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.

Obama urges Israel to make peace with Palestine

Ruth Pollard Appealing to Israel's younger generation, US President Barack Obama urged them to look at the world through Palestinian eyes and push their political leaders to take a risk and make peace with their...

Israel, Palestine set to return to peace talks

Syrian peace talks provide ‘common ground’ (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard After a stalemate of nearly three years, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators look set to return to direct, final-status peace talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry said overnight.

Settlements block the road to peace in latest Israel-Palestine talks

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad (right) shakes hands with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Ruth Pollard Five more sessions of talks between Israel and the Palestinians have ended without progress.

Gaza conflict: Shujaiya residents sift through devastation after Israeli air strike

Nissana Sukar in the rubble outside her home in Shujaiyah.

Ruth Pollard Nissana Sukar picked her way carefully over the mountain of twisted metal, smashed concrete and rubble that once was the apartment block next to her home.

Israel rejects Kerry ceasefire plan

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected John Kerry's proposed seven-day ceasefire but will pause military operations against Hamas for 12 hours.

Ruth Pollard In Jerusalem Israel’s cabinet has unanimously rejected a proposal for a week-long "humanitarian pause" in its 18-day long military offensive in Gaza that has claimed at least 820 Palestinian lives, the...

'Humanitarian' ceasefire agreed in Gaza

 Smoke billows from a building hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on Friday.

Ruth Pollard In Jerusalem A 12-hour ceasefire is under way in Gaza, following failed efforts to negotiate a week-long "humanitarian pause" in Israel’s 19-day long military offensive in Gaza that has claimed at...

Palestinian toll tops 1000 as Israel ceasefire called to recover Gaza dead

Families returned to Gaza City on Saturday to find their homes ground into rubble by relentless Israeli tank fire and air strikes. The death toll in Gaza soared to more than 1,000 as bodies were pulled from the rubble during a 12-hour truce.

Ruth Pollard Amid scenes of utter devastation rescue workers in Gaza dug through collapsed concrete to recover bodies buried in homes reduced to rubble by Israeli air strikes, while the toll of Palestinians...

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.

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.

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...

Palestinian unity push angers Israel

Gaza's Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh, right, listens to senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed, left, after the announcement the agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups.

Ruth Pollard Seven years after their violent split, rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have signed a reconciliation agreement and say they will seek to form a unity government within weeks and hold...

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.

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.

Stench of death hangs over Cairo

Egypt

Ruth Pollard There are bodies as far as the eye can see, ice placed on them to slow decomposition.

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...

Israeli settlers launch assault on Palestinian agriculture

A Palestinians demonstrator is restrained by an Israeli soldier as he tries to reach Palestinian lands to pick grape and olive trees, near the fence of the Israeli settlement of Karmi Tsour, in the village of Beit Omar.

Ruth Pollard, Aboud, West Bank Two weeks into the West Bank's annual olive harvest, Israeli settlers have destroyed hundreds of trees and attacked Palestinian farmers in what rights groups warn is a dangerous escalation of...

Palestinian farmers accuse settlers of attacks

A Palestinian security officer helps farmers pick olives during the harvest season, in the northern West Bank village of Maythaloon, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. The U.N. Middle East envoy said on Sunday he's alarmed by attacks blamed on Israeli settlers against Palestinian farmers and their olive trees. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

Ruth Pollard Aboud, West Bank: It is just two weeks into the West Bank's annual olive harvest and already Israeli settlers have destroyed hundreds of trees and attacked Palestinian farmers in what rights groups...

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...

Fury as leader concedes pillar of Palestinian cause

Mahmoud Abbas

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: President Mahmoud Abbas is facing down a furious response from Palestinians at home and abroad over his decision to give up his right to return to his home town of Safad, from where his...

War fears as Israel kills Hamas commander

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Ruth Pollard Israel appears set on a course of open war on Gaza, with bombing continuing and ground forces on stand-by following its assassination of the leader of the Hamas military wing.