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  • Using early Zionists’ script, Jewish volunteers aim to empower West Bank Palestinians

    June 16, 2015 | 2:56 pm

    They dig their fingers into the dirt, their knees bearing into the ground as they embed sprigs of thyme in identical rows. The sun beats down on the small plot, and the work can be tedious, but these volunteers — most of them American, most of them Jewish — plant with a purpose.

    ...
  • Israeli, Palestinian economies to grow by billions with two-state solution

    June 8, 2015 | 1:14 pm

    Israel’s economy would gain $120 billion and the Palestinian economy some $50 billion over the next decade in a two-state solution, a study has found.

    A peace agreement could also see Palestinian income rise by 36 percent and Israeli by 5 percent, according to the Rand Corp. ...

  • U.N. report cites Israel crimes against children, no consensus on listing

    June 5, 2015 | 3:36 pm

    U.N. agencies in Israel and the Palestinian territories reported an alarming number of child victims in last year's war in the Gaza Strip but were split on whether Israel should be put on a list of violators of children's rights, a U.N. document said.

    The 22-page confidential...

  • Obama is hurt? So is Israel

    By David Suissa

    June 4, 2015 | 4:29 pm

    There’s been a lot of talk lately about how President Barack Obama feels hurt and misunderstood by Israel and by many Jews in the pro-Israel community. The storyline is that those Jews simply don’t appreciate how “Jewish” the president really is and how much he cares for the Jews...

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  • Who won the Six-Day War?

    June 4, 2015 | 2:21 pm

    Forty-eight years ago, on June 5, 1967, I sat in a malben, a home for the elderly, on the border of Jerusalem, at 106 Chevron St. in Talpiot. How did I get there? After graduating college, I went to Israel to study in a yeshiva before entering rabbinical school. We studied Talmud...

  • Path to Israeli-Palestinian peace starts with meeting the neighbors

    June 3, 2015 | 3:03 pm

    Palestinian peace activist Ali Abu Awwad shared the stage with an Israeli settler on May 28 as part of his ongoing attempt to accomplish what some might consider the unbelievable. 

    “I couldn’t imagine that one day, I would be standing next to a settler, talking about any hope,”...

  • Exposing BDS

    By David Suissa

    June 3, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    On March 4, 2009, during a Q&A session at Ottawa University, Omar Barghouti, the founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, made a confession that you can watch on YouTube.

    “I do not buy into the two-state solution,” Barghouti, a Palestinian who studied at...

  • Palestinian NGO denies Hamas ties, threatens Israel with lawsuit

    June 2, 2015 | 2:53 pm

    The British-based Palestinian Return Center on Tuesday threatened Israel's U.N. mission with legal action after the Jewish state accused it of having ties to the Palestinian militant group Hamas, an allegation the group said was false.

    The Israeli accusations came after a United...

  • Obama: Netanyahu’s Palestine stance erodes Israel’s credibility

    June 2, 2015 | 11:57 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's terms for diplomacy that might lead to a Palestinian state meant Israel had lost international credibility as a potential peacemaker.

    Obama also suggested that continued U.S. diplomatic defense for...

  • Amnesty International: Hamas committed war crimes against Gaza civilians

    May 26, 2015 | 6:06 pm

    Amnesty International said in a report on Wednesday that Islamist Hamas committed war crimes against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip during last year's war with Israel.

    A ceasefire last August ended 50 days of fighting between Gaza militants and Israel in which health...

  • Netanyahu offers to resume peace talks with settlement focus, official says

    May 26, 2015 | 9:38 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed resuming peace negotiations with the Palestinians but with the initial focus on identifying those Jewish settlements that Israel would keep and be allowed to expand, an Israeli official said on Tuesday.

    Peace talks collapsed in April...

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

    By Jared Sichel

    May 21, 2015 | 12:11 pm

    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

    May 21, 2015 | 10:34 am

    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

    May 20, 2015 | 11:33 am

    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

    May 20, 2015 | 6:53 am

    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...

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

    May 19, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    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

    May 19, 2015 | 12:15 pm

    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?

    May 19, 2015 | 9:36 am

    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

    May 18, 2015 | 2:17 pm

    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

    May 18, 2015 | 12:48 pm

    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

    May 18, 2015 | 12:19 pm

    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

    May 15, 2015 | 12:05 pm

    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

    May 15, 2015 | 10:18 am

    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

    May 14, 2015 | 4:14 pm

    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

    May 14, 2015 | 3:29 pm

    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

    May 14, 2015 | 1:44 pm

    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

    May 14, 2015 | 8:34 am

    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

    May 12, 2015 | 11:09 am

    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

    May 11, 2015 | 12:23 pm

    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

    May 5, 2015 | 5:03 pm

    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...

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