While I'm pleased that we are seeing at least Democrats having a substantive discussion on the use of force in Middle East conflicts, it's still not the serious and comprehensive discussion about US policy in the Middle East we so desperately need.
Police said the suspension on soccer pitches that have long signalled mounting tensions, violence, and racism in Israeli society was because their forces where stretched to the limit in attempting to prevent Palestinian lone wolf attacks on Israeli Jews.
Although the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been around for generations, it still has the capacity to surprise. Even the experts are confused by the current violence that has been roiling Jerusalem for weeks now
Israeli comedian Benji Lovitt's personal Facebook account has been as hot as the southern Israeli desert in the middle of July. "In a place like Israel, some of the best comedy comes out in times of conflict," he said.
Violence does not occur in a vacuum, and any discussion of violence has to start with addressing the context in which it occurs. One is led to believe that Palestinians knife Israelis to death for no reason except hate. Palestinians are not madmen, though. We quickly forget and take no notice of the political context of violence which, it has been forewarned, would only make this new violence inevitable.
The Palestinian people at the moment are largely a psychologically defeated people, and though some individuals are likely to continue random acts of violence, most observers think it unlikely that we will see anything like the level of response to occupation that characterized the intifadas of the past.
I love movies because they seem to simplify life. Nowhere is it more clear than on the big screen when a character's predicament begins to shift.
Though my opinion is closer to the middle than Shimon Peres, it was refreshing to see him speak at the TEDx White City event in Tel Aviv.
A capital city in Iraq is in turmoil. The government has been hit hard by collapsing oil prices and is under pressure from an array of activist groups to reveal the fate of missing oil revenues, and be far more transparent.
Some say that breaking the structures created by Oslo can lead to chaos and unprecedented violence; that it is insane to even consider such an option. To those voices I say, look at where we are now?
As an Israeli, it is hard to speak of responsibility when emotions of terror and vengeance permeate every sensible corner still left in our minds.
Israel knows better than anyone that if the Palestinians are permitted to engage non-violently, the odds are they will be successful in putting Israel in a corner and exposing the occupation for what it is, a system of modern-day Apartheid or worse.
It seems each year there is another conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Violence erupts--and immediately one side accuses the other of inciting terrorism. It is the most obviously cyclical conflict I have ever seen. And there is no end in sight.
I share here a few statements made by national Jewish organizations during these last few days, and ask us all to stay tuned in, to pray for peace, for safety, for life for Israelis and Palestinians. I ask you to take action how you see fit to save lives, to speak love, to share your dreams for and take steps to recreate the world as you believe it should be.
Odeh's is an important story. A story of Palestine. A story of refugees, of military occupation and torture, of political imprisonment, of women's rights organizing, of freedom. But Odeh's must also be understood as a Black story. No one is free until everyone is free from oppression.
What are we going to do about Israel? Complaining about it doesn't help. Shouting about it doesn't help. What is going to stop this madness? Rea...