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Analysis: Arab revolts fail to stir divided Palestinians

While the rest of the region is subject to intense movements of protest, Noah Browning attempts to explain why such massive demonstrations did not take place in the Palestinian territories. According to the author, it is the division of the Palestinian leadership, the lack of support for movements of protests against Israel by this very … Continue reading

Debate: Israel: The fear of a ‘flytilla’

As Israel stops hundreds of foreign activists which took part in the second ‘flytilla’, the panel will discuss whether Israel is over-reacting to the so-called ‘flytilla’ activists and whether foreign activists can really make a difference on the ground. Guests: Gregg Roman, the deputy director of the Gloria Centre at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya Mustafa Barghouti, … Continue reading

Opinion: Understanding the truth behind Bahrain

Sami-al-Awar argues here that Bahrain is the victim of poor publicity by human rights organizations and Western media which do not understand “the difference between countries in the region and treat them all the same in their approach to events.” The authors indeed claim that the small island country is, despite the need for further … Continue reading

Opinion: Assad takes a page out of Russia’s book in his war against rebels

The drastic and recent change in the brutality of the siege of Homs, the center of the Syrian uprising, suggests that the arrival of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavarov is encouraging Assad to follow a similar strategy to that used by Russia in Chechnya. The electricity and phone lines have been cut and food is … Continue reading

Opinion: Observing the Observers

With more than 5,000 dead following the Syrian uprising, there was great hope within the Syrian opposition that the Arab League’s Observers would bring protection and security. Now, that optimism has given way to anger, questions over the Observers’ legitimacy and failed efforts have boiled to the surface. Foreign Policy, United States Click here for … Continue reading

Drivers protest Israeli-only roads in West Bank

Around 60 West Bank residents tried to drive from Jericho to Ramallah on roads limited to use by Israeli settlers. The 50 car motorcade, protesting Israeli restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the West Bank, was stopped at a Jericho checkpoint by IDF soldiers. 5 people were arrested, with reports differing on whether or … Continue reading

Analysis: Doubts over Syria rebel army after escalation threat

Threats by Syrian armed insurgents to step up attacks on security forces, just days after their leader announced a truce that was largely ignored, have reinforced doubts over the control top officers exert over rebel fighters on the ground. Reuters, United States Click here for the full story

Clashes in Syria as Arab monitors embolden protesters

Syrian security forces have reportedly opened fire to stop tens of thousands of protesters holding rallies in front of visiting Arab League observers, with at least 35 people killed. BBC, United Kingdom Click here for the full story

Debate: Israel’s deepening religious divide

As extremists are accused of harassing Israeli women, is the influence of ultra-orthodox Jews growing in the country? Guests: Gideon Levy, author and columnist for Haaretz newspaper; Ben Hartman, reporter for the Jerusalem Post; and Gregg Roman, former defence ministry official and deputy director of the Gloria Centre at the interdisciplinary centre Herzliya. Al Jazeera, Qatar

‘World should bomb Syria’

In first interview with Israeli media, two Syrian exiles urge world to wake up. Ynetnews, Israel Click here for the full story

PM’s Beit Shemesh division plan slammed

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was criticized by both opposition and coalition members Wednesday morning following a report that he is considering ending the tensions between ultra-Orthodox and religious residents in Beit Shemesh by dividing the city in half. According to the report, Netanyahu said in closed forums that he was in favor of any solution which would prevent … Continue reading

Thousands of Israelis protest gender segregation in Beit Shemesh

Thousands of Israelis amassed near the Orot girl’s school in Beit Shemesh on Tuesday to protest gender segregation in a city that has become a symbol for the struggle against religious extremism. Haaretz, Israel Click here for the full story

In Syria’s crackdown, 150 killed in 2 days even as regime agrees to Arab League monitors

Security forces pursuing anti-government activists and army defectors shot dead at least 47 people in Syria on Tuesday, pushing the toll for two days of violence to nearly 150 even as the regime prepared to allow in foreign monitors under an Arab League plan aimed at stopping the bloodshed. Associated Press, United States Click here … Continue reading

Syrian Split: Rebels want foreign boots on ground, observers out

Some groups in Syria’s opposition say they want an Arab military intervention to, quote, ‘protect civilians from government security forces’. Russia Today, Russia

Egypt Tahrir clashes rage on for fifth day

Egyptian police and soldiers fired weapons and used batons and teargas for a fifth day on Tuesday in the latest security operation to clear Cairo’s central Tahrir Square of opponents of army rule. Reuters, United States Click here for the full story

Eight dead in clashes, Egyptian army sets barbed wire around cabinet

Health ministry reports eight deaths and around 300 injuries since the Thursday night military attack on protesters sitting in at Cabinet headquarters in Cairo. Al Ahram, Egypt Click here for the full story

Arab sector to launch general strike Sunday

The Arab sector plans to launch a general strike on Sunday in protest of the  Prawer Committee’ recommendations, which call for the eviction of several Bedouin communities in the Negev. Organizers expect thousands of people to rally outside government offices in Jerusalem, as Arab schools, businesses and local authorities will be shut down. Ynetnews, Israel Click here for the … Continue reading

Man dies of wounds after Ramallah protest

Mustafa Tamimi, 28, died of his wounds in an Israeli hospital on Saturday morning, after he was struck in the face by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli forces in his West Bank village a day earlier. PA spokesman Ghassan Khatib said in a statement Saturday: “We hold the Israeli government responsible for this crime.” … Continue reading

Palestinian seriously wounded by Israeli forces at West Bank protest

A Palestinian demonstrator was seriously wounded on Friday when he was apparently hit by a teargas canister fired by Israeli security forces in the West Bank. The incident occurred during the weekly demonstration in the village of Nabi Saleh. Haaretz, Israel Click here for the full story


Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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