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The Gaza reconstruction plan is hostage to Israeli security demands, and was drawn up without participation of Gaza's population or Hamas. International donors talk about “accountability” and “local ownership”, yet are doing exactly the opposite. Elizabeth Austwick explores. more >>
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No one takes US 'peace plan' efforts seriously anymore – the Amman meetings were proof of that. more >>
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Israel's escalation in Jerusalem is not crazy, but logical and consistent political behaviour meant to create new facts on the ground. Nassar Ibrahim explores. more >>
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On November 6, 2014, Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem published a statement expressing their unease with the recent outbreak of violence and rapid deterioration of the situation in the Holy City. more >>
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As the lines blur between official Israeli state policy and the politics of individual extremists, Israel will have a hard time maintaining its shroud of “democracy,” particularly in the United States. more >>
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97 years ago today, 2 November 1917, Arthur James Balfour, the British Foreign Secretary of the time, wrote to the American Lord Rothschild, promising British support for the Zionist programme of establishing a "national home for the Jewish people" in Palestine. more >>
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Once upon a time, the state of Israel had real political leaders. Their ability to lie and hide their true (and ugly) goals under a cover of moderation and readiness for compromise made them popular around the (Western) world. They argued that the real problem was the lack of partner on the other side, who would be ready – as the Israeli leaders supposedly were – to make 'painful compromises'. more >>
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On Monday, October 27th, indirect negotiations between Palestinian and Israeli delegations will resume in Cairo, in order to address the possibility of a lasting ceasefire between the discrepant parties. more >>
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Excerpts from an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, by Kali Rubaii for Friends of Sabeel—North America: more >>
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon added his condemnation last week of Israeli plans to expand the East Jerusalem settlement of Givat Hamatos, plans which sparked a very public spat between Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama.
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Big words were used in this latest dispute about Israel's public announcement concerning construction of 2610 new housing units in Givat Hamatos. A US spokesperson said the decision would “distance Israel even from its closest allies” following a 1 October meeting of Obama and Netanyahu. more >>
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