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Palestinian President Swears In Unity Government

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and IBRAHIM BARZAK | Posted 06.02.2014 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a national unity government Monday, formally ending a crippling seven-year s...

President: Palestinian Unity Govt To Be Announced Monday

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 05.31.2014 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The formation of a Palestinian unity government backed by rivals Hamas and Fatah will be announced Monday, Palestinian Pr...

Netanyahu: Playing Us for Fools

James Zogby | Posted 05.31.2014 | World
James Zogby

Netanyahu can be seen as a maneuverer, but in reality, he is an ideologue, relentless in his efforts to maintain control of what he refers to as Judea and Samaria. He will feint to the left or right, as need be, but the key to understanding him is to judge him by his actions, not his words.

FIFA Braces for Israeli-Palestinian Showdown

James Dorsey | Posted 05.30.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The scene is set at next month's World Cup in Brazil for showdown between Israel and Palestine that will be off the pitch given that neither qualified for one of the world's most important sporting events.

Entitled to Protection, Palestinians Should Join the ICC, Now

Ibrahim Sharqieh | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Ibrahim Sharqieh

Once Palestine joins the ICC, the court's jurisdiction will provide coverage against human rights violations in the Palestinian territories, regardless of whether the source of such violations is Israel or the PA itself. In other words, this will establish a foundation for the prevalence of the rule of law in the Palestinian territories.

New Video Prompts More Scrutiny Of Palestinian Teenagers' Deaths

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 05.23.2014 | World

New footage released on Thursday added to mounting scrutiny over the deaths of two Palestinian teenagers during clashes with Israeli forces in the Wes...

The Significance of the Pope's Upcoming Visit to Israel

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 05.23.2014 | Religion
Abraham H. Foxman

Pope Francis' trip to Israel beginning on May 25 is clearly an important visit, as any papal appearance is. Its greatest importance may lie in the fact that it reflects the normalization of relations between the Vatican and the State of Israel, not to mention Catholic-Jewish relations more broadly.

Pope To Visit Palestinian Refugee Camp On Holy Land Visit

AP | Mohammed Daraghmeh | Posted 05.22.2014 | Religion

DHEISHEH REFUGEE CAMP, West Bank (AP) - Pope Francis will spend less than half an hour in this Palestinian refugee camp during a jam-packed Holy Land ...

Palestinian Reconciliation Moving in PLO and Abbas' Direction

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.22.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Early signs of efforts to produce a unity Palestinian government reflect many of challenges, expected after a seven-year-long division.

The Israeli Court System on Trial: The Rachel Corrie Appeal

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 05.22.2014 | World
The Center for Constitutional Rights

On March 16, 2003, 23-year old human rights defender Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while peacefully protesting the demolition of Palestinian homes in Gaza.

J Street Flap Exposes Jewish Double Standard

Shai Franklin | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Shai Franklin

As the Jewish right and left wings rush to their respective corners, those of us in the relative center of the community have a right to feel excluded and frustrated by the Presidents' Conference decision.

Palestinians March To Mark Their 1948 Displacement

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 05.15.2014 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinian teens in a West Bank clash that erupted Thursday after Palestinians marked their...

Israel Continues Imprisoning Palestinians Without Charge or Trial

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.14.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

At present, 186 Palestinian doctors, parliamentarians and teenagers are held without charge or trial by Israel, a country that calls itself the Middle East's only democracy.

The Choice We Face, the Debate We Must Have

James Zogby | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

What troubled me most was that Kerry, after acknowledging that many Israelis have offered the same warning, apologized for using the word "apartheid" saying that "it is a word best left out of the debate here at home." In other words, Israelis can have this debate, but we can't.

What Went Wrong?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Secretary of State John Kerry made a fundamental mistake by establishing rules of engagement that were not conducive to progress, raising serious doubts about the prospect of a solution.

Unity of Palestinians in the Diaspora Is a National Priority

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

One of the most obvious results of the failure of the Palestinian-Israeli peace talks has been the realization that disunity greatly weakens the Pales...

Independence and Nakba: Intertwined and Inseparable

Avraham Burg | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Avraham Burg

Israel's Independence Day is also Nakba Day. This is inescapable. The reality of Israeliness can't help but incorporate not only the Jewish story but the Palestinian story as well.

Video Of Clash Sparks Outcry From Israeli Troops

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 05.05.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — The reprimand of an Israeli soldier — who was caught on video cursing and pointing a cocked gun toward the head of a Palestinian ...

Opponents of Peace

Ben Barber | Posted 07.02.2014 | World
Ben Barber

It seems that Netanyahu, dragged kicking and screaming into peace talks by the Obama administration, never wanted peace between two equal sides. He wanted to force the weaker side to accept terms that he knew they could not and should not be asked to do.

Islamic Scholars Approve Visit to Jerusalem

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

A visit to Jerusalem by everyone and anyone that can is a small first step in the direction of showing solidarity with the city and its Palestinian Arab heroes.

Why the US Must Support the Palestinian Reconciliation Deal

Ibrahim Sharqieh | Posted 06.30.2014 | World
Ibrahim Sharqieh

Washington should not underestimate the overwhelming public support in Palestine for this agreement. U.S. opposition will put them in conflict not just Hamas but with the entire Palestinian people.

Forfeiting Israel's Reason to Exist

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.23.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Occupation must end not only because of its inherent injustice, as it demeans, debases and degrades the Palestinians, but because of what the occupation does to the Israelis -- it discredits and disgraces Jewish heritage and changes the once-oppressed Jews into merciless, heartless oppressors.

Hamas, PLO Agree On Unity Pact

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2014 | World

* PLO and Hamas say they agree to Palestinian reconciliation * Netanyahu says unity drive bad for peace * Israeli-Palest...

What Netanyahu Should Say (And Do) Now

Jonathan Russo | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Russo

"Israel will gradually lift roadblocks, checkpoints and military closures throughout the West Bank. We are extending the security and governance responsibilities of the Palestinian Authority to all of Area B and much of Area C. We will work with the Palestinian Authority to do so in a systematic manner...."

Saber Rattling, Mostly Foolhardy, From the Potomac to the Pacific

William Bradley | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

A bitter extended exchange between two very old friends from Capitol Hill's contingent of Vietnam vets -- Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain -- captured the spirit of anger and disarray that presently characterizes America's geopolitical posture.