On the 31st of January, the Friday’s Fact reported about the strike of UNRWA employees in the West Bank. Only a week later, the strike was suspended. While a final agreement is yet in the making, UNRWA has since resumed all its services. Th..
The art of arguing is central to democratic politics. In Israel, the extreme right seems to have introduced a new style of argument, shifting from debate to walk-outs. Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, experienced this style..
Hundreds of Palestinian activists reclaimed the village of Ein Hijleh in the Jordan Valley. Since Friday, January 31st, the depopulated village is being revived and reconstructed by Palestinian and international activists, whose intention is t..
Counting today, UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) staff has been on strike for two months (precisely 61 days). They have been protesting low salaries as well as UNRWA’s rule not to hi..
„Through fire and water, Canada will stand with you“, exclaimed Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in his speech to the Israeli Knesset last Monday. Under rousing applause, he continued that “Canada supports Israel because it is righ..
This week has seen many solidarity demonstrations and campaigns by Palestinians across the West Bank, Gaza and Israel with those suffering in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria. Protestors pressured the PLO to provide assistance to the camp inh..
In October 2013, Israeli investors had a cause for celebration. Givot Olam, an Israeli oil exploration company, reported that oil reserves at its so-called “Meged 5” site were much larger than initially expected. Optimistic estimates point..
Israeli and Palestinian leaders intensified symbolic claims to the Jordan Valley in recent days. With the future of the fertile region very much in question in the ongoing negotiations over a two state solution, politicians from the Israeli ri..
Just over one year ago, the United Nations General Assembly granted Palestine non-member observers status at the UN. Although an overwhelming majority of the assembly voted in favour, large parts of the EU remained unconvinced. 12 EU countrie..
Since Israel’s Prawer-Begin Plan was approved during its first reading in the Knesset last June -which aims to demolish 35 “unrecognized” Bedouin villages and relocate between 40,000 and 70,000 people to government-designated tow..