Because the Qalandia Checkpoint still stands …

Because the disgraceful Qalandia Checkpoint still stands — a monstrosity that defies easy description, mostly because of disbelief that anything could be deliberately made so bad — as we enter a new year, we will call attention to it, yet again. Today, we will leave aside the awfulness of all other passage through Qalandia Checkpoint, [...

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Today is the 7th anniversary of ICJ Advisory Opinion on The Wall

It was on 9 July 2004 that the International Court of Justice in The Hague handed down its Advisory Opinion — issued after more than a year of deliberations following a request from the UN General Assembly [this request for opinion was limited to “the legal consequences of the construction of those parts of the […]

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Nabil ElAraby named Foreign Minister of the new Egypt

Nabil El-Araby (ElAraby) has been named the Foreign Minister of the new Egypt. A brilliant choice. See his separate opinion on the Advisory Opinion on the Wall, here, written when he served as a Judge on the International Court of Justice: “What I consider relevant to emphasize is that this special responsibility [of the United […]

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Today is the sixth anniversary of the ICJ opinion on The Wall

The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has published a report for the occasion, entitled “The Impact of the Barrier [The Wall] on Health”. Here is one of the most dismal pieces of information in the report: “The Barrier gate opening times pose potential health risks for the thousands of farmers w...

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Boycott Cellcom (not Leonard Cohen)

Boycotts are in the air — billed as a peaceful alternative to war and conflict of all sorts. The definitive worth of the tactic is debatable — and in some circles it is being debated. Naomi Klein recently visited Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory [West Bank + Gaza — yes, the Israeli military allowed […]

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More on The Wall

Items for reflection: (1) At a briefing for journalists at Israel’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said that there is “concrete data which attests to the fact that the security fence has no impact on economic activities and there are many, many ways actually, to kind of circumvent that, and we [&hell...

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