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White America’s Burden in the Holy Land

White America’s Burden in the Holy Land

Earlier this week, an Israeli military official evoked “a worst-case scenario” conducted by three Israeli infantry brigades that would amount to crushing Gaza on the ground rather than just bombarding it. Some observers have noticed that the current...

Bringing Hope to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Bringing Hope to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Hillel Schenker reflects on a joint Israeli-Palestinian memorial ceremony and what it means for independence and freedom for both peoples. On May 7 at 9 pm, I joined at least 10,000 people in Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon for the 14th annual Israeli-Palestinian joint Alternative Memorial Ceremony....

Regional Players Make Moves on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Regional Players Make Moves on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Regional players in the Middle East are looking for the next Palestinian leader in a bid to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A possible long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is proving to be much more than an effort to end escalating violence that threatens to spark yet another war...

Just for a Second, Imagine Living in Gaza

Just for a Second, Imagine Living in Gaza

This is why Palestinians marched to the border of Gaza and Israel, says Omar Shaban in Gaza City. On March 30, tens of thousands of Palestinians headed toward the Gaza-Israel border in what became known as the Great Return March. The reason for this was not the decision to move the US Embassy to...

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is So Predictable

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is So Predictable

All too predictable violence has again broken out between the Israelis and Palestinians, but this time with no mediator and, therefore, no possible good end for either side. Their conflict is so familiar, so predictable. The Book of Ecclesiastes sums it up prophetically: “The thing that hath...

Gaza’s Demilitarization is Not the Way Forward

Gaza’s Demilitarization is Not the Way Forward

Israel needs an enduring strategy that includes Hamas as a valid partner for peace. With heated debates about the progress of reconstruction efforts in the Gaza Strip, it is vital to revisit one of the crucial issues regarding the latest Gaza conflict: the demilitarization of the...

What Hope for the Children of Gaza?

What Hope for the Children of Gaza?

Trials and tribulations of children in Gaza, as witnessed by health professionals Peter Smith and Catherine Thick. Childhood in Gaza is scarred by oppression and distress. In 1991, Israel ratified the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 37 states: "No...

Top 10 Ways Ariel Sharon Ruined Israel and the Middle East

Top 10 Ways Ariel Sharon Ruined Israel and the Middle East

Ariel Sharon probably helped doom the whole enterprise of Israel. Arik Scheinerman, who became Ariel Sharon, was from a Russian family that emigrated to Palestine at a time when Palestinians had been deprived of the right to set immigration policy into their own country. He would go on powerfully...

Is Hamas Finished?

Is Hamas Finished?

Hamas seems to be in real trouble at the moment. The party-militia Hamas, a distant offshoot in Palestinian Gaza of the Muslim Brotherhood, has seldom been on the sunny side of the street. But a combination of difficult political choices has left it more isolated and more broke than...

Hamas and the Peace Process: On the Sidelines?

Hamas and the Peace Process: On the Sidelines?

Does Hamas hold a unified position on the use of violence for resistance? A crucial player in the conundrum that is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Hamas has always been a controversial actor. It was founded in 1987 by late Sheikh Ahmed Yassin as one of the wings of the Muslim Brotherhood in...

Mubarakism Without Mubarak: The Struggle for Egypt (Part 2)

Mubarakism Without Mubarak: The Struggle for Egypt (Part 2)

Call it a coup or not, but Egypt now has Mubarakism without Mubarak. This is the second of a three part series. Read part one here. In the case of Mohammed Morsi, the media campaign against him and the Muslim Brotherhood, most prominently on CBC and ONTV satellite channels (both owned by members...

A Firsthand Account of Life in Gaza (Part 2/2)

A Firsthand Account of Life in Gaza (Part 2/2)

Over the past five years, humanitarian health workers Peter Smith and Catherine Thick have visited the Gaza Strip and the West Bank numerous times, providing health clinics and witnessing the everyday lives of the local population. The suffering they have seen in Gaza has prompted them to share...

A Firsthand Account of Life in Gaza (Part 1/2)

A Firsthand Account of Life in Gaza (Part 1/2)

Over the past five years, humanitarian health workers Peter Smith and Catherine Thick have visited the Gaza Strip and the West Bank numerous times, providing health clinics and witnessing the everyday lives of the local population. The suffering they have seen in Gaza has prompted them to share...

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