Arab/Palestinian – ME

Open Letter to John Kerry

Written by Paula R. Stern . Dear Secretary of State John Kerry: Because of my respect for the United States, I will attempt to afford you the honor you think you so richly deserve. It’s hard to speak to you with anything but anger, hard to feel the need, again, …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’

Submitted and written by Arlene Kushner. No Time to Spare: Talking about Israel’s Legal Grounds If the Israeli building in Judea and Samaria destroys the peace process, then, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, the EU ambassador to Israel, declared just days ago, “Naturally, the blame will be put squarely on Israel’s doorstep.” Naturally: …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’

Submitted and written by Arlene Kushner. January 26, 2014: Legal Grounds. These are the legal grounds Israel has in Judea and Samaria – charges by the international community not withstanding.  It is what I – and my co-chair on this effort, Jeff Daube, head of the Israel office of ZOA – …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’

Submitted and written by Arlene Kushner. January 24, 2014: A “Train Wreck” I’m been so focused on Israeli issues that I haven’t written about Iran and its nuclear aspirations for a while.  But now it seems very necessary. It has been crystal clear to me that Obama – I won’t say …

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Settler Sushi!

Did you know that sushi was gaining popularity among Jews in Judaea and Samaria?  I sure did not until I read the below, but as with so many things Israeli, or perhaps Jewish, even a story as simple as this one quickly becomes something less simple. The tidbit below was …

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Partners for Peace ?

Bulletin Jan. 13, 2014 PA and Fatah officials and Israeli Arab MPs on Sharon’s death PA official Rajoub: “Sharon is a murderer, responsible for the murder of Arafat” Fatah Central Committee member Abu Al-Einein about Sharon: “a war criminal and a murderer” Fatah posted picture of Arafat dancing at “the …

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From Mahmoud Abbas: The truth in a nutshell.

Abbas Denies His Authority to Make Cardinal Decisions for a Lasting Peace Agreement. Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi Mahmoud Abbas – “the president of the state of Palestine,” chairman of the Palestinian Authority, leader of the PLO, and head of Fatah – must recognize that he is not a …

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Israel: The First Modern Indigenous State

I have been arguing for some time that we need to place the long Arab war against the Jews of the Middle East within the modern western civil rights paradigm. If the west, or at least the western-left, honors the struggle among people of color for national liberation, or if …

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News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’

January 8, 2014. Submitted by Arlene Kushner. “A Long Hard Struggle” I’m encountering a lot of anger here in Israel, and the depression that often follows.  Pit-of-the-stomach anxiety, too.  How could it be otherwise? Kerry took off on Monday but plans to be back very soon.  His “framework” is still …

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