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Sweden Officially Recognizes Palestine
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Thursday, October 30, 2014

Palestinians Hope Other States Will Follow The Swedish government declared that it recognizes an independent Palestinian state, making it the first major European country to officially recognize the state of Palestine. “It’s an important step that confirms the right of Palestinians to self-determination,” the country’s foreign minister, Margot Wallström, wrote Thursday in a Swedish newspaper. “Sweden’s traditionally close ties with the State of Israel are now complemented by an equal relationship to the other party.” Israeli officials were not pleased,.....

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A Tweet Can Land You in Jail
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bahrain Puts Human Rights Activists on Trial Two human rights activists from the small Gulf nation of Bahrain face jail sentences for having broken a law that makes offending the King, the Bahraini flag, or the country’s institutions a criminal offense. Human Rights Watch has called on the government of Bahrain to drop all charges. Nabeel al-Rajab is being tried for offending national institutions, for a tweet in which he accused Bahraini security forces of encouraging violent ideas similar.....

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Sinai Attack Reverberates Around Middle East
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Monday, October 27, 2014

Egypt Cracks Down; Israel-Hamas Peace Talks on Hold The deadliest attack on Egyptian soldiers since the new government of Abdel Fatteh Al-Sisi took office is affecting not only Egypt, but Israel and the Palestinians as well. After an attacker drove a car rigged with explosives into a military checkpoint in the Sinai desert, killing at least 33 soldiers, Al-Sisi has vowed to crack down on Jihadi groups to prevent further attacks. The Sinai Peninsula, which borders both Israel and.....

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Jewish-Arab Violence in Jerusalem Sends Tensions Spiraling
by Felice Friedson, Linda Gradstein, AbdullahErakat on Thursday, October 23, 2014

Latest Killing of Israeli Baby Sparks Angry Response [JERUSALEM] -- Shimshon Halperin, an American citizen from Monsey, New York, is trying to find meaning in the death of his three-month-old granddaughter Chaya Zissel, killed by a Palestinian who drove his vehicle at a high speed into a crowd of people exiting the light rail at a stop in Jerusalem. She was returning from her first visit to the Western Wall with her parents. “She was a pure soul and.....

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Clergy Promote Environmentalism
by Linda Gradstein on Sunday, October 26, 2014

Calls to Expand Religious Cooperation for the Sake of the Planet Linda Gradstein/The Media Line As religion is being used around the Middle East to advocate murder, a group of clergy in Jerusalem say they want to use religion as a means of shared environmental activity. “In Islam, the earth is the place that God chose to that people can use it for worship,” Imam Wisam Barhum, from the village of Ein Rafa near Jerusalem told The Media Line. “We.....

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"Vicar of Baghdad" Says Nothing Short of US Ground Troops will Halt ISIS
by Felice Friedson on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rev. Canon Andrew White (L)
Iconic clergyman pleads for international support: "They're killing us!" Nothing short of the deployment of American ground troops is going to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, according to the Reverend Canon Andrew White.  Blunt and insightful, the 50-year old British national is the vicar of Baghdad's St. Georges Church, Iraq's only Anglican church, and a player in the region's delicate balance of power for years through his various positions in the Iraqi capital. The enigmatic.....

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New Poll Shows that Three-Quarters of Israelis Oppose Palestinian State on 1967 Lines
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Palestinians say polls show lack of leadership in Israel Palestinians say that a new poll published by a right-leaning think tank shows that Israel is the barrier to a Palestinian state. The poll comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and convince the Palestinians not to seek recognition from the United Nations Security Council. The poll found that 75 percent of Israeli Jews are against the creation of a Palestinian state.....

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US-Israeli Tensions Spill Over into Israeli Politics
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, October 20, 2014

Anger in Israel Over Kerry’s Comments on Islamic State It all started when Secretary of State John Kerry explained why Israeli-Palestinian peace was more necessary than ever. He said that in every leader in the Arab world had “spontaneously” raised the issue, and then came the sentence that blamed Israel for the surge in recruitment for Islamic State (IS) and made headlines in Israel. “It was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation that they felt.....

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We’re Going to the UN
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Sunday, October 19, 2014

New US Plan Won’t Stop Palestinians Turning to the UN A PLO official says US Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will not stop the Palestinians from seeking recognition for Palestine from the United Nations Security Council. He warned that if, as expected the US vetoes the resolution, “they will have to bear the consequences of no peace and no security.”     PLO Executive Committee Member Wasel Abu Yousef says Palestinian.....

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Letter to World Leaders Calls for International Effort to Save Mideast Christians
by Felice Friedson on Monday, October 13, 2014

ICEJ, World Jewish Congress, Oral Roberts U chiefs spearhead effort [Jerusalem] – A letter sent to 120 world leaders demanding a halt to the persecution of Middle East Christians was released in Jerusalem on Monday by its signatories, Dr. Jurgen Buhler, executive director of the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem (ICEJ); Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress; and Dr. William M. Wilson, co-chairman of Empowered21 Global Council and president of Oral Roberts University. The letter marks the.....

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