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 There are few certainties in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's monster new coalition, which holds 94 seats out of a 120-seat parliament.
Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Benjamin Netanyahu shocks all sides of the political spectrum with a spectacular last-minute about-face, abandoning his call for an early election and instead bringing the rival Kadima party into his...
Ruth Pollard Israel's highest court has rejected an appeal by two Palestinian hunger strikers against their continuing detention without trial.
Ruth Pollard, Ramallah The number of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails has grown to at least 2800, human rights groups say, while two of the inmates hovered close to death as they entered their 69th...
Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem As surgeon Jacob Lavee was preparing to perform a heart transplant on an ultra-Orthodox Jewish patient, they had a conversation that changed the way he thought about organ donation forever.
Ruth Pollard, Guvecci, Turkey There is no rest for men such as Hassan, who are working to keep Syria's revolution alive. He is not fighting on the front lines, he says as we wind our way towards the farming village where some of...
Ruth Pollard The smell of smoke hangs in the air, and the scorched walls and blackened floor of the empty room speak to the depth of the tragedy that occurred here.
Ruth Pollard, Deir Al-balah The smell of smoke hangs in the air and the scorched walls and blackened floor speak to the depth of the tragedy that occurred here.
Ruth Pollard Reports have emerged of extra-judicial executions of civilians and wounded rebel fighters.
Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem During Holy Week, even the simplest of pilgrimages can be an impossible journey.
Ruth Pollard It is just a gentle slope upwards along the Via Dolorosa but the distance can be taxing when you are a tiny pilgrim carrying a large wooden cross along the ancient, slippery cobblestones of...
Ruth Pollard As Syria's President Bashar al-Assad formally accepted the UN-brokered ceasefire proposal, his troops continued to open fire on people across the country.
Ruth Pollard Hana al-Shalabi's muscles are wasting and she is now on her 41st day without food.
Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: With her muscles wasting and her heart under increasing strain, 30-year-old Hana al-Shalabi is on her 41st day without food, and doctors say her condition is worsening by the day.
Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Israeli government will be forced to confront the settler movement over its policy of turning a blind eye to the construction of illegal outposts.
Ruth Pollard, Zababdeh The Ferris wheel rises up like a giant sculpture in a sea of green, an unlikely punctuation mark at the start of a 12-kilometre walk through the gentle hills and quiet valleys of the northern West...
Ruth Pollard A tenuous Egyptian-mediated ceasefire has come into effect after four days of intense Israeli air strikes and retaliatory attacks from militant groups in Gaza, in the worst outbreak of cross-border...
Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Middle East negotiators will meet today to discuss how to revive stalled peace talks.
Ruth Pollard, Jordan He was naked. Blindfolded. In agonising pain and scared for his life. It was his third period in detention and he would have four more to endure after that.
Ruth Pollard Warning against 'loose talk of war' Obama has not softened his opposition to the idea of a military strike.