Palestine

Ceasefire Will Only Hold if There Is Justice for Palestine

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK
Peter G Tatchell

While the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire is welcome, it will only last if the legitimate grievances of the Palestinian people are remedied. Similar ceasefires have failed in the past precisely because of a lack of progress towards a negotiated settlement that is fair to the Palestinians. A genuine injustice is what gives the Palestinian fanatics influence.

The Arab Winter of Discontent

Omar Kholeif | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Omar Kholeif

Egyptian filmmaker Ibrahim El Batout's sober drama seeks to tell the 'behind-the-scenes' story that led to the Egyptian uprising of January 2011, and the fall of its incumbent dictator.

I Protest The Inaccuracies In 'Ten Things You Need To Know About Gaza' By Mehdi Hasan

Doron Lubinsky | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Politics
Doron Lubinsky

The core issue in the conflict is not "settlements" nor "occupation" nor even land. After all Israel is the size of New Jersey. The Arab world controls more land than the USA. And Jordan, which is 78% of Balfour Mandate Palestine, alone is four times the size of Israel.

A Beginner's Guide to the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Dave Cohen | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK Politics
Dave Cohen

What this conflict lacks is a politician on either side (or both) who can see that violence serves only to perpetuate more violence. The massive wall across the length of Israel's border did stop the suicide bombings, but unless the Israelis can build it 30,000 feet high it's not going to stop the shells landing in Ashkelon. (If there are any Israeli Ministers reading this by the way, that's a joke, please don't try it.)

One Scary Israeli Lawyer's Journey from Corset-Wearer to Stand-Up Comic

John Fleming | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Comedy
John Fleming

"This is why I started gigging under the name Miss D - because I was scared. I thought These people are so vicious they will come follow me to gigs and, because my on-stage persona was so new and vulnerable... Look, it's scary coming on-stage and telling jokes when you think you have a lot of enemies you don't even know."

The Selective Moral Posturing of the Chattering Classes

Benjamin Lazarus | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Politics
Benjamin Lazarus

If the IRA were firing rockets into mainland Britain from Ireland on a daily basis, we would retaliate and bomb the Falls Road.

A Moment of Clarity

Charlotte Lytton | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Politics
Charlotte Lytton

Just as the reams of fervent pieces I read in the British media supporting Palestine make wholly worthwhile points, so too does the American press make the same justifications for the opposing side, and perhaps a wider cross referencing of reading on the matter might encourage people to look at the situation anew.

Why I Believe Israel Is Committing War Crimes

Sir Gerald Kaufman | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Politics
Sir Gerald Kaufman

In my opinion, Israel is a rogue state which commits war crimes. It is an aggressor state that has invaded Lebanon several times and holds a chunk of Syria illegally, but despite being the fourth most-heavily-armed country in the world has not won a war outright for 45 years, since 1967.

Halting Hamas

Daniel Taub | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK Politics
Daniel Taub

While the rockets targeting Israeli civilians - men, women, and children - do not carry as deadly a payload as that of the German bombs of World War II, their aim is equally sinister and illegitimate: to instill fear in the hearts of Israelis and undermine their right to live in a free and independent state.

Gaza Is on a Knife Edge

Ben Bradshaw | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Bradshaw

If Obama doesn't want to go down in history as the American President who missed the last chance for a two state solution he must not only act now to stop the bloodshed but devote serious American engagement to getting peace talks going again. He may fail, as others have before him (although the Arab Spring has changed the Middle East dynamic and should help focus Israeli minds), but at least he will have tried.

Israel Ignoring Principles of Distinction and Proportionality

Gary Spedding | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK Politics
Gary Spedding

Nothing can be gained through the use of judicial executions or the assassinating of people, even if they are guilty of crimes (terrorism) they have previously committed. The cost to human life should be the single biggest motivating factor toward finding a way to end all violence immediately.

We Should Mourn Civilian Deaths Not Turn Them Into Political Pawns

Bobby Friedman | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK Politics
Bobby Friedman

Each and every death is a tragedy, but these killings do not inform us about the underlying reasons for a conflict. Unfortunately, civilians are perhaps as likely to die at the hands of the well-intentioned as at the hands of the terrorist.

Gaza's Citizens: A Human Sacrifice in a Political 'Blame Game'

Myriam Francois-Cerrah | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Myriam Francois-Cerrah

With current US support for Israel unyielding, Palestinian ‎lives remain sacrificed to political exigencies once more.

David Cameron Calls For End To Israel-Gaza Conflict

PA | Posted 18.11.2012 | UK Politics

David Cameron has urged Israel to "do everything possible" to end the crisis in Gaza as its military continued to trade missile strikes with Hamas ami...

300 Rockets Blight Gaza As Conflict Escalates

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.01.2013 | UK

More than 300 airstrikes blighted the Gaza Strip on Saturday, with targets including a police compound and the prime minister's Hamas headquarters. ...

A Different Arab Spring: Has Israel Opened the Gates of Hell by Targeting Hamas?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Politics
Preetam Kaushik

An interesting development, although largely symbolic to assuage local sentiments, was the recalling of the Egyptian ambassador in Israel. The Egyptian TV network did not clarify whether the envoy was recalled for consultations or to express displeasure of the Israeli action.

Ten Things You Need to Know About Gaza

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Gaza has been under siege since January 2006, after its residents dared to elect a Hamas goverment. The subsequent economic blockade imposed upon the Strip by the Israeli government at one stage prevented the residents of Gaza from importing, among other things, coriander, ginger, nutmeg and, even, newspapers.

Downing Street: Gaza Rocket Attacks 'Unacceptable'

PA | Posted 15.11.2012 | UK

Hamas bears "principal responsibility" for the escalating crisis between Gaza and Israel, Downing Street said tonight. Number 10 also called rocket...

First Picture Of 11-Month-Old Baby Of BBC Worker Killed In Gaza City Strike

BBC | Sara C Nelson | Posted 15.11.2012 | UK

A picture of the 11-month-old son of a BBC picture editor killed in a Gaza strike has been tweeted by Middle East Bureau Chief Paul Danahar. Baby ...

Tel Aviv Targeted In Gaza Rocket Attack

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 15.11.2012 | UK

Israel launched fresh air strikes on Gaza on Thursday as tensions escalated with rockets reportedly being launched from the area into Tel Aviv for the...

Funeral For 11-Month-Old Baby Of BBC Worker Killed In Gaza Strike

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 15.11.2012 | UK

UPDATE: First Picture Of 11-Month-Old Baby Of BBC Worker Killed In Gaza City Strike The 11-month-old son of a BBC journalist killed in a Gaza strik...

Gaza: Leaders Play to the Gallery, the Innocent Suffer But Will the International Community Act?

Richard Burden | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

The international community must be clear in its call for an immediate ceasefire - that means telling friends that they must stop as well as making the demand on enemies.

BBC Arabic Worker Clutches Baby Son Killed In Gaza Strike

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 15.11.2012 | UK

UPDATE: First Picture Of 11-Month-Old Baby Of BBC Worker Killed In Gaza City StrikeFuneral For 11-Month-Old Baby Of BBC Worker Killed In Gaza Strike...

Three Israelis Killed In Gaza Rocket Attack

Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.11.2012 | UK

Three Israelis have been killed and two others injured after rockets fired from Gaza hit an apartment block in the south of the country, police have c...

The Injustice System

Ben Bradshaw | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Bradshaw

Israel operates two different systems of law for two different groups of people. One is significantly harsher than the other. Caabu is the latest organisation to call for an end to wholesale discrimination and ethnic segregation in Israel's judicial processes. They join Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Defence for Children International and the UK Foreign Office in calling for Israel to implement significant changes to accord with international law, and basic human rights.