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Photos: On the ground in Gaza

With bombs and rubble in the streets, Anne Paq captures life on the Gaza strip after the bombings.

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Egypt’s distrust of Hamas strains Palestinian ties

Could Egypt be doing more to broker a peace deal between Israel and Gazan militants? Rachel Williamson, freelance journalist in Cairo, says although Egypt used to support the Palestinian cause, its fear of Hamas has caused it to take a step back.

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Corporal punishment in schools should stay in the past

Crikey readers have their say on corporal punishment and BDS.

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What’s the difference between Syria and the Occupied Territories?

Crikey readers have their say on carbon credits, Syria and other issues of the day

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Occupied, disputed or invaded?

Crikey readers have their say on Rolf Harris, unemployment and other issues of the day.

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In Palestine, a question for Australia: are we on ‘the right or wrong side of history’?

Australia has decided to stop referring to Palestinian territories in East Jerusalem as “occupied”, which has won it friends in the Israeli government but has outraged Palestinians. Freelance writer Nigel O’Connor reports from Ramallah.

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Running from war to create a new Palestinian narrative

Palestinians ran for peace in only the second Palestine Marathon on Friday. Kim Wilkinson, a Middle East academic, reports from Bethlehem on an event that makes a peaceful protest.

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Coalition takes a pro-Israel turn, no one notices for weeks

The Abbott government has changed tack on the Middle East, taking a more strident pro-Israel approach at the UN in the past fortnight. So why have they kept so quiet about it, and why aren’t questions being asked?

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Fallout from Israeli elections: peace at last?

Change might just be afoot in the Middle East, following Israeli elections and comments by new US Secretary of State John Kerry. Analyst Jack Georgieff asks if peace is on the way — or will it be more of the same.

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Tectonic shift on the two-state solution?

After a senseless exchange of rockets and shells and now a vote in the UN, the world has seen a tectonic shift in how the Israel-Palestine conflict is viewed.

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Crikey Calling #2: history of a PM and Palestine

In the latest episode of the Crikey Calling podcast, Jason Whittaker and Bernard Keane go through the AWU slush fund scandal/smear and the final question time for the year, as well as the issue of the Palestine UN vote.

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Abstention sends a strong message to both sides

Crikey readers weigh in on the big issues of the day.

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PM’s Palestine problem bad start to our UN stint

The Prime Minister needs to take advice from people who understand international relations. On Israel it looks like she has done the opposite, writes retired diplomat Bruce Haigh.

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Gaza conflict re-opens debate: should junkets be junked?

At least two Australian journalists are reporting on the current Middle East conflict thanks to a lobby-funded study tour, but only one of them is declaring it in their articles. Is that ethical?

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Life under an Israeli watchtower: postcard from South Hebron

As the Palestinian Authority prepared to apply to upgrade its status at the UN, Rick Smith, a humanitarian volunteer in Palestine, describes the reality of daily life for thousands of people.

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Walking the streets of Hebron, a city cleaved in two

Hebron is an experience like no other — the most striking and terrible manifestation of Israel’s occupation that one is likely to encounter — but the halting journey is ultimately worth it.

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Palestine’s Street of Martyrs paved with anger and regret

Politics infuses everyday encounters in the West Bank. Our correspondent continues his tour of the Middle East with a visit to a Palestinian refugee camp where martyrs are honoured and tensions bubble.

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‘Making beer is a form of resistance’: brewing West Bank tensions

Beer brewers in Palestine lost many of their customers when the Israeli walls went up. But one defiant ale maker says it’s all part of a resistance fight for freedom.

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‘Black week for a free press in Palestine’: journos, academic arrested

It may be the season in Palestine but we are a long way from last year’s Arab Spring uprisings, writes Nigel O’Connor, a freelance journalist and writer in Palestine.

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Two occupations: Occupy London and Palestine

As someone who has witnessed the humiliations daily endured by Palestinians living decade after decade under ‘occupation’ the word occupation was for Richard A. Falk an inalterably dirty word. That is until he visited the Occupy London protests.

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Obama’s best strategy for the Middle East? Do nothing

Those pushing Barack Obama to act on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking should quiet down and remember there is little or nothing he can do. Obama’s top priority needs to be re-election, writes Aaron David Miller.

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What Barack Obama couldn’t do in the Middle East

Obama’s UN speech was completely unable to hide the fact that America’s Middle East policy is headed for an almighty train wreck.

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Locals in Yasser Arafat Square: ‘we know the peace process has stopped’

In the eyes of Palestinians direct negotiations have become delegitimised, writes Nigel O’Connor writes from Ramallah.

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Palestine’s UN bin: a time of great opportunity

The longstanding situation between Palestine and Israel has become untenable, but Palestine’s bid to join the United Nations may turn a crisis into an opportunity, writes James L. Richardson.

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Richardson: opportunity abounds for the Palestinians

The Middle East has unexpectedly become the land of opportunity, and attention is starting to be drawn to whether the Palestinians can take advantage of some of it, or will miss out again.

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