Settler Violence: A Rotten System, Not Just Rotten Apples

Yehuda Shaul of Breaking the Silence (John McColgan/Trocaire via Flickr)

by Libby Lenkinski Over the last few weeks, the settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron have ramped up their harassment of Breaking the Silence activists who lead tours of the city for Israelis and internationals alike. Two weeks… Continue Reading  

Making Sense of U.S. Moves in the Middle East

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu (Wikimedia Commons)

by Rebecca Gordon My father and I always had a tacit agreement: “We will never speak of That Part of the World.” He’d grown up in an Orthodox Jewish family in Norfolk, Virginia. His own father, a refugee from early-twentieth-century… 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  

Thank You, Ireland

Senator Frances Black

by James J. Zogby On Wednesday morning, I watched an amazing debate unfolding in the Irish Seanad (Senate), as members spoke for and against a bill to prohibit the importation of Israeli goods produced in settlements in occupied Palestinian lands.… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Jerusalem Policy and Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu (Wikimedia Commons)

by Lara Friedman With the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem looming large, speculation continues to mount regarding President Trump’s long-promised plan to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace. Does it exist? Will it ever be released? Will Secretary of State Mike… Continue Reading