Another “Marry-Your-Rapist” Law Falls, This Time In Jordan

On August 1st, the Jordanian government voted to repeal Article 308, a provision of the law that allows rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their victims and stay with them for at least three years, as long as the victim is between the ages of 15 and 18, of […]

Azaria Appeal Against Manslaughter Conviction Quashed

This week, former Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) soldier, Sergeant Elor Azaria, had his appeal against a manslaughter conviction that was quashed by an Israeli military court, the Haaretz news service has reported. Azaria’s victim, 21-year-old Palestinian Abdul Fatah al-Sharif, had been lying on the road unarmed and subdued at the time […]

Israel-Jordan Relations Appear Precarious After Series Of Attacks

According to CNN, following a shooting at an Israeli embassy Sunday that killed two Jordanians and injured an Israeli, tensions between Israel and Jordan have risen further. The BBC reports that one of the two who died was the attacker, Mohammed Zakaria al-Jawawdeh, a 17-year-old who was shot after stabbing an embassy […]

Renewed Violence In Jerusalem: Why The Tension In Israel/Palestine Shows No Signs Of Abating

2017 marks a year of bitter anniversaries in Palestinian history. 10 years since the blockade of Gaza, 50 years of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, a seminal event which represents the first step in securing a Jewish homeland […]

UN Middle East Envoy Says Jerusalem Holy Site Tensions Must Ease By Friday

On Monday, July 24th, the United Nations Middle East Envoy Nikolay Mladenov stated that the tensions at a Jerusalem holy site, the Al-Aqsa mosque, must ease by Friday. This statement followed a closed door UN Security Council meeting to discuss the rising crisis between Israel and Palestine surrounding the site. […]

Muslim Youth Gather In Istanbul To Support Palestine

Members of student unions and youth organisations from 30 countries assembled in the Turkish city of Istanbul to participate in a two-day conference discussing recent and future developments in the Palestinian territories. Organised by the Turkish-based Anatolian Youth Association, National Youth Foundation and Platform for Youth Movement for Jerusalem and […]

Understanding The Significance Of Water In The Israeli-Palestine Conflict

On July 13, 2017, Israeli and Palestinian officials announced that the two nations have reached a water-sharing deal in order to bring relief to Palestinian communities who have been without water for days and in some cases weeks.  US Middle East representative Jason Greenblatt announced the deal in Jerusalem. This […]