Israel Palestine

If Mary and Joseph Tried to Reach Bethlehem Today, They Would Get Stuck at an Israeli Checkpoint

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

'Tis the season of Nativity scenes. But here's a question to consider: would Joseph and Mary even have been able to reach Bethlehem if they were making that same journey today? hatever your view of Jesus or Muhammad, if you are a Palestinian resident of the West Bank you are a victim of the longest military occupation in the world.

Europe Has Made Two Big Decisions About Palestine Today

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK

Palestinians scored two partial victories in Europe on Wednesday, with a European Union court removing Hamas from the EU terrorist list, and the Europ...

It's Time for Israelis to Wake Up

Robin Lustig | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Israelis need to confront a truth that too often is ignored: they too have their zealots, and their murderers. They too have spokesmen who glorify mass murder. When they recoil in horror from the triumphalism of some Palestinian groups, they need to remember - just occasionally - to look in the mirror... the sad truth is that Israelis have grown far too confident that their overwhelming firepower - and the continued support of the US Congress - makes them invincible. It does not.

Never Forget: In Israel and Palestine, Violence Breeds Violence

Baroness Warsi | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Politics
Baroness Warsi

The truth is that we must hold both sides accountable for the extremists in their midst and for the violence that they commit. And the best tribute we could pay to the poor, innocent people who have been killed is a recommitment to genuine peace and justice, rather than a strategy based on, to quote Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "a heavy hand".

21 Pictures Of Palestinians Clashing With Israeli Police Over Jerusalem Holy Site

AP | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK

A Jerusalem holy site at the heart of recent tensions between Israelis and Palestinians was quiet on Friday, police said, after age restrictions for M...

Ex-Tory Minister Tears Into Israel's West Bank 'Apartheid'

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Politics

Sections of the Israeli-occupied West Bank resemble the system of apartheid seen in South Africa and "bring shame" on the Benjamin Netanyahu governmen...

Why I'm Abstaining on Palestine

Peter Luff | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Luff

The problem I face is that neither motion adequately reflects my considered view on what needs to be done to resolve this very important issue. The original motion makes no demand on Hamas to give up its rocket attacks on Israel and to accept Israel's right to exist, while the amendment offers no sense of urgency or of the injustice being experience by Palestinian people.

The Debate On Palestine In The Commons Tonight Could Get Nasty

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Politics

MPs are already engaged in war of words as they head to Parliament to vote whether or not to officially recognise Palestine as a state. David Camer...

Voting to Recognise Palestine Risks Extending Legitimacy to Hamas

Vivian Winemann | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Politics
Vivian Winemann

On the surface this appears harmless enough... Yet Israel's supporters including, but not limited to, the British Jewish community are alarmed. Why? As often in these cases the devil lies in the detail.

By Voting Today for Recognition of Palestine, MPs Will Vote for Equality and for Peace

Richard Burden | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

By affirming without ambiguity that both Israelis and Palestinians have equal rights to statehood, international recognition of the State of Palestine can help break this impasse. That is why another amendment tabled by Jack Straw and other senior MPs makes clear that by voting for recognition today MPs will contribute to securing a negotiated two state solution.

The Conservative Leadership Refuses to Recognise Palestine - But Does Labour?

Chris Doyle | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Politics
Chris Doyle

It is significant that the Labour leadership backs the motion in Parliament on Monday. Hopefully many Conservative politicians will join them so that the motion is passed with the handsome majority that such a mild measure requires. If the British Parliament votes in favour it would be highly important symbolically, a strong expression of Parliamentary support for recognition...

Israel's Land Grab 'Deplorable' Says Cameron

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK

David Cameron and Ed Miliband have both condemned the land grab of 1,000 acres in the West Bank by Israel as "deplorable", echoing world-wide condemna...

Man Charged With "Religiously Aggravated" Attack On George Galloway

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK

A 39-year-old man has been charged with a religiously aggravated assault on controversial MP George Galloway who was left battered and bruised in an a...

Incredible Pictures Capture Palestinians Celebrating 'Victory' In Gaza

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK

The skies over the Gaza Strip were calm on Wednesday after a ceasefire was finally agreed between Israel and the Palestinians, ending the seven-week c...

Boycotting Israeli Goods Is Intellectually Bankrupt

Dermot Kehoe | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK
Dermot Kehoe

How does protesting against the presence of kosher goods on the shelves of Tesco or Sainsbury's help the cause of peace in the Middle East? How does it advance Palestinian people's right to statehood? How does it help Israelis live a peaceful, secure life?

Gaza Children Are Meant To Go Back To School Tomorrow (But They Won't)

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK

Before the current onslaught of Israeli airstrikes, the UN had estimated that Gaza needed an additional 250 schools to meet demand. Now, more than 200...

Hamas 'Admits' It Kidnapped Israeli Teens

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK

A senior member of Hamas has appeared to admit the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers was carried out by his organisation. The murder of ...

Why I Oppose Anti-Semitism

Russell Brand | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Russell Brand

My support of the petition has been attacked as anti Semitic. I understand anti Semitism to be a hatred of Jews, the denial of the right for Jews to have a homeland, the denial of the horrors of the last century and the plight of the Jewish people throughout history. This is obviously not my position, anti Semitism, Islamaphobia and homophobia are all prejudices that I resolutely reject, like any right-minded person. In the context of the accusation that I face, anti Semitism must be taken to mean opposing big businesses making profit from violence against Palestinian people.

The US Needs to Increase Its Role in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process, Not Lessen It

Daniel Marriott | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Marriott

Yes the US is an intrinsically biased mediator, but it is this bias and the leverage it provides which is key to influencing Israel into accepting the terms of a two-state solution.

Israeli Ambassador Trolls George Galloway With Visit To 'Israel-Free' Bradford

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK

Israel’s UK ambassador has taken a trip to Bradford after local MP George Galloway said citizens of the Jewish state were not welcome in the city. ...

Jewish Chronicle Apologises After Readers Object To Gaza Appeal Advert

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK

The Jewish Chronicle has been forced to apologise for running a humanitarian advert for the DEC Gaza appeal, after readers strongly objected to the pr...

A Pause, But We Are All Extremists Now

Jemma Wayne | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK
Jemma Wayne

I still believe Britain, deep down, to be a tolerant and fair-minded society. But it is time for all of us, and especially the media, to take responsibility for the extremism that has whipped this country into a dangerous frenzy.

Russell Wants Your Help To Stop Big Business Profiting From Gaza

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Politics

Russell Brand has called on big banks, pension funds and other businesses to cut their investments or deals that "facilitate the oppression of people ...

Israeli Tourists Visit Bradford To Troll George Galloway

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK

A dozen "Israeli tourists" made a pilgrimage to Bradford this weekend, after local MP George Galloway said they were not welcome in the city. Yorks...

The NUS Should Be Ashamed of Their 'Israel Boycott'

Jonathan Hunter | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jonathan Hunter

It is with great disappointment to note that the National Union of Students' Executive Council voted to join the call demanding sanctions against the State of Israel. If anyone stands for the welfare of all students on campus, they should condemn this petty and divisive action in the strongest terms.