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#DeleteIsrael trends ahead of Al-Quds Day

KARACHI: The trend #DeleteIsrael has been one of the top trends on social media website Twitter ahead of Al-Quds Day, which will be observed on Friday (tomorrow). Users of social media Twitter are using the trend to express their anger and condemn the Israeli occupation of Palestine and Bait-ul-Muqaddas. Select Israel + Shift + Delete#DeleteIsrael…

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Award-winning authors criticize Israeli occupation

JERUSALEM: By using famous authors, including the winners of three Pulitzers and a Nobel, they were aiming to “sort of trick” people “into paying attention to the occupation by baiting the trap, in a way, with the work of a really amazing writer”. Proceeds from the book will go to Breaking the Silence, an NGO…

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Palestinians seek Pizza Hut boycott for ‘mocking hunger strike’

Palestinians called for a boycott of Pizza Hut on Tuesday after the company’s franchise in Israel was accused of mocking hunger-striking prisoners. The franchise’s Facebook page was said to have shared an image released by Israeli police which appears to show Palestinian hunger-strike leader Marwan Barghouti secretly breaking his fast. “Barghouti, if you are going…

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Abbas says ready to meet Israel PM as part of Trump peace efforts

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday he was ready to meet Israel’s prime minister as part of peace efforts by Donald Trump, who is expected to visit the Palestinian territories “soon”. The US president is expected in Israel later this month as part of his first foreign trip and Abbas said “we are looking forward…

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Shattered Illusions

By: Gulrukh Tausif We often talk about the negative impact of social media, Hollywood/Bollywood movies or video games on our children but we forget that children are exposed to a lot of violence many times a day through television, newspapers and the Internet. It has become quite a norm for news channels to air detailed…

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Thousands commemorate Palestinian ‘Land Day’

Deir Hanna: Thousands of Arab Israelis and Palestinians gathered Thursday for annual demonstrations marking Land Day, which commemorates 1976 protests in which six people were killed by Israel. A few thousand protesters raised the Palestinian flag and chanted slogans at a protest in Deir Hanna in northern Israel. Smaller protests occurred in Gaza and parts…

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Arab leaders set to oppose Trump Mideast policy shifts

SWEIMEH: A draft statement to be put to an Arab summit Wednesday opposes plans by President Donald Trump to move Washington’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and consider alternatives to a Palestinian state. The draft, which was drawn up by the Palestinian delegation, was approved by Arab foreign ministers at an eve-of-summit meeting in the…

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Israeli policeman suspended after beating Palestinian driver

JERUSALEM: An Israeli policeman caught on video beating up a Palestinian truck driver in east Jerusalem on Thursday was suspended from his post, police said. The policeman, in the video widely circulated on social media, curses the driver, headbutts him, hits him in the face and kicks him in the legs. Other Palestinians are seen…

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US ready to quit UN rights council if no reform

UNITED NATIONS: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told rights groups that the United States will quit the UN Human Rights Council unless it undergoes “considerable reform,” according to a letter obtained by AFP on Wednesday.

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Israel imposes ‘apartheid regime’ on Palestinians: UN report

NEW YORK: A U.N. agency published a report on Wednesday accusing Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” of racial discrimination on the Palestinian people, and said it was the first time a U.N. body had clearly made the charge.

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Who is responsible?

If we talk about peace and security, the world is divided into two parts where in one part a man wakes up and learns that his kids are in school while his wife has left for shopping. He freshens up to go out for his work. He doesn’t have to worry about not being able to…

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What is the two-state solution?

The idea of a Palestinian state existing alongside Israel has been the basis of decades of international efforts to end the conflict. After new US President Donald Trump’s administration said it is no longer wedded to the so-called two-state solution, here are some questions and answers about the idea and the possible alternatives. – Which…

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Mamnoon, Abbas stress on early resolution of Kashmir, Palestine issues

President Mamnoon Hussain welcoming President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas upon his arrival at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on 31-01-2017. ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain and President of the State of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday stressed the need for early and just resolution of Palestine and Kashmir issues for peace and prosperity in the region….

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Trumpism – a fatal agenda

By: Syeda Sadia Batool Nelson Mandela worked hard to get rid of the policy of apartheid because racial discrimination had made South Africa a place unable to live in. His struggle did not only end racism in South Africa, its effect brought change in the mindset of people through out the world and twice elected…

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US sent $221m to Palestinians in Obama’s last hour

ISLAMABAD: Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that his party members (GOP) had been blocking in the Congress. According to New York Times, Hong Kong, a State Department official and several congressional aides said the outgoing administration formally notified Congress…

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Sentence over, Saudi activist still in prison: HRW

DUBAI: A Saudi Arabian activist remains in prison despite completing his eight-year sentence for protesting the war in Gaza, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. The sentence against Khalid al-Umair expired on October 5, the New York-based watchdog said in a statement. It added that he began a hunger strike almost a month ago “to…

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UNESCO votes on Palestine resolutions opposed by Israel

PARIS: The UN cultural agency voted Tuesday on two resolutions on the occupied Palestinian territories, which Israel believes ignore Jewish ties to religious sites in east Jerusalem. Israel has suspended its cooperation with Paris-based UNESCO, which oversees World Heritage sites, over the controversial resolutions which were proposed by Arab countries. The resolutions refer to “Occupied…

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Gigi Hadid slammed on Twitter for calling Pakistani Zayn Malik ‘half-Middle Eastern’

DUBAI: Hollywood model Gigi Hadid was slammed on Twitter for mistakenly identifying boyfriend Zayn Malik’s Pakistani heritage as Middle Eastern. In an interview with Gulf News, the half-Palestinian beauty described Zayn Malik as part Middle Eastern when she talked about visiting Arab countries and feeling a connection to the culture as her father Mohamed Hadid…

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Israeli rights group urges UN to take action on Palestinian plight

TEL AVIV: An Israeli human rights group has urged the United Nations to take decisive action to resolve Palestinian issue.  Executive Director of B’Tselem, Hagai El-Ad asked an informal meeting of UN Security Council in New York that rights of Palestinians must be realized and the occupation must end. He also termed illegal Israeli settlements…

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International Court prosecutors visit Israel, Palestinian Territories

THE HAGUE: A delegation of prosecutors from the International Criminal Court is starting a five-day visit on Wednesday to Israel and the Palestinian territories, the court said, describing it as an outreach trip that will not be gathering any evidence. The visit is potentially sensitive because the ICC is conducting a preliminary investigation into possible…

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Palestinian president calls Peres ‘brave’ partner for peace

RAMALLAH: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas hailed Shimon Peres as a “brave” partner for peace and sent his family condolences after the Israeli ex-president died earlier Wednesday, the official Palestinian news agency reported. “Abbas sent a message of condolence to the family of former president Shimon Peres, expressing his sadness and sorrow,” WAFA reported. “Peres was…

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