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  • Israel’s Cycle of Violence

    The tragic upsurge in violence in Israel and Palestine over the past two months, which began with the August murder of a Palestinian family by…

  • Gershon Baskin On What To Do About Jerusalem Violence

    The problem is not solely a religious one – perhaps not even mainly a religious problem – it is political, and it has to do with the continuation and the entrenchment of the occupation. The symbol of that entrenchment is Israeli control and domination over the Tempe Mount/Al Aqsa.

  • Jerusalem: The Price Of Despair

    the despair of occupation, rather than any of Abbas’ words, is what incites violence. This is the atmosphere that leads to more protests and more violence, as Palestinians are forced to confront a reality where they have nothing to lose. It is not an “intifada,” and it is not any sort of organized uprising. It is simply the inevitable result of an occupation that seems to have no end.

  • Escalating Violence In Israel, West Bank Is The Result Of Failed Peace Process

    The spread of violence, with the loss of civilian lives on both sides, is unavoidable as long as Palestinians live under a system in which they are denied basic rights, and no political process to give them a hope for a better future. The Israeli and Palestinian leadership, as well as the United States and its international partners, have all failed to provide that hope.

  • Silent Arrogance: Netanyahu At the UN

    Netanyahu thumbing his nose at the entire international community will play well in Israel and among Israel’s more militant supported in the United States. But it will sharpen the divide between those who want to secure Israel by utterly defeating the Palestinians and those who want to see Israel’s occupation end with peace and security for all.

  • If Oslo is over, what comes next?

    In the days leading up to his speech Wednesday to the United Nations General Assembly, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had promised something big—a “bombshell,” he…

  • Zomlot: “We are in limbo”

    In a talk sponsored by FMEP and the Middle East Institute last Friday, Palestinian Ambassador-at-large Husam Zomlot expressed the frustration many Palestinians feel at the…

  • BDS In Perspective

    The surest way to take the wind out of the BDS sails would be to work diligently to achieve those goals, and act against efforts that prevent them. An independent, sovereign and viable Palestine sharing peace, trade and security with Israel removes the impetus for both BDS and the often overly aggressive tactics being employed against it.