Tag: Jerusalem

It’s All About Al-Aqsa

It’s All About Al-Aqsa

AP journalist Joseph Krauss reports that “Israeli police escorted more than 250 Jewish visitors Sunday to a flashpoint holy site in Jerusalem.” That flashpoint was the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the scene of clashes initiated by Israeli police that earlier this month helped trigger an 11-day...

Netanyahu and Hamas Are Playing a Deadly Game

Netanyahu and Hamas Are Playing a Deadly Game

In March, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu was unable to achieve a parliamentary majority in the Knesset after a fourth Israeli election in two years. As a result, he needed a national crisis to prevent the establishment of an alternative government by the opposition. Such a coalition would...

Reviewing US Foreign Policy on Israel and Palestine

Reviewing US Foreign Policy on Israel and Palestine

The United States should reevaluate its role and potentially recuse itself from all future decisions between Israel and Palestine. Halfway through the month of May, most of us will be enjoying the warmer weather sneaking its way in past the winter. But in Israel and Palestine, May 15 will prove...

From New Orleans to Palestine: Whose House Is This?

From New Orleans to Palestine: Whose House Is This?

Palestinians have asked for decades “Whose house is this?” Trump has given the green light for the occupation to take whatever of the “house” is left. “Whose house is this?” A man in a black sweater and dark jeans stood at the podium, raised both arms in the air and asked the...

History Provides Lessons for Jerusalem’s Future

History Provides Lessons for Jerusalem’s Future

In solving the Jerusalem issue, history presents obstacles and opportunities. On April 15, the Israeli Supreme Court affirmed the application of the Absentee Property Law in Occupied East Jerusalem, therefore, allowing the unlawful confiscation of property and assets in the area from their...

The Everydayness of Occupation in Jerusalem

The Everydayness of Occupation in Jerusalem

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 1/2)

Jewish Settlements and the Peace Talks (Part 1/2)

In order to solve the issue of Jewish settlements, the primacy of the narrative has to be overcome. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a multi-faceted and historically protracted conflict, the origins of which can be traced back to the late 19th century. It can be argued that such a complicated...

Middle East Peace Only Gets Harder

Middle East Peace Only Gets Harder

Circumstances for reaching peace are significantly more complicated than ever. In fact, the environment today may be the worst in the entire history of the 65-year conflict, and certainly more so than the high-water mark of the 1993 Oslo Accords or even the ill-fated 2007-2008 negotiations between...

Not a Peace Talks Article (Part 2/2)

Not a Peace Talks Article (Part 2/2)

An orthodox American-Persian Jew discovers that the road to peace is paved with rice and opera. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. From the old city’s Damascus gate, Eitan, Samuel, a Dutch anthropology student and I tread through the strange faces and smells of a...

Not a Peace Talks Article (Part 1/2)

Not a Peace Talks Article (Part 1/2)

An orthodox American-Persian Jew discovers that the road to peace is paved with rice and opera. This is the first of a two part series. Heading deep into the desert, from Ramallah to a small Palestinian village couched between the Judean hills, I can’t help but ask: “Who built this paved...

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...

Palestine and Israel: A Bloody Saga

Palestine and Israel: A Bloody Saga

Fair Observer's Editor-in-Chief, Atul Singh, argues that the triumph of lunacy over sanity will result in tears for Israelis, Palestinians and the wider region. On 2 November 1917, Arthur Balfour wrote a letter to Baron Rothschild promising that His Majesty’s government favored the idea of...

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