Here we go again – General closure announcements

Here we go again – received by email from the Israel Defense Forces: “General Closure of Judea and Samaria Region [the West Bank] during the Jewish New Year“ “In accordance with Ministry of Defense directives and in light of security assessments, a general closure of Judea and Samaria will commence tonight, September 28th, 2...

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Night of Power – Laylat al-Qadr 2008

A friend, who took these pictures, wrote me that “I can estimate more than 500,000 [people — possibly a record] were there tonight, from all over the country, even from Jordan. Everybody was extremely happy to be there, people would share the checkpoint experience but overall are happy to make it to the mosque. Many […]

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IDF increases West Bank roadblocks 3% in last six months, UN says

Next week [26 September], the Quartet will meet at the United Nations in New York. Will they discuss this just-issued UN-OCHA (Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs report)??? Even the Jerusalem Post writes this: “The IDF has increased the number of West Bank roadblocks by three percent in the last six months, according to [&hel...

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Ramadan nights – Ramadan lights

Now we’re entering the period of the last ten days of the month of Ramadan – a time of heightened spirituality, combined with intensive preparations for the three-day feast at the end of the month, Eid al-Fitr. There are definitely many more Ramadan lights than last year, and than past years — it seems the […]

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Third Friday in Ramadan – no disturbances

Mercifully, there were reportedly no “disturbances” on the third Friday in Ramadan, as some 150,000 (according to the Jerusalem Post) to 200,000 souls (according to Ma’an News Agency) managed to make their way to Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of East Jerusalem for prayers. They came from East Jerusalem itself, from the Arab commu...

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No tear gas fired at Qalandia checkpoint on the second Friday in Ramadan

There were eight Israeli snipers aiming the barrels of their weapons at the crowd trying to enter the major Qalandia “border crossing” between Ramallah and Jerusalem on the second Friday in Ramadan in order to perform Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. And there were more Palestinians hoping to get through than on the [&hell...

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UNSG BAN Ki-Moon – is there a critical mass of disenchantment?

A vigilant friend and colleague in Geneva has sent this translation by UNRIC’s Desk Officer for Spain of the article that appeared in El Pais on Sunday, saying “the translation is not perfect but tells you what John Carlin [and Spain’s prominent newspaper El Pais! says about Ban Ki-moon:. FEATURE ARTICLE: THE UN, THE BIG […...

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