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Asad Abdul Rahman


Effectiveness of the ICC under scanner

Recent threats issued by John Bolton, the United States National Security Adviser, against the International Criminal Court (ICC) have raised questions about the nature of the court. Bolton stressed that his country would use “all means to protect its citizens from the court and its violation of American sovereignty”. He even threatened sanctions against its judges and prosecutors if they prosecute Americans, Israelis and other allies of the US! If this is the case then the question arises: What are the court’s areas of jurisdiction? What factors have made some powers feel wary to join? Does this court really ‘scare’...

Reason Israel is running scared of Palestinian youth

Palestinian children pay a heavy price during every uprising or flare-up that erupts against the Israeli occupation, although they do not pose any real threat to the heavily armed Israeli soldiers. Many knowledgeable Israelis attest to the fact that Palestinian children are, like adults, subjected to torture, unjust trials (denied special courts) and inhumane treatment that violate their basic rights, with complete disregard to their age. Indeed, the Palestinian child in Israel’s view is a ‘terrorist in the making’. Thus they face military courts and harsh and degrading treatment, beatings, sleep deprivation, threats, sexual harassment and denial of visits by...

Are American Jews losing interest in Israel?

About six million Jews in the United States constitute the second largest Jewish gathering in the world after “Israel”. While many preferred and still prefer to stay in the US, despite the Israeli temptations, they continued to support Israel, like other ‘Diaspora Jews’, through the media, politically and economically. According to a study published last year by Israel’s Diaspora Ministry, such support accounts to “6.35 per cent of the Israeli economy linked to the activities and donations of Diaspora Jews, equivalent to about 25 billion shekels a year (around Dh25.74 billion), which means that in the event of cessation of...

The Druze protest against Israel’s Nation-State Law: Where is it leading?

Everyone knows that the Druze community lived in Palestine as an integral part of the Palestinian Arab people. In 1948, when the ‘State of Israel’ was established, its governments sought to isolate the community from their Arab environment by striking at the fact that Druze was a nationality in itself. In order to bring them closer, Israel exploited the story of the marriage of the Prophet Shuaib’s daughter to Prophet Moses, to show the Druze that there is a historical interrelationship with the Jews, similar to their relationship with the Arabs.In 1956, David Ben Gurion, the first prime minister of...

Did Helsinki summit advance Israel’s strategic interests?

Since the end of the Helsinki summit between United States President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, there has been much talk in the political literature about “Israel’s security” being the most important issue at the summit. The two leaders declared their commitment to Israel’s security. It was an announcement with double meanings. The first is Israel’s demand to draw Syria’s future by adhering to the 1974 agreement on disengagement of forces. This was evident in Putin’s statement that “the implementation of the agreement must be adopted”. Israel was given the right to security demands also with Trump noting:...

Helsinki summit: Much ado about nothing

Despite attempts by some American circles to cancel or postpone the Helsinki summit between United States President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, citing “Russian intervention in the US presidential election”, we have seen how Trump was eager to sit with Putin. The summit is a historic one for both the leaders. One has been taking solid steps and making gains in many parts of the world, while the other is controversial with a businessman mentality; and each needs the other. All along, the summit raised many questions and expectations. Are we about to witness “deals” that will characterise...

Israel faces an uncertain future

Since the beginning of this year, Israel has been acting with an exaggerated pride as if about to achieve some sort of a “final victory”. This arrogance would not have been possible without the Donald Trump administration’s active backing. As per the Israeli Peace Now movement, there has been a marked rise in the colonialist movement in the occupied Palestinian territories since Trump took office. In recent months there have been meetings in Tel Aviv, under government auspices, to establish a new Israeli organisation called the “Coalition for the Golan Heights”, aimed at advancing international recognition of Israeli sovereignty over...

Together West Bank and Gaza continue resistance against Israel

News of the uprising in the Gaza Strip topped headlines in Arab and international press and other media outlets during recent months. Most of them focused on Israeli soldiers’ brutal measures against young Palestinian protesters who came from all over Gaza to voice their commitment to the land of their ancestors. Yet, there have been whispers about what was called “the absence of struggle in the occupied West Bank”, or the ‘modest’ popular movement of its people as compared to that of Gaza. It has been said that such movement was restricted to some activities against the Separation (Apartheid) Wall,...

Investing in the Palestinian struggle for justice

The Palestinian ‘Marches of Return’ managed, among other things, to restore some major issues back onto the local, Arab, and international agendas — including the right of Palestinians to return to their lands and houses usurped by Zionist military forces during the 1948 war, as well as the ongoing unjust siege of the Gaza Strip.Such results are significant in facing up to American-Zionist schemes, and above all, US President Donald Trump’s so-called ‘Deal of the Century’!It is true that the Palestinians made inroads as far as the media is concerned, with the marches held to mark the Land Day of...

Will the Palestinian Nakba turn into a political Nakba for Israel?

The current developments in the region point towards a kind of re-formulation of the prevailing situation in the Middle East. First, there were the Palestinian protests ‘Marches of Return’ from Gaza Strip and the massacres of the marchers by Israeli troops deployed along the border in 11 battalions with the besieged Strip. The protests launched, among other goals, aimed to condemn Israel’s ten-year blockade of Gaza.Second, the US inaugurated its embassy (indeed its ‘colony’) in occupied Jerusalem to meet the “promise” made by the US President Donald Trump, despite international condemnation and deep concern over the violation of international legitimacy...

Why Palestinian defiance unnerves Israel

Since its launch from the Gaza Strip on March 30, the continuing Palestinian ‘March of Return’ has been a source of confusion and embarrassment for the Zionist state, showing its floundering in the face of peaceful marches, while underscoring the impact of popular struggle against the military occupation.Israel has so far implemented several measures in a bid to put an end to the marches, but to no avail, despite all the provocative statements made by some members of the Israeli extreme-right government and army commanders. All those measures proved ineffective in restraining the flow of thousands of Palestinians to join...

Flare-up against Israel gathers steam

There is no doubt that a sense of utter hopelessness among the Palestinian youth, of ever attaining a political resolution that could end the Zionist colonial occupation, is the driving force behind the uprising in the West Bank, especially in occupied Jerusalem and Hebron. Living under military occupation since 1967, without any civil rights or hope of ever building an independent Palestinian state and without any decent future to look for, Palestinian youths have been driven to choose death rather than a life of honour and dignity, being daily crushed by a brutal military occupation.Divisions among the various Palestinian groups...