Israeli Bestseller Breaks National Taboo

No one is more surprised than Shlomo Sand that his latest academic work has spent 19 weeks on Israel’s bestseller list – and that success has come to the history professor despite his book challenging Israel’s biggest taboo. Dr. Sand argues that the idea of a Jewish nation – whose need for a safe haven … Continue reading “Israeli Bestseller Breaks National Taboo”

Israel’s Army and Settlers Fall Out

The Israeli army officer in charge of the occupation of the West Bank, Gen. Gadi Shamni, has lambasted extremist Jewish settlers, blaming rising levels of violence on the encouragement of their leadership and right-wing rabbis. It is rare for a senior commander to speak so critically of the settlers, many of whom themselves serve in … Continue reading “Israel’s Army and Settlers Fall Out”

Israel’s Breeding Ground for Terrorism

The words "Jewish" and "terrorist" are not easily uttered together by Israelis. But just occasionally, such as last week, when one of the country’s leading intellectuals was injured by a pipe bomb placed at the front door of his home, they find themselves with little choice. The target of the attack was 73-year-old Ze’ev Sternhell, … Continue reading “Israel’s Breeding Ground for Terrorism”

King David Recruited to Expel Palestinians

From just outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls, the simple stone and cinderblock homes of Silwan cascade southwards into a valley, known as the Holy Basin. The Palestinian residents are used to living in the shadow of history and religion, given dramatic physical form as the great silver dome of the al-Aqsa mosque and the looming … Continue reading “King David Recruited to Expel Palestinians”

Jaffa’s ‘Renewal’ Aims at Expulsion of Palestinians

The ground floor of Zaki Khimayl’s home is a cafe where patrons can drink mint tea or fresh juice as they smoke on a water pipe. Located by Jaffa’s beach, a stone’s throw from Tel Aviv, the business should be thriving. Mr. Khimayl, however, like hundreds of other families in the Arab neighborhoods of Ajami … Continue reading “Jaffa’s ‘Renewal’ Aims at Expulsion of Palestinians”

Israel’s Dark Art of Ensnaring Palestinian Collaborators

Israel’s enduring use of Palestinian collaborators to entrench the occupation and destroy Palestinian resistance was once the great unmentionable of the Middle East conflict. When the subject was dealt with by the international and local media, it was solely in the context of the failings of the Palestinian legal system, which allowed the summary execution … Continue reading “Israel’s Dark Art of Ensnaring Palestinian Collaborators”

Palestinian Village Faces Army Reign of Terror

The window through which Salam Amira, 16, filmed the moment when an Israeli soldier shot from close range a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainee has a large hole at its center with cracks running in every direction. "Since my video was shown, the soldiers shoot at our house all the time," she said. The shattered … Continue reading “Palestinian Village Faces Army Reign of Terror”

Israel’s Outposts Seal Death of Palestinian State

Yehudit Genud hardly feels she is on the frontier of Israel’s settlement project, although the huddle of mobile homes on a wind-swept West Bank hilltop she calls home is controversial even by Israeli standards. Despite the size and isolation of Migron, a settlement of about 45 religious families on a ridge next to the Palestinian … Continue reading “Israel’s Outposts Seal Death of Palestinian State”

The Struggle Against Jerusalem’s Quiet Ethnic Cleansing

In the first hours of dawn, Nader Elayan was woken by a call from a neighbor warning him to hurry to the house he had almost finished building. By the time he arrived, it was too late: a bulldozer was tearing down the walls. More than 100 Israeli security guards held back local residents. The … Continue reading “The Struggle Against Jerusalem’s Quiet Ethnic Cleansing”

The Smallest Settlement

It must be the smallest Israeli settlement in the occupied Palestinian territories: just half a house. But Palestinian officials and Israeli human rights groups are concerned that it represents the first stage of a plan to eradicate the historical neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem, cutting off one of the main routes by which … Continue reading “The Smallest Settlement”