Notes on the cease-fire

Worries that the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was weak and wobbly increased on Friday when a large group of some 300 Palestinian men reportedly entered the no-go zone inside the perimeter fence east of Khan Younis. One Palestinian was killed and 23 injured by Israeli troops.  Anwar Abdul Hadi Qudaih, 20, reportedly was hit […]

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Hamas figure dies in Nablus, condolences cause traffic jam

It was so hot. It was the second hot day, after a long and dreary winter, one of the worst in recent years, most people here agree. And then, unexpectedly, there was such heavy traffic. It came to a standstill in the village of Huwwara, just south of Nablus. It was so hot, and the […]

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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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Do Hamas members + supporters have human, civil rights in the West Bank?

The answer is obvious, but the question is not rhetorical. There has been a great deal [well, ok, an unusual amount] of mobilization at official levels concerning the Israeli military’s detention of Aziz Dweik [see our earlier post here] at Jaba’a Checkpoint last Thursday. UPDATE: On Tuesday 24 January, Aziz Dweik was sentenced at Ofer ...

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