Sweden's premature recognition of the State of Palestine will have repercussions far beyond Scandinavia. Sweden is considered a flag-bearer of human rights, and many countries across Europe respond to its cues. The risk is that other countries in the E.U. may soon want to follow suit.
While I can humanly and psychologically understand why fear pushes many Israelis to the right, I cannot help feeling, along with many of my friends, that the country is moving so far away from our ideals and values that we are becoming strangers in our own land.
I've been calling my friends and family in Israel a lot more since the war broke out -- indeed, I've probably phoned my brother more times in the past four weeks than I have in the 20 years since I left Israel to live in New York.
The reporters become less journalists and more movie makers as they try and create a geopolitical drama, in which they have already decided who are the villains and who are the victims.
His failure to strike a balance between his justifiable resistance to the occupation and the need to rally the support of the Israeli public was a major blunder, deeply injurious to the Palestinian cause.
The Arab-Israeli conflict has been there my whole life, but this latest war has been more destabilizing than any other, disrupting any effort to manufacture the illusion of individuality, the illusion that we are not only subjects of history and nationhood.
Well-wishers to both sides should encourage the parties to address the causes and not the symptoms of the long-standing conflict. A good start would be to look backward, not forward, and examine what went wrong and became the source of tension between Israelis and Palestinians.
Three of the world's leaders, members of the group called "The Elders," spoke on the conflict between Israeli and Palestine this month in Honolulu, Ha...
Recently my children made me a very proud father. Mahmoud Abbas was coming to speak at New York University where my son Mendy is an undergraduate.
Israel appears to be mobilizing a grassroots campaign against Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup as part of the Jewish state's effort to isolate Hamas, the Islamist militia that controls the Gaza Strip, and bolster the fortunes of the Palestine Authority of President Mahmoud Abbas.
I insist that "that subject" be brought into the light and that people be allowed to question the United States-Israel relationship and let the world know about what is happening in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as the influence of AIPAC on U.S. policy in the region and toward Iran.
There is no other place in the world, where basic human rights are so violated, as Palestine. For many people around the globe the problem has ended the moment two sides signed a peace agreement. Not for the Palestinians.
Palestinian soccer clubs and non-governmental organizations have called on European soccer governor UEFA to this week shy away from awarding Israel the right to host the 2020 UEFA European Championship.
The Creative Community for Peace was born officially yesterday with a full-page ad in the New York Times calling the "arts (to be) used to build bridges of peace" in Israel and Palestine, and perhaps the world.
In creating art, consciously or not, artists are attempting to communicate at a powerful emotional level to those within their own culture. The best work transcends its cultural matrix and speaks directly to our common humanity.