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October 30, 2013

Second group of Palestinian prisoners freed by Israel

  • 26 Palestinian prisoners were released from Israeli custody on Wednesday, as part of an ongoing series of prisoner exchanges meant to establish good faith during the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. In total, 104 prisoners will be released by Israel, many of whom were expected to serve lengthy or life sentences. source
17:11 // 10 months ago
September 29, 2013
By the end of this episode, I’ll be seen by many as a terrorist sympathizer, a Zionist tool, a self-hating Jew, an apologist for American imperialism, an orientalist, fascist, socialist CIA agent and worse. So here goes nothing.
CNN’s Anthony Bourdian visits Israel and the Palestinian territories for this show, “Parts Unknown,” and explains the Israel-Palestine conflict over food. I’ve heard the episode is great and that he explains it all very strongly. 
12:00 // 11 months ago
August 14, 2013
16:05 // 1 year ago
August 13, 2013

Israeli High Court ruling brings an end to lawsuit seeking to block prisoner release

  • 26 Palestinian prisoners are expected to be released by the Israeli government on Wednesday, as a showing of good faith meant to bolster the latest round of peace talks between Israel and Palestine. All of the prisoners scheduled for release were arrested during a 16-year period, from 1985 to 2001, and each was eventually found guilty of murdering one or more Israeli citizens. source
14:43 // 1 year ago
July 30, 2013
20:08 // 1 year ago
July 22, 2013
18:46 // 1 year ago
July 20, 2013
On behalf of President Obama, I am pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement that establishes a basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis. This is a significant and welcome step forward.

Secretary Kerry, July 19, 2013 (via statedept)

Potentially fruitful news from the Middle East, though the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflict doesn’t lend itself easily to optimism — the last time they engaged in direct peace negotiations was back in 2010, which broke down over planned construction of new Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

(via statedept)

17:19 // 1 year ago
July 11, 2013
I’m not an NFL player, but as a non-terrorist who happens to be a Jew, let me say that this is hogwash. It’s yellow journalism without any of the flair. Instead of Waksman asking why Aboushi deserves to be employed by the Jets, I think we should ask Yahoo! why they would publish a piece that accuses an NFL player of anti-Semitism without one solitary quote or piece of actual evidence. This is worse than your typical “keep your politics out of my sports” hit piece. It’s slander.
Dave Zirin (via brooklynmutt)

Yahoo Sports fell in the same trap as Jonathan Mael.

(Source: soupsoup, via brooklynmutt)

19:59 // 1 year ago
May 4, 2013
We’re changing the name ‘Palestinian Territories’ to ‘Palestine’ across our products. We consult a number of sources and authorities when naming countries. In this case, we are following the lead of the UN, Icann [the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers], ISO [International Organisation for Standardisation] and other international organizations.
Google spokesman Nathan Tyler • Discussing the web giant’s decision to change the name of the Palestinian edition of its search engine to “Google Palestine,” from “Google Palestinian Territories.” While the Palestinian Authority praised the move, which matched the UN’s decision to designate the contested region as a non-member observer state late last year, Israel was less happy about it. “This change raises questions about the reasons behind this surprising involvement of what is basically a private internet company in international politics, and on the controversial side,” said Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.
12:02 // 1 year ago
March 21, 2013
Put yourself in their shoes — look at the world through their eyes. It is not fair that a Palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of her own, and lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements of her parents, every single day. It is not just when settler violence against Palestinians goes unpunished. It is not right to prevent Palestinians from farming their lands; to restrict a student’s ability to move around the West Bank; or to displace Palestinian families from their homes. Neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer. Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their own land.
President Barack Obama • Urging Israeli citizens to pressure their own government to work harder on attaining the two-state solution which so many world leaders claim to want to see. President Obama told the crowd that “as a politician” he could assure them that their leaders would never do what wasn’t demanded of them. According to the NY Times, President Obama’s remarks were met with raucous applause, despite the generally skeptic view many Israelis have of the President. source
19:01 // 1 year ago