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  • Israel rejects Kerry’s proposed cease-fire

    6 hours ago

    Israel rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s cease-fire proposal.

    “We are not announcing that it has been achieved tonight,” Kerry said in Cairo on Friday night. “The world is watching tragic moment after tragic moment unfold and wondering when both sides are going to...

  • Blaming Birthright for a Gaza death

    2 days ago

    Is Birthright Israel to blame for the death of Max Steinberg, one of two American Israeli soldiers killed in the war in Gaza?

    That’s the assertion of Allison Benedikt, a senior editor at Slate, who first provoked Israel supporters in 2011 with an angry and rambling essay about...

  • Obama tells Kerry to broker ‘immediate’ cease-fire in Gaza

    4 days ago

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to push for an “immediate cessation of hostilities” between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    “As I’ve said many times, Israel has a right to defend itself against rocket and tunnel attacks from Hamas,”...

  • Backstreet Boys scrap Israel shows due to Gaza crisis

    4 days ago

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Backstreet Boys canceled three sold-out concerts in Israel due to the Gaza conflict.

    The American pop band posted a message Sunday on its official website announcing the cancellation of the July 29-31 concerts at the Raanana Amphitheater “to assure the...

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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 11, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    This week, I would like to introduce you to a beautiful initiative called Budo for Peace (BFP.) It is a registered Israeli educational NPO which uses traditional martial arts to connect and bring together children and youth from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

    ...

  • How John Kerry destroyed what Scarlett Johansson built

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 12, 2014 | 8:30 am

    In her response to the criticism of her collaboration with SodaStream, Scarlett Johansson gave a winning argument: “I remain a supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine. SodaStream is a company that is not only committed to...

  • The UN launched its “International Year of Solidarity with Palestinians,” in yet another biased act

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 21, 2014 | 12:09 pm

    On Thursday, the United Nations launched the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On their official announcement, they stated that senior officials “urging that the observance be used to redouble efforts to achieve a durable peace between Israel and...

  • The Value of Life

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 19, 2013 | 11:43 am

    “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” (Golda Meir. Statement to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 1957)

    On Monday, Amal Haniyeh, the granddaughter of Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was hospitalized in Israel in...

  • Joint Israeli-Palestinian film broadcast simultaneously on Channel 2 and Ma’an

    October 2, 2013 | 10:59 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    United by the small screen, Israelis and Palestinians will transcend their divisions this week when “Under the Same Sun,” a film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is broadcast simultaneously on Israel’s Channel 2 and the...

  • Meet our future diplomats!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 21, 2013 | 12:17 pm

    Last week, the IsraMUN conference, the first academic international MUN (Model Uniited Nations*) in Israel, takes place in Rishon LeZion, Israel. This year’s IsraMUN theme is “Modernity and Traditionalism," when the aim of the conference is "to raise awareness to the importance of ...

  • The faces of the conflict: last night’s images

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 14, 2013 | 9:38 am

    A lot has been said about the renewal of the peace talks. In the past few weeks, newspapers were filled with commentary from Middle-East specialists, discussing the chances of failure or success. Some dismissed the possibility of an agreement; some asked us to give peace a chance....

  • Is it the time to stop looking back and start looking forward?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 31, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    A few weeks ago, I sat in on a deep conversation with Mahmod, a friend of mine from school, and an Arab who lives in Israel. We talked about the current situation between Jews, Arabs and Palestinians in Israel and exchanged opinions about possible solutions.  Up until then, Mahmod...

  • Israel, Palestinians deeply divided despite renewed peace talks

    July 31, 2013 | 8:54 am

    Israel and the Palestinians remain far apart over terms of any peace deal, officials from both sides made clear on Wednesday, a day after talks resumed in Washington for the first time in nearly three years.

    Israel's lead negotiator, Tzipi Livni, said the parties "need to build...

  • Kerry names Indyk to top peace negotiator post

    July 29, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry named Martin Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, as his special envoy on Middle East peace.

    Kerry appointed Indyk on Monday, hours before talks were to resume for the first time since 2010.

    “Ambassador Indyk brings to this challenge his deep...

  • Skeptical yet hopeful- the days after Kerry’s announcement

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 22, 2013 | 6:03 am

    Kerry's announcement on Friday surely drew everybody's attention. It came out of nowhere. While the people of Israel were sitting on their couches, loosening their belts after their Shabbat dinners, and glancing at their Smartphones, it suddenly hit us- the negotiation is being...

  • Zombies solved the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    July 15, 2013 | 3:15 pm

    Recently, I went to see “World War Z,” a typical Hollywood blockbuster with a fairly typical theme — zombies. Now, a quick note to all you non-film buffs out there: Zombie films are never about zombies; they are about the societal pressures of the day. The basic premise of the film...

  • When the conflict becomes a routine

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 25, 2013 | 12:43 pm

    This week, I came across a story that drew my attention: missiles were fired from Gaza into southern Israel. I came across this story from a Facebook status of a friend, and later noticed that it got a very minor coverage in the morning paper the following day.

    When I noticed...

  • A message to the world – an interview with Michael Dickson, Israel Director of StandWithUs

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 18, 2013 | 12:37 pm

    On June 17th, StandWithUs celebrated the graduation of their 1000th student ambassador (or "fellow" as they call it,) and seven years of activity in Israel. The event featured Olympic Gold Medalist, Noam Gershony, alongside other well-known International-Israeli figures, and...

  • Border clashes may make it hard for Israel to steer clear of Syria conflict

    June 10, 2013 | 11:35 am

    For much of the past two years, Israel has taken a singular approach to the Syrian civil war: Stay as far away as possible.

    But with a recent string of victories by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and the crumbling of the U.N. peacekeeping force that has kept the peace...

  • Qatar: Arab Spring makes Israeli-Palestinian peace more pressing

    May 20, 2013 | 11:51 am

    Qatar's emir, who has thrown his state's riches behind Arab uprisings, said on Monday that the emergence of 'people power' had put Arabs in direct confrontation with Israel and made a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict more pressing.

    "We heard in the past that reform...

  • Kerry: Two-year window is maximum for two-state solution

    April 18, 2013 | 11:01 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress he sees a maximum two-year window to bring about a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Kerry delivered his remarks Wednesday to a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

    Answering a...

  • Israeli Soldiers Stories- touring the States, spreading the truth

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 3, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    In recent years, Israel haters spread anti-Israeli propaganda  via social networks and during IAW, which is filled with false information and contains mainly lies about the IDF.

    Truth is, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have over 700,000 citizen soldiers and reservists, who are...

  • This conflict CAN end!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 13, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    In the past couple of weeks, I have encountered a record number of hateful messages, written by Palestinians, calling me a terrorist and a killer and wishing for my immediate death. Up until a couple of weeks ago, I thought that the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was...

  • Arrests made in Jewish-on-Arab violence

    March 4, 2013 | 6:35 am

    Arrests have been made in two instances of Jewish-on-Arab violence.

    Four Jewish teens were arrested in Tiberias on Monday for their alleged role in an attack on an Arab street cleaner in Tel Aviv. The worker, who was cleaning the city's popular seaside promenade when the incident...

  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Historical experiences and perception

    February 13, 2013 | 1:44 pm

    Brief synopsis: The most puzzling aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be that after 65 years of violence, enmity and suffering, it remains unresolved when coexistence is inevitable and a two-state solution remains the only viable option. Although there are many...

  • Fairy tales won’t bring peace: A tale of ‘Five Broken Cameras’

    February 12, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    Five Broken Cameras (2011), a documentary currently up for a 2013 Oscar and co-directed by the film’s narrator and videographer, Palestinian Emad Burnat, and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi, attempts to erase the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film unfolds as a...

  • Schoolbooks ingrain Israeli-Palestinian enmity, study says

    February 4, 2013 | 9:53 am

    Israelis and Palestinians depict each other in schoolbooks as an enemy and largely deny their adversary's history and existence, according to a U.S. government-funded study published on Monday.

    Young minds are inheriting a century-old struggle for land and legitimacy through...

  • Oscar contenders focus on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    By Tom Tugend

    January 22, 2013 | 1:02 pm

    Two films on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are in the final lap of five Oscar contenders for best documentary feature.

    “The Gatekeepers” is told from the perspective of the six men who headed Israel’s Shin Bet internal security and counter-terrorism apparatus over the past...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 14, 2013 | 10:10 am

    Let it snow!

    As you probably already know, the past week was the stormiest week Israel has seen in years. The rain poured for five straight days, as streets were flooded, trees collapsed, and we were freezing! We are not used to such a cold, stormy winter, in our mostly warm...

  • When balance becomes betrayal

    November 29, 2012 | 11:55 am

    Universalism, Cynthia Ozick once noted, has become the particularism of the Jews. Increasingly, our most fundamental belief about ourselves is that we dare not care about ourselves any more than we can about others. Noble Jews have moved beyond difference.

    This inability to...

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