Twenty Years After Madrid: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward for Arab-Israeli Peacemaking

James Baker III Institute for Public Policy (November 2011)
Summary of results of a conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Madrid Peace Conference which included Arab, Israeli, American and European diplomats, policymakers, business people, academics and civil society activists. The goal was to reflect on the key achievements of the Madrid conference and to draw lessons learned from that period- and from the intervening years- that might be instructive in the current context. PDF >

Most Muslim Americans See No Justification for Violence

Gallup (November 2011)
Reveals that a large majority of Muslim Americans are most likely (89%) to reject violent attacks by individuals or small groups on civilians versus any other U.S. religious group. Also finds that 81% of Muslim Americans and 78% of Jewish Americans support a future in which an independent Palestinian state would coexist alongside of Israel. Read More >

The Most Contentious Settlements in the West Bank

Dan Rothem / The Atlantic (November 1, 2011)
Rotehm, a mapping expert, provides a description of the most controversial settlements in the West Bank. Includes information on Ariel, Giv'at Ze'ev, Ma'ale Adumim, Har Homa, and Efrat. Read More >

The Strange Case of American Tax-Exempt Money for Settlements

Michael Several / Palestine-Israel Journal (2011)
Describes how tax-exempt organizations in the United States support Israeli settlements and what can be done to end this practice.  Read More >

Amos Oz and David Grossman: "Take part in the fight over Israel's future, over Israel's soul"

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From where we sit as longtime activists in Israel's struggle to define who she is, this past summer was an astonishing time. What began as a protest over the price of cottage cheese grew into mass demonstrations across Israel against the rising cost of living and our increasingly inadequate social welfare system.

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The Settlers: And the Struggle over the Meaning of Zionism

Gadi Taub | Yale University Press (2011)
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Israeli Settlements in the West Bank

The New York Times (September 2011)
A look at Ariel, a large settlement deep in the West Bank that is emblematic of the conflict's flash points. Part of the New York Times video series "Challenges in Defining an Israeli-Palestinian Border." (7:31) Watch >

Lines in the Sand

The New York Times (2011)
Overview of the borders issue and related points of conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. Includes a special focus on the Jordan Valley. Part of the NY Times video series "Challenges in Defining an Israeli-Palestinian Border." (7:01) Watch >

U.S. (non)-Recognition of Sovereignty in Jerusalem: A Consistent Policy, pre-1948 - Present

Americans for Peace Now (2011)
APN's Lara Friedman provides an outline of the history of US policy regarding the status of Jerusalem. Includes dates, statements, and descriptions of relevant actions by US government bodies and officials. Read More >

Two Peoples, One Capital?

The New York Times (2012)
Overview of Jerusalem as it pertains to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Residents, experts, and notable figures are interviewed. (8:08) Read More >

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