This podcast conversation aired 14 May 2021 as violence flared in the wake of Israeli security forces actions at Al Aqsa mosque and the attempted eviction of Palestinians from their homes in the East Jerusalem quarter of Sheikh Jarrah. Jordan’s Prince Hassan has long advocated on behalf of interfaith and humanitarian issues with particular stress on the human dimension of conflicts.
Summary: the US Congress has passed a watered-down bill opposing BDS. Local action in the UK against an Israeli weapons company.
Summary: a successful example of very soft royal diplomacy.
Summary: UK lines up with Israel on Hizbullah. Some downside, possible domestic political advantage.
Summary: elections have been held in Bahrain since 2002 but have yet to have much meaning. Homage to MBS. Bahrain in Israel’s sights.
Summary: fighting in Tripoli, previously relatively calm, between militias nominally loyal to the Government of National Accord. The worst sort of family row, but with tanks.
Summary: in recent weeks BDS has received support from a federal court ruling in Kansas and a decision of the Danish Parliament. UN blacklist of companies working in the settlements now complete.
Debate in Parliament produces nothing new. Among many comments on the centenary a new Balfour Centenary Declaration supported by MPs from all parties and many others.
Summary: Palestinians meet in Moscow, talk of a unity government. UK declines to join international consensus.
Summary: Bahrain’s economic problems. Increasing dependence on Saudi Arabia.