Veteran Left-Wing Journalist And Peace Activist Uri Avnery Dies At 94

Uri Avnery at a 2006 Hadash protest against the Lebanon War (source: flickr, user dovblog)

by +972 Magazine Uri Avnery, one of Israel’s most prominent journalists and a seminal peace activist who was among the first Israelis to advocate for a sovereign Palestinian state, died in Tel Aviv on Monday morning. He was 94 years old.

What Spurred Israel’s Druze to Demand Equality Now?

Druze women in Israel (Lerner Vadim via Shutterstock)

by Henriette Chacar Eman Safady, like many Druze citizens of Israel, felt personally betrayed by the Jewish Nation-State Law. A journalist from the village of Abu Snan in the Galilee and an officer at the Union of Journalists in Israel, she was… Continue Reading  

Black Cube Crosses Another Line

Viktor Orban (European People's Party via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick The private Israeli intelligence firm, Black Cube, is back in the headlines. This time, ex-employees have spilled the beans on a program to throw shade on non-governmental organizations in Hungary to help ensure the electoral victory of… Continue Reading  

Saudi Religious Diplomacy Targets Jerusalem

Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem (Shutterstock)

by James M. Dorsey A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony that risks deepening… Continue Reading  

The US Quits on Human Rights

Nikki Haley addresses the UN Human Rights Council (US Mission Geneva via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick In a move that seemed very likely when Donald Trump was elected president and was cemented when he appointed Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations, the United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights… Continue Reading