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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.

Abbas Moves Bring Out Israeli Arrogance and Paternalism

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Every single day Israel continues its occupation and colonial settlement activities, it is acting unilaterally. The idea that it will take another unilateral move does not scare Palestinians who have little more to lose through their newfound, albeit tiny, act independent of their Israeli occupiers.

Reality Check: The US Does Have Leverage

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

Admittedly, the situation at the moment looks grim: After months of negotiations, a dozen personal visits from the secretary, and countless trips between Jerusalem and Ramallah, Israel is announcing new settlements and reneging on its agreement to release a small number of Palestinian prisoners this weekend.

"I'm Not Dead Yet": The Peace Talks are Not Ready for Burial

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 06.08.2014 | World
Rabbi Steve Gutow

There are so many who have declared the negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians dead. Let's not have a burial. Let's have a resuscitation. Peace, despite setbacks, remains a possibility.

Washington Is Livid With the Palestinians

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Micah D. Halpern

Palestinian leadership is on the move. In politics, there is seldom simply one move. And unilateral moves always result in strong responses.

New Tourism Initiative Brings Another Face to the Holy Land

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.05.2014 | Travel
Anav Silverman

In a kitchen in Mea She'arim, stands an unlikely group of people: a Christian from Texas, a Muslim Arab from the Mount of Olives, and a Christian Arab from Jerusalem. Even more unusual is that the group is learning how to bake Challah -- the special sweet bread baked for the Jewish Sabbath.

Syrian Crisis Creating a Lost Generation

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact
Hani Almadhoun

Others I met on my journey around Lebanon's camps were positive and resourceful in spite of nearly impossible conditions. But, for how much longer?

John 'Quixote' Kerry Tilts for the Impossible With Russia and Israel

William Bradley | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

There are times these days when Secretary of State John Kerry seems like Don Quixote, tilting at windmills in trying to teach Russian President Vladimir Putin diplomatic manners and get right-wing Israeli leaders to accept a peace deal with the badly split Palestinians.

In Some Palestinian Neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, Not Even 17 Liters of Water Per Day

Hagai El-Ad | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Hagai El-Ad

He who dared to ask that now-famous question is of course Mr. Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament. So was Mr. Shulz's 70-to-17 liter water-consumption ratio a "blatant lie"? In actuality, for Palestinians in some neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, the situation can be much worse.

U.S. Mediators Try To Salvage Troubled Mideast Peace Talks

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 03.30.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — American mediators held urgent contacts with Israeli and Palestinian officials Sunday in hopes of salvaging troubled Mideast peace ...

Rated SR - the Socially Relevant Film Festival: a Promising Start at the Quad

Christopher Atamian | Posted 05.26.2014 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

Organized by genre, theme and country of origin, the different sessions brought a diverse and eye-opening group of over fifty films from eighteen countries to downtown Manhattan audiences, each one presumably carrying with it a "social relevant message" of some importance.

The Strange Currency of the Israeli Occupation

Jessica Montell | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Jessica Montell

Last Saturday, Israeli soldiers came to the home of Shadi Sidr and demanded he remove the Palestinian flag from his roof. Shadi is a Palestinian who lives in the H2 area of Hebron and the flag offended his neighbors, the Israeli settlers in the Beit Hadassah settlement.

U.S. Calls to Palestinians to Take Risks for Peace Sound Hallow

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Justice and fairness must exist in any offer Palestinians are asked to take risks for. After all, Palestinian leaders cannot take chances on any agreement they know the Palestinian public will reject.

The Goat and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations

Haggai Carmon | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
Haggai Carmon

On its face, the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's demand that as part of a final peace agreement with the Palestinians, the Palestinians declare tha...

Reality Check Forces the Search for a New Post-Dispensational Theology

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Daoud Kuttab

A search is on among Christian evangelists to find a new theology that can take the place of the discredited dispensational theology, which many are u...

Language Matters

James Zogby | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

While reviewing polling data on Israeli and Palestinian attitudes towards the peace effort, what comes through clearly is the obvious disconnect between the views of both groups and the extent to which this divide is driven by the Israeli-centric language used in framing many of the issues.