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Gaza's 50 Day War: The Dead All Have Names

Alexandra Whitney | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Alexandra Whitney

Read these names and know that their lives will have mattered only if all of us do our part to speak to one another in dialogue and not with weapons.

The Real Social Media Battleground

Philip Seib | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Philip Seib

Much has been made of the contests for credibility that take place on social media during conflict.

The Extension Of Gaza's Truce Gives Hope For Progress

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and TIA GOLDENBERG | Posted 08.14.2014 | World

CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian officials voiced cautious optimism Thursday, hinting at progress in Egyptian-mediated negotiations with Israel to bring an ...

Why It's Hard to Believe Israel's Claim That It Did Its Best to Minimize Civilian Deaths

Idan Barir | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Idan Barir

I write this with great sorrow for civilians hurt on both sides. Sorrow for our soldiers who have fallen in this operation, and sorrow for the future of my country and the entire region. I know that as I write, soldiers like me have fired shells into Gaza. They had no way of knowing who or what they would hit. Faced with so many innocent casualties, it is time for us to state very clearly: this use of artillery fire is a deadly game of Russian roulette. The statistics, on which such firepower relies, mean that in densely populated areas such as Gaza, civilians will inevitably be hit as well. The IDF knows this, and as long as it continues to use such weaponry, it will be hard to believe when it claims to be minimizing civilian deaths. As a former soldier and an Israeli citizen, I feel compelled to ask today: have we not crossed a line?

IDF Spokesman: Hamas Guilty of War Crimes

Laura Goldman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Laura Goldman

If the international community launches a war crimes investigation follow the conflict in Gaza, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces said, Hamas'...

Relative Claims Israeli Troops Killed Palestinian Boy During West Bank Clash

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2014 | World

JERUSALEM, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian boy during a confrontation with rock-throwing protesters in the occupied West Ba...

17 Things To Read If You're Trying To See All Sides Of The Israel-Gaza Conflict

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing & Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.05.2014 | World

You can be against the violence without being "pro-Israel"or "pro-Palestinian."

'Don't Cry for Me'

Sam Bahour | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Sam Bahour

The only words I can muster now, while the images of the carnage are freshly etched into my mind, are the words that may have come from one of the child victims whose life was cut short by a U.S.-supplied Israeli F-16 fighter jet missile. This is the imagined letter from the victim.

Israel Withdraws Most Of Its Ground Troops From Gaza

AP | KARIN LAUB and JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 08.03.2014 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip on Sunday in an apparent winding down of the nearly month...

WATCH: Israeli Refusenik, Udi Segal, Sent to Jail for Refusing to Enlist in the Israeli Military

Moriel Rothman-Zecher | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Moriel Rothman-Zecher

As much of Israeli society -- our society -- is swept up in the fever of the most recent war on Gaza, there are those voices that refuse to accept a present or future of war, hostility, occupation and violence. One of those voices belong to Udi Segal, a 19-year-old Israeli from Kibbutz Tuval.

It's Immoral for Hamas to Use Human Shields and Immoral for Israel to Bomb Human Shields.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
H. A. Goodman

If the title of this article is vapid to the point of absurdity, that's because it is indeed a trite and possibly ludicrous way to describe the bloodshed in Gaza. Sadly, it's the truth, and the reality that both Hamas and Israel are to blame for the civilian deaths in Gaza is something neither side wants to admit.

It Can Be Done: Negotiate an End to the Siege in Gaza

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

There are so many stakeholders, not only in the Middle East but also in Europe and beyond, that would like to see an end to this madness in Gaza. The vital thing confronting us today is for the U.S. to put pressure on Israel to lift the siege of Gaza and seek a viable and realistic political solution.

Birthright Didn't Kill American IDF Soldier Max Steinberg

Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Eleanor Goldberg

Max Steinberg, a Los Angeles native who upped and moved to Israel alone to volunteer with the Israeli Defense Forces died in combat on Sunday. But according to an editor at Slate, it wasn't Hamas who killed this 24-year-old.

Holocaust Survivors, Gaza, and My Uncle the Instigator

Peter Himmelman | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Peter Himmelman

If you can say that Israel has the right to exist, than you must, in the same breath say that it has the right to defend itself from a fanatical religious cult that is hell-bent on its destruction.

Lone Soldier: Birthright Is ‘Not Responsible For The Loss Of My Arm'

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.28.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

A recent Slate article drew harsh criticism for suggesting that an Israeli organization that sponsors a 10-day free trip to Israel for young Jewish pe...

These Palestinian And Israeli Parents Found Something To Agree On

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact

If you've spent any time watching the news recently, you'd doubt the possibility of Palestinians and Israelis being on the same page, let alone in the...

It is Hard to Pray for Peace

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

There are so many rational reasons why I know peace is not something we can grasp, yet I still pray for peace.

Israeli Military: 13 Soldiers Killed In Gaza Fighting On Sunday

AP | Posted 07.20.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says 13 soldiers have been killed in fighting with Hamas militants in Gaza. The military says the soldiers ...

Thousands Flee Major Battle In Gaza

AP | KARIN LAUB and TIA GOLDENBERG | Posted 07.21.2014 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price Sunday: It killed 65 Palestin...

Israel Ramps Up Gaza Ground Invasion Even Further

Reuters | Posted 07.19.2014 | World

* Palestinians say 345 killed in fighting; 7 Israelis dead * Israel says half of Hamas's rockets used or destroyed * U.N...

This Is Where You Don't Want Your Tax Dollars Going

Danielle Higgins | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Danielle Higgins

Though I surely did not become more conservative with age or my first paycheck, I found a few things that I do not want my tax dollars funding. Unless we stand up for our values and make an attempt to have some say in where our tax dollars are going, we are complicit in the very types of oppression to which we are ideologically opposed.

Hamas Giving Ammunition to the Israeli Far Right

Raghida Dergham | Posted 07.17.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

It is no secret that Qatar and Turkey are very close to Hamas, the de facto ruler of the Gaza Strip, and that this trio's relations with Egypt under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are marred by tension, if not outright hostility.

Gaza Redux: Déjà Vu in Occupied Palestinian Territory

Salena Tramel | Posted 07.17.2014 | World
Salena Tramel

The names of four children jutted out from my computer's screen like daggers on the list of the dead by name as I refreshed it. Memories of children laughing while flying kites on a beach in Gaza flooded my mind.

Israeli Military Says It Has Resumed Airstrikes On Gaza

AP | Posted 07.17.2014 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Egyptian truce proposal for the conflict in Gaza quickly unraveled Tuesday, after the Islamic militant Hamas rejecte...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Begin To Enlist

AP | ARON HELLER and ISAAC SHARF | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion

BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP) — Moshe Prigan starts his day off just like many other men in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak with his morning prayer. I...