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Gingrich Under Fire For Comments On Palestinians

12/11/2011

Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich stood by his assertion that the Palestinians are an "invented people," drawing criticism from other GOP candidates.

"Is what I said factually correct? Yes. Is it historically true? Yes," Gingrich said during a GOP debate Saturday night in Iowa. "We are in a situation where every day rockets are fired into Israel while the United States -- the current administration -- tries to pressure the Israelis into a peace process."

Palestinians Try To Enter Jerusalem On 'Freedom Ride'

11/15/2011

Several Palestinians tried to enter Jerusalem on an Israeli bus from the West Bank.

The Palestinians and activists were attempting to draw attention to the restriction of freedom of movement of the Palestinians in a campaign that imitates the Freedom Rides of the U.S. civil rights movement. West Bank Palestinians are not allowed to enter eastern Jerusalem without special permits.

The Palestinian activists waited for nearly an hour near the West Bank settlement of Psagot until a bus stopped to pick up six of them; several other buses rode by without stopping.

Blowing In The Wind

 Israel has agreed to the Mideast Quartet's latest proposal to resume negotiations without any preconditions, but the Palestinians are sticking to their demands for a settlement freeze and more before Mahmoud Abbas will sit down with Benjamin Netanyahu. 

 Meanwhile, the Netanyahu government announced new construction of Jewish housing in Gilo, just outside the Green Line, which many considered a snub of the Quartet's call for both sides to "refrain from provocative" and unilateral actions. 

Jewish Protestors Arrested At UN

09/23/2011
Staff Writer

Three days before a Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli security forces during a violent confrontation in the West Bank Friday, Rabbi Avi Weiss warned the United Nations that a Palestinian request for U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state might “inspire” violence.

Yuli Edelstein in the Dialogue Tent.

Palestinians Clash With Israeli Soldiers As Statehood Bid Looms

09/21/2011

An Israeli baby sustained a head injury as Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers ahead of the Palestinians' imminent statehood bid at the United Nations.

The 16-month-old girl was hit in the head with a rock during the Palestinian riots late Wednesday afternoon in the northern West Bank. She was rushed to a hospital in Petach Tikvah.

Gunshots were fired at a car traveling near the northern West Bank community of Karnei Shomron. Bullet holes were discovered in the car; no one was injured.

Obama To Palestinians: Drop The Unilateral Approach

President Barack Obama had a clear warning for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas: don't try to bypass direct negotiations, it won't work.

Meanwhile, In Yonkers, Israelis, Palestinians Meet

Carefully structured Dialogue Project aims to promote understanding on both sides.

09/20/2011
Jewish Week Correspondent

As Israeli and Palestinian officials made preparations for this week’s showdown at the United Nations, a small group of Jews and Muslims gathered in Yonkers last week to sort through their own feelings and see if they could better understand the views of the other side.

Dialogue Project founder Marsha Kannry. Her events “are about people listening to narratives they never heard about each other.”

Social Justice and National Security

Israel at the Brink… Of What?

09/08/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Taking Israel’s existential temperature right now and diagnosing exactly how to interpret what is going on there is no simple task.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Israel Strikes Gaza Targets As Concern Over Sinai Grows

08/18/2011
Staff Writer

Israeli warplanes attacked suspected terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip today, just hours after terrorists infiltrated into southern Israel to carry out a series of coordinated attacks that killed seven Israelis and wounded dozens of others.

As many as six Palestinians – including the chief of the Popular Resistance Committees – were reportedly killed in the Israeli attack on the Gaza city of Rafa. IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Ganz that Israel targeted that area because it is “where we believe the planners of the attack are based.”

Peres: 'No Basis' For Report That Israel Rejects Oslo Accords

07/26/2011

Israel denied a report that it may declare void the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians.

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