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EU's New 'Differentiation Strategy' Vis-a-Vis Israel Is a Pro-Peace Strategy

Anders Persson | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Anders Persson

Several rounds of failed negotiations between the parties has led observers on all sides in the conflict to argue that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is beginning to move out of the two-state solution paradigm and into an uncertain future.

Bibi's 'Anti-Solutionism' as Cover for 'Anti-Solution'

Lara Friedman | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Lara Friedman

The policies of every Netanyahu government, including back in the 1990s, have been designed to cement Israel's hold on East Jerusalem and most of the West Bank, prevent the emergence of a viable Palestinian state and undermine any credible Palestinian leadership.

The Absence of Real Commitment to Peace

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Both leaders were engaged in empty rhetoric and slogans for domestic consumption instead of proposing new, credible and constructive initiatives to resume the negotiations that could lead to a peace agreement, which should have been the thrust of their appearances at the UNGA. That, however, was not -- and still is not -- the case.

Bipartisan Attacks Against Anti-occupation Divestment Campaigns

Stephen Zunes | Posted 09.14.2015 | College
Stephen Zunes

At root, these anti-BDS efforts are about defending corporate profits, regardless of the moral and legal implications.

Israel's Fault Lines Spill Onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 09.06.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

Israel's multiple fault lines -- secular vs. religious, Jewish vs. Palestine and controversial calls for a boycott of the Jewish state -- are exploding on the soccer pitch.

Huckabee's Ahistorical Israel Policy May Face Criticism -- From Reagan

Dallin Van Leuven | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics
Dallin Van Leuven

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's August campaign trip to Israel challenged longstanding U.S. policy towards Israel and the Palestinian territories.

A Time For Some Summer Levity: A Conversation Between Netanyahu And Abbas

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.31.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The following conversation between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Bibi) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is fictitious.

Israel Struggles With Racist Underground

James Dorsey | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Israeli leaders have condemned the firebombing as an act of terrorism and are keen to stop elements of the underground from threatening the fabric of Israeli society by escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions.

Susiya Is Injustice On Display

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

After 47 years of occupation, the time has come for all decent Israelis to think about the future of their country. Where is Israel heading, and for how much longer can the occupation and the injustices continue without jeopardizing Israel's very existence?

Israel Approves New Settlement Homes Amid Standoff With Settlers

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.29.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli bulldozers began demolishing a contested housing complex in a West Bank settlement on Wednesday as the prime...

Palestinian Homes In The West Bank Will Soon Be Demolished -- Again

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 09.09.2015 | World

WASHINGTON -- Nasser Nawajah was 4 years old the first time Israeli forces expelled him from his home in Susiya, a village in the southern part o...

Israelis Stage 'Sleep-In' To Save Palestinian Village

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Van Winkle's

Does a "sleep-in" have the power to make a difference in the Middle East? One group of Israelis think so. This week, Israeli peace activists began a sleep-in protest in the Palestinian village of Khirbet Susiya to prevent the Israeli army from demolishing it, as reported by The Independent.

The Troubling Implications of Hillary's Anti-BDS Letter

Stephen Zunes | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's position on the Israeli occupation of the West Bank in a recently-released letter does not bode well for her future foreign policy.

Where Does Bernie Sanders Stand on Israeli Settlements in the West Bank?

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Given that major media coverage of this issue has been virtually non-existent, it seems unlikely that major media will successfully press Hillary to clarify her position on Israeli settlements in the West Bank unless the issue is raised by another candidate.

Jessica Schulberg

White House Blasts Trade Bill Provision That Aims To Protect Israeli Settlements | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House on Tuesday slammed a provision in the recently passed trade bill instructing U.S. trade negotiators to pressure European...

Why The U.S. Must Stop Enabling Israel

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The U.S. must no longer give Israel a blank check, hoping that it will use it wisely. Israel has failed that test and the U.S. is becoming as a result complicit in Israel's self-destructive policy.

Israeli Envoy's Flawed Message

Alan Elsner | Posted 06.17.2015 | World
Alan Elsner

Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren is getting some attention for his claim in a memoir to be published next week that President Obama "abandoned Israel." The book is sure to be a hot debating point this summer in the American Jewish community and possibly beyond.

News for Peace Advocates: AIPAC Crushed in House Trade Vote

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Robert Naiman

When fast track was defeated in the House, AIPAC was defeated in the House. I am frequently asked: How powerful is AIPAC in Washington really? My answer: Not so powerful that it cannot be beaten -- if we choose our battles correctly.

Jessica Schulberg

GOP Candidates On The U.S. Embassy In Israel: Next Year In Jerusalem | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday issued a routine block to a 20-year old congressional effort to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from...

Dear World: Netanyahu Is Calling You Stupid

Lara Friedman | Posted 05.29.2015 | World
Lara Friedman

Netanyahu now seems to think that the world is so stupid that simply mouthing the words "negotiations" and "Arab Peace Initiative" is enough for all of this to be set aside.

U.S. Congress Being Tricked Into Defending Settlements

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Alan Elsner

A little-noticed clause in the comprehensive free trade bill currently being debated by Congress would turn the United States into an open defender of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, turning almost 50 years of U.S. policy on its head.

New York Times Ignores Dangerous Consequences of Pro-Israel Amendment to TPA

James Zogby | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

The New York Times' coverage of Congressional antics related to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation has ignored so many critical aspects of the bill that it might be time for the "paper of record" to change its motto from "All the news that's fit to print" to "All the news we think fits, we print."

Time for Constructive Divestment

Gary Commins | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Gary Commins

The hardening of the occupation, the inexorable expansion of the settlements, and the deepening violence seen in the assaults on Gaza in 2014 lead us to call for the Episcopal Church to take this next step for justice and a lasting peace.

Bernie Sanders' Run Can Help the Less War Movement

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The thing that we need most in the United States is not more people for whom less war is their top issue; the thing that we need most is to reduce the general phobia among liberals and progressives so that making advocacy for less war becomes a standard feature of the liberal-progressive package presented to the public.

Sophia Jones

Ancient Samaritan Sect, Straddling Israel and Palestine, Celebrates Passover On West Bank Hilltop | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.05.2015 | World

MOUNT GERIZIM, West Bank -- The chants and prayers of hundreds of men echoed Saturday night from the top of a West Bank hill nestled next to a Jewish ...