TUTU: This is THE problem

Speaking at a literary festival in England apparently sponsored by The Guardian, South Africa’s Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu told the audience that it was urgent to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “If we don’t solve that problem, you can give up on all other problems. You can give up on nuclear disarmament, you can giv...

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Richard Goldstone due in region this weekend to begin hearings on Gaza war

Until the last minute, it was not clear how South Africa’s Justice Richard Goldstone would arrive in the region this weekend with a mandate from the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to begin an inquiry into the IDF’s Operation Cast Lead against Gaza (27 December – 18 January), or whetherIsrael will or will […]

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Are the Americans serious this time?

The international press is writing that it seems different this time, that this new American administration may be serious this time — about stopping Israeli settlement-building, expansion, and whatnot. But, that’s what sells newspapers. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and company were received at the White House in Washington on Th...

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Why are Palestinian Authority activities banned in East Jerusalem?

Why is Israel suppressing the activities of Palestinian and/or Palestinian Authority (PA) activities in East Jerusalem? The argument being offered by Israeli authorities is that PA activities are banned in Jerusalem under the Oslo Accords. But, these activities were allowed — with difficulty — before and after the start of the “Ol...

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"Jerusalem unification" day – but is Jerusalem united?

Today, Israel mark’s “Jerusalem unification” day. However, According to Gershon Baskin, co-chairman and founder of the Israeli-Palestinian Center for Research and Information (IPCRI) — who ran in the last Knesset elections as a candidate from a green party which did not gain the minimum number of votes for a seat — Jer...

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The Wall – How to convey how huge it is

Time Magazine’s Tim McGirk has put together a video, Graffiti for Hire in the West Bank, on a project [organized by Faris Arouri] to write the contents of an entire letter by a South African anti-apartheid activist on The Wall. Parts of this letter already stretch a great distance along The Wall in ar-Ram, which […]

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