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Ode to Gaza

Steve Posner | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Steve Posner

Much of the killing in Gaza has stopped. All we have are remnant cries of mothers hunching at child limbs lost, of fathers sobbing at houses bashed, a...

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Says No Israeli Soldier Was Kidnapped In Gaza

Reuters | Posted 07.20.2014 | World

UNITED NATIONS, July 20 (Reuters) - Israel's U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor said on Sunday there was no kidnapped Israeli soldier, dismissing a televised ...

How John Kerry Built A Middle East Peace Plan (And Watched It Crumble)

The New Republic | Posted 07.21.2014 | World

At around noon on March 20 last year, Air Force One landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport for Barack Obama’s first presidential visit to Israel....

Thousands Flee Major Battle In Gaza

AP | KARIN LAUB and TIA GOLDENBERG | Posted 07.21.2014 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The first major ground battle in two weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting exacted a steep price Sunday: It killed 65 Palestin...

Photos Show Palestinian-American's Family Home Ransacked By Israeli Police

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics

Israeli police raided the home of 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir early Friday, just hours after the Palestinian-American teenager left for Israel's Ben ...

The Nightmare of Gaza Continues

James Zogby | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Palestinians want to live normal lives. They want to be able to provide for their children and see their children's children grow and prosper. It is not, as the Israelis would say, that the Palestinians have chosen death. Rather, it is that the Israelis have never allowed them the chance to choose life.

Ryan Grim

Benjamin Netanyahu Stops Pretending To Support A Sovereign Palestinian State

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 07.18.2014 | World

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposes the creation of a sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank, he told reporters last week in remar...

Israel Terrorizes Palestinians in Gaza

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 07.18.2014 | World
Adil E. Shamoo

In essence, Israel wants to achieve what every invading army wishes to achieve -- attaining the best for the colonizers and the crumbs for the subjugated people.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 3: Beckmesser, Kissinger and the Klinghoffer Controversy

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 07.18.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer.

Hundreds of Israelis and Palestinians Break Fasts Together

Anav Silverman | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Anav Silverman

The events, which were part of a global movement of interfaith break-fasts for the 18th day of Ramadan and 17th of Tammuz, were led and organized by a group called 'Choose Life.'

Gaza Redux: Déjà Vu in Occupied Palestinian Territory

Salena Tramel | Posted 07.17.2014 | World
Salena Tramel

The names of four children jutted out from my computer's screen like daggers on the list of the dead by name as I refreshed it. Memories of children laughing while flying kites on a beach in Gaza flooded my mind.

Gaza: The Consequences of Voting While Muslim

John Feffer | Posted 07.17.2014 | World
John Feffer

The Palestinians of Gaza are guilty of that new post-Cold War misdemeanor: voting while Muslim. The punishment for this crime has been eight years of economic hardship, international isolation, and periodic Israeli bombardments.

Basic Conditions for Any Ceasefire Require a Political Element

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

In violent conflicts, parties to the conflict are always under pressure to ceasefire. Ceasefire agreements tend to have different formats but there are two basic requirements that successful long-term ceasefires require.

The Curse of the Occupation

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

At a time when hundreds of rockets are fired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad from Gaza against Israel -- threatening population centers, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv -- criticizing Israel's occupation of the West Bank would seem inappropriate at best. Many Israelis justify the continuing occupation in light of the intensifying violence. They argue that Israel cannot allow the West Bank to become under any circumstances like Gaza -- a staging ground for rocket attacks that could cause unimaginable death and destruction. The repeated acts of violence emanating from Gaza and the relative calm in the occupied West Bank are used to "validate" this claim. In reality, the occupation itself is the root cause behind the unending Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the current deadly flare-up between Israel and Hamas.

A World Where We Treat All Children As Our Own

David A. Love | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
David A. Love

When the family of kidnapped and lynched Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir recently grieved together with the family of abducted and murdered Israeli teen Naftali Fraenkel, we were reminded that the loss of a child is both painful and universal.

Muslims Must Sustain Israel, for the Sake of Palestine

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

For Middle east peace to come to pass, our world needs nothing more than Israel as God wants it to be.

Lousy Scenarios, Limited Options: It Mostly Just Gets Worse for Obama

William Bradley | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Remember those halcyon days of yore, also known as last year, when President Barack Obama's frequently challenged job approval rating was always buttressed by his ratings on foreign policy and geopolitics?

Palestinian Death Toll Hits 172

AP | PETER ENAV | Posted 07.15.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military said it downed a drone launched by militants in the Gaza Strip on Monday, the first time it encountered an unma...

Israel Calls For North Gaza Evacuation, Suggesting Strike

AP | KARIN LAUB and JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 07.13.2014 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinian residents of the northern Gaza Strip fled their homes on Sunday and sought safety in U.N. shel...

The 'Morality' of the Powerful

James Zogby | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

This is the fifth major assault in nine years. When and how it will end is unclear, but here's what we know for certain: No good will come from this madness; there will be no winners; and when the dust settles and the tears dry, Palestinians and Israelis will be more embittered and will feel less secure.

My Own Personal Gaza

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
Michael Rosenblum

One night, at a beach resort, I got into a heated "Israel and the Palestinians" discussion with a Peace Corps guy. I countered with all the usual responses: the Holocaust, Israel must live, worldwide anti-Semitism, Palestinian terrorism. But the Peace Corps guy threw me a curve: "Your problem," he said, "is that you never met a Palestinian. You should go to Gaza."

Former Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister: 'This Conflict Will be Resolved'

Keosha Varela | Posted 07.10.2014 | World
Keosha Varela

As the death toll from rocket fire and aerial offensives continues to rise in both Israel and Palestine -- the aftermath of the abduction and murder of three Jewish teens, and the subsequent abduction and murder of a Palestinian teen -- the path to an end to the recent violence remains unclear.

Is War on Gaza Based on an Israeli Fabrication?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.10.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

War is often created in the public space and in closed rooms. Having created a major public campaign against Hamas, albeit on false charges, the debate for war moved to the war council.

Why Israel Needs Justice, Not Revenge

Hody Nemes | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Hody Nemes

The cold-blooded murders of the three abducted Israeli boys must not go unpunished. But justice, not vengeance, should win the day. The murderers should be tracked down, apprehended and tried in court for their crimes.

Responding to Violence in Israel-Palestine: An Invitation to Join the Peaceful Liberation Struggle

Sheldon C. Good | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Sheldon C. Good

When we look at recent events in Palestine and Israel, it is tempting for us to say that this is just a flare up of an age-old "conflict." However, for Palestinians, daily life is about navigating a system of oppression, racism, and violence.