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May 6, 2015 Ethiopian Israelis: 'A community crying out'

The clashes between Ethiopian-Israeli protesters and police over the weekend have drawn international attention to one of the most disadvantaged groups in Israel.

April 20, 2015 Muslims Organize Fundraiser to support Christians in the Middle East

The Free Muslims Coalition has joined other Muslim organizations to hold a fundraiser in support of our Christian brothers and sisters who have sought refuge in the compassionate country of Jordan.

March 18, 2015 After Vote, Spotlight Shifts to Reuven Rivlin

Rivlin has indeed already surprised the Israeli public. A lifelong Likudnik who has opposed the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Rivlin has emerged as Israel's most prominent critic of racism against Arabs.

March 5, 2015 Palestinian-Israeli form United Political Bloc

Two weeks ahead of Israel's general elections, the leader of the Joint (Arab) List, Ayman Odeh, was upbeat. Energized by positive polls, the leader of the Joint List speaks about discrimination against Palestinians, security and the right of Jews to self-determination.

March 1, 2015 Reuven Rivlin: The land is not divisible

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin referred to a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "I would prefer for the Palestinians to be citizens of this country," he said, "rather than divide the land."

February 28, 2015 'Netanyahu has caused Israel the most strategic damage on Iran'

In exclusive interview, ex-Mossad chief Meir Dagan says he agrees with prime minister on threat posed by nuclear Iran, but warns Netanyahu 'is single-handedly motivating the Americans into rushing to reach an agreement.'

February 20, 2015 Waterless, the first planned Palestinian city sits empty

It has been four years now that the New City has been trying to get the approval of the authorities in Israel to supply the city with water.

February 15, 2015 Water running dry for Palestinians as Israel turns off the taps

The Separation Wall, roadblocks, checkpoints and other Israeli 'security measures' further restrict Palestinian communities' access to water resources and filling points. Meanwhile Israeli settlers living in the same territory are supplied with an abundance of water; the consumption of more than 500,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank is about six times higher than that of 2.6 million Palestinians in the West Bank.

February 13, 2015 Was Islamophobia Behind Grisly Slaughter of Chapel Hill Students?

Although the motives for the murder were not immediately confirmed, the slaughter has all the earmarks of another anti-Muslim racist attack. Both of the murdered women wore Hijabs and traditional women's Muslim scarves and clothing.

February 12, 2015 Iranian actress in trouble for nude photo shoot?

Kamal Nawash, President of the Free Muslims Coalition, argues that posing naked isn't necessarily the best way to support women's rights.

"In addition to degrading and objectifying women, posing naked may actually be counterproductive to supporting women's rights. Those opposing equality for women, will just point to the naked women and argue to the parents of the nation that it is their traditional values that prevent their daughters from being degraded and objectified as women," he said. "This will be a powerful argument because most parents do not want to see their daughters posing naked."

February 6, 2015 Whose Job Is It to Kill ISIS?

While King Abdullah is a trusted friend, Jordan has been best able to serve its own and America's interests by staying out of wars.

February 4, 2015 Muslim-Christian Group formed to protect Christians

In light of the barbaric action of the Islamic State and other extremist groups, the Free Muslims Coalition is eager to announce that members of the newly formed Muslim & Christian Coalition (MCC) convened for an Interreligious Summit and agreed to hold their first international conference in Washington D.C. on May 1 & 2 of 2015 to formulate a strategy for protecting and preserve Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

February 1, 2015 Does the term 'apartheid' fit Israel? Of course it does.

The question is not whether the term 'apartheid' applies to Israel; it does.

'Apartheid' isn't just a term of insult; it's a word with a very specific legal meaning
January 28, 2015 A new documentary film is showcasing previously unaired admissions of brutal behavior by Israeli soldiers

A young Israeli soldier bluntly recounts the orders from above. "They never said, 'Leave no one alive,' but they said, 'Show no mercy,' ". "The brigade commander said to kill as many as possible." Another recalls encountering Arabs on rooftops. "They're civilians - should I kill them or not?" he asks himself. "I didn't even think about it. Just kill! Kill everyone you see."

January 18, 2015 US Condemns ICC Preliminary Probe into Israeli War Crimes

The United States joined Israel in condemning the International Criminal Court decision to open a preliminary probe Friday into possible war crimes committed against Palestinians.

January 16, 2015 Criminal Court: War crimes committed by Israel against the Palestinians.

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court opened a preliminary examination on Friday into possible war crimes committed by Israel against the Palestinians.

January 15, 2015 Understanding the Palestinian bid to join International Criminal Court

The Palestinians hope to see Israel brought to account for actions including several episodes during the summer war in the Gaza Strip resulting in Palestinian civilian deaths, and for Jewish settlement-building activity in the West Bank, the heartland of what Palestinians view as their future state.

January 9, 2015 Should American comedians stand up to Islamists?

Kamal Nawash, a lawyer and founder of the anti-terrorism organization Free Muslims Coalition, said the media and leading entertainment and comedy industry figures need to stand boldly for free speech

January 3, 2015 Business as usual at the UN - but US public opinion on Israel is shifting

Among those who support two states, 66% of them said they would support one state if two states were not possible. In addition: "If a two-state solution is not possible, 71% of Americans (84% of Democrats, 60% of Republicans) favour a single democratic state with Arabs and Jews as equal over a one in which Israel's Jewish majority is sustained and Palestinians will not have equal citizenship."

January 3, 2015 British MP Calls for Single State Solution to Israel-Palestine Crisis

A senior British MP, who tabled a motion in parliament that called for the state of Palestine to be recognised, has said the only solution now will be to create a single state of both Israel and Palestine and put an end to what he describes as "Apartheid" and "ethnic cleansing".

January 2, 2015 A one-state solution for Palestinians and Israelis

This industry feeds the current international consensus on the two-state solution as the only "comprehensive" settlement to the conflict. But there's a better solution, one that's slowly picking up steam among Palestinians and Israelis: a one-state model.

December 30, 2014 Taking America’s Pulse On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The percentage supporting a one-state solution increased from 24 percent last year to 34 percent this year.

December 14, 2014 Boycott RE/MAX protests flood the US during Week of Action

Several of RE/MAX's Israeli franchises sell property in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, including the French Hill, Armon HaNatziv, and Pisgat Ze'ev.

December 4, 2014 So what exactly does the Quran say about blasphemy and apostasy?

Quite frankly, blasphemy and apostasy laws are themselves blasphemous to the teachings of the Qur'an. Not in the traditional sense, but because they violate the very instructions the scripture gives regarding freedom of belief.

December 4, 2014 European Countries Draft U.N. Resolution on Israel Palestine

EU Nations draft U.S. resolution on Israel-Palestine and Israel is not happy with it

December 2, 2014 French MPs recognise Palestine as state

France's lower house of parliament votes 339 to 151 in favour of symbolic motion to recognise statehood of Palestine.

December 2, 2014 Netanyahu Fires Ministers and Calls for Elections

The divide between Mr. Netanyahu and the centrist parties in the government widened after the breakdown of American-brokered peace negotiations with the Palestinians in the spring.

December 2, 2014 'If Jesus were to come this year, Bethlehem would be closed'

A strip of illegal Jewish settlements built on what was northern Bethlehem threatens to cut the city off from its historic twin, Jerusalem and Push out the remaining Christians.

November 25, 2014 Video Analysis of Fatal West Bank Shooting Said to Implicate Israeli Officer

One day after Israel charged an officer with manslaughter in the shooting of a Palestinian teenager, the boy's father and an Israeli architect who helped reconstruct the killing argued that the officer should be indicted on a murder charge instead.

November 24, 2014 Jerusalem has many reasons for unrest, not just Al-Aqsa

A religious war? This explanation for the clashes and attacks in the capital ignores the facts that make Palestinian life there unbearable.

November 24, 2014 Former Mossad chief: For the first time, I fear for the future of Zionism

I am truly concerned about the future of the Zionist project. I am concerned about the critical mass of the threats against us on the one hand, and the government's blindness and political and strategic paralysis on the other.

November 23, 2014 Why Palestinians should demand to be ruled by Israeli law

Current reality demands that Palestinians delay demanding their national rights in favor of protecting their human rights - by supporting right-wing settler legislation to apply Israeli law to all the West Bank

November 21, 2014 Jerusalem Muslim and Christian Religious Leaders Visit Har Nof Synagogue
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Religious Leaders of Jerusalem: Christians, Muslims, Druze, visited the synagogue, which was the target of a vicious attack the day before.

November 20, 2014 If we had a real leader

Netanyahu deflects criticism of his tactical approach to leading by constantly sowing fear through the continual emphasis of the threats, real and perceived, that he articulates so well in his dramatic oral presentations.

November 18, 2014 Attackers kill 5 at Jerusalem synagogue, including 3 Americans

Many Palestinians were deeply angered by Israel's decision last month to suspend access to the Al-Aqsa mosque.

November 16, 2014 The One-State Reality-Israel’s conservative President speaks up for civility, and pays a price.

The new President of Israel, is ardently opposed to the establishment of a Palestinian state. He is instead a proponent of Greater Israel, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea with equal rights for Palestinians.

November 10, 2014 Israel moves to outlaw Palestinian political parties in the Knesset

The Israeli parliament voted overwhelmingly last week to suspend Haneen Zoabi, a legislator representing the state's large Palestinian minority, for six months as a campaign to silence political dissent intensified

November 6, 2014 'Netanyahu was repeatedly warned of dangers in Jerusalem

Source who took part in sensitive forums says intelligence branches have voiced caution time and again. And yet Netanyahu's government showed total complacency in this regard.

October 31, 2014 Minority Life in Israel

Israel is increasingly becoming a project of ethno-religious purity and exclusion.

October 23, 2014 U.S. Muslims & Christians Form Coalition to Protect Christians & Promote Coexistence in Middle East

Leaders of major Muslim and Christian organizations, religious leaders and activists met in Washington, D.C., at the invitation of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, to form a specific plan of action for the protection of Christians and religious minorities.

October 15, 2014 Israel risks apartheid-like struggle

Israel's prime minister issued a rare warning yesterday that his nation risked being compared to apartheid-era South Africa if it failed to agree an independent state for the Palestinians.

October 15, 2014 Israel losing support in UK

Britain warned that Israel is losing support in the UK. Also, former Conservative minister described the situation in one Palestinian city as "apartheid".

October 11, 2014 Archbishop of Greek Orthodox Church strongly denounced Israeli military and fanatic Israeli groups

Archbishop Hanna, of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, strongly denounced the Israeli military and fanatic Israeli groups who attacked the al-Aqsa Mosque

October 4, 2014 Israel Block New Palestinian City, Rawabi

The prime minister apparently is not so enthusiastic about [Rawabi]," said Beilin. "He isn't against it enough to torpedo it, but he is not fighting for its success.

October 3, 2014 Sweden to recognize Palestinian state

Sweden's new prime minister said Friday that his government will recognize a Palestinian state, a move that drew praise from Palestinian officials.

October 2, 2014 BOOK: The Middle East Crisis Can Be Solved

A MUST READ: This is the most objective about book Israel-Palestine that has been written in decades. Written by Christian Pastor, it lays out the conflict in a way that is easy to understand by anyone. More important, the book introduces a solution based on American History.

October 1, 2014 ISIS is the Antithesis of Hajj, the Holy Pilgrimage

This year, hajj will take place against the ugly backdrop of a group that has come to represent the antithesis of what the pilgrimage signifies

September 26, 2014 Palestinian President addresses UN General Assembly--Full Trascript

Full transcript of Abbas speech at UN General Assembly

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses UN General Assembly after submitting application for recognition to UN Chief Ban Ki-moon

September 20, 2014 Palestinian Christians: an Identity Theft in Western Society

Israel is a Jewish state, so like our Muslim neighbors; we suffer on a daily basis from this ideology of exclusivity. As Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories, we wait in line and share the same humiliations at the checkpoints

September 10, 2014 Replacing the peace process with a civil rights struggle

September 9, 2014 How the Israel lobby is courting US Latinos

A 2011 survey conducted by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding found that almost half of American Latinos feel US foreign policy is too supportive of Israel.

September 5, 2014 The Middle East Crisis Can be Solved

This book will challenge your perceptions! If you are a Christian of any stripe. If you are a Muslim, Atheist, a Historian, no matter who you are you will be challenged guaranteed.

September 1, 2014 By working with the Syrian Government, we can defeat ISIS.

By working with the Syrian Government and others, we can defeat ISIS and other insane jihadists. It is time for all of us to be honest with ourselves. Regardless of the reason, the Syrian opposition traveled to a different direction than we anticipated. The potential negative consequences of supporting the Syrian opposition outweighs the benefits. The Syrian government is desperate to end the conflict without committing suicide. We should seek concessions rather than regime change from the Syrian government.


Kamal Nawash, Esq.

August 24, 2014 Muslim Scholars Rule: Extremists no ‘Islamic State’

Muslim Scholars urge media to STOP using "Islamic State" and instead use "Al-Qaeda Separatists in Iraq and Syria."

August 16, 2014 Resisting Nazis, He Saw Need for Israel. Now He Is Its Critic.

Mr. Zanoli, 91, whose father died in a Nazi camp, went to the Israeli Embassy in The Hague and returned a medal he received honoring him for saving Jews during the Holocaust.

August 13, 2014 White House Now Scrutinizing Israeli Requests for Ammunition

White House was caught off guard last month when they learned that the Israeli military had been quietly securing supplies of ammunition from the Pentagon without their approval.

August 4, 2014 You've heard all about Hamas' charter. How about the charter of Israel's ruling party, Likud?

According to Likud, the Palestinians are to remain stateless people with no future inside the borders of modern Israel

August 1, 2014 The One-State Solution Is on Our Doorstep

A one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is upon us. It will happen, sooner rather than later, as the states on Israel's borders disintegrate and other regional players annex whatever they can. As that happens, Israeli sovereignty in Palestine is becoming inevitable.

July 31, 2014 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness

Turn off the TV, calm down and stop trying to convert people to your religion.

July 31, 2014 UN: Israel, Hamas Guilty of War Crimes

Hundreds of civilian structures have been damaged and destroyed in the Palestinian enclave. The U.N.'s top human rights official, Navi Pillay, says homes, hospitals, U.N. schools, and life-sustaining infrastructure, such as the power station, water and sewage services in Gaza are protected under international law.

July 30, 2014 Israel launched a deadly attack on a UN school

Israel launched a deadly attack on a UN school housing refugees in Gaza despite repeated warnings that civilians were sheltering there, the UN has said.

July 30, 2014 End the Gaza Blockade to Achieve Peace

We could take steps to allow for the safe flow of goods and services into Gaza and the export of goods and services to neighboring countries. We could advocate for Gazans to have freedom of movement.

July 21, 2014 Christians Outraged at Killing of Innocent Civilians in Gaza

The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation Board of Directors, Staff, and Volunteers beseech all who will listen to take a stand against the needless death and suffering of defenseless and innocent civilians in Gaza.

July 21, 2014 A Game Changer: Palestinian sympathy charges into American mainstream media

From Rihanna on Twitter to Jon Stewart and The Onion: Pro-Palestinian perspectives punch back at the establishment warhawks where it hurts: in the media.

July 18, 2014 The Israeli Army Enters Gaza. Pope's Message to The Local Catholic Community

"I spoke with the families of the parish," "everyone told me that they did not slept a wink all night because of the bombing. The houses were shaking, the children were crying".

July 16, 2014 80% of Deaths in Israels bombing of Gaza are civilians " According to UN

Almost 80 percent of those killed as a result of the Israeli bombing of Gaza are civilians, the United Nations said in a report.

June 9, 2014 American Arabs among those who fought during World War II

More than 15,000 Americans of Arab heritage fought during World War II to defend the United States against the Japanese and their German Nazi and Italian Fascist "Axis" powers.

May 27, 2014 Christian Palestinians under attack by Israel and its apologists

The activism amongst Christian Palestinians and the growth in solidarity amongst Western churches - and a picture emerges that is extremely worrying for Israel and its lobbyists.

May 21, 2014 The Free Muslims Coalition condemns the sentencing to death of a Sudanese woman for apostasy

The decision to sentence the woman to death by hanging for "apostasy" is barbaric and the government of Sudan must be held accountable for its actions.

May 1, 2014 "Can The Palestinians Continue... Without A Captain, Without A Horizon?"

"Where is the Palestinian ship sailing, and where will it find a haven? Where do the Palestinians stand now? What future awaits them so long as they are mired in a complex struggle with the occupation and a deep internal schism?

April 30, 2014 Kerry Apartheid controversy shows limits on debate over Israel

John Kerry has offered us a reminder that in American politics, the debate about our closest ally in the Middle East has all the candor and thoughtfulness of a cabinet meeting in North Korea.

April 8, 2014 A Jewish response to Israeli checkpoints

The Israeli army restricts Palestinians' freedom of movement for the sake of security. How can we strike a balance between serving one people's freedom at the cost of another's?

March 31, 2014 Palestinians, worried that peace talks will fail, plan for ‘day after’

Worried that U.S.-brokered peace talks might collapse in coming days, Palestinians are weighing their options, which they say range from urging international boycotts against Israel.

March 30, 2014 Israels discrimination against Arab travelers keeps it out of visa waiver

Discrimination against visiting Arab-Americans is the primary reason Israel is not eligible for a program allowing Israeli tourists in to the United States without visas, the Obama administration said.

March 26, 2014 Kairos Palestine to Raise Awareness on Jerusalem, Marking the Easter

Kairos Palestine is preparing an Easter Alert, in order to encourage churches, parishes, lay-persons and clergy all around the world to remember this season that marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

March 23, 2014 'Colonialism, apartheid and ethnic cleansing': UN blasts Israel

The UN Special Rapporteur on occupied Palestine accused Israeli authorities of conducting colonialist policies that constitute forms of apartheid and ethnic cleansing

February 25, 2014 Israeli bill distinguishes Christians from 1948 Palestinians

Arab members of the Knesset unanimously condemned the bill as a "racist" act and a "divide-and-conquer" tactic. "Colonialists try to separate groups of natives. The prime example of this is South Africa,"

February 12, 2014 Israels Habayit Hayehudi Calls for One-State of Israel-Palestine

"We should grant Palestinians citizenship, equality, invest in their infrastructure and [give them] voting rights.

February 11, 2014 'Give the Palestinians full voting rights' says Habayit Hayehudi MK

MK Zvulun Kalfa says Palestinians should become full citizens of Israel as part of a one-state solution.

February 9, 2014 Villages east of Ramallah plea to reopen road to the city

Though the Palestinian towns of Beitin and Deir Debwan are located only a few kilometers east of Ramallah, it takes the villagers one hour to reach the city instead of 10 minutes

February 9, 2014 Israel is rattled by the campaign to isolate their country

ONCE derided as the scheming of crackpots, the campaign for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel, widely known as BDS, is turning mainstream.

February 3, 2014 Who won the Israeli-Palestinian Super Bowl ad showdown?

Israel appears divided on how best to respond to the growing boycott campaign. Israel's Intelligence Ministry, reportedly advocates a heavily funded public-relations counteroffensive. But Israel's Foreign Ministry believes such a campaign could actually play into the hands of boycott advocates by raising their profile.

February 1, 2014 changing for Israeli American ties

The CEO of the First International Bank of Israel informed the prime minister that the largest investment fund in Holland had announced that it will not invest in Israel because of its treatment of the Palestinians.

December 9, 2013 Palestinians remember Mandela as an inspiration

"The complication in South Africa's relations with Israel, in the context of Palestine, is derived from the fact that we see the struggle of Palestine as similar to that of ours against apartheid ...,"

December 7, 2013 In Mandela’s life is a lesson for Palestinians

Both Palestinians and Israelis have much to learn from the great leader. The most important lesson for Palestinians is to maintain the momentum of their global campaign - and to remember that Mandela emerged from jail as a peacemaker, not a soldier

November 30, 2013 Latin America’s "forgotten" Palestinians

Latin America is home to the largest Palestinian population outside the Arab world, numbering more than half a million, but very little has been written about Palestinian communities there.

October 8, 2013 Palestinian GDP can expand by a third if Israel lifts limits: World Bank

The Palestinian economy could expand by over a third if Israel were to lift its restrictions on about 60 percent of the West Bank that it controls, the World Bank said in a report published Tuesday

September 28, 2013 Ministers' statements on borders expose depth of racism in Israeli politics

Israel's housing minister, Uri Ariel, has claimed that the state's borders "extend from the Jordan River to the western border", which is, of course, the Mediterranean Sea. He told an Israeli news channel that he rejects the establishment of another state "based on the 1967 borders".

September 25, 2013 Ilan Pappe weighs in on One State

The present peace process follows this containment policy. Though containment represents a continuation of past policies toward Palestinians, it is now intensified and adjusted for regional instability in the aftermath of the Arab Spring

September 25, 2013 One-state: solution or illusion for Palestine?

The one- state plan is suddenly gaining traction in the elite portion of mainstream American media.

September 25, 2013 Two-State Illusion

Israeli governments cling to the two-state notion because it seems to reflect the sentiments of the Jewish Israeli majority and it shields the country from international opprobrium, even as it camouflages relentless efforts to expand Israel's territory into the West Bank.

September 15, 2013 Will Kerry ask Israel to ratify chemical weapons treaty, with Syria plan afoot?

Should Israel agree to dismantle its own chemical arsenal it could win the international credit it desperately needs, and also maintain more important strategic security interests

September 15, 2013 Somewhere Between the One and the Two-State Solution

Palestinians cannot be recognized as full citizens of a Jewish state. This is not a conventional conflict because it is not a border conflict but a legitimacy conflict, because the claim is for the entire and same territory, so there cannot be a conventional solution.

August 11, 2013 Fear and loathing in Upper Nazareth

Arab and Jewish residents respond to Mayor Shimon Gapso, who is determined to keep his town predominantly Jewish.

August 7, 2013 Kenyan lawyer plans to sue Israel over Jesus death

A former spokesman of the Kenyan Judiciary, Dola Indidis is reportedly planning to sue Israel over the execution of Jesus Christ.

July 31, 2013 U.S. to Legalize Discrimination Against American Palestinians In Israel

I am writing to you today to urge you to speak out and take action against a bill in which the U.S. government would codify Jim Crow-like policies against its citizens traveling to Israel.

July 25, 2013 Israel an apartheid state? A majority of Jews say yes

A majority of Israeli Jews admit they are living in an apartheid state, a recent survey claimed. Many also believed that Palestinians should be denied the right to vote, and suggested that Jewish citizens should be given preferential treatment.

July 17, 2013 Israeli premier phones European leaders after ban

Israel's premier talked with a series of European leaders Wednesday, outlining his strong objections to a European funding ban on Israeli institutions operating in occupied territories, officials said.


Although in 2009 Likud leader and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said for the first time that he supports the idea of a Palestinian state, with numerous caveats, a majority of Likud members oppose the two-state solution and the party as an institution has never endorsed it.

June 5, 2013 Muslim religious leaders condemn Holocaust deniers

Muslim religious leaders and scholars from around the globe issued a joint statement Monday condemning any attempts to deny or justify the Holocaust in which six million European Jews perished under Nazi Germany.

May 17, 2013 Senior Fatah officials call for single democratic state, not two-state solution

Calling the two-state solution unrealistic, senior Fatah members issued a document Wednesday calling for the establishment of one democratic country in the area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River.

May 17, 2013 The Islamist Purge

Islamist "revolutionaries" are therefore now turning to that time honored method of undemocratically consolidating power, the mass purge.

May 17, 2013 Invitation: Israel-Palestine Forum

You are cordially invited to participate in a forum titled:

"Two States, One Country, Israel-Palestine:

A Path Towards a Shared Future."

May 10, 2013 The Israel-Palestine Spring

Since the two state solution (TSS) is dead various proposals for a one state solution (OSS) are discussed again. However most of these proposals are either so one-sided that they will not be accepted by both sides, or they lack a concept for how go from the actual situation to the implementation.

May 9, 2013 A Christian prospective on Peace in Israel-Palestine

This is an equally important question. Who are these people who are called Palestinians? Are they themselves descendants of Abraham

May 7, 2013 TWO STATES, ONE COUNTRY, ISRAELPALESTINE: A Path Towards a Shared Future

You are cordially invited to participate in a forum titled:

"Two States, One Country, Israel-Palestine: A Path Towards a Shared Future."

Wednesday, May 22 from 2 to 4:30 pm.

April 20, 2013 Bethlehem Has New Female Mayor,

Baboun, a mother of five, is running the Biblical city which has very little room for expansion. Bethlehem rose to prominence when its local inns were too full to allow Joseph and the Virgin Mary to give birth to Jesus.

April 20, 2013 The Muslims who saved Jews from the Holocaust

A new exhibition aims to celebrate the role Muslims played in saving Jewish lives during the Holocaust

April 13, 2013 Proposal for ending the Palestinian/Israeli conflict

This is a road map for creating a Union of Israel/Palestine. This plan allows Israelis and Palestinians to pursue a shared future based on a bi-national identity while ensuring a Jewish state and a Palestinian state with democracy, security, equality and respect for all citizens regardless of religion, gender, race or ethnicity.

March 31, 2013 Palestinian Christians Face Greater Restrictions in Israel This Easter

while pilgrims from Africa, Asia, the US and Europe can easily spend the most important Christian holiday in Jerusalem, Christian Palestinians living only five to 15 miles away cannot. According to Palestinian priests, the number of permits available have been greatly reduced for this holiday.

March 23, 2013 Christians need military permission to pray in Israel

The retired Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, has pointed out that Christians living in the Holy Land "have needed military permission to pray since 1993".

March 20, 2013 Monarch in the Middle

If Israel doesn't agree to a Palestinian state quickly, Abdullah said, "apartheid or democracy" will be its choice. "The practical question is, can Israel exert permanent control over Palestinians who are disenfranchised ad infinitum, or does it eventually become a South Africa, which couldn't survive as a pariah state?"

March 20, 2013 Jordan's King Finds Fault With Everyone Concerned

He blamed his own government's secret police for blocking his efforts at political reform. For example, he charged that the secret police had conspired with conservatives in the political elite to block his attempts to open up more representation in Parliament to Palestinians, who make up more than half of Jordan's population.

March 18, 2013 Displaced Palestinians return to village after 64 years

The third generation of the displaced community of Iqrit decided that they'd had enough of waiting for authorities to allow them to return to their village lands, taking matters into their own hands. Last August, they set up their base in a room adjacent to the old church and haven't left since

March 16, 2013 Why the window is closing on Middle-East peace

The End of the Two-State Solution Why the window is closing on Middle-East peace

March 14, 2013 Could two become one?

Avi Shlaim, a leading British chronicler of the Israel-Palestine saga who was born in Baghdad and brought up in Israel, says he has "shifted…to supporting a one-state solution with equal rights for all citizens

March 13, 2013 Is Any Hope Left for Mideast Peace?

Only Israeli Jews are full citizens of that land, while 5 million Palestinians live in a state of subjugation or exile and 1.2 million Palestinian Arabs live in Israel as second-class citizens. A "one-state solution" based on enduring discrimination and oppression is ultimately unsustainable. Its only remaining external support comes from the United States and Europe, whose citizens are increasingly aware that such a structure is deeply at odds with their own values, as apartheid South Africa was.

March 12, 2013 Gaza's Orthodox Church Celebrates 1,606 Years

In the Orthodox Church in Gaza, surrounded by saints' icons, Greek Orthodox Bishop Alexios and worshippers - sing hymns, hold candles and burn incense.

March 10, 2013 End Israel's boycott of Palestine

Maybe "senior fellows" at the Council on Foreign Relations don't follow the news, like reports that Jerusalem is a practically a closed city to most Muslims, Arabs and particularly Palestinians

March 9, 2013 It ain't easy being an Arab citizen of Israel,

In other words, the Arab local councils are poorer and less well managed, and their inhabitants receive far fewer municipal services than the inhabitants of the Jewish local authorities. Being an Arab citizen in the state of Israel just isn't all that fun.

March 3, 2013 Israel Launches Palestinians Only buses (60 years after Montgomery)

Israel 'Palestinians Only' Buses" so that Jews don't have to ride on buses with Palestinians. I believe this is worse than conditions in Montgomery that Rosa Parks felt intolerable in the 1950s

February 24, 2013 My Journey From Palestine to Hollywood

My wife and I had seen that look before -- on the faces of our kids, mostly. After all, like all Palestinian children living in the West Bank, ours have grown accustomed to the humiliation of ID checks and interrogations.

February 23, 2013 George Galloway refuses to debate with Israeli student at Oxford

"I refused this evening at Oxford University to debate with an Israeli, a supporter of the apartheid state of Israel. The reason is simple: no recognition, no normalisation. Just boycott, divestment and sanctions, until the apartheid state is defeated. I never debate with Israelis nor speak to their media. If they want to speak about Palestine - the address is the PLO."

February 21, 2013 Two American Jewish organizations call for further review of Hagel statements

The Anti-Defamation League and American Jewish Committee request explanation from Obama's defense secretary nominee on 2007 speech in which he allegedly said the State Department acted as an 'adjunct' of Israel's foreign ministry

February 21, 2013 Palestinian filmmaker briefly detained at U.S. airport on way to Oscars

Immigration officials detained Palestinian filmmaker of the Oscar-nominated documentary "5 Broken Cameras" while he was on his way to a dinner preceding Sunday's Academy Awards.

February 19, 2013 Israeli soldiers instructed to bar non-Jewish citizens from town

'It felt just like apartheid, or things that recall dark times and the Holocaust - that you allow someone entry to a specific place based only on his religion.

February 17, 2013 Chuck Hagel Accusers Who Allege Anti-Semitism Getting Pushback

Critics from Elliott Abrams to The Wall Street Journal have been attacking Obama's defense secretary nominee as 'anti-Jewish' or 'anti-Israel,' but are now retreating.

February 10, 2013 Israeli poll endorses single-state solution

Of the several messages the Israeli voters sent to their political class in the latest Israeli Knesset elections one very important is that they also voted for one-state solution

February 9, 2013 Palestinian Textbooks Don't Vilify Jews, New Study Reveals

A landmark State Department-funded study has cleared the Palestinians of demonizing Jews in school textbooks.

January 29, 2013 Palestinian deaths raise concern over use of live fire

At least five young unarmed people shot by soldiers despite rules permitting live fire only in extreme circumstances.

January 25, 2013 Impunity to Kill: Six Palestinians Shot Dead by Israeli Forces in Less Than a Fortnight

These deaths have gone largely unreported and Israeli aggression continues apace. The Israeli government and its military continue to kill, maim and destroy lives and livelihoods with impunity, unchecked by the international community.

January 25, 2013 Israel's election NO opportunity for two-state solution

Instead of increasing the likelihood of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, the fence helped to decrease its possibility. The Wall has become the foundation of the mass delusion in Israeli society that the current status quo of Palestinian disenfranchisement can continue ad infinitum.

January 24, 2013 Abbas to invite Israeli MKs to Ramallah

Hoping to capitalize on the unexpected strength of moderates in Israel's incoming parliament, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wants to sit down with representatives of Israeli parliamentary factions.

January 24, 2013 Has Assad Regained Upper Hand?

Those who visited Assad recently were surprised by how unworried he seemed. From his palace - which, contrary to rumor, he has never left - the president discussed the current situation as if the balance of power has turned.

January 1, 2013 Report: Palestinians to outnumber Jews by 2020

PA's Central Bureau of Statistics' global census says some 11.6 million Palestinian live worldwide; numbers in Middle East to reach 7.2 million in 2020 - compared to 6.9 million jews

December 30, 2012 Full text: Abbas speech to UN General Assembly

Palestine comes today to the United Nations General Assembly at a time when it is still tending to its wounds and still burying its beloved martyrs of children, women and men who have fallen victim to the latest Israeli aggression.

December 25, 2012 Christians in Jerusalem want Jews to stop spitting on them

A senior Christian clergyman in Israel attended a meeting at a government office in Jerusalem. When he returned to his car, a man wearing a skullcap came and knocked on the window. When the clergyman let the window down, the Jew spat in his face

December 21, 2012 Palestinian Investor Creates Facts on the Ground

Today, on a commanding hilltop north of Ramallah, some 2,500 workers and 88 pieces of heavy machinery are busy crafting a different story. They are part of a vast, costly and complex effort to transform this picturesque site into Rawabi, the first ever planned Palestinian city.

December 19, 2012 Palestine and Israel: A Bloody Saga

The triumph of lunacy over sanity will result in tears for Israelis, Palestinians and the wider region

December 9, 2012 Obama and Israel are walking away from two-state solution with Palestinians

By refusing to support the Palestinian bid at the UN, President Obama has essentially endorsed a No State Solution between Israel and Palestine. Changing course is possible. A good place to start would be threatening to remove US aid to Israel, given its plans for more settlement building.

December 8, 2012 The demographics of Israel's settlement policy leads to One State Solution

We have created an infogram to illustrate and explain how demographic changes within the West Bank obstruct the possibility of the two-state solution. The numbers suggest that Abbas' bid to the United Nations was too little, too late

December 8, 2012 If Not Two States, Then One State Solution

However heavy the blow to Palestinian aspirations, an equally heavy political price for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's E1 plan will be paid by Israelis. For by terminating the prospect of a two-state solution, Netanyahu will also be sealing the fate of an exclusively Jewish state.

December 3, 2012 Middle East conflict: it's time for Europe to suggest its own path to peace

But occasional talk of punishing Israel - for example by suspending its valued 1995 association agreement with the EU or other co-operation programmes - has remained that, just talk

December 3, 2012 Israel withholds $120mn in Palestinian tax funds as revenge for UN vote

Israel has canceled the transfer of US$120 million collected in taxes on behalf of the Palestinian Authority in response to Palestine's UN-bid, which saw it granted non-member observer status, thus implicitly recognizing the state.

December 3, 2012 Three good things that came from the Palestinian statehood

So when most of the nations of the world voted in the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday to recognize Palestine as a symbolic member state, many saw the move as a pre-emption of that peace process and a provocation that would only drive the two parties further into conflict

November 30, 2012 U.N. Assembly, in Blow to U.S., Elevates Status of Palestine

More than 130 countries voted on Thursday to upgrade Palestine to a nonmember observer state of the United Nations, a triumph for Palestinian diplomacy and a sharp rebuke to the United States and Israel.

November 29, 2012 U.N. General Assembly votes to recognize Palestinian state

The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States.

November 29, 2012 U.N. boosts Palestinians' status to nonmember observer state

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas won 138 of the assembly's 193 votes, including those of some key European states, for his proposal to have the territories' standing upgraded to "nonmember observer state" from "nonmember observer entity."

November 29, 2012 Strong European support for Palestinian statehood move

Palestinian President has been leading the campaign to win support for the resolution, and some European governments have offered him their support after an eight-day conflict this month between Israel and HAMAS

November 29, 2012 U.N. set to implicitly recognize Palestinian state, despite U.S., Israel threats

A resolution that would change the Palestinian Authority's U.N. observer status from "entity" to "non-member state," like the Vatican, is expected to pass easily in the 193-nation General Assembly

November 29, 2012 Germany backtracks on Palestinian bid; Israeli official: 'We lost Europe'

Hours before the UN General Assembly vote, Germany decides to abstain, instead of voting against; Netanyahu says the decision will not advance the establishment of a Palestinian state.

November 25, 2012 Muslim Cleric in Gaza: Sin to Violate Truce with Israel

An Islamic cleric in Gaza has issued a religious edict declaring it a sin to violate the truce arranged last week between Israel and Hamas. The fatwa - a religious edict - was ruled by Imam Suleiman al-Daya late Saturday

November 23, 2012 Egyptian-Mediated Israel-Hamas Truce Terms Detailed

After 24 hours, crossings into Gaza are to be opened and the movement of people and goods is to be allowed

November 19, 2012 Israel's Shortsighted Assassination

When we were negotiating with Hamas to release Mr. Shalit, members of the Israeli team believed that Mr. Jabari wouldn't make a deal because holding Mr. Shalit was a kind of "life insurance policy."

November 19, 2012 Pounding Gaza will not solve Israel's problems

The current framework for so-called peace process is driven by the Israelis' insistence on tangible security guarantees, which erode the principle of sovereignty

November 19, 2012 Israel's failed strategy

For years, Israelis have embraced a theory of "deterrence" with respect to the Gaza Strip. The idea is that if Gazans feel enough pain, they will refrain from attacking Israel.

November 8, 2012 Obama victory spells trouble for Israel's Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces an even more awkward time with Washington and re-energized critics at home who accused him on Wednesday of backing the loser in the U.S. presidential election.

November 4, 2012 Ahmad Issa Farhan 1947-2012

Ahmad Issa Farhan, 65, passed away Tuesday evening, Oct. 30, 2012. Ahmad was born Feb. 8, 1947 in Jerusalem, Palestine, to Aisha Ibrahim Lutfi and Issa Ahmad Farhan. He spent his boyhood in Bethlehem, Palestine

October 25, 2012 The death of two-state solution brings fresh hope

With many Palestinians and Israelis coming round to the idea of a bi-national state, it's possible to glimpse a peaceful future

October 22, 2012 Documentary, "Would You Have Sex With an Arab," explores Israeli and Arab attitudes toward sex with the "other."

We were writing a script on Golda Meir's love affair with a Palestinian. The grandson of the Palestinian lover told the story. This was a secret of course, a shameful secret to have slept with the enemy for Palestinians.

October 22, 2012 American Jewish Efforts to Silence an Appeal for Human Rights

Two weeks ago, fifteen religious leaders representing major Protestant denominations dared to urge Congress to investigate whether unconditional U.S. military assistance to Israel is contributing to violations of Palestinian human rights

October 18, 2012 Watershed moment for religious teaching in Egypt

In a noteworthy development that has been largely unreported by foreign media, Egypt's Ministry of Education announced that a new human rights class for 11th grade students will use portions of the Bible in its curriculum and will discuss non-Muslim rights in Islam.

October 15, 2012 UN Agency: Israel Continues to Impede Palestinians' Access to Basic Services

The UN agency blamed Israel for harm caused to the Palestinian people

October 8, 2012 Onetime Insider Now Takes Aim at Jewish Leadership

"It's hard for me to speak about it," he said in an interview with the Forward, "but I fear that Israel cannot continue to exist even 50 years if it continues in the current path."

October 6, 2012 Extreme Racisim in Israel

Two young Palestinian Israelis who came second in an international Physics Competition in Warsaw are omitted conspicuously in a racist report on the winners in Israel Hayom

September 17, 2012 Jews Write Anti-Christian graffiti on Jerusalem Church

"Death to Christianity," profanity about Jesus scrawled on Baptist church in apparent "price tag" attack.

September 17, 2012 The occupation and economics: No freedom for Palestinians

The gruelling economic crisis that grips Palestine today has exposed the magnitude of the fiction of the possibility of Palestinian economic development under an occupation

September 12, 2012 An Israeli filmmaker went into hiding after his movie attacking Islam's prophet sparked angry assaults

An Israeli filmmaker based in California went into hiding after his movie attacking Islam's prophet sparked angry assaults by ultra-conservative Muslims on U.S. missions in Egypt and Libya, where one American was killed.

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September 11, 2012 Vatican official says Israel fostering intolerance of Christianity

The Israeli government's failure to respond adequately to Jewish extremist attacks against churches and monasteries is fostering a climate of intolerance towards Christianity in the country, a senior Vatican official in Jerusalem has warned.

September 5, 2012 Democrats add 'Jerusalem' Back to Party Platform Amid Boos
August 30, 2012 America's waning influence in the Middle East

With all its power, why isn't America more admired and respected? Exactly what's going on here?

August 18, 2012 Why Israel is "singled out"

Those who assert that Israel is being "singled out" aren't interested in assessing where to rank Israel on the scoreboard of global human rights violators.

August 15, 2012 Don't go to Israel, says South Africa

The government has made it official that its policy is to discourage South Africans from visiting Israel.

August 12, 2012 The Palestine Romney doesn't know

I am a proud American. I am a hardworking businessman and job creator. I am a faithful Christian.

And I am Palestinian

August 9, 2012 Bibi Netanyahu's Nephew Says That Israel Is an Apartheid State

Jonathan Ben-Artzi reveals a perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is completely missing from the discourse in the U.S.

August 5, 2012 Occupation, Not Culture, Is Holding Palestinians Back

There was little anger when Mr. Romney made thinly veiled racist allusions to the supposed inferiority of Palestinian culture

July 18, 2012 Ex-Israeli diplomat: Boycott my country

Liel remembers from his days as an envoy to apartheid-era South Africa what a full-blown academic boycott resembles: South African academics isolated from their colleagues in most countries,

July 18, 2012 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company

Great-niece of the legendary animator Walt Disney - has publicly renounced her share of the family profits from an Israeli firm she claims is exploiting "occupied natural resources".

July 7, 2012 For Egypt's new Islamist government, jobs are first priority

The party's economic blueprint describes an ambitious drive to attract more than $200 billion in foreign investments,

July 7, 2012 A sheikh, settlers and MPs meet in Hebron Hills tent

Representatives of Hebron's Jewish community, European parliamentarians accept invitation from sheikh with vision one democratic state for all.

July 6, 2012 Israeli Identity Is at the Heart of a Debate on Service

How many ultra-Orthodox men and Arab citizens should be drafted into the military or national service, over how many years and how should those who resist be penalized?

June 25, 2012 Named Egypt's Winner, Islamist Makes History

Egypt's military rulers on Sunday officially recognized Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood as the winner of Egypt's first competitive presidential election.

June 24, 2012 The Third Intifada Is Inevitable

Palestinian security forces have little reason to believe their efforts are advancing national goals, and Israel can't assume that the Palestinian Authority will provide security indefinitely.

June 22, 2012 'Son of Hamas' to Make Film About Islam, Prophet Muhammad

Kamal Nawash, founder of the Free Muslims Coalition, told The Christian Post that he felt Yousef's project would not be "significant."

June 21, 2012 Muslims Must Protect Arab Christians

The last 10 years have not been easy for Arab Christians. Numerous events, including the U.S. invasion of Iraq has inspired the belief that the "Christian West" has declared war on Muslims of the Middle East.

June 20, 2012 Saudi Arabia at a Crossroads

Even if Prince Naif's death does not change the status quo in the kingdom, it will remove an octopus-like nightmare most Saudis, including members of his own family.

May 23, 2012 Israeli rabbis clamp down on burka

Israeli rabbis are to clamp down on the growing number of devout Jewish women wearing the burka by declaring the garment an item of sexual deviancy.

May 20, 2012 Transcend the two-state solution: create a federated state

With the end to the solution based on two separate states, all immediate efforts, energies and funding must be directed towards determining the best way to have two states in one geographical space.

May 20, 2012 Netanyahu warns of infiltrators 'flooding' Israel

Interior minister Yishai says African migrants should be jailed or expelled; Aharonovich to request emergency meeting

May 5, 2012 Egypt's Popular Anger Shifts to Israel and Saudi Arabia

Although Israel has long been the target of Arab columnists, Saudi Arabia never faced large, sustained public criticism in Egypt during the Mubarak era

April 29, 2012 Egypt's Islamist Candidate calls for a Secular State

Egypt's most conservative Islamists endorsed a liberal Islamist for president late Saturday night

April 26, 2012 The Kairos Palestine Document

We, a group of Christian Palestinians, cry out from within the suffering in our country, under the Israeli occupation.

April 24, 2012 Netanyahu was briefed on efforts to stop '60 Minutes' report on Israel's Christians

Netanyahu was fully updated by Israeli ambassador to U.S. Michael Oren on his attempts to halt an investigative report on Israel's treatment of its Christian community stians

April 18, 2012 Israel's latest overreaction

A brutal new video reveals how out-of-touch the country's leaders are with the security reality

April 15, 2012 One state - one vote: Rethinking an Israeli Spring

There is no denying that settlement construction, Palestinian disunity, and other factors are fast rendering the two-state concept impracticable.

April 15, 2012 Two-State Solution Declared Dead

"It's time to raise the white flag, to admit publicly that the two-state solution has been foiled." It was doomed, he says, by "the plundering settlers, the establishment that embraces them and the majority of Israelis, who do not lift a finger to stop them."

April 6, 2012 Palestinian Christians Find Hope in Easter

Indeed, Palestinian Christians are continuing to be steadfast in the face of 45 years of Israeli military occupation that has caused their presence to dwindle in the land that has been their home since the beginning of Christianity.

April 1, 2012 Iraq Casts a Pall Over U.S. Effort to Fathom Iran

At the nation's top spy agency, the ghosts of Iraq are never far away.

March 15, 2012 How Israel Helped Create Hamas

Hamas is partly an intentional creation of Israel that dates back to the 1970s.

March 10, 2012 A Jewish and democratic state cannot be fulfilled

"The dream of a Jewish and democratic state cannot be fulfilled with permanent occupation," Obama has said. Netanyahu and many of his supporters believe otherwise; too often, they consider the tenets of liberal democracy to be negotiable.

March 10, 2012 Settler MK Uri Ariel calls for one state

One of the well known figures in the settler movement, Knesset Member Uri Ariel from the radical rightwing National Union Party, is publicly calling for a one-state solution as an alternative to the construction of a Palestinian state, the independent news site Srugim reported.

March 6, 2012 "As the Arabs see the Jews"

No people on earth have been less "anti-Semitic" than the Arabs. The persecution of the Jews has been confined almost entirely to the Christian nations of the West.

March 4, 2012 U.S. Backers of Israel Pressure Obama Over Policy on Iran

To give teeth to the deterrent threat against Iran, Israel want Mr. Obama to stop urging restraint on Israel

March 4, 2012 The Two-State-Solution is Dead, One-State is the Answer

Former Knesset Speaker Avrum Burg endorsed the one-state solution in an article in Haaretz in December 2011, and called the entire left to do the same.

February 28, 2012 The dilemma for Syria's neighbours

The one state that is directly implicated by the events in Syria is Israel. This is because the Israeli Prime Minister would prefer the Assad regime to continue; it is a known quantity and any new regime could severely destabilise the effective balance-of-power between two uneasy neighbours.

January 21, 2012 Documentary on Free Muslims effort to Create Union between Israel/Palestine

The Free Muslims Coalition has just learned that one of Israel's top film makers has agreed to do a documentary on the efforts of Kamal Nawash and his Israeli Partners to create a union between Israel and Palestine.

January 20, 2012 Egyptian scholar says Islamist win is just a blip

The 91-year-old younger brother of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, which took 45 per cent of seats in elections, believes Egypt needs a 'more open society'.

January 15, 2012 'One state, two provinces'

Only one state will exist on the lands that currently make up Israel, the West Bank and Gaza; but that state will be divided into two provinces, one province will be called Israel, and the other Palestine

January 1, 2012 Kamal Nawash Demand Equality for Palestinians at Jewish Settlement of Ariel

One of the Arab speakers was Attorney Kamal Nawash, President of the Free Muslims Coalition, whose proposal is one country for Jews and Arabs which provides security, independence, and self-determination that each side needs.

December 27, 2011 Right-wing, Palestinians brainstorm at Ariel parley

The star of Monday's event was Kamal Nawash, a Jerusalem-born, New Orleans-raised attorney who founded the organization Free Muslims Coalition in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

December 27, 2011 Free Muslims Organize Historic Conference at Jewish Settlement

We are NOW holding a conference at the Ariel Jewish. Kamal Nawash of the Free Muslims and Igal Cohen-Orgad, Chancellor of the Ariel University are expected to call for equal rights for Palestinians and the removal of the separation wall.

December 25, 2011 Christmas spirit crushed in besieged Bethlehem

IF JOSEPH and Mary were making their way to Bethlehem today, the Christmas story would be a little different, says Father Ibrahim Shomali, a parish priest in the town. The couple would struggle to get into the city, let alone find a place to stay

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December 17, 2011 Conference: December 26th from 12:00-4:00 in the Ariel University Center.

This message is sent to people who were interested in the conference that was held on November 28th at the Ambassador Hotel. That event was very successful and we'll hold another event on December 26th from 12:00-16:00in the Ariel University Center.

December 17, 2011 Israel cracks down on Jewish extremists

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a crackdown Wednesday on Jewish extremists believed to be responsible for a wave of violence and vandalism against Israeli soldiers and Muslim mosques.

December 17, 2011 Newt, Mitt, Bibi and Vladimir
November 19, 2011 The Observations of a Jew Who Converted to Islam

Why did I convert? Simple. I wanted to better understand the life of Muslims in America, and what their growing presence means for the rest of us

November 16, 2011 Yalla Peace: Glimmers of hope in a growing sea of hate

While so many are trying to keep Palestinians and Israelis apart with hate rhetoric, columns and speeches, Doron Tzur, Kamal Nawash and Joe Avesar are trying hard to bring Palestinians and Israelis together.

November 13, 2011 When Islamic atheism thrived

It's astonishing to read about the freedom of expression afforded to Muslims in the 10th century, in contrast to our own times

November 12, 2011 Join Us for Two Histroic Conferences in Jerusalem & Bethlehem

Two Historic Conferences Where Grass Root Palestinians & Israelis Organize To Find A Permanent Solution To Their Conflict

November 1, 2011 Zionist Dream Has Run Its Course

Sixty-three years after the founders began to build a democratic, secure, prosperous state, Israel is still struggling: there is no peace deal in place with the Palestinians,

October 29, 2011 Egypt Risks Becoming Iran

From his 33rd-floor penthouse apartment with sweeping views of the Nile River, Naguib Sawiris,Egypt's best-known billionaire and most prominent Christian, can hear the chants of Friday prayers in the distance.


We are excited to announce that the number of people who signed up for the upcoming Jerusalem conference has exceeded our expectations. As a result, we moved the Conference from November 14, 2011 to November 28, 2011

October 23, 2011 Next Arab Domino May Be Oil Darling Algeria:

That's a mistake. With Qaddafi's fall and next week's elections in Tunisia, the odds are decent that the Great Arab Revolt will start to shake Algeria.


Amazingly, in the decade since 9/11, there hasn't been a "next time." Yes, there have been shooting incidents by a few individuals, but nothing as catastrophic as we had feared.

October 19, 2011 Free Muslims' Partner Facilitated Prisoner Exchange Between Hamas and Israel

Dr. Baskin played an important role in facilitating contacts between Hamas and Israel. Baskin was able to use his contacts with Hamas to bring together people who were unable to connect via official channels of government and diplomacy.


Please join us for an exciting event and help us formulate plans for improving the lives of Palestinians and Israelis.

Date: November 28th, 2011

Place: The Ambassador Hotel

Location: East Jerusalem

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

October 1, 2011 Why I oppose Palestine Statehood Bid

Not accidently, this is the third time we announce a Palestinian state. The first time to have a state announced was on September 1948. It was announced by the commons of Palestine government. The second time was in Algeria in 1987. And here we go, this September we announce it for the third time.

September 30, 2011 Activists in Arab World Vie to Define Islamic State

The moment is as dramatic as any in recent decades in the Arab world, as autocracies crumble and suddenly vibrant parties begin building a new order, starting with elections in Tunisia in October, then Egypt in November.

September 24, 2011 Bill Clinton: Netanyahu killed the peace process

Who's to blame for the continued failure of the Middle East peace process? Former President Bill Clintonsaid today that it is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- whose government moved the goalposts upon taking power, and whose rise represents a key reason there has been no Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

September 22, 2011 Remarks by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David H. Petraeus

I am neither an optimist nor a pessimist. I'm a realist. We don't do the President any favors unless we give him the clearest picture possible of whatever issue he's facing. And I know you understand that. I have always tried to do that in the past, and again I'll try to do the same as the Director.

September 21, 2011 Obama rebuffed as Palestinians pursue U.N. seat

U.S. diplomats turned their attention to how to navigate a new era in which questions of Palestinian statehood are squarely on the global diplomatic agenda. There used to be three relevant players in any Middle East peace effort: the Palestinians, Israel, and the United States. But expansions of settlements in the West Bank and a hardening of Israeli attitudes have isolated Israel and its main backer, the United States. Dissension among Palestinian factions has undermined the prospect for a new accord as well.

September 15, 2011 Join us for a Real Peace Conference in Jerusalem

The proposal is being published to coincide with the Palestinian Authority's plan to seek recognition for statehood from the United Nations and Israel's opposition to such a move. Despite the heightened tensions between the governments, we witness an increasing number of Israelis and Palestinians who want to work together for a better future.

September 10, 2011 Egyptians break into Israeli Embassy in Cairo

Protesters broke into the Israeli Embassy in Cairo Friday and dumped documents out of the windows as hundreds more demonstrated outside, prompting the ambassador and his family to leave the country. The unrest was a further worsening of already deteriorating ties between Israel and post-Hosni Mubarak Egypt.

September 4, 2011 Revisiting 9/11 as an Arab-American is a challenging exercise.

The difficulty is in being overwhelmed with what to focus on. Under the Arab prism I view this catastrophe with one set of emotions. Under the American prism I view it with another set of emotions.

August 28, 2011 Want to weaken Hamas? Open Gaza's gates

Do you really want to weaken Hamas? Surprise it. Go back and open Gaza's gates - to ordinary human movement, not just to cherries, shavers and a handful of pious Muslims who manage to wend their way past the Egyptian bureaucracy. Open the Erez checkpoint. Then you'll see how Gazans yearn for life.

August 27, 2011 Road-map for ending the Palestinian/Israeli conflict

The following is a proposed roadmap for ending the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. We intend to hold a constitutional convention in Jerusalem to formulate that final Roadmap and proposed constitution for the union of Israel/Palestine.

August 7, 2011 Arab Spring Moves to Israel

Over 300,000 people took part in third consecutive week of mass rallies across Israel on Saturday; protesters chant 'The people demand social justice'; Sources close to Netanyahu say media inflated number of protesters.

August 2, 2011 A discontinued FBI training manual about Islam and Arab culture is generating controversy

Kamal Nawash on Al Jazeerah to Comment on FBI tactics

July 23, 2011 Norway attacks suspect admits responsibility

In comments from 2009-2010 to other people's articles on another website, Document, which calls itself critical of Islam, Breivik criticised European policies of trying to accommodate the cultures of different ethnic groups

July 23, 2011 Palestinians turn against Syria's regime

Palestinians in Syria are beginning to turn against a dictatorship that for decades used its claims of resisting Israel and fighting for Palestinian rights as justification for the repression of its own people.

July 22, 2011 Jordan's Protesters Ask Little, and Receive Less

Jordan's foreign allies have provided the king valuable cover, including Saudi Arabia, the kingdom's most generous financial benefactor, and the United States, which provides political and military support

July 22, 2011 In Palestinian city, diggers uncover biblical ruin

Archaeologists unearthing a biblical ruin inside a Palestinian city in the West Bank are writing the latest chapter in a 100-year-old excavation that has been interrupted by two world wars and numerous rounds of Mideast upheaval.

July 21, 2011 US-Syrian expats raise concerns during meeting with Assad

Amidst escalating tensions in his country, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with two groups of prominent Syrian expats from the United States over the past two weeks.

July 20, 2011 Communique in Response to the U.S. "National Strategy for Counterterrorism"

AILC members have joined together to help wage, and win, the ideological struggle (jihad) against Islamism from within the House of Islam.

July 17, 2011 Egypt Military Moves to Cement a Muscular Role in Government

The military-led government, in turn, has appeared to respond to public demands with repeated concessions - including replacing an interim prime minister with the handpicked choice of the Tahrir protest leaders, arresting Mr. Mubarak and his two sons and releasing jailed activists.

July 12, 2011 Israel expands its borders into Europe

In 2010, Israel faced the worst kind of media exposure when its military raided the Mavi Marmara, shooting dead nine activists and wounding 40 others, evoking global condemnation and a beginning a tectonic shift in its relations with Turkey.


If one were to apply Spencer's method of interpreting the Quran, it would be possible for him to use verses in the Old Testament to promote terrorism.... Presumably he was referring to Numbers 31:7 & 8, Deuteronomy 7 and I Samuel 15:3 in which commands are given to annihilate tribes known as the Midianites, Caananites and Amalakites.

July 6, 2011 Why I Support the Return of the Palestinians

The Palestinians are not an obscure mean folk. They created the Star of Ghassul, wrote the Bible, built the temples of Jerusalem and Garizim, the palaces of Jericho and Samaria, the churches of the Holy Sepulchre and Nativity, the mosques of Haram a-Sharif, the harbours of Caesarea and Akka, the castles of Monfort and Belvoir. They walked with Jesus, defeated Napoleon and bravely fought at Karameh. In their veins, the blood of Aegean warriors, Bene Israel, David's heroes, the first Apostles of Christ and Companions of the Prophet, of Arab riders, Norman Crusaders and Turkmen chieftains blended in the unique composition. Its spark did not run out: the poetry of Mahmud Darwish, the wisdom of Edward Said, the perfect olive oil, the fervour of prayers and the valiant courage of intifada prove it.

July 2, 2011 Chasing a Mirage: The tragic illusion of an Islamic state

This book is an appeal to those [Muslims] who are chasing the mirage of an Islamic State. I hope they can reflect on the futility of their endeavour.... Islamists working for the establishment of an Islamic State are headed in the wrong direction.

June 29, 2011 Jewish and Arab Anti-Semitism - "We are killing each other for nothing."

"Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation."

June 16, 2011 Palestinian PM supports Israel's Stanley Fischer for IMF top job

Salam Fayyad, former senior IMF official, says Bank of Israel governor would make a 'great managing director' for the world financial body.

June 12, 2011 Our Last Best Chance: The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril by King Abdullah II of Jordan

Seen as a moderate by the West, King Abdullah II of Jordan has his critics at home says Simon Scott Plummer reviewing Our Last Best Chance: The Pursuit of Peace in a Time of Peril.

June 11, 2011 Palestinians Of A Jewish Origin Part One

A video that shows that the majority of the Palestinians are of Jewish origin. David Ben Gorion stated in his book that the Palestinians have Jewish blood flowing through their veins. Hebrew University had done genetic tests on Palestinians which showed that they have the Cohen genome in their DNA and only the Jewish people have this chromosome in there DNA. Jews are fighting their brothers.

June 11, 2011 Netanyahu and the one-state solution

it is high time for a Jewish Israeli and Jewish American Awakening, one that will force their respective leaders to support a viable democratic future for the Jews and Palestinians living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

May 25, 2011 Arab World Shapes White House Week

President Obama got his hands deep into the conflicts and turmoil in the Middle East this week, giving a speech about the Arab Spring and the questions it raises for stability in the region. NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro has this roundup of the week's events.

May 19, 2011 Netanyahu Rejects Obama Call for Palestinian State Based on 1967 Borders

The Israeli Prime Minister calls Obama's plan for Israel to pull back its borders to pre-1967 Six-Day War "indefensible."

May 16, 2011 What the Muslim world needs to hear from Obama

It feels like domestic politics -- and not meaningful change in the Middle East -- is on the president's mind.

May 16, 2011 The Arab Revolution is knocking at Israel's door

Israel blames Assad and Iran for border infiltration on Nakba Day.

May 9, 2011 Article on Muslim Brotherhood Website: U.S. Terrorism Worse than Bin Laden's

Muslim Brotherhood says Bin Laden "erred in some of his deeds," but claims the U.S. humiliated regimes and peoples, stole their lands, and plundered their resources.

May 9, 2011 Bin Laden's Secret Life in a Diminished World

American officials believe that Osama bin Laden spent many hours on the computer, relying on couriers to bring him thumb drives packed with information from the outside world

May 3, 2011 Saudi Arabia Hopes Laden Death to End Terrorism

Bin Laden's death in a firefight with U.S. troops may undermine the ideology behind terrorism, the Saudi Press Agency said today, citing an unidentified government official. Saudi citizens have "been among the most targeted ones" by the terrorist group, it said.

May 3, 2011 Let's celebrate bin Laden's departure

let us give thanks to the men and women of the United States armed forces. Their sacrifice and that of their families have sustained the American cause at home and abroad for the past decade

April 28, 2011 Embattled Arab Leaders Decide It's Better to Fight Than Quit

Arab leaders facing public revolt have increasingly concluded that it is better to shoot to kill, or at least to arrest and imprison, than to abdicate and flee.

April 21, 2011 Are Burqa-Inspired Fashions Glorifying Female Oppression or Encouraging Women to Dress More Conservatively?

"I think conservative Muslims would be pleased if their required dress code becomes fashion. Conservative Muslims absolutely detest women dressing as sexual objects or so revealing as to suggest that their value is their sexuality," she said. "Thus, when conservative Muslim women view other women dressing conservatively they become happy even if the non-Muslim women are merely dressing for fashion."

April 18, 2011 Hamas in predicament over Syria and Muslim Brotherhood

Hamas has found itself in a predicament over the clash between its solidarity with Muslim Brotherhood elements in Syria interested in toppling the regime, as well as with Sheikh al-Qaradawi's attack on Bashar al-Assad, and its dependence on the assistance provided by the Assad regime to its infrastructure and terrorist activity.

April 16, 2011 U.S. Policy in the Levant: Islamism for Syria, Ruin for Israel

Today's bottom line, then, is that Syria has entered the so-called "Arab Spring" with a president who is not as fully in control of the country as was his father; who is dealing with Islamist leaders who are more powerful and popular than ever before

April 16, 2011 The Arab awakening and Syrian exceptionalism

Assad already had implicitly acknowledged internal dissatisfaction with the administration of the state. He also had recognized that the new Arab consciousness required real popular participation in decision-making. But, at the same time he noted, in the external sphere, Syria has stood on the right side of history

April 10, 2011 Understanding the Alawis of Syria
April 8, 2011 Egyptian Presidential Candidates

The Egyptian presidential elections are expected to be held toward the end of 2011. Egypt's past presidential elections have featured a single candidate, to be approved or rejected by the public. Now, however, the recent amendments to the constitution and laws allow multiple candidates, and numerous figures from diverse sectors have indeed declared their intention to run.

March 28, 2011 Miral: movie review

"Miral" is by no means the first film from a Palestinian point of view to show up in the United States, but it's likely to be the highest profile, both because of the critical reputation of director Julian Schnabel and because it's coming from The Weinstein Company

March 28, 2011 The Brave Arab Generation

I was dismayed to find that instead of welcoming my remarks, my colleagues at State and USAID criticized me for bringing up "certain topics simply too sensitive to be openly debated in such a forum," and they even tried to prevent me from further official travel to the region. It is a shame, since it is still true today that the United States and the Arab world badly need to engage each other in a frank but respectful dialogue to find common ground and to make advancements together.

March 23, 2011 Why Saudi Arabia is stable amid the Mideast unrest

Economically, Saudi Arabia is able to fund projects that satisfy the needs of its growing population. Record revenue from energy exports has been invested in infrastructure and social services.

March 21, 2011 Israel Army confirms that monitors Liberal Groups
March 15, 2011 Libya: Saif's Hands Were Clean - But Now He Has Joined the Murderous Regime

In an open letter to Saif Al-Islam, the son of Libyan ruler Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi, Libyan intellectual Dr. Muhammad 'Abd Al-Mutallib Al-Houni, who for years served as advisor to Saif Al-Islam, wrote that the latter used to fight for justice and dream of prosperity, and had been innocent of the crimes of the regime. But today, he noted, he has decided to "don his father's cloak contaminated with 40 years of his deeds."

March 15, 2011 Libya: Saif's Hands Were Clean - But Now He Has Joined the Murderous Regime

In an open letter to Saif Al-Islam, the son of Libyan ruler Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi, Libyan intellectual Dr. Muhammad 'Abd Al-Mutallib Al-Houni, who for years served as advisor to Saif Al-Islam, wrote that the latter used to fight for justice and dream of prosperity, and had been innocent of the crimes of the regime. But today, he noted, he has decided to "don his father's cloak contaminated with 40 years of his deeds."

March 15, 2011 Palestinian Prime Minister Reacts to Killing of Israeli Family

A horrible murder has occurred and this killing of three innocent Israeli children by an unknown assailant should not and must not be condoned.

March 10, 2011 Episcopal leaders dismayed at Israel's denial of Jerusalem bishop's residency permit

The Episcopal bishops of Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., have in separate statements decried the decision by Israel's Ministry of the Interior to deny a residency permit for Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani and his family to live in Jerusalem.

March 8, 2011 Jordan's future challenges

King Abdallah has successfully steered Jordan's ship through the turbulent waters of a tempestuous regional context and a complex economic and social situation within the country

March 8, 2011 Transfer of Jobs to Asian Workers Feeds Discontent

Asians first began out-competing Arabs in service and construction jobs. But now Asians outnumber Arab guest workers in all but the most professional sectors, such as medicine and law

March 7, 2011 Rep. King Hearings on Radicalization of Muslims--How should Muslims respond?

It is a well known fact that American Muslims are perceived as extreme and radical by many Americans. Even if Representative King is insincere and has bad intentions, Muslim leaders should embrace the hearings and take the lead in understanding and eliminating the cause of radicalization, to the extent that it exists among Muslims in America. When Muslims take the lead in the fight against radicalism, extremism and terrorism then it will be difficult for their critics to cast the blame on all Muslims or Islam for the actions of a few deranged lunatics.

March 6, 2011 As Rep. Peter King's Muslim hearings approach, his past views draw ire

King was one of the most zealous American defenders of the militant IRA. He argued that IRA violence was an inevitable response to British repression and that the organization had to be understood in the context of a centuries-long struggle for independence.

March 6, 2011 'Qaddafi is Jewish and I'm His Cousin'

There have been rumors in the past about Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi's Jewish roots, and now it seems to be confirmed. Israel National News TV met with Gita Boaron, who claims that the Libyan dictator is indeed Jewish and that she is a distant cousin.

February 24, 2011 Jordan's future challenges

For years, King Abdallah has successfully steered Jordan's ship through the turbulent waters of a tempestuous regional context and a complex economic and social situation within the country.

February 20, 2011 Unrest Encircles Saudis, Stoking Sense of Unease

As pro-democracy uprisings spread across the Middle East, the rulers of Saudi Arabia - the region's great bulwark of religious and political conservatism - are feeling increasingly isolated


Obviously, Islamic states, as with any state based on religion, are much less likely to produce peace and prosperity. However, by the time supporters of religious states discover that such states produce failure; it is usually too late to do anything about their governments. Religious governments usually equate opposition to their rule with opposition to God, which is a strong deterrent to protesters.

February 13, 2011 U.S. eyes Egypt Islamists as extremist fears fester

U.S. officials are concerned that Islamic extremists may try to exploit Egypt's upheaval but are not yet convinced that the Muslim Brotherhood is necessarily a threat

February 13, 2011 Egypt's Path After Uprising Does Not Have to Follow Iran's

There is a fear in the West, one rarely echoed here, that Egypt's revolution could go the way of Iran's, when radical Islamists ultimately commandeered a movement

February 3, 2011 Foreign Policy: Don't Forget About Jordan

The kingdom is Israel's other peace partner and remains the keystone to a two-state Palestinian solution. It reliably backs American initiatives, from the invasion of Iraq to the anti-Iranian containment strategy. Its intelligence services have provided vital services during the war on terror, something rarely exposed. In return, Jordan has received enormous economic and military aid from Washington, reaping more than $7 billion since 2000 and enjoying $660 million in annual support through 2013.

January 31, 2011 Syria Strongman: Time for 'Reform' .

Syrian President says time for reform is at hand and that Syria is stable because the government walks hand in hand with its people

January 30, 2011 Israel 'anxiously monitoring' turmoil in Egypt

Continuing unrest in Egypt could pose a threat to the decades-old alliance with Israel, which is bracing for a possible backlash. Peace with Egypt is a cornerstone of Israel's regional strategy.

January 30, 2011 EGYPT: Muslim Brotherhood members escape prison, rally in Tahrir Square

One of the senior leaders of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, which wants to establish an Islamist state in the Arab world's most populous nation, told the Associated Press he was heading to Tahrir (or Liberation) Square to meet with other opposition leaders Sunday.

January 30, 2011 EGYPT: Opposition plans to negotiate with military, not president

Arab satellite network Al Jazeera has reported that Egyptian opposition leaders plan to negotiate a transition government with the Egyptian army, which maintained a heavy presence throughout the country on Sunday, and not longtime President Hosni Mubarak.

January 29, 2011 U.S. Democrats and pro-Israel lobbies slam Republican Senator's call to halt Israel aid

Republican Rand Paul wants to Cut U.S. Aid to Israel

January 29, 2011 Egyptians' Fury Has Smoldered Beneath the Surface for Decades

Egypt and the Birth of a New Middle East

January 26, 2011 Islamic Solution to the Arab-Israeli Conflict
January 26, 2011 Serving Up Palestine One Slice at a Time

Nearly every country in Latin America, Asia, and Africa has recognized Palestinian statehood and there are indications that many European nations will soon follow suit. Which leaves the United States, yet again, on the wrong side of history.

January 26, 2011 PLO Raises Flag over Washington

The PLO Raises Palestine Flag over Washington for the first time In Washington DC over objections from Jewish groups

November 9, 2010 'Four Lions' Film Tries to Prove Terrorists Can Be Funny

"The jihadists generally describe themselves as selfless people who are willing to sacrifice themselves for the sake of good and to stop injustice against Muslims," he told us. "'Four Lions' discredits and tears down the image that the jihadist try to paint for themselves, it eliminates the intrigue and mystique associated with the jihadist and instead shows them as a bunch of confused and uncertain idiots."

October 7, 2010 The Holyland Union Dream

One such model could be that of the European Union. It could satisfy the aspirations of both sides for separate national sovereignty and unique cultural identity in two separate nation states, while creating a common superstructure to promote shared interests and exploit joint resources in all the territory of the holy land they share.

October 1, 2010 Two suggestions to achieve a permanent Israeli-Palestinian peace

"If the enemy inclines towards peace, do thou incline towards peace also, and trust in God" (Quran ch. 8:61), and the Bible proclaims, "Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Mathew ch. 5:9), in the Psalms of David God commands him to, "Depart from evil, and do good; Seek peace and pursue it" (Psalms ch. 34:14).

September 4, 2010 Syria Moves to Curb Influence of Muslim Conservatives

The crackdown, which began in 2008 but has gathered steam this summer, is an effort to reassert Syria’s traditional secularism in the face of rising threats from radical groups

August 26, 2010 'Moderate' Muslim Tag Murky For Community

As the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks nears and as the nation is driven by a bitter debate about an Islamic center, two questions remain unanswered: who and what is a “moderate Muslim"

August 10, 2010 Arabs saved many Jewish lives during the Holocaust

Stories of Muslims who have shown compassion towards Jews during the Holocaust should be more widely known but for some reason remain hidden. A recent booklet titled “The Role of the Righteous Muslim...,” documents stories of Muslims who sheltered Jews in their homes, their farms and their workplaces during the Holocaust

August 1, 2010 Saudi Arabia and Syria Try to Douse Lebanon's Next Fire

The purpose of Assad and Abdullah's day trip was to meet with Lebanese leaders and discuss the implications of the potentially explosive upcoming report on the investigation into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Harir.

July 28, 2010 Obama's friend raising funds for new Gaza aid ship

A fundraising campaign is currently underway in the United States to finance the purchase of an American ship in an effort to break the Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip in the early autumn. The ship is to be named after U.S. President Barack Obama's book "The Audacity of Hope."

July 27, 2010 East Moves West: India, China's Growing Presence in the Middle East.

While the U.S. has come to take its unchallenged military primacy in the Middle East for granted, key Asian countries have also increased their Middle East presence.

July 6, 2010 Turning East, Turkey Asserts Economic Power

Today, Turkey is a fast-rising economic power, with a core of internationally competitive companies turning the youthful nation into an entrepreneurial hub, tapping cash-rich export markets in Russia and the Middle East while attracting billions of investment dollars in return

July 6, 2010 Tax-Exempt Funds Aid Settlements in West Bank

Believing that Christian help for Jewish winemakers here in the occupied West Bank foretells Christ's second coming

June 10, 2010 Israel as a Strategic Liability?

America's ties to Israel are not based primarily on U.S. strategic interests. At the best of times, an Israeli government that pursues the path to peace provides some intelligence, some minor advances in military technology, and a potential source of stabilizing military power that could help Arab states like Jordan.

June 6, 2010 South Korea lowers status of Peres visit due to Gaza flotilla raid

Vietnam asked President of Israel to cancel his visit due to anti-Israel sentiments in Vietnam, and the South Korean government has sent Jerusalem hints of crisis

June 6, 2010 Exit strategy: Lifting the Gaza blockade

Instead of insisting on continuing a failed policy , Netanyahu should pull himself together and minimize the damage of Israel's flotilla raid.

June 6, 2010 Integrate Palestinians into Israel

What would happen if Israel offers the Palestinian population Israeli citizenship? If the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria are given the right to vote in Israeli elections, like the Palestinians currently living in Israel, Israel would not cease to be a democracy. Nor would it cease to exist.

June 3, 2010 Israel Partly Reopens West Bank Road to Palestinians

Israel partly opened a major highway to Palestinian traffic, the latest twist in a road that has become a symbol of Segregation.

June 2, 2010 Israel worked to defuse rising international anger

The Turkish Parliament issued a resolution calling on the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to "reconsider all political, military and economic relations with Israel,"

May 16, 2010 Arab American Muslim--Miss USA

Rima Fakih, took home the crown, becoming the first Arab-American Muslim to be named Miss USA.

May 11, 2010 'Joining OECD is pure gain for Israel'

Israel was voted into the ranks of the Organization of Economic Development and Cooperation as a full-fledged member marking its status as a developed economy.

May 11, 2010 Welfare system could cause Israel to collapse, economist warns

Nearly one in five Israeli men between the ages of 35 and 54 do not work. As their numbers rise, so does the economic peril.

May 10, 2010 Jordan: Background and U.S. Relations

This report provides an overview of Jordanian politics and current issues in U.S.-Jordanian relations. It provides a brief discussion of Jordan's government and economy and of its cooperation in promoting Arab-Israeli peace and other U.S. policy objectives in the Middle East.

April 27, 2010 Saudi religious police chief backs mixing of sexes

For several weeks now, the ban has been a hot topic of newspaper columns and television talk shows, with both ultraconservative and moderate sheikhs weighing in on an issue that is increasingly on the front burner as Saudi Arabia seeks to diversify its economy.

April 26, 2010 An open letter to Elie Wiesel on Jerusalem

An outsider reading your letter would probably have concluded that peace has already taken root in the City of Peace.

April 14, 2010 Israel clamps down on West Bank "infiltrators"

Scope of new rule widening definition of residents permitted in occupied territory draws complaints: 'It's so vague that it could apply to tens of thousands of people'

April 12, 2010 Christian Science Monitor asks:

can the U.S. raise the pressure on Israel without cutting aid?

April 5, 2010 Cease-fire at risk as hostilities rise along Israeli border of Gaza

Hamas's prime minister in Gaza, on Friday asked the international community to intervene to prevent an escalation of hostilities

April 4, 2010 Saudi Women's Move Into Workplace Aids Bid to Diversify Economy

The king is pushing to raise women's employment in the world's largest oil exporter, where only 15 percent of the labor force is female. More working women would give Saudi and international companies higher-skilled employees, since almost 60 percent of Saudi university students are women

April 4, 2010 Naughty Lingerie in Conservative Syria

In the old souk of Damascus, shops have sprung up to sell sexy lingerie, catering mostly to men and tourists from elsewhere in the Middle East

March 26, 2010 Saudi Arabia rejects Pakistani diplomat Because of his name

Owing to an unfortunate matter of translation, Pakistani diplomat Akbar Zeb will not become the next Pakistani ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

March 26, 2010 Islamic-Christian celebration to honor the Virgin Mary

On the occasion of the Feast of the Annunciation, Lebanon's government launches a joint Christian-Muslim celebration in honor of Mary who is venerated in both communities.

March 22, 2010 Driving Drunk in Jerusalem

Israel needs a wake-up call. Continuing to build settlements in the West Bank, and even housing in disputed East Jerusalem, is sheer madness.

March 22, 2010 Why Israel and liberal American Jews are drifting apart.

Thomas Friedman of the New York Times spent last week arguing that Biden under-reacted to Israel's announcement about the new housing units in East Jerusalem, comparing Israel's policies to drunken driving. Richard Cohen of the Washington Post is writing a book arguing that the founding of Israel was a well-intentioned mistake.

March 18, 2010 Arab Liberals, Secularists Are Facing Jiha

On February 8, 2010, Qatari liberal published an article in the Kuwaiti daily Al-Jarida in which he drew public attention to the issue of incitement against secularists and liberals in the Arab world, a matter which he says has reached the proportions of a jihad war against them.

March 12, 2010 Conflicting Views of Saudi-Iranian Struggle

"[Today] Saudi Arabia is continuing the phase of independent policy, and wants others [to follow its lead].

March 12, 2010 Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Should Continue Even without Settlement Freeze

Arab foreign ministers, approved the renewal of indirect Palestinian-Israeli negotiations for a period of four months only

March 12, 2010 Welcome to Israel, Mr. Vice-President!

why should anyone be surprised by this sort of "in-your-face" reception? The Netanyahu government has been stonewalling Obama ever since the Cairo speech

February 15, 2010 Clinton gets royal treatment at Saudi king's retreat

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday got the royal treatment, literally, when King Abdullah invited her and her entourage to visit him at his winter retreat.

February 3, 2010 Palestinian premier speaks at Israeli conference

Before Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad stepped on stage here Tuesday before a gathering of Israeli intellectuals and policymakers, he had already been likened to Israel's founder, David Ben-Gurion, vilified as the leader of a movement bent on undermining the peace process and dismissed as a technocrat without popular support.

January 20, 2010 Palestinians in Gaza donate to Haiti

It might be one of the world's poorest areas, besieged by its neighbour Israel, but Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip have been donating what little they have to help those struck by the earthquake in Haiti.

January 17, 2010 I've changed my mind about a two-state solution

Israel's Palestinian settlements are now too extensive to make division of the land practical. Instead, it must be shared.

January 17, 2010 Tehran's Biggest Fear

The biggest threat to the ruling ayatollahs and generals in multi-ethnic Iran comes from increasingly aggressive separatist groups in Kurdish, Baluch, Azeri and Arab ethnic minority regions that collectively make up some 44 percent of Persian-dominated Iran's population.

January 17, 2010 Move The U.N. To Dubai

Dubai is the global capital of the future.

January 17, 2010 Syria wary of a raw deal

Damascus has to weigh the political and economic repercussions of a free trade agreement with the European Union to avoid future misunderstandings

January 17, 2010 Assad's new regional strategy creates fresh options

Syrian President Bashar Assad has skillfully developed a new regional strategy. Compensating for Syria's military and economic deficiencies, this strategy has succeeded not only in lifting Damascus's regional isolation, but also in creating fresh options.

January 5, 2010 The Islamic and Western social contracts

I read about the western social contract when it occurred to me that Islam has also articulated and outlined a social contract for the Muslims.

October 11, 2009 In Saudi Arabia, a Campus Built as a 'Beacon of Tolerance'

At King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, men and women take classes together. Women are not required to wear abayas or veil their faces -- and they can Drive.

October 11, 2009 Smart Planning Help Arabs Survive global Recession

The Middle East has weathered the global economic downturn better than other parts of the world because its energy exporters were able to tap billions of dollars in oil profits collected when prices were booming

September 2, 2009 Al-Maliki Turns His Back on Iran, Embraces Iraqi Nationalism

Nouri Al-Maliki, who became prime minister of Iraq in 2006, was a compromise candidate. He was seen as the weakest of the available candidates - an unknown representative of the Islamic Al-Da'wa Party.

August 24, 2009 Iraq and Syria begin to rebuild old ties

Iraqi Prime Minister paid an important visit to Damascus this week. The visit was regarded by both sides as a milestone in the relationship between Syria and Iraq.

August 24, 2009 The Rise (and Fall?) of the Islamic Emirate in Gaza

On August 14, 2009, the radical Sheikh Musa denounced Hamas from the pulpit of a Mosque and declared the formation of an Islamic Emirate in Palestine.

August 24, 2009 Hamas Official: We Should Learn Lessons - Not Delude Ourselves That We Won the War

Senior Hamas official Ghazi Hamad, who in the past has not been reticent in criticizing his movement, wrote in a July 1, 2009 article on that the Arabs and Palestinians must stop depicting their defeats as victories.

August 17, 2009 Can Jordan build on its relative success?

Inside Amman: Peace and freedom make Abdullah's kingdom good for business. Now, the country has ambitious plans to take it to the next level.

August 17, 2009 New "Palestinian Areas Only" Visa Enrages Visitors

Israel has clamped new restrictions on visitors to the Palestinian Authority, stamping their passports with a visa that bars them from entering Israel.

August 14, 2009 A Fateh facelift?

If nothing else, it allowed over 2,000 members of the Palestinian Liberation Movement, or Fateh, to assemble in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, and begin the process of rejuvenating....

July 30, 2009 Obama Begins Pressuring Arab Leaders on Deal with Israel

Freezing the expansion of Jewish settlements in the West Bank was once seen as a unilateral Israeli obligation. But the Obama administration is now treating this as part of a package that will require concessions from Arab states as well.

July 30, 2009 US to set framework for resolving Palestinian-Israeli conflict

The US will set a framework governing the resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and will call on all parties involved to launch negotiations based on this, said Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit.

June 28, 2009 Saudi preacher praises U.S. President Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world

Saudi preacher praises U.S. President Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world and calls on the Muslims to respond to Obama's speech in kind.

June 18, 2009 Lebanese Shi'ite Politician Ahmad Al-Assad Attacks Iran, States: We Should Invest in Our Interests with The West

"Today, Among Shi'ite Circles, If You Do Not Toe the Line Marked By the Brothers in Hizbullah - Not Only Do They Label You a 'Traitor' and 'Collaborator,' But Also An 'Apostate'"

June 18, 2009 A New Vision for God's Holy Mountain

As the Obama Administration pursues the latest peace initiative in the Mideast amid renewed world hopes, it will ultimately face once again the seemingly intractable issue of the future status of the Temple Mount (Al Haram Al Sharif in Arabic).

June 7, 2009 Anti-Hizbullah Shi'ite Lebanese Movement

Activists from the Shi'ite anti-Hizbullah movement 'Lebanese Identity Union'(1) are reporting recently increasing violent interference with their activities by Hizbullah and Amal activists.

June 7, 2009 Reactions in the Arab World to Obama's Cairo Speech

The day after the June 4, 2009 address to the Muslim world by U.S. President Barack Obama, at Cairo University in Egypt, reactions in the government Saudi, Egyptian and Palestinian press reactions were diverse.

June 4, 2009 Text of Obama's speech in Cairo

Good afternoon. I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has had stood as a beacon of Islamic learning. And for over a century, Cairo University has been a source of Egypt's advancement. Together, you represent the harmony between tradition and progress.

April 30, 2009 America: a superpower no more

Two American icons, General Electric and Berkshire Hathaway, lost their triple-A credit ratings. Then China, America's largest creditor, called for a new global currency to replace the dollar just weeks after it demanded Washington guarantee the safety of Beijing's nearly $1 trillion debt holdings. And that was just in March.

April 8, 2009 The Doha Summit - A Defeat for the Saudi-Egyptian Camp

The Saudi-Egyptian pressure did prevent an invitation from being extended to Iran's president and to Hamas representatives, who had been invited to the previous Doha summit in January 2009.

April 2, 2009 Netanyahu Offers Conciliation, but Not Concessions

Taking over as Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu struck a somewhat conciliatory tone toward the Palestinians in an address Tuesday to Parliament, promising negotiations toward a permanent accord.

April 1, 2009 This Time, Israel should Listen to the Arabs

Unfortunately, the initiative offered by the Arabs does not seem to have any means of practical implementation on the ground, because of Israel

April 1, 2009 Arabs, Israelis, and Underdogs

"Who, a century back, would have imagined Jews making the better soldiers and Arabs the better publicists?"

April 1, 2009 UN: 70% of Palestinian youth oppose violence

Nearly 70 percent of Palestinian young adults believe the use of violence to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not very helpful, according to a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) study.

March 29, 2009 Syrian Reactions to Initial Contacts with Obama

According to the press, the U.S. has presented Syria with a list of preconditions for improving relations. At a press conference he held in Beirut, Kerry said that Syria must respect Lebanon's independence, advance a solution to the inter-Palestinian conflicts and the conflicts between Hizbullah and the other Lebanese factions, promote the implementation of U.N. Resolution 1701, and change its behavior towards Iraq.

March 26, 2009 Obama: Pro-Israel talk, anti-Israel walk

Barely a month into the presidency of Barack Obama, a profound realization is spreading among the pro-Israel community: we do not have an ally in the White House. The growing threat that Israel and the Jewish People now face demands decisive action to prevent the frightening reality that he may play a leading role in creating.

March 26, 2009 Reactions in the Arab Press to Arrest Warrant Against Sudanese President

The decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue an arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir was widely condemned by Arab officials. However, reactions in the Arab press were mixed.

March 26, 2009 Iran Supreme Leader's Reaction to President Obama's Message

Referring to President Obama's New Year's greeting, Khamenei said that it was not sincere, since even while greeting Iran Obama still accused it of sponsoring terrorism and of seeking to obtain nuclear weapons.

March 26, 2009 Palestinians Who Helped Create Israel

Along with the development of a military force (the Haganah), a modern economic infrastructure, and a democratic polity, this infiltration of Palestinian life ranks as one of Zionism's signal achievements. It meant that while the Zionists could unify and go on the offensive, "Palestinian society was preoccupied with internal battles and was unable to mobilize and unify behind a leadership."

March 11, 2009 The Pope Is Not Welcome in Jerusalem

"Pope Benedict is not welcome in the Holy Land in the present circumstances", - said Archbishop Theodosius of Sebaste, the highest ranking native Palestinian Christian clergyman in Jerusalem, after it was announced in Israel that the head of the Church of Rome will begin his May pilgrimage to the Holy City with obeisance to the Jewish Holocaust Memorial 'Yad Vashem'.

March 9, 2009 Rising Criticism of Child Bride Marriages in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi press has lately been discussing the custom of child bride marriage, especially cases of middle-aged or elderly men taking prepubescent girls for their wives.

March 8, 2009 British MP George Galloway in Gaza Defies International Sanctions against Hamas

"Maybe the American government, the British, and the Israelis don't recognize Ismail Haniya as prime minister of Palestine, but we recognize Ismail Haniya as the prime minister of Palestine.

March 6, 2009 Talking to Syria

What are the risks and opportunities of resuming high-level talks with the Syrians? And what effect might this diplomacy have on Israel, Iran and others in the region?

March 6, 2009 United States of Jordan is best solution to Palestinian issue??????

Senior Israeli defense expert: "U.S. should reassess two-state solution because it won't work and everyone knows it!"

March 5, 2009 For Saudi Liberals, a Ripple of Hope in a Sea of Tradition

The radicals’ popularity began to wane in 2003, when a series of brutal terrorist attacks here killed Saudis as well as foreigners. At the same time, public anger at the intolerance of the cane-wielding religious police has grown, fueled by a younger generation that is more exposed to the outside world.

March 4, 2009 From the start, Bridges TV amounted to a lie.

On the occasion of its launch the television channel "Bridges TV" won the enthusiastic support of Secretary of State Colin Powell. On the ideological level, Bridges TV was a fraud, pretending to be moderate.

March 4, 2009 "Berbers, Where Do You Stand on Palestine?"

Throughout the recent fighting in Gaza, the mainstream North African press was nearly unanimous in its support for the Palestinians and its condemnation of Israel. Some Berber groups, though, made a point of distancing themselves from this mainstream view - for which they were attacked by the Islamist press.

March 4, 2009 The Hamas Charter Is Not Sacred - It Can Be Amended

The London daily Al-Hayat published an article by Palestinian academic and journalist Dr. Khaled Al-Hroub, director of the Cambridge University Arab Media Project, in which he calls on Hamas to amend its charter. Al-Hroub argues that the charter, which is replete with hostility towards the Jews, harms Hamas' image and the Palestinian cause as a whole.

February 16, 2009 "Only Nations Living in the Past Produce Martyrs"

Following are excerpts from interviews with Iraqi MP Iyad Jamal Al-Din. The interviews aired on Al-Jazeera TV on January 30 and February 2, 2009.

February 16, 2009 Keep Our Children from Embracing Terrorist Ideology

In a February 6, 2009 article in the Saudi Al-Riyadh daily, liberal columnist Mamdouh Al-Muhaini wrote that in order to keep their children from growing up to be terrorists, Saudi parents must inculcate in them a culture of tolerance and respect for people of all religions and cultures.

January 26, 2009 One-State is the Only Solution

Israelis and Palestinians can put an end to their ongoing conflict by trying to coexist in a unified state, says the leader of Libya.

January 26, 2009 Saudi Arabia's patience is running out

After Israel launched its bloody attack on Gaza, these pleas for optimism and co-operation now seem a distant memory. Unless the new US administration takes forceful steps to prevent any further suffering and slaughter of Palestinians, the peace process, the US-Saudi relationship and the stability of the region are at risk.

January 23, 2009 Divisions in the Arab World Regarding Palestine and Israel

During the recent conflict in Gaza, the divisions between the two camps in the Arab world were reflected in the terminology used by the Arab satellite news channels. Al-Jazeera, which is sponsored by Qatar and is identified with the Hamas-Iran-Syria axis, used the term "martyr" ("shahid") for those killed in Gaza; in contrast, Al-Arabiya TV, which is Saudi-owned, refrained from using this term.

January 11, 2009 U.S. Rejected Aid for Israeli Raid on Iranian Nuclear Site

President Bush deflected a secret request by Israel last year for specialized bunker-busting bombs it wanted for an attack on Iran's main nuclear complex and told the Israelis that he had authorized new covert action intended to sabotage Iran's suspected effort to develop nuclear weapons, according to senior American and foreign officials.

January 10, 2009 Israel/Palestine Conflict May Lead to Nuclear War

In the latest fighting, Israel has bombed the HAMAS controlled city of Gaza for the stated reason of neutralizing HAMAS and stopping them from firing rockets into Southern Israel. As of the date of this article, approximately 800 Palestinians and 10 Israelis have been killed.

January 9, 2009 An Unnecessary War

Palestinian leaders from Gaza were noncommittal on all issues, claiming that rockets were the only way to respond to their imprisonment and to dramatize their humanitarian plight. The top Hamas leaders in Damascus, however, agreed to consider a cease-fire in Gaza only, provided Israel would not attack Gaza and would permit normal humanitarian supplies to be delivered to Palestinian citizens.

January 9, 2009 Gandhi on Jews & Middle-East

My sympathies are all with the Jews. I have known them intimately in South Africa. Some of them became life-long companions. Through these friends I came to learn much of their age-long persecution. They have been the untouchables of Christianity. The parallel between their treatment by Christians and the treatment of untouchables by Hindus is very close. Religious sanction has been invoked in both cases for the justification of the inhuman treatment meted out to them. Apart from the friendships, therefore, there is the more common universal reason for my sympathy for the Jews.

January 9, 2009 Israel/Palestine Conflict May Lead to Regional War

Surprise, surprise, once again the Palestinian/Israeli conflict spirals out of control. However, this particular battle has produced circumstantial evidence that the conflict has become more dangerous than ever before. Unless a permanent solution is found soon, the violence may increase in severity until the conflict ends tragically.

December 30, 2008 Israel/Palestine and Gaza

Once again the Palestinian/Israeli conflict spirals out of control and unless a permanent solution is found the violence will continue to increase in severity until the conflict ends tragically.

December 18, 2008 "It's Not Enough for Muslims to be Revolted by Terror,"

"Since the evil attacks of September 11, moderate Muslims dread the news of yet another 'holy attack' in which the name of their religion which means peace is used as an excuse for bloodthirsty savagery.

December 18, 2008 Muslims can learn from Catholic Church

Egyptian human rights activist posted an article in which he appealed to Muslims worldwide to learn openness from the Catholic Church in France. He said that Muslims should emulate France's attitude towards its Muslims in their own treatment of minorities in Muslim countries.

December 18, 2008 Secularism Will Triumph in the Arab World

On May 15, 2008, the liberal Arab website published an interview with prominent Jordanian-liberal author Dr. Nabulsi who discussed the meaning of secularism and its importance to the Arab world.

December 18, 2008 Calls in Iran to Topple Egyptian, Saudi Regimes

Iran's attacks and accusations against Egypt and Saudi Arabia have recently intensified. In early December, Iran's leading conservative government dailies accused the Egyptian and Saudi regimes of treason, and called on their peoples to topple their regimes.

December 18, 2008 Lebanese Sunni Cleric Attacks Iran and Hizbullah, States

"I wish terms like 'terrorism' and 'fundamentalism' would not be used in a hostile manner with regard to Muslims. We

November 26, 2008 Minister Condemned extremism in Saudi Arabia and called for eradication.

Saudi Interior Minister Appeals to Religious and Education Establishments to Fight Ideological Extremism in the Country

November 22, 2008 Palestinian security gets a feminine touch

Using female police officers in the field is part of the latest PA effort to help President Mahmoud Abbas better control the West Bank and Hamas. Although there's also been an overall expansion of the police force, security officials see women as key to a new, hearts-and-minds strategy.

November 20, 2008 Impact of Low Oil Prices on Arabs

After a hefty spike in oil prices in the preceding year, reaching as high as $147 a barrel in July 2008, prices plummeted in the subsequent four months to below $55

November 20, 2008 Who killed Gen Alvi in Pakistan?

The authorities investigating the murder of Maj-Gen (retd) Amir Faisal Alvi, former General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the elite Special Services Group (SSG), by two unidentified gunmen in Rawalpindi do not rule out the possibility of involvement of some pro-Taliban militants in the assassination.

November 17, 2008 Saudi Arabia's funding deserves reciprocity

The participation of Saudi Arabia in the G20 may have been viewed in the past with a certain scepticism. There remains a perception among western policymakers that Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states are sources of funds rather than agenda setters.

November 13, 2008 Israeli President directly addressed Saudi Arabian King

Israeli President Shimon Peres directly addressed Saudi Arabian King Abdullah from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today, praising the Arab leader's appeal for religious tolerance and his ideas for Middle East peace.

November 5, 2008 Initial Arab Media Reactions to Obama's Election

Initial reactions in the Arab world to the outcome of the U.S. presidential election focused on several aspects. While some writers discussed which candidate would be better for the Arabs, others compared the democratic process in the U.S. with the situation in the Arab world, where such turnover in government is impossible.

October 30, 2008 Islamists Attempt to Impose Their Agenda on Kuwaiti Society; Reformists Fight Back

the Kuwaiti parliament reinstated the Committee for the Study of Negative and Alien Phenomena in Kuwaiti Society. The goals of the committee, whose members are mostly Salafi MPs, is to study "alien practices and other negative phenomena that are harmful to Kuwaiti society,"

October 30, 2008 Oil and Iran

The sharp decline in oil prices has provided the Saudis with an opportunity to inflict pain on Iran and constrain its political ambitions for regional hegemony by keeping oil production high and oil prices down.

October 22, 2008 Christians and Jews Under Islam

This article will show that, for centuries, perhaps a millennium, during which Islam dominated the area, conflict between Jews, Christians and Muslims was the exception, not the norm.

October 21, 2008 Why Barak is Winning?

Recall that Obama gained credibility by opposing a war that turned into the most expensive military adventure in America history. It is no secret that most of the international community, including most of our allies, considered the Iraq war "unjustified."

October 9, 2008 Syria reaches out for growth

Sitting in his plush new office in an up-market neighborhood of Damascus, deputy prime minister for economic affairs Abdullah Dardari - the man tipped to be named Syria's next prime minister - is adamant his country is beginning to move with the times.

October 7, 2008 Avoiding economic terrorism

Western Christians are unaware that the Qur'an honors Jesus as a "Spirit of God," "the Messiah," "Word of God," the "Word of truth," supernaturally conceived and sinless. The Qur'an also states that Jesus had power to heal the sick, raise the dead, and one day will judge the world of its sin. In other words, perhaps the Christian West and the Muslim East are not the bitter enemies often described but more like feuding cousins who have forgotten that they are kin. So what can be done?

October 5, 2008 SYRIA: Al Qaeda mastermind said to be captured

According to a report in the Arab-language Syrian newspaper Al Liwaa, Syrian officials captured the leader of the Al Qaeda-linked militant group Fatah al Islam two months ago in Syria.

October 5, 2008 The Man in the Middle

King Hussein of Jordan (1935-99)was the great survivor of Middle East politics. For almost half a century until his death in 1999 he balanced delicately between the Arab world, Israel and the United States.

October 2, 2008 The Rise of Fundamentalism Led Me to Turn from Literary Criticism to Criticism of the Arab-Islamic Heritage

Just as secularism emerged in Europe as a remedy to Protestant-Catholic sectarianism, so it is needed in the Arab world to overcome sectarian divisions and pave the way for a democratic future.

October 1, 2008 President Bush sends holiday greeting to Muslims

I send greetings to Muslims everywhere celebrating the Festival of Breaking the Fast.

September 30, 2008 Israel's elections--Kadima charts uncertain course

Across Israel on the eve of the recent primary election likely to decide the next prime minister, most Israelis shared the same feeling: apathy.

September 30, 2008 Iraqi Kurds Speak Out Against Separatism

Several Kurdish writers have warned of the dangers of unilaterally declaring an independent Kurdish state in Iraq.

September 7, 2008 Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas leader, becomes a Christian

The son of one of the most revered leaders of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has renounced his religion to move to America and become an evangelical Christian.

August 24, 2008 The Price of Oil

Most politicians and writers, who comment on the recent rise in the price of oil, its causes, and implications, simply have no clue what they are talking about. The world is not facing an oil crisis and the price of oil is not exclusively determined by OPEC or any other organization or cartel.

August 20, 2008 Reactions in the Iraqi Press to the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Agreement

Leaked information regarding the agreement sparked wide-scale protest in Iraq, mainly on the grounds that it would severely harm Iraqi sovereignty and perpetuate "occupation."

August 20, 2008 Iran Threatens to Close Strait of Hormuz If Attacked

Following recent threats by Iranian government elites,(1) in the past several days senior Iranian officials have emphasized that if it is attacked, Iran intends to close the Strait of Hormuz, thereby impeding the export of oil from the Gulf to the rest of the world.

August 20, 2008 Suicide bomber kills 43 in Algeria

A suicide attack Tuesday on a police school killed 43 people and wounded 38, authorities said as Algeria reeled from its worst militant assault this year.

August 12, 2008 Saudis Praise Spain

Following Saudi-Sponsored Madrid International Interfaith Conference, Saudis Praise Spain: "Madrid Speaks Arabic"

July 23, 2008 Senior Saudi Cleric: Bin Laden "Is a Promoter of Evil and Depravity"; Al-Zawahiri Is a "Deviant"

"These deviants, who were not tolerated in their [own] countries, went to Iraq and to other countries with the purpose of destroying the [Saudi] kingdom. Whoever cooperates with these [terrorists] or responds to their appeals is regarded as a criminal.

July 18, 2008 Syria's first lady is the more glamorous, modern face of the nation

What would it take to distract the international paparazzi from France's first lady? The answer was Asma al-Assad, the wife of the Syrian President,

July 17, 2008 Saudi King Denounces Extremism, Touts Islam's 'Moderation and Tolerance'

In a bid to counter Iran's influence and establish himself in the eyes of the West as the dominant figure in the Muslim world, Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is here to preach that "Islam is a religion of moderation and tolerance" to a group of bishops, rabbis, swamis, and other religious leaders.

July 17, 2008 Saudi king appeals for tolerance

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has called on followers of the world's main religions to turn away from extremism and embrace a spirit of reconciliation.

July 17, 2008 Arab Country Appoints Jewish woman as US Ambassador

This is a remarkable example of traditional Arab tolerance and a sign that hostile relations between Jews and Arabs are beginning to subside. Throughout the last 1400 years Jews have had better relations with Muslims and Arabs than any other part of the world where Jews lived.

July 16, 2008 Science in Muslim countries today

With more than a trillion dollars in cash and a population of over a billion people the Muslim world today should be poised for a remarkable scientific explosion.

July 8, 2008 Exciting Event on Israel-Palestine

You are cordially invited to participate in an exciting event that brings together Israelis, Palestinians, American Jews and American Arabs to debate solutions to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.

July 4, 2008 Judeo-Christian "Rights of Liberty" and Muslim "Rights of Justice

As you consider the arguments comparing and roughly equating "liberty" and "justice" which are made by this essay, keep in mind the wording of the American Pledge of Allegiance: "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands -- one Nation, under God, with LIBERTY and JUSTICE for all."

June 25, 2008 Saudi Arabia arrests 701 terrorism suspects

Saudi Arabia has detained 701 suspects of different nationalities in recent months for involvement in terrorist activities, an official source at the interior ministry said on Wednesday.

June 19, 2008 Interview with Syrian President Assad about Israel, Barak...& peace

In a recent interview with the English-language Indian daily The Hindu, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad discussed a variety of foreign and domestic issues.

June 15, 2008 Islamic clerics converged on the Indian capital for the Anti-Terrorism and Global Peace Conference

Thousands of Islamic clerics from across India converged in the Indian capital for the Anti-Terrorism and Global Peace Conference, held by the Assembly of Indian Clerics, a countrywide network of Islamic scholars.

June 7, 2008 It's Muslims who Hurt Islam

The recent re-publication of a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad by the Danish press and release of Dutch MP Geert Wilders' film "Fitna" have precipitated a wave of Muslim protest, some of it violent, throughout the world.

June 7, 2008 It's Time to Talk to Syria

The recent announcement of peace negotiations between Israel and Syria through Turkey, and the agreement between the Lebanese factions in Qatar both apparently without meaningful U.S. involvement should serve as a wake-up call that our policy of nonengagement has isolated us more than the Syrians.

June 6, 2008 Dubai Rides the Oil Boom

It was the kind of publicity stunt upon which this desert boomtown was built. Dubai's iconic sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel recently began offering what it billed as the world's most expensive cocktail. Well-heeled patrons could order a glass of 55-year-old Macallan single-malt Scotch, with custom-made bitters and ice cubes made from water near the Scottish distillery, served in an 18-carat gold Baccarat tumbler. All for just $7,440 a pop.

June 4, 2008 The Jihadists' Quest for Religious Legitimacy

In recent years, the Salafi movement has seen the emergence of a new conception of, and basis for, religious authority.

April 25, 2008 Draft Agreement between Taliban Commander and the Pakistani Government

Yousuf Raza Gilani of the Pakistan People's Party was sworn in as prime minister of Pakistan. His government is advocating dialogue with the Taliban, as is the secular government of the North West Frontier Province.

April 24, 2008 implementing shari'a law in Britain constituted a war against the Enlightenment

Libyan liberal thinker Muhammad Al-Houni writes that the statements by Archbishop Rowan Williams on implementing shari'a law in Britain constituted dangerous encouragement to fundamentalists in their war against the Enlightenment.

April 24, 2008 Arab and Palestinian press on HAMAS

Following the recent escalation in the Hamas-Israel conflict, Arab officials and columnists have been criticizing Hamas in the Arab and Palestinian press, blaming it for the escalation of violence and for the Gaza residents' suffering.

April 24, 2008 High oil price might not be a bad thing

Oil is in blow-off territory and a reaction in the price is inevitable, probably quite soon. But that does not mean that we will return to cheap oil in our lifetimes.

March 31, 2008 Reverse Radicalism

Why do people join terrorist groups?

March 31, 2008 Gaddafi's love-hate relationship with Islamists

The LIFG was established with the purpose of overthrowing Col. Mu'ammar Gaddafi's regime and recreating Libya as an Islamic state

March 31, 2008 Saudi Arabia: Muslim leaders welcome royal call for interfaith-dialogue

The Saudi proposal for dialogue between Muslims, Christians and Jews is the first for a country that has no official ties with Israel and bans non-Muslim religious services and symbols.

March 31, 2008 A Saudi initiative to be encouraged

The launching of an interfaith dialogue by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is a remarkable development that should be warmly welcomed by the Jewish people.

March 31, 2008 Pakistani PM vows to fight terror

Pakistan's new Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gillani, has told parliament in Islamabad that his top priority will be the fight against terrorism.

March 31, 2008 Lifting Ban on Women Driving Will Bring Economic Windfall

"Overall, lifting of the women driving ban in Saudi Arabia is expected to have a major effect on the local economy in three different ways," said Dr. John Sfakianakis, chief economist at the Saudi British Bank (SABB) in Riyadh.

March 23, 2008 First Catholic church for Saudi Arabia

Negotiations are underway to build the first Catholic church in Saudi Arabia with King Abdullah lending his support for its construction.

March 19, 2008 Interview with Al-Qaeda commander in northern Iraq

Al-Qaeda Commander in Northern Iraq: We Are in Dire Straits

March 19, 2008 Arab society and culture were "regressing, not progressing"

Arabs "are living in a world of the supernatural," not today's world of "logic," and that the "so-called religious awakening" had turned everything upside down.

March 5, 2008 Obama and Carter and Israel

Mortimer B. Zuckerman, Editor of US News & World Report and a supporter of Israel stated that he did not yet know who among the three leading presidential candidates, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, is best for Israel.

March 4, 2008 Arab construction & Economic boom - No Limit in Sight

The world's tallest building, biggest mall, largest airport, largest arch bridge - the projects in the $1-trillion building boom in the Gulf are all about scale, about extreme engineering and about architecture.

March 3, 2008 Saudi Arabia: Nervously Watching Pakistan

No country in the world, except maybe India, is more concerned with the outcome of the political crisis that is gripping Pakistan than Saudi Arabia.

March 2, 2008 In Search for Peace, a Shrinking White House Role

As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice heads back to the Middle East this week, three months after Bush hosted a peace conference bringing together Israelis and Arabs in Annapolis, prospects for peace have shifted dramatically.

February 29, 2008 Saudi Arabia's Anti-Terror Campaign

In recent years, Saudi Arabia has been making intense efforts to fight both terrorism and its religious and ideological underpinnings.

February 26, 2008 Christians to Welcome Qatar's First Christian Church

The construction of a church in this tiny, oil-rich, conservative, Islamic state has been a historical landmark for the country's diverse Christian population

February 22, 2008 Slouching Toward Sharia

Our religious laws should be enacted by choice and choice alone in their whole and in their parts not as a system one chooses to enter or buck against.

February 15, 2008 Calls mount for time-limit on foreign workers in Gulf of Arabia

Support is growing for time-limits on the residency of the millions of expatriates living in the Gulf, seen by some of the region's governments and nationals as posing a demographic threat

February 15, 2008 Decline and Fall of Western Civilization

The European continent, the core of Western civilization is collapsing. European birth rates have fallen below replacement rates, populations are dwindling and slowly being displaced by large foreign Muslim populations. Wedded to socialism Europe faces a generation in which the elderly and their social services will vastly outnumber a far smaller population of youth leading to economic collapse.

February 11, 2008 Nuclear Weapons and Saudi Strategy
January 29, 2008 Hamas Fails to Understand that the Role of a Leadership Is to Protect the People

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat Editor: Hamas Fails to Understand that the Role of a Leadership Is to Protect the People and Guarantee Their Security and Livelihood

January 28, 2008 Terrorism's Christian Godfather

He was a Greek Orthodox Christian, who sang in his church choir as a boy back in the Palestinian town of Lydda. Habash's life tells us a lot about the long Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which seems as intractable as ever, and prompts reflection on the Middle East's seemingly unstoppable whirlwind of violence.

January 27, 2008 George Habash, a Christian and Palestinian Tactician, Dies at 82

"When we hijack a plane it has more effect than if we kill a hundred Israelis in battle... For decades, world public opinion has been neither for nor against the Palestinians. It simply ignored us. At least the world is talking about us now."

January 26, 2008 Christian Palestinian leader, George Habash dies in Amman

George Habash, founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) died in the Jordanian capital at the age of 82.

January 25, 2008 Saudi Arabia to lift ban on women drivers

Saudi Arabia is to lift its ban on women drivers in an attempt to stem a rising suffragette-style movement in the deeply conservative state.

January 24, 2008 Crowds of Gazans streamed into Egypt after the border fence was breached.

Crowds of Gazans streamed into Egypt after the border fence was breached. It was part of a Hamas pressure campaign to open the Rafah Crossing in contravention of agreements Egypt is a party to.

January 23, 2008 Any attack by Israel would also bring retaliation by Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hizbullah(2).

Following reports on Israel's January 17, 2008 test of the Jericho III missile, which has a range of 4,500 km, the Iranian website Tabnak wrote that the missile's addition to Israel's arsenal does not change the balance of power between Israel and Iran.

January 23, 2008 "The Lebanon War Announced the Birth of a New Era in the Region"

On January 9, 2008, the editor of the Arab liberal website Aafaq, Omran Salman, published an article analyzing recent developments in the Middle East through the prism of the U.S.-Iran conflict and arguing that Iranian hegemony over the region was becoming a reality.

January 22, 2008 "Bush a Liar, Cheat, Murderer and... Expert in Barbaric State Terrorism"

The recent visit by U.S. President Bush to the Gulf evoked harsh reactions from Qatari columnists, who maligned Bush personally and castigated him over his policy.

January 22, 2008 Saudi Arabia in Transition

The project is Saudi Arabia's boldest bet yet that this oil-rich kingdom can transform itself into an industrial powerhouse. The plant is part of a $500 billion investment program to build new cities, create millions of jobs and diversify the economy away from petroleum exports over the next two decades.

January 22, 2008 A New Arms Race in the Gulf?

The Joint Direct Attack Munition is a kit that, when added to the back end of a 500- or 2,000-pound "dumb" bomb, turns it into a lethal, all-weather "smart" weapon.

January 18, 2008 Abu Dhabi: East Leans West

Each month, 25,000 people from around the globe arrive in the United Arab Emirates, seeking jobs, contracts, and political stability.

January 17, 2008 Two Testimonies by Young Men Who Went to Wage Jihad in Iraq

Two testimonies by young men who went to Iraq to wage jihad were published recently.

January 17, 2008 Pakistanis Want Larger Role for Both Islam and Democracy

An in-depth survey of Pakistani public opinion reveals majority support for a moderate and democratic Islamic state, though a small but significant minority shows sympathy for Islamist militant groups.

January 17, 2008 Egyptian Liberal Hisham Al-Tukhi:"I Have a Dream"

In an article published recently on the Arab liberal websites, Egyptian liberal Hisham Al-Tukhi adapted Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech, urging full civil rights and equality for Egyptian minorities.

January 17, 2008 Syrian Government Officials Call on Arab Countries to Deepen Relations with Iran

Against the backdrop of President Bush's Middle East visit high-ranking Syrian government officials called on Arab countries to deepen relations and cooperation with Iran.

January 12, 2008 US President prays in Bethlehem

US President George W. Bush prayed at the traditional birthplace of Jesus on Thursday, in a Bethlehem swamped by security forces, his first stop on a pilgrimage to some of Christianity's holiest sites.

December 29, 2007 Call to free Iraq's Tariq Aziz

The spiritual leader of Iraq's Chaldean Christian community has called on US forces to release Saddam Hussein's ex-deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz.

December 29, 2007 US court overturns $156 million award in terrorism suit against Islamic charities

A United States federal appeals court on Friday overturned a $156 million award against US-based Muslim activists for their involvement in the

December 29, 2007 Who killed Benazir Bhutto?

Bhutto was an outspoken critic of Al Qaeda and other extremist Islamist groups. Consequently, Al Qaeda and other Islamist groups hated her for her

December 27, 2007 Pakistan's Bhutto assassinated at rally

Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally

December 26, 2007 Russia to supply Iran with new air defense system, defense minister says

Russia is to supply Iran with new S-300 air defense systems, Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said Wednesday, a sign of growing military

December 17, 2007 This Christmas Happy Hanukkah and a prosperous Eid

Abraham is also the patriarch of Christianity and Judaism which makes this holiday season especially important for Muslims as it provides them

December 16, 2007 Russia Helps Its Muslims Take the Journey to Mecca

Barred by the Soviets for decades from carrying out Islam's most sacred rite, such pilgrims were among the tens of thousands of Russian Muslims

December 7, 2007 Gaddafi, back in Europe, slams "dictatorship" at UN

Speaking at Lisbon University on his first ever official visit to Portugal, Gaddafi also criticised the fact that only a few select countries in the

December 7, 2007 Remarks on Violent Radicalization & Homegrown Terrorism

Mr. Speaker, I regret that I was unavoidably out of town on October 23, 2007, when a vote was taken on HR 1955

December 7, 2007 Britain unveils plans for new terrorism powers

Britain unveiled plans on Thursday for controversial new powers to extend the time police can hold terrorism suspects without charge

December 7, 2007 Jury in terrorism trial is deadlocked

A federal jury reported Thursday that it was deadlocked over whether to convict seven South Florida men accused of plotting terrorist attacks

November 29, 2007 Saudi oil plants targeted in missile plot

Officials said there were plans to attack oil industry targets and preparations were being made to smuggle missiles into the country.

September 15, 2007 A Veneer of Moderation

Federal prosecution is exposing the hidden agenda of some mainstream Muslim groups

September 12, 2007 Last Chance for Iraq

Iraqi forces' inability to takeover security operations may be the only leverage the United States has to facilitate reconciliation and a political solution between the parties in Iraq.

August 26, 2007 Can Americans Be Convinced Islam Isn't the Black Sheep of Religions?

Bear in mind that the number of Muslims who don't know that a fatwa isn't binding is matched by the number who think bin Laden is a religious scholar.

June 24, 2005 Speech by Kamal Nawash on Fighting Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims

FMC President Kamal Nawash represented the U.S. before the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in the session on combating intolerance against Muslims.