Over 170 Italian scholars from more than 50 universities and research organizations have pledged to boycott Israeli academic institutions, accusing them of complicity in human rights violations. The boycott is part of the BDS movement, which seeks to pressure Israel to grant equal rights to Palestinians and end occupation. The initiative has sparked debate, with some Italian academics supporting it as a stand for Palestinian rights, while others, including the Association of University Heads in Israel, condemn it as divisive and racist. The boycott specifically targets the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology for its military technology developments.

US visa waiver changes decried as discrimination

23 Jan 2016  |  www.aljazeera.com
The US government faces criticism for changes to its visa waiver program targeting dual nationals from Sudan, Iran, Iraq, and Syria, requiring them to apply for visas in person. Critics argue the measures are discriminatory and ineffective, causing confusion and potentially violating the nuclear agreement with Iran. The changes, defended by the administration as necessary for national security, have sparked opposition from human rights organizations, lawmakers, and the European Union, which warns of reciprocal measures and economic harm.

Palestine ‘no longer bound’ by agreements with Israel

Syria photo exhibition focuses on US Congress

28 Jul 2015  |  Middle East Eye
Horrific images of tortured and deceased Syrians, smuggled by a defector known as 'Caesar', were displayed in Washington, DC, highlighting alleged atrocities by the Syrian government. Critics accuse the Obama administration of insufficient action in Syria, while the exhibition aims to raise awareness and push for more decisive US involvement. The display has sparked debate on US policy, with some advocating for military intervention and others calling for diplomatic efforts. Key figures include Mouaz Mustafa, James Hooper, and Senator John McCain, who criticize current strategies and emphasize the need for a coherent approach to the Syrian crisis.

The battle for Al-Aqsa: ‘This is not about prayer’

27 Jul 2015  |  www.aljazeera.com
The article discusses the ongoing conflict at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, highlighting recent clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian worshippers. It details the historical and religious significance of the site for both Muslims and Jews, and the implications of Israeli actions on the status quo. Various stakeholders, including the Islamic Waqf Council and the International Crisis Group, express concerns about the potential for increased tensions and global implications. The article also references past incidents and the broader political context, emphasizing the sensitivity and volatility of the situation.

‘McCarthyite’ website targets pro-Palestine supporters

29 May 2015  |  www.aljazeera.com
An anonymous group has launched Canary Mission, a website targeting pro-Palestinian activists in the US, aiming to harm their future job prospects. The site, described as 'McCarthyite,' profiles students and professors involved in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The BDS movement, which seeks to pressure Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian territories, has faced increasing opposition, including legislative measures. Critics argue that Canary Mission's tactics are repressive and aim to silence social justice advocates. Despite these challenges, the BDS movement continues to grow, with significant support from student groups and activists.
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