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Israel/Palestine

The west is safer for Jews than Israel (duh)

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Get out of Dodge! Two articles in the last week underscore a trend: secular Israeli Jews are leaving the country, because it’s dangerous and intolerant. Why isn’t the American press covering this story and urging US Jews to contemplate it.

Defending Apartheid: Then in South Africa, now in Palestine

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Apartheid in South Africa.

Beyond the shared “promised land” and “chosen people” rhetoric that has inspired both the Afrikaner and Zionist ideologies of racial, religious, and ethnic supremacy, so has that of land redemption through settler-colonialism and transplanting indigenous populations. The connective tissue between apartheid and Zionism is thick, and not only in that both European colonial ideologies were officially institutionalized and implemented against native peoples as government policy in

‘NYT’ headline implicating Hamas in teen killings is a lie

James North and Philip Weiss on
New York Times headquarters. (Photo: Wikimedia)

New York Times headline on evidence in Israeli courts — New Light on Hamas Role in Killings of Teenagers That Fueled Gaza War — lies when it suggests that Hamas is implicated in the filings. It is in fact exculpated of the operation by an investigator’s statement.

Tzipi Livni’s vacation nightmare

Phil Weiss and Annie Robbins on
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Tzipi Livni is Israel’s Justice Minister. Five years ago she was afraid to travel because of potential international prosecution for war crimes. But she’s on vacation in a Greek-speaking land, according to her Facebook page. Ofer Neiman translates: Tzipi Livni goes on vacation (apparently in Greece, maybe Cyprus), and discovers a “horrible” sign saying “Free

After ‘Operation Protective Edge': Self-healing in Gaza

Sarah Algherbawi on
A Palestinian returns to his house, which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli offensive, after a ceasefire was declared, in the east of Gaza City August 27, 2014. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)

Sarah Algherbawi writes about life in Gaza for the survivors of ‘Operation Protective Edge': “The war is over but to the survivors it has merely begun. I was jailed in my house for 50 days, it feels strange to deal with people again, to carry out the routine work we used to do…the simplest aspects of life are the most difficult now. I didn’t experience death. But now, I have the belief that many things can be more painful than death.”

Countdown to the next round in Gaza

Alex Kane on
Israeli soldiers stand on top of a Merkava tank stationed at an army deployment area along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip on July 26, 2014.  (Photo: GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)

The cease-fire that ended seven weeks of hell in Gaza is only two days old. But the countdown to the next round began as soon as the ink dried on the agreement between Israel and the Palestinian armed factions. The deep-rooted problems bedeviling the Palestinian people and Israel have not gone away. The only question is when that next spasm of violence breaks out.

The end of ‘Operation Protective Edge’

Rana Alshami on
My cousins and brothers were happy (Photo: Rana Alshami)

Rana Alshami writes from Gaza: Whatever was going on in Gaza for the past 51 days has finally ended. People can finally breathe, sleep, live! My family and I lived and experienced the worst of times, but we are still alive. We survived. When the official announcement of the ceasefire was finally announce I couldn‘t stop crying! I could not believe this nightmare was about to end soon. I couldn‘t believe I was alive for this moment. I couldn‘t believe I was going to see my parents and relatives again

This war was not a war, it was a massacre

Mohammad J. Abulriban and Justin Randle on
Destruction is seen from the bathroom of a Palestinian apartment in the northern Gaza Strip city of Beit Hanoun, on August 18, 2014.
(Photo: Thomas Coex/ AFP/Getty Image)

During a brief stint working for UNRWA in Israel Palestine a few years ago I came across a documentary film called ‘No Sharp Objects’. Made by the UN agency, it is about 15 children from Gaza who travel to the US. They meet politicians, go to New York, visit the UN and the Holocaust museum and meet American

The Palestinian message to Israel: Deal with us justly. Or disappear

Jeff Halper on
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (Photo: AP)

Until Operation Protective Edge, most of the “messaging” regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, certainly that which broke through the mainstream media, came from the Israeli side. That now has changed. Hamas not only confronted the Israeli Occupation but has also seized the political initiative from it. In stark contrast to Abbas, who has declared security cooperation with Israel to be “sacred” and who passively allows Israel to maintain its massive matrix of Israeli highways in the occupied territories spelling the end of the two-state solution, Hamas has sent a clear and forceful message to Israel: We won’t submit even if you kill us. Deal with us justly – or disappear

‘Get me out of the rubble, please, I’m alive’

Ishraq Othman on
Talal's 11-year son standing on the wreckage of Gehad's house

Amid leveled-down houses, on his half-cracked wooden chair, with every sip of his wretched cigarette, a sigh burst. And the flashback of that sore scene with her voice echoing overwhelmed his words which clobbered all languages. His wrinkled face, mingled with melancholy, can deeply be delved into. Prefacing his heartbreaking story with her last words ever,

Israel’s information iron dome

Yarden Katz on
Yedioth Aharonoth front page story (July 10, 2014) showing an Iron Dome unit in operation. Main headline reads, "Dome of Gold". Red headline on top reads: "5 million Israelis under threat of rockets from Gaza Strip (updates on-ynet)"

It is widely assumed that a free press should report accurate and relevant information to the population, and act as ‘watchdog’ of power in the name of public interest. The reporting of secret government surveillance programs leaked by Edward Snowden rekindled a debate in the U.S. concerning the role of the free press, and the