Palestinian TV news did not report shooting at Qalandia checkpoint

Palestinian TV news has shot up in the ratings, I am told, over the past few months — and Al-Jazeera has dropped. Previously, Palestinians were getting their local news from Al-Jazeera. Could Al-Jazeera really give enough local coverage to satisfy the Palestinians here, I used to ask? It is all there is, I was told, […]

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Breaking the Silence – new testimony from women soldiers

What has been revealed is not new, and it is not a surprise.  It is no longer a shock, but it is still sickening. There are many who will, nonetheless, argue that this is distorted and not true — who will hurl accusations and denunciations, and try to damage those who collect this testimony as […]

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Reminder to Israeli side: what is Sheikh Jarrah all about?

From a link on Facebook, a post on Joseph Dana’s blog on the Friday demonstrations that have been taking place for the past 3 to 4 months in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, where Palestinian refugee families are being evicted, one by one, from homes they have been living in for over 50 […]

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Quote of the Day: In Memoriam – J.D. Salinger

From an interesting AP post-mortem obit (“Whats in Salinger’s Safe?”) of the reclusive American writer J.D. Salinger, posted here: “There is a marvelous peace in not publishing,” J.D. Salinger told The New York Times in 1974. “Publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy. I like to write. I love to write. But ...

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It's Friday – protests in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem + West Bank

Today is Friday. Palestinian television will normally be show the Friday prayers from Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, located in the Old City of East Jerusalem, but this Friday Palestinian TV will broadcast live from Burrin, a village in the northern West Bank, near Nablus, where a mosque under construction, the Suliman […]

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No mention of Israeli-Palestinian stalemate in Obama speech

In his first State of the Union speech to Congress last night in Washington, U.S. President Obama did not even mention the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate, despite the priority he gave the matter upon taking office. Obama said in his early days in office that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was in the United States’ national [&he...

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Today is Holocaust Memorial Day

Haaretz is reporting today that “A majority of Israel’s Holocaust survivors suffer from depression, sleeping disorders or other emotional distress, according to a survey released Tuesday by a leading advocacy group. The Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel issued its report on the eve of International Holocaust Memo...

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Many, many thousands of children still alone after Haiti earthquake

In the wrap-up stories, two weeks after the enormous destruction caused by a devastating earthquake in Haiti, the AP is reporting that “UN experts estimate there may be 1 million unaccompanied or orphaned children or youngsters who lost at least one parent in the Jan. 12 quake. Some young Haitians are even being released from […]

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