They knew they had to go to Gaza

The Israeli organization Zochrot [Remembrance] uploaded an extraordinary video on 27 December 2011 – the testimony of Amnon Neuman about the emptying of Palestinian villages and expelling the inhabitants to Gaza in the early years of the State of Israel, — which is posted here. Thanks to Adam Horowitz of Mondoweiss, who posted this vide...

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Alaa, Egyptian blogger, interviewed on Democracy Now

In this excerpt from his interview on Democracy Now, which can be read in full here, the just-released Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah gives his view of the current stage of the Egyptian revolution: AMY GOODMAN: Alaa, you, in court, refused to answer questions of the military court. Can you explain why, and also who […]

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Will sirens sound today at 11:30 am?

Today is the third Anniversary of the launch of the IDF’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. The 22-day operation was launched at 11:30 am or so, on 27 December 2008. In the first strikes, some 250 Hamas police were mowed down at their police academy graduation ceremony in Gaza City. The debate continues over whether […]

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Alaa, Egyptian blogger, is [provisionally] freed today

A child is born… And his father, Alaa, a prisoner of conscience in Egypt, has today been released from detention [while investigations continue]… The Egyptian blogger, Alaa [Abd El Fattah], has been jailed for weeks [54 days, as it happens] by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Armed Forces [SCAF], for refusing to appear before a […...

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On Press Cards here: the value of a PA Press Card

Here is a tale that illustrates a number of things. Nablus, 3:30 pm on a sunny and relatively quiet Friday afternoon, at the entry to the city: an unmarked black SUV-type van, with very dark windows, was parked at 90 degree angle to road. The unmarked black van had a Palestinian Authority [PA] license or […]

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On Press Cards here: Hamas press cards

Because my Israeli Government Press Office [GPO] has not been renewed [wrongly, I am claiming] since 2010, I have been unable to travel to Gaza the way all accredited journalists here can travel, via Israel’s Erez crossing, or “terminal”. Therefore, I have only read about the relatively new phenomena of Hamas press cards. I first ...

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Recommended Reading – Amira Hass: Palestinians are heroes

Amira Hass has written this, or things like this, in Haaretz before. But, it’s like Picasso’s Blue period — she keeps trying to explain what she sees, over and over again, until she finally captures its essence. [I have sometimes explained what I’m doing in the same way…] It isn’t that this time she finally [&hel...

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