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Israeli Investigation Into Murder of Palestinian Focuses on Jerusalem Soccer Fan Group

James Dorsey | Posted 07.07.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The refusal by the IFA and government to stand up to the group's blatant racism reflects the ambiguity of a society that long yearned for peace, increasingly grown frustrated at how beyond grasp it seemed to be, and finally concluded that peace no longer was essential to its survival.

Using Tragedy to Change the Narrative

Nida Khan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Nida Khan

Until the inhumane treatment of Palestinians is ended, Netanyahu cannot play the victim no matter how hard he may try to spin a situation -- even when he disgustingly uses the deaths of innocent teenagers to do so.

West Bank Murders: What Can You Say?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

I'm totally dispirited. One, by the killing of the three teenagers and, two, by the Israeli government's (and the Jewish organizations here) ugly reaction to it. Ugly and political, designed to justify the war against Hamas that Netanyahu lusts for.

Israel Evades FIFA Sanctions: For Now

James Dorsey | Posted 06.12.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey A compromise formula that this week saved Israel from being sanctioned by world soccer governing body FIFA has bought the Jewish s...

Israel: The Danger From Within

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Israeli public, more so than their misguided political leaders, must wake up to this fateful reality and decide what kind of future to chart for themselves and for future generations.

U.S. Culpability in the Failure of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Stephen Zunes | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Stephen Zunes

The Obama administration would have to challenge the Israeli government's hard line toward the Palestinians in order for the peace process to be successful. Unfortunately, the White House apparently had no interest in doing so.

FIFA Braces for Israeli-Palestinian Showdown

James Dorsey | Posted 05.30.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The scene is set at next month's World Cup in Brazil for showdown between Israel and Palestine that will be off the pitch given that neither qualified for one of the world's most important sporting events.

Palestinians Plea With Pope Francis For Help

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Juliette Bannoura hopes Pope Francis can save her family's four acres (1.6 hectares) of olive groves and other Palestini...

The Israeli Court System on Trial: The Rachel Corrie Appeal

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 05.22.2014 | World
The Center for Constitutional Rights

On March 16, 2003, 23-year old human rights defender Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while peacefully protesting the demolition of Palestinian homes in Gaza.

J Street Flap Exposes Jewish Double Standard

Shai Franklin | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Shai Franklin

As the Jewish right and left wings rush to their respective corners, those of us in the relative center of the community have a right to feel excluded and frustrated by the Presidents' Conference decision.

Are You a Member of Alpha Epsilon Pi? (And Why Am I Asking?)

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

I joined AEPi in my freshman year of college. In my chapter at Johns Hopkins were mostly what we'd now call "nerds." Including me: In those days, I c...

What Went Wrong?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Secretary of State John Kerry made a fundamental mistake by establishing rules of engagement that were not conducive to progress, raising serious doubts about the prospect of a solution.

Israel and the Palestinians -- What Now?

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Robert K. Lifton

Despite the heroic efforts to bring Israel and the Palestinians to agreement, the current peace process effort has failed. To understand what the future holds, it is worth looking at why the process failed and what courses of action are now available.

Explaining the Jewish Hold Over Palestine, in America

Marwan Bishara | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Marwan Bishara

Confining the American debate on Palestine and the Arab world to a mere intra-Zionist debate is counterproductive. It renders the Palestinians relevant only by what they mean to Israel, not for who they are or how they are related to the broader Arab or Muslim worlds.

Reality Check: The US Does Have Leverage

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

Admittedly, the situation at the moment looks grim: After months of negotiations, a dozen personal visits from the secretary, and countless trips between Jerusalem and Ramallah, Israel is announcing new settlements and reneging on its agreement to release a small number of Palestinian prisoners this weekend.

Unsuspecting Victims of Israel's 'Non-Lethal' Weapons

Patrick O. Strickland | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Patrick O. Strickland

Ahmad S., then 16, was on his way to a wedding in the Jalazoun refugee camp when he was shot in the head. The IDF says it uses these "non-fatal riot dispersal methods" for crowd control purposes, but evidence suggests that soldiers regularly use these weapons excessively and improperly.

The Funeral of the Two State Solution Is About to Depart

Carlo Strenger | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Carlo Strenger

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is about to turn to the UN to ask for membership in some 15 organizations Palestinians have access to since they received non-member status at the UN in 2012. This might create a huge problem.

Young Jews Are the Key to Solving the Arab-Israeli Conflict

David Cahn | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
David Cahn

The students addressed four issues pertaining to peace: Iran, Settlements, West Bank/Jerusalem, and the Right of Return. They also discussed the role of the rabbinate is Israel politics, a domestic issue.

The Strange Currency of the Israeli Occupation

Jessica Montell | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Jessica Montell

Last Saturday, Israeli soldiers came to the home of Shadi Sidr and demanded he remove the Palestinian flag from his roof. Shadi is a Palestinian who lives in the H2 area of Hebron and the flag offended his neighbors, the Israeli settlers in the Beit Hadassah settlement.

Israel Approves 184 New Settlement Homes

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2014 | World

(Corrects Palestinian position on "Jewishness" of Israel) * New homes will be built in occupied West Bank * Jewish settl...

Language Matters

James Zogby | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

While reviewing polling data on Israeli and Palestinian attitudes towards the peace effort, what comes through clearly is the obvious disconnect between the views of both groups and the extent to which this divide is driven by the Israeli-centric language used in framing many of the issues.

Why the Kerry Middle East Peace Framework Will Fail

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Michael Lerner

John Kerry's plan will fail because it will be "realistic" rather than visionary, and de facto that means speaking more to the power of Israel and its domestic lobby than to the aspirations of the Palestinian people.

Netanyahu: A Prime Minister Beholden to Right-Wing Pressure

Guy Ziv | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Guy Ziv

Without sustained, countervailing pressure on Netanyahu from the highest levels of the administration and its supporters in Congress, Netanyahu can expect to yield only to his right-wing base, scuttling the peace talks.

Netanyahu Is Mostly Right About BDS -- But BDS Is Not the Issue

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

As one who supports the continued existence of a secure Jewish state, I have no choice but to oppose the BDS movement. So I wasn't offended by anything Netanyahu said about it in his AIPAC speech. What did offend me was Netanyahu's use of BDS as a diversion.

Sodastream, ScarJo, and the Myth of Benevolent Occupation

Lara Friedman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Lara Friedman

There is no such thing as benevolent occupation. Occupation is bad for Israel, bad for the Palestinians, and antithetical to Israel's survival as a democracy and Jewish state.