Author: MEE staff

MEE Staff is a team from Middle East Eye (MEE), a UK-based digital news media founded in 2014. MEE covers mainly the Middle East news and North Africa, as well as international stories making headlines.

The UAE, US, and Israel held a meeting in Abu Dhabi to discuss post-war plans for Gaza, with the UAE signaling willingness to send peacekeeping forces. Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan hosted the meeting with top US and Israeli officials, following an opinion article in The Financial Times supporting the deployment of an international force in Gaza for “law and order.” Lana Nusseibeh proposed the international force could assist in achieving a two-state solution for Israel-Palestine. However, her pre-conditions for peacekeeping contradict Israel’s current stance. Despite skepticism, there is progress in recruiting Gulf states for Gaza’s security and reconstruction.…

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The US is set to weigh in on the International Criminal Court’s intention to seek arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Hamas officials, and Israeli officials over the war in Gaza, according to court documents. The Biden administration’s potential involvement was revealed by Middle East Eye earlier this month. On Monday, the ICC released court filings showing the US government joining others in filing a brief on the case, which may delay the decision on arrest warrants. This move is significant as the US had previously lobbied against the ICC. Unlike the UK, the US is not a…

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Yemen’s internationally recognised government and the Houthi movement have signed an agreement to ease tensions, allowing for the relaxation of banking restrictions and the resumption of flights by the national airline. The UN confirmed the agreement, which includes cancelling recent decisions against banks and restoring flights to various destinations. With the ongoing war since 2015, the government, supported by a Saudi-led coalition, has been in conflict with the Houthis, who control the capital and much of the country. The fighting has resulted in devastation and food shortages, with hundreds of thousands dead. Despite past commitments to a UN-led roadmap for…

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Several Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Fatah, have signed the Beijing Declaration in China, committing to end their divisions and strengthen unity. The agreement was reached after three days of reconciliation talks between 14 groups in Beijing. Hamas official Musa Abu Marzuk emphasized the importance of national unity, signaling a positive step forward after 17 years of dispute. China hailed the agreement as a move to jointly govern Gaza once the current conflict ceases. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi highlighted the formation of an interim national reconciliation government around post-war Gaza governance as a key outcome. Despite past failed attempts,…

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Progressive US lawmakers rallied behind Vice President Kamala Harris after President Joe Biden endorsed her candidacy, despite criticism from pro-Palestinian groups. Members of Congress like Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley backed Harris, emphasizing the need to defeat Donald Trump. The endorsement came from the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which includes 101 progressive lawmakers. However, Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, the only Palestinian-American in Congress, remained silent on endorsing Harris, reflecting the divide on policies towards Gaza. Critics like Dr. Jill Stein and Briahna Joy Gray condemned Biden’s support for Harris, highlighting concerns over the continuation of pro-Israel policies. Pro-Palestinian groups…

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A British doctor, Dr Wahid Shaida, who was suspended by NHS London for his appearance on Piers Morgan’s show on Talk TV, has been reinstated, according to his lawyers. Dr Shaida, who was the UK chair of Hizb ut-Tahrir, appeared on the show after an attack in southern Israel, where he debated Islamic law and the justifications for the attacks with Piers Morgan. Despite his suspension in January, Dr Shaida’s legal team emphasized that his political beliefs were separate from his medical practice, and his views during the interview were within his right to freedom of expression. The panel at…

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The news of the UK government restoring funding to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (Unrwa) has been met with relief and gratitude. Foreign Secretary David Lammy announced a new funding of £21 million ($27.1 million) to support the agency’s crucial work in providing humanitarian aid to Gaza and aiding in rebuilding efforts. The decision comes after a temporary suspension of funding by several western countries, including the UK, following accusations by Israel. However, an investigation by former French minister Catherine Colonna found no supporting evidence for the allegations against Unrwa staff. Countries like Germany, Australia, Canada, Sweden, and Japan…

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The Trump Organization recently announced a partnership with a Saudi developer to construct a luxury high-rise tower in Dubai, showcasing the former president’s company’s continued expansion in the Gulf region. The project, set to commence next year, will involve a Trump hotel and branded residential units. Despite not specifying the cost, the deal highlights the enduring appeal of Trump’s brand in the Gulf, where wealthy buyers seek luxury real estate tied to renowned names. The collaboration with Dar Global, a subsidiary of Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development, signifies a deepening business alliance and follows previous successful projects. Notably, Dar…

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French authorities are intensifying security measures ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, conducting raids to eliminate potential threats. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin revealed that nearly 4,000 individuals, including those flagged for state security concerns, were removed from event areas. Among the targeted individuals were those labeled as “Islamist radicalisation”, “ultra-left”, and “ultra-right”. Strict surveillance measures were imposed on 155 individuals, with 164 home visits conducted in connection with the upcoming games. Darmanin emphasized the need to keep dangerous individuals away from the games through these measures, sparking debate on the infringement of liberties. Concerns were raised by lawyer Vincent…

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Israel’s parliament passed a resolution rejecting the establishment of a Palestinian state, a move likely to stir controversy just days before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the US. The bill, supported by right-wing parties, was passed with a majority of 68 votes. The resolution outright opposes a Palestinian state west of the Jordan River, citing security concerns and the potential for it to become a terrorist base. Netanyahu, who backs the bill, is expected to address Congress, sparking debates among Democratic lawmakers. The bill contradicts the UK’s stance on a two-state solution and comes amid ongoing ceasefire talks between…

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