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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

Easter Festivities and Restrictions in Jerusalem

(5) 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

(51) 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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Jordanian Diplomacy and Public Protests Produces Results in Protecting Al Aqsa

(3) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 6:38 AM

Jordan succeeded this week to force the Israeli Knesset to cancel a discussion planned for Tuesday regarding Al Aqsa Mosque.

The public debate was initiated by the deputy speaker of the Israeli legislature, Moshe Feiglen, and was intended to focus on the issue of sovereignty over...

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Kerry Peace Plan Shakes up Jordanian-Palestinian Relations

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 7:47 AM

The seriousness of the U.S.-initiated framework for a possible solution to the Israeli-Palestinian problem appears to have shaken dormant relations in the region, including in Jordan.

The Palestinian-Jordanian relationship, which is experiencing its highest degree of cooperation and mutual trust, is being put to the test.

The challenges facing this...

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Egyptian Revolution Will Fail if the Press Is Not Free

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 12:35 AM

I was part of a delegation of the International Press Institute that visited the Egyptian capital last week to try and plead the case of some 12 Egyptian and foreign journalists who are being held behind bars.

The new powers in Egypt seem to have very...

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Free Press Prerequisite for Success of Egyptian Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 11:46 PM

I was part of a delegation of the International Press Institute that visited the Egyptian capital last week to try and plead the case of some 12 Egyptian and foreign journalists who are being held behind bars.

The new powers in Egypt seem to have very...

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Will Palestinians Accept Jewish Settlers in Palestine?

(4) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Jewish settlements in the occupied territories are illegal. The whole world has said so.

When the International Court of Justice in the Hague was asked for an opinion on the Israeli wall built deep into Palestinian territory, the ICJ reaffirmed that occupying powers are not allowed...

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Jordan and Palestinian Refugees

(9) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 8:45 AM

An interesting development is taking places in Jordan: Forty years after the Rabat Summit, which declared the PLO as the "sole legitimate representative" of the Palestinian people, one aspect of representation is being challenged.

Jordanian officials, including the prime minister, the speaker of the Parliament and the foreign...

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Palestinians and Arabs Will Not Budge on Jerusalem

(29) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 11:58 PM

How similar is today to yesteryear?

When U.S. president Bill Clinton failed to move Palestine Liberation Organisation chairman Yasser Arafat on the issue of Jerusalem at the 2000 Camp David talks, he decided to turn to America's Arab allies.

He tried and failed.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, unable...

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Palestinians and Sharon

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 11:11 AM

In Arab tradition it is not customary to say bad things about a dead person even if he/she is your biggest enemy. I am not sure that this tradition will work on most Palestinians regarding the Israeli king of the settlement movement, but for some reason the passing of Ariel...

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How to Ensure U.S. Sponsored Mideast Agreement Not Become Another Interim Deal

(17) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 5:30 AM

The fast-approaching deadline to the 9-month face-to-face Palestinian-Israeli talks highlights the sense of urgency and fear that the April deadline might arrive without any breakthrough.

Palestinians, who were burned in 1993 with a five-year interim agreement that translated into two decades of no progress in the talks, are...

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Musicians and Others Bullied Due to Intolerance

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 2:08 AM

The comment was off the cuff, but the result was angry and violent. The commentator was Jordanian oud player Tareq Jundi; the remark was about the coldness at the Al Hussein Cultural Centre.

"It seems that the diesel hasn't arrived at the theatre from the government,"...

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Jordanians demanding transparent discussions on nuclear plans

(2) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 12:45 AM

Heated discussions today in Jordan are not about political reform or media policy, but about an issue that is even more relevant to every citizen: the nuclear energy programme.
A debate held last Saturday at the Parliament by Radio Al Balad revealed some of the deep-seated emotions...

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