Refugee Reform: Counting on Peace

By Elke Weiss, June 1, 2012

Illinois Republican Representative Mark Kirk has bravely done what few others have dreamed of doing regarding the Middle East: he has taken steps for actual progress in the Palestinian refugee issue. His recent bill on documenting how many were actually displaced is one of the most humane and progressive pieces of legislation on the issue [...]

Nothing Says Peace Like Molotov Cocktails

By Jennifer Hanin, May 15, 2012

There’s something to be said for civilizations that rise above adversity and violence and focus on progress and prosperity. Israel is not only considered the Silicon Valley of the Middle East for its welter of technological startups and contributions, it’s also feeding hungry bellies in developing countries via its breakthroughs with drip irrigation and other [...]

Ahmadinejad or Ashton? Tough Choice

By Jennifer Hanin, May 1, 2012

Which is worse? Ahmadinejad claiming his Islamic regime is developing nuclear isotopes to “treat cancer” or EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton spearheading the P5+1 engagement team trying to negotiate a solution with Iran?  For those following the issues closely, choosing between these two presents a real dilemma. Those who know Iran’s history of calling [...]

Israel Still the Beacon of Nations 64 Years Later

By Jennifer Hanin, April 26, 2012

It’s hard to believe 64 years after Israel reached its modern independence that we would be in an incessant world discussion about how to carve up the Jewish state even more to provide a new homeland for more Arabs. After all, in 1947 the UN par­celed out more land for an Arab state (Transjordan – [...]

Syria: Time to Kill … & Kill … & Kill

By Jennifer Hanin, April 11, 2012

Iran’s umbilical cord to Syria is nauseatingly obvious when UN Special Envoy Kofi Annan has to go to Tehran to gain support for his faltering ceasefire plan. Yet for the Boston Globe to report “the visit is to stop the country’s slide into civil war” is a boldface lie. CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux has also downplayed [...]

Toil Not Terror

By Jennifer Hanin, April 9, 2012

As economic times get tougher in America there’s a general tendency (and growing apathy) to pay less attention to revolutions in the Middle East and more to our dwindling bank accounts. But we can’t become complacent while Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime goes home-to-home executing families any more than we can stop seeking out [...]

Global March to Jerusalem: Inquisition 2012?

By Jennifer Hanin, March 29, 2012

When I read the organizers of the Global March on Jerusalem were claiming Israeli Jews were “Judaizing” Israel, I nearly choked on whole wheat Matzah (I’m starting early this year). The term “judaizing” hasn’t been in common use since the days of the Inquisition. Back then, I would be jailed, tortured and likely killed for [...]

The “Anti-Zionist” Cabbie

By Gal Sitty, March 28, 2012

On a recent trip to San Francisco I had an interesting conversation with a self-described “anti-Zionist” Jewish cab driver. The cab ride was only about ten minutes yet a lot happened to transpire. The moment I entered the cab, the driver, an extrovert, immediately engaged me in conversation. I told him of my reason for being [...]

Déjà vu All Over Again

By Jennifer Hanin, March 26, 2012

Protestors attempting to cross Israel’s border from Syria in May 2011 during “Nakba” day. I had the pleasure of being one of a handful of devoted advocates manning Act For Israel’s social media during both “Nakba,” (the annual date when Palestinians mourn the 1948 declaration of the Jewish state) and “Naksa” (marking Arab defeat and [...]

The UN’s “Condemn Israel Council”

By Gal Sitty, March 26, 2012
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Israel has decided to sever its ties with the widely discredited and highly biased UN Human Rights Council. This decision follows a vote last week that approved an initiative championed by the Palestinian Authority calling for an investigation of how the Israeli presence in the West Bank affects the human rights of Palestinians. By taking this [...]