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Does "Urging Israel" Amount to "Change We Can Believe In"?

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Expressing disappointment and calling on Israel not to repeat its actions is ineffective, so when will America's policy change from a slap on the wrist to a handcuff to international law?

Hamas: PA Is Threatening to Arrest Our West Bank Leaders

International Middle East Media Center | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Several legislators of the Hamas movement in the West Bank stated on Thursday that they received arrest threats from the Palestinian Security Forces, ...

Gaza Tunnel Explosion Kills 7 Palestinians

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

At least seven Palestinians were killed overnight when fuel exploded in a smuggling tunnel beneath the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, Palest...

US Palestinian Aid: $200 Million Transferred To Fix Budget Crisis

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The United States has transferred $200 million to the Palestinian government to help ease a growing budget deficit, U.S. S...

Settlers' Spin

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

The number of Jewish settlers living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, an area that Palestinians regard as the heart of their future state, is swiftly approaching half a million.

The Evolution of the Acceptance of a Palestinian State

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

It is useful to trace the evolution of the acceptance of a two-state solution in our political discourse -- recalling, as we do, how difficult it was just a few decades ago to support Palestinian rights.

No Way Out: I'm Trapped in Gaza

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hani Almadhoun

I am being told that it will be "unlikely" for me to make my way out of Gaza due to the ongoing Israeli-Egyptian siege that has closed borders on every front. Gaza is the largest open air prison in the world.

Netanyahu's Two-State Goal?

Saree Makdisi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saree Makdisi

Netanyahu's speech marked both the definitive end and a symbolic return to the beginning of the two-state solution as that hapless notion has been peddled since the Oslo Accords of 1993-95.

The United Nations Kangaroo "Investigation" of Israeli "War Crimes"

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alan Dershowitz

Richard Goldstone knows that unless his report condemns Israel, at least as forcefully as it condemns Hamas, it will never be accepted by the UN Human Rights Council.

Neda in Palestine, Sentenced to Die Alone

Max Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Max Blumenthal

When the mainstream American press chose to broadcast the Neda video, it highlighted the hypocritical attitude towards Palestinians who resist Israeli occupation on a daily basis, and who often meet the same fate as Neda.

Palestinian State Institutions In 2 Years: Prime Minister

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Institutions for an independent Palestinian state should be up and running within two years, Palestinian Prime Minister Sa...

Palestinian Boy Hanged By His Family For 'Collaborating With Israel': Police

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

15-year-old Palestinian Raed Sawalha was found hung from a tree in the West Bank town of Qalqilya, having been accused by his own family of consorting...

The Cartographic Crux of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

The fraught political realities on the ground that are captured in the mapmaking process lie at the very heart of the problem.

During His Trip to Egypt, Obama Should Visit Gaza

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Medea Benjamin

The issue that is really at the crux of the tensions with the United States is the intractable conflict between Israel and Palestine, and what many perceive as a one-sided U.S. policy in support of Israel.

Hamas, Fatah Battle Kills 6, Bloodiest Factional Violence In 2 Years

AP | ALI DARAGHMEH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

QALQILIYA, West Bank — Forces loyal to the moderate Palestinian president stormed a Hamas hideout in the West Bank and set off a fierce gunbattl...

Obama, Abbas Meeting Will Discuss Plans For Pan-Arab Peace With Israel

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Gingerly trying to advance Mideast peace, President Barack Obama on Thursday challenged Israel to stop settlement construction in t...

New Hamas-Free Palestinian Government Sworn In

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday swore in a new government comprised mainly of members of his Fatah Party, b...

Obama: Israeli Settlements "Have to be Stopped"

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Without a settlement freeze, there can be no progress on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Will Netanyahu Buckle Under Obama's Pressure

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Where is Israel after all these concessions? It is arguably the most hated and most vulnerable nation on earth.

Jerusalem: The Pope in Search of Christians

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Before arriving in the region, the Vatican billed the visit as spiritual rather than political. In fact, from day one his trip was mired with political controversies.

Palestinians Mark 'Nakba' 61st Anniversary

Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Thousands of Palestinians have marked the 61st anniversary of the "Nakba" or "catastrophe," in which hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were displa...

Mousawa: An Alternative to a Two-State Solution

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

A movement that began amongst Palestinians with Israeli citizenship is now making its way to East Jerusalem and to the West bank. It is called "Mousawa" which means equality.

AIPAC Agrees To Funding, Talking With Hamas

TAPPED | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Coming off their national convention, AIPAC -- the main pro-Israel lobbying group in the United States -- has made a remarkable concession....

A Waltz with President al Bashir of Sudan

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

Typically, talking about a crime by an Arab leader in the Middle East, one will almost always end up talking about other concerned parties. It seems to be a special built-in ability to auto-dodge accountability.

UN: Israel Demolitions Must Cease

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has issued a report detailing the difficulties facing Palestinians in East Jerusalem who ...