Do Not Recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Occupied Golan

by Imad K. Harb The Trump administration has just indirectly announced that it does not consider the Golan Heights to be Israeli-occupied territory. That announcement came in the annual human rights report of the US Department of State which called… Continue Reading  

Erasing Occupation: The Pernicious Role of Congress

by Lara Friedman The past two years have seen a wholesale shift in U.S. policy aimed at erasing the foundations on which the peace process was built—mutual recognition, agreement to resolve core issues only through negotiations, acceptance of Israel’s right… Continue Reading  

Not Breaking News: Trump Administration Does Not Believe in Occupation

by Lara Friedman Starting from virtually the moment President Trump took office in January 2017, he and his Middle East team began implementing a far-reaching transformation of U.S. policy vis-à-vis Israel and the Palestinians. Their intention: to erase the very… Continue Reading  

What the Closure of the US Consulate in East Jerusalem Means

by James J. Zogby This month’s prize for dangerous moves and disingenuous press releases goes to the State Department for its October 18, 2018 notice, headlined “On the Merging of US Embassy Jerusalem and US Consulate General Jerusalem.” The release… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Colonial Palestinian Policy Is Doomed to Failure

by Emile Nakhleh Last week, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration is eliminating previously approved funds to support Palestinian-Israeli civilian engagement. USAID has wisely given these funds to nongovernmental organizations to promote understanding between the two peoples… Continue Reading