Middle East Archive

Israeli public swimming pool separates Jewish and Palestinian citizens
A public swimming pool in southern Israel has “separate hours” for Jewish and Palestinian citizens, “a practice that is undeclared but nevertheless familiar to visitors”, reported Haaretz.

The pool in question is located in Mabu’im, a community settlement operated by the Merhavim Regional Council. According to Haaretz, citing an employee, the pool has activities for the local Bedouin Palestinians during the week after …

UK and US are complicit in the ongoing mass starvation in Yemen
Violence has escalated in Hodeida, one of the main ports in Yemen. The implications of this are devastating in a country that has suffered a brutal civil war since 2015. According to the UN, Yemen is the “worst humanitarian crisis” in the world. And both the UK and the US are complicit in the ongoing violence and its devastating consequences.

Since March 2015, the Saudi Arabia-led coalition has been fighting Houthi forces in Yemen and those loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. According to Human Rights Watch, the Saudi-led coalition is: supported by the United States and the United Kingdom. Hodeida …

Le Figaro revealed: French special forces on the ground in Yemen
French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen with forces from the United Arab Emirates, French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Saturday, citing two military sources.

The newspaper gave no further information about their activities. The Defence Ministry was not immediately available for comment, but its usual policy is not to comment on special forces’ operations. A French parliamentary source recently …

Sinn Féin to consider motion urging Irish boycott of Eurovision in Israel
Sinn Féin will consider a motion this weekend calling on RTÉ and the Irish government to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest next year, which is set to be held in Israel, reported TheJournal.ie.

The motion, which calls for the boycott in light of “Israel’s ongoing and grievous violations of international law and international humanitarian law” and the “apartheid policies being applied to the Palestinian people”, is reportedly expected …

Assad says he’s open to establishing Iranian bases in Syria
In an interview with, Arabic news channel Al-Alam, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad discussed a wide range of issues, including the Iranian presence in the southern part of his country and the possibility of visiting Tehran soon.

The interview started with questions about southern Syria, which has become contentious and a source of media speculation regarding stories about the possibility of Russia-Israel negotiations to block Iranians from having a presence anywhere in that …

Almost 360 British ISIS Fighters Were Not Put On Trial And Are Free To Roam UK
Only 40 of the 400 British ISIS fighters who fought in Syria and Iraq for the terrorist group have been prosecuted on their return to the UK.

The security minister Ben Wallace, in a Commons debate on new counter-terrorism and security proposals, disclosed that only one in ten British ISIS have been prosecuted for “direct action they’ve carried out in Syria” and …

Ken Loach adds to support for a British band who’ve stood up to Israeli bullying
A Scottish band, the Young Fathers, has been bullied to drop its support for Palestinian human rights. But support for its refusal to bow to this pressure is growing. And internationally renowned artists, actors, and activists – including director Ken Loach – stand in solidarity.

This all comes amid a push to raise awareness of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians following its recent massacre of protesters in Gaza. McCarthyite The Ruhrtriennale music festival in Germany has threatened to cancel a Young Fathers performance in August “unless they …

Netanyahu questioned by police over submarine corruption case
The Israeli prime minister has several corruption cases hanging over him, but is not a suspect in scandal involving German company, police say

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was questioned by Israeli police on Tuesday for the first time in an investigation into a $2bn sale of three German Thyssenkrupp submarines to Israel, but is not a suspect, police said. “The …