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Sunny Hundal is openDemocracy’s social media editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Israel complains about violation of its sovereignty while being a serial violator

In the 4-month period from 1 July to 30 October 2017, Israel violated Lebanon’s airspace 758 times for a total of 3,188 hours.

It’s about time we all admit that Putin has prevailed in Syria

The end game is clear: Assad, Russia and Iran will emerge victorious.

How Britain’s recognition of Israel violated its colonial “mandate” over Palestine

Britain’s undertakings from the government’s own archives, show a pride rooted in false promises of “one nation promising a second the land of a third”

Trump has dropped any pretence of the US as an ‘honest broker’ in the Middle-East

Support for BDS is now more important than ever.

‘Fake News!’: the view from Israel’s Occupation

Over the course of the last two decades, amidst the ascendance of nationalist extremism in Israel, the fraudulence charge has grown ever stronger among the Jewish right-wing public.

Gandhi, Palestine and zionism: a book review

In India it is the season for rediscovering Gandhi, and everyone from politicians to intellectuals are doing it in their own way.

Appropriation and de-politicization: the uncomfortable discussion on Umm Kulthum in Berlin

An open letter about intellectual and artistic spaces being used to quash a side of the debate, to delegitimize voices and valid criticism instead of engaging in much needed intellectual debates.

Conquering spaces of complicit amnesia in Jerusalem: portrait of two independent art institutions

A walk between two independent art institutions in the east and west of Jerusalem shows us how far society is still fractured in the city, and the role of art in conflict.

Kurds’ choices: heed history or the US?

Who controls Syria’s borders? The US and Israel are encouraging Syrian Kurds to fight the regime and its allies for border control. The ensuing mayhem might unravel the Mideast and far beyond.

#Tech4Worse: The problem with digital labour initiatives for the Middle East

Contrary to their marketing, digital labor schemes don’t work in spite of predicaments like the occupation or the refugee crisis - they work because of them. 

Israel must be forced to end the occupation, or there will be no Palestinian state

The “peace process” is now a useful instrument for Israel to continue its occupation and settlement expansion.

East Jerusalem: How Israel is building a “time bomb”

If the Israeli authorities do not recognize the destructive ramifications of its own security rationale, it will not only harm Palestinians but Jewish-Israelis as well.

One more time with feeling, in Athens

Nick Cave's fearlessness in visiting darkness makes the light shine brighter.

One Zionist view of the Balfour Declaration

The State of Israel came into being thirty-one years after the Balfour Declaration, precisely because Zionist Jews were done entrusting their fate to others.

Zionism, anti-semitism, and the Balfour Declaration

A complementarity between the anti-semitic desire to get rid of the Jews and the Zionist project of sending all Jews to Palestine seems ignored, for example, by Theresa May.

100 years after Balfour: the reality which still shames Israel

Two very different parts of Palestine highlight the injustice still inflicted on Arabs by Israel.

100 years later: getting beyond Balfour

The Balfour Declaration shows that sovereignty and security for one group of people can never be achieved at the expense of another.

Endless strife: the Israel-Palestine conflict and the international media

Adaptation of a talk at the International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, Vienna, hosted by the UN Special Information Programme on the Question of Palestine, 5-6 October 2017.

A new Jewish voice for Labour

The fightback in the UK’s Labour party conference against ongoing misapplications of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) ‘working definition of antisemitism’.

Activism and political organising in academia: a conversation with Ilan Pappe

Maybe resistance over Palestine in academe is part of a larger project: the creation of a fundamental change in the way we do knowledge, and in the way we produce knowledge. A conversation.

The Israeli algorithm criminalizing Palestinians for online dissent

Israeli intelligence has developed a predictive policing system – a computer algorithm – that analyzes social media posts to identify Palestinian “suspects.”

"Less-lethal" weapons in Jerusalem: "The purpose of these bullets isn’t corresponding to the reality"

Israeli photojournalist Tali Mayer, 28, was shot by a black-tipped sponge bullet while reporting on a demonstration. This led to her project with the ACRI, a member of INCLO, photographing Palestinians injured by these crowd-control bullets.

Gaza border controls: frustration, despair and death

This summer how many people will drive, walk, or take a train and barely realise that they have crossed a border?  How many people will know about the 2 million residents of Gaza that don’t have that right?

Jerusalem: securing spaces in holy places

There are actors involved in all sides of this dispute who must now encourage enduring dialogue for conflict prevention. Jerusalem should remain the city of peace not conflict.

Qatar crisis: a broader consolidation of power

Despite the real tension and rivalries, there is far more that unites Qatar and surrounding countries than what separates them.

Letter from a recovering Team Syntegrity 2017 participant

"In this exercise, we were forced to sit side by side and face to face and discuss diverse issues reasonably, coherently, and cohesively. It was smart and it was intimate."

Gaza: ten years of economic blockade

Supporting BDS will hasten an end to the siege on Gaza and help lance a running sore in the Middle East and international relations. It deserves your support.

The vertical apartheid

Herewith, an edited version of the preface to Eyal Weizman's Hollow Land, published by Verso last month to mark the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

Mental help: the story of Gaza’s trauma unit

Palestine has the highest rate of mental health disorders in the MENA region. Even though resources are limited, there are incredible people fighting for mental health in Gaza. 

The football kicking the players, on the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 war

What was truly ironic about the Arab legal case was that Arab representatives at the 1967 UNSC laid out the legal justification for what Israel did, beginning on June 5.   

My Three Day war: a memoir

“With so much land captured, aren’t you ideally placed to offer the Arab nations a peace deal?” “King Hussein has my number – let him call me!”

Apartheid references in Israel

The attempt to outlaw the use of the term "apartheid" in relation to Israel and its occupation has to be recognised as carrying dangers of effectively stifling debate on an issue of great importance

‘Prevent’, free speech and antisemitism

As a talking point for debate it might be productive. The problem arises from the government of the United Kingdom ‘adopting’ IHRA’s definition of antisemitism in a quasi-official manner.

Legal obligations on Palestinian rights

No-one believes the Security Council will take the lead after so many decades in a cul de sac over Palestine.

'More royal than the king': an encounter with French Zionism

The fabrication of lies and false accusations to intimidate their opponents is only to be expected from those willing to legitimize killing and torture in support of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

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