Israelis Reluctant on War with Iran

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With the drumbeat of war against Iran growing louder in Washington, and as thousands of hardline activists prepare to flood Capitol Hill on Tuesday, the voice of the Israeli public on this issue is all but lost. A new poll by Maryland University and the leading Israeli Dahaf polling firm shows that Israelis, realizing the dire consequences of a military strike on Iran, are not as gung-ho as one might expect.

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Under the Guise of Legality: Declarations on State Land in the West Bank

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 >

The Arab Peace Initiative and Israeli-Palestinian Peace: The Political Economy of a New Era

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 >

The Most Controversial Israeli Settlements

Oren Kessler / Foreign Policy (February 27, 2012)
Provides a tour and background of the most contested Israeli settlements in the West Bank: Hebron/Kiryat Arba, Ariel, Maale Adumim, Har Homa, and Gilo. Read More >

Biggest West Bank settlement since Netanyahu took power approved

shilo186x140.jpgYesterday the Israeli government sent yet another signal that it when it comes to settlements, rule of law is optional. It also gave another sign that this Israeli government prefers settlements to peace.

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The Perils of Polling in East Jerusalem

Daniel Seidemann / Foreign Policy (February 23, 2012)
Expert analysis of recent polling that purports to show plurality support among East Jerusalem Palestinians for becoming Israeli citizens. Provides detailed explanation of the challenges involved in this polling and the reasons behind its likely inaccuracy. Read More >

Peace Now: Migron Aerial Photos and Legal Docs Revealed

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Peace Now today released the 'Migron File' - a comprehensive dossier containing all the facts and figures, aerial photos and copies of legal documents related to the illegal outpost of Migron (which the Netanyahu government is working frantically to find a way to legalize).

The "Migron File" can be viewed online or downloaded here.

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Is Peace Possible?

New America Foundation / Arab-American Institute (2012)
Panel featuring Lara Friedman of Americans for Peace Now and Yousef Munayyer of the Palestine Center, moderated by Peter Beinart, and presented by James Zogby. The event marked the public release of a comprehensive Zogby poll of Israeli Jews and Arabs, Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, and the American Jewish community. (1:36:54) Watch >

Palestinian & Jews from Arab Countries in U.S. Legislation: 101st‐112th Congresses

Americans for Peace Now (2012)
Comprehensive list of US legislation, from 1998 to 2012, pertaining to Palestinian and Jewish Mizrahi refugees, including relevant quotes from individual bills. PDF >

Palestinian Refugees: Different Generations, but One Identity

The Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies (2012)
Diverse and concise booklet on Palestinian refugees' lives, projected futures, and the contemporary methodologies applied to refugee study. Includes chapters on intergenerational differences in refugees' experiences, identity, and psychological and spatial dimensions of refugee life (PDF).

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