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The Excruciating Worth of Criticism

Paula Gordon | Posted 03.20.2016 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The democratic experiment is neither certain nor assured. It takes courage and perseverance, a willingness to wrestle with the toughest issues and to...

New York Times' Attempted Whitewash of Israel Poll

James Zogby | Posted 03.12.2016 | Politics
James Zogby

The Times has done Israelis, Palestinians, and its readers a disservice.

On National Security, GOP Candidates Aren't Very Good With the Facts

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Trump, Cruz, and Rubio (and Kasich) want to show the American people that they would be wise stewards of America's foreign relations. And yet whenever foreign policy is discussed in these debates, they hurt themselves as soon as they open up their mouths.

U.S. Aid Underwrites Bad Israeli Economic and Oppressive Occupation Policies

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

America is practically bankrupt, yet Israel remains a multi-billion dollar dependent. The U.S. can't afford to continue subsidizing well-off nations, no matter how friendly. And Israel, which spends heavily both to expand state regulation and occupy Palestinian lands, doesn't need American support.

Listening to a Responsible Israeli Arab Member of Knesset

Ron Kronish | Posted 02.25.2016 | World
Ron Kronish

Why do I say that hearing Mr. Oudeh was refreshing and unusual? The answer is that he was not vituperative or vicious in his criticism of many of the policies of the current Israeli government.

Malcolm X and the Black Lives Matter Movement

David A. Love | Posted 02.23.2016 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Malcolm X resonates with a Black Lives Matter movement born decades after his death. Yet, this nascent movement fights the same hopelessly persistent problem of American racism, one born of the badge of slavery.

Dear Netanyahu: Radical Zionists Like You Cannot Survive

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.23.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Ending the occupation is not a charitable gift to the Palestinians. Only by accepting their right to a state of their own will Israel remain a Jewish and democratic state enjoying peace and security, instead of being drawn toward an abyss from which there is no salvation.

Israel's Home Demolitions Policy Is Morally Wrong

Alan Elsner | Posted 02.22.2016 | World
Alan Elsner

Sadly, home demolitions targeted at the families of terrorists has become a central tactic of the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against the current wave of murderous attacks against Israeli civilians.

In Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, There Is No Status Quo

Alan Elsner | Posted 02.18.2016 | World
Alan Elsner

An Israeli-Palestinian peace deal would inject a huge dose of stability into the Middle East as well as providing a compelling example of how it is possible to resolve even the toughest issues through negotiation rather than through violence and warfare.

The Truth About Israel's National Security

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Netanyahu government's linking of national security to the so-called "defensive borders" is disingenuous and misleading, designed to provide a cover for his and his cabinet's continued intoxication with seizing Palestinian territories.

"The Settlers": Unsettling!

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 02.01.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Berkowitz

Writer/Director Shimon Dotan's new film "The Settlers" is a compelling, must see, tour de force outline of the Israeli Settlement issue fueling the la...

Israel's Creeping Annexation of West Bank Speeds Up

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Alan Elsner

As is is well known, many members of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government are strident opponents of a two-state solution and would like to annex at least a major portion of the occupied West Bank.

Tyranny of the Israeli Majority?

Daniel Sokatch | Posted 01.28.2016 | World
Daniel Sokatch

By passing the "transparency" bill, Israel risks joining the ranks of countries like Russia, China and Iran that stifle voices of opposition and view human rights organizations as foreign agents and threats to be eliminated.

The Dire Consequences of Revenge and Retribution

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.28.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Any Israeli Jew or Palestinian, regardless of their place of residence (be that in the West Bank or in Israel proper) who wants to prevent this vicious cycle of revenge, must stop and think -- where will all this lead to?

Palestinian Refugees Protest Against UNRWA

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Chaker Khazaal

The ongoing civil war in Syria and the ensuing flood of migrants into Europe and other countries have been at the top of the media's "talk about it" l...

Israel Should Question Its "Shoot to Kill" Policy

Ron Kronish | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Is the practice of "shooting to kill" Palestinians in the West Bank and inside Israel an ethical policy? And, is it effective as a deterrent in the difficult security situation we face in Israel in recent months (and years and decades...)?

Brazilian Cartoonist Carlos Latuff Takes Aim Globally

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.16.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

He punches hard, he's opinionated, his commentary is biting, his cartoons are thought provoking, and he doesn't regret being a magnet for nasty criticism. He is Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff who doesn't mince words or hold back on stirring up people, in his country and across continents.

Civil Disobedience Is The Palestinians' Best Option

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

After seven decades of largely violent conflict, the Palestinian people must now come to the conclusion, if they have not already, that violence against the Israelis is counterproductive and only plays into the hands of the extreme right and weakens moderate Israelis.

Israeli Forces Shoot Dead 2 Palestinians Accused Of Attempted Attacks

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 12.26.2015 | World

JERUSALEM, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Israeli security forces said they shot dead two Palestinian assailants on Saturday in separate incidents in Jerusalem an...

No Way to Treat a Child

Hannah Griffiths | Posted 12.22.2015 | Impact
Hannah Griffiths

On November 3, the Israeli government passed a series of legal amendments which lengthened the sentence for stone throwers to a maximum of 20 years, reduced judicial discretion, and introduced other limitations.

Lebanon: Media Put Humanity in the Picture as Refugee Crisis Takes Hold

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.17.2015 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

If there is one country where migration is a meaningful crisis story it is Lebanon, which, according to Forbes-Statista/UNHCR, has the most refugees per 1,000 inhabitants -- 257 in mid-2014.

In The Grip Of Powerful Illusions

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The deadlock in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process appears to be illogical and unsettling as a majority of Israelis and Palestinians realize that coexistence, whether under conditions of enmity or friendship, is a fact that neither side can change short of a catastrophe.

Israel's Occupation Is Morally Indefensible

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.16.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Contrary to Prime Minister Netanyahu's assertion, the occupation erodes rather than buttresses Israel's national security and cannot be justified on either security or moral grounds.

The Hidden Dangers of Interfaith Discussions on Palestine and Israel

Omar Alnatour | Posted 12.07.2015 | World
Omar Alnatour

At the very heart of normalization is this mindset that peace is achieved through dialogue rather than through justice. Consequently, normalization has proven itself detrimental to the Palestinian cause, farcically parading an illusion of equal power dynamics between Palestinians and Israelis.

The Oslo Paradox: How the Left's Peace Plan Rewarded the Right

udi segal | Posted 12.02.2015 | World
udi segal

In the end, Oslo unleashed another one of the paradoxes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - it was the Israeli left, always accused of being too sympathetic toward the Palestinians, that wanted the separation in the first place, and the most significant peace agreement the left signed ultimately played into the hands of the Israeli right.