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African scholars to boycott Israeli academic institutions

Palestinians collect body parts in a classrom bombed by Israeli forces recently.

By Jessica A Badebye African scholars have joined the growing number of academic associations from the United States of America, that have endorsed boycott resolutions on Israeli academic institutions in their bid to show solidarity with Palestine. The scholars have further pledged not to collaborate on projects, events involving Israeli academic institutions, not to teach at or to attend any conferences, events and not to publish in any academic journals in Israeli institutions. In a press release issued to The London Evening Post, the Dakar-based community expressed its interest and responsibility to respond to the obstacles to the right to higher education that the Israeli state has created for Palestinians … Continue reading

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Britain extradites Al-Qaeda suspect to the United States

A man accused of leading an al-Qaeda plot to set off bombs in Manchester has been extradited to the US. Abid Naseer has been described by a High Court judge as an “al-Qaeda operative” who “poses a serious threat to the national security of the UK”. UK prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to charge him. However, the US wants to put him on trial, arguing the Manchester plot was part of a wider conspiracy to also bomb New York. In December his bid to stop the extradition was thrown out of the European Court of Human Rights, where his lawyers had argued he could be tortured if returned … Continue reading

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Palestinian Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal visits Gaza

The political leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, has called his first visit to the Gaza Strip his “third birth”. He said his previous two “births” were the day he survived an assassination attempt by Israeli agents in Jordan in 1997, and his actual birth in 1956. Mr Meshaal had not set foot in the Palestinian territories for decades. His visit follows a ceasefire that ended days of violence between Israel and Hamas. The Islamist militant group has governed Gaza since 2007. Mr Meshaal entered Gaza from Egypt at the Rafah border crossing, touching his head to the ground in celebration. Officials there said his wife had arrived late on Thursday. … Continue reading

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West Bank cheers Mahmoud Abbas after UN vote

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas returned to a hero’s welcome in the West Bank after his successful move to upgrade the Palestinians’ UN status. “Now we have a state,” he told cheering supporters in Ramallah. “Palestine has accomplished a historic achievement.” On Thursday the United Nations General Assembly voted to recognise the Palestinians as an observer state. In response, Israel halted the transfer of tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority (PA). The decision, announced on Sunday by the Israeli finance ministry, means 460m shekels ($120m; £75m) will be withheld in December. This was a triumphant return by the Palestinian president to his headquarters in Ramallah. The compound was packed as a … Continue reading

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Tension and fear in Gaza Strip after cease-fire

In the 12 years that he has lived here in the Abassam neighborhood adjacent to Gaza’s eastern border, Eyad Qudaih said, he had never ventured more than 20 yards east of his white stucco home because Israel said the area was off limits. But on Friday morning, emboldened by the new cease-fire, he took his four young daughters 300 yards east, to the small plot of land where he dreams of growing wheat as his father once did. “It was like someone who was hungry and had a big meal,” Mr. Qudaih said, shortly after touching the border fence for the first time. “Grilled sheep with nuts.” But around 11 … Continue reading

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Gaza journalists defiant in face of attacks from Israel

The targeting of local journalists in Gaza has been seen as the Israeli government’s latest attempt at preventing the broadcasting of what many Palestinians consider to be the achievements of their resistance against Israeli aggression. On Tuesday, Israeli airstrikes killed three Palestinian journalists. Mohammad al-Koumi and Houssam Salam, both cameramen for al-Aqsa television, were hit while traveling in a car clearly marked as belonging to the broadcast media, according to the station. Mohammad Abu Aisha, a journalist with al-Quds Educational Radio, was also killed later that day, when an airstrike hit his car. The official Israeli response to these killings said initial investigations demonstrated that the three people who were … Continue reading

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Israel ministry paper proposes ‘toppling’ Abbas over UN bid

A position paper by Israel’s foreign ministry proposes “toppling” President Mahmoud Abbas if a Palestine’s bid for UN non-member state status is approved. The internal document says it is “the only option” if deterrence efforts do not succeed, despite the consequences. It also suggests that the Palestinians should be offered immediate recognition of statehood within provisional borders as an incentive to drop their UN bid. Mr Abbas plans to submit a request to the UN General Assembly on 29 November. Currently, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), the umbrella group which represents most Palestinian factions and conducts negotiations with Israel, only has “permanent observer” status at the UN. Mr Abbas, who … Continue reading

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West Bank conference scrapped after Israel bars envoys

  A meeting of international envoys due to be held in the West Bank to show support for the Palestinian leadership was scrapped on Sunday after Israel refused to admit attendees from four countries, Palestinian officials said. The meeting involved high-level representatives from the Non-Aligned Movement, a group of states that aims to represent the interests of the developing world. They were due to sign a declaration backing the Palestinians ahead of their fresh campaign to win recognition as a state at the United Nations next month. Israel barred the foreign ministers of Malaysia and Indonesia along with ambassadors from Cuba and Bangladesh on the grounds the four countries do … Continue reading

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Implications for the Palestine bid for UN membership

By C Jacobs and L Barkan On September 23, 2011, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud ‘Abbas submitted Palestine’s application for full UN membership. The PA maintains that it had no choice but to make this move, in light of the impasse in the negotiations with Israel, the latter’s refusal to halt the settlements, and the Americans’ failure to propose an alternative plan for advancing the negotiations. The UN Security Council (UNSC) deliberations could take weeks, and some Palestinians have voiced a concern that the US might drag its feet and delay the vote on this issue. In any case, the US is expected to veto the application’s approval by the … Continue reading

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