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Palestinian Territories

A Matter of Civil Rights

Sarah Leah Whitson | Posted 06.15.2011 | World
Sarah Leah Whitson

In a week when the U.S. paused to recall the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, President Peres might have considered King's message and why such a system of racial inequality remains in place.

Israeli Minister Confirms Controversial 'Interim' Palestinian State Plan

AP | MATTI FRIEDMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel's foreign minister confirmed Monday that he has drawn up a plan for the creation of an interim Palestinian state with tempora...

Social Media to Prevent Hate Media

Mark Belinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Belinsky

George Orwell wrote "history is written by the winners," and while this has been the case in many places, it has certainly not held true for Israel. A...

The PA's Choice: Palestinian State or Palestinian Cause

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

Rather than engage in negotiations which will reinforce the need for compromise, the Palestinian Authority has embarked on a strategy that, places its "passions" over its "interests." They key here is how the PA plays the image of powerlessness to its advantage.

The Devil's in the Discourse

Nadia Hijab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nadia Hijab

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently illustrated how completely the administration has bought into the Israeli discourse.

The Return of "Plan B" and the Death of the Peace Process

Osamah Khalil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Osamah Khalil

The Obama administration is following the same failed path of its three predecessors to achieve peace. In other words, there is no Plan B.

Checkpoint: Backscatter Fears and Naked Aggression

Jan McGirk | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jan McGirk

Americans on the go are increasingly upset about the intrusiveness of airport sercurity. Perhaps lessons can be learned by examining the health effects on Palestinians who have for years submitted to similar security checks.

Israel's False Sense of Invincibility

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The military and economic prowess currently enjoyed by Israel has led to a false sense of invincibility and a belief that the status quo between Israelis and Palestinians is sustainable -- yet it is not.

Above the Law: Israeli Settlements & the End of the Two-State Solution

Osamah Khalil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Osamah Khalil

For the second time in two years, direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians are at risk due to Israeli actions.

Leftists Who Love Israel -- A Self-Help Guide

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

I'd like to talk about this problem I have. You can't talk about it to just anyone. Friends of mine have it too. But you'll never see this one on Dr. ...

Jerusalem Must Exemplify Coexistence

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Jerusalem not only represents the largest urban concentration of Israelis and Palestinians coexisting alongside one another, but also the epicenter of the conflict that divides them.

Confessions of an Israeli Anti-Settler Bigot

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

Settlement has long been, and remains, the fuel for the fire of de-legitimization of Israel, the basis of charges of apartheid and ethnic cleansing. It undermines the foundation of the idea of a Jewish state.

Anna Baltzer: Palestinians "come second" at peace talks

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christian Avard

A visit to the occupied territories of Palestine can change one's perspectives forever. Such was the case of Anna Baltzer. Baltzer is a Jewish-America...

Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's Foreign Minister, Pushes For New Settlement Construction Amid Middle East Peace Talks

AP | MATTI FRIEDMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel's hard-line foreign minister said Monday that his party will try to block any extension of Israel's settlement slowdown, a mo...

Resolution 194 -- the Achilles' Heel of the Arab Peace Initiative

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Arab Peace Initiative's approach to Palestinian refugees has been the key source of the current deadlock which has caused the Initiative to languish until today. Those Israelis who are skeptical of the text should take a closer look.

Peace Process Is a Foreign Term in East Jerusalem and Gaza

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Since the beginning of the proximity talks eight weeks ago Israeli behavior has not reflected a country interested in peace.

Moment of Truth Has Arrived

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The upcoming "proximity talks" give the US mediators, a unique position to arbitrate and bridge proposals. The moment of truth about who is truly obstructing peace has finally arrived.

Let Us Expand the Definition of Terrorism

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

In these days of extremism at home, we cling to a narrow, selective definition of terrorism, while ignoring blatant forms of terrorism in our midst. In doing so, we can't see the forest for the trees.

The Arab Peace initiative: Now or Never

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Now more than ever, the Arab Peace Initiative (API) offers the best possible chance of achieving an inclusive peace, provided that all parties to the conflict understand its significance and historic implications.

Israeli organization empowers Palestinians to appeal against house demolition threats

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

On a calm morning in the south of the West Bank, Palestinian villagers in At-Tuwani are experiencing two very different types of encounters with Israe...

President Obama Is Insisting on Building Trust as a Precondition for Working With Israel Towards Peace

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

For the US to be able to help shepherd a serious peace process in the Middle East, America's trust towards the leaders of both parties in the conflict is critical.

Schumer: I'm on a Mission From God (to Be Israel's Guardian in Senate)

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

A United States Congressman is using his position to promote an organization whose sole purpose is smearing an American ally and subverting US policy in the Middle East.

Tea Party Jews: Betraying the U.S. and Israel at the Same Time

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

In his recklessness and tunnel vision, Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat is undermining the very legitimacy of Israel at a time when Israel can least afford it.

Obama: Middle East Peace Talks to Begin Next Week

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eileen Read

The first round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in a decade will begin next week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced late Friday. These are the talks that should have started a year ago.

From a Source of Inspiration to a Pariah State

Hagai El-Ad | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagai El-Ad

The path leading beyond the cliff's edge is clear and Israel's government is propelling the country forward with eyes wide open.