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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1998
Yossi Klein Halevi's article (Commentary, Aug. 16) is disingenuous. It blames the victim. The indigenous Palestinian people were well aware of Zionist plans to illegally dispossess them and had less say in the matter than Jews had about money they say they put in Swiss banks. PAUL TRACY Oceanside
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OPINION
April 9, 2014 | By Steven L. Spiegel
There's a new industry in Washington, Jerusalem and Ramallah. It's called Kerry-bashing: The secretary of State never should have tried to bring about an Israeli-Palestinian deal; he wasted too much time; he's too soft on the Israelis or Palestinians or both; he needs to get on to other issues. Why the criticism? John F. Kerry has brought the peace process back into focus, he's dragged both sides into talks even though they were loath to make concessions, and he has altered the dialogue and perhaps even attained some concessions behind the scenes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1991
Now that the Persian Gulf War is all but over, diplomats will begin haggling over the future of the region. What better time than now is there for the United States and its allies to make a show of good faith to the entire Arab world that we really do care about all the Arab people, not just the ones with oil? Why not grant Saddam Hussein just one concession? Offer to not only link the Palestinian issue to the current conflict, but to solve it once and for all by turning the allied occupied territory in Iraq into the new nation of Palestine.
WORLD
March 22, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Israeli troops shot and killed at least three Palestinians and injured a dozen others in a raid early Saturday on the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank, Israeli army and Palestinian medics said. A large army force surrounded a house in the camp to arrest Hamas militant Hamza Abu Haija, 22, who has been wanted by the army for several years for his alleged involvement in the Hamas military wing, Izzeddin Qassam Brigades. In an exchange of gunfire after Abu Haija refused to surrender, he was shot and killed, an Israel Defense Forces spokesman said.
WORLD
December 24, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Israeli forces killed three Palestinian militants on the Gaza Strip border, the military and Israeli media said. Israel said the three were planting explosives. There was no immediate Palestinian comment. Despite the violence, Israel's Defense Ministry said it had decided to open three border crossings to allow some supplies into Gaza.
OPINION
December 29, 2006
Re "Israel eases hard line on Palestinians," Dec. 26 As a Jewish American, I have mixed feelings about Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and releasing to Abbas $100 million of Palestinian tax and duty money that Israel had been withholding. On one hand, I say congratulations to Olmert for finally recognizing that for Israel's long-term security, it must negotiate with the Palestinians. On the other, I say shame on Olmert for not meeting with Abbas or any Palestinian for the year that he has been in power.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2000
Re "Palestinian Refugees Must Be Allowed to Choose," Commentary, Aug. 10: Elia Zureik failed to mention that the 800,000 Palestinians who fled their homes in 1948 could have easily been absorbed and started a new life in surrounding Arab countries. Instead, they were purposely kept in refugee camps as a political trump card. There were more than a million Jews who were expelled or constrained to leave their homes from Arab countries such as Iraq, Egypt, Syria, et al. They too had to relinquish their homes, properties, businesses, assets, etc. The difference, however, is that they did not go to refugee camps and hibernate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2000
Re "Martyrdom: The Most Powerful Weapon," by Avigdor Haselkorn, Commentary, Dec. 3: It is very impressive when Palestinian spokesmen boast about their willingness to sacrifice as many lives as necessary to achieve a state of their own. Not their own lives, of course. What these spokesmen are really boasting about is their control over the lives of their people. Being able to get people to commit suicide on demand is the ultimate sick power trip. Cult leaders have been exercising this supremacy over their subjects for years.
OPINION
November 16, 2004
Re "Behind the Camp David Myth," Commentary, Nov. 12: Robert Malley's musings on the reasons why Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat might have turned down Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's offer at Camp David in July 2000 do not change the facts. Arafat had the opportunity to establish a viable, contiguous Palestinian state based on the Barak-Clinton offer, which would have fundamentally changed for the better the lives of the Palestinians. Arafat left Camp David without making a counterproposal or response to the Israeli offer, in effect turning his back on negotiations.
OPINION
March 25, 2005
Re "Settlement Plan Disappoints Palestinians," March 22: Israel's plans to construct 3,500 houses in Maale Adumim east of Jerusalem severely undermines the ability of the new Palestinian leadership to create a viable state by dividing the land and separating the people into isolated and disconnected cantons reminiscent of the apartheid-based bantustans of South Africa. President Bush now has an opportunity to display his commitment to the ultimate goal of a viable Palestinian state living in peace with its neighbors by applying our country's immense political and economic power to ensure that Israel lives up to its obligations under the "road map" peace plan.
WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Thousands of Palestinians rallied in West Bank cities on Monday in support of President Mahmoud Abbas, hours before his scheduled meeting at the White House with President Obama. Palestinians carried pictures of the Palestinian leader and banners expressing support for Abbas, who Palestinians fear faces pressure from Obama and other world leaders to accept a framework peace agreement with Israel that falls short of their aspirations for independence. "We are here, Mr. President, to tell you that we are behind you in your efforts to find a solution to our just case that would end the [Israeli]
WORLD
March 16, 2014 | By Kate Linthicum
BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip - When I first met Abdullah Alathamna four years ago, he was laid up at a children's hospital in Los Angeles, his right leg bound in a cast. He was pale, and grouchy from the pain pills. He was not at all interested in answering questions from a reporter. He was an 11-year-old kid, injured and without his family, more than 7,000 miles from his home in the northern Gaza Strip. The Palestinian youngster lost a foot in 2006 when the Israeli military accidentally shelled his house and several others while targeting militants who had launched rockets into Israel.
WORLD
March 10, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Jordanian judge of Palestinian descent Monday at Allenby Bridge border crossing between the West Bank and Jordan, according to statements from the Israeli army and a Palestinian official. A statement by the Israel Defense Forces said the Jordanian -- identified as Raed Zeiter, 38, originally from the West Bank city of Nablus -- had just crossed the border from Jordan when he attempted to grab a soldier's weapon. The soldier opened fire and killed him. "A Palestinian tried to seize a soldier's weapon at the Allenby Bridge Crossing from Jordan,” the army tweeted on its account.
WORLD
March 9, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry's plan to jump-start the Palestinian economy to boost his political efforts kicked off this weekend in the Czech Republic's capital, Prague. A conference in Prague brought together some 100 international businesspeople, investors, financiers, Palestinian Authority officials and key figures in the Palestinian private sector. When Kerry launched his Palestinian-Israeli peace program at the end of July, he pledged to muster $4 billion to help boost the Palestinian economy, saying that a strong economy would be good for peace.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
In "Bethlehem," Israel's submission to the recent Academy Awards for the foreign language Oscar, first-time filmmaker Yuval Adler views entrenched political tensions through the template of a police procedural. Focusing on an Israeli intelligence agent and one of his Palestinian informants, the movie has the taut efficiency of a well-constructed crime thriller, while its real-world underpinnings play out with a less convincing sense of urgency. Tsahi Halevy carries himself with a mournful, in-over-his-head demeanor as Razi, an officer in Israel's secret service who's trying to prevent an impending suicide bombing in Jerusalem.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Lorraine Ali
Hany Abu-Assad should be used to the tension by now. The Palestinian director has shot most of his films ("Paradise Now," "Rana's Wedding") in a region known far more for its conflict than its cinema, and his story lines often take place in between tangles of barbed wire and crowded checkpoints. But filming "Omar" on the West Bank and in his hometown of Nazareth almost proved too much - even for Abu-Assad. "At the end of the shoot, I told everybody, 'I'm not going to make another movie,'" said the director.
OPINION
May 24, 2004
Re "Bloody Mess in Gaza," editorial, May 20: The Israelis don't have to wait in fear of violent retaliation on their cities and public meetings. They've had that terror many times. If the Palestinian terrorists could, they would kill every Israeli man, woman and child. Where were the international consciences, the European Union and United Nations when, in cold blood, the Palestinians killed a pregnant Israeli mother and her four little children in their car? Somehow it seems that your editorial and the way you present the news are biased against Israel.
BOOKS
December 3, 1989
So, actor James Woods calls protesters of Yitzhak Shamir's policies towards Palestinians "Nazis," and receives cheers from the 1,000 guests at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's national tribute dinner. How sad and ironic that supporters of a Museum of Tolerance would respond enthusiastically to such an inaccurate classification by Woods. Such statements do nothing but add fuel to the fire of an already volatile situation. It's unfortunate that such a fine actor cannot use a podium more constructively.
WORLD
March 3, 2014 | By Rushdi abu Alouf
GAZA CITY -- A Palestinian militant was killed in an Israeli airstrike Monday as he attempted to launch rockets at Israel from the northern Gaza Strip, authorities said. Mosaab Zaaneen, a 25-year-old Islamic Jihad fighter, died in the attack in the city of Beit Hanoun, according to a spokesman for the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza. Three other people were injured, including an 11-year-old girl, the spokesman said. The Israeli military confirmed the strike in a statement. "The mission was carried out in order to eliminate an imminent attack targeting civilian communities of southern Israel," the Israel Defense Forces statement said.
WORLD
March 3, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama plans to urge Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to support the U.S. framework for peace with the Palestinians when the two men meet in the Oval Office on Monday, according to aides familiar with the agenda. But Obama may also offer tougher talk than ever before on the importance of reaching a peace agreement and ending Israeli settlement construction in the occupied territories. In an interview published by Bloomberg News on Sunday, Obama told journalist Jeffrey Goldberg that the U.S. is still willing to defend Israel before the international community but that his ability to do that effectively may wane without a peace deal.
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