Jon Elmer in BilinJon Elmer is a Canadian writer and photojournalist specializing in the Middle East and Canadian foreign and military policy. He has lived in and reported extensively from the West Bank and Gaza Strip - based in Jenin, Bethlehem and Gaza City - covering such topics as the al-Aqsa intifada, the "disengagement" and siege on the Gaza Strip, the sanctions regime and factional strife in Gaza, and the creation and consequences of the Dayton Army in the West Bank.

Jon has photographed and reported from more than a dozen countries, including Nepal (1998), the Basque region (2000), Western Sahara and Morocco (2000), Israel (2003), Palestine (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009-2011), Jordan (2005, 2009, 2010), Lebanon (2006), Egypt and the Sinai (2009). He has covered 'globalization' summits and accompanying protests throughout North America, including Washington DC, New York, and Quebec City.

His material on the Middle East and Canadian foreign policy has appeared in the Journal of Palestine Studies, Le Monde diplomatique, and The Progressive, among others. He is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera English and a frequent public speaker and radio guest.

Jon completed an honours degree in political science at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia; his thesis - "Pulling from the roots" - was a study of Israel's policy of assassination during the al-Aqsa intifada. He served as an editor and columnist at the Dalhousie Gazette (1999-2003) during that time.

You can follow his news feed on twitter.

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