Israel touts itself as the bastion of democracy in the Middle East, a mainstay against the dictatorships and monarchies that characterize the region. But there have been some incredibly worrying signs over the last two years in the erosion of freedoms of expression in Israel. One local feminist peace organization is calling on the UN to do something about it.
The Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip generally goes out of its way to court foreign visitors to the embattled coastal enclave. Humanitarian assistance to help the Palestinian people survive the Israeli blockade is welcome. Diplomatic visits are encouraged. Foreign activists, please, come in. Financial assistance, more than welcome… Journalists? Not so welcome.
In their hasty construction of a high-speed train line, Israel seems to have forgotten that between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv is a not-so-minor barrier: Palestine. Israeli and Palestinian activists are calling on people all over the world to pressure foreign companies involved in the rail project to pull out.
Palestinian Minister works to break up telecommunications monopoly