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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

Diplomacy, Timing and Palestine

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 10:25 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 | 11:01 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 | 12:34 PM

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 | 12:36 PM

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 | 12:53 PM

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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My First Interview with Yasser Arafat

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 1:15 PM

In the spring of 1994 I had the privilege of having an exclusive interview with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

The chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was still in Tunis at the time and the interview was arranged for me by three local West Bank leaders I knew, Marwan...

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Don't Forget Gaza

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 3:11 PM

For a few days last week Gaza Strip turned into a large prison.

Ever since October 24, the Rafah crossing point has been closed by the Egyptians following the huge attack on the army in north Sinai.

Israel has also closed all its crossings with Gaza on

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The Leaderless Political Orphans of Jerusalem Revolt

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 12:11 PM

For years, governing powers in the Middle East have worked hard at decimating the leadership structure of any opposing group. Experts credit the success of various revolts and protests during the past three years to a leaderless revolution that governments were unable to predict or to stop.

In a strange...

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Restrictions on Movement of Palestinians Still Major Source of Frustration

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 3:05 PM

"My homeland is not a suitcase and I am not a traveller," wrote Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

But for many Palestinians living in the besieged homeland, the right to movement guaranteed in the University Declaration of Human Rights (Article 13) is just ink on paper.

I met last...

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Good News From Palestine, for a Change

(3) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 2:43 AM

After the collapse of the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, in April, the July war on Gaza, the August drowning of hundreds trying to emigrate to Europe and the September war of words between their two major factions, Palestinians welcomed this week a series of unexpectedly good news.

This began with...

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Palestinian Trying to Rebuild Progressive Women Radio

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 7:47 PM

When I met Islam Barbar in a Gaza restaurant in 2012 while on a human rights mission, I was impressed with her cheerful demeanor but taken aback by the hopelessness that she felt. Although Barbar was publishing media reports, running her own media training center and active in women's rights...

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Is Palestine Forgotten in Current War on ISIS?

(2) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 6:13 PM

When US Tomahawk missiles and fighter jets began their bombardment of Syria, it felt strange. Foreigners bombing a sovereign Arab country without the approval of its leadership produced few signs of public discontent.

And, for the first time in decades, a war is taking place in the Middle East...

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Najwa Najjar's Film Reflects Palestinian Humanity

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 10:50 AM

The 700-seat Ramallah Cultural Palace, on whose premises is the grave of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, was overcrowded on September 9. Over 850 people packed the cinema hall to watch Najwa Najjar's premiere of her second long feature film, Eyes of a Thief.

The Palestinian filmmaker's...

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What Is the Source of the New Found Courage of Abbas?

(21) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 8:49 PM

"I have had it up to here," said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the emir of Qatar and the head of Hamas.

"I have had it with Hamas, with Arabs with Israel and even with Fateh."

Abbas' words and the minutes of the meetings of the three on...

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Coalition for Peace Must Be as Strong as Coalition to Stop Gaza War

(2) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 9:26 AM

After 51 horrible days, the people of Gaza, Israel and the world breathed a sigh of relief when a ceasefire agreement was announced by the Palestinian president on August 26.

The impressive regional and international coalition that worked on putting a stop to this war went back to...

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To Accomplish Liberation, Palestinian Unity Must Be Preserved

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 8:36 PM

It was no coincidence that the announcement of the permanent ceasefire agreement was be made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at his Ramallah headquarters.

While Abbas may have been battered in social media and in activists' circles, it is clear that, in real terms, he emerged as a key player.

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How to Make the Israeli Occupation Costly?

(6) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 7:41 PM

As the war on Gaza intensified and the images of killed children made the rounds, people all over the world asked a simple question: What can be done to stop this carnage?

The answer is: make the occupation costly and strengthen the resilience of the Palestinians.

It is clear that...

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Jerusalem Grandfather With Hope

(15) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 6:02 PM

This week I became a grandfather.

My eldest daughter, Tamara, gave birth to a baby girl in Jerusalem; baby and mother are healthy and fine.

This piece of good news did not come so easily emotionally or politically, however.

For weeks, we have been hearing, seeing and talking to people...

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War on Gaza a 'Tie' With Hamas

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 7:18 PM

The images were different, but two words were repeated in most TV graphics announcing the start of the ceasefire. "Gaza victorious" (Gaza tantaser) were the words superimposed on images of Palestinian fighters, rockets and scenes of destruction in the background.

So was Gaza really victorious?

The destruction, the...

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Gaza and the West Bank One Palestinian Entity

(19) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 6:08 PM

The admission was buried deep in a long, drawn-out analysis by Israel's leading columnist. Nahum Barnea revealed that one of the yet to be declared results of the war on Gaza is the realization that the attempts to separate Gaza from the West Bank has failed.

While the...

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