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Palestinian Family Feuding

RAMALLAH, West Bank — There was a great deal of hype surrounding the March 17 White House meeting between President Obama and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas; many thought it would be a critical juncture in the negotiations sponsored by Secretary of State John Kerry. But Palestinians didn’t seem particularly interested in following it. Perhaps they believe that Mr. Kerry will...

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Mahmoud Abbas is Being Challenged by a Fearsome Rival

As he struggles to realize a Palestinian state, pressures are mounting on Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinians’ aging president. They come from among his own people. His erstwhile security chief, Mohammad Dahlan, has turned on his former master, accusing him of complicity in poisoning his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, of promoting his two sons to the pinnacle of a kleptocracy and of throwing...

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Where is Palestine’s green fund? Eco-resistance in the West Bank

Can you imagine defending your land and resisting occupation with windmills, solar panels, and recycled car tires? If you live in Palestine, this is not an eco-Utopian dream - it is the reality of a few West Bank communities squeezed by settlements and occupation. The Israeli occupation uses force and unjust policies to intimidate and drive out Palestinians from their land. The land is then...

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Deal Breakers: Seven Reasons Why Israel Will not Lift the Gaza Blockade

Following the deadly Flotilla attack, several reports were circulated indicating that Israel will succumb to international pressure and lift the Gaza blockade. With so many deal breakers dominating the scene, I don't see this happening anytime soon for the following reasons: 1- The United States and Israel view Gaza's Hamas government as an extension of Iran. Iran could use Gaza to wage proxy...

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