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Abbas "Not To Seek Re-Election"

Al Jazeera English | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has said he will not seek re-election when elections are held in January, Palestinian officials said. "Th...

Palestinian, Israeli Farmers Fight Over Olive Groves

GlobalPost | Sara Sorcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Sara Sorcher AWARTA and SUSYA, West Bank -- The olive branch may be a universal symbol for peace, but in the West Bank, the olive harvest bring...

Court Lets Palestinians Use Major Israeli Highway

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel's Supreme Court ordered the military on Tuesday to allow Palestinians to travel on the part of a major highway that runs thro...

Conflicting Accounts After Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Along Gaza Border

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM (Associated Press) -- Israeli troops killed a Palestinian man along the Gaza Strip border early Friday, both sides said, but the circumstanc...

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...

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.

Humility, Humiliation, and Hope in Jerusalem and The West Bank

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

In the Golden City of Jerusalem, I witnessed humility, humiliation and hope.

President Mahmoud Abbas: No Peace Talks Until Israel Freezes Settlement Construction

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday that peace talks with Israel will not resume until Israel completely freezes construction in the ...

Does "Urging Israel" Amount to "Change We Can Believe In"?

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Expressing disappointment and calling on Israel not to repeat its actions is ineffective, so when will America's policy change from a slap on the wrist to a handcuff to international law?

Hamas: PA Is Threatening to Arrest Our West Bank Leaders

International Middle East Media Center | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Several legislators of the Hamas movement in the West Bank stated on Thursday that they received arrest threats from the Palestinian Security Forces, ...

Gaza Tunnel Explosion Kills 7 Palestinians

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

At least seven Palestinians were killed overnight when fuel exploded in a smuggling tunnel beneath the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, Palest...

US Palestinian Aid: $200 Million Transferred To Fix Budget Crisis

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The United States has transferred $200 million to the Palestinian government to help ease a growing budget deficit, U.S. S...