Tag Archives: Ramallah

Straight talk from the Heart of Ramallah.

The first instalment of a conversation on the street outside the Presidential Compound, Ramallah. Earlier this year I visited Ramallah for the first time, accompanied by a German journalist and guide. As we were returning to our vehicle, having visited Arafat’s tomb, a Palestinian lawyer began to chat with our …

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My visit to the “occupied West Bank”.

My visit to the so-called ‘occupied West Bank’ in November 2017 has taken me some time  to get ‘down on paper’.  I just haven’t managed to find the time to do it. I was staying with a with a friend in Jerusalem who, when I mentioned I’d be interested in …

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When A Zionist Went To Ramallah: You Won’t Believe What She Found.

As a Jewish Zionist it is easy enough to believe that all Palestinians hate me, they see Israel as the source of all their suffering, and they believe that Jews do not belong there. It’s not hard to find evidence for this: we hear it in pronouncements of their leaders, …

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Arlene from Israel: “Facing Down Violence”

As has become my practice of late, I’m going to start with a good news item, saving the somber stuff for later.  Here we have a brief video that should put a smile on your face and a touch of hope in your heart: https://www.facebook.com/mirilavi/videos/10154126499312715/ ~~~~~~~~~~ We had better hold …

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Arlene from Israel – Back to Work.

As usual there’s a great deal to read here from Arlene and some important information too regarding Hamas, so please click on links to read further. The Chanukah week, which is now closing, was a blessing.  Now, invigorated, I see that it is time to return to the serious and …

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Arlene in Israel – Tough

  The word “tough” has different meanings, and I am actually using it in more than one sense in this posting.  The first meaning – difficult to deal with – applies to the video directly below. From “Jewish Voices on Campus,” it is exceedingly important and I ask you all …

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Expanding the Focus

Perhaps the biggest problem that we face in understanding the Arab-Israel conflict has to do with focus. That is, among western liberals the typical understanding of the conflict is that it is one between Israelis and Palestinians fighting over a bit of turf, since November of 1947, on the eastern …

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Why is Bob Carr itching for a Fight on the Arab/Muslim/Left Cold War Against Israel?

“All [Jews]*on “Palestinian land” are illegal under international law … that is the position, of Kevin Rudd, the position of the Federal Labor Government, and we don’t make apologies for it.” [*offensive weasel word deleted] Make no mistake he wants this argument. He seriously can not expect the Government to …

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Palestinians Dismiss Prisoner Release as a “Bribe”

Khaled Abu Toameh Distinguished Senior Fellow, Gatestone Institute…………….. They regard the prisoner release as something Israel was supposed to have done anyway, many years ago. Many will continue to see it as as part of an Israeli-American scheme to extract concessions, and will continue to attack Abbas for “succumbing” to …

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