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May 2009

Obama and Kerry both ‘get it’

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Two women I’ve talked to in Gaza have offered me similar reports on both Senator John Kerry, who visited Gaza in February, and President Obama, who is about to come out to Cairo: that these powerful men both “get” the…

Violence and Repression, from occupied Safa to Tel Aviv

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Max Blumenthal reporting for Mondoweiss from Israel and the occupied territories: TEL AVIV–Violence erupted in the Palestinian town of Safa today as fanatical masked settlers from the Jewish settlement of Bat Ayin set upon a group of activists from the…

‘The Hill’ reporter responds to post on reporting bias

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Bridget Johnson responded to my post on her reporting in The Hill entitled “‘The Hill’ covers Obama-Abbas meeting with a Likudnik spin.” She requested that we run the following correction and clarification, which we’re happy to do. Johnson: “I used…

Germany mimics Obama Administration on settlements

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Bruce Wolman writes from Norway: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier demanded an end to all settlement building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank in an interview with the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung, published on Saturday, and then widely distributed…

According to WaPo, Obama has turned Abbas into a hardliner

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Bruce Wolman writes: President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority came to Washington yesterday to meet President Obama. As a warm-up for his big event at the White House, he sat down for an interview with the two editors of…

Holy Land Foundation trial reflects misguided US policy towards Hamas

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From Scott McConnell: A Dallas judge has meted out heavy sentences to five Arab American men, associated with the Holy Land Foundation, for funneling $12 million to Hamas, designated by the US government as a terror organization. The defendants maintained…

‘The Hill’ covers Obama-Abbas meeting with a Likudnik spin

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Yesterday, the well respected Capitol Hill newspaper The Hill ran an article entitled “Before Obama-Abbas meeting, members chime in.” The article, written by online editor Bridget Johnson, offered a state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict inside the beltway leading up to…

Gaza is alive

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My group got into Gaza two days ago, and it feels like a month already. I think the most significant impression I can convey is my surprise at how vibrant and alive the place is. I’d steeled myself to see…

Abbas meets with Obama today, but does it matter?

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Last week’s meeting between Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama was a circus. Surrounded by intense media scrutiny and intrigue, the meeting was preceded and followed by endless speculation and analysis. Today’s meeting with Mahmoud Abbas? Not so much. The face…

Iran discussion takes center stage

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The commentary on the Iran/US/Israel triangle is coming fast and furious. It’s too much for me to try to put together into a coherent post, so I thought I’d just give a rundown and links. We can sort it out…

Is this getting stabbed in the back or the front?

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I guess it should maybe come as no surprise, but criticism of President Obama’s Middle East policy has come from an unlikely source – one of his special envoys tasked with carrying it out. Ha’aretz is reporting that in his…