Tag Archives: Israel

Helping New Immigrants Faced with Rocket Bombardment in Southern Israel

As rocket attacks escalate across Israel’s border with Hamas ruled Gaza, new immigrants to Israel face difficult challenges to their absorption into the general Israeli society. New immigrants from North America and other English speaking countries often find themselves having added stress that their native Israeli neighbors do not share, such as not having full… Continue Reading

Gaza Building Boom Comes from Underground

There is a building boom taking place now in Gaza, despite the blockade Israel has imposed on the Strip since Hamas took power there. The boom is due in part to an intricate network of tunnels dug into the sandy soil reaching from Gaza, extending over the international border, and ending in Egypt. Israel Allows… Continue Reading

Blair Blasted as Biased Quartet Envoy

The former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is being accused of “parroting” the same demands as Israel is making, de-legitimizing his role as unbiased mediator in the eyes of the leadership in Palestine. Blair Disappoints Palestinians One senior Palestinian leader, Nabil Shaath, has stated that Palestinian officials seriously considered whether or not to make a… Continue Reading

Popularity Rises as Abbas Returns to Ramallah

Thousands Greet Abbas President Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, returned home on Sunday to a hero’s welcome. Thousands greeted him in Ramallah upon his return from delivering a controversial speech to the United Nations General Assembly in which he called for the creation of a Palestinian State. It is estimated that about… Continue Reading

Life in Gaza One Year after Mavi Marmara

One year has passed since the Israeli raid by commandos on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara, which left nine dead. The Mavi Marmara was part of a larger flotilla whose stated aim was to break the blockade on Gaza and bring desperately needed supplies, like medicine, school supplies and construction materials into the area. Gazan… Continue Reading

Israel Clashes with Protesters on Syrian Border

Despite several warnings from Israeli troops to stay away from the border, hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators stormed the fence on Sunday until Israeli troops fired across the Syrian frontier, scattering the crowd in a panic. Syrian television is reporting at least four dead, including a 12-year-old boy, and 15 wounded, with the number of dead… Continue Reading

Israel and Lebanon File Protests at UN Over Border Confrontation

Diplomats representing Lebanon and Israel at the United Nations formally submitted protests concerning the violent border clashes that took place between Israel, Lebanon and Syria on May 15, Nakba Day, this past Sunday. Nakba is Day of Catastrophe May 15th is the day the Arab world calls Nakba, the Arabic word for ‘catastrophe.’ The day… Continue Reading

Reaction to bin Laden Slaying Mixed in Middle East

As the Middle East continues to deal with instability and changing political realities a new element has been added into the mixture, with unclear results. The news of the death of Osama bin Laden was met with a large variety of responses from Middle East observers; from shock and anger, to satisfaction and delight. Saudi… Continue Reading

Abu Sisi Indicted in Beersheva Court for Rocket Attacks from Gaza

Dirar Abu Sisi the 42 year-old engineer who was arrested by Israel while traveling in the Ukraine, was indicted yesterday in an Israeli court for being a member of Hamas and for designing rockets for the Islamist group’s military branch. Indictment for Rocket Manufacture and Membership in Hamas The official summary of the court indictment,… Continue Reading