Monthly Archive: April 2017

Apr
29

The Observer view on the future of Israel and Palestine | Observer editorial

Unless both sides bend, there can be no resolution. Imaginative leadership is essential

It has long been considered axiomatic, at least on Europe’s political left, that Palestine lies at the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict and that lasting peace in the Middle East depends, first and foremost, on resolution of this decades-old struggle. In recent years, such thinking has been overtaken by events. The problem has been sidelined. Yet as the region approaches the 50th anniversary of the six-day war that left Palestinian land under permanent occupation, and as hundreds of Palestinian prisoners begin their third week on hunger strike in Israeli jails, fears of a new intifada are growing. It is time to refocus attention on this dangerous stalemate before it again explodes into open, violent confrontation.

Related: Wife of jailed Fatah leader tells of her fears for hunger strikers

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Apr
29

Wife of jailed Fatah leader tells of her fears for hunger strikers

Her husband is the convicted killer some call the Palestinian Mandela

Not long before Marwan Barghouti, the imprisoned leader of Fatah, called the largest hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in recent years, his wife, Fadwa, and daughter Ruba visited him in Hadarim prison, Israel.

“The last time I went to visit him with my daughter was two to three months ago,” recalled Fadwa last week on the 11th day of the strike. “My daughter said to him, ‘I wish you wouldn’t do this. We don’t see you very often. My brothers don’t see you. We will worry about you and not be able to visit.’ He replied: ‘I know it’s going to be painful for the family’.”

Related: Palestinian hunger strikers’ leader moved to solitary confinement

Related: Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israel go on hunger strike

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Apr
29

Ask GFC 031: Can I Still Contribute to an IRA – Even if I Don’t Get a Tax Break?

Apr
29

South Africa’s Zuma signs anti money-laundering bill FICA into law

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has signed the anti-money laundering bill FICA, which allows increased scrutiny of the bank accounts of “prominent individuals”, including himself, into law, his office said on Saturday.

Apr
29

Philippine military says high-ranking Abu Sayyaf member killed

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine government troops have killed a senior member of the Abu Sayyaf rebel group instrumental in a spree of bombings and kidnappings in the country’s south, the military said on Saturday.

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