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ELCA Presiding Bishop Joins Interfaith Call for Middle East Peace

The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and 32 Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders, said in a letter that a new peace initiative by former Israeli government, intelligence and security officials offers...

Reflecting on Arab World Citizen Activism

As part of our academic careers my husband and I had the privilege twice of living and teaching in the Arab Muslim world and thus have special interest in news reports from the region. While in Syria we experienced the...

Pressure for a Viable Peace Plan

On Apirl 19, the Los Angeles Times printed a report detailing growing international pressure on the State of Israel to produce a viable proposal that would renew negotiations toward the establishment of a Palestinian state. The plan will most likely...

New UN Report Says Palestinian Presence in East Jerusalem Threatened

A new report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for the Occupied Palestinian Territories says that unless current Israeli policies are changed, the Palestinian presence in East Jerusalem is at risk.   See the Peace not Walls Major...

Follow The Leader…Now Who’s The Leader Again?

The NPR program, All Things Considered, had an interesting segment last Wednesday about the peace process in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The title, “U.S. Hopes To Jump-Start Israel-Palestinian Talks,” is a bit misleading since the piece discusses a...

Gaza Cease-fire Announced, Broken

Original post: April 7, 2011. After weeks of mounting tensions and cross-boundary violence, Hamas has worked with all militant groups within Gaza to ensure a cessation of rocket attacks from the coastal territory. See this analysis from the Israeli daily...

Interesting Commentary on Goldstone Op-Ed

The Forward had an excellent article on Wednesday entitle “Did a Private Meeting Prompt Goldstone To Change His Mind?“. The article gives an analysis of the events leading up Goldstone’s Washington Post op-ed, what the op-ed might actually have been...

New Israeli Peace Initiative (IPI)

Today prominent leaders within Israeli society will officially reveal a new Israeli Peace Initiative (pdf). This initiative is meant to be a response to the Arab Peace Initiative issued by the Arab League in 2002 and again in 2007. Though...

The State of Israel in a post-Mubarak, post-Goldstone world

Ha’aretz blogger Natasha Mozgovaya has recently published an interesting article on the range of Israeli policy options presented to the annual conference of the Anti-Defamation League. The headline is a bit misleading, I think; the fascinating thing here is the...

Expediting the Expansions

Today, the Israeli government announced that another 942 housing units had been approved for construction in Gilo, one of the largest illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. According to several newspapers, including Ha’aretz and the New York Times, the...