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Palestine and Israel

A friend, who is strongly progressive, was born in Israel. Her parents moved to the US when she was twelve. Some years ago I asked her about Palestine. She said, “I was twelve. All I knew was they were Palestinians and they were trying to kill us.” Another friend is Palestinian and was born in […]

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Water apartheid in Palestine

Podcast from Aquanomics You should listen to it if you want to know more about the “water apartheid” that Israel is practicing in the occupied territories, and the institutional, logistical and “capacity” constraints that the Palestinians have in taking care of their own water.* Bottom Line: Palestine has enough problems with development, but Israel is […]

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Ahhhummm… Newt

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, a stupid person’s idea of what a smart guy sounds like, said this week that Palestinians are an “invented” people, a position that could be seen as putting him at odds with the U.S. push for a two-state solution in the Middle East. “Remember, there was no Palestine as a […]

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Healing collective trauma will lead to peace in the Holy Land

There’s a common misperception that the constant state of warfare and conflict that besets the Holy Land, Eretz Israel, or in Arabic, Bilad Ash’ Sham, is a result of some cultural or racial flaw—“oh, they’ve been fighting for two thousand years, they’ll never stop.” Even the most cursory examination of human history reveals skirmishes, battles, […]

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Tom Friedman to Israel. You’re driving drunk

Message from America to the Israeli government: Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. And right now, you’re driving drunk. You think you can embarrass your only true ally in the world, to satisfy some domestic political need, with no consequences? You have lost total contact with reality. Call us when you’re serious. We need to […]

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Heart of Jenin. Palestinian father of son killed by Israeli troops donated his organs to Israeli children

Andy Carling tells about the documentary film, Heart of Jenin. One year later, [the father, Ismael Khatib] toured round Israel in the company of German film maker, Marcus Vetter, and visited five of the children who had received transplants. Asked why, Khatib said, “It’s not about politics, about Jews or Arabs, it’s about human beings. […]

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