The routine violence of Israel's occupation of the West Bank takes place at military checkpoints and roadblocks. There are more than 600 of these and they exert a stranglehold over the Palestinians living in the region.
The European Union, worried about extremism and violence on its southern borders, has long seen peace in the Middle East as a strategic priority. In 1980, EU leaders broke new ground by voicing strong support for the creation of an independent and viable Palestinian state.
This issue of the New Statesman is devoted to the Palestinian question. It is not prompted by any recent outrage on either side, but by an ambition to provide context and understanding on a subject where passions tend to obscure facts.
Israel - Israeli Arabs may have the vote, but they still feel like second-class citizens. As do many
Many Iraqis believe that Saddam and the Americans are somehow in league against them. These are both
Israel and the United States - For years, America has given almost uncritical financial and diplomat
Negotiations - A decade ago, the leaders of the two sides shook hands on the White House lawn, and a
Aboriginal children today have the same life expectancy as white children in 1900. Yet most Australi
Factions - Over the past decade, as hopes of peace faded and the burden of Israeli occupation grew,
History - As the old empires crumbled, the Jews aspired to take control of their historic homeland.
Iraq handover - The Bush administration, having lost control of events, is unravelling, with even me
The Home Secretary says of his colleagues ''we sink or swim together'': none should presume on takin
Iraq handover - Puppet regimes have had a poor record over the past 2,000 years. Allawi is unlikely
Observations on media
Iraq handover - Lindsey Hilsum in Baghdad learns where to buy a CD-Rom on how to make a bomb, and ar
Observations on the European Commission president
In Colombia, right-wing paras once played a football match against the military using the severed he
Blair can't keep out of the US elections. When he is pictured shoulder-to-shoulder with Bush, he giv
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The 9/11 commission has put Bush and Cheney on the defensive by revealing that many of their claims
One of Blair's most trusted allies says Britain could pull out of Europe if the people vote ''no'' o
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Theatre - A compelling play about living life with death all around you. By Michael Portillo
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