Almost all job acceptance letters in the university contain a clause saying that appointment is contingent on approval by upper-level administrators and the Board of Trustees. Salaita failed to win the approval of that tier of the university.
This situation is unlike previous rounds of fighting between Israel and Hamas for the very reason that Israel has found a partner so zealous in Egypt that it can afford to ignore signals from Washington urging restraint.
The simplistic narratives spinning around the war about Gaza only make things worse for its victimized citizenry. For Israelis and for those truly interested in a positive future for Gaza, it is essential to understand that Hamas and the Palestinians who live there are not one and the same.
It's hard to shake away the utterly depressing feeling that comes with news coverage these days. IDF and Hamas are at it again, a vicious cycle of violence, but this time it feels much more intense. While war rages on the ground in Gaza and across Israeli skies, there's an all-out information war unraveling in social networked spaces.
I wake up each day to depressing news of what's happening in Israel and Gaza. The question is: how can we collectively reach an unsatisfactory conclusion and come out as honorable people?
When bad news becomes overwhelming, as it does with some regularity, the cable news channels are not your friends. Your need for clear understanding is incompatible with their on-air and online business plan, which depends on you being anxious and staying tuned in. Giving them up is easier than you think.
No innocent life, no matter age, faith or ethnicity, has blood that is redder than any other. War is awful, even when it is necessary. And no group should sacrifice innocent life in an attempt to generate sympathy for its cause.
I disagree with those who suggest that Netanyahu will never change his stripes. Many deeply ideological leaders before him have unexpectedly risen to the occasion to answer the call from their people and the international community for a drastic change.
The value of freedom cannot be overstated. It's the foundation that gives all of us who live in western democracies -- people of faith and no faith al...
Calls for a reorganization of the Israeli military including a review of its strategy and doctrine are fueled by the fact that military intelligence struggled to cope with Hamas' ability to quickly change tactics and strategy.
To be sure, there have been a few testy moments between Washington and Jerusalem during the tension of war, but they shouldn't be confused, not for a moment, with the strength of this enduring, unique, and mutually beneficial relationship.
When peace is at stake, no one is too good for talking.
In Israel I am considered to be a lefty who hates his own country. In the States I'm an occupier whose every attempt to dialogue is normalizing the occupation and diminishing the Palestinian struggle.
The decision of the Palestinian leadership to sign the Rome Protocols for the International Criminal Court will impress on all, including Israel, that decision making is independent and is aimed at addressing the interests of the Palestinian people. If this becomes truly a Palestinian policy, then this could be marked as the biggest success, despite the horrible results in Gaza, which cannot be ignored.
On the surface, not much appears to be changing. The percentage of Americans who say they sympathize with Israel over the Palestinians -- 51 percent in a Pew poll last month -- has held fairly steady since the last Gaza fighting broke out in 2006. nder the surface, however, partisans have been moving apart.
The third major military confrontation in Gaza in six years has taken place. An extremely fragile ceasefire has commenced. The latest escalation of ...