Mel Frykberg

Israel threatens Palestinian unity with economic sanctions

Mel Frykberg
3 May 2011
Israel has lashed out at the recent ground-breaking deal in Cairo, which will see unification of the two main Palestinian political factions after four years of bitter infighting, by threatening economic sanctions against the Palestinians.

Legal expert warns of "ethnic cleansing" in Jerusalem

Mel Frykberg
24 March 2011


Richard Falk, an investigator with the UN Human Rights Council, warned this week that Israel is carrying out a form of ethnic cleansing against Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem.

Settlers attack Palestinians on "day of rage"

Mel Frykberg
23 March 2011


RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) - Israeli settlers observed their own “Day of Rage” last Thursday, launching reprisal attacks on Palestinians for the recent murder of a settler family in an illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank, and the demolition of a settlement structure by the Israeli authorities.

Unity calls stifled in West Bank and Gaza

Mel Frykberg
17 March 2011


RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) - Tens of thousands of Palestinians from across the political spectrum took to the streets throughout the West Bank and Gaza on Tuesday to mark 15 March, “the day of rage” to protest the political division between Hamas and Fatah.

Palestinian village under siege following settler killings

Mel Frykberg
16 March 2011


AWARTA, occupied West Bank (IPS) - Food supplies are running low, ambulances have been detained for hours at checkpoints and hundreds of young men have been held, interrogated and beaten up, some requiring hospitalization, in the Palestinian village of Awarta in the northern West Bank. The village has been under continuous curfew for four days.

Gaza's children cope through art

Mel Frykberg
12 January 2011


GAZA CITY, occupied Gaza Strip (IPS) - Despite the lingering trauma of living under siege, regular Israeli military attacks and the consequences of a bloody war several years ago, Gaza’s children still dream of happiness and of normal lives.

Israel further institutionalizes racism toward Palestinian citizens

Mel Frykberg
2 January 2011


RAMALLAH, occupied West Bank (IPS) - A number of recent incidents discriminating against Israel’s Palestinian minority has prompted Israeli Knesset members to debate whether Israel is becoming increasingly racist.

Ardent Zionist turns boycott advocate

Mel Frykberg
21 October 2010


Occupied East Jerusalem (IPS) - A former captain in the Israeli Air Force, previously an ardent Zionist who lost many members of his family in the Holocaust, has been labeled a psychopath and denounced by many Israelis for the moral stand he has taken against the Israeli occupation.

Scavenging lures Gazans to dangerous "buffer zone"

Mel Frykberg
20 October 2010


EREZ CROSSING, occupied Gaza Strip (IPS) - Crossing through the metal-caged tunnel that leads from the Israeli side of the boundary into northern Gaza towards the Palestinian checkpoint, several groups of young Palestinian men and boys can be seen scavenging through piles of rubble.

No justice for slain laborer

Mel Frykberg
6 October 2010


SHUAFAT, occupied East Jerusalem (IPS) - A peaceful morning is interrupted by the sounds of an Israeli helicopter circling overhead — often a sign of trouble on the ground. Later Sunday the news broke — a Palestinian man was shot dead in the village of Issawiya by Israeli paramilitary border police as he tried to enter Israel in search of work.


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