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Young Palestinian leadership at the helm of state building

March 21st, 2010

 

by hossam ezzedine

RAMALLAH – In January 2009 I was standing with dozens of Palestinian youth who were jostling in front of the Palestinian Presidential Guard offices in Ramallah, hoping for a chance to work for the Guard. Some of them left quickly looking disappointed, evidently rejected for not meeting the basic requirements such as height or weight.

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Palestinian village known for protests sees cultural rebirth

March 20th, 2010

   by Hossam Ezzedine
     NILIN, West Bank, March 3, 2010 (AFP) – On Fridays they chant slogans and hurl stones at Israeli soldiers, but on Saturdays the youth of this small Palestinian village head into a newly-restored citadel for music practice.

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   A cultural renaissance of sorts is unfolding in Nilin, led by the same local leaders who have put the farming village on the map in the last two years by spearheading weekly protests against Israel’s controversial West Bank barrier.

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New intifada unlikely despite soaring Jerusalem tensions

March 20th, 2010

   by Hossam Ezzedine

   RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 17, 2010 (AFP) – Tensions over Jerusalem sparked the worst riots in years but are unlikely to ignite a new intifada, or uprising, as the Palestinian Authority appears determined to preserve calm.
   The Islamist Hamas movement has repeatedly declared a new intifada from its Gaza enclave and its base in exile in Damascus, but analysts and Palestinian officials in the West Bank expect their calls to go unheeded.
   “An intifada is not going to happen just because some leaders called for it from (hundreds of) kilometres (miles) away,” a senior Palestinian official in the West Bank political capital of Ramallah said on condition of anonymity.
   “They think an intifada is a plate of hummus they can order whenever they want it, with spices on top.”

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Palestinians struggle to impose settlements boycott

March 20th, 2010

   by Hossam Ezzedine and Yoav Lemmer
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   RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 18, 2010 (AFP) – Palestinian customs agents are hanging banners, setting up checkpoints and raiding shops across the West Bank in a campaign to rid the territory of products made in Israeli settlements.
   But the difficulty in detecting settlement products, the dependency of many Palestinians on the communities for work and supplies, and the wider market for settler produce in Israel and abroad threaten the process.
   In a storage area next to his office, Palestinian customs officer Fadi Abu al-Qurn shows off crates of wine, olive oil and food confiscated by his forces, all settler-made goods bound for Palestinian markets.
   “We are carrying out our duty to monitor and seize any goods originating in the settlements in accordance with the cabinet decision,” he says, referring to the order from prime minister Salam Fayyad’s government.

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Hello world!

March 18th, 2010

مرحبا بك في مدونـــــات أميـــــن. هذه هي المقاله الأولى. تستطيع تعديلها أو حذفها, بعد ذلك تستطيع البدء بالتدوين!

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