What is particularly remarkable about the spread of the Israel-Palestine debate in LGBTQ communities globally is that so few understand what is queer about the Middle East conflict in general and the Israeli occupation of Palestine in particular.
So long as the Israelis and Palestinians of this city remain guilty of indifference and fail to seek understanding beyond their walls, Hebron's future, like its past, will remain mired in constant struggle.
The opportunity exists for a Turkey-Iraq style relationship in the Holy Land. Turkey provided Iraq with essential ingredients -- trade channels, key industry growth and international legitimacy -- which Israel alone has the power to provide the Palestinians.
These Autumn winds, like those from the Arab Spring, could bring about irreversible and historic changes in the outdated and unsuccessful political paradigm which previously defined decades of the relationship between Israel and Palestine.
The spark most likely to reignite and inflame the Israel Palestinian "peace negotiations" is the pending plan of the Palestinian Leadership to seek admission of Palestine, as an independent "State" to the United Nations.
The decision of the Palestinian Authority to go to the U.N. to seek recognition of a Palestinian state is likely to make matters worse, leading both sides to further entrench themselves into long-time, hardened positions.
In a June 23 column, Elliott Abrams takes to task the signatories of a letter urging President Obama to present to Israel and Palestine clear parameters to frame negotiations for a two-state peace agreement.
The Palestinian strategy towards statehood is making significant progress among certain international political circles, but it is still lacking the necessary coordination and cohesion to bear the desired results.
The final positions were not that far apart, the movement was constant and in the right direction, and the sides spoke to each other not as irascible enemies as partners in negotiation. Pundits-be-damned, peace was possible.
As Israeli Jews light the rest of their Hanukkah candles, they should keep in mind that the plan they may receive from Washington is very much the same plan Hamas just offered to them as a Hanukkah gift.
Clinton is giving this peace process some considerable muscle, but has done nothing reflecting a change in strategy, personnel or inclusion of negotiating participants from what was underway before her involvement and earlier failures.
Israeli Jews and Palestinian Muslims and Christians don't have to intermarry and beget children, but it might help if they interacted on a one-to-one basis and sat down over a cup of tea and honestly talked.
For those of you who are news junkies, then you, like me and many others, are saddened when you hear the word Jerusalem, the city of negative spiritually, religious tension, and embarrassing political news.
As my family and I were reflecting on a Passover story that overflows with nameless victims, I couldn't stop thinking about victims with real names. I was haunted by two names in particular: Josh Friedberg and Gail Rubin.