Stories about Palestine from October, 2011
Tweeps have been busy today following the details of the Israel-Palestine prisoner swap, which saw the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners. Here is a summary of reactions of netizens from across the Arab world and beyond.
Joël Bouzou, a bronze medalist during the 1984 Olympic Games and World Champion of modern penthathlon in 1987, is the founder and president of Peace and Sport, an NGO created in 2007 whose motto is "Building sustainable peace through sport".
In Latin America, the countries that don't recognise Palestine are few --including Colombia. As a result, President Abbas visited Juan Manuel Santos in Bogota to discuss relations between Palestine and Israel.
In an addition to our usual monthly podcast, we have some special audio for you from the newly concluded 3rd Arab Bloggers Meeting in Tunisia. In this edition, interviews with: Lilian Wagdy, Yazan Badran, Nasser Weddady, Marek Tuszynski, Jillian York, Saed Karzoun, and Malek Khadraoui.
Rasha Hilwi, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, is a well-known journalist and blogger and was among the Palestinian bloggers refused visas to Tunisia in order to attend the 3rd Arab Bloggers Meeting. Here, Global Voices interviews Rasha.
The buzz surrounding the third Arab Bloggers Meeting, which opened yesterday in Tunis, is being marred by the absence of Palestinian bloggers, who were refused entry visas. Bloggers have joined forces to demand an explanation.
On Thursday, President Sarkozy of France visited Morocco to oversee the launch of construction work on a new TGV rail link between the cities of Tangier and Casablanca. Moroccan bloggers are questioning the relevance, political significance and the motives behind the costly project.