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Christmas Break: A Wide Smile

Malaka Shwaikh | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Malaka Shwaikh

Living in England is not a privilege. Here, everything seems to be taken for granted. Few could imagine how it feels to be prohibited from going back home. Or have the feeling of not being able to try calming your traumatised siblings down after they had to run over corpses of neighbours and friends.

Israeli Ambassador's Visit Questions the Debating Culture at Elite Universities

Pina Sadar | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pina Sadar

Earlier this year, Gaza endured a horrific military assault targeted at Palestinian civilians, many of whom are Durham University current and former students. As a result of continuous shelling, the death toll exceeded 2200, with thousands more Palestinians being heavily injured and struggling to restore their lives in the besieged and occupied homeland...

Sea Changers - Can Literature Change the World?

Mik Scarlet | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

On a cold November night I fought my way through the twisting lanes of Brighton to the Fisherman's Vestry, part of the beautiful St Paul's Church, to take part in an intimate literary event which aimed to explore the connections between creative writing and campaigning.

Tensions Rise In Middle East Over House Demolitions And Bus Driver 'Hanging'

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Paul Vale | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK

Middle East tensions have risen after Israel said on Monday it has sent notices to the families of several Palestinians in the West Bank implicated in...

A Different Middle East

Miriam Brown | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Miriam Brown

Out of the 300 million odd people living in the region, I understand my small sample of friends cannot be taken as a final representation of the Middle East. Nor do I want to gloss over the fact that thousands have been killed and millions have been made homeless. This we cannot forget and maybe, quite rightly, the media aren't letting us.

The Horrifying Moment Terrorist Rammed Van Into Jerusalem Crowds

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK

This is the shocking moment a Palestinian man rammed a minivan into a crowded train platform in East Jerusalem in what officials have branded a terror...

Rebuilding Gaza's Health System

Wendy Bruere | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Wendy Bruere

The twisted wreckage of an ambulance is displayed at Al Shifa Hospital - the largest hospital in Gaza - by way of memorial to three paramedics who died in the recent conflict. At Al Aqsa Hospital there are gaping holes in the outside walls where paramedics tell me the building was hit. Several ambulances still operating have bullet holes in the windscreens.

Accessing Cancer Treatment in Post-Conflict Gaza

Wendy Bruere | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK
Wendy Bruere

Nisreen and her 13-year-old twin sons evacuated their house in Abasan, Gaza, during the recent 50-day conflict with Israel - and returned to rubble. "We found our house had been bombed and bulldozed. We couldn't even see where it used to be. My sons were so shocked, so sad," says Nisreen. "We lost everything."

Turks, Israelis and Riddled Realities!

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Those who have come to know me a bit over the years realise that I am ethnically Armenian, a native of East Jerusalem many moons ago when it was ruled by Jordan and someone whose legal, ecumenical or political work has often led him to wrestle with issues of justice and peace.

UK Should Not Hinder Palestine's Right to International Criminal Court

Alyn Smith | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Politics
Alyn Smith

Encouraging the Palestinians to accede to the ICC, which they have been eligible to do since attaining Observer State status at the UN in 2012, would introduce an accountability mechanism that would deter future violence. It would also provide an incentive for each side to stay at the negotiating table.

What ISIS Must Mean for Kurdish Statehood

Sheryn Omeri | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Politics
Sheryn Omeri

Yesterday, British MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of recognising Palestine as a state. This followed the earlier declaration by Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven that Sweden would do the same. These gestures demonstrated that international attention would not easily be diverted from the tragic events of Israel's 50-day war on Gaza - not even by the terrible threat to civilization that is ISIS.

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...

Commons Votes To Recognise Palestine

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Politics

MPs have backed the recognition of the state of Palestine alongside Israel in an historic symbolic vote in the House of Commons. The vote of 274 to 12...

Middle East Minister's Warns 'You Can Only Play This Card Once'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK

Britain will recognise a Palestinian state when it believes it will help the peace process, the Middle East Minister said, amid pressure for the Gover...

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.

Not Recognising Palestine 'Brings Shame On Britain'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK Politics

Britain has a moral duty to recognise Palestine as a state, a former international development minister has said ahead of an historic vote tomorrow. ...

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...

The Rough and Tumble of the MENA Region

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

So let me start off today with the patently obvious - with Iraq and Syria!

Student Activists Lobby UK Visa Office for Gaza to Re-Open

Malaka Shwaikh | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Malaka Shwaikh

At least ten Gazan students have been awarded MA scholarships to study in the UK universities but have not yet been able to travel. This is mainly because the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK has ordered the UK office in Gaza to remain closed, even though the war is over.//

It's the Occupation, Stupid

Stephen Kinnock | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Kinnock

The history of Israel-Palestine is undoubtedly complex, but its present is actually far less so. For when you boil all the issues down to their essence, the fact is that the presence of 550,000 Israeli settlers on land that has been internationally recognised as occupied is what drives this conflict. The two-state solution will continue to be a pipe-dream unless and until Israel decides that it's prepared to end the occupation: it's as simple as that... The world knows that this must never be allowed to happen again, and it recognises more clearly than ever that the onus is now on Israel to come to the negotiating table in good faith. The peace process has seen many false dawns, but it's just possible that this time it could be different.

Conformed to the Ice, Rice, Rubble Bucket Challenge?

Rima Amin | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Tech
Rima Amin

"Those doing the "Ice Bucket Challenge" are just trying to fit in." - These are the words of critiques. But if this raising awareness and donating to charity is becoming a trend - Why wouldn't people want to be part of that and why would should they receive criticism for doing so?

How Can the Palestinians Resurrect Their Damaged Enclave?

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Ahmed

The scale of Gaza's humanitarian crisis has concerned human rights organisations significantly... Across the world, demonstrators are calling for an end to Israel's offensive and its policy on Gaza. A flourishing percentage of the world's population have concluded that the occupation of Palestine's an ample error and that history must be rectified.

Self-interest, Sycophancy and Strategic Failure - How Britain Lost The War On Muslim Radicalisation

Mohammed Ansar | Posted 23.10.2014 | UK Politics
Mohammed Ansar

What we see today - the radicalisation of young British Muslims, the alienation and marginalisation from mainstream society and joining ISIL / Islamic State - has not happened overnight. It has been a slow and painful slide into the abyss.