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Gaza Flotilla

For Middle East Media, Can Peace Be the Message?

Kiyotaka Akasaka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kiyotaka Akasaka

For me, a seminar we organized in Lisbon last month for Israeli and Palestinian journalists was a powerful reminder of the value of bringing actual, real life people together.

Slandering the Good Guys: Some Basic Facts About IHH

Iara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iara Lee

Given that IHH is among the most courageous humanitarian NGOs in the world, our politicians should perhaps be thanking them, rather than trying to tarnish their stellar reputation.

Israel's Dubious Investigation of Flotilla Attack

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

Few decisions of the Obama administration have outraged the peace and human rights community as much as its successful efforts to block an international inquiry into May's Israeli aid flotilla attack.

Leading House Democrat Calls for Prosecution of Peace Activists

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

By claiming that the hundreds of dedicated peace and human rights activists are supporters of terrorism, U.S. Congressmen are mobilizing what could become a major backlash.

Israelis Need a Gandhi of Their Own

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

As the Jewish state begins to examine its own actions and decision-making in the flotilla disaster, it is becoming that much clearer that Israelis need, for their own sake, to begin to study non-violence.

Congress Defends Israeli Attack on Humanitarian Flotilla

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

AIPAC and other right-wing "pro-Israel" groups are only as powerful as the absence of counter-pressure from the peace and human rights community. Democrats in Congress need to feel this pressure.

Freedom of Speech for Some but Not All

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Salam Al Marayati

Stop lecturing the Middle East about free speech when the tar-and-feather political lynch mobs tear apart our media. End the hypocrisy now and protest Schumer and Sherman for advocating the dehumanization of Palestinians.

Beyond Hypocrisy in the Middle East

Mark Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Levine

What happens when all sides of a conflict are so mired in hypocrisy that no one can steer a path towards some sort of solution?

Perhaps Gaza Should Send Humanitarian Aid to Turkey and Iran

Haggai Carmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Haggai Carmon

Palestinians in Gaza don't need those shipments any more than Iran and Turkey do. The aid the Palestinians actually need from the outside in order to effect long-term change is guidance and help to change their political plight.

Hamas Lawmaker: Gaza Flotilla Did More Than 10,000 Rockets

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Who now doubts that strategic nonviolent action can transform the politics of the Israel/Palestine conflict?

Gilad Shalit: Confirming the Value of a Single LIfe

Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea

Netanyahu's offer to swap 1000 Hamas prisoners against one single Israeli soldier confirms the value a single human life has in a democratic and civilised community.

How Gilad Shalit Will Save Netanyahu

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Against the rapid deterioration of Israel's standing in world opinion, Netanyahu has to make a move to restore its image and his credibility as well. Short of launching another war, Gilad Shalit's release appears to be his best option.

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

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

Israel, the occupying power that controls Gaza's borders, continues to completely ignore the human toll of the blockade.

Gray Matters Remembers -- The Captain of "Exodus"

Saul Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saul Friedman

When the Israelis attacked the Turkish ship with relief supplies, it brought to mind my encounter in 1978 with one of the legendary heroes in the founding of Israel -- a man I knew as Captain Ike Aranne.

What To Do When You Get Screwed By the Refs

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

The issue here is not about right and wrong or fair and unfair. It is about smart and productive versus one-sided and self-defeating.

The Video Israel Doesn't Want You to See: Smuggled Footage From the Flotilla Attack

Iara Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iara Lee

2010-06-23-iaraleevid.jpgAs a passenger of the Mavi Marmara, I and others were able to smuggle some footage off the ship.

The Family That Shows Why There Needs To Be a Naval Blockade on Gaza

Jacob Shrybman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jacob Shrybman

Iris's maternal instincts made her remove her kids from the daily horror of the Sderot rocket reality. Today, under a larger missile threat, Iris's maternal instincts are standing up against immense international pressure to lift the Gaza naval blockade.

Israel and the Flotilla: On the Dangers of a Binary View

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Qanta Ahmed, MD

When will we understand that Israel's security problem is everyone's security problem, that a threatened Jew is a threatened Muslim?

Israel Eases Gaza Blockade, Will Allow In All Goods Except For Weapons

AP/Huffington Post | MARK LAVIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel's government decided Sunday to draw up a list of items banned from Gaza limited to weapons and materials deemed to have military ...

The Hezbo(ti)lla

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

Amidst all this jockeying, there is another player, under-analyzed since the initial flotilla furore, but nonetheless critical to its outcome: the Lebanese terrorist movement, Hezbollah.

U.S. Support for Israel Mirrors 80s Support for El Salvador Junta

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

It is just as inexcusable for the U.S. to support a government that kills passengers and crew on a humanitarian flotilla as it is to kill nuns and other civilians working in the Salvadoran countryside.

Kick Turkey Out of NATO!

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Say what? Because the Turks no longer are doing what Israel wants, they should be thrown out of NATO? Anyone who questions how far the lobby will go in defense of the government has their answer.

Next Year in Cairo

Joyce Zonana | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joyce Zonana

I often anger Jewish acquaintances when I declare that my family lost its homeland because of the establishment of the Jewish state. It's an over simplified view of things, I know, but it holds a truth.

Deal Breakers: Seven Reasons Why Israel Will not Lift the Gaza Blockade

Fadi Elsalameen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fadi Elsalameen

Following the deadly Flotilla attack, several reports were circulated indicating that Israel will succumb to international pressure and lift the Gaza blockade. I don't see this happening anytime soon for the following reasons.

Gaza Flotilla: Global Citizens Must Respond Where Governments Have Failed

Stéphane Hessel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stéphane Hessel

The absence of meaningful action from governments to hold Israel accountable to international law obliges citizens of conscious to take moral responsibility upon themselves, as done against apartheid South Africa.