Tag: Palestinians

Israeli Bulldozer Wrests Gaza Militant’s Body From Palestinians

JERUSALEM — A macabre tug-of-war over the body of a Palestinian militant on the Gaza-Israel border — captured Sunday on video in broad daylight — left another man wounded, prompted a round of rockets from Gaza and drew harsh criticism from fellow Israelis. Israel’s hawkish defense minister, Naftali Bennett, defended the army’s seizure of the […]

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Gilad Shalit, Israel’s Son, Is Getting Married

Imagine that a 19-year-old American soldier was captured by terrorists and dragged through a tunnel across our border. Imagine that the U.S. Army failed to recover this abducted soldier and that he remained in terrorist hands for weeks that turned into months that became years. Imagine that the entire nation came to know this soldier’s […]

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How Colum McCann Shaped Loss Into a Book

“I’m a bit of a magpie,” Colum McCann said, sheepishly gesturing around his office at Hunter College. He has taught creative writing there for 13 years, and in that time has appointed his space with plenty of mementos: old family photographs, a self-portrait his daughter drew in neon crayon, a framed poster of what he […]

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Israel Accuses Hamas of ‘Catfishing’ Soldiers to Plant Malware

JERUSALEM — Hamas and Israel still exchange fire with sporadic rocket attacks and airstrikes in their long-running military standoff along the Gaza border, but the two sides are also engaged in something of an arms race on social media. The Israeli military said Sunday that it had foiled a “catfishing” attempt to gain access to […]

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The Rise of Palestinian Food

THE CARROTS, KNOWN as jazar ahmar, are stocky and rugged, as dark as wine, shading from red into 
purple. This may be the closest they get to the color of their ancestors, 
the primeval carrots that were first cultivated about a thousand years 
ago in what is today Afghanistan and later sown throughout Arab lands. […]

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Palestinian Leader Denounces Trump’s Mideast Plan at U.N.

The Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, delivered an angry rejection of President Trump’s plan for peace between Palestinians and Israelis at the United Nations on Tuesday, describing it as an illegitimate, one-sided proposal that rewarded Israel for decades of occupation and turned his people’s land into “Swiss cheese” riddled with Israeli settlements. In a speech […]

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Violence Surges in Wake of Trump’s Mideast Plan

JERUSALEM — At least three Palestinians were killed during clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank on Wednesday and Thursday, and an Israeli soldier was seriously wounded in a car ramming in Jerusalem overnight, in a surge of violence following the release of the long-awaited — and highly contentious — American plan for […]

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The Palestinian Authority Is a Sinking Ship

Palestinians have remained glaringly absent throughout the grand unveiling of President Trump’s “deal of the century.” As Mr. Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel — one facing impeachment, the other indictment — laid out the conditions for Palestinian submission last Tuesday in Washington, the Palestinian leadership, in the form of President Mahmoud Abbas […]

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Israel Puts Brakes on West Bank Annexation Plan

JERUSALEM — Shortly after last week’s rollout of the contentious American Middle East plan, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government made a triumphant promise that the cabinet would vote this weekend to extend Israeli sovereignty over substantial parts of the occupied West Bank. But it looks as if the Israelis misread the signals from Washington. The […]

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Capital in Trump Mideast Plan Makes ‘a Joke’ of Palestinian Aspirations

ABU DIS, West Bank — Like a monument to dashed hopes, an unfinished Palestinian parliament building stands derelict on a ridge in Abu Dis, an unimposing West Bank suburb of Jerusalem that the Trump administration has proposed as the capital of a future Palestinian state. A symbol of the possibilities of sovereignty when it was […]

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Trump’s Middle East Plan: Starting Point or Dead End?

Of the many proposals for an Israeli-Palestinian peace rolled out over the decades, circumstances made the one President Trump announced on Tuesday the hardest to take seriously. While Mr. Trump outlined what he described as his “vision” for a Mideast peace in the gilded East Room of the White House to waves of applause from […]

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Trump’s Mideast Plan Leaves Palestinians With Few Options

JERUSALEM — For Mahmoud Abbas, the ailing octogenarian president of the Palestinian Authority, his life’s work — a viable state side-by-side with Israel — is quickly slipping away. President Trump’s Middle East plan deprives the Palestinians of nearly everything they had been fighting for: East Jerusalem as their national capital, the removal of Jewish settlements […]

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What to Know About Trump’s Middle East Plan

President Trump stood alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel at the White House on Tuesday to reveal a long-awaited plan intended to resolve generations of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Noticeably absent from that announcement, though, was any Palestinian representation, and Palestinian leaders have flatly rejected the plan. The proposed settlement strongly favors Israeli […]

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What You Need to Know About Trump’s Middle East Plan

President Trump stood alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel at the White House on Tuesday to reveal a long-awaited plan intended to resolve generations of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Noticeably absent from that announcement, though, was any Palestinian representation, and Palestinian leaders have flatly rejected the plan. The proposed settlement strongly favors Israeli […]

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Don’t Reject Trump’s Peace Plan. Change It.

President Trump’s “Ultimate Deal” for Israeli-Palestinian peace isn’t ultimate, and it isn’t quite a deal. Released on Tuesday, the plan — or “Peace Vision,” as it’s called in its official document — has three flaws. None are fatal. First, the dissonance between its pretension and its timing: It purports to change history, but coming just […]

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Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan Exposes the Ugly Truth

On Tuesday, President Trump released his long-gestating plan for Middle East peace, the so-called “deal of the century.” It calls for a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza; for Jerusalem, including its Old City, to be the undivided capital of Israel; and for Israel to annex all settlements, as well as the Jordan […]

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A Muted Arab Response to Trump’s Mideast Peace Plan

BEIRUT, Lebanon — In unveiling his plan Tuesday for solving the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, President Trump confidently declared that Arab countries would play a key role in its success. But none of the United States’ Arab allies formally endorsed the plan or made concrete commitments to back it, raising questions about how […]

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Is Trump Bibi’s Chump?

TEL AVIV — Given the timing of the release on Tuesday of President Trump’s Middle East peace plan, I have to begin by asking: Is this plan about two states for two peoples or is it about one diversion for two dirty leaders? It sure feels like the latter. After all, both President Trump and […]

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Israeli Cabinet Will Vote to Apply Sovereignty to Part of West Bank

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would move Sunday to apply Israeli sovereignty to the strategically vital Jordan Valley and to all Jewish settlements on the West Bank. The move, which was blessed by President Trump and administration officials on Tuesday, is tantamount to annexation. It could apply to up to 30 percent […]

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Watch: Trump Mideast plan cheers Israelis, angers Palestinians

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has unveiled his long-awaited Middle East plan. It was celebrated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “vision for peace” but is likely to continue to be opposed by Palestinians who say it favors Israel and falls short of their goal of creating a viable independent state. Trump’s plan […]

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Trump Outlines Mideast Peace Plan That Strongly Favors Israel

WASHINGTON — President Trump unveiled his long-awaited Middle East peace plan with a flourish on Monday, outlining a proposal that would give Israel most of what it has sought over decades of conflict while creating what he called a Palestinian state with limited sovereignty. Mr. Trump’s plan would guarantee that Israel would control a unified […]

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Is There Any Way to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?

THE HUNDRED YEARS’ WAR ON PALESTINEA History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017By Rashid Khalidi On a morning in early June 1967, Rashid Khalidi was walking down a New York City sidewalk when he came upon a group of people holding an open bedsheet into which passers-by were tossing money. The donations were to aid […]

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