Trump’s Endgame in Palestine

A march in Bilin after the funeral of a Palestinian woman who died during a demonstration (dominika zarzycka via Shutterstock)

by Mitchell Plitnick Last Friday, the State Department announced it would end all funding of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the UN agency that provides many essential services for Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan,… Continue Reading  

On Israel-Palestine, Three New Congresswomen Bring Some Hope

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Wikimedia Commons)

by Mitchell Plitnick As midterm elections near, it is becoming clear that there is an opportunity in Washington to take the first few steps toward measurable change in U.S. politics around Israel and Palestine. Increasingly belligerent Israeli actions toward the… Continue Reading  

Demography Is Not a Threat

A crowd of Mulims answering the call to prayer close to the Damascus gate in Jerusalem (Mick Harper via Shutterstock)

by Mitchell Plitnick Last week, just ahead of the failed “Unite the Right” rally in Washington, Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham spewed some venomous anti-immigrant statements. She said that “in major parts of the country, it does seem that the… Continue Reading  

Fear of an Irish Settlement Boycott

Settlement and separation wall (Dominique Landau via Shutterstock)

by Mitchell Plitnick The Irish Senate passed a bill last week that would criminalize doing any business, in goods or services, with Israeli settlements. As with most legislation that concerns Israeli settlement activity, the bill is already highly controversial. Supporters… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Scorched Earth Tour of Europe

Theresa May and Donald Trump (White House via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick Like many other US citizens, I get very nervous every time Donald Trump goes to meet with foreign leaders. Whether they are friend, foe, competitor, or ally, it seems almost inevitable that Trump will find a creative… Continue Reading