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By Daoud Kuttab - Nov 12,2014
In the spring of 1994 I had the privilege of having an exclusive interview with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The chairman of the Plestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) was still in Tunis at the time and the interview was arranged for me by three local West Bank leaders I kn
By Daoud Kuttab - Nov 05,2014
For a few days last week Gaza Strip turned into a large prison. Ever since October 24, the Rafah crossing point has been closed by the Egyptians following the huge attack on the army in north Sinai. Israel has also closed all its crossings with Gaza on November 2, allegedly fol
By Daoud Kuttab - Oct 29,2014
For years, governing powers in the Middle East have worked hard at decimating the leadership structure of any opposing group.
By Daoud Kuttab - Oct 22,2014
“My homeland is not a suitcase and I am not a traveller,” wrote Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. But for many Palestinians living in the besieged homeland, the right to movement guaranteed in the University Declaration of Human Rights (Article 13) is just ink on pap
By Daoud Kuttab - Oct 15,2014
After the collapse of the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, in April, the July war on Gaza, the August drowning of hundreds trying to emigrate to Europe and the September war of words between their two major factions, Palestinians welcomed this week a series of unexpectedly good n
By Daoud Kuttab - Oct 01,2014
When I met Islam Barbar in a Gaza restaurant in 2012, while on a human rights mission, I was impressed by her cheerful demeanour but taken aback by the sense of hopelessness she felt. Barbar was publishing media reports, running her own media training centre and was active in th
By Daoud Kuttab - Sep 24,2014
When US Tomahawk missiles and fighter jets began their bombardment of Syria, it felt strange.
By Daoud Kuttab - Sep 17,2014
The 700-seat Ramallah Cultural Palace, on whose premises is the grave of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, was overcrowded on September 9.
By Daoud Kuttab - Sep 10,2014
“I have had it up to here,” said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the emir of Qatar and the head of Hamas. “I have had it with Hamas, with Arabs with Israel and even with Fateh.” Abbas’ words and the minutes of the meetings of the three on th
By Daoud Kuttab - Sep 03,2014
After 51 horrible days, the people of Gaza, Israel and the world breathed a sigh of relief when a ceasefire agreement was announced by the Palestinian president on August 26. The impressive regional and international coalition that worked on putting a stop to this war went back

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