Jerusalem on the third day of a three-day snow storm

The sun came out, briefly, today … So, Ghaleb went out again to take more pictures (with his brother Mohammed, and Mohammed’s son Haitham, 2 years old, whos arm has been in a cast for almost three weeks…) Out in Shuafat village, part of East Jerusalem, the snow is deeper:

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Jerusalem in the middle of a three-day snow storm

Here they are not really prepared for the snow — and while it can lift the spirits, it paralyzes the city. But our man on the spot, Ghaleb, got around, and managed to take this shot from the Mount of Olives of the Old City and the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound (with the golden Dome of […]

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Israeli Supreme Court upholds sanctions against Gaza

In a devastating blow, the Israeli Supreme Court has upheld the government’s decision to tighten fuel cuts and to inaugurate graduated electricity cuts to the Gaza strip. The new and deeper sanctions are to start on 7 February. Although the ruling is disappointing — and life-threatening — it is not surprising. The Israeli High Cou...

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Winograd Committee final report

“A semi-military organization of a few thousand men resisted, for a few weeks, the strongest army in the Middle East, which enjoyed full air superiority and size and technology advantages. The barrage of rockets aimed at Israel’s civilian population lasted throughout the war, and the IDF did not provide an effective response to it. The ...

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Hungry (and poor) Haitians eat dirt cookies

This is front-line journalism: “A reporter sampling a cookie found that it had a smooth consistency and sucked all the moisture out of the mouth as soon as it touched the tongue. For hours, an unpleasant taste of dirt lingered”. The Associated Press article reports that these dirt cookies are “a traditional Haitian remedy for [&he...

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Analysis: Occupied or not, it's ok to target Gaza

Israel is one of the few countries on earth where most people still believe that Gaza is not occupied. We disengaged in 2005, Israelis say. What’s wrong with these people in Gaza? OK, let’s just put aside Israel’s control of Gaza’s air and maritime space — generally regarded as sufficient proof in international law of ...

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Poll: Most Israelis think Gaza sanctions are fine

Al-Jazeera’s website had this interesting bit of perspective ucked into a story about the relief convoy that Israeli activists tried to get into Gaza through the Erez passage (which is designed only for human traffic…): “Ephraim Yaar, an academic and co-author of Tel Aviv University’s Peace Index which monitors Israeli publi...

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Israel Supreme Court holds hearing on Gaza fuel cuts

It was if the events of last week in Gaza had not happened. Lawyers from the ten Israeli and Palestinian human rights groups who have been trying to get Israel’s High Court of Justice (Supreme Court) to block military-ordered fuel cuts — and proposed electricity cuts — appeared in their black robes and argued earnestly […]

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Israeli Supreme Court to hold hearing on Sunday on fuel supply to Gaza

Haaretz reports this evening that “Israel’s defense establishment decided over the weekend to step up pressure on Hamas, the Islamist group controlling the Gaza Strip, and continue a total blockade of all crossings between Israel and the coastal territory. In the coming days, the needs of Gaza residents will be reexamined by Israel in e...

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