Paving Zion to put up a parking lot

Intifada fans can breathe a little more easily. Just when it seemed as though no amount of building in Israel’s settlements and harsh statements at the United Nations by the country’s foreign minister could truly provoke new violence between Israelis and Palestinians, the Jerusalem municipality came up with something guaranteed to steam up some hotheads. […]

The war Israelis and Palestinians plan

I posted this on Global Post. JERUSALEM — There’s an old Arab aphorism: “A man with a plan takes action; a man with two plans gets confused.” Apply that to the Israelis and to the Palestinians, and the nonsensical sequence of recent events in the Middle East starts to fall into a comprehensible pattern. It’s […]

Bringing the Mideast to America

Often a novelist can humanize foreign affairs in ways a journalist can’t. To mark publication today of my new Palestinian crime novel The Fourth Assassin, I posted this for my regular column on GlobalPost. Though we do so at our peril, overseas events are easy to ignore. We flip past the foreign pages of the […]

‘Smart People Recommend’…Me

On The Daily Beast‘s Buzz Board, under the headline “Smart People Recommend”, Charles M. Sennott, head honcho of the innovative international news site Global Post, plugs THE SAMARITAN’S SECRET: “Matt Beynon Rees’s Palestinian detective novels reveal more truths about the ‘Holy Land,’ and I use that term loosely, than any straight journalism I’ve ever read […]

Gaza violence disrupts even the dead

Historic World War I cemeteries badly damaged in recent attacks. By Matt Beynon Rees – GlobalPost In Gaza, violence is so prevalent, even death doesn’t put you beyond its reach. Nor does a grave protect you from further insult to your dignity. The fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas gunmen at the turn of the […]