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Middle East Notes

Middle East Notes, January 8, 2015

This issue of Middle East Notes highlights the rejection of the Palestinian resolution to end the Israeli occupation by the UN Security Council at the prompting of the U.S. and Israeli governments, the subsequent Palestinian move to join the International Criminal Court, Israel’s response, growing European recognition of the State of Palestine, the future of the State of Israel, a possible confederated two state solution, settler violence, the isolation and diminishment of the Bethlehem area, and other issues.

Middle East Notes, December 18, 2014

This issue of Middle East Notes highlights the controversy concerning the proposed “Jewish state” law, Israel’s diminishing support in Washington, the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and many links to articles concerning the upcoming UN vote for recognition of the Palestinian State and it demands, elections in Israel, the death of a Palestinian government minister, and many other items of interest.

Middle East Notes, December 4, 2014

This week’s Middle East Notes highlights Israeli/U.S. tensions, the pursuit of civil rights in Israel, the growing “intifada,” the widening division between Jewish and Arab Israelis, increasing international isolation of Israel, terror killings of Palestinians and Israelis, the reality and future conflicts of the present Israeli bi-national state, Palestinian despair responded to by further Israeli repression to acts of despair, and other issues of concern.

Middle East Notes, November 13, 2014

This week’s Middle East Notes give information on the “war of words between Israel and Washington, actions by the Israeli Prime Minister to make a Palestinian State impossible, camouflaged methods of expulsion of Palestinians from East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, violence in Jerusalem, the fear that Washington’s protection at the UN can no longer be taken for granted, fanatics on The Temple Mount/the Haram al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) stirring up conflict, movement of the European Union States towards recognizing the State of Palestine, and other timely issues.

Middle East Notes, October 30, 2014

These Middle East Notes focus on the debate concerning the UN recognition of the State of Palestine, continued Israeli settlement building and erosion of international support for Israel, an informative lecture in the UN by Noam Chomsky, self-censoring of U.S. media re: criticism of Israeli policies, the duty of Palestinians to resist the occupation, and other issues.

Middle East Notes, June 19, 2014

This week’s Middle East Notes focus on support of and opposition to the Palestinian unity government, necessity of prayer and good will to resolve the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, continuing settlement activity, opposition to the occupation, U.S. military aid to Israel, the hunger strike of Palestinians held without charges, Israeli election of a new president, implications of the kidnapping of three teenagers in Area C of the occupied territories, a recent poll showing diminishing support for West Bank settlements among the Israeli public, and other issues.

Middle East Notes, June 5, 2014

This week’s Middle East Notes focus on Pope Francis’ visit to Jordan, Palestine and Israel, U.S. responsibility for oppression of Palestinians, “occu-partheid,” struggle for survival in East Jerusalem, continued settlement building as an obstacle to peace, the June 8, 1967 attack on the USS Liberty, the unity government of Fatah and Hamas, and other issues.

Middle East Notes, May 22, 2014

This week’s Middle East Notes highlights concerns about the ending yet necessity of peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, security preparations for the Pope’s visit, hate crimes and “price tag” operations, responses and reactions to the possibility of a Fatah/Hamas Palestinian government, reflections on Israel’s Independence Day, the Nakba, and other issues.

Middle East Notes, May 8, 2014

This week’s Middle East Notes focus on responses and reactions to the unity arrangement between Fatah and Hamas, the collapse of the peace negotiations and Israel’s role in that collapse, Kerry’s use of the apartheid word in regards to Israel, implications of Israel as a “bi-national” state, objections to Netanyahu’s move to make Israel the national homeland of the Jewish people, “price tag” terrorism by Jewish settlers, and other issues.

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