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Fighting for a culture of enlightenment in Palestine and beyond

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

Last week signaled the rolling launch of an effort to fundamentally reform the Palestinian education sector. This reform effort is taking place in the...

ATFP Launches New Online Palestinian State and Institution Building Resources

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

ATFP hopes these resources will help people around the world better understand the scope, progress and importance of state and institution building by the Palestinian people.

David Cameron: Gaza Is A 'Prison Camp'

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

British Prime Minister David Cameron Tuesday urged Israel to lift the blockade of the Gaza Strip, slamming the current state of the Palestinian enclav...

Presbyterians: End U.S.-Israel Aid Over Settlements In Palestinian Land

AP | PATRICK CONDON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

MINNEAPOLIS — Presbyterian leaders strongly backed a proposal Friday that included a call to end U.S. aid to Israel unless the country stops set...

More Outrage Over Helen Thomas Comment Than Murder of US Citizen

Ahmed Rehab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ahmed Rehab

It irks me that for an expedient cadre out there, a "few seconds" of emotional speech are seemingly enough to cancel out a 67 year long career of honorable service.

On The Vilification of Helen Thomas›

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Scheer

One must support the right of Jews to live securely in the nation of Israel, the place they claim as their historical homeland. But not without consideration of the rights of their fellow Semites.

Lebanon's Samir Geagea: A Maverick

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Samir Geagea is proving to be the only man of principles in Lebanon. He should be applauded as the last freedom fighter in the Middle East.

The Fourth Assassin: A Palestinian Detective in Brooklyn

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Wherever a Palestinian travels, the ties to home are too intertwined with agony to break. The Fourth Assassin explores the dilemma of the Palestinian living in the Western world.

Sowing the Seeds of Jihad

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells


Treat Palestinians Like Jews

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Scheer

It was an act of international terrorism, pure and simple. There can be no valid claims of self-defense on the part of Israeli commandos who attacked a ship of protesters in international waters. Trust me, I don't come to this viewpoint lightly.

Netanyahu to endanger US soldiers for another year

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Under U.S. and international pressure to stop Jewish settlement activities in Arab East Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu argued that peace talks might be delayed another year.

As Non-Violence Takes Root, So May a Palestinian State

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Why after so much suffering and the spilling of so much blood, does non-violence seem to be catching on in Palestine?

A Palestinian View on the Role of Jerusalem in Negotiations

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Architects of the peace process have forever talked about leaving difficult issues until last, and in the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, nothing fits the bill of "difficult" as much as Jerusalem.

Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

The Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs: As the world focuses on the UK elections, the European bailout and its faltering southern economies and f...

Ethan Bronner, Again: Is He Biased, Or Just Inept?

Jerome Slater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jerome Slater

We should no longer be surprised at the misleading reporting of news on Israel that characterizes the New York Times in general, and Ethan Bronner, the newspaper's chief correspondent in Israel, in particular.

Filippo Grandi: The New UN Official Intent on Defending Palestinian Refugees Rights and Living Conditions

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Fillipo Grandi was clearly prepared for his new mission: defending and preserving the rights and interests of Palestinian refugees. But despite his preparedness, he was still shocked by what awaited in Jordan.

"Ajami": A Film to Challenge the Israeli and Palestinian Narratives?

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ilana Teitelbaum

Hitting US theaters today is Ajami, Israel's contender at this year's Academy Awards, which has also been garnering praise at Cannes and other interna...

Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

Behind the bells and whistles of President Obama's State of the Union, North Korea, the international pariah state, continued to make concrete belligerent moves in its foreign policy this week.

Sheikh Jarrah: A Case of Systemic Injustice

Ir Amim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ir Amim

On a sunny afternoon, Dina Goldstein and I hail a cab in downtown Jerusalem on our way to the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Northeast Jerusalem.

Waxman Attacks Winograd on Israel; Ignites a Political Firestorm

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

That Rep. Waxman and Rep. Harman stress her devotion to Israel as the catalyst for her re-election underscores to what extent their policies focus on the welfare of Israelis and not Americans.

Weekly Foreign Affairs Roundup

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

This Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs: North Korea Back at the Table, maybe SI Analysis: North Korea says that it will return to six party talks...

Young Palestinian Shot By IDF, Attends J Street Conference

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

In 2000, the Israeli army decided to seize Yusuf Bashir's house and use it as a sentry post. The army had already destroyed other houses in the neighborhood.

Palestinian Children Suffer From a Lack of Appropriate TV Programming

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinian children badly need programming that can address their issues. This need is all the more pressing considering that over 65% of Palestinian children have no pre-school education.

Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim Dead: Pakistan Says US kills FBI-wanted terrorist in Pakistan strike

AP | ISHTIAQ MAHSUD and RASOOL DAWAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — A U.S. missile strike in Pakistan killed one of the FBI's most-wanted terrorists, a man suspected in a deadly 1986 ...

Benjamin Netanyahu On Iranian Threat: "The Issue Is Not The Security Of Israel But Of The World"

Newsweek | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NEWSWEEK's Lally Weymouth spoke to Netanyahu in Jerusalem last week. Excerpts: WEYMOUTH: What did you think of the Goldstone report? NETANYAHU: I tho...