· April, 2008

Stories about Palestine from April, 2008

What's Carter Doing in the Middle East?

  22 April 2008

Former US President Jimmy Carter just concluded talks with Palestinian Hamas leaders in Cairo, Egypt. First, it was the turn of the US Presidential elections to snub the visit. Now, bloggers from the region join them to rebuff it.

Lebanon: Media reporting on Gaza

  21 April 2008

“So now the headline is that there is ‘unrest’ in the Gaza strip. Last week, I felt unrestful: I didn't know whether to take chicken taouk or shwarma – but I didn't kill five children in the process…” Burghol commenting on how the media reports about Gaza.

AIDS – A Taboo in the Arab World

  18 April 2008

AIDS, the deadly acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is a taboo word in the Arab world. But the scary word has managed to crop up in many blog posts this week - from Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, Bahrain and Yemen.

Bahrain: Jews Remember Al Nakba

  16 April 2008

Bint Battuta in Bahrain links to Palestine Remembered and No Time to Celebrate – Jews Remember Al Nakba (Catastrophe), which draw attention to the plight of Palestinians since the establishment of Israel 60 years ago.

Israel: Teenage Girls Usage of Mobile Phones for Dating

  15 April 2008

Playing with fire? That is what some Palestinian teenage girls do when they accept mobile phones from boyfriends, and have to hide them away from their parents and families, according to a new study, which Gilad Lotan writes about today.

Syria: 60 years after Deir Yasin

  15 April 2008

“As Israel prepares to celebrate its sixtieth anniversary, and as Palestinians reach sixty years of dispossession, we must honor the memory of those who perished in the savage butchery that was the Deir Yasin massacre of April 9, 1948,” writes Rime Allaf, who commemorates the 60th anniversary of the massacre.

Syria: Carter meeting Mashaal

  15 April 2008

Joshua Landis brings us media reports about a planned meeting between former US president Jimmy Carter and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, in Damascus, during Carter's Middle East tour later this month.

Palestine: Where are the Refugee Camps?

  11 April 2008

Palestinian Haitham Sabbah‘s happiness was short-lived when he discovered that the UNHCR's new Google Map which draws attention to refugee camps around the world has omitted 27 Palestinian camps, housing around 1 million refugees.

Palestine: Rice's Visit ‘Disingenuous’

“As prospects of true peace in Palestine look as bleak as ever, mainly because of Israeli intransigence and American complicity with the Zionist state, peace-loving people in the Middle East and around the world are once again affronted by yet another disingenuous visit to the region by US Secretary of...

Arabeyes: April Fool's Day

  2 April 2008

Pranks were in the air across the Arab world this April Fool's Day. Ranging from an Israeli withdrawal from Palestine, to the sale of Mars to Dubai and the construction of a pipeline to supply the red planet with water from the Arabian Gulf, to the plight of a baby camel in Cairo, readers were left scratching their heads in disbelief.