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Criticizing Israeli Policies Is No Longer Taboo: So What Now?

Atalia Omer | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Atalia Omer

The very act of open criticism is a major and necessary step in transforming the intractability of this conflict and the entrenchment of the Israeli occupation.

How Israel Can Escape the Gaza Trap

Shlomo Ben-Ami | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Shlomo Ben-Ami

Contrary to what Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu believes, the main existential threat facing the country is not a nuclear-armed Iran. The real peril is to be found at home: the corrosive effect of the Palestinian problem on Israel's international standing. The devastation caused by Israel's periodic asymmetrical confrontations, combined with the continuing occupation of Palestinian lands and the ever-growing expansion of settlements, has fueled a growing campaign to undermine Israel's legitimacy.

Battle of the Ceasefires: Israel, Hamas Struggle for Moral High Ground

James Dorsey | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey The effort to achieve a ceasefire in the Israeli-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip resembles a see-saw with at times Israel and at other...

BLACK OUT: Israeli Strike Hits Gaza's Sole Power Plant

Reuters | Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell | Posted 07.29.2014 | World

GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 29 (Reuters) - Israel knocked out Gaza's only power plant, flattened the home of its Islamist Hamas political leader and pounded ...

The Last Tisha B'Av: A Tale of Jewish-Muslim Reconciliation

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In Jewish tradition, on this very day of disaster Mashiach (Messiah) was born, but hidden away till a generation would come that is ready to make peace and eco-social justice in the world.

I Guess I'm Not OK

Susie (Newday) Mayerfeld | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Susie (Newday) Mayerfeld

Last night I lost it. It's been a long time since I felt helpless, panicked, visceral fear. The war, in an instant of a second, became personal and tangible and even more horrifying and terrifying.

Three Questions to Ask During a War (and During Peacetime, Too)

Rabbi Josh Feigelson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Josh Feigelson

We live in the Too-Much-Information Age, when it seems like the more information we have, the less we can find or develop informed opinion, context and knowledge.

Israel's Iron Dome

Shelly Palmer | Posted 07.28.2014 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

The Iron Dome is built around three basic elements: radar, a missile firing unit and a battle management/weapon control system. After initially detecting a rocket launch, the Iron Dome monitors the rocket's path, analyzes the threat and calculates the point of impact.

UN Security Council Calls For Humanitarian Cease-Fire

Reuters | Michelle Nichols | Posted 07.28.2014 | World

UNITED NATIONS, July 27 (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement on Sunday urging Israel, Palestinians and Islamist Hamas militan...

Israel And Hamas Launch New Attacks

AP | IBRAHIM BARZAK and TIA GOLDENBERG | Posted 07.27.2014 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel and Hamas launched new attacks Sunday in the raging Gaza war, despite going back and forth over proposals for a ...

In Death, Soccer Fan-Turned-Soldier Embodies Israeli-Palestinian Gap

James Dorsey | Posted 07.26.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

In death, Staff Sergeant Nissim Sean Carmeli embodies the deep fears, distrust and dehumanization of the other that has exploded into massive bloodshed in Gaza, threatens to spark another uprising on the West Bank, and makes achievement of even a temporary Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire an almost impossible task.

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.

PHOTOS: Gaza Pediatrics Wing Crowded With War's Youngest Victims

AP | Posted 07.25.2014 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The pediatrics wing of the largest hospital in the Gaza Strip is filled with the youngest victims of more than two week...

When Israel Remembers Their Covenant, They Will Change The World

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

Right now, the world is full of Christians and Muslims who'd like nothing more than to see God's promises come to pass. But honestly? I'm afraid more and more of us are giving up, and starting to wonder if you're really ever going to be the Israel God intends.

Israel Kills Senior Militant; Death Toll Over 800

AP | DANIEL ESTRIN and IBRAHIM BARZAK | Posted 07.26.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli aircraft struck 30 houses in the Gaza Strip early Friday, killing a leader of the militant Islamic Jihad group and two of hi...

Middle East Conflict: Need for Credible Mediator

James Dorsey | Posted 07.25.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Israel hopes to weaken and demilitarize Hamas but not totally eradicate it because that could open the door to more militant Islamist groups taking control of Gaza.

Selective Humanitarianism: #LookImHelping...?

His Highness Prince Fahad Al Saud | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact
His Highness Prince Fahad Al Saud

The Internet, social media and mass mobilized movements have not only defiantly displayed our ability to care, but also, that we can act upon it. But when it comes to war, have we truly organized ourselves beyond the sporadic stunts of protests and popular retweets?

Gaza Fighting Continues Even As FAA Lifts Flight Ban

Reuters | Nidal al-Mughrabi and Crispian Balmer | Posted 07.24.2014 | World

By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM, July 24 (Reuters) - Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its ...

Sophia Jones

'They Just Wanted To Kill As Many People As Possible'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 07.23.2014 | World

GAZA CITY -- It was late Saturday morning when Aisha, 2, and Fatima, 4, left their bedroom and walked downstairs to their grandmother's apartment. Min...

Ted Cruz Questions Whether Obama Is Boycotting Israel By Grounding Flights

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) suggested Wednesday that the Obama administration was conducting an "economic boycott" of Israel in order to force an immediat...

Palestinian History Tapestry Project Worker Killed In Gaza Conflict

artnet | artnet News | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts

This piece originally appeared on artnet News. Ben Davis Samar AlHallaq. Photo: Courtesy Palestinian History Tapestry Project. Over the ...

Israeli Military Pummels Gaza, Displacing Thousands

Reuters | Nidal al-Mughrabi and Crispian Balmer | Posted 07.25.2014 | World

* Foreign airlines shun Tel Aviv over rocket risk * Gaza death toll hits 687; 3 more Israeli soldiers die * UN rights ch...

Despite FAA Ban, Kerry Flies To Israel

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2014 | World

TEL AVIV, July 23 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to seek ways of ending the deadliest violence in y...

Israeli Soldier Reportedly Missing In Gaza

Reuters | Posted 07.22.2014 | World

* Missing soldier was in armored vehicle attacked in Gaza * Six others in vehicle dead, Hamas says soldier captured (Adds details, ...

Israeli Aircraft Hits Dozens Of Targets In Gaza

AP | Posted 07.24.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Hamas rocket exploded Tuesday near Israel's main airport, prompting a ban on flights from the U.S. and many from Europe and Canad...