The Calcalist / Israel News Today (2012)
Summary of a major report on government spending on settlements. Among other notable conclusions, the report shows that spending on settlements increased by 38% under the Netanyahu government (from 2010 to 2011) and totaled NIS 27 billion from 1992 to 2011. Read More >
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A former IDF medical officer and a Palestinian from a refugee camp are seeing the conflict in a whole new way
WASHINGTON -- When Waleed Issa walked into the Americans for Peace Now (APN) Washington, DC office on the first day of his summer internship in June, the 25-year-old Palestinian from the Dheisheh refugee camp south of Bethlehem was startled by what he saw.
In Three Guineas, Virginia Woolf wrote, "As a woman my country is the whole world." I used to believe this; I thought divisions of nation, race, class, and faith could be trumped by a universalist vision of gender equality, justice, and peace.
Then came the UN's Decade for Women. In 1975, its first international conference famously produced the "Zionism is racism" resolution. Five years later, when the second conference saw virulent anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric, threats, and violence, I asked myself, why am I working to liberate women if they're going to turn around and attack Jews?
Dear Friend of Israel,
Christians of the West have long been the unnamed third party to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Most obviously, the ancient Church assumption that Jewish exile from the Jewish homeland was a proof of claims for Jesus still casts its shadow. Similarly, European colonialism, with its Christsanctioned underpinning, spawned what Edward Said called "Orientalism," a permanent factor in Palestinian dispossession from lands on which they resided for centuries. In effect, Jews and Arabs confront one another in a corner, the walls of which neither created.
B'tselem (March 2012)
Examination of Israel's declarations policy from the aspect of the local land laws, the most important being the Ottoman Land Code of 1858. The analysis shows that Israel's application of its declarations policy has been unlawful, and concludes that a significant percentage of land that Israel has declared as state land is privately owned Palestinian property. Read More >
Aix Group (2012)
Reviews the range of economic frontiers which will emerge from the implementation of the Arab Peace Initiative. Four working groups tackled different issues from a regional perspective: trade, labor, and investment; institutions; cooperation in infrastructure; and regional aspects concerning the Palestinian refugees. Read More >