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In Death, Soccer Fan-Turned-Soldier Embodies Israeli-Palestinian Gap

James Dorsey | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

In death, Staff Sergeant Nissim Sean Carmeli embodies the deep fears, distrust and dehumanization of the other that has exploded into massive bloodshed in Gaza, threatens to spark another uprising on the West Bank, and makes achievement of even a temporary Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire an almost impossible task.

For Israelis and Palestinians Peace Must Not Be The Last Casualty

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 07.25.2014 | World
Brian Levin, J.D.

Assessing legal and moral culpability, while vitally important, is not nearly as urgent as stopping the conflict now and preventing any more losses of innocent lives, which have been overwhelmingly Palestinian, with over 826 deaths, as well as those of 37 Israelis.

Middle East Conflict: Need for Credible Mediator

James Dorsey | Posted 07.25.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Israel hopes to weaken and demilitarize Hamas but not totally eradicate it because that could open the door to more militant Islamist groups taking control of Gaza.

The Unheard Voices Against the Occupation

David A. Love | Posted 07.24.2014 | World
David A. Love

Among Jewish Americans and Israelis themselves, there is a diversity of opinion on the Israeli invasion of Gaza and on the Occupation of the Palestinian people.

The Convergence of the Past, Present and Future in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

All we really have is the present, while our actions today are motivated by our recollection of the many yesterdays behind us. These memories, stories, and myths matter. We need to learn about them.

Here We Go Again: Israel's Biennial Gaza Offensive

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

If one doesn't have the facts, the cagey and deceptive news media can persuade one to false conclusions: they make it sound as if two equal military adversaries are exchanging fire: the reality and devastation on the ground in Gaza dispels all such dubious insinuations.

Ryan Grim

Benjamin Netanyahu Stops Pretending To Support A Sovereign Palestinian State

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.18.2014 | World

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposes the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank, he told reporters last week in remar...

Hamas' Human Shields

Mike Smith | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Mike Smith

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The Real Risk of 'Another 20 Gazas'

Shai Franklin | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Shai Franklin

With the security barrier and long-term closures of the West Bank, and the effective embargo of Gaza, Palestinians seem increasingly foreign to Israelis. But Palestinians are among the most democratically minded populations in the region. If genuine democracy has any chance in the Arab world, it should be with the Palestinians.

Palestinian Death Toll Hits 172

AP | PETER ENAV | Posted 07.15.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military said it downed a drone launched by militants in the Gaza Strip on Monday, the first time it encountered an unma...

Where Is the Justice?

Wardah Khalid | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
Wardah Khalid

Enough is enough. Every party in this conflict must ask themselves: Have we so lost our humanity that we would rather leave these people in a living hell for our own selfish gain? For the sake of those innocent civilians suffering on both sides of the conflict, let's pray the answer does not take too much longer.

How Many People Need to Die? The Manipulation of Grief to Incite War

Leeat Granek, PhD | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
Leeat Granek, PhD

The deplorable and frightening violence erupting in Israel and in the occupied territories is not an inevitable blood feud. It is the logical outcome of leaders who cannot come to the table to negotiate peace for the sake of their people.

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 07.25.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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 07.16.2014 | 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 07.12.2014 | 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.