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It Must Be Heaven review – Palestine's holy fool lives the dream

The latest satire-fable from Elia Suleiman is as droll as ever, but while there’s a kernel of seriousness here it too often lapses into elusive mannerismThe Palestinian film-maker Elia Suleiman, dishevelled yet dapper at all times and never without his hat, saunters across continents in this new movie, fixing the amusingly surreal tableau scenes he comes across with a mildly perplexed gaze. He doesn’t talk and smiles just once, when a tiny little bird (a digital creation) flies into his hotel ro...
Tags: Comedy, Film, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Festivals, Gael Garcia Bernal, Cannes film festival, Drama films, Comedy films, Cannes 2019


Donald Trump's peace conference will fail, Palestinians say

‘Deal of the century’ will begin with economic workshop that does not address core disputesPeace efforts that ignore Palestinian political aspirations will fail, senior Palestinian officials have said, after the Trump administration announced an economic conference will take place next month as the first step of its long-awaited Middle East peace plan.Washington said on Sunday that Bahrain had agreed to host a “Peace to Prosperity” workshop to discuss the potential economic incentives of its sti...
Tags: Israel, World news, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mahmoud Abbas, Bahrain, Trump Administration


US to hold Bahrain economic conference to launch Middle East peace plan

Official does not confirm Israeli and Palestinian attendancePalestinians believe peace plan will be in favour of IsraelThe US will hold an international economic “workshop” in Bahrain in late June, seeking to encourage investment in the Palestinian territories as the first part of Donald Trump’s long-awaited Middle East peace plan, the White House said on Sunday. Related: The ‘ultimate deal’? For Israel, maybe. We Palestinians will never accept it | Hanan Ashrawi Continue reading...
Tags: Israel, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Middle East and North Africa, US politics, Palestinian territories, Bahrain, Middle East peace talks, Trump Administration, Jared Kushner


Israeli culture minister criticises Palestinian flags at Eurovision

Madonna and Icelandic band Hatari displayed the flags at competition’s final in Tel AvivThe Israeli culture minister, Miri Regev,has criticised the display of Palestinian flags during the Eurovision song contest final in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, including by one of Madonna’s dancers.“It was an error,” Regev, a right-wing minister known for provocative stances, told journalists before a cabinet meeting on Sunday. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Israel, Tel Aviv, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Television & radio, Madonna, Eurovision, Miri Regev, Regev, Tel AvivThe Israeli


There should be nothing wrong in waving Palestinian flags at Eurovision | Michael Segalov

As an audience member in Tel Aviv I saw the flags of many nations on display, why not those of Israel’s neighbours?There were loud boos in the Tel Aviv Expo Centre on Saturday night, and not just when it was announced that voters in Greece and Cyprus had once again awarded each other the full 12 Eurovision song contest points in their annual display of allegiance. When Hatari – the Icelandic entrants – waved Palestinian scarves solemnly to the cameras as their results rolled in, my fellow audien...
Tags: Music, Greece, Israel, Tel Aviv, World news, Cyprus, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Pop and rock, Madonna, Eurovision, European Broadcasting Union EBU, Michael Segalov, Tel Aviv Expo Centre


Madonna makes call for Israel-Palestine unity at Eurovision

Dancers wearing Palestinian and Israeli flags embraced at the climax of her song Future, with Madonna beseeching the crowd to ‘wake up’In her much-anticipated and politically contentious performance at Eurovision in Israel, Madonna made an apparent call for peace in the region.As she and guest star Quavo sang the lyrics “Not everyone is coming to the future / Not everyone is learning from the past”, a pair of her dancers – one wearing a costume bearing a Palestinian flag, another with an Israeli...
Tags: Music, Television, Israel, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Madonna, Eurovision, Israel Palestine, Quavo


Eurovision finals to air in Tel Aviv in politically charged contest

Israeli government, pro-Palestinian activists and Orthodox rabbis have sought to politicise proceedingsEurovision’s 2019 finals are due to kick off in Israel on Saturday night, the climax to a heated run-up that as well as musical performances has included pro-Palestinian boycott calls and raised fears a war with Gaza might scupper the entire event.An estimated 200 million viewers worldwide are expected to tune in as 26 finalists compete to win the longest-running TV music competition. Continue ...
Tags: Music, Israel, Tel Aviv, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Television & radio, Gaza, Eurovision, Orthodox


German parliament declares Israel boycott campaign antisemitic

Israeli academics warn of conflating Palestinian BDS movement with antisemitismGermany’s Bundestag has become the first parliament in Europe to pass a motion that defines the BDS movement for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel as antisemitic.The non-binding motion, which was passed on Friday afternoon, argued that the campaign to boycott Israeli artists and goods was “reminiscent of the most terrible chapter in Germany history” and triggered memories of the Nazis’ slogan “Don’t buy...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Nazis, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Bds, Antisemitism


Don’t let Trump steer Middle East off cliff, Palestinians urge EU

Foreign minister says world has left peace process in hands of a reckless driverEurope must respond collectively to Donald Trump’s imminent “deal of the century” in the Middle East and not leave everything in the hands of a “reckless driver” who is preparing to drive off a cliff, the Palestinian foreign minister has said.As the Palestinian leadership tries to drum up foreign support to push back on a plan being devised by Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, Riyad al-Maliki said...
Tags: Israel, Eu, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Middle East, Donald Trump, Trump, Trump Administration, Jared Kushner, Jared Kushner Riyad al Maliki


Israeli forces shoot 16 Palestinian protesters at Gaza frontier

Thousands turn out to commemorate mass displacement of people in 1948Israeli soldiers have shot 16 people at the Gaza frontier on a day of rallies commemorating the mass displacement of Palestinians during the war that led to Israel’s creation in 1948.Each year, typically on 15 May, Palestinians mark the nakba, or catastrophe, when more than 700,000 people fled or were expelled from towns and villages seven decades ago. Continue reading...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza


One million face hunger in Gaza after US cut to Palestine aid

UN relief agency warns of crisis next month unless donor countries provide $60mMore than a million people in Gaza risk going hungry next month unless international donors fill a $60m (£46m) funding black hole largely created by cuts to Palestinian refugee aid by the Trump administration, a UN agency has said.The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), which provides food for more than 1 million people in the Gaza strip, is calling on the EU, Gulf states and large e...
Tags: China, Russia, US, World news, US foreign policy, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Palestine, United Nations, Aid, Un, Trump, EU Gulf


Boards not borders: Gaza youth skate in search of fun – in pictures

Calling themselves the Gaza skate team, a group of young Palestinians get together to skate and rollerblade amid deprivation and high security Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Africa, Israel, Life and style, World news, Cities, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Palestinian territories, Art and design, Gaza, Skateboarding, Hamas


Glitz, glamour and geopolitics – is this the most contentious Eurovision ever?

Tel Aviv is hosting the song contest against a backdrop of religious dissent, calls for a boycott and a fragile truce with HamasKeen to promote itself as a tourist hotspot just beyond the edges of Europe, Tel Aviv has gone all out to shine for Eurovision.Street signs in English have been hoisted, hundreds of volunteers walk around the city in “ask me” T-shirts and soon free buses will be operating. On the beachfront, a giant “Euro Village” festival with a 50,000 capacity will run all this week, ...
Tags: Music, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Eurovision


Glitz, glamour and geopolitics: is Eurovision hosted by Israel the most contentious ever?

Tel Aviv is hosting the song contest against a backdrop of religious dissent, calls for a boycott and a fragile truce with HamasKeen to promote itself as a tourist hotspot just beyond the edges of Europe, Tel Aviv has gone all out to shine for Eurovision.Street signs in English have been hoisted, hundreds of volunteers walk around the city in “ask me” T-shirts and soon free buses will be operating. On the beachfront, a giant “Euro Village” festival with a 50,000 capacity will run all this week, ...
Tags: Music, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Eurovision


London protest demands Israel end 'unprecedented attacks' on Palestine

March included unionists, MPs and activist Ahed Tamimi, jailed for slapping Israeli soldierThousands have demonstrated in central London to demand an end to the “unprecedented attacks” against the Palestinian people at the hands of Israel.Marching from Portland Place to Whitehall, a diverse crowd chanted “Palestine will be free” and called for the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, while holding banners calling on the UK to stop arming Israel, as part of a demonstration orga...
Tags: London, Protest, Israel, UK News, Palestinian territories


The Eurovision boycott row confirms it: Palestinian lives don’t matter | Arwa Mahdawi

It feels like there is no acceptable way for Palestinians to protest against oppressionEurovision has always been an exercise in bad taste, but this year’s event takes things to an extreme. If you want to enjoy the kitschy song contest, which will take place from 12 to 14 May in Tel Aviv, Israel, then you have got to ignore the bloody political context that surrounds it. Indeed, Israel is so intent on keeping Eurovision politics-free that anyone it says might disrupt the event will be blocked fr...
Tags: Music, Israel, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Television & radio, Gaza, Marina Abramovic, Eurovision, Arwa Mahdawi, Tel Aviv Israel, Stephen Fry Sharon Osbourne


Britain needs to recognise Palestine as an independent state | Ian Black

It’s time to get off the fence and resolve this most toxic of global conflicts in the only way possibleOver the Bank Holiday weekend, coinciding with the start of the Ramadan fast for Muslims and the run-up to Israel’s Independence Day, it was touch and go whether the latest outbreak of violence – fatalities on the border, rockets fired into Israel, airstrikes against the Gaza Strip – would escalate into all-out war. Twenty-five Palestinians and four Israelis was a modest death toll compared wit...
Tags: Israel, Qatar, World news, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Palestine, Un, Hamas, Bank Holiday, Gaza Strip, Gulf, Ian Black


Qatar to send $480m to help Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza

Gulf state reveals funding plan after ceasefire ends latest Israeli-Palestinian hostilitiesQatar has said it is sending $480m (£370m) to Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip after a ceasefire deal ended the deadliest fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants since 2014.Qatar’s foreign ministry said $300m would go towards supporting health and education programmes of the Palestinian Authority, while $180m would go toward urgent humanitarian relief, UN programmes and providing ...
Tags: Israel, Qatar, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, West Bank, Un, Arab and Middle East unrest, Gaza Strip, Gulf, Palestinian Authority


Israel says it will not allow in activists planning to 'disturb' Eurovision

Protests expected at song contest over country’s treatment of PalestiniansIsrael has said it will block activists who plan to disrupt the Eurovision Song Contest from entering the country, as anxiety mounts that the event, watched by a global TV audience, will become a focus for protests against the country’s treatment of the Palestinians.The world’s longest-running televised song competition will take place on 14-18 May in the coastal city of Tel Aviv. Contestants have begun to arrive, stage li...
Tags: Music, Israel, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Television & radio, Eurovision, PalestiniansIsrael, Tel Aviv Contestants


Israel says it will not allow in activists targeting Eurovision

Protests expected at song contest over country’s treatment of PalestiniansIsrael has said it will block activists who plan to disrupt the Eurovision Song Contest from entering the country, as anxiety mounts that the event, watched by a global TV audience, will become a focus for protests against the country’s treatment of the Palestinians.The world’s longest-running televised song competition will take place on 14-18 May in the coastal city of Tel Aviv. Contestants have begun to arrive, stage li...
Tags: Music, Israel, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Television & radio, Eurovision, PalestiniansIsrael, Tel Aviv Contestants


Gaza ceasefire halts fighting between Israel and Palestinians

Three-day battle killed 23 in Gaza, including two pregnant women, and four in IsraelIsrael and Palestinian militants in Gaza stopped firing just before dawn as an unconfirmed ceasefire appeared to take hold, suspending some of the deadliest fighting since a war in 2014.While neither side announced an end to a three-day battle that killed 23 people in Gaza and four in Israel, both Israel and Hamas, which controls the strip, signalled an end to hostilities. Continue reading...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Hamas, IsraelIsrael


More than 20 dead as violence flares between Gaza and Israel

Air and tank strikes kill 19 Palestinians after Netanyahu orders ‘massive attacks’, while rockets kill three in Israel Militants in Gaza and Israeli forces engaged in a bloody and spiralling clash over the weekend, with Palestinian factions launching hundreds of rockets towards towns and cities in Israel, which retaliated with more than 250 strikes.In exchanges that marked some of the worst fighting in recent years, 19 Palestinians, including two pregnant women and a toddler, have been killed si...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Hamas, Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu


Gaza militants and Israeli forces lurch into new round of violence

Air and tank strikes kill nine Palestinians and rockets kill three people in Israel Militants in Gaza and Israeli forces engaged in a bloody and spiralling clash over the weekend, with Palestinian factions launching hundreds of rockets towards towns and cities in Israel, which retaliated with more than 250 strikes.In exchanges that marked some of the worst fighting in recent years, at least nine Palestinians, including three militants, two pregnant women and a toddler, have been killed since hos...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Hamas, Benjamin Netanyahu


Israel launches multiple airstrikes after Palestinian rocket attacks

Six people have been killed in Gaza after Israel responded with airstrikes and tank fire to about 250 rockets being fired over the border by Palestinian militants on a day that has put further strain on an already fraying ceasefire.It was the second day of fighting after a month-long lull in violence around the blockaded enclave and came while leaders of Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, were in Egypt for talks aimed at restoring the ceasefire.Six killed in Gaza as Israel responds to...
Tags: Israel, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Hamas


Turkey condemns 'Israeli terrorism' for bombing news agency in Gaza

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan criticises attacks as six Palestinians and an Israeli civilian die in renewed violenceTurkey’s president has attacked what he called “Israeli terrorism” after the Gaza office for the Turkish state-run news agency was destroyed during the latest round of hostilities between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants.“We strongly condemn Israel’s attack against Anadolu agency’s office in Gaza,” Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Twitter. “Turkey and Anadolu agency will continue to tel...
Tags: Twitter, Israel, Turkey, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Palestine, Tayyip Erdogan, Anadolu


Six killed in Gaza as Israel responds to multiple rocket attacks

An infant and her pregnant mother among Palestinian dead as ceasefire faltersAn infant and her pregnant mother were among six people killed in Gaza after Israel responded with airstrikes and tank fire to about 250 rockets being fired over the border by Palestinian militants on a day that has put further strain on an already fraying ceasefire.It was the second day of fighting after a month-long lull in violence around the blockaded enclave and came while leaders of Hamas, the militant group that ...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Hamas


Three killed in Gaza as Israel responds to multiple rocket attacks

An infant and her pregnant mother among Palestinian dead as ceasefire faltersAn infant, her pregnant mother and an adult have been killed in Gaza after Israel responded with airstrikes and tank fire to about 200 rockets being fired over the border by Palestinian militants, further straining an already fraying ceasefire.Two days of fighting have brought an end to a month-long lull in violence around the blockaded enclave. It came while leaders of Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, were...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Hamas


Four killed in Gaza as Israel responds to multiple rocket attacks

An infant and her pregnant mother among Palestinian dead as ceasefire faltersAn infant and her pregnant mother were among four people killed in Gaza after Israel responded with airstrikes and tank fire to about 200 rockets being fired over the border by Palestinian militants on a day that has put further strain on an already fraying ceasefire.It was the second day of fighting after a month-long lull in violence around the blockaded enclave and came while leaders of Hamas, the militant group that...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Hamas


Israel responds with airstrikes to rocket attacks from Gaza Strip

Gaza health ministry reports 14-month-old child killed and her mother seriously injuredAn infant and an adult have been killed in Gaza after Israel responded with airstrikes and tank fire to about 150 rockets being fired over the border by Palestinian militants, further straining an already fraying ceasefire.Two days of fighting have brought an end to a month-long lull in violence around the blockaded enclave. It came while leaders of Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, were in Egypt f...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Hamas, Gaza Strip


At least 90 rockets fired into Israel from Gaza Strip, says military

Month-long lull in violence comes to an end amid airstrike retaliationsPalestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired at least 90 rockets into southern Israel on Saturday, according to the Israeli military, triggering retaliatory airstrikes and tank fire against militant targets in the blockaded enclave and shattering a month-long lull in violence.Gaza’s health ministry said a 22-year-old Palestinian, Emad Nassir, was killed by an Israeli airstrike. Four other Palestinians sustained injuries from...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Hamas, Gaza Strip, Emad Nassir