2015 News

November 15, 2015 In West Bank, rabbi leads search for peace, one olive harvest at a time

Arik Ascherman, who heads Rabbis for Human Rights, invokes texts that call for tolerance. For years he has worked to protect the Palestinian olive harvest from Israeli attacks.

November 8, 2015 Obama and Netanyahu: A Story of Slights and Crossed Signals

The tortured relationship between Barack and Bibi, as they call each other, has been a story of crossed signals, misunderstandings, slights perceived and real.

October 25, 2015 America is changing its mind on Israel

More and more people are seeing the oppression of the Palestinians and the denial of their rights as deeply resonant with what they fight against here in the United States. This is particularly true of the black community.

October 17, 2015 East Jerusalem, Bubbling Over With Despair

"You have a lot of evidence that you are not a human being," "... all the time as a Palestinian you feel that they want you out of the city. It's killing us from inside all the time."

October 16, 2015 Documentary about One-State Solution
October 16, 2015 Why it's time for Israel to close Temple Mount to Jews

Palestinians are convinced that Israel plans on usurping Al-Aqsa.

Until the Israeli government takes crystal clear action, such as closing the Temple Mount to Jews for a cooling-off period, there is no chance that the Palestinians' state of mind will change. If it doesn't change, this peculiar intifada will continue.

October 12, 2015 Historical Certainty Proves Elusive at Jerusalem’s Holiest Place

The question is where was the precise location of two ancient Jewish temples.

September 29, 2015 Why Merkel's Kindness to Asylum Seekers Could Reflect a German Soft Spot for Islam

It is an irony of history that the same Germany that had set out to exterminate one group of "Semites," the Jews, is now laying out the welcome mat for another Semitic group, the Arabs.

August 21, 2015 Black activists demand justice for Palestine

More than 1,000 Black activists, scholars and organizations have released a statement of solidarity with Palestine against Israeli oppression. The statement, published online at Ebony.com, marks an important milestone for international solidarity.

August 16, 2015 An Israeli-Palestinian Federation Is Still the Way

The old dream of a Semitic union still has a chance - a political and economic union similar to the EU.

August 14, 2015 Jimmy Carter Calls Out Israel on Permanent Apartheid

"The Netanyahu government decided early on to adopt a one-state solution & but without giving them [the Palestinians] equal rights." Carter accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of having pursued a policy of annexing and colonizing Palestinian land.

August 10, 2015 Vatican Demands Action Against Israeli Leader Who Called For Church Burnings

The Catholic Church called for an Israeli far-right leader to be indicted for encouraging his followers to burn down churches in Israel.

August 10, 2015 Israel's President Proposes Confederation with Palestinians

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has proposed the establishment of an Israeli-Palestinian "confederation" as a means of settling the perennial Middle East conflict.

August 9, 2015 Time is running out for Israelis, Palestinians

The so-called one-state solution is gaining support among desperate Palestinians and Israelis. In reality, the one-state situation already exists. Stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River is one state, or one autonomous authority, which is totally dependent in all the aspects of its development on Israel.

August 3, 2015 Israeli president threatened by Jewish extremist for condemning murder of Palestinian toddler

Reuven Rivlin, Israel's president, has complained to the police about a wave of online abuse and threats from Jewish extremists after he condemned the murder of a Palestinian toddler in an arson attack.

July 14, 2015 Video shows Israeli soldiers opened killing at an unarmed teenager

The case has raised issues of credibility and accountability in the military, whose conduct recently came under scrutiny in a United Nations report on last year's war against the militant Islamist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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July 14, 2015 The Iran Nuclear Deal: What You Need to Know

Its central achievement was to reduce Iran's existing stockpile of nuclear fuel and its capacity to produce new fuel to a level that would ensure it would take at least a year for Iran to manufacture enough fuel for an atomic weapon if it chose to violate the accord.

July 14, 2015 Details of Iran nuclear deal: Key points

Both sides committed to a series of steps which will last for six months, while a more conclusive deal is negotiated.

June 6, 2015 Fair to boycott Israel? Global momentum grows

In boardrooms and campuses, on social media and in celebrity circles, momentum seems to be growing for a global pressure campaign on Israel. The atmosphere recalls the boycotts that helped demolish apartheid South Africa a quarter century ago.

May 24, 2015 The story behind Palestine's canonized nuns

The Vatican gave Palestine three gifts, it recognized Palestine, thereby making the state of Palestine. The Vatican also ameliorated years of struggle by Palestinians by canonizing two Palestinian nuns. On the day the nuns were proclaimed saints, Pope Francis referred to the leader of the Palestine, an "angel of peace."

May 21, 2015 Give Up on Netanyahu, Go to the United Nations

Such a decision would encourage international boycotts of Israel and challenges to its legitimacy. Israel's status as a democracy would be widely questioned, and America's unconditional friendship and support would inevitably be eroded. These circumstances would be far more likely to change Israel's policies than any of the present strategies.

May 18, 2015 Modern Palestinian saints a message of peace, justice, and freedom

The birthplace of Christianity and home to the first Christian (lest we forget Jesus Christ), Palestine comprises some of the oldest Christian communities in the world. Our Christian population is an integral part of our fabric and collective struggle in face of the Israeli occupation, and this canonization highlights the prominent and essential feature of the Palestinian Christian community.


May 14, 2015 Israel steps up diplomatic action as fears grow over FIFA suspension4er5

ISRAEL started addressing complaints, in order to make them irrelevant by the time FIFA convenes at the end of the month. Thus, it was decided to ease the travel of players between Gaza and the West Bank, and to permit the arrival of teams from Iraq, Bahrain and Malaysia in the coming weeks.

May 11, 2015 Pope Francis will bestow sainthood on two Palestinian nuns

"The fact that Mariam (Maria) and Marie (Mary) Alphonsine, the first modern Palestinian saints, are both Arabs is a sign of hope for Palestine."

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.