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Israeli Officials, Jewish Organizations Condemn Murder of Palestinian Teen

Israeli Officials, Jewish Organizations Condemn Murder of Palestinian Teen

Credit: AFP Over the weekend Israeli officials confirmed that Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian teen who was found last week in a Jerusalem forest beaten and burnt to death, was likely murdered by Jewish Israelis who were seeking revenge for the recent kidnapping and killing of Gilaad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrah by Palestinians. […]

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Some Key Take-Aways from the Kidnapping in Israel

Some Key Take-Aways from the Kidnapping in Israel

Last week, three young Israeli Yeshiva students (two 16-year-olds and a 19-year-old) were kidnapped. They were tremping in the West Bank. Tremping is easily translated into English as hitchhiking, but it typically lacks the questionable connotations which that word can conjure in America, at least after “the Summer of Love.” The story is ongoing and […]

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Contadictory Signals from Palestinian Authority on Abduction of Israelis

Contadictory Signals from Palestinian Authority on Abduction of Israelis

By now, everyone has heard about the abduction of three Israeli teenagers on Thursday night in the Gush Etzion area of the West Bank. Everyone has heard the reports about one of the kidnapped teenagers calling Israeli police shortly after being kidnapped to ask for help and the slow response of the Israeli police. Everyone […]

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Jordanian Palestinian Leader Condemns Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal

Jordanian Palestinian Leader Condemns Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal

Mudar Zahran, a Jordanian Palestinian political dissident journalist who aspires to overthrow the Hashemite Monarchy and personally establish a Palestinian majority democracy in Jordan, has condemned the Fatah-Hamas unity deal. He called for a Palestinian majority democratic state in Jordan to serve as an alternative to Hamas-Fatah totalitarian rule. Zahran, while condemning the Hamas-Fatah unity […]

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Exploiting Christian Imagery to Denounce Israel during Pope’s Visit

Exploiting Christian Imagery to Denounce Israel during Pope’s Visit

  During Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land, the Palestinians utilized Christian symbols in order to demonize Israel. No official Palestinian source took advantage of the opportunity to make a peace gesture towards Israel. Pope Francis recently visited the Holy Land in an effort to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians. He made a […]

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Bruce Stokes: “Americans Simply Don’t Care About Peace in the Middle East”

Bruce Stokes: “Americans Simply Don’t Care About Peace in the Middle East”

Bruce Stokes, Director of Global Public Attitudes at the Pew Research Center in Washington D.C., published an article titled, “Americans Simply Don’t Care About Peace in the Middle East” in Foreign Policy on May 9, which shows how Americans are skeptical about and uninterested in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. The following are some important excerpts from his article: […]

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What Now? American-Israeli Relations until 2016

What Now? American-Israeli Relations until 2016

A persistent question has emerged among pundits of the Arab-Israeli conflict over the past few weeks: Now that the Kerry-driven peace process has come to an end with no tangible results, what will the United States do? What does the Obama Administration intend to do in the next two and a half years vis-a-vis the […]

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Documenting the Lives of Jewish People from Arab Lands

Documenting the Lives of Jewish People from Arab Lands

  Years ago I was able to tour through Seville and found an interesting museum dedicated to the three cultures of medieval Andalucía. These three communities have had major conflicts before and after the late 1400s, but The Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities of Seville lived in relative acceptance of one another until the Reconquista […]

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Netanyahu and the Israeli Presidency

Netanyahu and the Israeli Presidency

In 2009, Benyamin Netanyahu regained the Israeli Prime Ministry, a position he had held previously from 1996–99. His party, Likud, took 27 seats out of the Knesset’s 120. Kadima, a centrist party started by Ariel Sharon, had won 28 seats, but Israeli President Shimon Peres determined that Likud stood the greatest chance to form a […]

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Indyk: Both Sides are to Blame for Breakdown in Peace Talks

Indyk: Both Sides are to Blame for Breakdown in Peace Talks

At a Washington Institute for Near East Policy conference on Thursday, May 8, U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East Martin Indyk delivered his most recent account of what derailed the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. “One problem that revealed itself in these past nine months is that the parties, although showing some flexibility in the negotiations, […]

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ANALYSIS: Sixty-Six Years of Yearning for Peace

ANALYSIS: Sixty-Six Years of Yearning for Peace

As Israelis celebrate sixty-six years of independence, they recall that they still have not managed to make peace with the Muslim world. However, despite the difficult situation, they continue to seek peace with their Muslim neighbors. Israelis are celebrating sixty-six years of being an independent country. As a state, they have thrived economically, scientifically, educationally, […]

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Apathy on Negotiated Two-State Solution Prevails

Apathy on Negotiated Two-State Solution Prevails

Developments in the Palestinian-Israeli arena over the past few weeks have moved dazzlingly fast. Almost every 24 hour period saw a different story in the headlines: Kerry’s apartheid (the “A-word”) comments, the Fatah-Hamas unity deal, Abbas’s public condemnation of the Holocaust, ‘price tag’ attacks against Israeli-Arabs inside Israel, and of course the breakdown of negotiations. […]

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Restoring the Culture of Jewish People from Arab Lands

Restoring the Culture of Jewish People from Arab Lands

  I was recently reading on the history of the Persian Empire and was drawn to the history before Alexander the Great, where the Persian Empire conquered ancient Babylon. The Persian Empire was likely the first multicultural empire that allowed different groups to preserve many of the cultures within its dominion. Part of the history discussed […]

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Are the Palestinians Finally Recognizing the Horrors of the Holocaust?

Are the Palestinians Finally Recognizing the Horrors of the Holocaust?

Holocaust denial and even the praise of the slaughter of six million Jews during WWII are widespread within Palestinian society. However, there are indications that this phenomenon is beginning to change, although some critics remain skeptical. Holocaust denial and even the praise of the slaughter of six million Jews during World War II are widespread […]

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Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Frozen (For Now)

Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Frozen (For Now)

The end of April marked the passing of United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s set deadline for negotiating an extension of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Kerry told reporters during a press conference in Addis Ababa that for now the peace process is on pause and he hopes both sides will come back […]

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