Israelis Remember Rabin

On Saturday night, thousands of Israelis are expected to gather at Rabin Square, the location where late prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated twenty years ago. Under the banner "remembering the murder, fighting for democracy," representatives of all sectors of society will unite with one clear, joint message. (Read More...)

Storm Brewing Among Gulf States

All is well in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. At least, that is what we are supposed to believe. The United Arab Emirates (and Dubai, in particular) has been featured in such recent films as “Sex and the City 2” and “Furious 7.” The new Dubai Mall is the largest shopping center in the world. Dubai boasts the world’s only “seven-star hotel,” the Burj al Arab. The Burj Khalifa is currently the world’s tallest building (until the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, tops off in 2018), despite the fact that the city has only a little more than 2 million people spread out over 1,588 square miles (its population density is around 1,359 people per square mile, compared to New York’s 27,858 p

Khalidi Joins in Israel-Bashing Panel

Israel is a greater threat to America than anything emanating from the Muslim world, according to participants in an October 15 panel titled “The Future of Bipartisanship on Israel.” One of the nation’s largest Democratic Party campaign contributors, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), provided an appropriately partisan setting in their Washington, DC, headquarters for this biased panel. Columbia University professor and former PLO spokesman Rashid Khalidi moderated before an audience of around seventy, including Jerusalem Fund director Zeina Azzam. Former CIA analyst and Georgetown University security studies researcher Paul Pillar (“one of the wisest people” on the Middle E

Pope Francis: Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism

On Wednesday, Pope Francis met with Jewish leaders to mark the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a crucial Vatican II declaration that revolutionized Jewish-Catholic relations by absolving Jews of collective responsibility for Christ’s death and denouncing anti-Semitism. At the gathering, Francis decided to continue in the spirit of that document by condemning what he described as a modern form of anti-Semitism: the denial of the Jewish state’s right to exist. “To attack Jews is anti-Semitism, but an outright attack on the State of Israel is also anti-Semitism,” the Pope told a World Jewish Congress delegation. “There may be political disagreements between governments and on political issue

Georgetown Hosts Anti-Israel Palestinian Christians Ateek, Kuttab

Why did Professor Yvonne Haddad call Naim Ateek and Jonathan Kuttab “two Palestinian Christians writing eloquently about Palestine?” Why – as he welcomed them to Georgetown University on Sept. 25 – did he say that he has been following these anti-Israel propagandists for years? The pair’s background and biases also appeared to not bother the “Christians in the Holy Land” event’s audience members, which included a Catholic priest and Haddad’s colleague, Jonathan Brown. Although largely unstated at the panel, Ateek (an Anglican priest) and Kuttab (a University of Virginia Law School graduate) both have longstanding anti-Israel backgrounds. The pair was among the 1989 founders of the Sabeel Ecu

Did Israel Invade Iranian Airspace in 2012?

Israel violated Iranian airspace in 2012 in what was perceived by the US as a dry run for a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, even as American officials concealed secret talks with Tehran, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The newspaper says that the US “closely monitored Israel’s military bases and eavesdropped on secret communications” during 2012, fearing that the Jewish state was planning an attack on the Fordow nuclear site. (Read More...)

U.S. Reportedly to Cut Aid to PA

The US State Department is cutting its economic aid to the Palestinian Authority from $370 million to $290 million annually, in a “message” to PA President Mahmoud Abbas over recent Palestinian incitement amid a relentless wave of terror attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces, according to al-Monitor. The 22 percent cut for the 2015 fiscal year comes amid rising criticism from Congress to act on inciting statements from PA officials in recent weeks in the wake of almost 50 separate terror attacks in just over three weeks. (Read More...) ​

State Department: Terrorists Now Greatest Threat to ME Christians

During the past two years, reports of terrorist attacks against Christians have steadily emerged from the Muslim world: 7 Egyptian Christians executed on a Benghazi beach, 165 Christian girls kidnapped from school by Boko Haram, and 21 Coptic Christians beheaded near the Mediterranean Sea, among other incidents. (Read More...)

Terrorists Lay Waste to ME Antiquities

Destruction of antiquities and ancient artifacts by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has received considerable news media attention. Not so for other acts meant to erase the history of pre-Islamic peoples. A Lexis-Nexis search shows that from July to September 2015, 13 editorials and articles appeared in The Washington Post alone on the threat to and eventual destruction by ISIS of one notable ancient site: the ancient Roman city of Palmyra in Syria. Yet, ISIS is far from alone when it comes to defacing and destroying evidence of ancient, non-Islamic civilizations. Just as the al-Qaeda breakaway and now larger terrorist movement seeks to destroy antiquities that reflect a time befo

Peres: What Might Have Been

As Israel prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination by a Jewish extremist, the peace process the prime minister championed could not be in worse shape. A fresh wave of violence between the two sides has killed at least 30 Palestinians and seven Israelis in the past two weeks. The signature peace deal Rabin championed, the Oslo Accord, further unraveled when President Mahmoud Abbas announced last month that Palestinians would no longer be bound by it. The deal envisioned Israel’s gradual withdrawal from territory in the West Bank and Gaza in exchange for peaceful relations with the Palestinians after nearly a century of conflict. After two decades of intermittent

Do Israelis Support a Divided Jerusalem?

Amid vociferous debate over the geopolitical implications of erecting a concrete wall between warring Arab and Jewish communities in the capital, Jerusalem residents expressed strongly opposing views on Monday over whether the united model of the capital remains viable. (Read More...)

Combatting Anti-Israel Boycotts

Recently, anxiety sprang up in Israel over anti-Israel boycotts. Ministers met, sessions were held at the Knesset, and commentators pontificated. Yet the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement against Israel is a decade old. Moreover, the excitement was provoked mainly by two high-profile incidents, the FIFA and Orange affairs, which were resolved in Israel's favour. Nothing, in fact, has greatly changed in the overall situation. As before, some petty boycotts have succeeded, major boycotts have failed, and Israel's relations with the rest of the world continue to expand -- for now. (Read More...)

Palestinian Posing as Journalist Stabs Israeli Soldier in Hebron

An Israeli soldier was moderately wounded in a stabbing attack near the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba near Hebron on Friday. The Palestinian attacker posed as a photojournalist, and was wearing a yellow “press” vest at the time of the attack, according to the IDF. The attacker was shot dead by soldiers at the scene. (Read More...)

Latin American Immigrants Settle in Israel While Preserving Their Identity

While the United States immigration debate continues to cause dissension among many Americans, on the other side of the world, Latin American immigrants are making themselves at home in Israel while still maintaining their love for their native countries. It was recently estimated that 150,000 Latin American immigrants live in Israel. In spite of ongoing hostility related to the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, these expats still claim to have a “life within this dangerous life.” Tango music ringing out from the streets of one of Israel’s most dangerous areas – a Kibbutz near the Gazans border which has seen many rocket strikes – perfectly illustrates the roots the Latin Ameri

Christianity Surging in Islamic Lands

Sam Espada led friends in a chorus of “Happy Birthday” for his sombrero-wearing brother at a Mexican restaurant. After dinner, they saw the latest Hollywood blockbuster.The five-story mall could have been anywhere in America, except that every storefront sign was in Arabic as well as English. The group was in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). (Read More...)

Amid Chaos, Iraqi Pageant Goes On

There is a war underway in Iraq: a battle between the country’s government and the bloodthirsty savage group known as the Islamic State. This terrorist organization is the bane of existence for all of those living in the Middle East – particularly those in Iraq and Syria. More than 3 million Iraqis have been displaced after fleeing from the fighting within ISIS-controlled areas, but despite the chaos in the region, Iraq is still striving to move forward, past the bloodshed and backward thinking of its barbaric enemies. (Read More...)

Memories of the Second Intifada

Everyone's talking about whether the situation in Israel these days is as bad as it was during the height of the second intifada over a decade ago. Back then, we were bombarded with nonstop reports of gruesome suicide bombings with multiple casualties. No sooner had one atrocity exploded onto our consciousness then another replaced it. (Read More...) ​

Terror Wave Hits Israel

A female IDF soldier and four other Israelis were injured on Thursday afternoon by a Palestinian man who stabbed them with a screwdriver in Tel Aviv, near the Defense Ministry and IDF headquarters complex. The assailant fled the scene but was soon shot dead by security forces in the area of Menachem Begin Road. (Read More...)

Israel's "Lone Soldiers" Making Are Making a World of Difference

Traveling in a Jeep through the Golan Heights feels a lot like riding a rollercoaster up and down Israel’s green mountain range. A very exuberant guide led my tour group, explaining the sights flying by as we traveled to what he deemed a “geological phenomenon” – Juba. Needing to take a break, my group paused at a rest stop and our guide began to give us some historical background on the local region. But we were soon approached by a man in military pants and a dark T-Shirt, wearing a turban on his head and holding a machine gun close to his side. I began to pray, thinking that we were in danger. (Read More...)

Is the U.S. Deporting Iraqi Christians?

A federal immigration judge has ordered 15 Iraqi Chaldean Christians deported for immigration fraud. The Chaldeans have been held for more than six months in detention by Homeland Security. They were arrested earlier this year for using false documents to enter the United States from Mexico, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Five other Iraqi Christians will be tried for immigration fraud. Seven detainees have already been deported. (Read More...)

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