Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard is the Middle East Correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Her job takes her throughout the Middle East and North Africa, reporting on the Arab revolutions from Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Tunisia and on the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

Palestinian missile hits Jerusalem's outskirts

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Ruth Pollard Israel's government has approved the mobilisation of as many as 75,000 army reservists after a long-range missile fired from Gaza landed in an outlying Jerusalem suburb, setting off air raid sirens...

Israel told Jerusalem plan 'a provocation'

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Ruth Pollard Middle East Correspondent Jerusalem Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is determined to press ahead a large settlement in East Jerusalem despite criticism.

25 killed as Israel prepares for ground assault

A Palestinian boy carries his belongings as he walks past the rubble of his family's house in Gaza City, which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike on Wednesday.

Ruth Pollard Aerial and naval bombardment of Gaza intensifies as Hamas fires rockets at Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

No balm in sight for the broken land of Gaza

Relatives of a man reportedly killed by an Israeli air strike grieve at Gaza's Shifa Hospital.

Ruth Pollard The supply cupboard is almost bare at Gaza’s Shifa Hospital, but there is death and chaos all around.

Palestinians hope Pope's visit can help bring change

Members of the Palestinian presidential guard.

Ruth Pollard Among the olive trees and ancient terraces, the faithful of the Cremisan Valley held mass on Friday to pray that Israel would not go ahead with plans to extend its giant, concrete security wall...

Locals prepare for Pope Francis' historical visit to Holy Land

Pope Francis prays at Bethany on the River Jordan, where some Christians believe Jesus was baptised.

Ruth Pollard As a team of cleaners in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre worked on their hands and knees, Vatican flags were being hung outside Jerusalem’s Old City.

Australian journalist to stand trial in Egypt for airing 'false' news

Facing trial ... al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste is accused of collaborating with Egyptians to air false news.

Ruth Pollard Egypt intensified its media crackdown on Wednesday with the country's military-backed government announcing 20 journalists from Al Jazeera, including one Australian, would stand trial accused of...

Ariel Sharon dies after 8 years in a coma

Ariel Sharon had been in a coma since 2005.

Ruth Pollard Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died aged 85 after spending eight years in a coma following a stroke.

Israelis pay final respects to Ariel Sharon

Israeli President Shimon Peres lays a wreath by the coffin of former prime minister Ariel Sharon at the Knesset.

Ruth Pollard The body of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon lay in state at the Knesset as a small but steady procession of people arrived to pay their respects to the man at once respected and reviled.

Chaos in Gaza as Israel steps up bombardment

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Ruth Pollard Israel intensified its attacks on the Gaza Strip in the hours before an expected ceasefire announcement, pounding multiple targets in Gaza City and dropping leaflets telling residents in key areas to...

Cosmetics firm accused of plundering Dead Sea

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Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: The Israeli cosmetics company Ahava is under increasing pressure over its role in the exploitation of the Dead Sea, with renewed allegations that it is committing war crimes by mining...

Israel eases over Eritrean asylum seekers

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Ruth Pollard Middle East Correspondent Jerusalem ERITREAN asylum seekers trapped in searing temperatures between the Egyptian border and a large fence Israel built to keep out 'illegal infiltrators' will not be allowed into Israel, the government...

Crisis deepens as mass protests hit West Bank

A Palestinian youth prepares to throw a burning tyre during a protest

Ruth Pollard BETHLEHEM: Cities across the West Bank are in the grip of mass protests as taxi drivers, teachers, shopkeepers and other Palestinian workers joined a strike to protest against fuel price rises and...

Verdict near on activist's Gaza bulldozer death

Rachel Corey, who was killed in Rafah in southern Gaza Strip.

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem A family's nine-year fight for justice culminates today when a court delivers its verdict in the civil lawsuit against the state of Israel over the killing of US peace activist Rachel Corrie, who was...

Dead Sea mud a sticky issue for Israeli company

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Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Israeli cosmetics company Ahava is under growing pressure over its role in the exploitation of the Dead Sea, with renewed allegations that it is committing war crimes by mining Palestinian-owned...

Torture part of Gaza justice system

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem The Hamas-administered criminal justice system in Gaza runs on arbitrary arrest, torture, unfair trials and other serious violations, a report examining its five-year rule of the tiny coastal strip...

Five killed in Gaza assassinations

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Ruth Pollard In a deadly cycle of targeted assassinations and retaliatory rocket fire, five Palestinians were killed and more were injured in Gaza over the weekend, while militants fired dozens of rockets into...

Israelis back discrimination against Arabs: poll

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Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Most Jewish citizens of Israel support discrimination against Palestinians, a new poll has found, with 69 per cent advocating preference for Jews over Arabs in government jobs and 74 per...

Tensions rise over Gaza rocket attacks

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Ruth Pollard Jerusalem: The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, threatened "more extensive and deeper action" against militants in the Gaza Strip, after 79 rockets and mortar shells were fired into...

Fears Netanyahu's plan to unite right-wing parties could backfire

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman shake hands.

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: United in ''mutual distrust'', the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, forged ahead with plans to merge the lists of their right-wing...