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Israel and Turkey

Oh, no you didn’t! Foreign Minister Lieberman formulates series of tough moves in response to Turkish steps; Israel to cooperate with Armenian lobby in US, may offer military aid to Kurdish rebels It’s the, “Oh yeah? People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” strategy. Turkey’s intransigent refusal to own up to the historical […]


Part of a much longer and brilliant reflection: This summer, I started hearing a new slogan: “Existence is resistance.” If you remain on the land, then the game isn’t over.  And if you can bring attention to the occupation, while you remain in place, so much the better. In June, Alá Shelaldeh, the 13-year-old violinist, […]


For your information: The Israeli parliament has passed a controversial law that will punish any Israeli individual or organisation boycotting West Bank settlements. Rights groups say the legislation stifles freedom of speech and compromises Israeli democracy. After failed attempts to delay debate, it was voted through 47-36. It follows several Israeli calls to boycott institutions […]


From the BBC: The split between Fatah and Hamas occurred when violence erupted a year after Hamas won Palestinian elections in 2006. Hamas seized control of Gaza in 2007. Again with this. Seriously, this is annoying. Hamas won the elections; they didn’t seize control of anything. It is Fatah that illegally seized control of the […]

Israel’s Prisoner of War

When suicide bombings reached into Israel’s cities, the government reacted by designing a security wall in 2002. It was supposed to help solve the violence that has been troubling the region but ended up angering Palestinians in the process. Mohammad Ethman is a human rights activist in Palestine and works for peace in his country […]

Top Five Consequences of Arab Democratization

I’ve been fascinated with the protests in the Arab world. I think it’s one of the most important and dramatic events likely to take place in the world for a decade, with multiple long-term repercussions that I foresee. 1. Terrorism Will Decline Terrorism is fueled, in part, by the frustration that many Arabs have with […]

The Palestinian Papers

That’s what they’re calling it over at the Guardian. Here’s Juan Cole’s take: The Qatar satellite channel Aljazeera has gotten hold of some 1600 documents from the Palestine Authority regarding negotiations with Israel, which cast the Israelis, the Americans and the Fatah faction of Palestinians in the worst possible light. The leaked documents were shared […]


The BBC reports: The United States is abandoning efforts to persuade Israel to renew a freeze on settlement-building as part of efforts to revive Middle East peace talks. Yeah, why not? Despite the complexities of how and in what degree this is a classic loser move by Obama, I’m far more tempted to just jeer […]

Israel is Not Barbaric

Unlike all those barbaric Muslim/Palestinians they’ve been fighting: Two Israeli soldiers convicted of using a Palestinian child as a human shield during an offensive in Gaza in 2009 have received suspended sentences and been demoted. The soldiers had forced the nine-year-old boy to open suspected booby-trapped bags at gunpoint. It occurred during Israel’s three-week conflict […]