The Rafah Crossing + the 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access

Egypt formally reopened the Rafah crossing today. Journalists on the scene report that the numbers of Palestinians crossing were fewer than anticipated — apparently partly because of suspicions based on long experience that things might not work out as expected, and partly because of a shortage of money among many in Gaza. It was one [&hellip...

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The sad state of the Rafah Crossing

The EU Representative to the Palestinian Authority, Christian Berger, said in an interview in East Jerusalem that the EU stands ready, if asked, to “come back and resume the tasks of¬†monitoring the [Rafah] crossing point”. As part of the 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access, a bilateral agreement between Israel, after its unilateral &#...

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Israeli soldiers shooting tear gas

The May 15 protest at Qalandia checkpoint was something new (see our earlier post) — and something we may be seeing a lot more of in the coming months. Look at these pictures of Israeli soldiers shooting tear gas, and standing in clouds of it, without any protection. Qalandia on Nakba Day 2011 – Israeli […]

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Nakba Day demonstration at Qalandia did not end as planned

It was the first coordinated, simultaneous, united (though under different leaderships) attempt by Palestinian refugees to return to the land of their origin (if not birth, as up to three generations have been now born outside, in the worldwide diaspora¬† since 1947-48). In the West Bank, the May 15 Qalandia checkpoint event was planned as […...

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Osama Bin Laden: Post post mortem

Going over some of the newer details about the U.S. operation to take out Osama Bin Laden [OBL or UBL] here are a few answers, none from official sources: A.) Question: Did they, or did they not, see the kill? President Obama’s counterterrorism adviser John Brenner said to journalists on Monday afternoon/evening — not even […]

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Source: Israel relented + is releasing tax refunds to PA, at least for now…

According to a source in Ramallah on Wednesday evening, Israel has relented [under pressure, and temporarily] and is releasing tax revenues due to Palestinian Authority [PA]. This money is expected to be in bank today [Thursday], so that PA salaries can be paid this month. This is despite the Palestinian reconciliation deal that was finalized [&hel...

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