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Why Rachel Corrie Went to Gaza

What the pro-Palestinian activist—whose death was just ruled an accident—shared with Lawrence of Arabia

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Palestine’s Biggest Obstacle

Palestinians in the diaspora are thriving, so what exactly is preventing success in the West Bank and Gaza?

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Romney and Einstein: Racists?

The GOP candidate was deemed ‘racist’ for calling Israeli culture superior. Albert Einstein said it too.

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Blowing Up the King David Hotel

Sunday marks the anniversary of the 1946 attack on the British. My 91-year-old grandfather helped carry it out.

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Cartoon Politics

New graphic novels by Harvey Pekar and Guy Delisle illustrate different takes on the Israeli-Palestinian mess

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Settlement University Approved

A new school in Ariel is funded by the state, even though it doesn’t fall under Israeli jurisdiction

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Israel’s Grittiest Founder

Yitzhak Shamir, who died Saturday, was maligned for his politics. But his bitter realism was prescient.

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How Birthright Changed Us

A trip to Israel connected participants to our Jewishness. But it didn’t make us more politically engaged.

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Christians for Palestine

A vocal majority of evangelical Christians are zealous supporters of Israel. But a growing movement seeks to align them with the Palestinian cause.

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Wake-Up Call

The leftist Israeli magazine +972 wants to sound the alarm on a Jewish state it believes is destroying itself

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Palestine, 194th Member?

Oxford-style debate raged over U.N. membership

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Useful Fiction

Newt Gingrich says the Palestinians are an “invented people.” They are, like many others in the Middle East. It’s a useful myth the U.S. must support.

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Unrepentant

Two Palestinian prisoners released in the Shalit deal, now home in the West Bank, express no regrets and view prison time as service to their cause

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Martyrologies

Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish created a poetry of martyrdom for his people—and a political coup for the idea of the nakba

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Is Oakland Palestine?

The left sees Occupy Wall Street and the Palestinian cause as common

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Father Figure

Shimon Peres, Israel’s president, has written a new Nextbook Press biography of David Ben-Gurion, its first prime minster and his mentor

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In Diplomatic Theater, Is Europe the Audience?

How the past several days of nutsiness may help Israel at the U.N.

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Remembered

Raja Shehadeh’s new memoir joins a growing list of literary works on Palestinian life before Israel. But do they tell the whole story?

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Promises to Keep

Jonathan Schneer’s history of the Balfour Declaration frames a still-unfolding struggle

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Founding Document

A new book argues for the enduring significance of the 1917 Balfour Declaration

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Connected

There’s linkage, too, between U.S. actions in Iraq and Afghanistan and Faisal Shahzad’s bombing attempt in Times Square

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Allah Is a Zionist

The Quranic argument for Jewish sovereignty in the land of Israel

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Daybreak: Iran-Ready Drones Debut

Plus Palestinian statehood en español et français, and more in the news

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Barak Warns of ‘Apartheid’

Defense minister utters a very big word

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Sundown: How Do You Say ‘Palestinian State’ in Spanish?

Plus Brooklyn and Justice Department menorahs, and more

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Google Recognizes West Bank as ‘Palestinian’

But on Google Maps, it’s all Israel

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Daybreak: Three Days After Arson, West Bank Still On Edge

Plus Iran’s unpopular proposal, Lieberman nixes health care, and more in the news

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New Poll: Israelis Split on Obama

Contra conventional wisdom, they don’t all dislike him

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Palestinian PM: No Unilateral Declaration of Statehood

Fayyad assures American Jewish delegation

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Israel Lobs ‘IKEA’ Dis at Sweden

Dept. of ‘Oh, snap!’

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