Palestinians fear fragmentation

A recent poll carried out by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research has seen Palestinians reject the current political developments. A majority of respondents rejected the PA’s measure of cutting public sector employees’ salaries and power-sharing between Hamas and Mohammad Dahlan.  The divide between the political statements offered as explanation by the PA and Hamas, and the people’s perception of the current crisis is indicative of a massive rift that can further fragment Palestinian society. The poll’s focus, which was summarized under ten separate headings, deal mainly with Palestinians’ perceptions of Palestine’s future and how this is being … Continue reading Palestinians fear fragmentation

Blocking Palestine and Palestinians at the UN

Image of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (C) in New York, US on 16 May, 2017 By Ramona Wadi US Ambassador Nikki Haley is on another mission to block Palestinian visibility at the UN. In February, the US opposed the appointment of former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as UN envoy to Libya. On Tuesday, Haley explained that the US position was based on the fact that the US does not recognise Palestinian statehood. “If we don’t recognise Palestine as a state, we need to acknowledge also that we could not sit there and put a … Continue reading Blocking Palestine and Palestinians at the UN

Warnings from international organisations are failing Gaza

By Ramona Wadi Amnesty International’s latest warning about a “humanitarian catastrophe” if Israel’s illegal blockade on the enclave is not lifted is the latest in a series about the Gaza Strip. As the electricity supply is restricted even further, Palestinians in Gaza face not only domestic disruption, but also huge gaps in basic public services including healthcare, wastewater management and access to clean water, which is already hard to come by. Given that 10 years have passed since Israel imposed its stranglehold on Gaza, it is shameful that international organisations continue to warn of an “impending” untenable situation when the … Continue reading Warnings from international organisations are failing Gaza

Documenting deaths as Israel’s restrictions on Gaza patient travel continue

This week the World Health Organisation (WHO) released its latest data on the restriction of movement for Palestinians requiring medical treatment outside of Gaza. The report demonstrates a continuing negative trend, with almost half (46%) of patients applying to leave Gaza via the Erez Crossing in March 2017 being refused a permit by the Israeli authorities, or not receiving a response in time to attend their appointments. This is up from 40% delayed or denied in February. More than half (55%) of patients’ companions – family members accompanying patients to hospital – were also denied permits or received no response … Continue reading Documenting deaths as Israel’s restrictions on Gaza patient travel continue

THE EARLIEST OTTOMAN SCHOLARS

The Ottoman State was established in 1299 CE and went on to become one of the premier empires of the Muslim world within a few centuries. While it lasted until the First World War, it was the sixteenth century that is commonly considered the “golden age” of the Ottomans. It was during this time that the prolific scholar Taşköprüzade Ahmet (d. 1561) wrote a monumental work giving brief biographies of the scholars of the Ottoman Empire up to his time. His Shaqāʾiq al-Nuʿmāniyya fī ʿUlemāʾal-Dawla al-ʿUthmāniyya today serves as a valuable source of information on the first 250 years of Ottoman … Continue reading THE EARLIEST OTTOMAN SCHOLARS

Futile options and PA complicity in Israeli colonialism

Palestinian students from Birzeit University, gathered near Beit Al Israeli settlement, sling stones to Israeli security forces as a response to their intervention during a protest demanding release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prisons, in Ramallah, West Bank on 1 March 2017 Two recent reports in the Times of Israel can be read as confirmation that US President Donald Trump’s policy towards Palestine may be perceived as more belligerent than that of Barack Obama. However, if proof was ever needed of the seamless manner in which an incoming president emulates and continues the destruction of Palestine through colonisation, one need … Continue reading Futile options and PA complicity in Israeli colonialism

It is time that the PA served the Palestinians, not the international community

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C), Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (7th L) and Palestinian chief negotiator, Saab Erikat (6th R) meet with the executive board members of Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in Ramallah, West Bank on February 13, 2017 By Ramona Wadi Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) this week which provided another example of inflated rhetoric which serves to derail any possibility of liberation. At a time when the two-state imposition is being refuted collectively, Abbas is distancing himself from collective Palestinian expression and aligning himself permanently with colonial intent … Continue reading It is time that the PA served the Palestinians, not the international community