mai abdul rahman

‘Aggressors’ and ‘Self-Defence’: Ever-Flexible Definitions

‘Aggressors’ and ‘Self-Defence’: Ever-Flexible Definitions

MAI ABDUL RAHMAN: So who’s the ‘aggressor’ and what exactly are the parameters of the right to ‘self-defence’?

 Juan Cole

‘And Poof!’: The Moment ‘The Peace Process’ Died

‘And Poof!’: The Moment ‘The Peace Process’ Died

JUAN COLE: Israel reneged on its promises, Kerry called them out and then all hell broke loose.

 Common Ground News Service

Palestine: Educational Boycotts Are ‘A Very Bad Idea’

Palestine: Educational Boycotts Are ‘A Very Bad Idea’

DR DANIEL MOSES, CGNEWS: Ecomomic boycotts are one thing but banning people from both sides speaking to each other for educational purposes is wrong.

 Ramzy Baroud

Welcome To the Media Circus Whose Name is ‘Negotiation’

Welcome To the Media Circus Whose Name is ‘Negotiation’

RAMZY BAROUD: Prepare yourself for cliche, ‘grin and grip’ photo opportunities and nothing of susbtance – here comes the so-called ‘Negotiation Process’

 Mondoweiss

“An Earthquake”: Israeli Authorities’ View of EU Decision

“An Earthquake”: Israeli Authorities’ View of EU Decision

MONDOWEISS: The decision of the EU to ban all EU funding of projects in the occupied territories has certainly caught the Israeli government napping.

 Common Ground News Service

Striking a Chord: Palestinian and Israeli Youth Sing Together

Striking a Chord: Palestinian and Israeli Youth Sing Together

LINDA ABDUL AZIZ MENUHIN, CGNEWS: An initiative that brings young Palestinians and Israelis together for group singing has been embraced by both communities

 M.-Lynx-Qualey

Children’s Puppet Show: A Threat to Israeli Public Security

Children’s Puppet Show: A Threat to Israeli Public Security

M. LYNX-QUALEY: Children’s puppets represent a new target for the Israeli authorities.

 Jonathan Cook

‘Palestine? Not a Priority’: Internal Fissures Evident in Israel

‘Palestine? Not a Priority’: Internal Fissures Evident in Israel

JONATHAN COOK: As the physical threat against their security has waned so Israelis have been free to examine other areas of their society.

 Mondoweiss

72 Hours With Obama: He’s Israel’s BFF

72 Hours With Obama: He’s Israel’s BFF

If you ever had a burning desire to see the American-Israeli alliance shine, there wasn't a better place to be than Jerusalem last week.

MONDOWEISS: If you had a desire to see the U.S.-Israeli alliance shine, there wasn’t a better place than Jerusalem last week.

 Ramzy Baroud

‘Roar Like A Mouse’: International Voices on Palestine

‘Roar Like A Mouse’: International Voices on Palestine

More bad news emerged from Israel in recent weeks. Indeed, good news is seldom associated with Israel and its military occupation and institutionalized discrimination and mistreatment of Palestinians.

RAMZY BAROUD: ‘The facts on the ground’ quicken day by day as the voices raised in opposition grow more feeble

 Jonathan Cook

Israel’s Herod Exhibition: Example of ‘Colonial Plunder’?

Israel’s Herod Exhibition: Example of ‘Colonial Plunder’?

JONATHAN COOK: Many of Palestine’s most treasured tourism sites are strictly controlled and regulated by the Israeli authorities.

 mai abdul rahman

Death In an Israeli Prison: It’s All Too Routine

Death In an Israeli Prison: It’s All Too Routine

MAI ABDUL RAHMAN: The deaths of two individuals detained in Israeli prisons – one Palestinian, one Israeli – have made headlines. But it’s a very common occurrence

 Common Ground News Service

Arabic Chat: An Encounter With Hatred On a Train

Arabic Chat: An Encounter With Hatred On a Train

MORIEL ROTHMAN, CGNEWS: Two obviously Jewish people speaking Arabic in a public place was sure to cause a reaction.

 Juan Cole

Of Life and Creation: The Artists of Palestine Speak

Of Life and Creation: The Artists of Palestine Speak

LAYLA QURAN, INFORMED COMMENT: Last Summer I travelled with my father to Palestine to interview leading artists, poets and musicians.

 James M. Dorsey

In Israel and Egypt The Stench of Racism Grows Stronger

In Israel and Egypt The Stench of Racism Grows Stronger

JAMES DORSEY: Whether it’s Israeli football teams or Egyptian presidents accusations of racism are running rife throughout the region.

 Common Ground News Service

A Snow Story: Our Shared, Common Humanity

A Snow Story: Our Shared, Common Humanity

RUTH EGLASH, CGNEWS: As snow fell heavily throughout the Levant last week I was reminded of how the weather levels our daily issues

 mai abdul rahman

An ‘Israeli Spring’ for Palestine? The Call Is Out

An ‘Israeli Spring’ for Palestine? The Call Is Out

MAI ABDUL RAHMAN: It’s a bold move and one that is sure to cause much aggression and derision to be directed his way. What’s the story behind the brutality?

 mai abdul rahman

‘Moral Giants’: Israel’s ‘Freethinkers’ are its Liberators

‘Moral Giants’: Israel’s ‘Freethinkers’ are its Liberators

MAI ABDUL RAHMAN: They are a powerful force within Israeli society and their courage is deeply appreciated by Palestinian activists

 Crossroads Arabia

2012: The Year of the Inane Political Fatwa

2012: The Year of the Inane Political Fatwa

CROSSROADS ARABIA: They came thick and fast throughout the last year. Many of them, though, just serve to devalue the meaning of a religious edict

 Tabsir

For ‘Tribal Areas’ Read ‘Wild West’: Myth and Reality

For ‘Tribal Areas’ Read ‘Wild West’: Myth and Reality

KHALED FATTAH, TABSIR: There is a lazy shorthand in much Western reporting on the Middle East, particularly when it comes to describing the influence of tribes

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