In Brief: PA refuses to accept aid from UAE after it arrives on historic flight to Israel

The Palestinian Authority is refusing to accept tonnes of coronavirus aid from the United Arab Emirates because it arrived on the first ever direct flight (pictured) from the Gulf state to Israel. The aid was being held at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport while United Nations officials seek ways to distribute it. The UAE, like[…]

In Brief: Annexation plans hit bump as settler leaders protest Trump plan map

Hardline leaders of Israel’s settlement movement are threatening to derail Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to annex parts of the West Bank. The prime minister told his Likud party on Monday that he intended to press ahead with applying Israeli sovereignty to West Bank settlements and the Jordan Valley (pictured) after 1 July. “This is an opportunity[…]

In Brief: Israel planning to let 83,000 Palestinians return to work in construction

Israel is planning to allow 83,000 Palestinians to return to work on construction sites in the country after 31 May. The move – which would provide a much-needed boost to both the Israeli and Palestinian economies – comes more than two months after tight controls on Palestinians working in Israel were imposed to prevent the[…]

In Brief: Doubts raised over Abbas’ claim PA is ditching Oslo over annexation

President Mahmoud Abbas announced yesterday that the Palestinian Authority has effectively pulled out of the 1993 Oslo Agreements and said Israel would now have to assume responsibility for the civilian Palestinian population of the West Bank. The president, who has threatened such a move on a number of occasions previously, told a meeting in Ramallah:[…]

Steve McCabe: How Keir Starmer can forge a new chapter in Labour’s internationalist tradition

LFI chair Steve McCabe has written for Progress on the future of Labour’s foreign policy under Keir Starmer. You can read the original here.  Keir Starmer’s election as Labour leader has already signalled progress in tackling the scourge of antisemitism and rebuilding our relationship with the Jewish community. The roots of the problem are deep[…]