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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 Israeli Claims

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 5:45 PM

Before the information revolution, it was a given that a victor writes history. In today's world, with credible irrefutable information at your fingertips, how come so many people get it wrong? Media spin has gone into overdrive in justifying the Israeli onslaught against Palestinians in Gaza. A careful study of...

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Basic Conditions for Any Ceasefire Require a Political Element

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 5:52 PM

In violent conflicts, parties to the conflict are always under pressure to ceasefire. Ceasefire agreements tend to have different formats but there are two basic requirements that successful long-term ceasefires require.

The first is clear: a total cessation of all attacks using all forms of weapons and from and...

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Is War on Gaza Based on an Israeli Fabrication?

(6) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 5:32 AM

When three Israelis went missing three weeks ago, and before any evidence was made available, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided on his own to pin responsibility on the Islamist movement Hamas. He and his political and military cohorts continued with this fabrication by rounding up hundreds of...

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The Kidnapping of Three Israelis Has Brought Attention Back to Palestinian Conflict

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 3:02 AM

The kidnapping of three Israeli religious settlers in an area under the total administrative and security control of the Israeli army has partially brought back attention to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but for the wrong reasons.

While it is natural that the phone calls by US Secretary of State John Kerry...

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Palestinian prisoners detained without charge or trial hunger for freedom

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 1:49 AM

Since April 24, 120 out of the 189 Palestinians held without charge or trial have refused taking any food. Hundreds, and on some days thousands, of fellow prisoners also joined them.

The usefulness of the protest was made clear by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's call...

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Netanyahu Panders to Far Right Settlers

(7) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 3:07 AM

Politicians the world overweigh their decision and statements on numerous levels: What will be their effect on the position, will they work and how will they affect the politicians' long-term career?

Israeli leaders, especially Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, do not appear to care about the consequences of their position, nor...

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Pope's Visit: A Resounding Success

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 11:55 PM

At all levels, the visit of Pope Francis to Jordan and Palestine was a huge success.

For about 26 hours, everything was implemented as planned. And the few unplanned moments worked out quite well, leaving indelible memories and images.

The Pope's visit was billed as pilgrimage to the Holy Land...

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Palestinian Reconciliation Moving in PLO and Abbas' Direction

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 10:54 AM

Early signs of efforts to produce a unity Palestinian government reflect many of challenges, expected after a seven-year-long division.

News from Ramallah and Gaza reveals the apparent capitulation of Islamic Hamas to its nationalist adversary.

The choice of prime minister appears to be moving in the direction of...

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Israel Continues Imprisoning Palestinians Without Charge or Trial

(7) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 5:36 PM

Imagine being stopped at an Israeli checkpoint and being taken into custody. Then finding yourself in an Israeli jail for six months without charge or trial. After six months, the administrative order signed by a military commander is renewed. An Israeli military judge is presented a secret file which neither...

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Unity of Palestinians in the Diaspora Is a National Priority

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 5:11 PM

One of the most obvious results of the failure of the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks has been the realization that disunity greatly weakens the Palestinian negotiating position.

Not only were Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his team unable to answer the simple question of whether they speak for all Palestinians or...

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Islamic Scholars Approve Visit to Jerusalem

(8) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 2:45 AM

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' repeated call on Arabs and Muslims to visit Jerusalem is finally paying off.

A conference held in Amman, courageously tackled this issue and produced a surprising number of supporters, including many among Islam's most respected scholars.

Although Jerusalem has been under occupation since 1967, citizens of...

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Easter Festivities and Restrictions in Jerusalem

(7) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 8:57 AM

The dwindling Palestinian Christian population celebrated Palm Sunday in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and even in Gaza. Eastern and Western Christian calendars were united this year, bringing larger numbers to the celebrations than usual. Israel again this year issued permits for Palestinian Christians from nearby Bethlehem and Ramallah to enter Jerusalem to...

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Abbas Moves Bring Out Israeli Arrogance and Paternalism

(50) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 5:30 PM

The decision by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to sign 15 international treaties brought further proof of Israeli arrogance, paternalism and even racist attitudes toward the Palestinians.

Public statements by senior Israeli officials, as well as commentaries and analyses by Israeli pundits show angry reactions to the Palestinian move, something akin...

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Palestinian Leader Joins UN Treaties and Continues Talks

(4) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 5:17 PM

Modern technological development has brought with it the term multitasking, a term that replaced the popular "Can you chew and walk at the same time."

Palestinian negotiators are now facing the tough challenge of applying to join various UN agencies while, at the same time, agreeing, to continue...

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Arab Lip Service to Palestine

(3) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 7:31 PM

One of the most telling signs that the Arab Spring has lost its reform steam appeared clearly in the latest meeting of Arab leaders in Kuwait. The Arab League's now annual summit witnessed a parade of Arab leaders agreeing unanimously on their support for Palestine.

This lip service...

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U.S. Calls to Palestinians to Take Risks for Peace Sound Hallow

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 7:22 PM

The need for Israel and Palestine, the parties to decades long conflict, to take risks for peace are obvious and expected. But U.S. President Barack Obama's public call on Monday on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to take risks for peace sounds hollow without any concrete changes on the ground.


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Reality Check Forces the Search for a New Post-Dispensational Theology

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 5:37 PM

A search is on among Christian evangelists to find a new theology that can take the place of the discredited dispensational theology, which many are unable to defend in light of the realities on the ground. The most critiqued part of dispensationalist theology is blindly assigning support for...

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Israeli Occupier-occupied Paradigm Must End

(5) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 2:28 AM

For 46 years the bridge connecting the West Bank with Jordan has been a source of hardships, humiliations and extremely long and unnecessary delays, not to mention cumbersome and exaggerated body and baggage searches. This nightmare has to end.

What happened on Monday morning March 10th...

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Palestinian's Abbas in for a Fight of His Lifetime in Washington

(2) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 7:02 AM

Palestinians expect their leader to have the fight of his life as he goes to Washington for a tough summit with U.S. President Barack Obama March 17.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to be facing pressure from the U.S. to accept the framework agreement being drawn up...

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Dead Sea Declaration Gives boost to Community Media in MENA region

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 7:11 AM

More than 120 community radio activists from 14 Arab countries gathered at the lowest spot on Earth to talk about the challenges of producing, broadcasting and sustaining community owned media, especially radio. A declaration, the Dead Sea Declaration issued by the partcipants called for an "enabling legal and...

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