"Why continue to build the settlements?"

Today’s recommended reading [published during the last week]: Andrew Sullivan in The Daily Beast on “Why Continue To Build The Settlements?” — a review of the much-discussed book [or, polemic, as Sullivan writes] by Peter Beinart, The Crisis of Zionism. Sullivan writes: “Let us be clear. The Israeli government is syste...

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Popular Protests – Year Two

March 30 protests [in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, as well as inside Israel and just outside its northern and eastern perimeters] marked the start of Year Two of Popular Protests against … continued Israeli occupation. It was, this year, a combination of the Global March to Jerusalem + Land Day. The day started […]

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Mahmoud Abbas tells a TV interviewer that "Unity is Frozen" – UPDATED

Speaking in a television interview from Baghdad, where he is attending the Arab League summit, the man who holds all the reins of Palestinian political power, Mahmoud Abbas, said “unity” between Hamas and the rest of the Palestinian body politic, and therefore between Gaza and the West Bank, is “frozen”. His remarkable remar...

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Whose fault is it?

A colleague called me today as he was leaving Erez “terminal”, just coming out of Gaza after two days there. The situation of the people who don’t have any electricity, or any fuel, is terrible, he said. He asked, “Whose fault do you think it is”? [He said he is leaning toward blaming Hamas…] But, […]

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The latest World Bank report on Palestinian economy — told in Tweets

The most interesting report to last week’s Ad Hoc Liaison Committee [AHLC] meeting of major Donors to the Palestinian Authority was that of the World Bank, published in advance on 15 March. Here is a summary of some of the World Bank points, told in Tweets [by @marianhouk] **********************************************************************...

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Danger ahead

It doesn’t take the UN to say it, but the UN Special Coordinator on the Middle East, Robert Serry, today told the UN Security Council that “The events of the past month demonstrate a dangerous combination of no political progress, instability and violence on the ground, especially in Gaza, and an increasingly precarious situation for [&...

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Sometimes, it's all too much

Sometimes, things here in Israel-Palestine just get to be too much. There are always things to write about — too many, more than one person can possibly handle, sometimes 5 – 25 things a day. Due to this pressure, and circumstances beyond our control, I could not write for a while. So, with apologies for […]

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