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Hamas Throws a Better Funeral

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hani Almadhoun

Hamas members disapprove of parties and stay away from festivities. But they are often the first at your funeral, setting up a tent and making posters of condolences and mentioning the deeds of the deceased.

Why Redefining Israel's History Poses Major Obstacle to True Peace

Anav Silverman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anav Silverman

As I walk the streets of Jerusalem this Chanukah and see the flickering candles in the windows of Jewish homes, I think back to a time 2,000 years ago, when my ancestors here were denied their rights to follow Jewish tradition by the Syrian-Greeks who then occupied the land.

Ghosts of Israel's Past and Future

Sami Moubayed | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sami Moubayed

If Israel's crime is extending a ban on the release of its archives, the Arab world's crime is that they have no archives at all to show the world what the real story of the Middle East was after 1948.

Another Israel Divestment Hoax

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

Several times, BDS advocates have clumsily spun purely financial decisions as divestment.

A New Paradigm for Middle East Peace

Steve Sheffey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Sheffey

Twice in the last decade, Israel offered to cede nearly all of Judea and Samaria to the Palestinians, only to be rebuffed. It's time for a new paradig...

American Midterm Candidates Pandered for Pro-Israel Money and Votes

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

Israel and the United States are not one country. Being pro-Israel should not wield so much power that it becomes a principal issue in American elections.

Dershowitz Versus Horton on Lawfare: Real Threat or Illusion?

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Heather Robinson

Rhetorical sparks flew in Manhattan yesterday as Alan Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter professor of law at Harvard University, and Scott Horton, contribu...

Fifteen Years Later: Rabin and the Bullet That Rode a Crest

Adam Chandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Adam Chandler

Israel, a country without capital punishment, must honor Rabin by working with the Palestinians to finally put Yigal Amir's dreams to death.

Civil Resistance to Bring Down the Walls

Ayed Morrar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ayed Morrar

Palestinians' wishes are simple -- we want what is ours, our land, with true sovereignty, freedom, equality and civil rights -- what Martin Luther King, Jr. called in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail "our constitutional and God-given rights."

The Palestinians and Israel: Just Say No

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

I wonder how many of those commentators who diligently monitor the "muzzling" activities of the "Israel Lobby" will note the story of a UN official wh...

Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli Foreign Minister, Says No Extending Settlement Slowdown In West Bank

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Dozens of men believed to be plainclothes Palestinian security personnel broke up a gathering of activists opposed to new ...

Vatican Meeting Demands Israel End Occupation Of Palestinian Land

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Bishops from the Middle East who were summoned to Rome by the pope demanded Saturday that Israel accept U.N. resolutions calling ...

The Loyalty Oath Is a Good Deal

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Suissa

Jews who lived for centuries as good citizens of Arab countries would have loved nothing more than to pledge loyalty to a "Muslim and democratic state" in return for the same freedoms, rights and protections that Arabs enjoy today in Israel.

Is There an Israeli Left Left?

Adam Chandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Adam Chandler

Undermined by nearly a decade of right-wing dominance, the Israeli left has found itself farther from power than ever before in the 62-year history of the country.

The Top 10 Worst Errors Israel Is About to Make

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

1. The Loyalty Oath What it is: A proposed amendment to Israel's Law of Citizenship, which, if approved by the Knesset, would require non-Jews seekin...

From Budrus to Bilin: Arresting Heroes

Ronit Avni | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ronit Avni

In our new film Budrus, our protagonist, Ayed Morrar, achieved what policymakers and policy wonks believe to be impossible: He united Hamas, Fatah and Israeli allies to save his village from destruction.

Palestinians Reject Israel's Racist Demands

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Candidates for Israeli citizenship will now have to pledge allegiance to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. But if Judaism is the reference point, then Israel's demands for ownership of land takes on a totally new dimension.

Notes From an Israeli Newsroom: The Day My Leftism Changed

Ami Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ami Kaufman

Ten years ago today my leftism changed. I remember the images shown over and over again on television. The body being thrown out the window, and then being stomped on. And of course the bloody hands.

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. ...

The Lobby's Shame

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Thousands of Israelis have been killed as a result of policies that the conservative "pro-Israel" lobby has supported. Yet they sail on, never looking back, labeling anyone who opposes the status quo "anti-Israel."

Beautiful: Israelis and Palestinian Kids Making Peace Through Soccer (VIDEO)

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Here is some evidence that the Beautiful Game provides more hope than politics, a game that is anything but beautiful.

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.

Lebanon's Jews: Loyalty to Whom? BBC Documentary Tracks Vanished Community

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

First came the book, then the documentary, on Lebanon's Jews who pine for their birthplace, singers Fairouz, Sabah and Wadih El Safi, and recall their...

Mideast Peace Talks Hit 'Settlement' Roadblock: Abbas Says Israel Must Choose

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday there will be no peace deal with Israel unless the Jewish state stops settlem...

Palestinian President Hints At Settlement Deal, AP Reports

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) JERUSALEM - The Palestinian president has left the door open to continuing peace negotiations with Israel even if it resumes settlement construct...