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  • Israel’s business community braces for sanctions

    3 weeks ago

    Just one week before the Israeli election, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat sent an angry letter to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. 

    Erekat was furious that Paris-based Société Anonyme Française d’Etude de Gestion et d’Entreprises (SAFEGE), an engineering...

  • Gaza police seize Banksy painting in legal row

    April 9, 2015 | 10:13 am

    Palestinian police confiscated a bombed-out doorway bearing a Banksy painting  from a Gaza graffiti artist on Thursday after the original owner complained of being swindled into selling it cheap.

    The artist Belal Khaled had paid 700 shekels ($175) for the image of a goddess...

  • France set to propose new Palestinian state resolution at UN

    April 9, 2015 | 9:58 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    The French government has seen a window of opportunity, after recent elections in Israel, to get the United States on board for a renewed effort toward an Israeli-Palestinian settlement, and is preparing a draft United Nations...

  • Two Israeli soldiers stabbed in West Bank, attacker killed

    April 8, 2015 | 8:27 am

    Israeli troops shot and killed a Palestinian man in the West Bank after he stabbed and injured two soldiers, one of them critically.

    The knife-wielding attacker stabbed the seriously hurt soldier in the neck on Wednesday morning near the settlements of Shiloh and Ofra, Army Radio...

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  • Blatter hopes to persuade Palestine FA to drop Israel complaint

    April 7, 2015 | 11:48 am

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter says he will attempt to persuade the Palestine Football Association to withdraw a bid to get Israel suspended from world football's governing body.

    Blatter said he would meet with the association's president Jibril Rajoub in Cairo on Tuesday in an...

  • Parents Circle members united by universal love and pain

    By Ryan Torok

    April 1, 2015 | 2:43 pm

    Robi Damelin didn’t know what to do when her 28-year-old son David was killed by Palestinian sniper fire in 2002 while serving in the Israel Defense Forces’ reserves.

    “My whole life changed, [as did] my sense of priorities,” Damelin told a group at IKAR during Shabbat morning...

  • Is U.S.-Israel crisis a speed bump or sign of a long-term conflict?

    March 30, 2015 | 10:16 am

    President Barack Obama’s refusal to accept Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ostensible recommitment to a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has watchers of the U.S.-Israel relationship wondering if the recent crisis is a mere speed bump or a sign of a...

  • Will Netanyahu join partners’ push for the poor?

    March 30, 2015 | 9:44 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel got his wish in last week’s elections: a larger and more stable right-wing government marching in lockstep on security and diplomacy.

    But while the coming coalition may be more unified when it comes to the conflict with the...

  • Restarting the U.S.-Israel relationship depends on Palestinians too

    March 26, 2015 | 1:29 pm

    As someone who was critical of several steps by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the campaign leading up to his reelection, particularly his decision to address Congress and his statement seeming to reject a Palestinian state, I am even more troubled by statements...

  • Obama: Differences with Israel’s Netanyahu not personal

    March 24, 2015 | 1:26 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that his differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not personal but are based on fundamental policy differences over Middle East peace.

    Obama said it was hard to envision a path to a...

  • Obama says two-state deal unlikely after Netanyahu’s comments

    March 24, 2015 | 12:56 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that it was difficult to envision how a Palestinian state could be formed following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's negative comments during his recent re-election campaign.

    Netanyahu has sought to walk back comments made before the election campaign that a Palestinian state would not be established on his watch. Obama told a news conference that even after that "corrective," the prospects of a two-state deal appeared dim.

  • Arab world disappointed with Netanyahu victory

    March 24, 2015 | 10:34 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Any hopes that the Israeli election would lead to a new initiative for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have been dashed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election for a fourth term. The disappointment is especially...

  • Congress aims to fund Israeli-Palestinian program using Northern Ireland model

    March 23, 2015 | 9:35 am

    A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress would seed $50 million a year to promote civil society engagement between Israelis and Palestinians.

    The bill “would establish a multi-national fund to support grassroots programs that promote peace and reconciliation in the region,” said...

  • U.S. not speaking at U.N. rights debate on Israel, Palestinians

    March 23, 2015 | 9:10 am

    The United States will not take the floor at the main U.N. human rights forum on Monday during the annual debate on violations committed in the Palestinian territories, as part of a previous agreement not to speak.

    The European Union, however, reiterated "the urgency of renewed,...

  • Israelis are not that weird

    By David Suissa

    March 19, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    Peace lovers everywhere are depressed about all those Israelis who voted for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Some of these peace lovers are in near hysterics because, well, they're so sure of themselves. They're sure that a vote for Bibi was a vote against peace, and that a vote...

  • Netanyahu: I haven’t changed policy on Palestinian state

    March 19, 2015 | 11:04 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied on Thursday abandoning his commitment to the eventual creation of a Palestinian state, backing away from comments he made during his re-election campaign that drew sharp criticism from Israel's ally the United States.

    "I haven't...

  • White House says evaluating path forward after Netanyahu’s comments

    March 19, 2015 | 10:57 am

    The White House said on Thursday that it is evaluating its path forward following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's comments that he was backing away from a two-state solution.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters it is clear that Netanyahu during his campaign walked back from his previous commitment to a two-state solution with Palestinians.

  • Anti-Israel ad can be barred from Seattle buses, appeals court rules

    March 18, 2015 | 12:32 pm

    County officials in Seattle can prohibit an advertisement criticizing Israeli policies toward Palestinians from appearing on local buses without violating constitutional protections on free speech, a U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday.

    In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit...

  • Palestinians disappointed with Israeli election results

    March 18, 2015 | 10:33 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Palestinians throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are unhappy about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dramatic win in the Israeli election results favoring the right, as it seems to set back the chances for a...

  • Netanyahu vows to stop ‘Palestinian continuity’ toward Jerusalem

    March 16, 2015 | 12:27 pm

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Har Homa, Jerusalem – Standing on an apartment balcony beneath an olive tree overlooking the green hills between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a hastily convened news conference in this...

  • Israel: Democracy in action

    By David Suissa

    March 16, 2015 | 12:00 pm

    The messy and chaotic atmosphere that has permeated the election season in Israel has made it easy to overlook one simple fact – Israel’s neighbors are jealous of this very mess.

    "We really envy the Israelis,” a veteran Palestinian journalist told Khaled Abu Toameh of the...

  • Lieberman says Israel should execute Arabs who carry out deadly attacks

    March 11, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday execution should be Israel's answer to deadly "Arab terror," adding more fire to an election campaign in which he has suggested disloyal Israeli Arabs should be beheaded.

    The far-right politician turned his focus to...

  • Where is Obama’s grand vision?

    By David Suissa

    March 5, 2015 | 12:17 pm

    For a man who got elected on grand visions and “hope” and “change,” President Barack Obama has brought little hope to the people of the Middle East.

    Obama’s first move was grand enough, when he reached out to Muslim and Arab leaders with an apologetic speech in Cairo. The...

  • A statement from UCLA’s chancellor on recent incidents of bias

    February 24, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    To the Campus Community:

    I have been troubled by recent incidents of bias on campuses across our nation. Sadly, UCLA is not immune to these occurrences.

    At a recent Undergraduate Students Association Council meeting, a few council members unfairly questioned the fitness of a...

  • Doing downward dog in Ramallah

    February 24, 2015 | 1:21 pm

    Inhale your arms up into warrior one. Exhale and extend your arms into warrior two.

    I followed the instructor’s soft but firm voice as she led me and five other women through the yoga poses, and the deep breathing helped to calm my nerves. The large tiled room was gently lit...

  • Netanyahu’s main challenger to focus on his own security credentials

    February 24, 2015 | 10:08 am

    Battling Benjamin Netanyahu's accusations that he is soft on national security, the Israeli prime minister's main election rival said on Tuesday he would boost efforts to focus voters on his own military and strategic credentials.

    Isaac Herzog, who heads the center-left Zionist...

  • Kerry warns on viability of Palestinian Authority if Israel blocks funds

    February 23, 2015 | 8:46 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday expressed concern about the viability of the Palestinian Authority if it does not soon receive tax revenue which has been withheld by Israel.

    The funds have been held back from the Authority since last month in retaliation for...

  • Stanford president: No topic “more divisive” than BDS

    February 20, 2015 | 10:28 am

    At a Feb. 19 meeting of Stanford University's Academic (Faculty) Senate, Stanford University President John Hennessy addressed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS)  issue that has roiled the Stanford campus in recent weeks. Here is his statement:

    This past Tuesday evening,...

  • Israel Factor: Obama’s Palestinian policy ‘bad’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 19, 2015 | 3:45 am

    Three weeks ago, when the Netanyahu speech scandal was still fresh, we asked our Israel Factor panel of experts if Netanyahu should go to Washington or stay home. The verdict was quite clear: he should not go. But we did not reveal the other questions that the panel was asked. And...

  • Boycott tests depth of Palestinian market

    February 17, 2015 | 11:23 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Responding to Israel's decision to withhold tax and tariff revenue it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, Palestinian officials have initiated a boycott against products manufactured by six leading Israeli...

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