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Apartheid Week

Every year, extremists converge on campuses all over the world. For a week or two, they strive to sow divisions, encourage prejudice, and incite hostility.

They come as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” a series of lectures, exhibitsand events that single out Israel for fierce attack. Students are told the Jewish state is, by nature, a racist, colonial and oppressive state. They are told Israel should be boycotted, and even destroyed. They are told this by ideologues who distort facts about the country while ignoring genuine oppression in the Middle East and across the world.

One need look no further than the event’s title to understand its malignant nature. The canard that Israel is an apartheid state is an assault on the country’s very legitimacy. South Africa’s racist, apartheid regime was rightfully dismantled, and this campaign seeks absurdly to cast Israel the Middle East’s most progressive state and only liberal democracy as being guilty of similar policies and equally deserving to be dismantled.

Apartheid Week is an affront to Palestinian and Israeli moderates who seek to reach peace through compromise and mutualrecognition. It opposes equality and tolerance by seeking to do away with the Jewish people’s right to self-determination. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that Israel, which hedescribed as “one of great outposts of democracy in the world”, has an “incontestable” right to exist. Apartheid Week’s push against King’s truth can only impede the dream of peace and justice in the Middle East.

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Miliband slams West Bank building

British Labour leader Ed Miliband has condemned the expansion of Israeli settlements on the Palestinian West Bank and warned they pose a ‘mortal threat’ to hopes of securing a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict.

He is a supporter of ‘the homeland for the Jewish people’ but has made clear he does not give blanket backing to the actions of the Israeli government.

Miliband, who is of Jewish descent but an atheist, made his strongest criticism yet during a visit to the Middle East, blasting the policy as ‘wrong and illegal’.

He spoke out after visiting the Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin camp on the West Bank where families, who are among 2300 Palestinians in Area C, are facing forced displacement if Israeli settlements go ahead.

‘What I have seen today shows that the expansion of Israeli settlements on the Palestinian West Bank is not only wrong and illegal but represents a mortal threat to the two-state solution and to a successful outcome of the peace process,’ he said.

‘If we are going to have a viable, democratic Palestinian state the more we see an expansion of settlements the more it becomes difficult to construct this state.’

The Labour leader, who has been accompanied on the trip by wife Justine, had a kickabout with football-loving children in the camp before meeting community leader Abu Khamis.

He is on the last leg of a three-day visit and will stay overnight in Ramallah, in central West Bank, on Saturday night – the first leading British politician to be able to do so as a result of improved security conditions.

Miliband has already held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and will meet with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas before he leaves on Sunday.

His visit comes just one month after Prime Minister David Cameron’s Middle East trip where he pushed for the premiers to agree an outline deal.

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Labour leader condemns Israeli settlements as wrong and illegal

The Labour leader is a supporter of a “homeland for the Jewish people” but has made clear he does not give blanket backing to the actions of the Israeli government.

Miliband, who is of Jewish descent but an atheist, made his strongest criticism yet during a visit to the Middle East, describing the policy as “wrong and illegal”.

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He spoke out after visiting the Khan al-Ahmar Bedouin camp on the West Bank where families are facing forced displacement if Israeli settlements go ahead.

The Labour leader said: “What I have seen today shows that the expansion of Israeli settlements on the Palestinian West Bank is not only wrong and illegal but represents a mortal threat to the two-state solution and to a successful outcome of the peace process.

“If we are going to have a viable, democratic Palestinian state the more we see an expansion of settlements the more it becomes difficult to construct this state.”

He is on the last leg of a three-day visit and stayed overnight in Ramallah, in central West Bank, last night – the first leading British politician to be able to do so as a result of improved security conditions.

Miliband has already held talks with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and will meet with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas before he leaves tomorrow.

His visit comes just one month after Prime Minister David Cameron’s Middle East trip where he pushed for the premiers to agree an outline deal.

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U.S. evaluating role in Middle East peace talks: Kerry – Video



U.S. evaluating role in Middle East peace talks: Kerry
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Israel cancels Palestinian prisoner release – Video



Israel cancels Palestinian prisoner release
The US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the Middle East peace process is at a critical moment with Israel cancelling a planned release of Palestinian. …

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Kerry Urges Israel, Palestine to Lead | 3rd best version | EXTENDED AP TEST – Video



Kerry Urges Israel, Palestine to Lead | 3rd best version | EXTENDED AP TEST
US Secretary of State John Kerry pushes leaders to lead in the Middle East peace process during an overseas trip to Algeria. (April 3) TEST | 3rd best versio…

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Bridge To Palestine Exhibition – Video



Bridge To Palestine Exhibition
Bridge to Palestine is the first museum-quality exhibition devoted to the contemporary and modern art of Palestine to be held in Lebanon and the Middle east….

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West Bank Demolitions – Video



West Bank Demolitions
The Middle East peace talks have faced many obstacles along the way, including the building of more Israeli settlements, and demolition of Palestinian homes….

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Palestine resumes UN campaign

By Mohammed Daraghmeh and Karin Laub

In a surprise move that could derail US peace efforts, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas resumed a campaign for further UN recognition of a Palestinian state, despite a previous promise to suspend such efforts during nine months of negotiations with Israel.

Shortly after Abbas’ announcement, US Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled plans to return to the Middle East on Wednesday, but also said it’s “completely premature” to write off the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks he restarted in late July.

“We are continuing, even now … to be engaged with both parties,” Kerry told a news conference in Brussels, where he was attending a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. “We urge both sides to show restraint while we work with them.”

There was no immediate Israeli comment. However, Abbas’ decision threw into doubt Israeli claims that a deal was emerging that would have extended Israel-Palestinian talks beyond an April 29 deadline and included the release of imprisoned spy Jonathan Pollard.

It remained unclear whether Abbas’ dramatic announcement was a negotiating tactic or signalled a fundamental shift in strategy.

In a hastily convened ceremony televised live from his West Bank headquarters, Abbas signed “State of Palestine” applications for 15 UN agencies and conventions, and said the Palestinians would launch the applications process immediately.

Abbas said he was compelled to act because Israel had failed to carry out a promised release of Palestinian prisoners by the end of March.

At the same time, Abbas said he is not seeking a confrontation with the United States and remains determined to “reach a peaceful solution through negotiations” with Israel. A senior aide, Nabil Abu Rdeneh, later urged the international community to pressure Israel to release the prisoners, indicating that the Palestinians might reverse course if their demand is met.

Still, Abbas’ surprise decision signalled a new crisis in Kerry’s troubled peace efforts.

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Palestinians resume bid for further UN recognition – NBC40.net

By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and KARIN LAUB Associated Press

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – In a surprise move that could derail U.S. peace efforts, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday resumed a campaign for further international recognition of a state of Palestine, despite a previous promise to suspend such efforts during nine months of negotiations with Israel.

Shortly after Abbas’ announcement, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry canceled plans to return to the Middle East on Wednesday, but also said it’s “completely premature” to write off the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks he restarted in late July.

“We are continuing, even now … to be engaged with both parties,” Kerry told a news conference in Brussels, where he was attending a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. “We urge both sides to show restraint while we work with them.”

There was no immediate Israeli comment. However, Abbas’ decision threw into doubt Israeli claims that a deal was emerging that would have extended Israel-Palestinian talks beyond an April 29 deadline and included the release of Jonathan Pollard, an American convicted of spying on the U.S. for Israel in the 1980s.

It remained unclear whether Abbas’ dramatic announcement was a negotiating tactic or signaled a fundamental shift in strategy.

In a hastily convened ceremony televised live from his West Bank headquarters, Abbas signed applications for Palestinians to join to 15 international treaties and conventions.

Abbas said he was compelled to act because Israel had failed to carry out a promised release of Palestinian prisoners by the end of March.

At the same time, Abbas said he is not seeking a confrontation with the United States and remains determined to “reach a peaceful solution through negotiations” with Israel. A senior aide, Nabil Abu Rdeneh, later urged the international community to pressure Israel to release the prisoners, indicating that the Palestinians might reverse course if their demand is met.

Still, Abbas’ surprise decision signaled a new crisis in Kerry’s troubled peace efforts.

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