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Middle East Conflict

Paralyzed by Gaza

David Mednicoff | Posted 11.19.2012 | World
David Mednicoff

Just because Israelis and Palestinians have different versions of the same history doesn't mean that we can compare (and then judge, and even dehumanize) them fairly on particular measures where one side doesn't measure up.

Impeach the President Over the Recent U.S. Deaths in Middle-East!

Martin Lewis | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Martin Lewis

This is a monstrous scandal. The biggest since Watergate. Brave Americans murdered this fall in the Middle-East and our so-called president has no answers about why it happened!

The Upside of the Muslim Conflict -- It Exists

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Deepak Chopra

I'd like to plea for a new mindset toward the Middle East -- not a new policy, which only a handful of government officials can set, but a better attitude from ordinary people when we turn on the evening news.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: A Review

Deborah Stambler | Posted 11.24.2012 | Books
Deborah Stambler

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is a fine collection of prose and poetry by international writers that helps us turn our gaze, our hearts and minds to the free expression that connects us all.

What Gives Me HOPE?

Gregory Rockson | Posted 06.26.2012 | Impact
Gregory Rockson

For one night, we will not talk about politics but rather use the power of music to embrace our diversity. We will do something politicians have failed to do and that is bring people together.

My Vision: Peace in Palestine and Beyond

Shai Reshef | Posted 05.19.2012 | Impact
Shai Reshef

I firmly believe we can make a significant difference in the lives of individuals through education and economic opportunity. The goal, therefore, should be to educate as many people as possible.

Israel Won't Warn U.S. Before Strike On Iran

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 04.28.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — Israeli officials say they won't warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, ac...

Remembering Daniel Pearl: The Challenge of Non-Violence and the Possibilities and Limitations of Forgiveness

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 04.26.2012 | World
Clarence B. Jones

How do we best honor and commemorate the memory of Daniel Pear and the victims of 9/11? By retaliatory vengeance and violence or forgiveness, reconciliation and redemption.

Yemeni Youth Central to Success

Manal Omar | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Manal Omar

There is an open recognition that the movement for change would not have not progressed if it were not for the enthusiasm, energy, dedication, and personal sacrifice that came from the youth

John Rudolf

Iran Behind Plot To Kill Saudi Envoy, U.S. Says

HuffingtonPost.com | John Rudolf | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK -- An American citizen charged with plotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States intends to plead not guilty at a formal...

Andrea Stone

Saudi Assassination Plot 'Huge Deal': Would Have Been First Iranian Kill On U.S. Soil in 30 Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- News of an alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States represents a "huge deal" that would, had i...

EXPLICIT IMAGES: Museum Cancels Controversial Palestinian Children's Exhibit

Aaron Sankin | Posted 11.12.2011 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bowing to pressure from the Bay Area's Jewish community, Oakland's Museum of Children's Art has decided to cancel its planned exhibit...

10 Years Later, We Must Do Better

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 11.08.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

In many ways the world has changed in 10 years, but in many ways it has not. We simply do not understand the Middle East as well as we should.

Meet the "Other" Today at TEDxJaffa Live From Israel

Karin Kloosterman | Posted 11.07.2011 | World
Karin Kloosterman

More than people know, Jaffa is a lens through which the world can understand cultural diversity and cultural freedom in Israel.

AIPAC's Misguided Advocacy

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.22.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

As Israel's democracy and the prospect for peace unravel, so too will the U.S.-Israel relationship. If AIPAC truly cares about the State of Israel, and the U.S.-Israel relationship, it should be spending every waking hour making sure this does not happen.

What Woud Jesus Do? A Non-Violent Conflict Resolution For Palestine

Sami Awad | Posted 08.02.2011 | Religion
Sami Awad

Jesus could have suggested we make peace with our enemies or negotiate peace agreements or peacefully resolve conflict. Instead, he entreated them to go further: to "love" them.

Is Encouraging Peace in the Middle East Acceptable These Days?

David A. Harris | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
David A. Harris

Now is the time -- if there ever was one -- for Hamas to work as a government, not a terrorist entity. They must sit with Fatah and together show that they can be partners for peace.

A Peaceful Future: What Does It Take to Get There?

Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD

We need to take steps to become aware and demand change not only for a better life for us but for a better life for all humanity, asking for global changes, deep and root-oriented changes.

U.S. Deserves Its Share of Blame for Fate of Arab Christians

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Stephen Zunes

Whenever you read the sanctimonious articles regarding the plight of Arab Christians, rather than simply bemoan the intolerance of Islamic extremists, let's remember the role of Washington in supporting repressive regimes.

The Unorthodox Solution: Embracing Pluralism And Reason In Israeli Society

Daniel Sokatch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Daniel Sokatch

When dozens of Israeli ultra-Orthodox rabbis signed a formal edict prohibiting Jews from renting or selling real estate to non-Jews, the ensuing uproar was reassuring to those of us working for a democratic, pluralist Israel.

WATCH: US Should Work With Taliban, Scott Atran Says

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Scott Atran, in promoting his new book, "Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (Un)Making of Terrorists," said on "Morning Joe" that we sh...

The Voice of Um Kulthum: A Place to Start the Dialogue

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

I would bet that many so-called "experts" on the Arab-Israeli conflict have never heard the voice of Um Kulthum.

Not a "New Middle East", but a Unified Western Asia

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

Geopolitics in the 21st century is shaped against the background of an increasingly globalized and still ever-competitive world, where states, perhaps as never before, can no longer thrive in isolated vacuum.

Netanyahu At AIPAC: Pilpul In Action!

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

Building on the Talmudic term pilpul, I would like to more closely examine the difficulty that Netanyahu's recent AIPAC statements present for anyone working to negotiate a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

What Is Pilpul, And Why On Earth Should I Care About It?

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

For those who have any concern with the Middle East conflict or with Judaism, what you know -- or do not know -- about pilpul is something upon which your well-being could depend.