60 Minutes Misses Crucial Fact on East Jerusalem

Posted by on October 18, 2010 in Blog
Yesterday, 60 Minutes ran a program exploring the volatile situation in the neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem, where confrontations between settlers and local residents are on the rise. While an important report, it missed a crucial fact.
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Illegal Israeli Settlements, There’s an App for That

Posted by on September 22, 2010 in Blog
Americans for Peace Now have launched a new app that allows users to track settlement activity in the West Bank. A simple download will let you get past the complicated data and see what's happening on the ground. It's a brilliant move that can transform the conversation about this issue.
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Losing Iowa

Posted by on September 10, 2010 in News Clips

Iowa may be the Achilles' heel in the fabled power of the Israel lobby. Unfortunately, Jews are losing the state.

There are about 6,000 Jews in Iowa according to the latest Statistical Abstract of the United States. That means only one in 500 Iowans is Jewish. By comparison, New York, California, and Illinois have 1.6 million, 1.2 million, and 278 thousand Jews, representing 8.3 percent, 3.3 percent, and 2.2 percent of their respective state populations. The challenge to maintain basic religious services in Iowa leaves little leadership to defend Israel and the Jewish people.

And yet, contrary to the coastal...

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Trying to Be Hopeful About Peace

Posted on August 30, 2010 in Washington Watch
A few years back when Washington was preparing for the then highly touted Annapolis Peace Conference, I remember commenting that I was "hopeful, but not optimistic".
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Direct ‘Final Status’ Negotiations Announced

Posted by on August 20, 2010 in Blog
Earlier today, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton announced the resumption of direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
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Palestine a “State of Jihad”?

Posted by on August 13, 2010 in Blog
Today, a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is widely accepted. But in a Washington Times commentary, readers are expected to suspend reason and be afraid, very afraid of a potential Palestinian state.
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Gazans Speak

Posted by on August 05, 2010 in Blog
A few weeks ago, Israel's attack on a Turkish flotilla heading to Gaza marked a turning point in international opinion about the Gaza Blockade. Since then, the Obama Administration has called on Israel to take steps to ease the blockade. We believe that Israel's policy is impossible to defend, and instead of just easing the blockade, it should be ended.
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Why Israel’s Blockade on Gaza Must End

Posted by on August 04, 2010 in Blog
Israel’s blockade of Gaza is counterproductive, immoral and illegal. Our government’s position on this flawed and tragic policy must change. We ask policymakers to consider the facts and work with our allies to end this policy. Doing so is in the best interest of the Palestinians, the Israelis, and our own national security interests.
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An Inhumane Blockade

Posted by on August 04, 2010 in Blog
Nearly 1.5 million Palestinians are trapped in Gaza, with 4 out of 5 depending on humanitarian aid agencies for basic necessities. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described the suffering inflicted on the people of Gaza by the blockade as “unacceptable.” The blockade’s purpose was not merely to keep weapons out of Gaza, but was deliberately designed to target the civilian population of Gaza, with bans on things like potato chips, soda pops, pasta, and other things that clearly posed no security threat.
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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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