Uri Blau speaks to press (photo: Caravan via Oren Ziv/AFP/Getty images)

Strained Silence

The Caravan: A journal of politics and culture, December 1, 2012 As is the case at most falafel stands across the country, the radio station of choice at my neighbourhood falafel stand is the Israeli Defense Forces’ Galgalatz. The station, I thought yesterday afternoon as I waited for lunch, is inescapable. It blasts from my neighbours’ …

Ali Batha hasn't seen his wife in three and a half years because Israeli policy that blocks Palestinian freedom of movement (photo: Mya Guarnieri)

Israeli policy splits Palestinian families

Al Jazeera English, November 7, 2012 To Westerners and Palestinians, Gaza “is hell”, says Ali Batha. “It’s a scary place … It’s the last place in the world [people want to go].” There’s Gaza’s 30 per cent unemployment rate, and the Israeli blockade that restricts imports and exports. Clean drinking water is increasingly scarce. Fuel …

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Tablet, June 19, 2012 I’m used to seeing abbreviations on Twitter, Gchat, and SMS. But I was surprised recently when an editor closed an email with “Rgds.” The “s” on the end helped me guess that it wasn’t short for “Rigid” or “Raged,” or so I hoped. Given the context, I assumed he meant “Regards.” But …

South Sudanese girl facing deportation from Israel to South Sudan (photo: Mya Guarnieri)

New threat looms over South Sudan refugees

Inter Press Service, March 19, 2012 Hundreds of African refugees and Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday night under the banner ‘It’s dangerous in South Sudan’ to protest the imminent expulsion of 700 Sudanese asylum seekers, including children. A small group of counter-protesters attended to show their support for the government’s decision to deport …

Protesting possible war with Iran (photo: flickr/World Can't Wait)

Why would Israel budge?

The New York Times, March 8, 2012 Might Israel attend the meeting about a nuclear weapon free Middle East in Finland? Certainly. Just like it has “participated” in the peace process–with no real intention of making concessions. In both cases, there are no consequences for Israel sticking to its agenda. So why would Israel budge? …

Israeli Defense Ministry goes on trial for Corrie death

Maan News Agency, March 9, 2010 Tomorrow the Israeli Defense Ministry will go on trial as a court hears the case against it, filed by the family of an American woman who was killed by Israeli Defense Forces in March of 2003. The civil suit charges the Defense Ministry with responsibility for the death of …

Despite police threats, East Jerusalem protests continue

The Huffington Post, February 2, 2010 Maan News Agency, February 2, 2010 Despite police plans to end the demonstration with force, more than 300 Palestinians, internationals, and Israeli activists gathered in Sheikh Jarrah on Friday afternoon to protest the evictions of Palestinian families from their homes. Armed with only drums and handwritten signs that read …

Israel cracks down on free speech

Zeek, January 14, 2010 Yesterday, I received the happy news that Mohammed Othman, a vocal proponent of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, was released from an Israeli military prison after a lengthy detainment. Othman was held without charges since September when was picked up as he attempted to enter the West Bank via Jordan …

Israel Cracks Down on the Press

The Huffington Post, January 14, 2010 Jared Malsin, the editor of the English edition of Maan News Agency, has been detained by Israeli authorities. Malsin, a Jewish-American who lives and works in the West Bank, was picked up on Tuesday at Ben Gurion International Airport, as he and his partner returned from vacation in the Czech …