All posts by William Gibson

06 Feb
4:09

Abbas Recommended to Serve as Interim Government Prime Minister

After recent meetings in Qatar, mediated by Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas Chief Khaled Mashaal announced that Abbas should serve as the Prime Minister of the Interim-Government, until elections can take place later this year. The two met in Doha, the Qatari capital, despite recent […]

24 Jan
8:34

The Jewish Demographic Threat to Democracy

Fear runs rife in Israeli society regarding what has been previously labelled as the “demographic time bomb”, painting a scenario whereby the Israeli-Jews will be outnumbered by non-Jews inside Israel Proper (Israel minus the West Bank and the Gaza Strip) within our current lifetime. For any person, the demise and […]

18 Jan
6:20

Two killed by Israeli Military in Gaza

January 18, 2012 6:20 PM William Gibson Gaza Strip, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Two men have been confirmed dead, with two more injured, after Israeli planes and tanks opened fire upon them as they approached the ‘kill zone’ established by the Israeli military along the border surrounding the Gaza strip. The strike occurred just before noon, east of the Northern town of Beit […]

17 Jan
4:32

Settlement Construction Causing the Slow Demise of the Two-State Solution

A tour of several European Capitals by the Palestinian President has given several politicians a sterner voice. This is welcome at a time when the two-state solution is steadily slipping through the fingers of the world leaders, and will soon be out of reach completely; at least through the medium […]

28 Dec
5:33

Residents of Beit Shemesh Fight Back Against Religious Extremism and Gender Segregation

December 28, 2011 5:33 PM William Gibson Human rights, Israel, Opinion/Analysis 0

Thousands of local residents gathered in the Israeli village of Beit Shemesh, protesting the radically changing demographic of their city by the ultra-Orthodox community. The group seem hell-bent on enforcing their values on the secular and moderately religious majority, by attacking immodestly dressed school girls, and attempting to enforce gender […]

20 Dec
6:26

Great Britain Donates ÂŁ14.6 Million to Further Education in Gaza

December 20, 2011 6:26 PM William Gibson Gaza Siege, Gaza Strip, News Report 0

During an official visit by the Department for International Development (DFID) to Gaza, the United Kingdom has pledged millions to help alleviate the pressure facing United Nation schools across the Gaza strip, with the money being earmarked to build a dozen new schools, and provide places for up to 24,000 […]

30 Nov
3:09

Gender Segregation and Inequality Inside Israel and Palestine

November 30, 2011 3:09 PM William Gibson Human rights, Israel, Opinion/Analysis 0

Gender equality is a hot issue, and one that inflames emotions on both sides of the aisle. Whilst sexist stereotypes and practices are thought to be all but eradicated in the Western world, they are still prevalent within our society and merely run deep under the surface.Gender inequality is of […]

17 Nov
7:28

Israeli Defence Minister Exudes Fear Over Nuclear Iran

Israeli Defence Minister, Ehud Barak, expresses his concern over a nuclear Iran to American interviewer, Charlie Rose, and claimed that if he were an Iranian, he would certainly opt to develop nuclear weapons.On Wednesday, Barak gave his interview with Charlie Rose, expressing his concerns and views over the potential of […]

15 Nov
3:43

British Experts Sent To Libya to Assist In Destruction Of Illegal Chemical Weapons Stashes

Despite assurances to the contrary, former Libyan leader, Muammar Gadaffi, has kept numerous stores of chemical weapons across the country. The weapons should have been destroyed in 2004, and have only just surfaced after being discovered by the new government.Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, brought Gadaffi in from the […]

10 Nov
6:55

Britain To Abstain From UN Membership Vote

The British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has announced that Great Britain will abstain from the upcoming United Nations Security Council (UNSC) vote regarding the granting of full UN membership to Palestine, only one day after France confirmed that they too would abstain.On September 23, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stood in […]

09 Nov
6:51

Tension Between Tel Aviv And Seoul Becoming Taut

Fissures appear in the relationship between Israel and South Korea, after Tel Aviv considers scraping a USD$1 billion arms deal between the two countries and opting to honour a preliminary deal signed with Italy many months ago, reported Israeli daily, Haaretz. Israel’s current ageing training planes, U.S. made Skyhawks, are […]

15 Oct
9:03

Rabin’s Memorial Vandalized

October 15, 2011 9:03 PM William Gibson Israel, Israeli Politics, News Report 0

A monument dedicated to former Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, has been vandalized by an Israeli Jew in protest of the prisoner-swap deal to secure the release of over a thousand Palestinian prisoners in exchange for captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit.Twenty-seven year old Shvuel Schijveschuurder is currently being detained at […]

14 Oct
12:38

Israeli Court Orders Release Of Suspect In Mosque Attack

October 14, 2011 12:38 AM William Gibson Israel, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

An Israeli court has ruled that there is little or no evidence to support the conviction of a man accused of setting fire to a mosque in the Upper-Galilee village of Tuba Zingerah.Judge Nitza Maimon-Shashua, who issued the ruling, has extended the suspects remand until Sunday, allowing the police further […]

13 Oct
9:41

Washington Criticises Netanyahu’s Plans For Legalising Settlement Outposts

The U.S. State Department chided the Israeli Government over its announcement two days ago concerning creation of a task force to focus on legalising settlement outposts within the West Bank and annexed East Jerusalem. On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu contacted Yaakov Neeman, the Israeli minister of justice, to explore […]

13 Oct
1:22

Abbas Leaves Bogotá Empty-Handed After Failing To Secure Colombia’s Vote.

October 13, 2011 1:22 AM William Gibson Diplomacy, International, News Report 0

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has failed in his attempt to persuade Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to support the Palestinian bid for statehood at the upcoming United Nations Security Council vote.The delegation from Palestine landed in BogotÃ¥ Monday morning full of hope and optimism, they now surely leave disheartened and […]

12 Oct
9:39

Netanyahu Creates Task Force To Legalise Settler Outposts In The West Bank

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to create a task force to explore ways of legalizing settlement outposts built on Palestinian land, Haaretz reported. By way of background: In February 2011, Netanyahu met with three senior Israeli ministers, the attorney-general and other top legal officials, to discuss the demolishing […]

12 Oct
12:20

Israel Urged To “Protect Palestinian Civilians” By UN Human Rights Chief

October 12, 2011 12:20 AM William Gibson Human rights, International, News Report 0

The spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights strongly urges Israel to step up its protection of Palestinian civilians and their property, in light of the recent escalation in violence against them from extremist settlers within the West Bank, Haaretz reported.Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the […]

11 Oct
11:36

Arrest Of Ahmad Abu Hasham In Early Dawn Raid, Beit Ummar

October 11, 2011 11:36 PM William Gibson Hebron, Israeli attacks, News Report 0

Israeli forces arrested Abu Hasham, secretary of the Popular Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, along with his son Yousef, age 18, in Beit Ummar early Tuesday morning, the Palestinian News Agency (WAFA) reported.The raid occurred as dawn broke over the southern West Bank town of Beit Ummar, just north […]

11 Oct
8:48

Foreign Aid Workers and International Activists Will Now Require A Visa To Enter Gaza

October 11, 2011 8:48 PM William Gibson Gaza Strip, Human rights, News Report 0

Hamas has announced plans to make foreigners wishing to visit the Gaza Strip apply for a visa at least one week in advance. Those wishing to stay more than one week will need to register the request with the Interior Ministry.Until now, activists and visitors could visit Gaza (if indeed […]

10 Oct
11:02

Middle East Quartet To Invite Israelis And Palestinians Back To The Negotiation Table

October 10, 2011 11:02 PM William Gibson International, News Report, Peace process 0

Members of the Middle East Quartet are set to invite representatives from Palestine and Israel to a round of talks, to begin negotiations afresh after talks stalled once again last September, due to Netanyahu’s inability to halt the expansion of the settlements.The Quartet- consisting of envoys from the European Union, […]