Middle East

18.01.2021

No Vaccine for An Israeli Plague

No Vaccine for An Israeli Plague

The violation of lives and human rights that has been going on for three-quarters of a century and does not find who wants to stop it is a real plague. There is a vaccine that nobody wants to use. »

09.01.2021

Lebanon’s racism is fanning the flames of violence towards Syrian refugees

Lebanon’s racism is fanning the flames of violence towards Syrian refugees

Makram Rabah As Lebanon celebrated Christmas, a Syrian refugee camp in Miniyeh in the north of Lebanon was attacked by a group of local youths who set fire to tents amid clashes with residents. The number of violent incidents against displaced communities living in the country… »

07.01.2021

The Nuclear Weapon States Urged to Advance Disarmament

The Nuclear Weapon States Urged to Advance Disarmament

By Bernhard Schell The upcoming Review Conference (postponed to August 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic) of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is expected to be characterised by deep divisions among the nuclear-weapon states (NWS), and between them and the non-nuclear-weapon states (NNWS), which are deeply disappointed with the lack of… »

06.01.2021

FROM THE FIELD: Port explosion which ‘burnt hearts’ of Beirut residents

FROM THE FIELD: Port explosion which ‘burnt hearts’ of Beirut residents

Five months on from the devastating port explosion that killed over 200 people, and injured thousands more, the UN has invited Beirut residents to share their hopes and fears for the future of the city, and for Lebanon, which remains in crisis. “This explosion burnt our hearts”, says 40-year-old Farah. »

27.12.2020

Who’s afraid of the Muslim Brotherhood, and why?

Who’s afraid of the Muslim Brotherhood, and why?

By Yvonne Ridley I’ve often wondered why the Muslim Brotherhood strikes fear into the hearts of Arab regimes. Prisons across Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are filled with thousands of political prisoners drawn from the leadership and membership of the movement, which is also banned… »

23.12.2020

Find solutions for causes of protests in Sulaymaniyah

Find solutions for causes of protests in Sulaymaniyah

For two weeks now, citizens in the Sulaymaniyah governorate in Iraqi Kurdistan have been protesting the barren living conditions that they are facing. For months on end they have not (or only partly) been receiving their salaries from the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG). With a majority of the Kurdish… »

08.12.2020

“Palestinian women need to be heard”

“Palestinian women need to be heard”

How does the corona crisis exacerbate the already difficult situation for Palestinians? To find out, PAX’s general director Anna Timmerman talked with Lucy Nusseibeh, the founder and chairperson of Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND), one of PAX’s partner organizations in Palestine. They spoke about strengthening the voice of… »

02.12.2020

In the Middle East, words escape prison walls to inspire freedom and hope

In the Middle East, words escape prison walls to inspire freedom and hope

This post was written by Khalid Ibrahim, executive director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR), an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly in the MENA region. Human rights defenders have nothing but words to defend the civil and human rights of their people. Their enemies,… »

01.12.2020

When will there be a peaceful Yom Kippur or Eid al-Adha for Palestinians and Israelis?

When will there be a peaceful Yom Kippur or Eid al-Adha for Palestinians and Israelis?

When will there be a reconciliation between one and the other? When will there be a Yom Kippur יום כיפור of Palestinians and Israelis? That would truly make Israel strong. Yom Kippur is, for Jews, the holiest day on the calendar. They live it as the… »

30.11.2020

Gaza Strip Rapidly Becoming ‘Unliveable’

Gaza Strip Rapidly Becoming ‘Unliveable’

The UN said some three years ago that it expects Gaza to become ‘unliveable’ by 2020,” recalls Majed Abusalama, award-winning Palestinian journalist, scholar, campaigner and human rights defender. “Since then, Israel not only refused to take action to reverse Gaza’s rapid deterioration into a post-apocalyptic wasteland but intensified its attacks on… »

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