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.

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

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.

Israel accused of torturing prisoner

Generic Beechworth Prison pic, The prison has been sold to a developer much to the concern of local residents. .Age News Pic taken by John Woudstra Feb.8 2007

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: The Palestinian man who died in custody in an Israeli jail on Saturday showed obvious signs of torture, a senior Palestinian government minister said, calling for an independent,...

Palestinian's death prompts call for fresh probe

Palestinian relatives and friends mourn over the death of Arafat Jaradat.

Ruth Pollard The Palestinian man who died in custody in an Israeli jail on Saturday showed obvious signs of torture, a senior Palestinian government minister said, calling for an independent, international...

Oscar hope inspired by a great divider of land and livelihood

A poster for the Oscar-nominated documentary

Ruth Pollard BILIN, West Bank: The tear gas canisters lie in the bright green grass that grows next to Israel's concrete ''separation wall'' in the Palestinian village of Bilin.

Five Broken Cameras

Ruth Pollard Whether Palestinian director Emad Burnat's documentary wins an Academy Award or not, his village’s cause is guaranteed exposure.

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


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


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


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


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...

Ruth Pollard

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


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,...