Leonard Cohen in Ramallah?

Leonard Cohen might not be Michael Jackson, but he has a devoted, even passionate, following in various parts of the world.   Israel is one of those places. The occupied Palestinian territory is not. Yet, an announcement has been made that Leonard Cohen will perform in Ramallah in late September — a day after he […]

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Gaza and more

For those who follow what is happening in and to Gaza, there is an interesting article in the Jerusalem Post that reported “Reeling from four damning reports in one week from human rights organizations about the IDF’s conduct in Operation Cast Lead, the sense among senior defense officials is that the ‘legal front’ against I...

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Another Christmas journey to Bethlehem

BBC Correspondent Aleem Maqboul has just completed a ten-day journey — on foot, with a donkey (actually, a series of donkeys) — from Nazareth (in Israel) to Bethlehem (just south of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank). His intention was to replicate the journey taken by Joseph and Mary some 2008 years ago, as recounted […]

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Night of Power – Laylat al-Qadr 2008

A friend, who took these pictures, wrote me that “I can estimate more than 500,000 [people — possibly a record] were there tonight, from all over the country, even from Jordan. Everybody was extremely happy to be there, people would share the checkpoint experience but overall are happy to make it to the mosque. Many […]

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Overheard in the Muqata'a

U.S. officials who had been present in the just-concluded meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Palestinian President Mahmoud today in the Muqata’a presidential palace in Ramallah, but who were waiting for the two principles to appear for a press conference, were joking around — with one or another of the five jour...

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Today at the opening in The Wall in Dahiet al-Bariid

This morning, when I woke up, it was impossible to make coffee. There was no electricity. When I went out, I found that the whole street was out of electricity (but not the Tibi house around the corner). The grocer on the corner had no electricity either, and he was worried about his freezer full […]

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IDF Colonel: Israeli army controls the West Bank

This information is in a report Monday night from Agence France Presse: “A total of 87 members of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s party, which was largely expelled from Gaza when Hamas seized power there in June 2007, arrived in the desert town of Jericho in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. ‘(Israel) decided to take the humani...

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A sensitive State Department official — notes North Korean sadness

An unusually-sensitive U.S. State Department official has noticed North Korean sadness. Yes. The North Koreans were sad at having to blow up a cooling tower to show that it was sincere about “disabling” its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon. That’s what you get for testing nuclear weapons after withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Prolifera...

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