John Dugard is in Gaza to investigate possible war crimes

According to a report published yesterday (Friday) by Ma’an News Agency, John Dugard — the former Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory (who has since been replaced by Richard Falk) — is in Gaza as part of a human rights fact-finding mission sponsored ...

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U.S. wants change in Durban anti-racism document

The U.S. has announced that it will not participate in further preparations for a follow-up conference against racism — UNLESS there are changes in the document being prepared for the conference. You can bet that there will now be more feverish activity around the world to try to change the document in a way that […]

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The View from Cairo

The view from Cairo, a bit surprisingly, is that Israelis and Palestinians are both to blame. Mostly, in Cairo, they say they mean Hamas — but what they say is “Palestinians”.

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Released Guantanamo detainee accuses U.S. and U.K. and Morocco of torture

Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian-born refugee with British residency, was released from the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo, Cuba — and put on a chartered plane heading to a British military base in the early morning today. He is being accompanied on the flight “by officers from the Metropolitan Police Counter-terrorism Command, a unifor...

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Baladi vegetables from Wadi Fukhin, a Palestinian village southwest of Bethlehem

This article appeared in Haaretz about the pleasures of baladi [or, authentic home grown from the countryside] vegetables from a Palestinian West Bank village near Bethlehem. Of note: the vegetables have to be smuggled past checkpoints to get to Jerusalem. Sometimes, they are confiscated. Without further comment, here is an excerpt from the Haaretz...

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Annapolis process did not work, says UN Special Middle East Coordinator

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Robert Serry, told the UN Security Council today that “the inconclusive results of last year’s Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and unmet Road Map obligations, especially regarding settlements” are realities that must be faced — and “squarely addressed”. Of...

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All in a day's work

Don’t say you didn’t know. This information has been published elsewhere, and I’m going to post it here. You know. In the West Bank, over the last 24 hours or so, nearly 80 Palestinians have been detained, and whisked off to God-knows-where for interrogation. They were detained in raids, frightening — terrifying — mili...

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