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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Taybeh checkpoint last week at 4:00 am

This is another of our posts in our Do not say you didn’t know series … [Most of our posts are actually in the series…]: Filmed by a member of the World Council of Churches current team of Ecumenical Accompaniers in Israel and Palestine [EAPPI], here is Taybeh checkpoint last week at 4:00 am… Palestinians […]

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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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Three flat tires on my car: one Dahiet al-Bariid morning

About ten days ago, as I was headed off to a conference in memory of Ibrahim Abu Lughod at Bir Zeit University (outside Ramallah), I was only able to get about 75 meters to my destination. Why? My leased car, which had been parked on the street, suddenly had three flat tires, all at once. […]

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Qalandia Checkpoint: warping strategies of adaptation – cont'd

This is Part Two, a continuation of extended excerpts from Reema Hammami’s article (from the Spring 2010 issue [No. 41] of Jerusalem Quarterly, edited by the estimable Salim Tamari), on the growth and tightening of Qalandia checkpoint — which has now become a “border terminal” between Ramallah and Jerusalem. Her article cont...

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Qalandia Checkpoint: warping strategies of adaptation

The Spring 2010 issue (No. 41) of Jerusalem Quarterly, edited by the estimable Salim Tamari, contains a fascinating — though academic — analysis of the disgraceful Qalandia (Qalandiya) checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah (and the rest of the northern, middle, and western West Bank). Salim, who has been teaching for a semester at G...

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An eye for an eye?

No, of course I am not advocating this kind of justice. But I am taking a break from the on-going saga of the Freedom Flotilla and as many of its implications I can think about, to note that a 21-year old American woman, an artist and art student (originally described as a journalist) was shot […]

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It's Friday – Bili'n and Nil'in are (update) not-so-Closed Military Zones

It’s Friday — and now we know that the West Bank villages of Bil’in and Nil’in, who have had weekly demonstrations for years, every Friday after the noon prayers, against The Wall that has taken so much of their lands are Closed Military Zones. That means: by Israeli military order, no non-residents (not other Palestinians, ...

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