Obama's visit to the West Bank took him into the center of the Palestinian tragedy where outrage over Israel's military occupation and civilian settlements has been punctuated by bursts of terrorist violence, quiet oppression, and demoralizing acquiescence.
Israeli military law imposed in the occupied West Bank places sweeping and arbitrary restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. This makes any unauthorized peaceful protest by Palestinians a criminal offence.
I am an American of Palestinian descent, raised in the United States, educated at an American university and now living and working in the West Bank. I witness and experience, on a daily basis, discrimination against an occupied population, which I help fund with my U.S. tax dollars.
The most puzzling aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be that after 65 years of violence, enmity and suffering, it remains unresolved when coexistence is inevitable and a two-state solution remains the only viable option.
Israeli Orthodox rabbi, settler, poet and peace activist, Rabbi Menachem Froman passed away on March 4. Rabbi Froman, with his white beard and white garb, was a beloved figure for people across the political spectrum in Israel.
Regardless of how exaggerated Israel's sense of vulnerability may seem to its detractors, the Palestinians cannot afford to dismiss Israel's concerns. That said, no military might will guarantee Israel's national security, short of comprehensive peace.
Can a culture be preserved and reconstructed through its costumes?
My film, 5 Broken Cameras -- which chronicles my village Bil'in's nonviolent struggle to resist Israeli occupation -- is about precisely the kind of humiliation my family and I experienced at Los Angeles International Airport.
Jordan's capital, Amman, balances more modern elements that add a cosmopolitan flair to the natural beauty of this traditional kingdom.
Why can't Palestinians travel between West Bank and Gaza? The question should be asked now as everyone is preparing for U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to the region.
In the face of international media indifference, the Palestinian people decided to start telling their own stories of living under occupation. One of those stories, 5 Broken Cameras, is an astonishing film by a Palestinian farmer from Bilin, a village in the West Bank.
It is highly unlikely that the Israeli government would meet the first two conditions; if it were inclined to do so, it would have already done so, and no Israeli government would support lifting the blockade on Gaza as long as it remains under Hamas' administrative authority.
The most puzzling aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is that after 65 years of mutual violence, enmity and suffering, it remains unresolved even when coexistence is inevitable and a two-state solution remains the only viable option.
Having shown a distinct taste for both pragmatism and tangible results -- qualities the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is in desperate need of -- the Emir of Qatar has given Israel a wake-up-call to accept the lessons of history and the new realities of a changed Middle East.
After missiles stopped soaring between the Gaza Strip and Israel, a group from Emory University ventured over to the Middle East on a mission to build educational, inter-religious and cultural relationships. How Israelis and Palestinians share land -- and ultimately learn to live in peace -- was the prevailing issue.
Having spent the last two weeks in Israel and Palestine, it's undeniable that the United States is turning a blind eye to one of the most pressing human rights situations in the world.