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Playing politics: the AFC gets tied up in knots

Two recent incidents involving the refusal of Arab teams to play their Palestinian counterparts on Palestinian soil highlight the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) willingness to play politics at the Palestinians’ expense at times with the connivance of the Palestine Authority headed by President Mahmoud Abbas. The incidents further spotlight the consequences of the incestuous relationship …

James Dorsey

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In Pictures: World leaders gather in Cairo for permanent Gaza solution

International community representatives at the Gaza Reconstruction Conference in Cairo called Sunday for a lasting solution to the Gaza conflict to avoid another turn in the cycle of destructive conflict. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi reiterated Egypt’s support for Palestine as he opened the conference, emphasising to Israel that it is “time to end the conflict”. …

Aya Nader

Foreign Ministry warns Israel on military operations

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry warned its Israeli counterparts Thursday against ongoing military operations in the occupied Palestinian territories, citing concerns over the “repercussions of continuing Israeli military operations”. The operations come as part of Israel’s expanded search for three kidnapped Israeli teenagers, and have included air strikes, raids, and dozens of arrests of Palestinians. Israel …

Ali Omar