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  • Is the settlement boycott misdirected?

    On the surface, the settlement boycott seems to be a wise 'middle way' for Jews that are critical of Israeli policy yet unwilling to join a Palestinian-led nonviolent initiative. However, it's a step that might prove to be counter-productive The Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) of Israel continues to be one of the most controversial issues regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a remarkably short time, the call has achieved numerous successes including the divestment of major European companies such Duestche Bahn in Israeli business deals, the support of international artists such as Roger Waters and the end…

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  • J-Street: A Palestinian’s perspective

    Very few Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza or even in the US knew about J Street ‘s second annual conference that took place in Washington, DC last week. Most Arabs don't know a thing about J Street. For a long time, Palestinians have only been aware of one Jewish Zionist lobby, known by the name AIPAC. J Street claims to be a new voice for the Jewish community, which is an important development and has found listening ears very quickly among thousands of Jews across the US. However, Palestinians are not concerned with the existence of new Jewish…

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  • Nabi Saleh Popular Committee leader arrested in a night raid

    Nagey Tamimi (47), a leader of the Popular Committee in Nabi Saleh, was arrested last night during a raid on his home. Dozens of soldiers surrounded and entered his home at 1:30 am, roused Nagey from his bed and arrested him. He was blindfolded, handcuffed and taken away. At the same time, soldiers raided the home of Bassem Tamimi, another leader of the Popular Committee. Soldiers broke down his door and found his wife, a B'tselem videographer, standing by herself with a video camera. They attempted to destroy the video camera and search the house. Since Bassem was not at home,…

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  • J Street director opens conference without saying "occupation"

    At last night's opening plenary of the second annual J Street Conference, there was one motif that expectedly prevailed: The two-state solution and its critical importance to the future of Israel. This is not surprising, but the importance of the two-state solution was expressed over and over again by Jeremy Ben-Ami through the statement that a (viable) Palestinian state must be established alongside Israel. We believe that the Palestinians too must have a national home of their own, living side by side with Israel in peace and security. This is in Israel’s interests. It is in America’s interests. It is…

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  • Between the lines (3 October): beyond the settlement freeze

    Headlines: >The top story in most outlets is the Israeli response to pressures to renew the settlement freeze, which lapsed last week. Ha’aretz and Yisrael Hayom [Heb] present Netanyahu’s position as uncompromising: he will only agree to limit construction. The two other dailies, on the other hand, claim that Netanyahu is still considering Obama’s offer of American security guarantees in exchange for sixty more days of freeze, and might discuss it with some ministers during the week. According to Ma’ariv, the sweetener will be continuation of construction that begun during the interim period (and settlers are indeed gearing up [Heb]).…

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