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West Bank Economy Shrinks For First Time In Decade

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Noah Browning RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct 8 (Reuters) - The Palestinian economy in the Israeli-occupied West Bank shrank for the firs...

Abbas at the UN -- Progress, But a Long Way to Go

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 12.04.2013 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Each September, Mahmoud Abbas stands before the UN General Assembly and in fiery, confrontational language, gives a speech almost fully comprised of allegations of Israel's crimes and misdeeds against the Palestinian people.

No Olive Branch From Netanyahu for Iran; a Small Twig for Peace with Palestinians

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.02.2013 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Seeking to discourage a rapprochement between Washington and Tehran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel threatened military action against Iran and dared others to do the same.

Let's Get Beyond Lip Service to A Two-State Solution

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

It seems like almost everyone in the American-Jewish community - with the exception of a few on the extreme right and the far left - supports the two-...

Israeli Army Shoots 2 Palestinians On Gaza Border

AP | Posted 11.30.2013 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli soldiers opened fire on two Palestinians near the Israel-Gaza border on Monday, killing at least one of them, a ...

I'm in: A Palestinian Diet for Peace

Bethany Saad | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Bethany Saad

Woah, was this a coincidence? Fate? Regardless, It was filed in my mental schema called: "One of those strange life moments that gave me shivers of surrealism."

Kerry Popularity Soars in New Gallup Poll

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

In a new Gallup poll considering the approval rating for Secretary of State John Kerry, he received sky-high favorable ratings of 60 percent and disap...

Russia and Syria Offer a Big Win for Obama, Boehner, Pelosi, Cantor, McCain, Reid, Kerry, America, Hollande and Decency

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

It is not yet clear whether the Russian plan is the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end of chemical weapons in Syria, but one way or the other, mass murder by chemical weapons, a crime against humanity, must not be tolerated.

Palestinians Reach Out To Israel In Renewed Peace Talks

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 08.30.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The Palestinians have traditionally shown little affection for Israeli politicians. These days, however, they are reaching out ...

Israeli Troops Suspended After Dancing 'Gangnam Style' With Palestinians

Evening Standard, London | Bo Wilson | Posted 10.29.2013 | World

A group of Israeli soldiers have been suspended after being caught dancing with Palestinians while on patrol in the West Bank. The troops were walkin...

Ingredients of a Palestinian uprising

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Predicting the next Intifada, or popular outbreak, is next to impossible. The past years have seen many predictions of an imminent third Intifada, on...

Palestinians and Double Standards

David Harris | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
David Harris

If Israel isn't involved, it seems, the killing of Palestinian civilians just doesn't arouse interest, much less anger.

The Named Angels

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 10.26.2013 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

I wrote my string quartet, The Named Angels, against the current backdrop of unrest in the Middle East. Each of the four movements of the quartet portrays of one of the four angels shared by the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths.

Did Palestinians fall in the negotiations trap

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

When Palestinian negotiators enter the Jerusalem hotel designated for the face-to-face negotiations with their Israeli counterparts on Wednesday, they...

Palestinian and Proud

Miriam Awadallah | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact
Miriam Awadallah

I am a Palestinian-American with big ideas; dreams so big, they consist of becoming the next Hillary Clinton, Madeline Albright, or Condoleezza Rice. But I sometimes see a red sign in front of me that reads: STOP.

Eid Reflections

Philip Barton | Posted 10.07.2013 | World
Philip Barton

Today is Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. As with Lent in Christianity and Yom Kippur in Judaism, this fasting creates space for reflection, humility and compassion. Current events in many Muslim countries give cause for all three.

Seven Reasons for (Cautious) Optimism About Kerry's Mideast Peace Effort

Alan Elsner | Posted 10.06.2013 | World
Alan Elsner

Nobody would deny that the obstacles are formidable and nobody ever got rich betting on the prospects of Israeli-Palestinian peace. But some of the underlying conditions have changed, creating a spark of hope that this time could be different.

Gaza Again Falls Victim to Egypt's Turmoil

Bill_Corcoran | Posted 10.05.2013 | World
Bill_Corcoran

The shock of our 22 staff in Gaza is hard to express. Their family members are stuck in Cairo as they transit from other countries to re-enter Gaza. Students on summer break were trying to get home to see their families after a year of studies.

Show the Leaders the Road to Peace

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.30.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

If there is even a small chance of success in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, trust must be cultivated between Israelis and Palestinians through people-to-people interactions.

US Court rejects to connect Jerusalem with Israel

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 09.24.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The city of Jerusalem has many diplomatic missions that have the official title of consulate general. These include the US, most Western European and ...

Kerry, Palestinians and Israelis -- Anything Beyond PR?

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 09.21.2013 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

With that in mind, we can see that there is some incentive for both sides to open talks, a welcome development by all accounts, but the process requires much more than that in order to come to a successful conclusion. The set of circumstances which will make it possible is still not around.

New Hope For The Peace Proces

Reuters | Posted 09.16.2013 | World

By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank, July 18 (Reuters) - As Palestinian leaders discussed a possible U.S-brokered resumption of peace ...

'Little Pride, Little Joy': The Tragedy Behind Assaf-Mania

Somdeep Sen | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Somdeep Sen

The passion and emotions of the jubilation made me wonder, "This is just a reality TV-show. Isn't it?" It sure is. But, of late, victory for Gazans has been of a morbid nature. Often steeped in the mentality of resistance, it has been synonymous with survival.

Silent Majority of Israel Supporters Must Speak Up in Support of Kerry's Efforts to Save Two-State Solution

Ephraim Sneh | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Ephraim Sneh

A detailed offer from Secretary Kerry now will compel the Israeli public to decide whether or not they want an agreement with the Palestinians, a clear choice they have not been given since May 1992, when Yitzhak Rabin ran against Likud leader Yitzhak Shamir.

Jordan May Play Greater West Bank Role

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
Michael Sharnoff

As Secretary John Kerry returns to the Middle East for another round of shuttle diplomacy and meets with President Abbas, current realities on the ground and recent events seem to suggest that talks will center on a greater Jordanian involvement in Palestinian affairs.