Charmaine Seitz


Charmaine Seitz is a writer based in Ramallah in the West Bank.

Articles by this Author
The Tar Baby of Foreign Aid

In his 2005 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush, hailing “the beginnings of reform and democracy in the Palestinian territories,” pledged $350 million in US aid to the Palestinian Authority. One day before the...

In Ramallah, Grueling Reoccupation Grinds On

He was the tallest of the Palestinian policemen. Thin, his olive drab uniform ballooning over his boots, he swayed momentarily as a helmeted Israeli soldier stood behind him and tucked the muzzle of a gun into the Palestinian's right armpit,...

The Palestinian Elections That Never Were

January 20, 2003—the scheduled date of elections that existed on Palestinian Authority letterhead alone—passed with the incumbent presidential candidate nearly imprisoned in his offices in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Several...

Appointing Abu Mazen: A Drama with Two Enactments

The Palestinian Legislative Council's approval of the cabinet of newly appointed Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas on April 29, 2003 completed a political drama with two enactments: one received with cheers by the international community and the...

The Search for Good Governance in Palestine

A New Kind of Killing

Hamas Stands Down?

When Osama bin Laden evoked the Palestinian cause in his widely viewed statement October 7, he split Palestinians between those who appreciated the support and those who were horrified by the association. At the same time, the new world “...

Fatah Ventures Into Uncharted Territory