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Netanyahu Thanks Obama For ‘Unflinching Support’

The right-wing narrative is that President Obama hates Israel and, thus Jews. He is, after all, a Muslim, right?  Well, if he is, he’s one Muslim the Israeli prime minister likes. Netanyahu cozied up to U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday ahead of an Oval Office meeting, thanking him ‘for the unflinching support you gave […]

Sam Harris’s new book, Waking Up is about being spiritual without being religious. In a related blog post, Harris addressed a question he is often asked about Israel, a state based on religion. “We have to get out of the religion business,” Dr. Harris told me, and that applies to states like Israel. But he […]

Israel is being rebuked by the United States for what an anti-settlement group is calling the largest land grab in 30 years. Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration. We urge the government […]

JERUSALEM — When Issa Abu Khdeir drove a relative to the airport last month, police arrested two sons and him, and ransacked their Jerusalem home. Abu Khdeir, 58, said his family might have been targeted because they offered their home as a press center for Tariq Khdeir, 15, a nephew whose beating last month by […]

Casual Pepper Spray Guy has met his match, in the form of the dude from MSNBC’s Gaza conflict B-roll, which played over Chris Hayes’ brief commentary on the newest ceasefire in the most recent Israel-Palestine flareup. While everyone else in this clip is hitting the deck behind a concrete shack, watch what Casual B-Roll Dude, […]

Palestinian officials say a Gaza ceasefire deal has been reached with the help of Egypt. There was no immediate confirmation from Israel, where a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to comment. “An agreement has been reached between the two sides and we are awaiting the announcement from Cairo to determine the zero hour […]

Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal wants President Obama to persuade Israel to  “lift the siege” of Gaza and push for a cease-fire in the conflict to stop a “holocaust” against the Palestinians. “You as the leader of the most powerful state in the world, I ask you to call [on] Israel to stop its aggression […]

The Target was Mohammad Deif, the head of the military wing of Hamas, but it’s unclear if he was home at the time of the bombing. The Israeli warplanes that dropped at least five bombs on a house in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City late Tuesday were seeking Mr. Deif, in at least […]

MIT Professor Noah Chomsky was on my radio show Thursday night with his take on Gaza, Israel, Iraq and the United States. We first talked about the American media, that he says “tend to conform” to “state power and concentrated private power” that support Israel “and have no use for the Palestinians.” Americans “need to […]

At a Seattle protest against Israel’s bombing of Gaza, a man with no shirt was allegedly harassing participants, picking fights, and using words like “towelhead.”  A security guard called to the scene ignored him and, instead, maced a black bystander. Raymond Wilford, 25, told The Stranger he came to Seattle’s Westlake Mall to meet some […]

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