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Palestinian Territories

The Palestine UN Vote: Is There a Duty to Admit?

Balakrishnan Rajagopal | Posted 11.16.2011 | World
Balakrishnan Rajagopal

If the U.S. vetos the admission of Palestine, whose right to self-determination has been affirmed in hundreds of U.N. resolutions, including many in which the U.S. also voted in favor, it would breach international law.

Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad: "We Can No Longer be Dismissed as Unworthy"

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 11.16.2011 | World
Elisabeth Braw

They've been talking about it. They've been negotiating about it. Some have used violence to achieve it. Now, say Palestinians, they'll finally become a state. Metro met Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad for an exclusive interview.

'Don't Demolish My Future': An Iconic Cry from the Heart

Chris Gunness | Posted 11.12.2011 | World
Chris Gunness

"Don't Demolish My Future" is the name of an online campaign launched by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, to save the school in a small Bedouin community near Jerusalem from demolition by the Israeli authorities.

The Jewel in the Crown of the Arab Spring

Sami Moubayed | Posted 11.12.2011 | World
Sami Moubayed

Popular and armed resistance didn't work for the Palestinians, forcing them to take the matter to the U.N. in a new kind of intifada -- a diplomatic one -- that will achieve for them what 60 years of armed resistance failed to bring about.

The Palestinians' Uncharted March to the UN

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.05.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The decision of the Palestinian Authority to go to the U.N. to seek recognition of a Palestinian state is likely to make matters worse, leading both sides to further entrench themselves into long-time, hardened positions.

Practicing Yoga on the Mountain of God

Kazim Ali | Posted 10.10.2011 | Religion
Kazim Ali

Perhaps no temple need be restored, perhaps one does not need a rock to launch up into heaven. Rather than the "mountain," maybe the metaphor for God we need right now is the ocean.

From East Jerusalem to Ramallah

Kazim Ali | Posted 10.01.2011 | World
Kazim Ali

There can never be a functioning and vibrant Palestinian polity until there is freedom of movement for the Palestinian people. The wall must come down, the blockade of Gaza must end.

Palestinian Nonviolence: Muslims, Not Christians, Are The Leaders

Sami Awad | Posted 09.25.2011 | World
Sami Awad

Even though we never look at it through a religious lens, the reality on the ground is that when it comes to nonviolence in Palestine, it is Muslims who are engaging in this tremendous work.

Rebuilding a Future in Palestine: It Starts With You

Donna Baranski-Walker | Posted 08.15.2011 | World
Donna Baranski-Walker

Palestinians are entitled to their collective right to plan towns and issue building permits on the land they own -- just like towns anywhere in the world.

Andrea Stone

Palestinian Official Predicts 'Third Intifada' If Stalemate With Israel Continues

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 08.01.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- A senior adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview Tuesday that last month's clashes along Israel's borders we...

Netanyahu and the U.S. Congress: A Love Fest

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 07.26.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

I truly believe Netanyahu now knows the real truth -- a two state solution is no solution. The peace process has been over for sometime and his speech to the U.S. Congress solidified that.

Israel: Your Last Chance Is Now

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 07.18.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

Israel must take the initiative now. It is its last chance. If it does not it will be destined for one of two outcomes -- a one-state solution or no state.

A Matter of Civil Rights

Sarah Leah Whitson | Posted 06.15.2011 | World
Sarah Leah Whitson

In a week when the U.S. paused to recall the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, President Peres might have considered King's message and why such a system of racial inequality remains in place.

Israeli Minister Confirms Controversial 'Interim' Palestinian State Plan

AP | MATTI FRIEDMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel's foreign minister confirmed Monday that he has drawn up a plan for the creation of an interim Palestinian state with tempora...

Social Media to Prevent Hate Media

Mark Belinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mark Belinsky

George Orwell wrote "history is written by the winners," and while this has been the case in many places, it has certainly not held true for Israel. A...

The PA's Choice: Palestinian State or Palestinian Cause

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

Rather than engage in negotiations which will reinforce the need for compromise, the Palestinian Authority has embarked on a strategy that, places its "passions" over its "interests." They key here is how the PA plays the image of powerlessness to its advantage.

The Devil's in the Discourse

Nadia Hijab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nadia Hijab

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently illustrated how completely the administration has bought into the Israeli discourse.

The Return of "Plan B" and the Death of the Peace Process

Osamah Khalil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Osamah Khalil

The Obama administration is following the same failed path of its three predecessors to achieve peace. In other words, there is no Plan B.

Checkpoint: Backscatter Fears and Naked Aggression

Jan McGirk | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jan McGirk

Americans on the go are increasingly upset about the intrusiveness of airport sercurity. Perhaps lessons can be learned by examining the health effects on Palestinians who have for years submitted to similar security checks.

Israel's False Sense of Invincibility

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The military and economic prowess currently enjoyed by Israel has led to a false sense of invincibility and a belief that the status quo between Israelis and Palestinians is sustainable -- yet it is not.

Above the Law: Israeli Settlements & the End of the Two-State Solution

Osamah Khalil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Osamah Khalil

For the second time in two years, direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians are at risk due to Israeli actions.

Leftists Who Love Israel -- A Self-Help Guide

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

I'd like to talk about this problem I have. You can't talk about it to just anyone. Friends of mine have it too. But you'll never see this one on Dr. ...

Jerusalem Must Exemplify Coexistence

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Jerusalem not only represents the largest urban concentration of Israelis and Palestinians coexisting alongside one another, but also the epicenter of the conflict that divides them.

Confessions of an Israeli Anti-Settler Bigot

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

Settlement has long been, and remains, the fuel for the fire of de-legitimization of Israel, the basis of charges of apartheid and ethnic cleansing. It undermines the foundation of the idea of a Jewish state.

Anna Baltzer: Palestinians "come second" at peace talks

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christian Avard

A visit to the occupied territories of Palestine can change one's perspectives forever. Such was the case of Anna Baltzer. Baltzer is a Jewish-America...