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Times Reports Shift in US Mideast Policy

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
MJ Rosenberg

The New York Times reports today that recent months have seen "a far-reaching shift in how the United States views the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a...

Israel Reroutes Its Barrier, But Many Question if This is a Real Victory for Palestinians

Christopher Alessi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Alessi

Since 2002, Israel has been building a massive concrete partition in the Palestinian-controlled West Bank. Israelis call it the "security barrier." For Palestinians, it is the "apartheid wall."

Bibi's Next Move

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Suissa

With Bibi virtually trapped between the demands of a powerful ally and the constraints of his coalition, I've been wondering: Can Bibi get out of this trap and improve Israel's position?

How United Is Jerusalem? A Tour of Palestinian Neighborhoods and Israeli Settlements

Ir Amim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ir Amim

The recent clashes in East Jerusalem, though limited in scope and duration, are forcing us again to question the presentation of Jerusalem as a united city.

Hamas Allegedly Taxes Poor, Robs Banks To Fund Itself

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Ashley Bates GAZA CITY, Gaza -- On a hot day in early April, men and school-age boys dig for stones and pieces of brick in the crumbling ruins...

Israeli Military Commander Acts As a Dictator Towards Palestinians

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Israelis are showing that the original Zionist theory of lusting for the land, without its people, continues to be the main pillar of this right-wing Israeli government.

Is This Where the Holy Land Is Headed?

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

Jerusalem, April 31, 2027 -- A fragile and delicate nation has emerged in the midst of the tension that has plagued the Middle East for over eight decades.

Tens of Thousands of Palestinians Subject to Deportation Under New Israeli Military Order

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

Israeli human rights organizations say that a new military order could lead to the deportation of tens of thousands Palestinian residents of the West Bank.

On the Ground in Gaza

Mary-Charlotte Domandi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mary-Charlotte Domandi

Mohammed Omer is a 25-year-old Palestinian journalist. In 2008 he won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism. One the way home from the awards ceremony he was detained at the airport by Israeli security forces and tortured.

Strategic Deterrence -- a Failed Israeli Policy

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Israel persistently conflates self-defense and deterrence, while employing collective punishment to advance its strategic aims. The international community must act quickly to force the Israelis to abandon this failed strategy.

Red Flags Of Provocation And Israel's Response

Anav Silverman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Anav Silverman

Indeed, if the Gaza aid flotilla succeeded in anything, it was in painting precisely this portrait of Israel's army to the world: soldiers as terrorists, and terrorists standing alongside humanitarians like Scott Hamman, magically transform into peace activists.

Israel's Blockade of Gaza: What Items Are Allowed In?

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Howard Schweber

It would be very interesting to hear a response from the Israeli government in the form of an actual list of excluded items other than the now-permitted soda, juice, jam, spices, shaving cream, potato chips, cookies and candy.

Dear Irish Foreign Minister Micheál Martin

David Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Harris

Foreign Minister Martin, you absolve Gaza of all responsibility for its own predicament, instead placing it squarely in Israel's lap.

Time for America to Befriend Israel

Henry Mintzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Henry Mintzberg

The conflict in the Middle East is not between Israelis and Palestinians so much as between extremists and moderates. And the extremists on both sides have been steadily winning through mutual provocation.

Putting American Ideas on the Table

Isaac Luria | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Isaac Luria

If there is any lesson from the last 20 years, it is that the parties themselves are incapable of resolving this decades-long conflict on their own, and will need a strong American presence at the table.

Palestinians Try More Peaceful Resistance: Less Violence, More Protest Marches And Boycotts Of Settler Goods

New York Times | ETHAN BRONNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Senior Palestinian leaders -- men who once commanded militias -- are joining unarmed protest marches against Israeli policies a...

Stop Holding Palestinians Hostage to the Peace Process

Sirine Shebaya | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sirine Shebaya

Traditionally, Palestinians have fared better in Jordan. But according to a recent report, the Jordanian government has now divested over 2700 Palestinian-Jordanians of their citizenship.

The Jerusalem Post Should Fire Caroline Glick for Making a Racist Video

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eileen Read

The deputy managing editor of the Jerusalem Post, Caroline Glick, claims credit for a racist video of Jewish Israelis singing "there's no people dying" about the flotilla attack. She should be fired for making fun of the dead.

War and "Peace," Gaza-Style

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heather Robinson

Given the tendency of international media and governments to jump on Israel at any opportunity, and given Israel's need for allies at this precarious time, might it have been better to just let this ship pass?

Through the Looking Glass: The Myth of Israeli Exceptionalism

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

2010-06-04-dove.jpg Exceptionalism is an ideology propagated by the power elites of two nations of vastly different proportions and histories -- Israel and the U.S. -- but each declares a divinely manifest destiny.

Gaza Flotilla Raid May Not Change U.S. Policy Towards Israel

The Associated Press | By BARRY SCHWEID | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid the uproar over Israel's deadly raid on the flotilla bringing aid to the Gaza Strip, it's important to note what is not happen...

VIDEO: Austria Protests Israel Attack on Gaza Aid Convoy

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

Rihanna may have raved about her "amazing" trip to Israel several days ago, but most of the rest of the world, and namely Europe, isn't as impressed w...

Dialogue on the Gaza Flotilla

Dan Fleshler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Fleshler

"I appreciate your call. My staff was going to get in touch with you. The task force is meeting tomorrow at 8:30. Can you make it?"

Israel's Raid on the Gaza Flotilla: What is President Obama To Do To Succeed in Middle East Peacemaking

Stephen P. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen P. Cohen

By Stephen P. Cohen Author, "Beyond America's Grasp: A Century of Failed Diplomacy in the Middle East." Until the tragic and reckless Israeli raid on...

Israel and Harman in Tandem: From High Seas to Airwaves

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The so-called smart money is on Harman in next Tuesday's primary, but the incumbent -- like the Israeli government -- has reason to worry. Sometimes, moral revulsion can topple defenders of the indefensible.