13 November 2009 0 Comments

Is Abbas really ready to quit this time?

Worn out has-been or drama queen? Interpretations of the Palestinian president’s threat to quit vary greatly. By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPost JERUSALEM — Sometimes a quitter really does quit for good. The Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, announced last week that he wouldn’t run for re-election in the proposed January elections. Back when he […]

29 October 2009 0 Comments

Israel’s new weapon: water?

Yet another report accuses Israel of human rights abuses, this time for denying Palestinians water. By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPostJERUSALEM — Human-rights reports condemning Israel’s dealings with the Palestinians have become so frequent of late they’re like the dripping of Chinese water torture. In the last few months, there have been reports on the […]

7 February 2009 0 Comments

New York Times: ‘Samaritan’s Secret’ is ‘provocative…humanist’

In The New York Times Book Review Marilyn Stasio leads her review of current crime novels with my latest Palestinian novel, “The Samaritan’s Secret.” She calls it “provocative…Rees adopts a humanist perspective, keeping the military maneuvers in the background and focusing on ordinary people struggling to live ordinary lives.” It’s an excellent review which gives […]

4 April 2008 0 Comments

New York Magazine: Omar "an unwavering Marlowe of the Arab street"

In a recent feature on “exotic detective” novels, New York Magazine picks the second Omar Yussef Mystery A Grave in Gaza in its top 10: “Do you want me to draw you a diagram?” the one-handed cop asks Omar Yussef, a West Bank native as lost in Gaza as his U.N. colleagues, who one by […]

7 July 2007 0 Comments

Palestinian Civil War Part II: Coming Soon

If you’re inclined to agree with the State Department that, for the time being, it’s just fine to have Hamas isolated in Gaza, so long as Fatah plays nice in the West Bank, think again. This week in Bethlehem, an old friend who’s a member of Fatah told me bitterly that the men who run […]