Ruth Pollard

Ruth Pollard

Middle East Correspondent Ruth Pollard has reported on the Arab Spring revolutions, the battle against the Islamic State, tensions in the West Bank, and Egypt's power struggle. Her job has taken her to Libya, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and Tunisia. Her feature writing won a Walkley Award for her coverage of the war in Gaza.

Palestinian hunger strike demonstrations spark clashes

Ruth Pollard in Jerusalem Hundreds of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli security forces as demonstrations in support of hunger striking prisoners sparked growing unrest across the West Bank.

Prison guards 'asleep' when Zygier hanged himself - report

Ben Zygier

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: The Australian suspected of spying for Mossad was left hanging in the bathroom of his cell for more than an hour by prison guards who had ''fallen asleep on the job'' and failed to keep...

Family of suspected spy fought to keep inquiry into his death open

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: Israeli government representatives tried to shut down the investigation into the death in custody of Ben Zygier, the Australian suspected of spying for Mossad, arguing there was no...

Israel denies 'Prisoner X' Zygier was in contact with ASIO

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Ruth Pollard in Jerusalem Seeking to put an end to speculation that the Australian suspected of spying for Mossad was arrested for also passing information to ASIO, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied Ben...

Zygier findings set for release

Ben Zygier.

Ruth Pollard and Philip Dorling A preliminary inquiry conducted by the Israel Prisons Service found that dual Australian-Israeli citizen Ben Zygier committed suicide in solitary confinement by hanging himself with a bed sheet tied...

Israel rejects torture claims in Zygier case

Ben Zygier

Ruth Pollard Israel has defended its actions in the case of Ben Zygier, the Australian citizen who died in its custody, rejecting allegations he was tortured and committing to releasing a judge's report into his...

Israel admits suicide of Prisoner X

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Ruth Pollard After more than two years of silence, the Israeli Government has admitted a prisoner it held in detention for "security reasons" – believed to be the Australian Ben Zygier – committed suicide in...

Strange fate of Benji, the suspected spy

Ruth Pollard in Jabal Akrad, northern Syria

Ruth Pollard WHEN Ben Zygier died in a maximum-security prison in Israel he was under investigation by the spy agency ASIO, which suspected him of using his Australian passport to spy for Israel, Fairfax Media...

'Australian's suicide in solitary': Netanyahu under pressure

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Ruth Pollard Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under pressure to answer questions over allegations that an Australian citizen committed suicide while being held in solitary confinement in the country's...

Palestinian Catholics wary of Benedict's exit

Pope Benedict XVI, right, welcomes Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican in December.

Ruth Pollard Palestinians fear Benedict's resignation may reduce the authority of the church.

Not the goal: Israeli football racism divides fans

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Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: As the roar of the crowd grew louder and hundreds of police kept a careful watch on volatile fans, a young Muslim football player ran onto the field, at once hated and embraced by...

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Beitar flashpoint fuels Israeli racism debate

Fans of Beitar Jerusalem

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

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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

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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...