A Great War Correspondent's Report on the Palestinian Refugees, From a Half-Century Ago

Oct. 27 2015

In 1961, the great American war correspondent Martha Gellhorn reported on her visits to Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, Gaza, Jordan, and Jerusalem, as well as to Arab communities in Israel. It seems that not much has changed since then. She found little squalor or misery, but a great deal of hatred for Israel and America. While, time and again, she was told stories of horrible massacres and the shelling of villages by Israel, her interviewees were unable to name a single family member, friend, or acquaintance who was killed. About the one exception, in a camp in Gaza, she wrote:

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More about: Israel & Zionism, Israeli Arabs, Israeli War of Independence, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Palestinian refugees, UNRWA

The U.S. Has Managed to Force a Stalemate in the Syrian Civil War, at Least for Now

In a little remarked-upon statement in May, James Jeffrey, the State Department’s envoy for Syria policy, said that his goal was to turn the war-torn country into “a quagmire for the Russians.” By using economic leverage, this policy has achieved modest success, writes Jonathan Spyer:

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More about: Bashar al-Assad, Russia, Syrian civil war, U.S. Foreign policy