Salam Fayyad goes to Bil'in, leaves before tear gas is used on demonstrators

Doing what few other Palestinian high-ranking officials and politicians bother to do, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad joined the regular Bil’in Friday demonstration against the Wall today, in the rain, on New Year’s eve. A photo of Salam Fayyad marching in Bilin in the rain, taken by Joseph Dana (Ibn Ezra) is posted on a Twitpic […]

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Amira Hass interviews Jonathan Pollak

Jonathan Pollak, the Israeli anti-occupation activist who has just been sentenced to three months in jail for participating in a demonstration against tightened IDF-administered sanctions that affect over 1.5 million people in the closed Gaza Strip, has spoken to Haaretz’s Amira Hass about his conviction, and his convictions. The interview is...

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Never Again!

In commemoration of what happened in Gaza two years ago today, as Operation Cast Lead was launched in unprecedented ferocity at about 11:30 am on 27 December 2008. This should never happen again — but, many already feel another operation is in the air… Haaretz is reporting that Israel’s Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai just [&...

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Qalandia Checkpoint "closed for a day"

This morning, messages began to arrive about a “demonstration” being held at Qalandia checkpoint, between Jerusalem and Ramallah. Nine people, including a journalist, were reportedly detained. This evening, the IDF spokespersons office sent around this message: “Approximately 90 Palestinians attempted on Sunday morning (Dec. 26) t...

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Mavi Marmara ship returns to Turkey today

The Mavi Marmara ship belonging to the Turkish relief organization IHH, part of the “Freedom Flotilla” headed to “break the blockade of Gaza” when it was assaulted at sea in the eastern Mediterranean by Israeli Naval forces on 31 May, returned to Turkey today. During the Israeli Naval operation, 9 men (8 Turkish + one [&hell...

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The Pope's "balanced" message for Christmas

A confession: I never understood why the Pope’s activities deserve so much media coverage. Maybe the main benefit is that such coverage permits the expression of facts or thoughts that might otherwise not be spoken, because the Pope, and certain other global figures [the UN Secretary-General??], are piously thought to have some kind of “...

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Qalandia: "Nothing prepared me"…

There was a “nothing prepared me” exchange on Mondoweiss this week –for example, see this post here, and an earlier one here. Friends I know and other people who come here also have the same reaction — “I had no idea”, and “nothing prepared me” — despite the millions of words and hundreds of tho...

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