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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.

November 29: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

Zeina Azzam | Posted 11.29.2015 | World
Zeina Azzam

Thirty years after the UN partition plan, the General Assembly passed a new resolution proclaiming an annual observation, on November 29th, to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

How the Ideological Siege Undermines the Peace Process

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.26.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

While I applaud the sentiment that Israelis and Palestinians are closely connected, what struck me the most is his characterization of himself, as if being a Jew means automatic support of Netanyahu's policies, regardless of how misguided they may be.

Daesh/ISIS Is Not Israel's Problem -- For Now

Michael Winship | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Despite the current violent unrest in Israel that is not yet a third intifada, I came away thinking that as hopeless as it too often seems, against all odds, there's still a solution to be had, still time for the sides to sit down at the table and make a deal. But not much.

American Teen Among 5 Killed In Israel Attacks

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.20.2015 | World

JERUSALEM, Nov 19 (Reuters) - A Palestinian fatally stabbed two people in a Tel Aviv office building and three other people were killed in an attack i...

Why Have Past Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Failed?

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

Whereas Israel enjoys a preponderance of military and economic power and negotiates from a position of strength, the Palestinians are living under occupation with a limited ability to challenge Israel.

From Beirut, This Is Paris: In A World That Doesn't Care About Arab Lives

Elie Fares | Posted 11.15.2015 | World
Elie Fares

We can ask for the world to think Beirut is as important as Paris, or for Facebook to add a "safety check" button for us to use daily, or for people to care about us. But the truth of the matter is, we are a people that doesn't care about itself to begin. We call it the new normal, but if this normality then let it go to hell.

Invisible Victims

James Zogby | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

Netanyahu should not have been hosted and feted in Washington, he should have been called out by policy makers for his behavior. Until that occurs, nothing will change. Palestinians will remain invisible victims, denied their rights, and peace will remain as elusive as ever.