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Five Members of US Congress Take Extreme Right-Wing Tour of West Bank Settlements

(40) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 2:17 PM

The Alternative Information Center has just posted a summary of a story that appeared in Hebrew last week on Arutz Sheva, the settler-affiliated media outlet:

Five US Congressional Representatives recently conducted a "precedent-setting and historic visit" to Israeli West Bank settlements.... The five Republican members of...
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Who Are the Palestinians?

(87) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 4:19 PM

The Palestinian Authority's United Nations bid for statehood is divisive. It has furthered America's and Israel's drift from the international community--and has confirmed, yet again, the United States' deep bias towards Israel. The request is also controversial within Palestinian circles. Even if it is successful, will it create meaningful change...

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Crisis, Shmisis: 81 Congressmen Head to Israel

(149) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 5:42 PM

The American economy is in a crisis. Suburbs are falling into poverty. Schools are struggling. Cities teeter on the edge of bankruptcy.

And 81 U.S. Congressmen are off in Israel when they should be here, dealing with the mountain of problems facing the...

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Israel's Blockade of Gaza: A Twenty-year-old Injustice

(328) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 7:00 PM

The flotilla was intended to challenge the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, a closure that has been decried as a violation of international law. While Israel prevented the boats from reaching the Gaza Strip, the initiative was successful in bringing media attention to the closure.

But Israel remains victorious...

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What Israeli Democracy?

(154) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 1:38 PM

The anti-boycott law, which the Israeli Knesset passed this week, has sparked a storm of controversy both inside Israel and within Jewish communities abroad.

The legislation effectively criminalizes Israelis who answer the Palestinian civil society call to join the BDS movement -- boycott, divestment, and...

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Americans Shouldn't Be Celebrating Bin Laden's Death

(193) Comments | Posted May 3, 2011 | 9:52 AM

Osama Bin Laden is dead. And Americans are celebrating.

Last night, the crowds cheered and sang before the White House and in Manhattan. And, today, the jingoistic, congratulatory op-eds hit the papers.

It's been particularly troubling to me, an American-Israeli, to watch these events unfold from Tel Aviv....

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Israel Celebrates an Oscar and Prepares to Deport Children

(42) Comments | Posted February 28, 2011 | 11:41 AM

It's big news here in Israel that Strangers No More -- a documentary film that focuses on a South Tel Aviv school attended by zarim, Hebrew for foreigners or strangers -- has won an Oscar.

"Thank you most of all to the exceptional immigrant and refugee children from...

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An Arab-American Speaks From Cairo

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2011 | 2:45 AM

An Arab-American, who must remain anonymous due to the Mubarak regime's crackdown on the media, writes from Cairo. I considered trimming this down for readability, but I worried that I would reduce this into a sensationalist news item rather than the thoughtfully written account of the protests that it is....

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The Palestine Papers Might Help the PA Create a Palestinian State

(126) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 4:11 PM

Earlier this week, Al Jazeera* revealed the Palestine Papers -- 1600 internal documents that give a behind-the-scenes look at Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Since then, Middle East analysts, observers, and op-ed writers have been talking about the usual doomsday scenarios: the collapse of the peace process, a Hamas takeover of...

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Detained in Israel

(126) Comments | Posted September 28, 2010 | 10:33 AM

This morning, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire was denied entry to Israel and was detained at Ben Gurion Airport.

Maguire, an Irish peace activist and a co-founder of the Nobel Women's Initiative, was traveling to Israel to lead a delegation through Israel and the Occupied...

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Israeli and Palestinian Schools More Important than Peace Talks

(149) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 7:43 AM

Peace talks and the Israeli school year have started at about the same time. Which is more worthy of your attention?

The school year.

Peace talks are doomed to fail. Hamas, a key player, is being excluded. Just four months ago, Israeli...

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Israeli soldier mocks Palestinian prisoners in photos

(102) Comments | Posted August 16, 2010 | 10:58 AM

Highlighting the cold indifference and cruelty that has come to characterize the Israeli occupation, a recently discharged soldier has posted photos of herself smiling as she sits besides blindfolded Palestinian prisoners.

Eden, the young Israeli woman, posted the pictures on Facebook and titled the album "Army... the most beautiful...

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An open letter of protest to the Israeli government

(19) Comments | Posted August 14, 2010 | 9:01 AM

Tonight hundreds--if not thousands--will march in Tel Aviv to protest the deportation of migrant workers' children.

After a year-long battle over the children's fate, the Israeli government recently approved criteria that will make 800 eligible for naturalization, leaving another 400 vulnerable to expulsion, along with their...

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Israel Prepares to Deport Hundreds of Children

(23) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 5:33 PM

After a year-long battle over the fate of 1,200 children of undocumented migrant workers, the Israeli cabinet has finalized plans that will lead to the deportation of at least 400 minors, along with their parents.

The government also approved criteria that would make approximately 800 of the children eligible...

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Israeli Victimhood: A Threat to the Jewish State

(114) Comments | Posted July 10, 2010 | 3:19 PM

The headline excited me.

"Analysis: Trying one soldier for Gaza war crime doesn't solve root of problem," it read. Finally, a discussion of the Israeli army's culture of impunity, I thought. Or perhaps some reflections on a state that behaves as though neither the international community nor...

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Israel Continues to Ignore the Human Toll of the Siege on Gaza

(683) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 4:22 AM

Fidaa Talal Hijjy, a resident of the Gaza Strip, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in 2007--the same year Israel's blockade of Gaza began. As her health deteriorated, so did Gaza's medical system. Drugs are in short supply. Hospitals lack necessary equipment. And because the siege on Gaza also impedes the...

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Challenger I Passengers: Israeli Commandos Shot First

(137) Comments | Posted June 8, 2010 | 7:28 PM

Alex Harrison, a British activist who participated in the Freedom Flotilla, was on the neighboring Challenger 1 when the Israeli army overtook the Mavi Marmara, leaving nine activists dead and dozens injured.

The Israeli army has released edited video footage showing soldiers being beaten by passengers on the Mavi Marmara....

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Israeli Left Denounces IDF's Raid of the Freedom Flotilla

(10) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 12:21 PM

Some 2,000 demonstrators gathered outside Israel's Ministry of Defense late Monday to protest the military's violent raid on an aid flotilla that attempted to break the country's years-long siege on the Gaza Strip.

Approximately 100 Tel Aviv and border police officers were present and one left-wing activist, Matan Cohen, was...

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Amnesty International: "Much of Gaza was razed to the ground..."

(7) Comments | Posted May 27, 2010 | 12:10 PM

Destroyed houses, tent camps, clouds of white phosphorous--these were just a few of the images of Gaza included in the video that accompanied Amnesty International's annual human rights report, which was released yesterday.

The report covers 2009, including Operation Cast Lead, which began in late December 2008 and ended...

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Reporter's Notebook: My Political Depression, My Personal Hope

(4) Comments | Posted May 21, 2010 | 3:32 AM

I'm not sure I should be saying this publicly, but I've not been writing much lately because I've been in a bit of a depression.

A political depression, that is. Interviews, research, press releases, and headlines pile on top of me, one after another, leaving me heavy and defeated....

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