By ending the $3 billion in yearly US aid to Israel and launching an open-ended dialogue regarding other possibilities for peace beyond the failed "peace process," Obama could make a lasting legacy in this tiny corner of the world where too many others have failed.
Be grateful for every little things that you have in life. There are so many people out there, who cannot enjoy the simple luxuries one has in life. Praise your Lord for every good that you experience.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Obama at the White House on Monday in his first trip back to Washington after an unsuccessful campaign to block the Iran nuclear deal.
Why do Palestinian groups and individuals continue to use violence against civilians? It's the billion-dollar question at the heart of the conflict that no one is seriously addressing. And it might hold the key to peace.
Although President Obama and Netanyahu seem to dislike each other, because of Israel's political clout, Obama feels he needs to kiss and make up with Netanyahu and slather Israel with even more military aid and hardware to compensate it for its supposedly eroded security.
Despite being held in one of the world's most politically unstable areas, #TEDxShujaiya was overwhelmingly humane. Speakers addressed subjects ranging from art to technology, and highlighted their tales of success and achievement under harrowing conditions.
The current Palestinian reaction is both inevitable and episodic. It is not a random eruption, rather a continuity of previous actions by Palestinians in reaction to the systematic oppression perpetuated by the Israeli state.
That Netanyahu has been voted into power for the fourth time this past March proves beyond any doubt that Israel has chosen occupation over peace and has normalized the brutal domination of the Palestinian people rather than liberate itself from becoming a modern-day apartheid state.
As a Palestinian, living under occupation and siege, aching for freedom, I had to be a part of the regional conversations. So I became an avid user of social media. I was on all platforms, all the time, despite the power outages that have plagued Gaza for years now.
73-year old Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was killed on November 4, 1995 by three shots fired by an Israeli rightwing nationalist who opposed the Oslo Accords. The assassination of came at the end of a peace rally in Tel Aviv in favor of the Accords.
Despite this distressing state of affairs, we continue our efforts to provide leadership for our community and a forum for compassionate leaders like Martin O'Malley to address critical issues facing our nation. It is only way to advance desperately needed change in our politics and policies.
"They understand what it means when I say I'm Palestinian." Those words capture the essence of community and the importance of identity politics. To me, it means being part of a community that understands these issues in Gaza are more than a divisive political topic.
Every government has a duty to protect people under its rule from attack, but these measures must respect human rights and international humanitarian law.
To say that religion is divisive is to attempt no analysis of the problems at hand. It is to stop at the surface making no effort to dig deeper for the underlying problems seething underneath.
Fear, yes fear, makes us look at everyone with suspicion and a desire to call the authorities. Don't even take your cellphone out of your pocket, it might be a weapon. How long can we all continue with this madness?
These young Palestinians are victims of decades of oppression and the denial of hope. Until it is understood that these Palestinian lives matter and concrete steps are taken to provide them with freedom, opportunity, and hope, the tragedy will continue.