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Israeli Settlements

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 07.22.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Arab-Americans and Muslim-Americans Should Oppose Fast Track Trade Bill

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The pro-Netanyahu lobby has attached language to the trade bill package before Congress that seeks to block European sanctions against Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

WATCH: It's Illegal in Israel but Allowed in the Settlements

Human Rights Watch | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
Human Rights Watch

Israeli settlement farms in the West Bank are using Palestinian child labor to grow, harvest, and pack agricultural produce, much of it for export. The farms pay the children low wages and subject them to dangerous working conditions, in violation of international standards.

Jessica Schulberg

Palestinians Join International Criminal Court, Risking Loss Of U.S. Aid

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday became the newest member of the International Criminal Court, meaning the group is now allowed to...

Contours of Future Israeli-Palestinian battles emerge on the soccer pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 05.29.2015 | World
James Dorsey

Legal and diplomatic battles in United Nations organizations and international sport associations involving charges of war crimes and efforts to suspend membership of one or the other are likely to shape future Israeli-Palestinian relations in the wake of last month's electoral victory by Binyamin Netanyahu.

Israel's Blatant Flouting of International Law Requires Presidential Response

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Netanyahu's words create a golden opportunity for Barack Obama to radically transform his policy of uncritical support for Israel's ongoing violations of the law.

Samantha Lachman

After Israeli Election Disappointment, Two-State Supporters Plan Their Next Moves

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Advocates of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict weren't too discouraged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanya...

Netanyahu Won the Israeli Election by Stealing Conservative Votes, Not Liberal Ones

John A. Tures | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Conservatives believe that Israel's Likud defeated the liberal Zionist Union. But the evidence shows that's not the case. Benjamin Netanyahu was able to pick up 12 more seats, almost entirely at the expense of other conservative parties, with a shift to the right.

Samantha Lachman

James Baker Recalls An Israeli Prime Minister More Difficult Than Netanyahu

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State James Baker said Monday he remains "cautiously optimistic" for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian...