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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Palestinians embrace Valentine’s Day

    February 12, 2015 | 4:36 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Despite financial crises, budget shortages and protests over funds withheld, West  Bank sales of flowers, perfumes,  and chocolates are expected to soar as Palestinians prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Saturday.

    It’s...

  • What BDS Overlooked: Sponsors of terrorism within the University of California Endowment

    February 11, 2015 | 9:17 am

    On February 8th, the University of California Student Association Congress voted to divest holdings in the UC endowment from specific companies operating with or within Israel. The association also called for divestment from holdings in the governments of the United States, Mexico,...

  • Swedish, Palestinian leaders to meet after row with Israel

    February 10, 2015 | 8:50 am

    President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Sweden's new prime minister on Tuesday to further international support for his cause after the Nordic state infuriated Israel when it became the first major European country to recognize Palestine as a state.

    Social Democrat Prime Minister...

  • U.N. ex-envoy: Months left to avoid a one-state reality

    February 6, 2015 | 2:35 pm

    Robert Serry, the United Nation’s outgoing special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, said Israel and the Palestinian territories have months to avoid a one-state reality.

    Serry, a Dutch diplomat who has served in his post for the past seven years, made the statement...

  • Voices of conflict arise in ‘Wrestling Jerusalem’

    By Avishay Artsy

    February 4, 2015 | 3:23 pm

    “It’s complicated,” Aaron Davidman says as he paces a bare stage at the beginning of “Wrestling Jerusalem.” The playwright and actor recounts the pivotal moments in Israel’s history — the 1948 War of Independence that Palestinians call “The Catastrophe,” the Six-Day War of 1967,...

  • Israeli intel unit drops soldiers who refused to spy on Palestinians

    January 26, 2015 | 11:03 am

    Israel's top military electronic surveillance unit expelled dozens of veterans on Monday for refusing to spy on Palestinians living in the West Bank, Army Radio said.

    The commander of Unit 8200, named as Brigadier-General "A," barred the 43 reserve soldiers who wrote to Prime...

  • U.N. says cash to repair Gaza homes will run out by month’s end

    January 22, 2015 | 10:55 am

    The U.N. agency in charge of aiding Palestinians will run out of money by the end of January to repair homes in Gaza damaged in the 2014 war with Israel, worsening an already dire humanitarian situation, an agency spokesman said on Thursday.

    The United Nations Relief and Works...

  • At least 12 injured, four critically, in stabbing spree on Tel Aviv bus

    January 21, 2015 | 9:36 am

    At least 12 people were wounded, some seriously, when a Palestinian man stabbed passengers and the driver on a Tel Aviv bus.

    Four victims, including the driver, remained in serious condition following the Wednesday morning attack on the No. 40 bus. Initial reports said 12 to 21...

  • Turkish PM says Israeli ‘provocations’ radicalizing Muslim world

    January 16, 2015 | 9:40 am

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu accused his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday of terrorism and said Israeli "provocations" such as the bombardment of Gaza were contributing to radicalization in the Muslim world.

    "He himself killed, his army killed children...

  • Why there’s no Charlie Hebdo in Israel

    By Simone Wilson

    January 14, 2015 | 10:57 am

    In the hours that followed the deadly attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, cartoonists around the world paid tribute in the best way they knew how: through their own sketches. Solidarity cartoons showed pencils as World Trade Center towers; pencils as guns;...

  • Gaps in Israeli and Palestinian health care

    January 12, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    On average, Israelis live ten years longer than Palestinians, and Israel spends ten times as much money as the Palestinian Authority does. In Israel, mortality rates for both mothers and babies are lower, and there are far more...

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