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

Slow burn on the road to revolution

Ruth Pollard Some call it a ''government by night'', at once loathed and mocked for its habit of delivering bad news while the country sleeps.

Netanyahu calls early poll to halt 'turmoil'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard ISRAELIS are facing the prospect of early elections again following Benjamin Netanyahu's widely anticipated announcement that his government would go to the polls as early as January.

Austerity budget forces early Israel election

Ruth Pollard Israelis are again facing the prospect of early elections after Benjamin Netanyahu's widely expected announcement that his government would go to the polls as early as January.

Ruth Pollard

Netanyahu calls early elections 'for the benefit of Israel'

Netanyahu

Ruth Pollard Israelis are again facing the prospect of early elections following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's widely anticipated announcement overnight that his government would go to the polls as early as...

Turkey authorises military strikes in Syria as border tension spikes

Turks in Istanbul protest against the notion of a possible war with Syria. Turkey fired on Syrian targets for a second day but said it has no intention of declaring war.

Ruth Pollard Under constant provocation from the Assad regime and shouldering the burden of as many as 150,000 refugees in its camps and towns, Turkey was becoming increasingly unnerved by the worsening security...

Torture part of Gaza justice system

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem The Hamas-administered criminal justice system in Gaza runs on arbitrary arrest, torture, unfair trials and other serious violations, a report examining its five-year rule of the tiny coastal strip...

Crisis deepens as mass protests hit West Bank

A Palestinian youth prepares to throw a burning tyre during a protest

Ruth Pollard BETHLEHEM: Cities across the West Bank are in the grip of mass protests as taxi drivers, teachers, shopkeepers and other Palestinian workers joined a strike to protest against fuel price rises and...

Israel eases over Eritrean asylum seekers

Eli Ishai

Ruth Pollard Middle East Correspondent Jerusalem ERITREAN asylum seekers trapped in searing temperatures between the Egyptian border and a large fence Israel built to keep out 'illegal infiltrators' will not be allowed into Israel, the government...

Syrian refugees caught in a treeless wasteland

Syrian refugee children at Camp Zaatari.

Ruth Pollard Half the population of this refugee camp of 26,000 are children.

Refugee numbers rise as Syrian flee conflict

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Ruth Pollard Ruth Pollard reports from Camp Zaatari, which is home to a rising number of Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Dead Sea mud a sticky issue for Israeli company

Palestine and Israel

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem Israeli cosmetics company Ahava is under growing pressure over its role in the exploitation of the Dead Sea, with renewed allegations that it is committing war crimes by mining Palestinian-owned...

Cosmetics firm accused of plundering Dead Sea

Dead Sea

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: The Israeli cosmetics company Ahava is under increasing pressure over its role in the exploitation of the Dead Sea, with renewed allegations that it is committing war crimes by mining...

Gaza accidental death finding a cover-up: family

Peace activist Rachel Corrie

Ruth Pollard, Haifa The family of peace activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an Israel Defence Forces bulldozer, described a judge's ruling absolving the military of responsibility in her killing as...

Israeli army cleared of activist's death

Ruth Pollard The Israeli Defence Force has been absolved of responsibility in the death of 23-year-old peace activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an armed bulldozer in Gaza in 2003.

Family of dead activist awaits Israeli court's verdict

Rachel Corrie

Ruth Pollard JERUSALEM: A family's nine-year fight for justice culminates today when a court delivers its verdict in the civil lawsuit against the state of Israel over the killing of the American peace activist,...

Verdict near on activist's Gaza bulldozer death

Rachel Corey, who was killed in Rafah in southern Gaza Strip.

Ruth Pollard, Jerusalem A family's nine-year fight for justice culminates today when a court delivers its verdict in the civil lawsuit against the state of Israel over the killing of US peace activist Rachel Corrie, who was...

Israeli soldiers expose plight of Palestinian children

Girl

Ruth Pollard Ruth Pollard reports from Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.

How the Israeli army treats Palestinian children

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Ruth Pollard Israeli soldiers tell how they routinely harass Palestinian families and sometimes shoot children involved in protests. Their testimony was given to campaigning group Breaking the Silence.

Syria strife splinters family life in Golan

Ruth Pollard, Majdal Shams, Golan Heights The old apple farmer sits upright on his lounge, photographs of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his father Hafez al-Assad proudly displayed on the wall behind him.

Syria's prisoners of war in a land of fear

Syria.

Ruth Pollard, Hayyan He says he is 24 but he doesn't look a day over 18 - a terrified young man with two swollen black eyes, cuts to his forehead and ears and the quivering mouth of one who is close to tears.