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A literal Green Line | The Stream – Al Jazeera English

‘All That’s Left‘, a new Israeli anti-occupation collective, painted a literal Green Line in Jerusalem on Wednesday; the anniversary of the start of the 1967 Six Day War. The Green Line, a demarcation line found only on maps, is used to show the division between Israel and the occupied territories. The group’s reasoning for the visualization was to remind Israelis ...

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Israeli and Palestinian tycoons push for peace | The Washington Post

The latest odd couple in the quixotic quest for Middle East peace is a pair of iconoclastic multi-millionaires — one Israeli, one Palestinian — who say they want to push their wary political leaders back to the negotiating table. At the World Economic Forum at a Dead Sea resort in Jordan on Sunday, Israeli venture capitalist Yossi Vardi and Palestinian ...

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Nerds, Jocks & Conscientious Objectors: The Hidden World of Israel’s High School War Resisters by Sarah Lazare | YES! Magazine

When the 19-year-old Israeli war resister Noam Gur attends weekly demonstrations against the occupation of Palestine, the soldiers who suppress the protestors—with tear gas, stun grenades, and occasionally live fire—aren’t just strangers in uniform. Among them are her former high school classmates, who have been conscripted into the Israeli army. Gur was supposed to serve, too, but instead joined the ...

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Kerry Visits Oman Seeking Syria Peace Consensus | Voice of America

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has held talks in Oman on his latest stop in a campaign to help arrange an internationally-sponsored Syrian peace conference. A senior State Department official said that while Oman has not played a key role in Syria, it is an “important player” in the region, and Kerry wants to hear Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s ...

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The Arab Peace Initiative Makes Its Way to the Knesset | The Daily Beast

Most Israelis are familiar with the Arab League resolution from 1967 in Khartoum, Sudan—if not by name, then certainly by its principles. Its infamous “Three No’s”—no peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with it—made up the strategy of the Arab League for the decades to come, and validated the fears of most Israelis. Those principles meant to ...

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Tales in a Kabul Restaurant | CounterPunch

Since 2009, Voices for Creative Nonviolence has maintained a grim record we call the “The Afghan Atrocities Update” which gives the dates, locations, numbers and names of Afghan civilians killed by NATO forces. Even with details culled from news reports, these data can’t help but merge into one large statistic, something about terrible pain that’s worth caring about but that ...

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Israel’s Lapid speaks of removing some settlers for peace | Reuters via chicagotribune.com

Finance Minister Yair Lapid, whose new centrist party is the second largest in Israel’s government, said on Monday thousands of Jewish settlers would have to be removed from occupied land under any peace deal with the Palestinians. But, echoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position, Lapid said Israel intended to hold onto major settlement blocs in the West Bank when final ...

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A digital media project focusing on telling the story of the Syrian revolution | Syria Untold

More than two years into the Syrian uprising as the battle continues on the ground, a new outspoken and creative Syria has emerged after decades of isolation and silence. From strikes to sit-ins, from creative songs and banners to countless citizen demonstrations, daily resistance against tyranny carries on, largely uncovered by mainstream media. For a few months, Leila Nachawati Rego ...

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