The Gaza Blockade: Health in Crisis

Posted by on August 04, 2010 in Blog
The health situation in Gaza, already worrisome during the early period of the blockade, was severely exacerbated in the aftermath of Israel’s assault on Gaza in 2008/09 (known as Operation Cast Lead), in which much of Gaza’s infrastructure destroyed with the possibility of repair due to the blockade.
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People Trapped, Economy Strangled

Posted by on August 04, 2010 in Blog
Under the blockade policy, Palestinians are forbidden to leave Gaza except in special cases. Those who can’t leave Gaza include many patients who need to leave for necessary treatment. Movement inside Gaza is also restricted by a unilaterally imposed “buffer zone” along the inside of the walls and fences surrounding Gaza. The buffer zone as enforced goes much deeper into Gaza than publicly acknowledged, taking up “between a quarter and a third of Gaza’s agricultural land.”
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Arabs Don’t Care About Palestine? Don’t Bet On It.

Posted by on August 02, 2010 in Blog
There are bad polls, and then there are bad interpretations of polls. Putting them together (i.e. a bad interpretation of a bad poll) can create a mess of misinformation, which is exactly what the New York Times gave us this morning.
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: P.J. Crowley, Robert Wexler, Hilary Shelton

Posted on August 02, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: July 29, 2010 On Thursday’s edition of Viewpoint with James Zogby: P.J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the State Department; Honorable Robert Wexler, former Florida Congressman and President of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace; Hilary Shelton, Director of the NAACP’s Washington Bureau.
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Dangerous Illusions

Posted on August 02, 2010 in Washington Watch
After a century in which tragedy has been heaped upon tragedy across the Middle East, it is distressing to see how many dangerous illusions still shape the behavior of so many of the region's principal players.
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US Administration Pressure on Abbas Mounting

Posted by on July 27, 2010 in Blog
According to press accounts, a senior US envoy has warned Palestinian President Abbas that he must quickly engage in direct negotiations with Israel if he wants President Obama’s help in the establishment of a Palestinian state
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Robert Malley, Ken Menkhaus

Posted on July 23, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: July 22, 2010 On Thursday's edition of Viewpoint with James Zogby: Robert Malley, Middle East and North Africa Program Director at the International Crisis Group, Washington, DC.; Ken Mekhaus, Somalia expert and Professor of Political Science at Davidson College, NC
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More on Sestak-Toomey Race

Posted by on July 23, 2010 in Blog

On July 13, we updated you on the new campaign launched by the Emergency Committee for Israel targeting Democratic candidates deemed not pro-Israeli enough. Their first target was Pennsylvania Senate candidate, Representative Joe Sestak and they began airing attack ads against him in local media markets. The Sestak campaign went directly to Comcast to try to prevent the ad from airing and made an interesting claim in the process. Also Coming to Sestak's defense was J Street who developed their own 30-second spot. It may only be July but it sure feels a lot like November.

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Would You Like a Tax-deduction with that Illegal Settlement?

Posted by on July 20, 2010 in Blog
The answer to that question for some American organizations is a resounding, yes!
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Daniel Levy, Nuh Yilmaz, Jafar Farah

Posted on July 16, 2010 in Viewpoint with James Zogby
Air Date: July 15, 2010 On Thursday’s edition of Viewpoint with James Zogby: Daniel Levy, Senior Fellow and Director of the Prospects for Peace Initiative at The Century Foundation and a Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Initiative at the New America Foundation; Nuh Yilmaz, Director of the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA); Jafar Farah, Director of the Mossawa Center.
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