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The Truth About Israel's National Security

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Netanyahu government's linking of national security to the so-called "defensive borders" is disingenuous and misleading, designed to provide a cover for his and his cabinet's continued intoxication with seizing Palestinian territories.

Who Are Israel's Friends?

Alan Elsner | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Alan Elsner

An op-ed in the New York Times by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon headlined "Don't Shoot the Messenger, Israel," raises the issue once again of who are our real friends in the world.

Tom Cotton's New Bill Would Label Goods Made In Gaza As 'Made In Israel'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Slamming what he characterized as a global effort to “delegitimize Israel,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) introduced a new bill ...

Israeli Settlements, American Money. What's Next?

Maen Rashid Areikat | Posted 02.01.2016 | World
Maen Rashid Areikat

Despite America's longstanding position considering Israeli settlements illegitimate, successive administrations have done very little to stop the expansion of the settlement enterprise. Israel continues to build these settlements unabatedly, precisely because America's position is void of any substantive action.

Ban Ki-moon: Israeli Settlement Activity Is An Affront To Palestinian People

The New York Times | Jade Walker | Posted 02.01.2016 | World

In Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, 2016 has begun much as 2015 ended — with unacceptable levels of violence and a polarized pu...

Israel's Creeping Annexation of West Bank Speeds Up

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Alan Elsner

As is is well known, many members of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government are strident opponents of a two-state solution and would like to annex at least a major portion of the occupied West Bank.

Israeli Settlements, Palestinians, and You

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 01.28.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Two weeks ago I stood on the Mount of Olives looking out over Jerusalem and I wept. I did not cry just for Jerusalem, but for the whole region of Israel and Palestine. I was there because my Chicago Theological Seminary colleague, Rabbi Rachel Mikva, and I teach a Study Tour about every two years. This year the whole trip was strikingly different.

Israel: 13-Year-Old Palestinian Girl Shot Dead After Stabbing Attempt

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.23.2016 | World

JERUSALEM, Jan 23 (Reuters) - A 13-year-old Palestinian girl was shot dead by an Israeli security guard she tried to stab at a settlement in the Isra...

Palestine-Israel: Europe Drowning in America's Failures

Sam Bahour | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
Sam Bahour

As it discusses next steps, Europe must recognize that "the US leads" approach to resolving the conflict is doomed to never-ending failure: It affords time for the Israeli settlement enterprise to further entrench itself and makes the two-state solution increasingly impossible to achieve.

On Disturbing Trends In Israel

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.06.2016 | World
Alan Elsner

The arrest of a Jewish settler, who has been charged with burning to death three Palestinians, including an 18-month-old infant in the West Bank village of Duma in July 2014, is tremendously disturbing in many ways.

Israeli Embassy Trolls White House By Exclusively Gifting Settlement Goods

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This year’s holiday gifts from the Israeli embassy come with a politically charged message: the occupied Palestinian territories a...

Settlement 'Solutionism' Is Not the Answer

Lara Friedman | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Lara Friedman

Shifting U.S. policy to green light some settlement activity would mean scrapping the fundamental precept upon which all Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts are based: the acceptance of the 1967 lines as the starting point for negotiations and for future borders.

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.