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Obama -- Please Say Something!

Lola Adesioye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lola Adesioye

In just over two weeks Obama will be unable to avoid saying something and the world will be looking to him and demanding to hear his opinion on the crisis in Gaza.

Israel's Collective Punishment of Gaza

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marjorie Cohn

Israel's airstrikes and ground assault on the people of Gaza have little to do with the Gazan rockets and more to do with its leaders trying to gain an advantage in the upcoming elections.

Israel, Hamas, Gaza: Plenty of Us in America Just Need to Shut Up

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Quigg

Something labeled "Subject: Fwd: Some Differences Between Hamas and the Nazi Party" showed up in my inbox Monday night.

Overwhelming Force Is the Only Way to Fight Terrorists

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The destruction of Hamas benefits the Palestinians far more than the Israelis. It is they that must live under the cruelty of an organization that terrorizes its citizens even more than its enemies.

What Was Israel Supposed to Do?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cenk Uygur

Every day now, I hear someone saying, "What was Israel supposed to do? Hamas keeps firing rockets into their country." So, here is a quick list of the things they were supposed to do.

Is Mayor Bloomberg Running for President of Israel?

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Patricia DeGennaro

Bloomberg's rush to travel to Israel in a show of solidarity makes one wonder if he has decided to leave the US and run for president over there. After all he has hopped political parties, why not countries?

Israel's Risk

Chris Meserole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chris Meserole

What we're watching in Gaza is not so much low-intensity warfare as the continued fracture of the post-Soviet international order.

Hamas Is Responsible for the Civilian Casualties in Gaza

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mitchell Bard

By choosing tactical advantages over the safety of its citizens, the terrorist organization chose its military goals over the safety of its fellow Palestinians in Gaza.

No Exit for Civilians in Gaza in the Midst of War

Ken Bacon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ken Bacon

In similar situations around the world, civilians caught in the midst of conflict would have the option of seeking safety in neighboring countries as refugees. Gazans have no such option.

Eyeless in Gaza

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marty Kaplan

I wish I didn't believe that the events now unfolding in the Middle East are too complicated for unalloyed outrage. I wish the arguments of only one side rang wholly true to me.

Why Aren't More Americans Dancing To Israel's Tune?

Max Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Max Blumenthal

The surprising trend in American opinion on Gaza may be because the same pundits who are cheerleading Israel's assault once sold the occupation of Iraq, and with a nearly identical set of arguments.

Israel and Hamas: Two to Tango

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Howard Schweber

What is going on in Gaza is that it is not the result of a sudden decision or an immediate and intolerable provocation by one side or the other -- this thing has been in the planning by both sides for months.

Israel's Invasion Inspires One-Sided Commentary in U.S. Media

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

The invasion, to no one's surprise, did begin today -- so any further criticism will now come too late. But as in the past, U.S. media coverage and commentary has overwhelmingly backed Israeli actions.

After Years in Exile, My Grandfather Returns to Gaza

Laila Al-Arian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Laila Al-Arian

My family had been trying to speak with my grandfather since Saturday, after Israel began its onslaught on Gaza. But we haven't managed to reach him.

Understanding the Gaza Catastrophe

Richard Falk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard Falk

The people of Gaza are victims of geopolitics at its inhumane worst: producing what Israel itself calls a 'total war' against an essentially defenseless society.

Gaza: Lessons We Should Have Learned

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
James Zogby

The horrors that are unfolding in Gaza are but a tragic replay of past confrontations.

Israel/Palestine Debate Is Shifting

Dennis Perrin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dennis Perrin

With each fresh round of bombing, Israel's reputation gets worse, allowing growing numbers of people who might never have said a critical word about that country to finally speak up.

Reading The Pictures: Is That A Snuff Film The Israeli Air Force Has Posted On YouTube?

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2009-01-02-shaw_israeliyoutube.jpgWhat troubles me most is how the IDF, in the name of transparency and smart public relations, has not only posted quite a few videos of bombing runs, but continues to show one in question.

Calling Out Bush's War in Gaza

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Is it in the interest of humanity that we Americans engage in the charade that the Israeli government is an autonomous actor in this matter?

Even in Sderot, Israelis Say No to Endless War

Adam Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Adam Horowitz

The people I met in Sderot were not calling for war, they were calling for negotiation. They knew that they would be the ones to catch the brunt of an attack on Gaza, not Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem.

The Future of Civilization

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

No war, no military action, no act of self-defense or revenge has a legitimacy that exempts the perpetrators from responsibility for the consequences they create.

Hamas Alters Israeli Politics, Hawks Losing Ground

The Christian Science Monitor | Joshua Mitnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Tel Aviv -- While war between Israel and Hamas reverberates from Gaza City to southern Israel and to Arab capitals, the fallout will also be felt with...

Where Is Israel Going?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
MJ Rosenberg

Does the Gaza war improve Israel's long-term (or even short-term) situation? I am not questioning Israel's right to respond. But that is the wrong question.

Selective Memory Is a Problem when dealing with the Israeli- Palestinian Conflict

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daoud Kuttab

Irrespective of time and chronology, trading land for peace continues to be the most logical and appropriate way to address the conflict which has bridged the 20th and 21st centuries.

My Kuffiyeh Says I Care

Meris Lutz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Meris Lutz

It's New Years Eve in Beirut, and everyone is wondering what to do. In times of war, going about one's usual business can be a form of protest. In times of solidarity, the code of conduct is vague.