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Israelis Stage 'Sleep-In' To Save Palestinian Village

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Van Winkle's

Does a "sleep-in" have the power to make a difference in the Middle East? One group of Israelis think so. This week, Israeli peace activists began a sleep-in protest in the Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya to prevent the Israeli army from demolishing it, as reported by The Independent.

Shedding Imperial Conceit

James Zogby | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

This is not mere ancient history. It is playing out today, and not just in the consequences of British (or French, or German, or American) imperial misadventures. It informs our Western portrayal of the "East" and our understanding of its peoples. We still see ourselves as the civilized world, the bearers of universal values. And we still portray the "East" as less civilized, more prone to violence, less respectful of human life and liberty.

Runners Without Borders Brings Jewish And Arab Teens Together

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion

A group of teens in Jerusalem is making strides toward interfaith understanding. Runners Without Borders brings young people from Jewish and Arab h...

A Smart New Washington Project

James Zogby | Posted 06.06.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

Our polling shows that Arab opinion is largely confounded when it comes to assessing the region's current crises. They know where they want to be, but they don't know how to get there.

Egypt Bans Ultras in Bid to Break Anti-Government Protests

James Dorsey | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Ultras have for the past eight years been at the core of anti-government protest in Egypt. They have been the drivers of student protests in the last two years against the regime of Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, the general-turned-president who in 2013 toppled Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's first and only democratically elected president.

If the US Wants Arabs as Partners, We Must Treat Them As Such

James Zogby | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

If we play it right and if we listen carefully to what our Arab partners are saying to us, the Iran deal can open the door to constructive discussions with allied Arab leaders that will enhance the prospects of peace and stability across the region. My concerns are not with the deal itself, but with how it was done.

Iranian Arab Soccer Pitch Emerges as Flashpoint in Saudi-Iranian Proxy War

James Dorsey | Posted 06.06.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A soccer pitch in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, home to Iran's Arab minority, has emerged as a flashpoint of anti-government protest at a time of rising Arab-Iranian tensions over the status of Shiite Muslim minorities in the Arab world and the crisis in Yemen.

Iran and Israel and US

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The interventionist 19th century British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston famously said that "Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests."

Israeli Knesset Focuses on Unity in Opening Session

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Anav Silverman

The Knesset opening session was buzzing with new faces, as 39 new Members of Knesset joined their veteran colleagues in the swearing in ceremony that took place in the Israeli parliament on Tuesday, March 31.

Israel's Arab Minority Integrating Politically, Economically

Anav Silverman | Posted 05.30.2015 | World
Anav Silverman

A little over 20 percent Israel's eight million citizens are Arabs. According to the Israeli Democracy Index, a public opinion survey project conducted by the Israeli Democratic Institute and the Guttman Center for Surveys found last year that 65 percent of Israeli-Arabs are proud to be Israeli.

The Palestinian Arab Citizens of Israel: Pointing the Way Forward

James Zogby | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

That the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel have fought for their rights for 67 years and continue to advance in their struggle gives me hope. As we approach this years' "Land Day," keep your eyes on this remarkable community. They do, indeed, point the way forward.

Peace in the Middle East Begins at Home

Eli Beer | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Eli Beer

At a time when the Middle East is a minefield of socio-religious tensions, such interactions between disparate communities seem especially rare. But when they happen, they can be transformative.

Brown Lives Matter, Muslim Lives Matter

David A. Love | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Love

These tragic incidents received a mere fraction of the attention they should have. While the focus of late has been on #BlackLivesMatter, it is important to address the violence visited upon other groups, including religious and ethnic minority groups -- whether by terrorists, vigilantes or police who believe they have a right to monitor and take not only black lives, but brown lives too.

Zaha Hadid: It's Tough Being an Arab Woman in the Architecture Business

Alain Elkann | Posted 05.09.2015 | World
Alain Elkann

My work is not within the accepted box. Maybe because I am a woman. Also an Arab. There was a certain prejudice about these things.

Med Film Factory Training Program: Crowdfunding to Undo the Stereotypes

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.28.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Unfortunately, it's not only Western audiences that have grown to believe these absurd stereotypes, but the Arab world has started down a path that now seems hell bent on destruction.

Boots on the Ground: Obsolete

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

Unless the United States is prepared to expect severe casualties to hundreds maybe thousands of our forces, we must keep boots off the ground. Our air forces are doing a reasonably effective job with so far no casualties to us, we must keep it that way.

Muslims Should Live, Not Die, In America

Ethan Casey | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Ethan Casey

It's all too predictable that some Muslims, as tragically disturbed and misguided as alleged Chapel Hill killer Craig Stephen Hicks seemingly is, will take matters into their own hands. That's one thing I'm afraid of. But I'm also afraid of the opposite -- that Muslim communities around the US will be terrorized into cowering timidity.

The Israeli Elections Are a Joke -- and Sometimes, They're Even Funny

Omri Marcus | Posted 04.06.2015 | Media
Omri Marcus

The most important element of comedy is timing -- and in Israel, comedy and timing can be friends or they can be foes. No matter how funny the election campaign videos are, we live in a serious, disastrous neighborhood, and sometimes the reality calls for seriousness.

What Nobody Tells You About Muslims and Arabs

Essraa nawar | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Essraa nawar

It frustrates me as an Arab American to see that we are portrayed in a way that is far away from reality, and no matter how hard Arabs and/or Muslims are trying to fight these misconceptions, it is still really a challenge to erase them knowing how effective the media is on every household.

Hollywood Has an Arab problem

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 04.02.2015 | Religion
Aaron Daniel Taylor

Think of an Arab you've seen in a movie or a TV show. Who are they? What are they doing? How are they portrayed? Are they portayed as human beings who work hard, love their children, with real emotions, flawed, neither saints nor villains--like you and me?

Smiling Extremists Charged With Torching The Jerusalem Interfaith School That Gave Us So Much Hope

Reuters | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Three Israelis from a far-right group were charged on Monday with setting fire to a classroom in an Arab-Jewish school...

The Arabs' Next Decade

Ali Hashem | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Ali Hashem

The Arab world's next ten years are dominated with uncertainty; the only fact that can be derived out of the current givens is that the best days in this area are behind and today's maps of the main states are liable to serious changes the might see new entities rising and old powers fading.

Democratic Islam Is the Best Antidote to ISIS

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Tunisia, which had shown Arabs a way out of the prison of dictatorship through peaceful protest, is today demonstrating that on the ruins of the old order a democracy could be built.

We Need to Know More, But the 'Experts' Aren't Helping

James Zogby | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

To hear these "experts" pontificating about Islam or Arab culture is more than annoying. It's downright dangerous. Instead of elevating the discourse, they dumb it down. And instead of making us aware of the enormous complexities involved in these conflict zones, they reduce them to simple and easy clichés.

The Fateful Decision: British House of Commons Votes on Palestine

James Zogby | Posted 12.11.2014 | World
James Zogby

Passage will send a message that the world is paying attention to their plight and recognizes their rights. It will also provide an incentive to those in the Palestinian leadership who have embraced a non-violent, diplomatic strategy to securing their rights.