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A fight is brewing as Democrats prepare to debate U.S. policy on Israel at their national convention in July. Bernie Sanders' appointees to the platform committee Cornel West and James Zogby plan to challenge the party establishment's uncritical support for Israel.
My situation is not unique. People coming from the Gulf and Europe to visit their families in Gaza lose their jobs, scholarships, or miss their classes -- all for wanting to see a sick parent or meet a new family member.
"Israel does not commit war crimes. Israel defends itself against a terrorist organization that calls for its destruction
My time with future leaders of Israel and Palestine leaves me with a somewhat pessimistic outlook, but there is reason for hope.
The U.S. has been at the center of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for decades. However, some Palestinians I spoke with said that the U.S. is not the right party to mediate a two-state solution whereas Israelis has said it is.
Israelis and Palestinians have a very similar narrative. The people of each group have moved from one country to another for a long time. Each people have been oppressed by others.
While all Israelis I spoke to agree the goal should be to realize a two-state solution, several Israelis told me that Muslims are not ready for democracy and that the two states will be very asymmetric.
It remains to be seen what sort of response this petition elicits both in its favor, and in opposition; and whether it encourages comparable petitions at other institutions, academic or otherwise.
The Prince Nasser ruling does not spell the end of the immunity system, but it curtails it. The government can still offer immunity to diplomats posted to embassies or to those on a "special mission" who come for official meetings.
Though a ceasefire hangs over Israel and Gaza today, the open wounds from 50 days of conflict remain unresolved.
Why again? That is harder to answer. The strategy of using the UN and accession to international bodies to advance Palestinian statehood is his. Why would he, of all people, be blocking it?
Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' Represents the Best in Jewish American Thought And True Support for Israel
Comedy is a natural antidote for euphemistic, political jargon aimed at stifling debate and far too many people in the Jewish community today confuse criticism with malicious intent. Stewart's recent Daily Show segment highlights the sad reality faced by many in the American Jewish community.
Read these names and know that their lives will have mattered only if all of us do our part to speak to one another in dialogue and not with weapons.
Israel believes if it squeezes hard it will win. Israel's intention is clear: weaken Hamas and never give them the credit of ending the siege. To pursue this goal, Israel is killing more children, women, and elderly, completely destroying whole parts of Gaza and its infrastructure.
Returning Gaza to the Stone Age has not stopped Hamas, the Islamist militia in control of the territory, from inflicting significant political and psychological damage on Israel.
Wars inevitably spark change. That is no truer than in the war in Gaza, no matter what Hamas and Israel say.
To be an Israeli mom is to know about the situation no less than the staff sergeant, the commanding officer, and even the Chief of Staff. And if you meet them, to also let them know what YOU think should be done.
By continuing to operate in and nearby health care infrastructure, Hamas has made a calculated decision that its own civilians' lives are less important than the condemnation Israel receives from damaging a health care facility, either intentionally or incidentally.
No matter how appalling, the death of civilians during armed conflict does not in itself constitute a war crime. While the sin qua non of international humanitarian law is protecting human life, civilian casualties is a ghastly reality of war.
Five children were killed in separate air strikes, according to Gaza health officials, and the Israeli military said it had