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Arab Israeli Conflict

Relocating The American Embassy To Jerusalem

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.08.2017 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Should President Trump fulfill his campaign promise to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it would have major regional and international repercussions.

President Obama: Visionary in Cairo, Provincial in Jerusalem

Mohammad Tarbush | Posted 10.06.2016 | World
Mohammad Tarbush

In Cairo nearly eight years ago, President Obama looked and sounded presidential. With elegance and grace, he expressed his vision of a future built on mutual respect between the United States and Arab and Muslim countries.

Toward a New International Partnership to Counter Hate Speech

Joseph Braude | Posted 09.11.2016 | HuffPost Home
Joseph Braude

Earlier this year at a conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Saudi King Salman bin Abdel Aziz made a series of noteworthy remarks abo...

Amid ISIS and Syria, Let's Not Forget The Quest for Peace In Israel/Palestine

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.03.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has rarely been so far from finding a resolution. Since the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas during the summer of 2014, the desire to seek peace has been diminishing.

'Hero of Israel' Committed Murder

Issa Amro | Posted 04.15.2017 | Politics
Issa Amro

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rhetoric and policies denying Palestinians freedom and equal rights have long buoyed some Israelis' anti-Palestinian hate.

An Arab and Israeli Student Conference at Harvard Aims to Explore Peaceful Solutions through Business

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 04.01.2017 | College
Malik Siraj Akbar

The Middle East has witnessed tremendous unrest and tension in the recent years and the young business students at Harvard, who are organizing Sunday's conference, are very aware of the challenges of bringing people together.

Facebooking to Peace: Humanizing Israelis, Palestinians, and Iranians

Philippe Assouline | Posted 11.12.2016 | Impact
Philippe Assouline

Ronny Edry is an Israeli graphic designer and peace activist. A few years ago, he became fed up with the headlines and tension between Israel and Iran and decided to reach out to Iranians through his art, on social media. It was a simple message: "Iranians, we love you."

Kumbaya (Not)

John Feffer | Posted 10.22.2016 | Politics
John Feffer

For many years, a two-state solution has been the default response to this wicked problem. But the spread of settlements, the disagreements over the status of Jerusalem, and the right of return for Palestinian refugees have all made a two-state solution a very unwieldy enterprise.

Why Did They Ban Teen Fiction--'My Enemy, My Brother'--in 1983?

Gabriel Schivone | Posted 10.01.2016 | Home
Gabriel Schivone

An eye-catching exhibit during Banned Book Week 2015 resurrects the history of a 1983 book-banning in Tucson, AZ.

Mahmoud Abbas Tells UN He Will No Longer Observe Oslo Accords

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 10.01.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday declared that he will no longer be bound by the 1993 Oslo Accords between Israel an...

Moving Forward With the Brandeis-Al-Quds Partnership

Leah Susman | Posted 08.27.2016 | College
Leah Susman

Dr. Imad Abu Kishek, the President of Al-Quds University, sat across from me as we celebrated Iftar, Ramadan's nightly break-fast meal. The table was full of students and faculty from Brandeis and Al-Quds, all of whom share a common goal: to reestablish the partnership between our schools.

This Is What Life In Gaza Looks Like, One Year After The War

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 07.10.2015 | World

July 8 marked the somber first anniversary of the start of the 2014 summer war in Gaza, when Israel and Palestinian militants battled one another for ...

Burying an Elder

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 07.09.2016 | World
Mohammed Fairouz

The death of Prince Saud Al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia was not unexpected. He had endured a debilitating illness for quite some time and, as a result, ha...

Ten Ways Israel Is Treated Differently

David Harris | Posted 06.14.2016 | World
David Harris

The old advertisement proclaimed that you don't have to be Jewish to love Levy's Jewish rye bread. Well, surely, you don't have to be a pro-Israel activist to be troubled by the grotesquely unjust treatment of Israel. All it takes is a capacity for moral outrage that things like this are happening today.

Why History Matters: The 1967 Six-Day War

David Harris | Posted 06.05.2016 | World
David Harris

Forty-eight years ago this week, the Six-Day War broke out. While some wars fade into obscurity, this one remains as relevant today as in 1967. Many of its core issues remain unresolved and in the news.

Netanyahu and the Risky Business of 'Business as Usual'

Khaled Diab | Posted 05.25.2015 | World
Khaled Diab

Though "business as usual" is the path of least resistance on the Israeli-Arab and Israeli-Iranian axes, they are also risky enterprises as the old equilibriums shift.

What Would RFK Say Today About the Arab-Israeli Conflict?

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

Until there are Israeli and Palestinian leaders who can speak with the empathy and compassion of a Kennedy or a King and acknowledge the dignity and pain of the other, this struggle will continue to afflict both sides like an unending plague.

A Momentous Opportunity to Embrace the Arab Peace Initiative

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

At no other time since the API was introduced in 2002 by Saudi Arabia has the development of events in the region converged to create a new environment, making the API more relevant than before; Israel must urgently adopt it as the basis for peace negotiations.

Maps and Conflict

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 03.14.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

During the Middle Ages maps of the world often placed Jerusalem at the center. This was based on the vulgate, the Latin, translation of Ezekiel 5:5 which Jerome understood to mean Jerusalem as terrae umbilicus, the "navel of the earth."

Jacob and Esau: Lessons for Israelis and Palestinians Today

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 03.10.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

Both sides have become very adept at viewing all of what the other does as being provocative and mistrusting. And while that can be true with particular actions, both sides have allowed themselves to fall into the dangerous trap of limiting their understanding of the other by such a myopic approach.

Why Do They Hate Us?

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

At a public meeting I recently attended, a woman stood up and asked me a question that gave me some pause: Why do the Arabs hate us so much? On its surface, hers was a simple, straightforward question. But when you stop to really think about it, the question is rather complex.

Cherishing the Moment

Ron Kronish | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

I have had the privilege of getting to know many Israeli Arab Muslims and Christians personally during my 23 years working in the field of interreligious dialogue and education in Israel, and this naturally has radically changed the way I view and understand "the Other" in Israeli society.

Why a Palestinian State Is Essential

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

If Israel continues to go down its present very narrow and rigid definition of security it may achieve that particular ambition, but at the expense of all of those other crucial interests, needs, and goals of the Zionist project.

Kerry Blusters Again

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 03.02.2015 | College
Amanda Botfeld

John Kerry isn't doing himself any favors. When it comes to Israel, the Secretary of State may be remembered more for his gaffes than his accomplishme...

Obama's Untenable Position Regarding Silwan Arabs

Rabbi Yaacov Behrman | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman

60 houses built by the Ezrat Niddachim charitable organisation in Silwan, Jerusalem, for poor Yemenite Jews in the 1880s. An Arab resident of Silwan,...