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The Palestinian question and insisting on playing with old cards

I cannot comprehend the reason behind the shock of Sameh Shoukry’s visit to Israel? Egypt has intelligence and economic relations with Israel. These relations have not changed since Anwar Sadat’s negotiations. At times they have been strong and at times they have been lukewarm, but they continued to swing between openly declared and confidential cooperation. …

Ashraf Gehad

Israeli-Palestinian struggle returns to the soccer pitch

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused world soccer body FIFA of allowing FIFA-sanctioned matches to be played on occupied land in the West Bank in violation of FIFA rules and has demanded that the group ensure that future games be staged within the borders of Israel prior to the 1967 Middle East war. The HRW …

James Dorsey

Part II: Putting one’s ear to the ground: rumblings of mounting discontent

(The following is a transcript of a lecture presented at the Middle East Institute’s conference “The Middle East peace process after the Arab uprisings”.) Israeli Palestinian youth hold a racist Israeli society responsible for their plight but feel a Palestinian society that refuses to acknowledge their plight is equally guilty. Abed recalls a childhood friend …

James Dorsey

Playing politics: the AFC gets tied up in knots

Two recent incidents involving the refusal of Arab teams to play their Palestinian counterparts on Palestinian soil highlight the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) willingness to play politics at the Palestinians’ expense at times with the connivance of the Palestine Authority headed by President Mahmoud Abbas. The incidents further spotlight the consequences of the incestuous relationship …

James Dorsey

‘Eyes of a Thief’: A modern take on the Palestinian occupation

By Nayera Yasser The film industry was first created as a method of documenting and spreading stories that tackle versatile human interests. Hence, the Middle East’s most discussed topic, the Palestine-Israel conflict, has been a constant in the list of iconic films that have shaped the history of Arab cinema. As the conflict progressed over …

Daily News Egypt

Contours of future Israeli-Palestinian battles emerge on the football pitch

By James M. Dorsey Legal and diplomatic battles in United Nations organisations and international sport associations involving charges of war crimes and efforts to suspend membership of one or the other are likely to shape future Israeli-Palestinian relations in the wake of last month’s electoral victory by Benjamin Netanyahu. The contours of the coming battles …

Daily News Egypt

Mounting Israeli-Palestinian tensions reverberate on the football pitch

By James M. Dorsey Mounting tension between Israel and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and in East Jerusalem have spilt onto Israeli Palestinian football pitches in Israel proper as Israel swings towards ultra-nationalists that make Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu look like the best card in a bad hand. Israeli human rights and legal advocacy …

Daily News Egypt

An unlearned lesson from 9/11

By Dr Cesar Chelala On a rainy morning in April 1958, in Washington DC, Ezra Pound – then a 72-year-old man – was declared “incurably insane” by Judge Bolitha J. Laws, who set him free. As he prepared to leave for Italy, Pound declared: “Any man who could live in America is insane.” I wonder what Pound – …

Daily News Egypt