Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Didn't the PA score some million dollar aid grant to address traffic and parking? I remember during the second intifada our first streetlights were crushed by Israeli tanks. But now Ramallah has even got these cool parking machines installed everywhere.
They're not even a year old and are already busted.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Bitterlemons-org - Discussing the Arab Peace Initiative
Check out my article discussing the Price Tag Campaign that has impacted many Palestinians throughout the West Bank, and even recently, the bombarded Gaza Strip.
Al Arabiya news came out with this interesting article listing why Hamas in the Gaza Strip is regulating NGOs closely unlike the West Bank where NGOs seem to be thriving without any exit plan. This comes following Hamas' obstruction of an Amideast student from Gaza to fulfill a scholarship opportunity in the US.
The media is really milking the obstruction of NGO intervention in the Gaza Strip, which is highly touchy for even me to attempt to define for the outside reader. But perhaps my personal experience in grant writing, NGOs, and foreign relations can shed some light as to why Gaza is not easily willing to allow NGOs into the small, narrow, bombarded strip. For the outsider trying to bring aid to Palestine, like Reza Aslan, Hamas seems to be exactly what the media portrays it as: arrogant, stubborn, and not doing enough for the sake of its people.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Is it just me, or is the dude taking it personal because he led a bunch of failures... This is what pissed him off. Read more to figure out why Francis Boyl is taking critique of a UN bid by the Palestinian Authority a bit too personal.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
As underdogs, we get really happy when just about anyone takes our case and supports it. But then there are those few that do what ignorant celebrities do when they support Israel, without even knowing why, and support Palestine out of pure ignorance. Depends on the person you ask whether they'll tell you its a cheap stunt or symbolic enough to have fans start questioning alongside their idols.
In a report published by the UN, the obvious factors are listed as threatening a stable future economy for Gaza and the West Bank. These range from import costs, to unstable job opportunities, a weak and untrained workforce, food insecurity, and the famous separation barrier. But the UN conveniently leaves itself and NGOs out of the picture, a convenience many will not even notice since the UN is paraded around as a Mother Taresa for brown folks.
An initiative to transfer the Palestinians' representation from the PLO to a state will terminate the legal status held by the PLO in the UN since 1975 that it is the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, according to the document. --Maan News
I don't know if the refugees are cool with this, let alone the people who remain in what is left of the West Bank or Gaza. Let's not forget the question of those still in 1948 lands.