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Palestinians Plea With Pope Francis For Help

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Juliette Bannoura hopes Pope Francis can save her family's four acres (1.6 hectares) of olive groves and other Palestini...

The Israeli Court System on Trial: The Rachel Corrie Appeal

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
The Center for Constitutional Rights

On March 16, 2003, 23-year old human rights defender Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while peacefully protesting the demolition of Palestinian homes in Gaza.

J Street Flap Exposes Jewish Double Standard

Shai Franklin | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Shai Franklin

As the Jewish right and left wings rush to their respective corners, those of us in the relative center of the community have a right to feel excluded and frustrated by the Presidents' Conference decision.

Are You a Member of Alpha Epsilon Pi? (And Why Am I Asking?)

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

I joined AEPi in my freshman year of college. In my chapter at Johns Hopkins were mostly what we'd now call "nerds." Including me: In those days, I c...

What Went Wrong?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Secretary of State John Kerry made a fundamental mistake by establishing rules of engagement that were not conducive to progress, raising serious doubts about the prospect of a solution.

Israel and the Palestinians -- What Now?

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Robert K. Lifton

Despite the heroic efforts to bring Israel and the Palestinians to agreement, the current peace process effort has failed. To understand what the future holds, it is worth looking at why the process failed and what courses of action are now available.

Explaining the Jewish Hold Over Palestine, in America

Marwan Bishara | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
Marwan Bishara

Confining the American debate on Palestine and the Arab world to a mere intra-Zionist debate is counterproductive. It renders the Palestinians relevant only by what they mean to Israel, not for who they are or how they are related to the broader Arab or Muslim worlds.

Reality Check: The US Does Have Leverage

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

Admittedly, the situation at the moment looks grim: After months of negotiations, a dozen personal visits from the secretary, and countless trips between Jerusalem and Ramallah, Israel is announcing new settlements and reneging on its agreement to release a small number of Palestinian prisoners this weekend.

Unsuspecting Victims of Israel's 'Non-Lethal' Weapons

Patrick O. Strickland | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Patrick O. Strickland

Ahmad S., then 16, was on his way to a wedding in the Jalazoun refugee camp when he was shot in the head. The IDF says it uses these "non-fatal riot dispersal methods" for crowd control purposes, but evidence suggests that soldiers regularly use these weapons excessively and improperly.

The Funeral of the Two State Solution Is About to Depart

Carlo Strenger | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Carlo Strenger

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is about to turn to the UN to ask for membership in some 15 organizations Palestinians have access to since they received non-member status at the UN in 2012. This might create a huge problem.

Young Jews Are the Key to Solving the Arab-Israeli Conflict

David Cahn | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
David Cahn

The students addressed four issues pertaining to peace: Iran, Settlements, West Bank/Jerusalem, and the Right of Return. They also discussed the role of the rabbinate is Israel politics, a domestic issue.

The Strange Currency of the Israeli Occupation

Jessica Montell | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Jessica Montell

Last Saturday, Israeli soldiers came to the home of Shadi Sidr and demanded he remove the Palestinian flag from his roof. Shadi is a Palestinian who lives in the H2 area of Hebron and the flag offended his neighbors, the Israeli settlers in the Beit Hadassah settlement.

Israel Approves 184 New Settlement Homes

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2014 | World

(Corrects Palestinian position on "Jewishness" of Israel) * New homes will be built in occupied West Bank * Jewish settl...

Language Matters

James Zogby | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

While reviewing polling data on Israeli and Palestinian attitudes towards the peace effort, what comes through clearly is the obvious disconnect between the views of both groups and the extent to which this divide is driven by the Israeli-centric language used in framing many of the issues.

Why the Kerry Middle East Peace Framework Will Fail

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Michael Lerner

John Kerry's plan will fail because it will be "realistic" rather than visionary, and de facto that means speaking more to the power of Israel and its domestic lobby than to the aspirations of the Palestinian people.

Netanyahu: A Prime Minister Beholden to Right-Wing Pressure

Guy Ziv | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Guy Ziv

Without sustained, countervailing pressure on Netanyahu from the highest levels of the administration and its supporters in Congress, Netanyahu can expect to yield only to his right-wing base, scuttling the peace talks.

Netanyahu Is Mostly Right About BDS -- But BDS Is Not the Issue

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

As one who supports the continued existence of a secure Jewish state, I have no choice but to oppose the BDS movement. So I wasn't offended by anything Netanyahu said about it in his AIPAC speech. What did offend me was Netanyahu's use of BDS as a diversion.

Sodastream, ScarJo, and the Myth of Benevolent Occupation

Lara Friedman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Lara Friedman

There is no such thing as benevolent occupation. Occupation is bad for Israel, bad for the Palestinians, and antithetical to Israel's survival as a democracy and Jewish state.

Yes, #ScarJo, There's a Line Between Israel and Palestine

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

By claiming to support a two-state solution while helping to bolster the occupation, Scarlett Johansson is acting as a Susan Collins for the occupation, pretending to be moderate, while acting to bolster extremists.

What Targeting SodaStream Reveals About the BDS Movement

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

The pillorying of this company by BDS activists only reveals the absurdity of their blind campaign, and their misguided refusal to engage in constructive dialogue regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and, at their core, rejection of Israel's Jewish existence and the two-state solution.

Israel Needs Peace with Palestine to Avoid Looming Boycotts

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

Israel is now facing the serious prospect of widespread boycotts and restrictions carefully targeting settlement activities, as distinct from Israel itself.

Pressure on Israel and Its Impact: The Question of Isolation

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 03.29.2014 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Israeli leaders can argue publicly that there is no connection between the Iranian and Palestinian situations, but the Israeli public knows better, and if international agreements do not work here, why will they work there?

Israeli Extremists Gear Up to Oppose Kerry Peace Initiative

Alan Elsner | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

Naftali Bennett, the leader of the hardline "Jewish Home" Party, who is Israel's Economics Minister, made a significant speech today which tells us how serious the peace negotiations being pushed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have become -- and how worried opponents of the two-state solution are getting.

Official: Israel Planning New Settlement Construction

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 12.25.2013 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel likely will announce new plans for construction in Jewish settlements next week, an official said Wednesday, a move that is ...

Israel: Rocket Fired From Gaza Hits Southern Village

AP | Posted 12.23.2013 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit an open area in a southern Israeli village but caused no injuries....