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Palestinian Territories

The Shape of Things to Come: War before Peace in the Mideast

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

The current status-quo in the Middle East must be disturbed before conditions are right for the next round of Middle East diplomacy.

The Vichy Government of Palestine

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Palestinians from all wakes of life have been stunned and disappointed by Abbas, who withdrew support for a vote in the U.N. Human Rights Council to have the Goldstone report sent to the General Assembly.

US Prepares New Israeli-Palestinian Peace Push

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In a flurry of meetings in Washington and in European capitals this week and next, senior administration officials will explore new approaches to brin...

Trust the Settlers to Lose the West Bank

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

If past experience is any guide, only the settlers themselves are capable of doing what is needed to bring about a pullout. And if present indications hold, at some point, they will do just that.

Will the Real Hillary Please Stand Up?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

As first lady, Hillary Clinton was the darling of Palestinians and Arabs when late in Bill Clinton's term she uttered the hot button word "Palestine." Since then she has flip-flopped depending on the political winds.

Goldstone, Israel's Frankenstein Monster

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

I put off reading the Goldstone report the same way I put off scheduling a colonoscopy. I now realize it was for many of the same reasons. You know it's going to be tremendously uncomfortable, you don't want to know what they're going to find, and the consequences could be life-threatening.

Israel's Fictional "Undivided Jerusalem."

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

Israel's near hysterical reaction to a Swedish proposal to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state is framed in language that masks their real intent.

Palestinian Negotiator: 'Defining Moment' Is Here

AP | MARK LAVIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — The chief Palestinian negotiator on Monday warned Israel that if it does not take peacemaking seriously, it will find itself dealing...

Arabs and Jews Together for Peace

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

Sunday, representatives of over three dozen Arab American and American Jewish organizations met in Washington to make clear their shared commitment to a comprehensive Middle East peace.

Gaza: Forsaken but Not Forgotten

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

More than a thousand activists from around 40 countries remained in Cairo after the Egyptian government declined them entry due to the "sensitive situation" in the Palestinian territory. When was it not a "sensitive situation" in Palestine?

Mahmoud Abbas: Would He Quit This Time

Peace Process | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM -- Sometimes a quitter really does quit for good. The Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, announced last week that he wouldn't...

It Will Take More Than a Wall To Silence Us

Jamal Juma' | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Juma'

If President Obama is to live up to his Nobel, then he should insist that trapping Palestine's emerging Gandhis and Mandelas behind walls is incompatible with a peaceful and just future.

Amreeka

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Zogby

The remarkable film, Amreeka, the first feature length work of a young Palestinian-Jordanian American, marks an introduction to the Arab immigrant experience in post 9-11 America.

Sesame Street Finds A Local Angle In The Palestinian Territories

nytimes.com | SAMANTHA M. SHAPIRO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

This season's episodes of "Shara'a Simsim," the Palestinian version of the global "Sesame Street" franchise, were filmed in a satellite campus of Al-Q...

The Cowardice, the Vanity, the Sin of Boycotting Israel

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

There is something in Ajami's nuance that helps explain why the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel has proven a wholesale failure.

Has Israel Become Dependent on Terrorism?

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

Terrorism remains central to Israel's explanations of many of the most morally problematic of its policies, including the siege of Gaza and restrictions on Palestinians in the West Bank.

Can There Be Such a Thing as an Israeli Hero?

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

There is a sense that the transgressions of Israelis are so grave that they have lost their right to grieve over their own very real tragedies.

Israel To Build New Houses In Settlements: Prime Minister Netanyahu's Aides

AP | STEVEN GUTKIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel said Friday it will construct hundreds of new housing units in West Bank settlements before any slowdown in building, an anno...

France: No More Settlements For Mideast Peace

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

PARIS — France's foreign minister says an agreement on freezing Jewish settlements must be reached for international Mideast peace efforts to su...

Supporting Fayyad's Vision

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

The Palestinian Prime Minister's plan for statehood not only represents a blueprint to address inherent problems, but it is the first outline for a viable homeland based on freedom, democracy, non-violence and international law.

Voices From Jerusalem: An Interview with Khader Dibs

Ir Amim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ir Amim

One afternoon in early June, I sat down with Khader Dibs, a public figure in Shuafat RC. Dibs is a middle-aged father who heads the camp's UNWRA-run sanitation services.

A Fast For Human Rights In Gaza

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
David A. Love

There are many opinions on the Mideast conflict, but one thing is certain: the situation in Gaza is a humanitarian and human rights disaster, and it cannot continue.

Enough is Enough

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

The first obligation of any government is to defend the rights of its citizens. Israel appears to have defined its own categories of US citizenship. Arab Americans are not fully recognized.

Settlement Freeze: Been There, Done That

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Israel's ever-expanding network of settlements is viewed by many members of the international community as the most significant obstacle to the creation of a viable, sovereign Palestinian state.

Fayyad's Brilliant Two-Year Plan for Palestinian Statehood

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Palestinian Prime Minister told the press that he wanted the American president arriving in Palestine on Airforce One, to an international airport, and not just a small airstrip.