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Egyptian Jewish Refugee Praises John Kerry’s Policy on Jewish Refugees

Egyptian Jewish Refugee Praises John Kerry’s Policy on Jewish Refugees

Levana Zamir, President of the International Association of Jews from Egypt, and the Egyptian Jewish community generally suffered greatly as a result of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the wake of the 1948 war. For this reason, Zamir and other members of the Egyptian Jewish community are extremely grateful to U.S. …

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Time for Turkey to Apologize to Israel?

Time for Turkey to Apologize to Israel?

In 2010, public attention was focused on a supply flotilla originating from Turkey making its way to Gaza. Israel claimed the shipment was illegal and demanded the Mavi Marmara turn back. The ship continued and, about 80 miles off the coast of Gaza, Israeli soldiers boarded. Conflict ensued. Nine Turkish …

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Street Art: A Tool for Peace

Street Art: A Tool for Peace

A unique humanitarian effort to shed light on and offer hope to those affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria harnessed the power of art. From November 3-6, areas along the Syrian border became canvases for international graffiti artists. In this demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria, deep in the …

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Bibi, Bombs and Blue Jeans

Bibi, Bombs and Blue Jeans

Quick quiz. Which of the following are forbidden in Iran?

Walking a dog in public
Having a pet cat
Twitter, Gmail, Facebook and YouTube
Reading (or watching) Harry Potter
Barbie
Being gay
Rocking a mullet
Wearing jeans

If you answered all of them, you would be almost correct. While skinny jeans have been officially banned in Iran, Persian hipsters …

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Palestine Blues (2006)

Palestine Blues (2006)


To say this documentary puts the Israelis in a bad light is a great understatement.
It is hard, watching this film, to not want to ally oneself with the Palestinians portrayed in it.
The documentary is about the erection of the wall Israel was building in 2002 that hems in …

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Bibi’s U.N. Speech

Bibi’s U.N. Speech

Below is an article by Roger Cohen in the New York Times, which favorably references an op-ed by David Harris, the head of the American Jewish Committee. Cohen means to demonstrate that even Harris thinks that Netanyahu “blustered” too much about Iran in his speech before the United Nations General …

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Palestine, Israel, Hope and Uncertainty

Palestine, Israel, Hope and Uncertainty

Credit: frontporchaustin.org
In just the past ten days, irate Palestinian negotiators briefly suspended peace talks after an Israeli army raid in the Qalandiya refugee camp ended with the deaths of three Palestinians, the pro-peace organization Minds of Peace held a public summit between regular Israelis and Palestinians in the

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What Peace Process?

What Peace Process?

After many years and a lot of prodding from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the Israelis and the Palestinians will be resuming peace talks. Both sides are moving forward reluctantly, and with little optimism toward a successful outcome.
Abbas had initially demanded an official settlement freeze before coming to the …

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Contemplating the Renewed Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Contemplating the Renewed Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Source: Wikimedia Commons
Ever since United States Secretary of State John Kerry revealed to international media on July 19 that he had reached an agreement between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government to resume direct negotiations, there has been a torrent of reactions and commentary on the issue. Some of …

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An Israeli and Palestinian Public Opinion Puzzle

An Israeli and Palestinian Public Opinion Puzzle

Credit: The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
In the past couple of months, two interesting polls have been published on Israeli and Palestinian public opinion. The first (published in late May), which was commissioned by the Israel Peace Initiative and conducted by the Israeli company New Wave Research, found that …

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Reminder: Israel is Old

Reminder: Israel is Old

Jews have lived in the land of Israel for thousands of years. They faced several forced expulsions, the most recent lasting nearly 2,000 years. Even throughout that time, Jews lived in the Levant continuously, albeit in much reduced numbers.
Two stories appeared this week in the press about archeological discoveries in …

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Israel’s Bedouin and the Prawer Plan

Israel’s Bedouin and the Prawer Plan

Credit: Jewish Telegraphic Agency

On Monday, June 24, a new law that would regulate Bedouin settlement in Israel’s Negev region passed its first reading in the Knesset with a slim 43-40 margin. The bill, commonly referred to as the Prawer plan, provides a comprehensive solution to the issue of Bedouin villages …

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A Coalition Conflicted

A Coalition Conflicted

In 1967, in the wake of the Six-Day War, the Arab League convened in Khartoum and issued their Three Nos: No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with Israel. Thirty-five years later, in 2002, they met in Beirut and offered their solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict: The …

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Israel, Palestine, and Justice

Israel, Palestine, and Justice

Amidst all the news reports and speculation about a renewed push for a two-state solution to end the Arab-Israeli conflict, many have been very vocal about why the two-state solution is simply not the right way to end the conflict. These critics lament that the two-state solution is a crying …

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The Obama Administration’s Push for Arab-Israeli Peace, 2.0

The Obama Administration’s Push for Arab-Israeli Peace, 2.0

Credit: Jim Young/AP, Pool
Much attention has been paid to United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visits to Israel and the Palestinian territories. As Kerry shuttled back and forth between officials on both the Arab and Israeli sides, reporters have scrambled to provide details about the meetings. Yet the …

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