West Bank

Nothing's Quiet on the West Bank

Francesca Gosling | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK
Francesca Gosling

Having already witnessed the impact of the Israel-Palestine conflict during volunteering trips whilst studying for her degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Sophie explains how she was struck by its effects on everyday life for citizens; rigorous and humiliating searches at road checkpoints, for example, turning 10 minute into an hour.

Israel Approves 1,200 New Settler Homes

PA | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK

Israel has approved building nearly 1,200 more settlement homes and prepared the release of more than two dozen long-held Palestinian prisoners. Th...

Israel Approves 1,200 New Settler Homes

PA | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK

Israel has approved building nearly 1,200 more settlement homes and prepared the release of more than two dozen long-held Palestinian prisoners. Th...

Amid the Resumption of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks, is a Peace Agreement on the Horizon?

Max Sobell | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Max Sobell

Secretary of State John Kerry's efforts to bring both the Palestinian Authority and the Israelis back to the negotiating table should be lauded as a positive step, the obstacles to any potential peace agreement are still ever-present, numerous and seemingly, at the moment, unsolvable.

Whether We Like It or Not, The Settlers Have Won - The Two-State Solution Is Now Impossible

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

It is now a matter of when, not if, the West Bank boils over into violent protests. All eyes are on events in Damascus, Cairo and Istanbul while Israel continues to oversee the long­est military occupation in the world, 46 years and counting.

Has Google Just Recognised Palestine?

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK Tech

Google appears to have officially recognised Palestine as a separate country. In a small change to its website, the search engine changed the Araic...

Why Israel Will Miss Fayyad and You Should Too

Toby Greene | Posted 22.06.2013 | UK Politics
Toby Greene

It may seem strange that Israelis seem far more concerned about the resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad than the Palestinians. Israelis, along with the US and European states, value Fayyad - a former IMF economist who has been focused on building a Palestinian state from the ground up and has shown little interest in posturing at the UN.

Obama is a 'Wretched Coward' and Israel is a 'Lunatic State,' but Norman Finkelstein is Still Optimistic....

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Politics
Cathal Sheerin

Political scientist, activist and author of the Holocaust Industry and Beyond Chutzpah, the famous Dr. Norman Finkelstein was in Belgium, to talk abou...

Does Likud Really Want Peace?

Daniel Wickham | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Politics
Daniel Wickham

An important question needs to be asked: is the Likud party really interested in peace?

Power-sharing in Hebron, the City of Abraham

Edward Platt | Posted 18.03.2013 | UK Politics
Edward Platt

As a Palestinian man once said to me, Jews and Arabs are 'brothers with different mothers', and since the settlers returned to Hebron after the Six Day War, the 'Children of Abraham' have been conducting an experiment in power-sharing in the city of their birth.

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.

The Dawn of the New Nomads

Green Futures | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Tech
Green Futures

We're witnessing the rise of the modern nomad, "defined not by what they carry but by what they leave behind". That's the definition the Economist proposed nearly five years ago, in a feature written in anticipation of a wireless world, called 'Nomads at last'.

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 ...

Israel Criticised By UK West Bank University Plan

The Guardian | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK Politics

The British government has warned that the official authorisation of Israel's first settlement university will create another hurdle in the peace proc...

The Arab Spring Is Lost in Translation: Why We Need a New Breed of Arabists

Tam Hussein | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

There is a dire need to invest in Arabists and rethink our university courses so the West is geared towards engaging with the new dynamic in the Middle East.

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 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 ...

We Must Not Let Frustration Over the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Stop Us Making the Case for a Negotiated Two State Solution

John Woodcock | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Politics
John Woodcock

We now need to do whatever it takes to break the cycle of despair and empower those who would eschew conflict and take risks for peace. President Bill Clinton as a new special envoy to the region? Bring it on. And even the Palestinian UN bid, viewed with great suspicion by many supporters of Israel. Labour is backing the bid in the hope it will help restart negotiations.

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.

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.

As Morsi Pleases West, He May Clash With Hamas

Andrew Gawthorpe | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Gawthorpe

It seems no coincidence that the uptick in violence that Hamas directed or allowed to be directed by more militant groups against Israel this year came in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.

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.