Articles by Yvonne Ridley, Middle East Monitor

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A tale of two tweets

There is an ongoing furore over a series of tweets which expose the double standards employed in the general reaction to them and the resultant fall out. As usual, US President Donald Trump and the polarising effect he has on social networks, is at the heart of one of the controversies. Trump has more than 44 million followers on Twitter and, as the supposed leader of the free world, his views and opinions are followed avidly by them as well as other world leaders, governments, political observers and the media. So, when he shared a series of anti-Muslim tweets from the far-right extremists of Britain First, it was bound to attract universal condemnation for spreading the group’s “deplorable” ideology to […]


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Palestinians and South Africans are united in their struggle for freedom

Nelson Mandela’s grandson arrived in Palestine on Sunday morning for a historic visit to the nation that the late President of South Africa so admired. During his time in Palestine, it is expected that Chief Mandla Mandela MP will hold several meetings with Palestinian leaders, including one with the beleaguered 83-year-old President Mahmoud Abbas. While Chief Mandela also plans to visit the cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, perhaps the most poignant part of his tour will come in Ramallah, where he is expected to visit the mausoleum of Yasser Arafat. “Our stand is that Arafat is a comrade in arms and we treat him as such,” the MP’s grandfather once said. Close by the mausoleum […]


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Patel-Israel scandal grows as May tries to weather the storm

Quite how long Priti Patel can hold on to her job as a Secretary of State remains to be seen after she has been exposed as a liar over the finer details of her so-called family holiday to Israel over the summer. Not only did she trample over strict guidelines and protocols demanded by the seniority of her office, but she has also attempted to mislead journalists and the wider public over the nature of her trip, which has left her position untenable in the view of many people. Speculation is rife that a battle of wills is ongoing between Westminster and Tel Aviv over her ministerial future. Even MPs in her own party believe that the International Development Secretary’s […]


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Sitting Priti as minister is protected by Tel Aviv

The British Parliament is in a crisis, engulfed by yet more sleaze and sex scandals which have already led to the departure of one high profile secretary of state and many other senior politicians facing forensic scrutiny. Presiding over all of this is Theresa May; the Prime Minister is regarded as a leader who is in office but not power. She cannot operate without the fragile pact that she made with the hard-line Ulster unionists of the DUP. In these unprecedented times, then, the last thing that she needs is for another minister to go rogue and flaunt the fact openly, but that is exactly what has happened. To make the issue even more complicated for the government and opposition, […]


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South African students are giving Israel a lesson in honesty, integrity and morality

Some observers get very touchy at the mention of a pro-Israel lobby sweeping the corridors of power to influence opinion formers, politicians and media in order for them to look favourably upon the Zionist state. Quite why they get so defensive is beyond me when it is quite clear that millions upon millions of Euros, dollars, pounds and shekels are thrown openly in an organised campaign to convince the world that Israel really is a benign little country; indeed, that it is “the only democracy in the Middle East”. Such propaganda — “hasbara” — ignores the fact that Israel has launched three vicious wars in the past decade against its Palestinian neighbours in the besieged Gaza Strip; continues to operate […]


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Forgiveness must be part of the Palestinian armoury

The Hamas-Fatah reconciliation in Cairo has silenced critics as the decade-long rift between the two main Palestinian factions ended — we hope finally — a few days ago. Among those waiting anxiously for news of the outcome was 87-year-old Laloo Isu Chiba from his office in Johannesburg, South Africa. The lifelong anti-Apartheid activist, former Robben Island inmate and friend of the late Nelson Mandela applauded the reconciliation and talked of the importance of forgiveness if the Palestinians are to move forward and focus on winning back their homeland. “The Palestinian struggle makes our struggle in South Africa look like a picnic,” he observed. “Never in the history of the world has there been a struggle like the one endured by […]


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Women Wage Peace, but who knew?

If tens of thousands of Palestinians and Israelis joined forces and set off on a two-week march for peace through the Biblical deserts you’d think that it would be headline news, wouldn’t you? Think again. That is exactly what happened over the past couple of weeks when 30,000 women from both sides of the divide came together, but the landmark initiative was ignored by the Western media. In the Middle East itself, the event was treated with all the attention afforded to a weekly sewing circle; it was invisible. The Women Wage Peace movement set off on 24 September from the banks of the River Jordan and included many who had been directly affected by the violence in the Israeli-led […]


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Racist America runs out of excuses as a marathon man from Palestine is banned

Serious questions need to be asked about America’s suitability to host any international sporting event after the US authorities denied entry to a well-known Palestinian-born marathon runner in the wake of its blanket visa bans on numerous Muslim countries, even though he was granted asylum and now lives in France. In the absence of a satisfactory reason for destroying the dreams of the young Palestinian athlete seeking to complete in the world’s major marathon events, the only conclusion observers can draw for this latest ban is the growing racism and Islamophobia in Donald Trump’s America. Mohammad Alqadi, 27, from the historic occupied West Bank town of Jenin, moved to France five years ago. Living in Europe enabled him to pursue […]


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The pro-Israel lobby is losing its grip on Westminster

This has not been a good week for Israel, especially in Britain, where the Zionist lobbyists have spent millions in recent years oiling the cogs in Westminster to persuade politicians of all stripes to give their unconditional support to their favourite state. It has worked rather well for them, with Labour Party leaders like Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband joining their counterparts in the Tory Party as “Friends of Israel” along with the majority of their ministers and shadow ministers. However, after this week’s triumphant Labour Party conference in Brighton it looks as if the pro-Israel lobby has lost its grip on the party led by Jeremy Corbyn. If anyone had any doubt that the Zionist influence has […]


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Looking at Myanmar, it is clear that the ICC is not fit for purpose

Nobel Peace laureates and other luminaries are queueing up to berate Aung San Suu Kyi for failing to intervene in the genocide unfolding in Myanmar. There are, however, bigger villains lurking in the shadows to blame for what is happening to the Rohingya people. The vilification of Suu Kyi and her spectacular fall from grace – a saint turned sinner in the eyes of the international community – has delighted the faceless military leaders who have for years resented her iconic status as a fearless fighter for democracy who would always defend the oppressed. While many feel understandably angry at her denial of what the UN has described as “ethnic cleansing”, the real villains who have masterminded the brutal scorched-earth […]