Why ‘Jewish state’ demand is a non-starter

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If Washington accepts new Israeli demands, it moves the goal posts further away from a middle ground for a just peace. By Yousef Munayyer - Sabbah Report § Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demands Palestinians recognise Israel as "a Jewish state" and US President Barack Obama, who used this language in his state of the union address, signalled US support for … [Read more...]

Washington Getting Pushed Around By Israel

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Kells Hetherington from The Voice Of Russia interviews Yousef Munayyer - Sabbah Report § WASHINGTON (VR) — The Israelis have failed to release Palestinian prisoners and essentially renege on the commitment they had made with US Secretary of State John Kerry, throwing the agreement into a tailspin, according to Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director of The Jerusalem Fund, a … [Read more...]

Lessons from Yarmouk

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Every decade, another episode of dispossession and loss plays out for Palestinian refugees in troubled host countries. By Yousef Munayyer - Sabbah Report § In Yarmouk refugee camp, the largest concentration of Palestinians in Syria among the nine refugee camps there, the Palestinian population is trapped and suffering. The camp sits just south of Damascus and its … [Read more...]

Yousef Munayyer: Mandela and My Son

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U.S. Glorifies Nelson Mandela In Death. But Treated Him as a Terrorist While Alive. Labelled Him a Terrorist Until 2008. By Yousef Munayyer As the news broke of Nelson Mandela’s death and reactions were coming in from around the world I did something I always do in these instances, I turned to cable news. No, I am not a masochist, nor did I turn there to learn about … [Read more...]

How Intifada Fears Show Only Israeli Security Matters – by Yousef Munayyer

Israeli security forces approach Palestinan stone throwers during clashes at the al-Arub refugee camp North of the West Bank city of Hebron, on February 26, 2013. (Saif Dahlah / AFP / Getty Images)

It’s happening again. Talk of the possibility of a third Intifada is on the rise as increased Palestinian protests are recurring in the West Bank. Many are on edge waiting for the spark. What will it be? In late 1987, four Palestinians killed by an Israeli truck driver on a road in Gaza set off the first major uprising. The massacre of 29 Palestinian worshipers in Hebron by … [Read more...]