• Unruly building engulfs East Jerusalem life

    Al Jazeera English, May 4, 2013 Every day, investors knock on the door of a small home in Kufr Aqab, a village on the Palestinian side of the separation wall but inside Jerusalem municipal borders. The tidy, one-storey, two-room house is surrounded by new apartment buildings, some reaching nine stories high. Contractors are currently finishing …

  • Don’t expect much, if anything, from John Kerry’s visit

    New York Times Room for Debate, March 27, 2013 The previous secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, thought that making efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were, as one Israeli news media outlet put it, “a waste of time.” Clinton delegated the task to George Mitchell — a sure sign that she did not expect …

  • Briefing: Beyond the E-1 Israeli settlement

    United Nations’ News Agency IRIN, March 18, 2013 Last month, an international fact-finding mission on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council found that settlements constituted a violation of international human rights and humanitarian law and called on Israel to stop all expansions immediately and withdraw from settlements. A …

  • Briefing: Inside the E-1 Israeli settlement

    United Nations’ News Agency IRIN, March 14, 2013 Palestine, now upgraded to a non-member observer state at the UN General Assembly, recently threatened to ask the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel if it moves forward with E-1 (Palestine would first have to sign onto the Rome Statute that created the Court). There was much fanfare over …