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Palestinian Officials Criticize US over Israeli Settlements

Washington Post | Howard Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM -- Palestinian officials on Sunday criticized the United States for what one called "back-pedaling" on demands that Israel stop settlement c...

Karameh Means Dignity for Palestinians

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Although the Arabic word Karmeh simply means dignity, it has become an expression that has many more usages and meanings.

Israeli Police Raid Temple Mount

AP | MATTI FRIEDMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israeli police firing stun grenades faced off Sunday against masked Palestinian protesters hurling stones and plastic chairs outside...

Palestinians Halt Effort to Push Gaza War Report Due To U.S., Israeli Pressure | NEIL MacFARQUHAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS In a startling shift, the Palestinian delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council dropped its efforts to forward a report acc...

Israel's Pines-Paz Ignores Facts on Iran

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Taylor Marsh

After listening to Israeli Labor party MK Ophir Pines-Paz speak and answer questions, it seems clear that Pines-Paz does not understand Iran, though he's clearly not alone.

Israel Is More Than Real

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert David Jaffee

If Emanuel and Axelrod are "self-hating Jews," then I'll take more of them.

Israel Diary: A Tale of Two Visits

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arianna Huffington

JERUSALEM -- Early Friday morning I visited the Bialik Rogozin School, an extraordinary example of what is possible with real leadership. The school has 750 students from 48 countries, most of them very poor. When director Karen Tal took over three years ago, the school was plagued by outbreaks of violence and dilapidated surroundings. But the school I toured was immaculate, with new computers throughout, and bright, smiling children everywhere. I left Bialik Rogozin energized and inspired. So it was particularly jarring to drive straight to the West Bank to see the Jewish settlements that have become a flashpoint of the stalled peace process. The security wall. The roadblocks and barbed wire. The checkpoints and "buffer zones." The large, sprawling, and very permanent-looking Israeli settlements carved out on Palestinian land. No wonder Palestinians feel like strangers in their own land. READ MORE Israel Diary: Shimon Peres on Peace, Obama's Tough Love, and Working in the Shadows Israel Diary: Hyper-Alert Security Guards and Hyper-Creative Tech Geeks

Obama at the UN: Will He Sound the Trumpet for Human Rights?

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

What an opportunity for Obama, after a tumultuous eight months in office, to announce at the UN an auspicious new beginning for his Administration by sounding America's trumpet as the champion of human rights.

Arab Responsibility, Not Rhetoric

Edgar M. Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Edgar M. Bronfman

After decades of using the plight of the Palestinians as a useful stick with which to beat the West and as an excuse for their own domestic illegitimacies, Arab leaders finally need to be held to account.

Obama Should Publicly Declare Israel's Failure to Honor International Obligation

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The summit meeting called for by President Obama on the eve of the opening of the UN general council is both good and bad news for Palestinians.

The Slandering of a Renown Jewish Jurist and War Crimes Prosecutor, Richard Goldstone

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ray Hanania

Renown South African Jurist Richard Goldstone has completed a comprehensive report on the war crimes committed during the Israeli war started against Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Nov. 4, 2008.

Voices from Jerusalem: Back to What School?

Ir Amim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ir Amim

Unless action is taken, East Jerusalem will be short 1,500 classrooms by 2011, denying some 40,000 Palestinian students access to state-funded schools.

Egypt-Gaza Border-Crossing A Soap Opera Filming Set

Salena Tramel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Salena Tramel

The Egyptians are world famous for their soap operas. And this Monday, I accidentally ran into one of these productions in full swing ... at the Rafah border-crossing into Gaza from Egypt.

West Bank Settlements: Israel Approving 500 New Apartments

AP | MARK LAVIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel defied U.S. pressure to halt construction in its West Bank settlements Sunday, with key leaders speaking out in support of th...

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...

The Free Press Defense: Sweden, Aftonbladet and What Wallenberg Would Think

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

A country's leading newspaper publishes a lurid attack, and no-one less than the Foreign Minister invokes 'freedom of speech' to protect the newspaper and its reporter. Iran? No. Sweden.

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.

Controversial Swedish Article Spurs Palestinians To Seek Organ Theft Probe

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Several Palestinians in the West Bank have called for an international inquiry into a Swedish newspaper report that suggests members of the Israeli ar...

Stopping Construction, Building Peace

Edgar M. Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Edgar M. Bronfman

Peace with its neighbors, not the sensitivities of a small minority of religious settlers, has to be Israel's ultimate objective.

Americans and Ramallah Youth

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Has it become acceptable among Palestinians to wear a hat or a T-shirt praising Americans? The answer most respondents had can be summarized in two words: Barack Obama.

The 'One-state Solution' Only Stokes Palestinians Self-Delusion

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Until the Palestinians eager to bury the Jewish state finally recognize the legitimate national aspirations of 5.7 million Jews, there may not be peace. But there will always be an Israel.

Huckabee Offers Palestinians State "Some Place Else"

Amjad Atallah | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amjad Atallah

In a move sure to antagonize the Onion for not having come up with it first, former U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee endorsed Israeli control over the occupied West Bank and rejected the "two-state solution."

Fatah Moves Closer To Becoming A Political Party

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Fatah movement, the key Palestinian guerrilla movement within the Palestine Liberation Organization moved one step closer to becoming a political party.

Gaza/Israel: Hamas Rocket Attacks on Civilians Unlawful

Human Rights Watch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Human Rights Watch

Palestinian armed groups have argued that rocket attacks are appropriate reprisals for Israeli military operations and the ongoing blockade of Gaza, and are a lawful response.