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Occupied Territories

BDS: A Legitimate and Moral Response to Israeli Policy

James Zogby | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

Israel acts with impunity in seizing Palestinian land, demolishing Palestinian homes and denying basic freedoms to Palestinians. Israel then acts to sanction the Palestinian Authority by refusing to transfer tax revenues that are legally Palestinian funds. But when confronted with a dose of the same medicine, Netanyahu not only screams "foul," he denounces his adversaries as "anti-Semites" and threatens severe retaliation.

A Palestinian's Journey Towards Healing

Kamal Abu-Shamsieh | Posted 05.22.2015 | Religion
Kamal Abu-Shamsieh

As I disengage from MLI, it does not necessitate an end to my dialogue with Zionists. Dialogue with Zionists is as crucial to Muslim-Jewish understanding as outreach to Evangelicals to advance Christian-Muslim relations. I will continue my journey towards healing that I yearn to achieve.

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.

The Palestinian Arab Citizens of Israel: Pointing the Way Forward

James Zogby | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

That the Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel have fought for their rights for 67 years and continue to advance in their struggle gives me hope. As we approach this years' "Land Day," keep your eyes on this remarkable community. They do, indeed, point the way forward.

'Palestine' Is Becoming a Bad Word in Washington

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

If the U.S. is serious about the two-state solution, it needs to do much more to help end occupation and support non-violent Palestinian actions in this direction.

How Long Will the U.S. Turn a Blind Eye to Its Role in this Bloodshed?

Sunjeev Bery | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Sunjeev Bery

Though a ceasefire hangs over Israel and Gaza today, the open wounds from 50 days of conflict remain unresolved.

A Dear Jon (Voight) Letter About Gaza and the History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Mark Levine | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Mark Levine

Your passion for defending Israel is clearly as great as your passion for acting. However, behind your passion is a view of Israel's history and current actions that are utterly at odds with the actual history and present-day realities in the country. They are simply dead-wrong.

'Don't Cry for Me'

Sam Bahour | Posted 10.04.2014 | World
Sam Bahour

The only words I can muster now, while the images of the carnage are freshly etched into my mind, are the words that may have come from one of the child victims whose life was cut short by a U.S.-supplied Israeli F-16 fighter jet missile. This is the imagined letter from the victim.

A World Where We Treat All Children As Our Own

David A. Love | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
David A. Love

When the family of kidnapped and lynched Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir recently grieved together with the family of abducted and murdered Israeli teen Naftali Fraenkel, we were reminded that the loss of a child is both painful and universal.

No Immunity

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

Whenever I hear an American Jew like myself lament the killings of innocent Israelis, especially in occupied territories, I want to tell them this story. I want to say to Hal and all of my other "cousins," you want to stop the hatred? Well, start with yourself.

Andrew Perez

Sheldon Adelson Backed Candidate Who Used Term 'Israeli-Occupied Areas' | Andrew Perez | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This past weekend, at a meeting of donors to the Republican Jewish Coalition, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) caused a stir when he d...

American Jews Must Support, Not Hinder, Kerry's Efforts

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Alon Ben-Meir

I am one of those who certainly support J Street's ongoing efforts to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace, and I applaud their repeated outreach calling on congressional leaders and Jewish groups to support Secretary of State John Kerry's peace offensive.

Even Hamburgers Can't Stay Out Of The Israel-Palestinian Conflict

The Media Line | Linda Gradstein | Posted 06.27.2013 | World

By Linda Gradstein/The Media Line When it comes to Israel and the Palestinians, everything, even a hamburger, is political. Israelis who live in ar...

Obama: Hope Amid the Hopeless

Steve Posner | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
Steve Posner

Obama's visit to the West Bank took him into the center of the Palestinian tragedy where outrage over Israel's military occupation and civilian settlements has been punctuated by bursts of terrorist violence, quiet oppression, and demoralizing acquiescence.

One Palestinian Village Obama Should Visit

Sunjeev Bery | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
Sunjeev Bery

Israeli military law imposed in the occupied West Bank places sweeping and arbitrary restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. This makes any unauthorized peaceful protest by Palestinians a criminal offence.

Mapping Palestinian Contemporary Art

Ruthie Abel | Posted 03.30.2013 | Arts
Ruthie Abel

I had travelled to the West Bank to photograph two stories, both put on hold as persistent rocket fire and airstrikes erupted between Gaza and Israel. With time on my hands, I set out to explore new developments in Palestinian contemporary art.

Israel Approves 1,500 New Homes In Controversial Settlement Expansion

Reuters | Posted 02.16.2013 | World

JERUSALEM, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Israel approved plans to build 1,500 more Jewish settler homes in east Jerusalem on Monday, an official said, days aft...

EU Condemns Israel Over Settlements

AP | DON MELVIN and SLOBODAN LEKIC | Posted 02.09.2013 | World

BRUSSELS — The European Union warned Israel of unspecified consequences Monday if it goes through with plans to build thousands of new settler h...

To Be Trusted, Mofaz Should Begin Dismantling the Occupation

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The beginning of the end of occupation also requires telling Israelis that the settlement enterprise runs contrary to peace.

Free Fadi -- And the Rest of Palestine

Shadi Bushra | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Shadi Bushra

Fadi would not want there to be an international outcry over his detention if there were not a similar -- in fact, greater -- outcry over the detention of the 4,800 other Palestinians languishing in Israeli prisons after being denied trials in civilian courts.

The "Occupied Territories": A Meme of Power to Describe All the OWS Locales

Rob Kall | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

Locales or communities exist. They are. But Occupied Territories, well that's a term with some muscle in it, some fight, some power.

Miral Defies Racial Stereotypes of Arabs in the Media

David A. Love | Posted 06.13.2011 | Media
David A. Love

This film presents Palestinians as everyday human beings in all their complexities. Miral provided a public service to viewers who are unexposed to the Israel occupation.

How Long Will the U.S. and Europe Keep Repeating the Same Mistakes in the Middle East?

Mark Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Levine

What is more essential to American security today -- convenient bases for its ships, planes and troops across the Middle East, or a full transition to democracy throughout the region?

Beyond Hypocrisy in the Middle East

Mark Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Levine

What happens when all sides of a conflict are so mired in hypocrisy that no one can steer a path towards some sort of solution?

Do International Activists Help or Hinder the Palestinian Struggle?

Alison Avigayil Ramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alison Avigayil Ramer

Every summer, hundreds of young international activists travel to Israel to stand in solidarity with Palestinians. Some seasoned activists question whether their activism functions more like occupation tourism.