Middle East

On Monday, February 23rd, 2015, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a discussion titled “Authorizing Military Action Against ISIL: Geography, Strategy and Unanswered Questions.” The three speakers included Continue →

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The following post originally appeared on Security Assistance Monitor, a joint project with the Center for International Policy.

The recent murder of Jordan’s Lieutenant Moaz al-Kasasbeh by militants of the so-called Islamic State Continue →

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Israelis want US to support Palestinian rights

by sarahbenton on February 20, 2015

Protest outside the White Houseagainst Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the White House in Washington, DC, October 1, 2014. Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP

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Here are reports from 1) Ma’an news and 2) Abu Dis Volunteers and  3) a press statement from CADFA.  All photos from  Abu Dis Volunteers

Israeli police raid Jerusalem Gate camp, Continue →

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Ashour Abu-Rashed, right, talks to Tarek Adel during an emergency representatives meeting to discuss the conflict in Libya, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Photo Credit: AP / Amr Nabil

Ashour Abu-Rashed, right, talks to Tarek Adel during an emergency representatives meeting to discuss the conflict in Libya, at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Photo Credit: AP Continue →

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Photo Credit: Foreign Policy

Libyans celebrate the anniversary of the revolution in Tripoli on February 17. Photo Credit: Foreign Policy

On Sunday, fighters reportedly affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) Continue →

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Joint List aims to break Zionist consensus

by sarahbenton on February 19, 2015

Hadash chairman Ayman Odeh at a press conference, February 11, 2015. Photo by Activestills.org

Odeh: racist Israeli laws to benefit joint Arab list

The unified Arab list is expected to see success Continue →

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When prison in Israel is like a five star hotel

by sarahbenton on February 19, 2015

The people of Gaza are trapped between this fence and the sea.

Desperation Drives Gazans Over a Fence and Into Israeli Prisons

By Jodi Rudoren and Majd Al Waheidi, NY Times February 17, Continue →

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Katy Montoya refugees Jordan IREMAM

Katy Montoya, an undergraduate at Swarthmore College, has undertaken some ambitious research on the situation of Syrian refugees in Jordan. Following previous work on refugees in Jordan posted on Syria Comment Continue →

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In this posting, 1) EJP report emphasizes rise in antisemitic incidents, 2) Extracts from report of the inquiry by All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Anti-Semitism (to which JfJfP sent statement), 3) Continue →

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BoD officer wanted to be free to criticise Israel

by sarahbenton on February 18, 2015

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Board of Deputies treasurer ‘bursting to criticise Israeli administration’

By Josh Jackman, Jewish Chronicle February 16, 2015

Outgoing Board of Deputies treasurer Laurence Brass has aimed a parting shot at the Israeli government, Continue →

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Bibi blames plotters for his expenses scandal

by sarahbenton on February 18, 2015

The story of the scandal from Washington Post, 1); comments from Haaretz, 2) and Ynet 3).

Living the high life: Bibi and Sara. Photo by GPO.

Israel’s Netanyahu spent $24,000 on takeout, Continue →

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Come to the country of universal love

by sarahbenton on February 17, 2015

Try being Palestinian and living in this guy’s neighborhood!!

Israeli Reporter’s Islamophobic Gotcha ‘Journalism’

By Richard Silverstein, Tikun Olam February 16, 2015

An Israeli journalist writing for the Adelson-owned, Makor Rishon/NRG, devised an Israeli Continue →

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War for independence by diplomacy

by sarahbenton on February 17, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo, August 2014. Photo by ReutersPalestinians prepare ‘diplomatic intifada’

With Israel preoccupied with elections and the Arab world preoccupied with Continue →

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First they came for the writers…

by sarahbenton on February 16, 2015

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt pays respects Sunday Feb. 15, 2015, at the Copenhagen Synagogue for the victims for the Saturday night’s shootings in Copenhagen. Photo by AP

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In this Nov. 25, 2014 photo, Khaled Malakeh, 6, stands on the rubble of his family house in the Zeitoun neighbourhood in Gaza City, destroyed in an Israeli airstrike on Continue →

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The mote and the beam

by sarahbenton on February 15, 2015

A Jewish group holds a die-in outside the office of the Board of Deputies of British Jews to protest their ethical hypocrisy.

The turbulent Priest and the arrogant Board – Reflections Continue →

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How to extricate Israel from its undemocratic mess

by sarahbenton on February 14, 2015

Members of the Arab-led Joint List at a Tel Aviv press conference launching its Hebrew-language election campaign, Feb. 11, 2015. Photo by Avishag Shaar-Yashuv

Ten Reasons Why a Liberal/Progressive Zionist Should Continue →

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Signing the boycott pledge

by sarahbenton on February 14, 2015

Mike Leigh, film maker and one of the first to sign the pledge and letter.

Artists’ pledge

We support the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality. In response to the call Continue →

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On Thursday, February 12, 2015, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) hosted a panel entitled “The Battle Against The Islamic State: Where Do We Go From Here?” The moderator, Continue →

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Muslim in-fighting in the MidEast

by sarahbenton on February 13, 2015

The articles in this posting coe from Al Monitor (1-3) and The Week (4).

Palestinian Salafists take part in a protest against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Rafah in the Continue →

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