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  

Israel: A Middle Eastern State

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by Paul R. Pillar Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a “defining moment in the annals of Zionism and the annals of the state of Israel” when the Knesset enacted earlier this month a basic law (having constitutional status in… Continue Reading  

Averting War in Gaza

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by International Crisis Group The recent escalation between Israel and Hamas was the most intense since the 2014 war. Although there are solid reasons why neither wishes to see another full-scale confrontation, the fact that nothing has been resolved in… Continue Reading  

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

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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  

A State that Belongs to Only Some of Its Citizens

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by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man There is a form on the Israeli Interior Ministry’s website, where one can order duplicate and translated copies of a birth certificate. On that form is a drop-down menu, above which it is written: “Nationality.” In that… Continue Reading