Despite what Israeli leaders may have you believe, Islamic fundamentalism is not the driving force behind the latest violence. "Say a prayer before leaving your house, dress in your best clothing. Brush your hair well, and smile for the camera. You may end up as another poster on the bleeding walls of the city. No one is safe from their guns." — A young Palestinian from Silwan, Jerusalem, October 2015. This quote was written on Facebook a number of weeks ago by a young Palestinian who has been the subject of dozens of arrests and has spent much of his…Read More...
Between 1949-1967 there was a radio station that united West Bank Palestinians and Jerusalem Jews. It wasn't interested in propaganda or demagogy, only playing the most popular Western and Arabic music. A brief history of Radio Ramallah and the legacy it leaves behind. By Niros* Last Saturday night, while walking on Tel Aviv's Ha'aliya Street, a man from Ramallah turned toward me and my partner. He and three of his friends were a little drunk and in a good mood. It seemed that they had just returned from some Tel Aviv club. He spoke to us first in Arabic before…Read More... | 2 Comments
Did the revolution lose its sex appeal? Did the J14 leaders enable politicians to ignore them? Whatever the reason, it is clear that the main benefactor of this state of affairs is Prime Minister Netanyahu. By Ilan Manor With the elections just two weeks away, it has become apparent that the 2013 elections are no different than the ones held in Israel since the late 1980s. Once again, the debate revolves around a flailing peace process, a possible solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the security challenges facing the State of Israel. The line between the Israeli left and right…Read More... | 24 Comments
If you go to the BBC's website to read about the countries participating in the upcoming London Olympics, you'll get some interesting information on Israel and Palestine. According to the BBC sports page's profile on Israel, it simply has no capital, whereas Palestine does have one, in East Jerusalem. The Israeli Foreign Ministry is of course up in arms. Prime Minister Netanyahu's Foreign Press Adviser and Spokesperson Mark Regev sent a letter to BBC's Middle East Bureau Chief Paul Danahar yesterday, expressing his "dismay" at the British network's "discriminatory" behavior: While Israel declares Jerusalem to be the “undivided capital of Israel,” the United…Read More... | 49 Comments
People get their news in different ways. I learned that Gaddafi had been killed (or injured, or captured...as was be reported at various moments through the day) not by watching TV but rather via an unusual observation. I was just checking-in to my hotel in Tunis when I ran into the CNN crew. They were checking OUT, and are now on their way to Tripoli. Indeed, my hotel – strategically located across from Tunisian Television headquarters and the Tunisian Foreign Ministry – was a natural gathering spot for the international press. But now, it is quickly draining of guests, leaving…Read More... | 9 Comments
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