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Israeli Settlements

Five Members of US Congress Take Extreme Right-Wing Tour of West Bank Settlements

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 01.21.2012 | World
Mya Guarnieri

Because the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza has effectively crippled the Palestinian economy, some Palestinian construction workers turn to the settlements for employment.

Who Will Write Jerusalem's Story?

Ronit Avni | Posted 01.18.2012 | World
Ronit Avni

This is the real struggle taking place today in Jerusalem: a battle between those whose vision for the city hinges on guaranteeing full rights and a dignified existence for all residents, and those who place politics and divine decree ahead of the everyday needs of the people.

The Eviction of One Palestinian Family Might Cause the Next Political Crisis Over East Jerusalem

Hagit Ofran | Posted 01.17.2012 | World
Hagit Ofran

In Silwan there is a fight over nationality, history and also religion. For the Palestinians, it is a Palestinian neighborhood, next to Al-Aqsa Mosque where thousands of Palestinians have been living for ages

Home Truths on the Croisette (Cannes)

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 01.11.2012 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

What can one conclude from all this? That Netanyahu is a major part of the problem. In a strong political position at home, he is almost universally disliked abroad.

Outposts & the Abuse of Law in Service of the Settlements

Lara Friedman | Posted 12.11.2011 | World
Lara Friedman

Outposts are again taking center stage in the settlements debate, as the Netanyahu government announces two new policies aimed at legalizing illegal outposts and sending a clear signal that it values settlements over negotiations, and it prefers "Greater Israel" to peace.

The Numbers Prove It, Now Let's Use It: Young Rabbis Love Israel

Scott Perlo | Posted 12.02.2011 | Religion
Scott Perlo

All of the pro-Israel, pro-peace activists and thinkers I know are under constant barrage of attempts to prove that they are faking their authentic and deep connection to Israel, that they are somehow the enemy itself.

Netanyahu's Lie: "I Already Gave at the Office"

James Zogby | Posted 12.01.2011 | World
James Zogby

Netanyahu didn't "give at the office" and he didn't give at the door. He's been playing us for fools for decades now and we're letting him get away with it.

Netanyahu Is Killing the Two-State Solution

Carlo Strenger | Posted 11.25.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

Whatever the exact result of the Palestinians' UN bid will be, we must not let Netanyahu spin that Israel scores a moral victory if some major European countries will vote against it or abstain confuse us.

Bad Muslims With a Good Idea

Jalal Alamgir | Posted 11.21.2011 | World
Jalal Alamgir

Palestine has taken the right decision. A diplomatic showdown is bad behavior in colonial eyes, but a public show of hands in the U.N. is the right thing to do at this point.

Why Politics Trumps Peace in the Middle East

Dennis Jett | Posted 11.14.2011 | World
Dennis Jett

If the White House does not change hands, American policy may one day again serve American interests and Israel's as well. If there is a new occupant, what little influence and ability America has to help achieve peace will decline even more.

Uprooted Trees Will not Uproot West Bank Community

Salena Tramel | Posted 11.13.2011 | World
Salena Tramel

Just after dawn, close to 100 Israeli military personnel had arrived in the village without warning and uprooted roughly 1,000 trees -- bringing with them around 40 specialists to ensure that the plants were ripped from the root, according to the villagers.

Not Jewish Enough for Glenn Beck -- Nor Israeli Enough

Bradley Burston | Posted 10.22.2011 | Media
Bradley Burston

This has been a summer of astonishments. So it probably should have come as no surprise that Tel Aviv's sudden tent city should have drawn the impossi...

What Congress Won't See on Its Trip to Israel This Month

Michael Berg | Posted 10.19.2011 | World
Michael Berg

Israel is not the only country that abuses fundamental human rights. But it is the only country of this nature that receives over $3 billion a year in U.S. aid, and it is the only foreign nation that is receiving 81 American congressional delegates.

Israeli Supreme Court Orders Migron Settler Outpost To Be Immediately Evacuated

Posted 10.02.2011 | World

(Reuters) - Israel's supreme court ordered the evacuation of a hilltop outpost where some 250 Jewish settlers live without further delay Tuesday, upho...

From East Jerusalem to Ramallah

Kazim Ali | Posted 10.01.2011 | World
Kazim Ali

There can never be a functioning and vibrant Palestinian polity until there is freedom of movement for the Palestinian people. The wall must come down, the blockade of Gaza must end.

The Forgotten Incentive of Settlement Businesses

Hagit Ofran | Posted 09.18.2011 | World
Hagit Ofran

There is a sense of outrage within the Israeli public following the passing of "the boycott law" in the Knesset last week. This law has pushed many Israelis to support boycotting the settlements for the first time.

Israel Wants To Build Hundreds Of New Apartments In West Bank

Posted 09.17.2011 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel put out bids Monday to build 336 apartments in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, a new blow to international efforts to g...

Israel's New Boycott Law: The Quiet Sound of Going Fascist

Bradley Burston | Posted 09.14.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

This is the one. Don't let what we here like to call the relative calm, fool you. When the Knesset passed the boycott law Monday night, it changed the history of the state of Israel.

Israel's New Boycott Law and U.S. Law: Like Apples and Orangutans

Lara Friedman | Posted 09.13.2011 | World
Lara Friedman

Welcome to democracy, under which citizens can peacefully protest whatever they want, foreign or domestic, including through boycotts. Except in Israel.

Strategic Thinking Needed to Juggle Israeli-Palestinian Equation

James Zogby | Posted 09.08.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

If there is to be Israeli-Palestinian peace, the current dynamics at work in Israeli and Palestinian societies and in the Israeli-Palestinian relationship must be changed. That will require strategic thinking and a willingness to shake thing up, especially in Israel.

Gilad Shalit and the Five-Year Drought

Adam Chandler | Posted 09.05.2011 | World
Adam Chandler

I registered surprise by how quietly the five-year anniversary of Gilad Shalit's abduction passed. It seems that those outraged -- and rightly so -- at the state of affairs in the Jewish State no longer have space for the causes that first seduced them into loving such a complicated country.

Zionism at Risk

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 09.04.2011 | World
Robert K. Lifton

The promise of Zionism now faces a serious threat. This comes not in the form of foreign militaries, Palestinian terror or economic instability, but in the very persons who purport to support it.

Wanting Something for Nothing: The Real Reason Behind the Outrage Over Obama's Reference to 1967

Lara Friedman | Posted 08.22.2011 | World
Lara Friedman

The outrage over Obama's reference to 1967 lines in the May 19th speech isn't truly about "defensible" borders. It's about greed. Purveyors of rig...

Jerusalem 2011

Ir Amim | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics
Ir Amim

By Dr. Menachem Klein To be an egalitarian city, the unification of Jerusalem would had to have held this as its vision. Jerusalem could have been a ...

Netanyahu and the U.S. Congress: A Love Fest

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 07.26.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

I truly believe Netanyahu now knows the real truth -- a two state solution is no solution. The peace process has been over for sometime and his speech to the U.S. Congress solidified that.