You know it's Ramadan when …

Well, you know it’s Ramadan when religious authorities confirm that they’ve spotted the new moon that marks the beginning of the holy month of fasting and intensified spirituality, right? Another way you know is when you receive the traditional notice from the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) about the control measures they have decided to ...

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Free Gaza ships returned to Cyprus late Friday

Amazingly, the Free Gaza expedition managed to leave Gaza’s port late Thursday afternoon and sail unmolested — though not unnoticed — back to Cyprus on Friday evening. Seven Palestinians who managed to get out of Gaza on the two converted fishing boats in the Free Gaza expedition — a ten year old boy whose leg […]

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Overheard in the Muqata'a

U.S. officials who had been present in the just-concluded meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Palestinian President Mahmoud today in the Muqata’a presidential palace in Ramallah, but who were waiting for the two principles to appear for a press conference, were joking around — with one or another of the five jour...

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More on the Free Gaza expedition, the day after the day after …

The Jerusalem Post reported on Sunday that Jeff Halper “hoped to cross back into Israel via Erez Crossing on Tuesday, while his colleagues, a group of activists who arrived in Gaza’s port on Saturday, would began a ‘revolving ferry from Cyprus to Gaza … Some people need to go home, so one boat is going […]

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Israel says it allowed Free Gaza expedition into Gaza to avoid bad publicity

We will probably soon learn that top Israeli officials decided to let the two ships in the Free Gaza expedition land unmolested in Gaza because stopping them would make the Palestinian Authority look bad, for multiple reasons, including the terms of the 1994 and 1995 Oslo Accords which give Israel total security control over Gaza’s […]

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Amazingly, they did it — Free Gaza ships arrived in Gaza

Several hours ago, the two Free Gaza ships entered Gaza. According to Haaretz, the decision was made by the Israeli Security Cabinet (Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert) on FRIDAY evening. They reportedly decided, in effect, that they were refusing to be provoked by what they had earlier [&hell...

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