UAE’s obsession with controlling Palestine transcends the Arab Spring

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

When the Arab Spring broke out in 2011, the UAE scrambled to contain the protests that shook the region. Many interpreted this as Abu Dhabi seeking to deter the contagious revolutionary sprit from reaching the Emirati people, whereas others saw it as a way of curbing the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood, who were clearly the electoral beneficiaries of the …

Palestine: What happens to the peace process now?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

[optin-monster-shortcode id=uwscubl6egyaovvwttxm] The irony of the celebratory mood at the opening ceremony of the US embassy in Jerusalem will not have been lost on most people as coinciding live images of protesters being massacred were broadcast on most television stations. If anything, such imagery served to demonstrate the grave imbalance that has obstructed any genuine pursuit for peace; Israel is …

‘But it is our country,’ replied Dr. Weizmann, raising his eyebrows. ‘We are doing no more than taking back what we have been wrongly deprived of.’

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

‘But it is our country,’ replied Dr. Weizmann, raising his eyebrows. ‘We are doing no more than taking back what we have been wrongly deprived of.’ ‘But you have been away from Palestine for nearly two thousand years! Before that you had ruled this country, and hardly ever the whole of it, for less than five hundred years. Don’t you …

Believe it or not, Palestinian Statehood is now in the US interest

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

For nearly 25 years, the U.S. has endorsed the land-for-peace formula and the two-state solution as the only practical resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But as the region undergoes seismic changes as a result of the Arab Spring, and in particular, the Syrian Civil War, the United States is now in a position where, to protect its interests, it must …

Jewish vigilantes jailed over Paris ‘savage gang attack’ on pro-Palestinians at Gaza fundraising event

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa

Six Jewish vigilantes were jailed in Paris on Friday over a ‘savage gang attack’ targeting attendees at a fundraising event for Gaza in 2009 in the French capital. The defendants used iron bars, baseball bats and bike chains in the onslaught, in which they deliberately targeted anybody who looked like an Arab or a Muslim.   Among their victims was …