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“Severe Eruption of Hostilities” Between Israelis and Hezbollah: What Really Happened?


By Bayan Takrouri

About a week ago two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven wounded by Hezbollah missile attacks near the Lebanese border in what the New York Times called “the most severe eruption of hostilities in the area since the fierce enemies’ devastating month long war in 2006 and threatened to incite a significant escalation.” But what really happened?

Summary of new UN investigation of latest Israeli assault on Gaza


By Sami Kishawi (courtesy of Sixteen Minutes to Palestine)

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (UN OCHA oPt) just published a 35-page initial rapid assessment of Israel’s latest invasion of Gaza which officially spanned eight days starting on November 14, 2012. The investigation more formally known as the Multi-Agency Initial Rapid Assessment of Gaza was conducted just days after a ceasefire brought relative calm to the territory.

Palestine: A “state” with no real standing


By Dima Ansari

On November 29, Palestinians in the West Bank took to the streets to celebrate the birth of a Palestinian “state.”  With people dancing, flags flying high, and music blaring in the background, Al Jazeera reporters were barely discernible over the noise as they reported the events on the ground.  You couldn’t find a more patriotic or euphoric moment it seemed–some have even called this moment a historical benchmark for Palestine.

But does this patriotically painted moment of success really live up to its hype? Have Palestinians gained any real progress towards a peaceful solution with Israel under the new label of “statehood?”

Palestine & Israel: The context the media misses on the history of a true struggle


By Dartunorro Clark

The seeds of conflict between Israel and Palestine were planted decades ago, and now have grown into a continuing conflict over a territory between these two groups. This conflict has been warranted by competing ideologies and unjustified by bloodshed, rather than withering away through compromise.

To look past the recent week-long conflict, which has now had an agreed cease-fire agreement, it now requires looking back at the basics of the conflict between Israel and Palestine over the past several decades.

The Dershowitz tactic: Ignoring reality


By Tarek Khalil

Professor Dershowitz,

I read your recent article regarding the recent flare up between Israel and Hamas. The tone, language, and overall argument are not only misplaced, but lack contextualization. Therefore, either you purposefully and willfully ignored history, or you just don’t know it. You stated that “In order to maximize their own civilian casualties, and thereby earn the sympathy of the international community and media, Hamas leaders deliberately fire their rockets from densely populated civilian areas.”

Let’s privy ourselves to the facts as they exist on earth and not concoct a picture with misleading facts.

The media’s Israeli-Palestinian fable


By Dima Ansari

In light of the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, major news networks like BBC and the New York Times have really outdone themselves in trying to report the “truth” of the events as they unraveled–that is, if you consider a grossly incomplete narrative to be the “truth.”