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The Loyalty Oath Is a Good Deal

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Suissa

Jews who lived for centuries as good citizens of Arab countries would have loved nothing more than to pledge loyalty to a "Muslim and democratic state" in return for the same freedoms, rights and protections that Arabs enjoy today in Israel.

Is There an Israeli Left Left?

Adam Chandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Adam Chandler

Undermined by nearly a decade of right-wing dominance, the Israeli left has found itself farther from power than ever before in the 62-year history of the country.

The Top 10 Worst Errors Israel Is About to Make

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

1. The Loyalty Oath What it is: A proposed amendment to Israel's Law of Citizenship, which, if approved by the Knesset, would require non-Jews seekin...

From Budrus to Bilin: Arresting Heroes

Ronit Avni | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ronit Avni

In our new film Budrus, our protagonist, Ayed Morrar, achieved what policymakers and policy wonks believe to be impossible: He united Hamas, Fatah and Israeli allies to save his village from destruction.

Palestinians Reject Israel's Racist Demands

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Candidates for Israeli citizenship will now have to pledge allegiance to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. But if Judaism is the reference point, then Israel's demands for ownership of land takes on a totally new dimension.

Notes From an Israeli Newsroom: The Day My Leftism Changed

Ami Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ami Kaufman

Ten years ago today my leftism changed. I remember the images shown over and over again on television. The body being thrown out the window, and then being stomped on. And of course the bloody hands.

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. ...

The Lobby's Shame

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Thousands of Israelis have been killed as a result of policies that the conservative "pro-Israel" lobby has supported. Yet they sail on, never looking back, labeling anyone who opposes the status quo "anti-Israel."

Beautiful: Israelis and Palestinian Kids Making Peace Through Soccer (VIDEO)

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Here is some evidence that the Beautiful Game provides more hope than politics, a game that is anything but beautiful.

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.

Lebanon's Jews: Loyalty to Whom? BBC Documentary Tracks Vanished Community

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

First came the book, then the documentary, on Lebanon's Jews who pine for their birthplace, singers Fairouz, Sabah and Wadih El Safi, and recall their...

Mideast Peace Talks Hit 'Settlement' Roadblock: Abbas Says Israel Must Choose

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday there will be no peace deal with Israel unless the Jewish state stops settlem...

Palestinian President Hints At Settlement Deal, AP Reports

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) JERUSALEM - The Palestinian president has left the door open to continuing peace negotiations with Israel even if it resumes settlement construct...

Los Angeles Launches Nation's First Israel Divestment Campaign

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Linda Milazzo

On April 1, 2010, in a no-holds-barred interview with the Christian Science Monitor, Israeli peacemaker Jonathan Ben Artzi, a PhD candidate at Brow...

"Price Tag" Reprisals Against Palestinians in Hebron

Joseph Dana | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph Dana

Since last week's fatal shooting of four settlers from the settlement of Beit Haggai, Palestinians in the area have been subjected to what the settlers call "price tag" reprisal attacks and repeated Israeli army incursions.

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...

In Mideast Peace Talks, it's Time to Lower the Temperature

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alan Elsner

If they're serious about making peace, this would be a good time for the leaders start talking quietly. In the past, nearly all significant progress in Mideast peace talks has been accomplished in private.

Mideast Peace Talks a Cruel Charade

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

For those yearning to see an end to the seven decade Jewish-Palestinian conflict, to see security and tranquility for Israel, and justice for Palestinians, last week's so-called "peace talks" in Washington were a painful farce.

What the Peace Talks Need

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Steve Gutow

It's time to move forward and demonstrate that peace, while difficult to achieve, is not a fantasy and that a mainstream Jewish and Palestinian coalition can fill the public square with messages of hope and support.

Mideast Peace Talks Go Better Than Expected Despite Hamas

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alan Elsner

For the first time, they have something to lose -- and much to gain from a final agreement that will at long last grant them independence.

Palestine: Too Many Managers, Not Enough Leaders

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hani Almadhoun

The Occupied Palestinian territories remain a toxic political environment. And unfortunately the few non-party affiliated Palestinians leaders who seem to be popular with activists and academics are weak and largely absent in every day news.

Palestinian Strategic Path Towards Independence Will Continue Despite Obstacles

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

If as a result of Israeli obstructionism the latest peace talks fail, Palestinians will have no choice but to declare their state unilaterally and hope the world will recognize it.

How Obama Can Make These Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Different from Other Negotiations

Stephen P. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen P. Cohen

There is a tendency at the opening of each new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations for the parties to begin at the point where the previous negotiations concluded. That should be avoided this time.

US, Israel and Palestinians in Tripartite Talks, but Will They Succeed?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Much of the success or failure of the direct Israeli-Palestinian talks will depend on the role of the international community in general and on the American position in particular.

Middle East Peace Talks: Israel, Palestinian Negotiations More Hopeless Than Ever

New York Times | ETHAN BRONNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The American invitation on Friday to the Israelis and Palestinians to start direct peace talks in two weeks in Washington was immediately accepted by ...