Balfour Declaration: A Centenary

Balfour Declaration: A Centenary

By Sheeraz Ahmad Sofi and Inamul Haq Second November, 2017, is an important day in the history of Palestine. On this date, the Balfour declaration came into existence (02 November 1917) and this week Palestinians around the world are marking its 100 years. This declaration is still considered as one of the most contested as […]

Hamas hands over Egypt border crossing to Palestinian Authority

Hamas hands over Egypt border crossing to Palestinian Authority

GAZA CITY: Hamas handed over control of the Gaza Strip’s borderwith Egypt to the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday, an AFP journalist said, in a first key test of a Palestinian reconciliation accord agreed upon last month. Nazmi Muhanna, the Palestinian Authority’s top official for border crossings, formally received control of the Rafah crossing with Egypt […]

Hamas and Fatah Must Transform to Speak on behalf of Palestinians

Hamas and Fatah Must Transform to Speak on behalf of Palestinians

The reconciliation agreement signed between rival Palestinian parties, Hamas and Fatah, in Cairo on October 12 was not a national unity accord – at least, not yet. For the latter to be achieved, the agreement would have to make the interests of the Palestinian people a priority, above factional agendas. The leadership crisis in Palestine […]

Three Years after the War: Gaza Youth Speak Out

Three Years after the War: Gaza Youth Speak Out

“At bedtime, I am afraid to turn the lights off. I am not a coward, it is just that I worry that this bulb hanging from the ceiling is the last light that remains (shining) in my life.” Soon after he penned these words, Moath Alhaj, a young artist from a Gaza refugee camp, passed […]

Al-Araqeeb Village: Palestinian Bedouins Refuse to Surrender 116 Times

Al-Araqeeb Village: Palestinian Bedouins Refuse to Surrender 116 Times

On August 1, the Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Araqeeb was destroyed for the 116th time. As soon as Israeli bulldozers finished their ugly deed and soldiers began evacuating the premises, the village resident immediately began rebuilding their homes. 22 families, or about 101 residents, are estimated to live here. By now, they are all familiar […]

Power to the People: Why Palestinian Victory in Jerusalem is a Pivotal Moment

Power to the People: Why Palestinian Victory in Jerusalem is a Pivotal Moment

Neither Fatah nor Hamas have been of much relevance to the mass protests staged around Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. Neither have American pressure, half-hearted European ‘concern about the situation’ or cliché Arab declarations made one iota of difference. United Nations officials warned of the grim scenarios of escalation, but their statements were mere words. […]

My Gaza Strip

My Gaza Strip

Syed Suhail Yaqoob I have never been to Gaza. That patch of land where from thousands of deaths and all kinds of oppressive tactics, which shame humanity, have been used against the innocent and original inhabitants. To justify these oppressive tactics, religion is used, where Jews(not all), conform to the view that the land is […]

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