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Daoud Kuttab
Daoud Kuttab, an award winning Palestinian journalist who resides in Jerusalem and Amman. He is a regular columnist for
Mr. Kuttab is the director general of Community Media Network a media NGO that runs a radio station in Amman (al balad radio 92.4fm) a newsweb site
His email is

Entries by Daoud Kuttab

Deconstructing Netanyahu

(185) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 9:23 AM

Pundits are wondering why two statements by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prior to the Israeli elections and on the day of the elections drew so much attention.

After the elections, Republican leader and former presidential contender John McCaintold US president Barack Obama to "get over your temper...

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O mundo não está mais obrigado a defender Israel internacionalmente

(38) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 11:22 AM

AMÃ - O eleitorado israelense tinha uma escolha a fazer. Ao reeleger um líder que renegou publicamente seus compromissos com a paz e com a solução de dois Estados, eles votaram contra a paz. Resta saber agora como os palestinos e o mundo vão reagir ao fim desse...

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World No Longer Bound to Defend Israel Internationally

(1919) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 11:29 AM

AMMAN -- The Israeli electorate had a choice to make. By re-electing a leader who publicly reneged on his commitments to peace and a two-state solution, they voted against peace. What remains now is how the Palestinians and the world will react to the closure of the charade...

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Legislative Challenges to the Audiovisual Media in Jordan

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 12:20 PM

Jordan's Parliament is expected to discuss a new audiovisual law. The law fulfills the constitutional need of updating all temporary laws.

The current audiovisual law, issued in 2002, was seen as ushering in an end to government monopoly of airwaves. Tens of private radio and TV stations have...

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When Palestine Becomes an Issue in Philadelphia Politics

(2) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 7:36 AM

When council woman Maria D. Quinones Sanchez from the city of Philadelphia walked into the Mas Islamic Center January 30th to meet with members of her constituency, she had no idea that she will find herself embroiled with the same kind of political controversy that is...

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Did Israel Shoot Itself Out of Security Coordination?

(81) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 2:53 PM

When Israeli soldiers entered the Palestinian Dheisheh refugee camp within the Bethlehem district, they committed a violation of the Palestinian-Israeli agreements often referred to as the Oslo Accords.

The accords, which were scheduled to expire before the end of the 20th century, are still with us a decade...

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Unity Is Needed as Palestinians Wait

(3) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 11:52 AM

As the Palestinian-Israeli conflict awaits Israeli elections, a number of important local and international developments are taking place that could have a long-reach effect on it.

Israeli elections, set for March 17, have all but frozen all efforts to move the stalled peace process. U.S. officials, as well...

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Bob Simon, My Hero

(25) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 7:18 AM

As a journalist who must stay neutral on all issues, I make it a habit not to sign any petitions or political statements. However, in 1991 when I got a call from Francoise, the wife of Bob Simon to organize a petition on behalf of Simon, who was imprisoned by...

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How to Win the Ideological Battle Against Extremism

(48) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 8:39 AM

I am quite certain that the military war on DAESH (ISIS) will be largely won in 2015. The anger that has engulfed Jordan after learning of the heinous crime against the pilot Muath Kassasbeh will certainly help ensure that this war is won militarily. This is the second...

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New Greek PM Supports Palestinian Rights

(4) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 12:47 PM

The results of the snap elections in Greece, which propelled the leftist Syriza Party to power this week, sent shockwaves to many world capitals.

Alexis Tsipras, the new prime minister, has vowed to fulfill his electoral promises, including reversing the harsh austerity plans that Europe has imposed on his country.

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'Palestine' Is Becoming a Bad Word in Washington

(209) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 10:40 AM

The U.S. response to the efforts by Palestinian president to join international organizations, including the International Criminal Court (ICC), is puzzling.

The spokeswoman of the U.S. State Department made an unusual attack in trying to express Washington's opposition. "The United States does not believe Palestine is a sovereign...

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Joint Responsibility for Freedom of Expression Worldwide

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 11:57 AM

Social media activists have filled cyberspace with comments and arguments, criticising or justifying the presence of this or that leader at the gathering held in Paris in support of the people of France after the brutal killing, in two separate attacks on journalists, cartoonists, policemen and everyday shoppers...

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The Real War Is the Ideological One

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 12:43 PM

Very few people know that in Islam there are two kinds of jihad. The smaller Jihad is the more known one, namely the one which reflects a military struggle. But the greater Jihad which is less known is the internal Jihad -- or Struggle.

Few people also know...

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Security Council Vote Legitimizes Israeli Occupation

(160) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 7:54 AM

There is an Arab saying about depriving people of options. It says: "Don't break a full loaf of bread and don't eat from a broken loaf but feel free to eat as much as you want."

This is the international community's response to Palestinian efforts to end the unjust 47-year-old...

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Why I Am Opposed to the Carrying Out of Capital Punishment in Jordan

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 9:36 AM

I am in principle opposed to the capital punishment. I am even more opposed to Jordan carrying out this inhuman punishment for a number of reasons.

One of the main reasons people are opposed to capital punishment is the fact that the chance of miscarriage of justice is high.


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Diplomacy, Timing and Palestine

(2) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 9:25 AM

Time is one of the most crucial elements of effective diplomacy.

A diplomatic act can have disastrous consequences if executed at the wrong time, but can be successful if the timing is correct.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al Malki was quoted Tuesday as saying Palestinians are willing to postpone submitting...

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Men and Women Call on Jordan's MP Hind Fayez to Stand Tall

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 10:01 AM

On the first of December 1955 (the year I was born), a 42-year-old African-American woman, Rosa Parks, made a defiant gesture by refusing to give up her bus seat despite a call by the white bus driver to stand.

The residents of Montgomery, Alabama responded to Parks'...

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A Resounding Public Support for Palestine Around the World

(57) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 11:34 AM

Politicians holding down the floodgates against a public display of support for the state of Palestine were embarrassed in recent weeks. As soon as these political gatekeepers allowed their rank and file to express their positions, tremendous backing came for Palestine and its people. This happened in the

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On the International Day for Solidarity with the Palestinian People

(5) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 11:36 AM

In 1977, the UN General Assembly declared November 29 the international day for solidarity with Palestine.

Last year, the UN secretary general added to this, declaring 2014 the international year for solidarity with the Palestinian people..

As we observe one day and almost the end of...

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The 'Battle for Jerusalem': It Is Personal

(6) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 11:53 AM

It is not clear whether Israeli prime minister's portrayal of the latest violence as the battle of Jerusalem was a description of what was happening or an electoral wish. Whatever the case, the results of the "battle for Jerusalem", if it is that, will certainly be different from what Israelis...

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