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AP / Sebastian Scheiner

U.S. Vetoes U.N. Condemnation of Israeli Settlements

The U.S. has vetoed a proposed U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Israel to halt the building of illegal settlements on Palestinian land, saying its passage would “harden the positions of both sides.”

Posted on Feb 19, 2011 READ MORE



AP / David Bachar

Ex-Israeli Soldier Admits Leaking Secrets

In a plea deal with Israeli authorities, former soldier Anat Kamm has admitted to leaking more than 2,000 classified military documents to the Haaretz newspaper, including information on an Israeli operation aimed at killing West Bank Palestinian militants.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 READ MORE


‘It Takes a Village to Unite the Most Divided People on Earth’

In the documentary “Budrus,” Palestinians of all stripes and Israelis work together to save a village from Israel’s security barrier.

Posted on Jan 25, 2011 READ MORE


Obama and Middle Eastern leaders
AP / Charles Dharapak

The Palestine Papers

Thousands of pages of secret Palestinian records spanning a decade of peace negotiations have been obtained by The Guardian. The documents show a surprising history of concessions by Palestinian negotiators in trying to resolve the long-simmering conflict.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE



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Flotilla Raid Deemed Legal

In a result sure to spark intense debate, Israel’s attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last May has been declared by a government commission to be a legal use of force for self-defense. Israeli commandos killed nine activists attempting to break the blockade on the impoverished Gaza Strip.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE


Israel’s Hope Kindergarten

In a biting bit of Israeli comedy, this video shows an Israeli kindergarten class that learns, for example, the perils of disillusioned leftism and the proper way to describe an Arab (“Sorry, I meant demographic threat ... ”).

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 READ MORE


Israel’s Lieberman Says Peace Will Have to Wait

Avigdor Lieberman says it will be “at least a decade” before peace can be negotiated with the Palestinians. Israel’s extremist foreign minister calls for “less international involvement and over-doing and over-speaking” in this interview.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Ecuador Recognizes an Independent Palestine

Joining with a number of his Latin American neighbors, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has formally recognized “the Palestine state as free and independent within its borders ... .”

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Tanya N

Depriving Palestinians in the West Bank

Even while it builds settlements on Palestinian territory, Israel is actively preventing Palestinian development in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem by denying basic infrastructure such as electricity and running water to Palestinian communities, according to a report from the group Human Rights Watch.

Posted on Dec 19, 2010 READ MORE



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Brazil Recognizes Palestine

In a public letter addressed to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, outgoing and popular Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva formally recognized Palestine as an independent state within its 1967 borders.

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AP / Sebastian Scheiner

U.S. Offers F-35s for Extension of Settlement Freeze

Although the U.S. never has been a neutral arbiter in the Middle East, it’s still surprising that Washington has now reportedly promised Israel a long-term security agreement—including 20 F-35 fighter jets and a pledge to veto any damaging U.N. resolution—in exchange for a 90-day extension of the Israeli freeze on constructing settlements in the West Bank. Updated

Posted on Nov 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rodrigo Abd

The World Is Safer Without a Republican House

A Republican victory has the potential to keep the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, derail the beleaguered peace process and worsen U.S. security.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Nasser Ishtayeh

Israeli Settlers Destroying Palestinians’ Olive Trees

Olive trees are a symbol of the long history of many Palestinian families, and some Israeli settlers have now launched assaults on the trees, cutting down and torching them and at times attacking farmers in what many observers believe is part of a crescendo of settler militancy.

Posted on Oct 24, 2010 READ MORE


Gaza UN building
AP / Hatem Moussa

Israeli Officers Under Investigation

There seems to be a constant perp walk of Israeli soldiers since the war in Gaza two years ago. This week the hand of justice has turned to investigate several senior Israeli officers who allegedly authorized an airstrike that killed at least 21 Palestinians in Gaza in 2009.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE


The Bulldozer

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Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Gali Tibbon

Israel Invokes a Loyalty Oath for Non-Jews

Not Jewish in Israel? Repeat after me: Because I’m not Jewish, and because the Israeli government thinks non-Jews are potential threats to its security, I do solemnly swear my allegiance to Israel as a “Jewish and democratic state.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Abdel Kareem Hana

2 Israeli Soldiers Found Guilty

Two Israeli soldiers were convicted in a military court of using a Palestinian child as a human shield during their army’s siege of the Gaza Strip in 2009. The soldiers, who forced the 9-year-old boy to check for suspected booby traps, are now awaiting sentencing.

Posted on Oct 3, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Netanyahu Urges Settler Restraint

With a 10-month moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank about to expire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is urging Israeli settlers to show restraint. President Barack Obama has prodded Israel to extend the moratorium, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says Israel must choose between peace and the continuation of Jewish settlements.

Posted on Sep 26, 2010 READ MORE


Israeli Navy Kills Gaza Fisherman

Just days after an Israeli private security guard killed a Palestinian man and wounded four others, the Israeli navy fired upon a Palestinian fishing boat near Gaza and killed one fisherman. —JCL

Posted on Sep 24, 2010 READ MORE


Avigdor Lieberman
AP / Tsafrir Abayov

Israel’s Lieberman Proposes Redrawing Borders

Israels notoriously racist foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has proposed that any future peace deal with the Palestinians should focus on a redrawing of his country’s borders, excluding much of Israel’s Arab citizenry while including illegal Jewish settlements in occupied Palestinian lands.

Posted on Sep 19, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ariel Schalit

Theatrical Resistance

It may be obvious to some, but Palestinians aren’t the only people upset about Israel’s settlement activity. More than 60 Israeli theater professionals have joined a boycott against a new West Bank cultural center in Ariel, an Israeli settlement 12.5 miles within Palestinian territory.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE


Obama and Middle Eastern leaders
AP / Charles Dharapak

Israel and Palestine Talks, Take 154*

For the first time in 20 months, Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed to resume direct negotiations, scheduled for Sept. 2 in Washington, to talk about such thorny things as Israeli settlement activity, the borders of a future Palestinian state, and the right of Palestinian exiles to return to their homeland.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bernat Armangue

Israel to Deport 400 Children

Q: What do Arizona and Israel have in common? A: An uncanny disregard for immigrant rights. Two weeks ago the Israeli Cabinet voted to deport 400 children of migrant workers, and even after the wife of the Israeli prime minister wrote a letter pleading for amnesty for them, the Cabinet has refused to reconsider.

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 READ MORE



Nasser Shiyoukhi

The Tears of Gaza Must Be Our Tears

Muslim, Christian or Jew, we ignore this suffering at the peril of our own humanity. As Rachel Corrie wrote in her last letter to her parents, “I could live a comfortable life and possibly, with no effort at all, exist in complete unawareness of my participation in genocide.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE


Israeli Court Convicts Arab of Rape Because He Claimed to be Jewish

A Palestinian man was convicted by a Jerusalem court of “rape by deception” after a Jewish woman he had consensual sex with grew enraged after discovering he had lied to her when he claimed to be Jewish.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE


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World Economic Forum

Netanyahu: The U.S. Is ‘Easy’

The U.S. is easy—or so says Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister was recorded in 2001, apparently without his knowledge, claiming that the U.S. was “easy” to manipulate and that Israel should launch a broad attack against the Palestinian Authority that would be “so painful that the price will be too heavy to be borne.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Nasser Nasser

Gaza-Bound Aid Ship Unloads in Egypt

Avoiding the kind of confrontation that led to the flotilla fiasco in May, a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid ship has docked and unloaded its cargo in Egypt after the Israeli navy forbid it to sail directly to Gaza.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE


Netanyahu
World Economic Forum

Israel to Loosen Up on Gaza Blockade

Responding to mounting international pressure in the wake of its bloody raid on an aid flotilla in May, Israel announced it will ease its three-year-long blockade of the Gaza Strip, forbidding only weapons and related material.

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE



Al Jazeera English

Watching the World Cup in the West Bank

The 465-mile-long wall that divides the Palestinian territories from neighboring Israel is both illegal and an eyesore, but one West Bank restaurant owner has decided to use the barrier for good: to screen every match of the World Cup soccer tournament.

Posted on Jun 19, 2010 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: Why, Helen Thomas, Why?

Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas, clearly not so good at being on the receiving end of an interview, landed herself in quite the professional pickle this week, and Jon Stewart has some zingers for her on her way out.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mohammad Abu Ghosh

Israel Waylays Another Aid Ship

Israel has intercepted yet another Gaza-bound aid supply ship attempting to break the naval blockade of the occupied territory, but unlike the bloody raid on an aid flotilla Monday, Saturday’s interception occurred peacefully.

Posted on Jun 5, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Majdi Mohammed

Abbas Boosts Boycott of Settlement Goods

A boycott of goods produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank gained some heft Saturday when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas threw his executive weight behind the campaign, calling on all Palestinians to stop buying settlement-made products.

Posted on May 22, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / houze

Israel Turns Chomsky Away

Political activist-critic Noam Chomsky was refused entry into Israel on Sunday. He was to have delivered a lecture at the Bir Zeit University near Jerusalem.

Posted on May 16, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Nasser Shiyoukhi

Palestinians Commemorate the ‘Catastrophe’ of Israel’s Creation

Thousands of Palestinians marched Saturday to mark the “Nakba,” or “catastrophe” of the creation of Israel in 1948, and to honor the 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were forced into exile after the nascent state of Israel seized Arab land.

Posted on May 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Justin McIntosh

Said What?

Sound the alarm: The Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition exam taken by high school students across the U.S. uses a quotation from the late Palestinian-American scholar and activist Edward Said. Some Jewish students are complaining that use of the Said material politicizes the test.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / dweekly

PLO Opens Way for Negotiations

The Palestinian Liberation Organization has approved indirect talks with Israel, opening the door for the first peace negotiations in a year and a half. One may remember the “proximity talks” that fizzled in March when Israel unexpectedly announced an expansion of illegal settlement plans in East Jerusalem.

Posted on May 8, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / International Monetary Fund

Profiting From Peace

Who would have thought that peace could be good for the economy? Ask Stanley Fischer, Israel’s central bank chief, who delivered that startling pronouncement in a speech this weekend, arguing that a peace deal between his country and the Palestinians would actually help Israel achieve “one of the most advanced economies in the world.”

Posted on May 2, 2010 READ MORE


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vimeo.com

A Ginger’s Response to M.I.A.

M.I.A.’s controversial nine-minute, banned-from-YouTube music video fails to show that discrimination is about real, historical inequalities.

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Oded Balilty

Zionism Gets a Turbo Boost

Some Israeli settlers are taking Zionism to a whole new level. Some 200 settlers, living illegally on occupied Palestinian land, marched on the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem to assert their supposed right to live on occupied land as well as to affirm “Jewish sovereignty over the whole city.”

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE


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Francis Robinson on ‘The Arabs’

What lessons can the West learn by examining the history of the Arab experience through the voices and eyes of Arabs themselves?

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ariel Schalit

New Rule Allows West Bank Deportations

A new order from the Israel Defense Forces will enable the government to deport tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank. The military order defines anyone who is in the West Bank illegally as an “infiltrator,” and gives the IDF the ability to deport or arrest Palestinians without other cause.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 READ MORE


Debate: Hamas vs. Fatah

Many in the Western media present Palestinian politics as a primitive, suicide-bombing expression of anti-Israeli anger. But nothing could be further from the truth. Watch a long-form debate between the two largest political factions, Fatah and Hamas, as they discuss reconciliation and the future of resistance.

Posted on Apr 3, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Nasser Nasser

Abbas Walks the Talk

The prospect of Palestinian-Israeli “proximity talks” in the Middle East has hit another expected bump: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not attend any such talks unless Israel halts settlement construction.

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Tanya N

Israel Extends West Bank Lockdown

Israel has extended its lockdown on the occupied West Bank amid high tension between Palestinians and Israelis stemming from Israel’s announcement that it would construct 1,600 more homes on Palestinian land. The lockdown had been scheduled to end Saturday night.

Posted on Mar 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Nasser Shiyoukhi

Diplomacy by Proxy

A new round of “proximity talks” between Israel and the Palestinians may be announced as early as Monday, with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden expected to arrive in Israel on a mission to get indirect negotiations going between the two sides.

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Adel Hana

Congressman Walks Gaza, Urges Massive Aid

U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, D-Wash., has criticized the White House, Israel and even his congressional colleagues after three trips to the Gaza Strip, commenting on the lack of action by the international community and the ignorance that most U.S. politicians have toward the plight of the Palestinians.

Posted on Feb 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bernat Armangue

‘Avatar’ in the West Bank

Some Palestinians in Billin, the West Bank town famous for its civil disobedience, have taken a cue from the movie “Avatar.” Demonstrators have painted themselves blue, citing a parallel between their cause and that of the film’s indigenous protagonists, who fight against a foreign occupying force.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE


Israeli guard tower
AP / Emilio Morenatti

Two-State Dissolution

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is allegedly trying to sabotage the possibility of a two-state solution in the Middle East by insisting that Israel would continue to maintain a military presence along the borders of any future Palestinian state.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


Israeli guard tower
AP / Emilio Morenatti

Ben the Builder Has a New Fence in Mind

Possibly inspired by that thing on the U.S.-Mexican border, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that Israel will construct a $1.5 billion fence along sections of its border with Egypt, claiming it will “ensure the Jewish and democratic character” of Israel.

Posted on Jan 10, 2010 READ MORE


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