Blog archive: Palestine

  • 7th July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
       Don't stop, make it pop DJ, blow my speakers up Tonight, I'm a-fight 'Til we see the sunlight Tick tock on the clock But the party don't stop, no The extraordinary video has been doing the rounds on YouTube. It shows Israeli troops from the Nahal Brigade’s 50th Airborne...
  • 1st July 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The UN secretary-general is due to issue one of his periodic reports on the implementation (or not) of Security Councilresolution 1701 which brought a ceasefire in the 2006 conflict with Israel. Hizbullah is clearly not in full compliance (it was supposed to be disarmed) but neither is...
  • 26th June 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    More news of the workshop on gay liberation in the Middle East which was due to be held in Detroit last Thursday. The hosting body – the US Social Forum (USSF) – cancelled it at the last minute following complaints about the workshop's organisers, a militant Zionist organisation...
  • 17th June 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The US Social Forum brings together organisations from across the United States with the aim of working for social justice. This year's forum, which opens next week in Detroit, includes a workshop on "LGBTQI Liberation in the Middle East". According to the blurb: The...
  • 28th March 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    At the beginning of this month, the Hamas authorities in Gazaannounced a ban on male hairdressers attending to women's hair. Three weeks later, though, they show no sign of trying to enforce it. Five hairdressers are thought to be affected and have been seeking legal advice. A report in The...
  • 1st December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Hamas-run government in Gaza is introducing a law that will allow execution of drug dealers, AFP reports. Attorney-general Mohammed Abed said the government is cancelling the existing (Israeli) drug law and replacing it with an Egyptian law from 1962. "The latter law is more...
  • 14th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    I have been searching Google for reports about the death in Egypt of Yousef Abu Zuhri, the brother of a Hamas spokesman. It's covered in Russia, China, Britain, Israel and several Arab countries, but so far the only major American news organisation to mention it seems to be Fox News....
  • 9th September 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Israeli human rights organisation, B’Tselem, today issues itsfindings on the number of Palestinians and Israelis killed during Operation Cast Lead in Gaza. The figures, which it says are the result of “months of meticulous investigation and cross-checks” sharply conflict with those...
  • 16th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Two new (and differing) reports on the December/January  conflict in Gaza. The Operation in Gaza – Factual and Legal Aspects, from the Israeli foreign ministry: Israel deeply regrets the civilian losses that occurred during the Gaza operation. But Israel has both the...
  • 6th August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The release of Hamas’s first feature film, produced in Gaza on a budget of only $200,000, is noted by the Guardian and theJerusalem Post. As might be expected in view of the filming location, it’s descibed as action-packed.  The film's producer, Fathi Hamad, is also the Gaza...
  • 2nd August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Several recent reports from Gaza suggest a steady erosion of personal liberties as Palestinian society retreats into supposedly “traditional” values. Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights says there has been anoticeable increase in “honour” killings – the most recent case being that of a 27-year...
  • 13th July 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    An article by Fred Dardick for Canada Free Press (reproduced  here by the Campus Watch website, but presumably not for its academic merit) announces: “Obama is no friend of Israel”. Among numerous other offences, the Obama administration is accused of suggesting – horror of...

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