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Joe Biden ‘no saviour’ of the Palestinians

In October 1973, newly elected Delaware Senator Joe Biden visited Israel on his first official overseas trip and met Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. The 30-year-old was visibly moved as Meir explained what she said was Israel’s militarily dangerous situation surrounded by “enemy states”, but he cheered up when the[…]

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Dr Sulayman Nordien: A jewel among pebbles

This is an obituary for Islamic calligrapher Dr Sulayman Nordien, who passed away on the 5 September 2020.  My first personal encounter with Dr Nordien was in my early twenties when my father set up a meeting with him to introduce me to Arabic calligraphy. We met at Masjid ul[…]

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Moving beyond Maulana Dawood

I think it is time to take the Moulana Dawood Sampson debate to a different level. We have all had our outrage, our evaluations of the impact of his words, and the extent of rebuke by his peers among the clergy. The strategic question, now with just a few days[…]

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How Israel’s lobbyists occupied Mandela’s legacy

“Where is the Palestinian Mandela?” is a question I have often heard from Israel’s defenders. What they are really asking is: Where is the Palestinian equivalent of Nelson Mandela – a man who, they believe, offered only olive branches and dialogue? Where is the Palestinian version of Mandela, who –[…]

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