It is important that the Saudi Arabian-led Coalition in the first instance conducts thorough and conclusive investigations into incidents where it is alleged that IHL has been violated. They have the best insight into their own military procedures and will be able to conduct the most thorough and conclusive investigations. – UK Foreign Secretary Boris […]

. . . friends . . . – Jeremy Corbyn, referring to representatives from Hamas and Hezbollah. Context: a meeting called by Corbyn to advance the prospects for Middle East peace through dialogue with often excluded but nevertheless politically influential actors. Corbyn has expressed regret for the slip, explaining it as an effort to use ‘inclusive […]

Last week, MPs voted against an independent inquiry into prima facie war crimes perpetrated by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen, and against suspending UK support for the Saudi Arabia coalition pending its findings. Amnesty International, Oxfam and other leading humanitarian and human rights NGOs have called for an immediate suspension of arms exports to Saudi Arabia. Yemen […]

Israeli peace and justice activist Renen Raz has passed away. Renen was a dedicated anti-Zionist, an activist with Boycott From Within and a participant in Palestinian popular struggle, particularly in Nabi Saleh. He stood for principles – anti-racism, democracy, equality before the law – which his society overwhelmingly disdained, and he suffered considerably for his commitments. He was politically uncompromising, […]

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas travelled to Jerusalem Friday to meet his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu. Standing on the front lawn of Netanyahu’s Jerusalem residence, President Abbas called the Israeli prime minister to his balcony, and then recited a love poem entitled “Will You Bibi My Baby Tonight?” The Palestinian leader then stripped to a scanty nightie and—witness […]

[Y]our governments are rapidly changing their attitudes towards Israel. And sooner or later, that’s going to change the way you vote on Israel at the UN. – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, addressing the UN General Assembly this week. ‘There’s just no appetite to go toe-to-toe with Israel and deliver a really harsh indictment’, said one […]

“I’m not going to hide my concerns about this.”@JRug asked Foreign Secretary @BorisJohnson about British arms exports to Saudi Arabia. — Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) September 22, 2016 *** Amnesty International: The airstrike on Abs Rural Hospital in Yemen’s Hajjah governorate on 15 August was the fourth attack on a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) […]