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Public Opinion and Political Response in Palestine: Leadership, Campaigns and Elections since Arafat

Public Opinion and Political Response in Palestine: Leadership, Campaigns and Elections since Arafat

Editor: Erika Schwarze
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1784534691


Review by Noor Ahmed

Hamas’s resounding electoral victory in the 2006 elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council came as a shock to many, especially with official polls predicting a Fatah victory. The elections were the first time in which both Fatah and Hamas fielded candidates, but the results were surprising to say the least.

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Stepping into the life of displaced refugees

On entering the gallery, the viewer encounters a set of beautifully-captured photographs of Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock

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London’s P21 Gallery is presenting a group exhibition entitled “Jerusalem//Home”, bringing together the photographic works of four young photographers from Jerusalem, ceramic works by two London-based artists, and digital artworks by a US-based Palestinian American artist.

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The hidden story of Iraqi music

 Yair Dalal and Majid Shokor (photo by Fruitful Films)VIDEO

There is a moment towards the beginning of Marsha Emerman’s award-winning documentary On the Banks of the Tigris in which the protagonist and co-collaborator of the film Majid Shokor asks Naji Cohen, an elderly Iraqi Jewish man living in exile in Australia, what he feels when he looks at his violin. The violin lies on the table in front of him, its gleaming mahogany surface reflecting his lined features. Cohen’s smile vanishes from his lips, his eyes downcast, and he descends into silence before looking away from the camera, tears in his eyes. Silently, he gently places the violin back into its case and closes the lid with a resounding snap.

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Monthly Media Digest - April 2013

One of this month's biggest pieces of news was the resignation of Western backed Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. There were widespread hunger strikes in Israeli prisons in protest against the death of an inmate suffering from cancer who had also faced medical neglect by the Israeli authorities, while hunger striker, Samer Issawi, ended his hunger strike following a deal struck with the same authorities.

Writing about the resignation of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, NYT columnist Thomas L Friedman described it as "very bad news". Unelected Fayyad, you see, "was the 'Arab Spring' before there was an Arab Spring". This was a prime example of the conundrum facing Western liberals who want to export democracy but only if the right people win elections.

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LIVE BLOG: UK Parliament votes on military action in Syria

UK Parliament votes on military action in Syria

Starting after 11.30am GMT on 2 December, Diana Alghoul will be live blogging the morning session at the UK House of Commons as MPs decide on British military intervention in Syria.

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‘Dinner With Saddam’ – A play that offers food for thought through comedy

‘Dinner With Saddam’ – A play that offers food for thought through comedy

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Upon seeing the world première of Anthony Horowitz’s new play “Dinner with Saddam” at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, one can’t help but feel awkward and uncomfortable at a play that tries to highlight Iraq’s modern history, with all its conflicts and suffering, in a farcical way where misery is presented as a comedy for the London audience. While it does succeed in generating constant laughter from its audience, the question is whether the Iraqi people are ready to laugh or find their years of suffering a source of comedy for others especially as for most the wounds have not yet healed.

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Monthly Media Digest - March 2013

This month, the two and a half years of rocky diplomatic relations between Turkey and Israel following the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010 appear to be coming to a close with Natanyahu finally offering an apology. Several NGO reports have revealed the systematic Israeli detention and abuse of Palestinian children. Obama's first visit to the Holy Land proves wholly underwhelming. And the long-time supporter of the Palestinians Cause, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, sadly loses his battle with cancer.

The month got off to a fiery start with the fall-out from Recep Tayyip Erdogan's remark equating Zionism with "a crime against humanity". He was duly rebuked by America's new Secretary of State, John Kerry who also had the task of "salvaging some chance of an improvement in ties between Turkey and Israel - the first a moderate Muslim-majority nation and important NATO ally and the other the principal United States ally in the Middle East". No mean task.

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