Is the reaction different this time?

What happened in Gaza in the last two months is not the first time Palestinians have been subjected to … what shall I call it? Let’s just say, such an experience. There was the 1948 war, the 1967 war, the 1973 war, the 1982 siege of Beirut, the suppression of the first and second Palestinian […]

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George Mitchell met Palestinian PM Fayyad in Jerusalem

The U.S. State Department spokesman announced in today’s regular daily briefing in Washington that U.S. Special Envoy for the Middle East, George Mitchell, met Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Jerusalem. This meeting could have happened at the U.S. Consulate in East or West Jerusalem, of course … Rice had some meetings at the ...

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High UN Offical calls on Israel to open Gaza borders – Israeli human rights group says Israel is deliberately obstructing repairs to Gaza's electricity

Here are two more items — actually, three — which deserve attention and reflection: I. More excerpts from a Statement to the United Nations Security Council in New York by John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, 27 January 2009: “There are important principles at stake her...

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A cease-fire?

There was an attack on an Israeli patrol alongside the Gaza border yesterday (Israeli media say a roadside explosion went off just on the Israeli side of the border), near Kissufim. One Israeli soldier was killed, and several wounded. All crossings between Israel and Gaza were then closed (barring the entry and exit of journalists, […]

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"Spoiled crybabies"

This would be hilarious, if it weren’t so serious: Dion Nissenbaum wrote on his blog yesterday that “When the head of the Israeli Government Press Office tells The Jerusalem Post that there was no ban on journalists entering Gaza during the recent military operation, the appropriate response would be to laugh … One can argue [&hel...

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