Good times, danger signs in West Bank

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — The good news is that the West Bank is normal — kind of — and that people are content — sort of. The bad news, the Palestine Liberation Organization thinks it’s responsible for the good news. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who’s also the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chief, has decided to […]

The Last Man in London

Here’s my latest post on the International Crime Authors Reality Check blog: During my teens, my family lived in a house in Addington, at the very farthest reach of South London. At the bottom of the hill, the road made its final exit from London. Not quite wide enough for two cars, it traveled onto […]

Omar Yussef for President of Palestine!

My latest post on the International Crime Authors Reality Check blog: Unlike the Palestinians (who don’t have one), Palestinian politics is in a real state. A civil war that’s been bubbling and sometimes burning for two years plus. No government in Gaza because Hamas, which rules there, is isolated. Accusations by a top PLO official […]

What do Palestinians think of Omar Yussef?

I’ve noticed that in readers’ forums the question often comes up: What do Palestinians think of my sleuth Omar Yussef? Generally people are curious about that, but there’s also the subtext: if Omar is so critical of other Palestinians, surely ordinary Palestinians wouldn’t like him (that is, they’d prefer him to blame Israel for everything […]