Two Myths About Settlements

Toby Greene | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK Politics
Toby Greene

Two myths about settlements have become pervasive and should be challenged. The first is the idea that the biggest barrier in returning to peace talks is Israel's ongoing settlement construction. The second is that the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank is closing the door on a two-state solution.

Palestinian Authority Officially Changes Its Name To 'State Of Palestine'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK

Mahmoud Abbas has ordered the Palestinian Authority to officially change its name to the State of Palestine. The Palestinian President issued the ...

Why Europe Is Wrong About Jerusalem

Toby Greene | Posted 19.02.2013 | UK Politics
Toby Greene

When both sides have a claim to this small but strategically significant piece of land, the way to resolve the issue should be through negotiations between the parties, just as the EU is calling for. Why then has the EU prejudged the outcome of those negotiations by taking the Palestinian side of the argument?

Eden Hazard Latest Name to Disavow Petition That Never Was

Alex Ryvchin | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Sport
Alex Ryvchin

Calls for Israel to lose its hard earned right to host the tournament are typical of a broader campaign aimed at isolating Israel by targeting any Jewish citizen of the state regardless of their political persuasion, or how far removed they are from political decision making.

Outcry at Settlement Expansion in E1 Affirms Support for Israel

Hannah Weisfeld | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Politics
Hannah Weisfeld

Announcing settlement expansion is hardly new in the recent history of Israel, so why such an extreme reaction to the area known as E1? E1 is piece of land 12km squared, in between East Jerusalem and the settlement of Ma'ale Adumim.

A Jew in Palestine: 'Shlomo, We're Not in East London Anymore'

Rebecca Greig | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK
Rebecca Greig

When I first decided to move to the West Bank as a freelance journalist, many of my friends thought this was one of my crazy peccadilloes. My mother, of course, was horrified.

Israel Needs a Strategy for Peace

David Clark | Posted 01.02.2013 | UK Politics
David Clark

The ceasefire negotiated over Gaza has held, but there are few reasons to think that it will last indefinitely, let alone become a turning point in relations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Israel Reacts To UN Vote By Withholding Tax Transfer

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK

Israel has rejected the United Nations' vote on Palestinian statehood and announced it will withhold a £75m tax transfer in retribution, reports the ...

Stevie Wonder Pulls Out Of Israeli Military Fundraiser

Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.12.2012 | UK

Stevie Wonder has pulled out of a concert in support of the Friends of the Israel Defence Forces, saying "I am and have always been against war, any w...

Hague Warns Israel Over Plans For 3,000 New Settlements

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK

The foreign secretary, William Hague, has urged Israel to reconsider its plans to expand settlements on the West Bank over fears the move will undermi...

Palestine Sees UN Status Upgraded

Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK

The United Nations has voted in favour of upgrading the status of Palestine from entity to non member state in spite of opposition from the US and Isr...

'This Will Save The Two-State Solution'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.11.2012 | UK

United Nations states are set to vote on Palestinian statehood at the General Assembly on Thursday, as Israeli ministers poured scorn on the move, cal...

Ex-Israel PM 'Supports Palestine's UN Bid'

The Daily Beast | Posted 29.11.2012 | UK

"I believe," Olmert wrote me, intending his statement to be made public, "that the Palestinian request from the United Nations is congruent with the...

Change My Mind: Will A UN Vote On Palestinian Statehood Undermine The Peace Process?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK Politics

Reports in the press suggest the UK government is preparing to recognise Palestine as a state in its own right. Foreign secretary William Hague is...

Yasser Arafat, Polonium Poisoning and the Curies

Michael Freemantle | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Tech
Michael Freemantle

Polonium is a silver-grey metallic chemical element that can exist as 33 different species known as isotopes. All 33 isotopes are radioactive. The one that is suspected of killing Arafat is polonium-210, the same isotope that killed the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

Time for a Palestinian State on the Ground, Not on Paper

Toby Greene | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Toby Greene

In all likelihood on Thursday afternoon the UN General Assembly will agree to the request of Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas to change the status of Palestine at the UN from observer entity to non-member state. Aside from the Palestinians having to print a new set of headed note paper, what will this achieve? Unfortunately, for ordinary Palestinians, the answer is very little.

UK Should Drop the Double Standards and Say an Unequivocal Yes to UN Recognition of Palestine

Richard Burden | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

Proper recognition of Palestine by the UN General Assembly is not the same as peace in the Middle East, but it is a step on the road. Peace can only come from negotiations between the parties and international agreements.

British Government 'To Back Palestinian Bid For Statehood'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.11.2012 | UK

The British government is ready to back a Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations if President Mahmoud Abbas agrees not to challenge Israe...

UK Aid and the Villagers of the West Bank

Joe Ware | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Joe Ware

Often wrongly portrayed as a wasteful, cumbersome arm of bureaucratic government which just throws money at a problem, British aid is actually extremely innovative and operates in some very troubled and sensitive environments.

The Trouble With Veolia and Palestine

Alex MacDonald | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Politics
Alex MacDonald

The Israel-Palestine conflict touches a nerve internationally more than any other conflict. Rarely does it seem to feel like just a lot of foreigners killing each other in some far-off exotic land, it feels like it hits home more directly. The controversy surrounding Veolia exemplifies this - the opponents of Israel's occupation of the West Bank see opposing contracts with Veolia as an opportunity to give their objections an immediate voice with an immediate effect.

Body Of Palestinian Leader To Be Exhumed

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.11.2012 | UK

The body of the former Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, is to be exhumed next week amidst suspicions he may have been poisoned. Arafat, who led t...

The Victims of Needless Wars Are Always the Innocents

Liam McLaughlin | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Politics
Liam McLaughlin

The Israel-Palestine conflict is a defining issue of our time, but has also ended up becoming a primary example of the so-called 'confirmation bias', where a particular position is adopted, and then retrospectively justified with selective pieces of evidence, ignoring anything which may be contradictory.

Middle East Peace: Forget and Forgive

Marcus Middleton | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK
Marcus Middleton

No matter if it is an Arab or Israeli death, the despair is no different. Ask an Arab mother or an Israeli father- What was it like to lose your son? What was it like to lose your daughter?

Latest Israel Bus Bombing Brings Back Painful Memories and Same Old Response

Alex Ryvchin | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK
Alex Ryvchin

The image is forever embedded in the Israeli psyche. The smouldering carcass of a passenger bus. Charred metal, burning glass, the faded colours of once happy branding, now turned pale, flecked with brown and black.

What Kind of Week Has It Been? 23 November, 2012

Paddy Duffy | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Politics
Paddy Duffy

One story has dominated the news beyond all others this week. Sadly, it's not remotely a new one: Gaza.