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Israel To Jail Stone-Throwers For Up To 20 Years

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.21.2015 | World

JERUSALEM, July 21 (Reuters) - Israel's parliament imposed tougher penalties of up to 20 years prison for people throwing stones at vehicles and road...

Israeli Soccer Violence Moves Racism up the Government's Agenda

James Dorsey | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
James Dorsey

A violent display of racism by extreme nationalist supporters of storied Israeli football club Beitar Jerusalem coupled with recent Ethiopian Israeli protests against discrimination and the government's handling of the capture of two Israelis by Hamas has moved racist attitudes towards dark-skinned Jews and Israeli Palestinian up the government's agenda.

Explosions Target Cars Of Gaza Officials

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.19.2015 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- At least four explosions rocked Gaza City early Sunday, targeting cars belonging to officials from Islamic factions, in...

Angela Merkel To Crying Teen Refugee: 'We Can't Cope' With Everyone

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 07.16.2015 | World

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Israel Strikes Gaza After Rocket Fire

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.16.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military says its warplanes have struck the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket launched from the coastal area into sout...

Big Boy (Girl) Pants for Leaders: Three Keys to Redirecting Our Victim Culture

Robert Hall | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Robert Hall

The flag came down in Charleston because former flag supporters changed their mind - powerful relational leaders can do that. Our growing Victim Class cries for relational leaders who work together to change minds and who bring the divided together.

Unprecedented Israeli Action Against Jerusalem Club's Anti-Arab/Muslim Racism

James Dorsey | Posted 07.10.2015 | Sports
James Dorsey

The Israeli government, in a historic break with past policy, is taking right-wing, nationalist Israeli soccer club, Beitar Jerusalem, to task for its openly racist policy of refusing to hire Israeli-Palestinian players, who rank among the country's top performers.

Where Does Bernie Sanders Stand on Israeli Settlements in the West Bank?

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Given that major media coverage of this issue has been virtually non-existent, it seems unlikely that major media will successfully press Hillary to clarify her position on Israeli settlements in the West Bank unless the issue is raised by another candidate.

Who in the Devil Is Michael Oren?

Steven White | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Steven White

Michael is a man who willingly traded in his right to self-express for the privilege of defending his nation diplomatically. He is something he would never call himself -- a patriot.

Existence Before Co-existence

Nadim Nashif | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Nadim Nashif

It has become clear to those of us working in the field that engaging in superficial co-existence projects with no foreseeable end merely creates false hopes of peace and impressions of possible safety and security. For co-existence initiatives to be useful, it is vital that both sides recognize and work for human rights and share the values of equality, peace and justice.

Vatican Signs Treaty With State Of Palestine

AP | Posted 06.26.2015 | World

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican signed a treaty with the "State of Palestine" on Friday, saying it hoped its legal recognition of the state would hel...

Was Intra Bank's Fall A Prelude to Lebanon's Downfall?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Forget local history books that don't fully account for a civil war and other setbacks that ruined the country and follow the money in Lebanon's tortuous slide from "Switzerland of the Middle East" to dysfunctional entity par excellence.

Is Israel Safe for Tourists?

John Nicholson | Posted 06.18.2015 | Travel
John Nicholson

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Israel is located smack dab in the middle of one of the world's biggest political hotspots. But it does take a few to keep this tiny country along the eastern Mediterranean safe and secure, and that seems to be why Israel is bouncing back big time in 2015.

Israeli Defense Minister Sees No Peace With Palestinians In His Lifetime

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2015 | World

HERZLIYA, Israel, June 9 (Reuters) - Israel's defense minister said on Tuesday he did not believe a stable peace agreement could be reached with the P...

A New Study Shows That Israelis And Palestinians Would Gain Billions From Peace

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 06.08.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israelis and Palestinians would gain billions of dollars from making peace with each other while both would face daunting economic ...

It's Time for a New Strategy

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Contrary to common wisdom, the turmoil sweeping the Middle East, the convergence of multiple conflicts, and future uncertainties have created new compelling circumstances that support the resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Breaking the Silence on Operation Protective Edge

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Alex Cacioppo

"We're going to have to go into Gaza every two years to 'mow the lawn,'" Avner Gvaryahu said, referring to what senior IDF commanders call the recent ...

Report: Hamas Tortured, Killed Palestinians During Gaza War

AP | Posted 05.27.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — A leading international watchdog on Wednesday accused the militant Hamas group of abducting, torturing and killing Palestinians dur...

Palestine and the Santa Claus Effect (Part 2 of 4)

Steve Robertson | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Steve Robertson

I grew into adulthood and under certain Republican and hawkish narratives.

Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister: 'This Land Is Ours'

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 05.21.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's new deputy foreign minister on Thursday delivered a defiant message to the international community, saying that Israel owe...

Clashes Erupt In Jerusalem As Israel Marks 'Jerusalem Day'

AP | ALON BERNSTEIN | Posted 05.17.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Under heavy police guard, thousands of Israeli demonstrators on Sunday marched through Arab sections of Jerusalem's Old City to cel...

Gaza Rolls Out The Red Carpet For Film Festival Amid The Ruins

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.17.2015 | World

Filmmakers in the Gaza Strip this week held a film festival amid the ruins of a neighborhood that was devastated by the worst fighting of last summer'...

Pope Francis Calls Palestinian Leader An 'Angel Of Peace'

AP | Posted 05.16.2015 | World

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis praised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as an "angel of peace" during a meeting Saturday at the Vatican that und...

Palestine and the Santa Claus Effect (Part 1 of 4)

Steve Robertson | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Steve Robertson

I grew up in a Christian home. My father was a physicist and aerospace engineer and mother was a stay at home housewife. When I was little, much as I suspect is the case for most Christian children, I was told about Christmas and Santa Claus.

Time for Constructive Divestment

Gary Commins | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Gary Commins

The hardening of the occupation, the inexorable expansion of the settlements, and the deepening violence seen in the assaults on Gaza in 2014 lead us to call for the Episcopal Church to take this next step for justice and a lasting peace.