Israel Allies Lobby Against U.N. Recognition Of Palestinian State

WASHINGTON — As more signs point to the lack of progress in the Middle East peace process, American Jewish groups and supporters of Israel are working to head off an expected September vote in the United Nations General Assembly to recognize a state of Palestine. Even before last week’s visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to put the kibosh on renewed negotiations with the Palestinians, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and Jewish groups have been whipping the vote in the 192-member General Assembly where two-thirds, or 128 countries, are needed to recognize a Palestinian state. The … Continue reading Israel Allies Lobby Against U.N. Recognition Of Palestinian State

Is Islam a militant religion?

In Islam, the use of force is allowed only in special situations, particularly when the Muslim community is threatened by hostile forces. This is indeed natural and logical for any nation. Then again, the use of force in a campaign of jihad is determined by the leader of the Muslim community in a very ordered and ethical way. Islam considers all life forms as sacred, but particularly emphasizes the sanctity of human life. Allah says in the Qur’an: “And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden [to be killed] except by [legal] right.” [6:151] Allah says: “Whoever kills … Continue reading Is Islam a militant religion?

US policy in Israel / Palestine: 1948 – The forgotten history

Does history matter?[1] Over the course of the past few months the Obama administration has abandoned its putative efforts to engage Israel and the Palestinians in peace talks after their collapse in the face of Israel’s continued settlement building on the West Bank. At the popular level and in the mainstream media, the response was one of familiar frustration with the allegedly intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Writing in its editorial page on October 10, 2010, The New York Times reflected these sentiments, albeit critical of Washington’s excessive generosity in offering the Netanyahu government yet more arms. Urging the resumption of talks, … Continue reading US policy in Israel / Palestine: 1948 – The forgotten history

12 European countries to send aid to Gaza with Freedom Flotilla 2

Despite official Israeli continuing threats to use violence to stop international support from reaching Gaza by sea, 5 more ships carrying passengers from France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Italy will join Freedom Flotilla 2 in late June. The European Campaign to End the Siege of Gaza (ECESG), one of the flotilla’s sponsors revealed that the ships will carry  country-level legislators and members of the European Parliament among their passengers, which will number in the hundreds. “I am sure the recent Israeli fire on the Malaysian ship, the Spirit of Rachel Corrie, was meant as warning for the flotilla, but … Continue reading 12 European countries to send aid to Gaza with Freedom Flotilla 2