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Struggle Between Moderate and Radical Islam
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Saudi Fatwa Declares Terrorism a Heinous Crime When Islamic State (IS) beheaded three Westerners sparking international outrage and an American-led coalition that has launched dozens of air strikes on the extremist group, it said it was acting in the name of Islam. When moderate groups reject the actions of IS, they also speak in the name of Islam. The rise of IS, which claims it is trying to bring back the Islamic caliphate, has brought Islam to the forefront......

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Iranian Nuclear Physicist Killed by Revolutionary Guard, Not Israel: Sister
by Felice Friedson on Monday, September 29, 2014

Scientist assassinated for refusing cooperation with nuclear weapons The sister of a leading Iranian nuclear physicist widely believed to have been assassinated by Israel as part of an effort to derail the Islamic Republic’s drive to create nuclear weapons says her brother was murdered by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRI) because he wouldn’t cooperate with the effort to divert nuclear activities from peaceful purposes. When Iranian scientist Dr. Ardeshir Hosseinpour was killed in February 2007, the cause of death was.....

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Mahmoud Abbas Winning Abroad but Losing at Home
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Monday, September 29, 2014

Palestinians Frustrated with Lack of Diplomatic Progress Palestinians say that when it comes to diplomacy abroad, nobody can challenge the 80 year old Mahmoud Abbas.  But when it comes to tending to matters in the Palestinian territories, he doesn’t do so well. In his speech to the United Nations Security council, the Palestinian leader accused Israel of conducting a “war of genocide” during the recent aggression on Gaza. The United States slammed Abbas speech as “offensive” and “counterproductive” for.....

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More Palestinians Arrested for Facebook Comments
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Sunday, September 28, 2014

Criticism of Palestinian Officials Can Lead to Detentions West Bank – Pharmacist Raed Qubbaj was busy with a customer when a man working with the Palestinian Preventative Security Forces came into his Ramallah pharmacy and placed him under arrest earlier this month.   “He didn’t tell me why and he had no official papers from any court,” the father of three boys told The Media Line. Qubbaj handed over his mobile phone and laptop to the man who had a.....

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Abbas at UN: Test of New Plan, Americans as ‘Honest Brokers’
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Palestinians seek timetable amid debate about Abbas’ future [WEST BANK] – There are no surprises expected when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas takes to the podium at the United Nations General Assembly on Friday even if different parties come away with vastly different reactions. While many will be looking for an indication that the Palestinian position has softened following fifty days of warfare between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, for their part the Palestinians will be.....

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Arab allies Join US to Fight Islamic State
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dozens killed and wounded in over 50 airstrikes America has widened its air strikes on the Islamic State to Syria for the first time, joined by Arab countries, which give important legitimacy to the US-led operation. The Syrian Observatory for human rights said at least 20 Islamic State fighters were killed in the air strikes and dozens of others were wounded. Thousands of Syrians fled Raqqa, which is the center of ISIS power in Syria. Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia,.....

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Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Set to Resume in Egypt
by Linda Gradstein and Abdullah H. Erakat on Sunday, September 21, 2014

Talks will be preceded by meeting of Palestinian factions Israeli and Palestinian officials confirmed that indirect negotiations will resume in Egypt on Tuesday, a month after a cease-fire ended seven weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. Egyptian officials said that prior to the indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians, they would meet with representatives of the rival factions of Hamas and Fatah to “complete the reconciliation.” Both sets of negotiations are expected to be difficult as.....

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Mahmoud Abbas: Israel's last hope for peace?
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Thursday, September 18, 2014

Declining support from Palestinians and Hamas put pressure on PA leader’s trip to UN Ramallah – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to go to the United Nations next week and set a time limit for Israel to leave the land it captured in 1967, meaning the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, in exchange for a peace deal with Israel. It is the latest example of Abbas’s attempt to seek international recognition for a Palestinian state,.....

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Syrian Opposition Activist Visits Israel
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Calls for no-fly-zone in northern and southern Syria Dr. Kamal Al-Labwani is on a mission --- to help overthrow the Syrian regime which he says is responsible for the death of 400,000 Syrians and the displacement, both inside and outside the country of ten million. To achieve that mission he will do almost anything, including a visit to Israel, a long-time enemy of Syria. “I thank the Israeli people and the Jewish community in the US for all of.....

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Is Israel Headed Toward New Elections?
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, September 15, 2014

New Poll Finds Netanyahu’s Likud Would Still be Largest Party If you feel like there just was an Israeli election, you’d be right. The last election was held in January 2013, less than 20 months ago. But against the backdrop of a new budget for 2015, and requests by the Defense Ministry for an additional $17 billion after this summer’s war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, a clash has erupted between Netanyahu and his Finance.....

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