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Daoud Kuttab: Obama should publicly declare Israel’s failure to honor international obligation

While Obama, Abbas and Netanyahu are posing for the photos, President Obama should use the presence of the press to state what the Road Map obliges the Quartet to do. Publicly point his finger to the party which has not fulfilled its obligation to the international will.

ICC may try IDF officer in wake of Goldstone Gaza report

A senior prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague said Monday that he is considering opening an investigation into whether Lt. Col. David Benjamin, an Israel Defense Forces reserve officer, allowed war crimes to be committed during the IDF's three-week offensive in the Gaza Strip this winter.

Appeal filed against Spain’s shelving of Gaza probe

In their appeal filed Thursday the two civil parties argued that "there is no independent judicial system in Israel and that the current universal jurisdiction applies in the case of Gaza".

Talbiyeh, Jerusalem house for sale

The house was built, in great luxury, in the late 1920s by the Christian Palestinian family headed by Elias Mughanam, a lawyer who was the secretary of the Palestinian Congress. The asking price? US$9,000,000. Not a bad return for what was, 61 years ago, a free or nearly-free house for the new "owners."

30 Religious Leaders Send Letter of Support to Obama for Comprehensive Middle East Peace

MPAC leaders joined more than 30 of the nation's most prominent and diverse religious leaders in signing onto a public letter in support of "strong U.S. leadership to achieve a negotiated sustainable resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In the letter, which was coordinated by Churches for Middle East Peace, the leaders said that the opportunity for a two-state solution for achieving peace and security was "rapidly closing."

The anatomy of Finkelstein’s Monster

The reasons America’s Zionist sympathizers feel compelled to silence Finkelstein will be no surprise to habitués of this region. He is among a handful of US intellectuals to present forceful, reasoned and systematic critique of Israeli policies vis-à-vis the Palestinian people.

MK Barakeh: Gaps a result of systematic discrimination

Hadash Chairman Mohammad Barakeh said the statistics were the result of long term government policies: "We are living in two states here. This is the result of actions by generations of Israeli governments. The data speaks for itself… It's a policy meant to place the Arab citizens under siege and it translates into poverty"

Goldstone’s gambit

"I was driven particularly because I thought the outcome might, in a small way, assist the peace process," he told the Forward. "I really thought I was one person who could achieve an even-handed mission."

Richard Falk: The Goldstone report and the battle for legitimacy

Ever since the Gaza war the solidity of Jewish support for Israel has been fraying at the edges, and will likely now fray much further. More globally, a very robust boycott and divestment movement has been gaining momentum ever since the Gaza war, and the Goldstone report will clearly lend added support to such initiatives. There is a growing sense around the world that the only chance for the Palestinians to achieve some kind of just peace depends on shaping the outcome by way of the symbols of legitimacy, what I have called the legitimacy war. Increasingly, the Palestinians have been winning this second non-military war.

Despite Summit – West Bank settlement lays groundwork for new neighborhood

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to meet U.S. President Barack Obama and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Tuesday in New York, workers in the West Bank settlement of Betar Ilit will continue... laying the groundwork for new homes... The fact that the hill is outside the perimeter of existing buildings runs contrary to the Israeli contention that construction is being performed within the existing built-up areas.

IOA Editor: Business as usual: Under US diplomatic blessings, and naval protection, the Empire continues to grow - "dunam here, and dunam there," as the old Zionist expression goes.

How Israel silenced its Gaza war protesters

A new report from Adalah shows how the courts and police attempted to stamp out opposition to Operation Cast Lead. "This is a time of war, and every incident harms the people's morale."

Israeli textbook under review for giving Palestinian version of ‘nakba’

The Education Ministry will be reexamining a new Hebrew-language history textbook... [that] gives expression to the Palestinian perspective on the Nakba ("catastrophe" in Arabic), which is the Palestinians' term for what happened to them in the War of Independence.

Spain boycotts Ariel college for being on ‘occupied territory’

"The decision was made by the Spanish government based on the fact that the university is located in occupied territory in the West Bank. The Spanish government is committed to uphold the international agreement under the framework of the European Union and the United Nations regarding this geographical area."

Udi Aloni: Seinfeld, you were wrong to condemn our Toronto protest

Maoz did not dedicate his film "Lebanon" to the victims of that criminal war, the product of the Israeli government's arrogant and violent brain. Nor did he ask forgiveness for his participation in the war. Nor did he speak of the Palestinians who are still suffering under a terrible occupation at the hands of the same army with which Shmulik had served in Lebanon. He dedicated his film to the soldiers all over the world who return from battle with psychological damage, and who have not yet recovered even though they have children and families.

American Task Force for Lebanon Legislative Council: Cluster Bombs – Letter to Obama

Write your Senator: The threat that cluster munitions pose to civilian populations is well known due to their wide area effect and large number of unexploded submunitions or bomblets. In some cases, up to 40% of cluster submunitions fail to explode initially and, in effect, become de facto landmines.

Anas Altikriti: Hamas is not al-Qaida

Meshal clearly stated that the Palestinian struggle was anything but a conflict between Muslims and the Jewish people. He insisted that the Palestinians were fighting against the occupier who had dispossessed them of their homes and lands, regardless of religion, creed or race.

Yitzhak Laor: The national choir

Israeli democracy functions for Jews, who are well represented, but has been denying any representation to 4 million people for 42 years. It allows itself to do whatever it wants with them in the name of the democratic "national consensus." Who will protect them?

US ships arrive ahead of joint drill

US Navy missile ships started arriving in Israel on Sunday ahead of next month's joint missile defense exercise between the IDF and the American military's European Command.