Guest Post: There are people who are hurting in Gaza

British humanitarian health workers barred entry into Gaza By Peter Smith and Catherine Thick Although passage to and from Gaza via Israel’s crossing points is severely restricted by the Israeli military, until now we have been fortunate to be granted entry permits. But, our recent request for entry has been refused – without explanation — [&...

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Palestinians: is "keeping the lid on" a strategy?

All this talk about a possible Third Intifada… One of the most irritating things about this discussion is the assumption that violence is the strategy of choice for Palestinians. Palestinians are not ready for violence, and there are absolutely no indications either that they have in any way prepared for it. Moreover, the sentiment most [&hel...

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E-1 — oh yeah, it's a big deal

Here is a graphic published by Haaretz showing the E-1 area to the east of Israel’s “Greater Jerusalem Municipality”: So, if there actually were an agreement that Anata + Abu Dis would go to Palestine, you can see what E-1 would do to that… UPDATE: Daniel Seidemann has published another good graphic showing the E-1 […...

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Yes, after UNGA vote, Palestinians do now have rising expectations

Yes indeed, it’s clearer each day since Thursday’s vote in UNGA, Palestinians do now have rising expectations… This is something that Israeli Ambassador Ron  Prosor had warned of, in his address at the UNGA  in New York, just before the vote last Thursday that he by then had no hope of averting. Posters hung on […]

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The day after the UNGA voted to give Palestine status of state

The day after the vote in the UN’s General Assembly, the sky is blue + cloudless, sun is shining, everything glistens  It is Friday, so it is quiet. On Palestine Television, the Palestinian Authority’s Minister of Awqaf  [Islamic Trusts, Mahmoud Habbash, gave the Friday prayer sermon in a mosque in Al-Bireh, next to Ramallah, that [&hel...

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