· May, 2007

Stories about Israel from May, 2007

Israel: Household Appliances Trouble

  22 May 2007

Israeli blogger Yael is having trouble with her household appliances. “The only things that haven’t broken in any way that I got from that place is the microwave which hasn’t really had a chance to break since it has been largely used as a convenient cabinet that the cats can’t...

Israel: Brits Banning Israeli Universities, Professors and Students

  18 May 2007

“The Brits are at it again. (Like they’ve ever stopped). So British academics are again putting together a boycott of Israeli universities, Israeli professors, and Israeli students. Four Israeli academics went to meet with the boycott put-togetherers in the U.K. this week,” notes blogger Yael from Israel.

Israel: Drug Bust

  18 May 2007

Blogger Yudit from Jaffa (Yafo) reports a drug bust in his her neighbourhood: “Last night, a police heli keeping me from concentrating on my book (“Bnot HaDrakon”) by hovering with its powerful searchlight over my house, occasionally keeping me in its blinding focus. Two streets more or less form my...

Arabeyes: Memorial Translations

  17 May 2007

Whether it was a genuine mistake or part of a calculated propaganda strategy, the Middle East Media and Research Institute (MEMRI) sure has a lot of explanation to do as bloggers across the region started questioning their motives this week after glaring mistakes were spotted in the translation of a Palestinian children's television programme.

Israel: Terrifying Conversation from Sderot

  17 May 2007

Israeli blogger Stephanie posts an IM chat between Sderot resident Shlomo and a friend sitting at a business meeting in another part of Israel. “In our day/age of YouTube, BlackBerry, IM and the power of “instant”, the effect of someone chatting to another person in real time during a rocket...

Palestine: Life in Gaza

  16 May 2007

Palestinian blogger Dr Mona El Farra describes her life in Gaza here. “In the last 4 days, situation has deteriorated in Gaza, clashes between Fath and Hamas restarted, I am staying at home, my daughter could not go to school…I cannot go to my work; I have patchy power, and...

Palestine: Double Nakba

  16 May 2007

Writing from Gaza for the Electronic Intifada, Rami Almeghari says: “My pen is bleeding, my hand is shaking, my heart is sighing and my mind is stuffed with the bitter experiences of the past 14 months. The latest is today's anniversary of the Palestinian catastrophe (Nakba); today is a double...

Israel: Daily Kos Bans Palestinian Bloggers

  16 May 2007

Jerusalem-based blogger DesertPeace announces : “In their continuing ‘War Against Truth, Justice and The American Way’ Daily Kos banned two other writers who dared to speak the truth. My dear Brother Haitham of Sabbah's Blog and my Sister Nancy of Umkalil.”

Algeria: Bad Translations

  16 May 2007

Algerian blogger and linguist Lameen Souag takes a look at bad translations. “The moral in all this for English-language media is clear: when some helpful organisation sends you a free translation of some foreign-language article or program, do look a gift horse in the mouth, and check the translation with...

Israel: Life in Sderot

  12 May 2007

Blogger Rick Richman brings us up-to-date with the latest developments in the Israeli town of Sdoret. “The invaluable One Jerusalem held a bloggers’ conference call today with Noam Bedein of the Sderot Media Center to provide some perspective. The audio of the call is here. Bedein told a story of...

Israel: Unreasonable Student Demands

  12 May 2007

Israeli blogger Imshin is disgusted with the ‘unreasonable’ demands by Israeli students enrolled in subsidized universities. “So what we have here is one of the strongest segments of society, who are behaving like spoilt brats, violently demanding that the state continue to heavily subsidize them. The state is suggesting, via...

Israel: Palestinians Banned from Dead Sea

  12 May 2007

Blogger Dan Fleshler reports that IDF soldiers have received orders to prevent Palestinians from accessing the Dead Sea. “This is the kind of story that feeds into the increasingly popular tendency to equate Israel with South Africa under apartheid. I don’t buy into this equation…yet. There are a number of...

Palestine: Disabled Children on the Street

  11 May 2007

Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah reports the destruction of a centre for disabled children by the Israeli forces. “Where on earth would you expect to see a military forces going out at 5:30 AM to throw out ‘handicapped children’ to the cold streets after snatching the kids out of their beds?...

Israel: Kadima Tactics

  10 May 2007

“As Shimon Peres has ‘officially’ announced that he is running for President– the smear campaign has accordingly begun targeting Rabbi Lau– his likely opponent in the race,” writes Sultan Knish. “Unsurprisingly the ‘revelations’ involved charges of sexual harassment– the very same thing that had been leveled to bring down President...

Website for Persian Jews

  8 May 2007

Writing in Jewlicious , blogger Esther announces the launch of a website which provides religious advice to Persian Jews. ‘I can’t say I really “have a rabbi” in the sense that I consult any rabbinic authority on matters in my life. Maybe I suffer for lack of rabbinic advice. Maybe...

Palestine: Israel Lobby Debate

  8 May 2007

Palestinian blogger Haitham Sabbah writes about the Doha Debate held at Oxford and hosted by Tim Sebastian , which “took place amid mounting controversy over the role of the pro-Israel lobby in the United States and accusations that it has suppressed criticism of Israel – a charge that the lobby...

Israel: The Discovery of King Herod's Tomb

  8 May 2007

Israeli blog Israelity briefs us about the latest discovery in Israel – King Herod's tomb. “Herod “King of the Jews” around 40 BCE was known for good relations with Rome and for building: Masada, temples in Cesaria and expanding Jerusalem’s 2nd Temple. “The find on Monday was announced briefly by...