Israeli military law imposed in the occupied West Bank places sweeping and arbitrary restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. This makes any unauthorized peaceful protest by Palestinians a criminal offence.
Outposts are again taking center stage in the settlements debate, as the Netanyahu government announces two new policies aimed at legalizing illegal outposts and sending a clear signal that it values settlements over negotiations, and it prefers "Greater Israel" to peace.
In the past, Abbas has shown himself both a man unafraid to gamble, and, against all odds, one who knows how to turn a crapshoot to advantage. Here are ten reasons that his Hail Mary route at the UN may succeed after all.
The strong disagreement over settlement doesn't excuse the brutal killings of the family of five in Itamar. If anything this senseless murder should cause genuine commitment from all sides to find an end to the 44 year old occupation in a peaceful way.
Israel cannot just get up and walk out of the West Bank, nor can it just remove its soldiers and ships from Gaza's borders. This is misguided, and ignores the realities of life for both Israelis and Palestinians.
If the Palestinians in occupied territories present a security threat so compelling that it required a multibillion dollar Separation Wall -- then Israel has no business moving its men, women and children right into the danger zones.
As articles blaming Israel for failed Mideast peace continue to stream into the headlines, it is clear that the Mideast reality will continue just as it always has -- with Iran as an increasingly mobilizing force.
A recent Jewish extremist rally in Manhattan took on a distinctively Tea Party-flavor, including demonstrators assailing Obama as a secret Muslim with no legitimate right to serve as President of the United States.