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.

Ruth Pollard

Beitar flashpoint fuels Israeli racism debate

Ruth Pollard As the deafening roar of the crowd grew louder and hundreds of police, security guards and undercover officers kept a careful watch on volatile fans, a young Muslim soccer player ran onto the field,...

Australian, Hezbollah links to deadly bus bombing

Bombing.

Ruth Pollard An Australian with connections to the Hezbollah militant group is one of the key suspects in a bombing that killed five Israelis and a local bus driver at an airport at a Black Sea resort last year,...

Syrians accuse Israel of raid on military site

Benjamin Netanyahu.

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: The Syrian regime has confirmed Israeli jets bombed a military research centre north of the capital, Damascus, as tension mounts inside Israel about the possible movement of chemical and...

Israel strikes Syria as tensions rise on weapons

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Syrian regime confirms Israeli jets bombed a military research centre north of the capital, Damascus, as tension mounts inside Israel about the possible movement of chemical and other weapons from...

Israel attacks Syria-Lebanon border: report

Ruth Pollard Israeli forces have reportedly attacked a convoy on the Syria-Lebanon border, unnamed security sources say, as tension mounts inside Israel about the possible movement of chemical and other weapons...

Massacre corpses pulled from Syrian river

Syrian citizens, background, gather to look at the dead bodies, at a river in the neighborhood of Bustan al-Qasr in Aleppo, Syria

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem The bodies lay on the muddy concrete edge of a small canal in Aleppo, many with their hands tied behind their back, each with a bullet to the head, their blood spilling into the stagnant water below.

Aleppo massacre: 68 bodies found near river

Sixty-five found executed in Syria's Aleppo (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard The bodies lie on the muddy concrete bordering a small canal in Aleppo, many with their hands tied behind their back, each with a bullet to the head, their blood spilling into the stagnant water...

Israel criticised over Palestinian deaths

An Israeli border policeman fires a tear gas canister at stone-throwing Palestinian protesters (unseen) during clashes at a weekly protest against the nearby Jewish settlement of Kdumim, in the West Bank village of Kfar Kadum, near Nablus.

Ruth Pollard Israel's army has been criticised for its use of live fire against Palestinians, as concern mounts among human rights organisations over the civilian death toll since the start of the year.

Israel's rising star a partner for Netanyahu's coalition

Ruth Pollard As Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled to form a stable coalition, Israel's new political star rejected the idea of forming a centrist ''blocking majority'' to put the brakes on the right-wing Prime...

Centre will not hold as Lapid rejects block on Netanyahu

A worker removes election banner of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: As Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled to form a stable coalition, Israel's new political star signalled his intention to join the government, rejecting the idea of forming a centrist ''blocking...

Lapid leans right to rescue Netanyahu

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard As Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled to form a stable coalition on Wednesday, Israel's new political star signalled his intention to join the government, rejecting the idea of forming a centrist "blocking...

Deadlocked result enfeebles Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard Benjamin Netanyahu says he will continue as Prime Minister of Israel despite his rightwing party suffering a heavy blow in the polls, while the country's right and centre blocs remained locked in a...

Support for Israeli PM plummets

Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard, Tel Aviv New centre-left party led by former TV presenter wins surprise second place as Kadima party founded by Ariel Sharon is wiped out.

Arab Israeli MP determined her voice will be heard

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard HANEEN ZOABI paces the floor of her office in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth, a small bundle of energy who faces the almost impossible task of persuading a disillusioned and demoralised Arab...

Arab MP struggles to persuade a disillusioned community to vote

Ruth Pollard Haneen Zoabi paces the floor of her office in the northern Israeli city of Nazareth, a small bundle of energy facing the almost impossible task of persuading a disillusioned and demoralised Arab...

Labor's star rises in Israel after giving ground on Palestinian peace

Ruth Pollard ''THE left was dying,'' says Stav Shaffir matter-of-factly.

Peace plans, Obama put squeeze on Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Israel is entering the final phase of its election campaign with an increasingly rocky relationship with the US and under pressure from France and Britain, who are reportedly working...

Ruth Pollard

Economy looms large in Israeli elections

Ruth Pollard When hundreds of thousands of Israelis took to the streets to protest against the country's impossibly high cost of living and a deterioration in public services, the anger of the demonstrators was...

Peace activists forced from West Bank protest

Palestinians, together with Israeli and foreign activists, demonstrate as they walk around newly-erected tents in an area known as E1, near Jerusalem

Ruth Pollard Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered security forces to evacuate up to 250 Palestinians and international peace activists who set up an 'outpost' in a contested area between Jerusalem...

Far right spells danger for Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Israel's election campaign has entered its final frantic two weeks, with political advertisements flooding television and radio focused on domestic socio-economic issues and parties all...