Regions / Middle East & North Africa
Israel must choose today between peace on internationally recognized terms with the dispossessed indigenous people of their State, or face another half-century of isolation with the backdrop of a rapidly encroaching demographics dilemma.
To understand the resilience of the Palestinian community is to take a more detailed--albeit less dramatic--look at what is happening on the ground behind the bleak daily headlines.
The Palestinians are doing what any American citizen would do: we are fighting for our rights.
President Bush is currently being assailed from all sides for his Middle East foreign policy.
The Powell mission, whatever fig leaf it produces, has shown that the United States is unable or unwilling to impose peace. The only solution is for the whole world to join together and force the two sides to back off.
Not only has Sharon's war on Arafat unified the Arab world in ways not seen in decades, it has also had the effect of undermining the legal basis for the continuing sanctions and U.S. bombing of Iraqi targets.
The security of Israelis and Palestinians is intertwined
Until America finds its own voice in the Palestinian-Israeli dispute, it is unlikely that America's voice will be heard or heeded in the Arab world.
Today, Ariel Sharon and his government are creating a third wave of Palestinian refugees by attacking those very same refugees who, decades ago, fled for their lives and have been living under illegal Israeli occupation ever since.
The tragic events of September 11 have created unprecedented challenges for the peace movement, anti-interventionist forces, and other progressive activists.