This is a special issue of Middle East Notes, with articles from Pope Francis's May 2014 visit to Palestine, Israel and Jordan.
Middle East Notes
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.
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.
This week’s Middle East Notes focus on the faltering Israeli/Palestinian negotiations, Kerry’s frustration, Israeli government obstacles, Abbas’ signing 15 UN documents, U.S. failure in using leverage to encourage fruitful negotiations, call for boycott of products from “illegal” Israeli settlements, increased settlement expansion, and the need for clear U.S. position statements on settlements, Palestinian incitement, the Jewishness of Israel, Israeli security, the terms for a peace accord, and other issues.
This week’s Middle East Notes gives attention to peace negotiations in process between Israelis and Palestinians, the controversy over recognition of the “Jewish State of Israel,” the impossibility of a bi-national State of Israel, statements from the UN on the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and recent UN Human Rights Council resolutions voted against by the U.S., the "Judaization" of Jerusalem and the West Bank, the use of boycotts to demand justice for the Palestinians, and other issues.
This week’s Middle East Notes gives attention to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, D.C., President Obama’s interview with Jeffery Goldberg, the AIPAC Conference, the debate about the effectiveness of BDS, the possible failure of the Kerry Peace Plan, the proposed visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land, links to talks given at the National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel “Special Relationship,” recently held in Washington, D.C., and other issues.
This week’s Middle East highlights the Kerry Framework for negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, U.S. academic freedom, the growth of BDS, continuing settlement development, water discrimination in the Occupied Territories, Israeli opposition to any form of Palestinian State, and other issues.
This week’s Middle East Notes focuses attention on the Kerry framework for negotiations; Israeli actions in the West Bank; influence of AIPAC and the “industrial-military-congressional” complex; the growing spread of BDS; an Australian documentary on IDF treatment of Palestinian children; and other issues.
This week’s Middle East Notes presents articles highlighting the Kerry framework for negotiations, the growing BDS movement in Europe and the U.S., continuing hardships for civilians in Gaza, settler violence on the West Bank, the separation barrier’s division of the Catholic town of Beit Jala, and other issues.
This week’s Middle East Notes highlight hopes and fears concerning the success or failure of the Kerry negotiations and the possible implications of both, reflections on Ariel Sharon and his legacy, the conflicting and conflict provoking meanings of Israel as a “Jewish State,” and other issues.
This week’s Middle East Notes presents articles from Ha’aretz and other sources concerning the continuing peace negotiations, settlement activity, the growing boycott movement of Israeli goods produced on the West Bank, Mahmoud Abbas’ Christmas message, and other issues of hope and conflict for the New Year.
This week’s Middle East Notes presents articles concerning Israeli security issues, the future of Israel, drone fears in Gaza, continuing boycott moves, violations of Palestinian rights not only in the occupied territories but Israel itself, reflections on Mandela, apartheid and Israel’s leaders, and other issues.
This week’s Middle East Notes presents articles concerning settlements and the Netanyahu government, the relationship between Obama and Netanyahu, injustices towards the Palestinians, and reflections on the newly agreed upon Iran nuclear agreement, and other issues.
This week’s Middle East Notes presents articles on the peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, continued settlement construction, the region’s invisible Christians, control of the Jordan Valley, the “de-development” strategy of the Israeli government towards the Palestinians, Secretary Kerry’s public criticism of Israel’s settlement activities, and other issues.
This week’s Middle East Notes contains articles concerning continuing settlement activity, a report of U.S. financial assistance to Israel, criticism and defense of Max Blumenthal’s Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, plans for a “Truth Commission” concerning the foundation of the State of Israel, contradictions in defining Israel as a Jewish state, and other issues.