May 3, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Israel's prime minister gave a cool reception Wednesday to a new Arab Mideast peace initiative, saying the conflict with the Palestinians was not about territory but rather the Palestinians' refusal to recognize Israel as the Jewish homeland. The remarks signaled trouble for Secretary of State John Kerry's new push for Mideast peace and risked reinforcing Benjamin Netanyahu's image as a hard-liner unwilling to make the tough concessions required for peace. Netanyahu has not commented directly on the Arab League's latest initiative, but his words questioned its central tenet - the exchange of captured land for peace - and appeared to counter a modified peace proposal from the Arab world that Washington and Netanyahu's own chief negotiator have welcomed.
April 19, 2013 |
It began with an idea for a summer camp - a handful of kids getting a taste of Arab music and language for a few weeks at the Morris Arboretum, in the troubled times after 9/11. From a tiny beginning - the first camp, 10 years ago, attracted 18 children - Al Bustan Seeds of Culture has flowered into something unique in the United States, an organization that: maintains a resident ensemble of first-rate musicians versed in classical Arab music; offers a professional performance and residency series throughout the year with internationally known guest artists; conducts educational programs for adults and children alike; works with the Philadelphia School District to bring Arab language and music to the schools.
March 7, 2013 |
Aaron Shneyer's contribution to mediating conflict in the Middle East began with 12 teens and a jam session in Jerusalem. The Georgetown University graduate brought together a dozen Israeli and Palestinian musicians as part of a Fulbright-mtvU project that used music to foster dialogue and understanding. The result is Heartbeat, a peace-building collaboration that has been exported to the United States and will find its way to Congregation Beth Am Israel in Penn Valley on Thursday evening.
January 15, 2013
By Moncef Marzouki The futurist Alvin Toffler used to say that when a society reaches a certain degree of development, democracy becomes a technical necessity, not simply an ethical one. But this rule didn't seem to apply to the Arab world. Industrialization failed, "modernity" arrived late due to colonization, and when a democratic wave destroyed dictatorships in Latin America and Eastern Europe, little happened in North Africa and the Middle East. Racists pointed to the wrong cause for this phenomenon, citing the culture.
January 14, 2013 |
CAIRO - The Palestinian prime minister warned Sunday that his government could fail to meet its obligations to its people because of a cash crunch, and urged Arab countries to deliver on promised aid. Salam Fayyad met with Arab League members to discuss ways to raise the $100 million they pledged earlier to his Palestinian Authority. Arab League chief Nabil Elaraby said seven countries have responded favorably, but he did not name them. League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo decided to dispatch a delegation to the region to raise the funds the Palestinian government needs to make ends meet.
January 9, 2013 |
Since its launch in 2006, Al-Jazeera TV's English-language news channel has racked up prestigious journalism awards for its reporting on international issues, including the Arab Spring uprisings. The problem: Hardly anyone sees Al-Jazeera English (AJE) because few cable TV operators carry it. Last week, Al-Jazeera's owner - the emir of the oil- and natural gas-rich Persian Gulf state of Qatar - sought to change that. Al-Jazeera will pay an undisclosed sum - unconfirmed reports said $500 million - for Current TV, the little-watched but widely distributed cable network cofounded by former vice president Al Gore.
January 7, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian self-rule government is close to being "completely incapacitated," largely because Arab countries have not delivered hundreds of millions of dollars in promised aid, the Palestinian prime minister said in an interview Sunday. If allowed to continue, the Palestinian Authority's unprecedented financial crisis will quickly double the number of Palestinian poor to 50 percent of a population of roughly four million, Salam Fayyad told the Associated Press.
January 2, 2013
JERUSALEM - The Palestinian statistics bureau estimates that Arabs will outnumber Jews in the Holy Land by the end of the decade, a scenario that could have grave implications for Israel. The bureau said Tuesday that 5.8 million Arabs live in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem. That compares to about 6 million Israeli Jews, according to Israeli data. It said that based on current birth rates, the two populations would be equal in 2016, and in 2020, Arabs would outnumber Jews by 7.2 million to 6.9 million.
December 11, 2012 |
A MALAYSIAN WOMAN cooks falafel, South Asian Biryani and even cheesesteaks in a restaurant at Bustleton and Harbison Avenues, the crossroads for Arab businesses in Northeast Philadelphia. "We have a diversity of customers all over, from Uzbekistan, from China, from Vietnam - just all over," said Moni Khan, who bought Al-Sham with her Bangladeshi husband last January. Arabic script artwork decorates the tangerine walls, an Islamic prayer time clock hangs near the register and an array of Arab desserts immediately entices customers when they walk in. Al-Sham is one of a handful of Arab restaurants and convenience stores on the two-block stretch of Bustleton that provide an important sense of community, a place for new immigrants to shop and come together.
November 16, 2012 |
'That's private. " "This is a situation in which there is no privacy. " That situation - investigated with many false starts and bogus clues - is the subject of Lucile Lichtblau's new play The English Bride , directed by Deborah Block for Theatre Exile. That situation is the interrogation of an Arab (J. Paul Nicholas) by an Israeli Mossad officer (Damon Bonetti). And the questioning of an English woman (Corinna Burns) who is/was the Arab's lover. And a flight canceled. And a terminal evacuated.