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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More on Israeli Stone Quarries in the West Bank: Yesh Din asks for wider review

The Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din has just filed a petition with Israel’s Supreme Court [High Court of Justice] asking for a further hearing in the case of Israeli-owned stone quarries operating in the West Bank. Yesh Din first challenged the legality of Israeli quarrying activities in the occupied West Bank in a petition [&helli...

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What is the occupation? Is it possible to laugh about it?

Suad al-Amiry, in her closing speech at an event organized by TedXRamallah, re-told the famous story about her dog and her dog’s Jerusalem passport, which says a lot both about the occupation [and about crossing Qalandia, the main and terrible checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem], and about becoming a writer, and much more: [[ Sorry [&h...

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Bethlehem behind Israel's Wall

This is the Palestinian town of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank. Israel built this Wall. It was a unilateral decision, and a unilateral implementation of this decision. A member of the Israeli military (IDF Col. Danny Tirza) chose the route of this Wall, almost all by himself… Photos taken by Xavier Abu Eid, and […]

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Israeli Police – part of the problem

Yesterday, on Salah ed-Din Street (the Champs-Elysees or Fifth Avenue of East Jerusalem, only very crowded, quite delapidated, and not at all chic, unless you like good coffee), it was absolutely crowded with cars and pedestrians in advance of the coming week-long Muslim Eid holiday. Even at the best of times, people don’t walk on […]

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Israeli human rights groups testify to Turkel Commission on Flotilla fiasco

Three of Israel’s most distinguished and respected human rights groups testified before the Israeli-government-appointed Turkel Commission on Wednesday in a six-and-a-half hour marathon public session (with two 10-minute breaks). One Israeli media report afterwards described the rather mainstream groups [(1) B’Tselem,  (2) Physicians fo...

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Funerals under occupation, and across a Wall

Tamer Halaseh has written on his weblog at the end of August that “where I live in Al-Sawahra Al-Sharqiya, accompanying the deceased in their final trip is another story … After the wall was completed in our area and we were separated from our families and friends in Jabal Al-Mukabber, the Israeli occupation forces informed […]

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News you won't see on Palestinian Television

This news was not reported on Palestinian Television today. (On the 9pm Palestinian Television news, there was a brief video clip, without much detail, of Israeli forces in jeeps in Ramallah, but no mention of the detention of the international activist, or her imminent deportation …) This news was received by an email entitled: “Israel...

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