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.

Death of prisoner sparks anger in Hebron

Ruth Pollard in Hebron In a display of anger and grief, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in Hebron and the northern West Bank to mourn the deaths of three men and protest against the ongoing detention of more...

Sacred but troubled Easter feast

Syriac Orthodox Father Boulus.

Ruth Pollard The wings of an angel curl around his shoulders and the image of a large cross travels down his spine, accompanied by 16 lines of prayer in the ancient script of Aramaic.

Obama came, saw and united, which is bad news for Assad

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard He came to woo the Israeli public and woo them he did, with endless symbolic gestures and a speech that won over many on both the right and left of the political spectrum.

Israeli PM's call soothes relationship with Turkey

Ruth Pollard Israel has apologised to Turkey for the deaths of nine of its citizens during a 2010 Israeli naval raid on a Turkish aid flotilla that was headed for Gaza.

Israel apologises to Turkey

Obama delivers commitment to Israel (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard Israel has apologised to Turkey for the deaths of nine of its citizens during a 2010 Israeli naval raid on a Turkish aid flotilla that was headed for Gaza.

Obama visits the Church of the Nativity

Barack Obama

Ruth Pollard As a fierce sandstorm blew into Bethlehem from the Negev Desert in the south, President Barack Obama made his final stop on his three-day visit to Israel and Palestine before he flies to neighbouring...

Anti-settlement protesters struggle to make Obama hear

Palestinian protest village Afhad Younis

Ruth Pollard On a rocky hill overlooking the large Israeli settlement of Ma'ale Adumim, as sheep grazed along the grassy shoulders of the highway that leads into Jerusalem, a large Palestinian flag unfurled in...

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...

Obama and Netanyahu smooth over tensions

Obama delivers commitment to Israel (Thumbnail)

Ruth Pollard Putting aside their much-analysed frosty relationship, US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented a united, even jovial front at the conclusion of Mr Obama's...

Obama arrives in Israel, this time as president

US President Barack Obama

Ruth Pollard Barack Obama landed in Israel on Wednesday for the first time as US President, on a mission to ease past tensions with his hosts but facing scepticism about his plans to thwart Iran's nuclear threat.

Israel dresses up for Obama's visit but expectations are rock-bottom

Barack Obama

Ruth Pollard The flowerbeds along King David Street in downtown Jerusalem are blooming and the road markings have been freshly painted as the city continues its meticulous sprucing in preparation for the visit of...

Israeli military 'abused' children

Ruth Pollard Palestinian children held in Israeli military detention have been subjected to ''widespread, systematic and institutionalised'' abuse, according to a UNICEF report.

'Systematic' abuse of Palestinian youth: UNICEF

Sayyed Awad

Ruth Pollard Palestinian children held in Israeli military detention have been subjected to "widespread, systematic and institutionalised" abuse, a UNICEF report has found.

Gaza Strip marathon cancelled after Hamas bans female runners

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Ruth Pollard in Jerusalem The UN has been forced to cancel its annual marathon in the Gaza Strip after the ruling Islamist movement Hamas insisted that women be banned from the race.

Rivals and foes give Hamas the cold shoulder

Khalid Mishal

Ruth Pollard Any push by Hamas to install its leader Khalid Mishal as head of the Palestine Liberation Organisation will meet fierce resistance from Israel and will fail if on-again, off-again reconciliation...

Israeli PM thwarted by anti-Orthodox newcomers

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, frustrated by an unexpectedly strong alliance between Israel's two political newcomers, has been forced to seek an extension of time to build a coalition with which...

EU report blasts Israeli zoning, urges sanctions

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a meeting of the Jewish Agency's Board of Governors in Jerusalem February 18, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS)

Ruth Pollard Recommending economic sanctions against Israeli settlements, a scathing report from European Union consulates accuses Israel of illegally annexing East Jerusalem and 'systematically undermining...

'Systematic, deliberate and provocative': EU report critical of Israeli settlements

Jerusalem

Ruth Pollard in Jerusalem Recommending a regime of economic sanctions against Israeli settlements, a scathing report from European Union consuls accuses Israel of illegally annexing East Jerusalem and “systematically...

Israel 'torture' victim's funeral focuses anger

Ruth Pollard SAAER, West Bank: As the men carrying her husband's body drew closer and the sounds of anguish from the thousands of mourners outside grew louder, Dalal Jaradat, three months pregnant with their...

Jaradat laid to rest as anger in West Bank grows

Arafat Jaradat's funeral.

Ruth Pollard Grieving widow Dalal Jaradat watched as men carried her husband's body.