Palestine coverage through 23 Feb 08

February 24, 2008

Today’s news roundup begins with the grim tally of Palestinians killed and injured by the most recent rounds of Israeli strikes within their territories. The story of the Japanese translator shot in the eye by the IDF as he observed a nonviolent protest of the Wall at Bilin is especially typical of the senseless brutality of life day-in, day-out under Israeli occupation. It is also representative of the stories that are never picked up from the wires in the mainstream press because they might suggest to English-speaking audiences that Palestinians are engaging in nonviolent resistance.

Additional pieces that reflect the daily struggle to survive under occupation include news of the extension of the Israeli closure of all Palestinian representation in East Jerusalem as well as the denial of 94% of all requested permits to build in the West Bank and East Jerusalem submitted by Palestinians even as settlement activity to create Israeli facts on the ground in occupied Jerusalem and the West Bank goes forward. Read the rest of this entry »


Palestine coverage through 1 Feb 08

February 2, 2008

I try to reprise the principal stories of interest from this week in this selection, ranging from the coverage of the Gaza “breach” across Rafah, to the call for Palestinian ethnic cleansing by the chief rabbi in Israel, to the depressing reality of the power cuts in Gaza (see especially the story on this from the Independent — number 14 below) and the affirmation of collective punishment by the Israeli supreme court, to the Israel politics seeping into attacks on Barack Obama in the US.

Certainly worth reading are two notable opinion pieces — Read the rest of this entry »