Israelis divided over settlements?

Al Jazeera English, March 27, 2010 In recent weeks, the relationship between Washington and Jerusalem grew tense as the US demanded an end to settlement growth and Israel refused. For Israelis the row was embarrassing, but it wasn’t a surprise. To a people sharply divided over settlements and their place in the peace process, the …

40 years on, Black Hebrews struggle to find acceptance in Israel

The National, March 27, 2010 In 1984 Dov Shilansky, then Speaker of the Israeli Knesset, called the African Hebrew Israelites “worse than the PLO.” Referring to their small village in the desert town of Dimona, Shilansky issued an ominous warning, “[I]n a very short time, the Black Hebrews won’t be here anymore.” Two years later, …

Is the Two-State Solution Dead?

The Huffington Post, March 23, 2010 Zeek, March 23, 2010 A drive east of the Green Line suggests the two-state solution is moot. Jewish-only roads slice through the hills. The separation barrier winds through the West Bank, choking Palestinian villages. Settlements are lodged in the land’s throat. Dr. Neve Gordon, author of the book Israel’s …

Israeli army attempts to end protest in Bilin

The National, March 20, 2010 Despite renewed threats of arrest and violence, more than 100 Palestinian and Israelis made the weekly march from a mosque in the West Bank village of Bil’in to the security barrier where they squared off with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). A handful of Palestinian youth, who covered their faces …

Reporter’s Notebook: To Risk Arrest in the West Bank?

The Huffington Post, March 17, 2010 Monday morning, I received an email with the subject line “A Strange Night Raid in Bil’in.” An enclosed link led to┬ávideo footage that I would call more chilling than strange. Israeli soldiers stalk through the West Bank village, taping Hebrew documents to shuttered storefronts. The village is black, silent. …

Israeli Defense Ministry goes on trial for Corrie death

Maan News Agency, March 9, 2010 Tomorrow the Israeli Defense Ministry will go on trial as a court hears the case against it, filed by the family of an American woman who was killed by Israeli Defense Forces in March of 2003. The civil suit charges the Defense Ministry with responsibility for the death of …

New community center opens amidst tensions

The Jerusalem Post (print edition), March 5, 2010 On Tuesday night, Africans, Israelis, and internationals marked the opening of a new South Tel Aviv community center with a Purim party, attended by the children of asylum seekers and kids from the neighborhood. Decorations, candy, and other sweets were donated by Hilit Insurance Agency, which specializes …