Israel Will Continue Disregarding International Law

November 03, 2020

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is now in its 72nd year. Israel has been given renewed impetus after agreeing to the Abraham Accords with the United Arab Emirates on August 13, when the two states announced the normalization of diplomatic relations. Bahrain soon followed in Abu...

The One-State Reality to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

July 13, 2020

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been raging for over seven decades, and the prospects for peace have never seemed more distant than today. The two-state solution, which was once the most widely-accepted remedy for the impasse, has lost traction, and efforts by the United Nations and other...

US Position on Legality of Israeli Settlements Not Good for Peace

November 25, 2019

On November 18, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the US would no longer view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal. The decision breaks with a 1978 State Department finding that settlements were “inconsistent with international law.” The new policy is also...

The Other Palestine: How Long Can Occupation Be the Answer?

January 29, 2018

Ordinary Palestinians say they understand Israel's security goals. But they feel these policies are applied with irrational, random vengeance against the innocent. After President Donald Trump's announcement on December 6, 2017, that the US embassy in Israel would be moved to Jerusalem, images...

Israeli Settlements Explained

January 04, 2017

A look at the history of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are considered illegal under international law. Several United Nations Security Council resolutions, as well as the International Court of Justice, have also found settlements...

Norman Finkelstein: Israel, Settlements and the ICC (Part 2/2)

With illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian land, why has Israel not been held accountable? After wars in 2008-09 and in 2012, Israel has once again bombarded Gaza in a land, sea and air military campaign. Thousands of rockets from Hamas and other Palestinian factions...

The Everydayness of Occupation in Jerusalem

August 06, 2014

An American Jew’s take on the “eternally undivided capital.” I’ll never forget the man with the wooden rake. It was mid-afternoon on a Friday in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. A group of Israeli activists had gathered, along with local Palestinian residents, to protest the...

Jewish Settlements and the Peace Talks (Part 2/2)

June 12, 2014

In order to solve the issue of Jewish settlements, the primacy of the narrative has to be overcome. It is a central Palestinian argument that settlements are the main obstacle for peace. However, the factual record does not prove this point. Israel, by its own decision,...

Clash of Old and New Complicates Middle East Peace

May 26, 2014

Settlements and recognizing Israel as a Jewish state are symbolic of the distrust between Israelis and Palestinians. The older of these two challenges resurfaced only recently in the now “suspended” negotiations between the two sides but, in fact, has been at the core of Israeli aspirations...

Jewish Settlements and the One-State Solution

May 25, 2014

The one-state solution is the only way forward for Palestinians and Israelis. The metastasis of Jewish colonies in Palestine has reinforced the argument that there will never be a Palestinian state. Now, there are approximately 600,000 colonists in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the...

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