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  • PLO’s Abbas inadvertently reveals true intentions?

    1 day ago

    In a press release advertising an upcoming speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at New York’s Cooper Union, organizers write that Abbas will address, among other things, “Why violent protest is the best method by which Palestinians should seek their rights.”

    ...
  • Supporting Palestinians should not mean supporting Hamas

    By Rob Eshman

    August 6, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    Last Saturday, our reporter Ryan Torok covered a massive anti-Israel rally in front of the Federal Building in Westwood. The crowd swelled to an estimated 1,500 to 3,000 people, outgrew the plaza, then spontaneously spilled onto the street, shutting down Wilshire Boulevard as it...

  • Woman battling deportation cites judge’s Jewish ties in recusal request

    July 16, 2014 | 2:36 pm

    A woman convicted in Israel in connection with a 1969 terrorist bombing filed a motion to recuse the judge presiding over her deportation case because of his Jewish community ties.

    The motion filed this week and first reported by Politico suggests that Rasmieh Yousef Odeh will...

  • After peace talks collapse, experts counsel a wait-and-see approach

    April 30, 2014 | 9:04 am

    The best move for the Obama administration on the Middle East peace front may be to take a few steps back.

    That’s what some observers are advising in the wake of the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

    The Palestinian unity talks mean that President Obama and U.S....

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  • Palestinians aiming to join dozens of international bodies, agreements

    April 28, 2014 | 1:22 pm

    The Palestinians will attempt to join 60 United Nations bodies and international agreements under a plan adopted by the PLO’s central council.

    The council adopted the plan during a meeting Sunday in Ramallah following confirmation that Israel has frozen plans for 19 Palestinian...

  • First PLO delegation since 2007 war heads to Gaza for Palestinian unity talks

    April 22, 2014 | 11:29 am

    The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) sent a delegation to Gaza on Tuesday to negotiate unity with militant group Hamas for the first time since their 2007 conflict, potentially boosting Fatah leader and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's position.

    Few...

  • Israel approves 184 new settlement homes

    March 19, 2014 | 8:33 am

    Israel's Jerusalem municipality approved building plans on Wednesday for 184 new homes in two Jewish settlements in the West Bank, drawing anger from Palestinians engaged in faltering statehood talks.

    A municipality spokeswoman said the local planning committee had approved...

  • Is a two-state solution still possible?

    December 5, 2013 | 10:00 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A trumpeter playing sorrowful songs outside of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art seemed to symbolize the melancholy many of the proponents of the two-state solution of an independent Palestinian state next to Israel feel these days.

    ...
  • Palestinian investigators: Israel only suspect in Arafat ‘killing’

    November 8, 2013 | 9:37 am

    Palestinian investigators named Israel the “only suspect” in the death of Yasser Arafat after laboratory tests suggested the Palestinian leader died of poisoning.

    “We say that Israel is the prime and only suspect in the case of Yasser Arafat’s assassination, and we will continue...

  • Russian official rules out Arafat polonium poisoning

    November 6, 2013 | 10:02 am

    The head of a Russian forensics agency said on Tuesday that samples from the body of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had revealed no traces of radioactive polonium, a Russian news agency reported.

    However, the government scientific body later denied that it had made any official...

  • 20 years later, the Oslo Accord

    By Jared Sichel

    October 2, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    Marking the 20-year anniversary of the 1993 Oslo Accord between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), a local gathering of pro-Israel journalists, writers, and academics seemed to agree on one thing: It was a failure.

    “One of the mistakes of Oslo was to...

  • History and the war in Syria

    By Uri Dromi

    August 28, 2013 | 5:21 pm

    While the bloody civil war in Syria rages on, Israel keeps a watchful eye on the Israeli-Syrian border, making sure the fighting between the rebels and Assad’s forces doesn’t spill over into the Golan Heights.

    One of the rebel groups calls itself the Martyrs of the Yarmouk...

  • PLO leader: U.S. envoy has not participated in peace talks

    August 22, 2013 | 9:20 am

    American negotiators have not participated in the renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a Palestinian leader said.

    “The Americans did not participate in any negotiating session so far in spite of assurances that they will play a direct role,” Yasser Abed Rabbo,...

  • Palestinians don’t expect much from Obama visit

    February 26, 2013 | 9:48 am

    Palestinian officials hope the upcoming visit by President Barack Obama will end the current deadlock in the peace process, but are skeptical that the visit will change the situation on the ground.

    Speaking to reporters before a PLO Executive Committee meeting at his Ramallah...

  • Yasser Arafat planned the second intifada, his widow says

    December 31, 2012 | 1:27 pm

    Yasser Arafat planned the second intifada, his widow said in a television interview.

    Suha Arafat said the late PLO leader told her about his plans in Paris immediately following the failed summit at Camp David in 2000 featuring Arafat, President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime...

  • Jewish groups stake out opposing positions on penalizing Palestinians

    December 31, 2012 | 9:15 am

    Two major Jewish groups are at odds over the prospect of penalties for the Palestinians in the wake of their enhanced U.N. status.

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee in recent weeks has backed two congressional bids to at least shut down the Palestine Liberation...

  • Congressional letter urges Obama to shut PLO office

    December 11, 2012 | 10:11 am

    Incoming and outgoing leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee are circulating a letter calling on President Obama to close the Washington office of the PLO.

    Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Howard Berman (D-Calif.), Edward Royce (R-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)  are...

  • After U.N. vote, question is whether Palestinians will use it as a stick or an olive leaf

    November 30, 2012 | 10:03 am

    How the United States treats the Palestinians’ new status as a non-member state at the United Nations depends on how Palestinians plan to use it -- as cudgel or outstretched hand.

    Beneath the outcries of disappointment at the lopsided U.N. vote, both the United States and Israel...

  • AIPAC calls for review of U.S.-Palestinian ties

    November 29, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee called for a "full review" of the U.S. relationship with the Palestine Liberation Organization, including shutting its Washington office, in the wake of its obtaining non-member state status at the United Nations.

    "In requesting this...

  • Meshaal: Palestinian unity will lead to mass protests

    December 23, 2011 | 2:12 pm

    Palestinian unity will spur mass popular protests against Israel, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said.

    “Now we have a common ground that we can work on—the popular resistance, which presents the power of people,” Meshaal said Thursday in an interview with the Associated Press in Cairo,...

  • Hamas to join PLO in unity bid

    December 22, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Hamas will join the Palestine Liberation Organization, a further step toward Palestinian unity.

    The deal to admit Hamas was struck Thursday in Cairo during meetings of rival Palestinian factions working to unify the Palestinian leadership, the Associated Press reported.

    Under the...

  • Israel says Palestine upgrade at U.N. would be mistake

    August 31, 2011 | 4:41 pm

    Upgrading the Palestinians’ U.N. status would be a “strategic mistake by the world”, a senior Israeli official said on Wednesday, cautioning that Israel had prepared a slew of punitive and diplomatic responses.

    Outlining government strategy ahead of next month’s showdown at the...

  • Abbas tells Palestinians: Step up Arab Spring-style protests against Israel

    July 27, 2011 | 10:33 am

    President Mahmoud Abbas urged Palestinians on Wednesday to step up peaceful protests against Israel, urging “popular resistance” inspired by the Arab Spring to back a diplomatic offensive at the United Nations.

    Abbas, addressing a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) meeting,...

  • New approach is needed on talks, PLO official says

    March 3, 2011 | 11:53 am

    The PLO representative to Washington called for a new approach to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the two sides are far from resolution.

    “We are not close to ending this conflict,” the representative, Maen Rashid Areikat, said Wednesday at a kosher luncheon...

  • PLO mission raises flag in D.C.

    January 18, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    The PLO office in Washington raised a flag for the first time.

    “It’s about time that this flag that symbolizes the struggle of the Palestinian people for self-determination and statehood is raised in the United States,” said Palestine Liberation Organization envoy Maen Areikat in a...

  • Judge upholds $116 million lawsuit against PLO

    May 15, 2009 | 2:54 pm

    A U.S. judge will not rescind his decision ordering the PLO to pay $116 million to the family of victims of a terrorist attack.

    Ronald Lagueux, a federal judge in Providence, R.I., said Wednesday that the Palestine Liberation Organization was liable because of its refusal during the...

  • VIDEO: Jewish voters targeted in ‘push polling’—RJC fesses up

    September 17, 2008 | 3:55 am

    Joelna Marcus tells JTA she was the target of a push poll because she is Jewish. A caller, pretending to be a pollster, tried to insinuate Barack Obama is pro-Palestinian.



    The Republican Jewish Coalition has admitted it sponsored a negative poll about Barack Obama.

    Politico.com...

  • Books: Nusseibeh ‘Once Upon a Country’ memoir ends in disillusionment

    By Howard Kaplan

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life" by Sari Nusseibeh with Anthony David (Farrar Straus and Giroux, $27.50).

    Sari Nusseibeh's political memoir is a monumental achievement both in breadth and boldness. There is little like it on the Palestinian side, certainly nothing from...

  • Is a delay of justice a denial of justice?

    By Douglas Mirell

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It is not every day that a former regional president of the Anti-Defamation League rides to the rescue of alleged Palestinian terrorists. Yet that is precisely what happened on Jan. 30, when Los Angeles immigration judge Bruce J. Einhorn, in a stinging rebuke to the federal...
  • Iconic Italian journalist, Oriana Fallaci, 77

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The crusading Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci spent the last years of her life issuing fiery warnings against a Muslim world that she saw poised to overrun the West.
     
    Critics accused Fallaci of sowing racial and religious hatred, but she became a heroine to many Jews and...
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