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.

An unsteady peace in Gaza

Ruth Pollard, Middle East Correspondent The ceasefire in Gaza is just four days old but already the clock is ticking toward the next outbreak of war.

Obama urges Israel to make peace with Palestine

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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

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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.

Hamas and Israel reach long-term Gaza ceasefire deal after 50 days of war

Palestinian children flash the sign of victory as they celebrate the ceasefire in the streets in East Jerusalem.

Ruth Pollard Fifty days of terror – in which more than 2100 Palestinians and 69 Israelis were killed – has come to an end with a ceasefire agreement that loosens controls on Gaza's borders but has yet...

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...

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...

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.

Ceasefire brings Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to a pause for Cairo talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry anounces the ceasefire at a late-night press conference in the Indian capital, Delhi.

Ruth Pollard After 25 days of bloodshed in which more than 1442 Palestinians and 64 Israelis have died, a temporary, 72-hour ceasefire came into force on Friday morning following a night of intensive bombardment...

Gaza ceasefire collapses within hours

Smoke rises following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Gaza City July 16, 2014. Israel resumed its air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday a day after holding its fire in deference to an Egyptian-proposed cease-fire deal that failed to get Hamas militants to halt rocket attacks. Gaza medical officials say 195 Palestinians, including at least 150 civilians, among them 31 children, have been killed. The Israeli military said that since the cease-fire deal was to have gone into effect, Hamas had fired 123 rockets at Israel, one killing a civilian - the first Israeli fatality in the fighting. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Ruth Pollard The brittle ceasefire between Israel and Hamas collapsed just four hours after it began, forcing Palestinians who had returned to their devastated homes to flee again as the sound of tank fire...

'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...

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.

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...

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.

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...

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...