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Why Do So Many Americans Fear Muslims? Decades of Denial About America’s Role in the World.

There’s been lots of attention-grabbing opposition to Trump’s “Muslim ban” executive order, from demonstrations to court orders. But polls make it clear public opinion is much more mixed. Standard phone polls show small majorities opposed, while web and automated polls find small majorities continue to support it. What surprises me about the poll results isn’t that lots of Americans like … Continue reading Why Do So Many Americans Fear Muslims? Decades of Denial About America’s Role in the World.

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President Donald Trump holds a press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 for the two leaders' first in-person meeting since Trump took office.

New Military Alliance to Be Formed in Middle East

Combining available information to get the whole picture, one can see the situation in the Middle East changing drastically, especially as the US strategy is reviewed and new alliances are formed. The Trump administration is in talks with Middle East allies about forming a military alliance that would share intelligence with Israel to help counter … Continue reading New Military Alliance to Be Formed in Middle East

Israeli security forces hold a position during clashes with Palestinian stone throwers following a demonstration demanding that Israeli authorities return the bodies of Palestinians killed during attacks on Israel, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Jan. 26, 2017

Trump Says Palestinian Statehood Isn’t Necessary for Peace. Netanyahu Calls Him the Greatest.

President Trump wiped away 15 years of U.S. policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during a White House press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday afternoon, explaining his view that statehood for Palestinians is not necessary for peace. “So I’m looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like,” Trump said as … Continue reading Trump Says Palestinian Statehood Isn’t Necessary for Peace. Netanyahu Calls Him the Greatest.

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Trump and Israel: Flashpoint of Jerusalem Hangs over White House Meeting

Sensitivities over the city and its holy places loom large as the US president and Netanyahu due to meet  Often described as the powder-keg issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jerusalem was expected to loom large in Wednesday’s meeting in Washington between Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It is the first time the … Continue reading Trump and Israel: Flashpoint of Jerusalem Hangs over White House Meeting

Israeli settlers throw stones at Palestinians, as soldiers stand on the side, during an attack by Israeli settlers in the West Bank village of Asira al Qibliya, April 30, 2013. Settlers burned fields and threw stones at houses in the village after an Israeli settler was stabbed to death by a Palestinian man. (Photo by: Oren Ziv/ Activestills.org)

‘The Settlers Love Us When We Shoot Arabs’

Elor Azaria’s trial exposed just how influential the actions and ideas of radical settlers are on the conduct of Israeli soldiers in the West Bank. Two years before Elor Azaria fired one bullet into the head of Abed al Fatah a-Sharif in Tel Rumeida, Hebron before shaking the hand of Israeli settler Baruch Marzel, I stood in an … Continue reading ‘The Settlers Love Us When We Shoot Arabs’

Palestinians run as smoke rises following what police said was an Israeli air strike on a Hamas post, in the northern Gaza Strip February 6, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Israel’s Escalating Attacks on Gaza may be Prelude to ‘Wide-Scale’ Offensive

Al Mezan Center for Human rights, Feb 7, reports on intensified Israeli attacks on Gaza and calls on the international community to stop a possible new invasion: “Acting before a full-scale military bombardment is launched is crucial to ensuring the protection of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.” Yesterday, the Israeli military launched airstrikes and … Continue reading Israel’s Escalating Attacks on Gaza may be Prelude to ‘Wide-Scale’ Offensive

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Netanyahu’s Hysterical Rhetoric on Iran is Just Diversion from West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave Theresa May a frightening account during their meeting of the threat posed by Iranian aggression to Israel and everybody else. In Mr Netanyahu’s eyes, Iran is a much more dangerous enemy than Isis or al-Qaeda, seeking “to annihilate Israel, it seeks to conquer the Middle East, it threatens Europe, … Continue reading Netanyahu’s Hysterical Rhetoric on Iran is Just Diversion from West Bank

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Israel’s New Land Law: Clearing the Path to Annexation

The Israeli parliament passed the legalisation law on Monday night – a piece of legislation every bit as suspect as its title suggests. The law widens the powers of Israeli officials to seize the final fragments of Palestinian land in the West Bank that were supposed to be off-limits. Palestinian leaders warned that the law … Continue reading Israel’s New Land Law: Clearing the Path to Annexation

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Israeli MPs Vote to Legalize 4000 Settler Homes in West Bank Amid Annexation Outcry

The Israeli parliament has greenlighted the legalization of nearly 4,000 settler homes in Area C of the West Bank as it passed a controversial retroactive bill. Prior to its approval, the bill was likened to annexation and blasted by Israel’s attorney general. The highly controversial legislation, which challenges both international and Israeli law, was backed … Continue reading Israeli MPs Vote to Legalize 4000 Settler Homes in West Bank Amid Annexation Outcry