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Political analyst: Upcoming Palestinian elections last chance to end internal divide

Isra Saleh El-Namy on
A Palestinian woman casts her vote for the municipal elections at a polling station in Al-Bireh, a town adjacent to the West Bank city of Ramallah, on October 20, 2012. Hamas boycotted the elections that year. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/APA Images)

Fatah and Hamas reached consensus in July to hold municipal elections on October 8th. The agreement came about amid reconciliation efforts aimed at ending internal Palestinian political divisions. Hani el-Massri, a Palestinian political analyst based in Gaza, believes this election cycle is the last best chance to settle the division.

Tribute to a Palestinian ‘Gandhi’ — Mahmoud Abu Rahma of Al Mezan

Pam Bailey on

Mahmoud Abu Rahma, who was attacked last week The unrecognized heroes of Palestine are the human rights investigators.  Their job is to investigate and expose the atrocities committed against their people, no matter who the perpetrator — Israeli or Palestinian. Nine times out of 10, they are stymied, stonewalled at every step. Or — worse. […]

Bipartisanship at last: U.S. politicians line up to castigate Palestinian unity deal

Alex Kane on

In stark contrast to partisan wrangling over the budget and women’s rights, Democrats and Republicans are lining up to demand the cut-off of U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority as a response to the reported unity deal between Hamas and Fatah. Expect the Obama administration to take heed and agree with Congress–especially with the 2012 […]

Only serious dissent on the Palestinian street will change the game: Former PLO negotiator Diana Buttu on the ‘Palestine Papers’ and the Egyptian uprising

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The publication of nearly 1,700 leaked files by Al Jazeera on negotiations between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority has been largely overshadowed by the uprising in Egypt. But that doesn’t mean they don’t matter for the future of Israel/Palestine. I recently caught up with Diana Buttu, a former spokesperson for the Palestine Liberation […]

The intellectual dishonesty of Benny Morris: Blame the Palestinians, always

Matthew Taylor on

Slog through Benny Morris’ latest screed about who’s to blame for the collapse of the two state solution at your own risk… It’s like a ride on a quadruple loop roller coaster. The twists and turns of the rampant intellectual dishonesty, complete with the requisite comparison of “dealing with the Palestinians is like appeasing Hitler,” will […]