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  • UC President Janet Napolitano wants UC to regard some anti-Israel views as anti-Semitic

    By Jared Sichel

    3 days ago

    On the final day of a meeting in San Francisco among the University of California’s Board of Regents, UC President Janet Napolitano said in a radio interview with 90.9 WBUR in Boston that her “personal view” is that the UC should adopt the State Department’s definition of...

  • Netanyahu renews support for two-state solution with Palestinians

    3 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed his commitment on Wednesday to a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after backtracking on that pledge during a heated campaign for a March election.

    Speaking as he met with European Union foreign policy chief...

  • Racism in Israeli soccer? Join the (reprehensible) club

    4 days ago

    When delegates from FIFA’s 209 member states vote next week on a motion to suspend Israel from international soccer, they’ll base their decision on three Palestinian claims:

    • That Israel unjustly restricts Palestinian soccer players’ travel
    • That Israel fields teams in West...
  • FIFA’s Blatter sketches compromise in Israeli-Palestinian dispute

    4 days ago

    The head of world soccer's governing body said on Wednesday Israel had proposed easing travel restrictions for Palestinian players but the head of the Palestine FA insisted he would pursue a move to have Israel suspended from FIFA.

    After meeting Palestinian Authority President...

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  • Will Vatican’s Palestine reference impact Jewish-Catholic ties?

    5 days ago

    When considering the Vatican’s creep toward recognition of Palestinian statehood, think “Israel-Vatican” and not “Jewish-Catholic,” say Jewish officials involved in dialogue with the church.

    A May 13 announcement on an agreement regarding the functioning of the church in areas...

  • Israel reborn: we were there

    By Tom Tugend

    5 days ago

    In mid-May of 1948, I was walking down Market Street in San Francisco when I passed a small movie theater that screened only newsreels.

    The outside marquee announced “The Jews Fight for Their State.” For the first time it fully hit me that the Jews — commonly dismissed at the...

  • Could Israel really be barred from world soccer?

    5 days ago

    Israel’s diplomatic battles have spread to the soccer field.

    On May 29, FIFA, the body that governs world soccer, will vote on whether to suspend Israel from international play. FIFA’s 209-member countries will vote on a motion tabled by the Palestinian Football Association,...

  • Vatican seeks to quiet uproar over Pope’s ‘angel of peace’ remark

    6 days ago

    Every word counts in the delicate diplomacy of the Middle East, where negotiators have often resorted to creative ambiguity.

    So Pope Francis’ sotto voce greeting to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting at the Vatican on Saturday, in which he referred to...

  • In Tel Aviv, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales likes Israel but stays neutral

    6 days ago

    In 2003, two years after the website was founded, the editors of Wikipedia faced a dilemma: How should they refer to the part-fence, part-wall Israel was building along the West Bank border?

    The article’s first iteration — published amid the bloody second intifada, or Palestinian...

  • Europe wants central role in Middle East peace, Mogherini says

    6 days ago

    The European Union wants a more active role in seeking peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the bloc's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday on the eve of her first visit to the region.

    Six months into her tenure, the 41-year-old former Italian foreign...

  • Postcards on an American-Jewish identity in Israel

    1 week ago

    Andrew Lustig, a Jewish spoken word artist, wrote this piece intending it to be performed — to be spoken. It was first performed on stage at a ChaiPowered storytelling event at LimmudUK. Illustrator Lon Levin created the artwork in collaboration with Lustig.

    I am 16 … 

    ...
  • Blatter fears Israel vote could set dangerous precedent

    1 week ago

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter is worried that a dangerous precedent will be set if the Palestinian Authority goes ahead and asks for a vote to suspend Israel at the annual Congress of soccer's governing body on May 29.

    Blatter, who is standing for re-election at the Congress, said...

  • Obama says Israel-Palestinian two-state solution ‘vital’ for peace

    1 week ago

    President Barack Obama said on Thursday he continues to believe a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians was "absolutely vital" for achieving Middle East peace.

    Obama said he believed the two-state option was also the best for the long-term security of Israel. He acknowledged the prospect of a peace accord "seems distant now," noting that a number of members of the new Israeli government did not share the view that a two-state solution was viable.

  • A settler’s Nakba

    1 week ago

    Dispatches From Judea and Samaria: first in a series

    How does a passionate, religious Zionist who is also committed to Israel-Palestinian reconciliation and dialogue deal with nakba, the Arabic term for the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians during the founding of...

  • Rubio: Conditions do not exist today for two-state solution

    1 week ago

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a candidate for the Republican nomination for president, said he would not pursue a two-state solution for the Israel-Palestinian conflict right now.

    “I don’t think the conditions exist for that today,” Rubio said Wednesday during a...

  • Vatican move on Palestine adds fuel to European debate

    1 week ago

    The Vatican's decision to recognize the state of Palestine in a treaty for the first time has drawn a stern response from Israel, but it may usher in a freer debate in Europe about how to proceed on the vexed Palestinian question.

    The Holy See has referred to Palestine since...

  • Israeli general sees common interests with Hamas

    2 weeks ago

    Israel and Hamas share common interests, and the Palestinian Islamists must stay in power in the Gaza Strip to prevent the enclave descending into chaos, an Israeli general was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

    Major-General Sami Turgeman, who as commander of Israel's forces outside...

  • When the Knesset tries to muzzle free speech

    2 weeks ago

    I am a product of the '60's. I demonstrated against the Viet Nam war, marched for civil rights and against racism. I have boycotted lettuce and grapes, in support of the United Farmworkers; Dow, for manufacturing napalm during the Viet Nam war; Coors, for discriminatory hiring...

  • Tribute outshines controversy at UCLA Heschel conference

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    During the two weeks leading up to a major conference at UCLA to honor the late rabbi and civil rights leader Abraham Joshua Heschel, controversy swirled around one of the event’s two keynote speakers — Cornel West — an outspoken academic who severely criticized Israel during its...

  • Israel’s business community braces for sanctions

    April 16, 2015 | 2:12 pm

    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...

  • 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.

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