Palestine's new generation of resistance

Published October 14th, 2015 - 12:57 GMT
A Palestinian man takes cover at Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem on September 23, 2011.  (AFP/Alessio Romenzi)
A Palestinian man takes cover at Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem on September 23, 2011. (AFP/Alessio Romenzi)

Palestine's inconvenient rebels  

In 1995, when Samar became pregnant with her fifth child, doctors suspected that the fetus had a growth deficiency and would not survive.

Samar, her husband Ibrahim, and their four other children had just settled in Occupied Jerusalem’s Shu’fat Refugee Camp, with Samar’s mother Nawal looking after her with the utmost care and affection. Samar delivered a perfectly healthy boy who they named Subhi after his maternal grandfather, a resistance fighter with the Palestinian Liberation Organization during the 1970s and former political prisoner in Israeli jails. The young Subhi’s father, Ibrahim, had also been imprisoned in those jails during the First Intifada. As had two of young Subhi’s brothers, who each spent nearly a year imprisoned.

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We have lost too much   

According to the official figures, 97 civilians died in a deadly blast in Ankara on Saturday although the death toll is contested.[1] They were there to participate in the peace rally organized by leftist associations, syndicates, and unions. Many NGOs and People’s Democratic Party (HDP) representatives and supporters were among the participants. Photos of dead bodies lying on the ground covered by the flags prepared for the rally overwhelmed social media accounts, reminding one of the irony of death at a rally organized to call for an end to the accelerating violence since the 7 June elections. It is heartbreakingly unfortunate that hopes for peace were once again interrupted with violence in Ankara yesterday. The political ambitions of President Erdoğan to remain in power, coupled with a century long tradition of despotic state power in Turkey, are the main causes behind the current political and moral crisis.

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Algeria's new role as a regional anchor  

Algeria is emerging as an indispensable broker of stability in North Africa and the Sahel. Where insecurity, foreign meddling and polarisation are on the rise across the region, it has at key moments promoted dialogue and state-building as the best means for lifting neighbours out of crisis, thus to safeguard its own long-term security, writes International Crisis Group in a new report.

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