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April 4, 2012 | By Diaa Hadid, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - The top Palestinian envoy to the United States recently hosted longtime American journalist Helen Thomas at his Washington residence and honored her for taking a tough stand against Israeli occupation, a senior Palestinian official said Tuesday. Thomas' observation that Israelis should get "out of Palestine" forced her into retirement in 2010 and was denounced by the White House and her press corps colleagues. Palestinians "are occupied and it's their land," she said at the time.
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February 24, 1988 | Daily News Wire Services
Palestinians lynched an Arab suspected of collaborating with Israeli occupation authorities today after he shot dead a 4-year-old boy and wounded 13 people who attacked his home, police sources said. The incident occurred in the northern West Bank village of Khabatiyeh, near Jenin, as Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories observed a general strike to protest tomorrow's visit by U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz. The sources said Mohamed al-Ayad opened fire with an Israeli-licensed Uzi machine gun when villagers set his house on fire.
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September 12, 2002 | By YOSSI KLEIN HALEVI
FOR THE Jewish High Holy Days, a time of self-examination, I confess that my capacity as an Israeli for self-criticism has been exhausted. The terror war that began two years ago and provoked campaigns of Jew-hatred throughout the Arab world has convinced Israelis like me who are ready to make far-reaching compromises for peace that there will be no acceptance of a Jewish state in the Mideast no matter how much territory we concede. Once I was prepared to reach different conclusions.
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October 3, 1991 | BY CHUCK STONE
Here's a good "Jeopardy" answer: Croatians, Palestinians, Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians. Questions: Who are five groups of people whom the world recognizes as having a right to self-determination? To America and Israel, however, the answer would be wrong, since neither country believes in self-determination for the Palestinians. The answer and question also presume that all people bound by an ethos, common geography and pride in their heritage are entitled to the same right of self-determination.
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May 29, 2007 | By CAMERON S. BROWN & ASAF ROMIROWSKY
ON MAY 15, the Palestinians commemorated the 59th anniversary of al-Naqba ("the Catastrophe"), a day of "mourning" the establishment of the modern state of Israel on May 15, 1948. In a sense, al-Naqba is the quintessential event that separates the Palestinians' historical experience from that of other Arab Muslim groups and forges their unique national identity. It is worth noting that the Palestinians use the same day Israel declared its independence to mark their national day. As is the case with so much of Palestinian society and culture, it is the actions of their Jewish neighbors - not anything of their own doing - that's the constant focus of their attention.
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May 21, 1999 | By Cal Thomas
The election of Ehud Barak as Israel's new prime minister changes nothing. The terms of the Jewish state's surrender and the methods that will be used to annihilate it remain the same. From the Clinton White House, to State Department Arabists, to Israeli secularists who define evil as something done by Israeli leaders but not by their enemies, there is the misplaced hope that the election is an indication that "peace" is at hand. A top official in the outgoing government of Benjamin Netanyahu, who wishes to remain anonymous, tells me he believes the "moderate" Barak, like the late Yitzhak Rabin, will be quickly pushed to the left by the Labor Party.
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March 8, 1991 | By Susan Bennett, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Secretary of State James A. Baker 3d, beginning a week-long peace tour of the Middle East, is willing to meet with Palestinians to discuss their dispute with Israel but will snub Jordan because of King Hussein's support for Iraq during the Persian Gulf war. Baker, who already had scheduled visits in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, Kuwait and Israel, did not set up a meeting with Palestinians in advance because of the "turmoil" in their leadership,...
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March 8, 1999 | By Melody McDonald, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Israeli Ambassador Zalman Shoval said here yesterday that Palestine was stalling the peace process and exacerbating political tensions in Israel by not living up to its end of the U.S.-brokered Wye River agreement. "Approximate, best effort, so-so commitment and compliance is what we have had so far," Shoval said. "The purpose of this agreement was 100 percent compliance. " Shoval, who was in Cherry Hill as part of his tour of duty, spoke to about 400 people at the community center of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey on the Middle East peace accord and the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations, which, right now, looks bleak.
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October 22, 1989 | By Dan Hardy, Special to The Inquirer
Sukkot, the eight-day Jewish harvest festival, has been used by some Israeli peace advocates in Jerusalem as an occasion to publicize their call for a just and equitable solution to the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. So it was fitting that on Wednesday, as part of the celebration of Sukkot, a group of American Jews invited a well-known West Bank Palestinian activist to observe the festival with them before engaging in a discussion about how to bring about a lasting peace in Israel and the occupied territories.
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May 9, 1991 | By Alan Sipress, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ali and three fellow Palestinians took seats along the hard concrete curb by 6 a.m., and already hundreds of other foreigners were sweating in the parking lot. The earliest ones had arrived before the call to predawn prayers echoed over the loudspeakers in the gritty neighborhood. Now, the sun had scorched its way into the overhead haze, and the chant from the white stone mosque across the street called people to midday worship. And 500 men were still waiting. They were waiting to officially record their presence in a land many no longer wanted to live in. They were there because the Kuwaiti government ordered last month that all foreigners show up to register by May 16. But Ali, a gray-haired employee of the Communications Ministry, suspected that the real purpose of the policy was to make Palestinians suffer and squirm.
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July 20, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal, Staff Writer
The truth will set you free. It's a favorite expression, soothing in a world where doubt is among our greatest enemies. We take "facts" at face value because it's uncomfortable not to, and we almost always forget to ask, "Which truth?" Which truth will set us free, and are there others that might enslave us despite attempts to break their chains? These are the questions playwright Emily Acker probes in I Am Not My Motherland , her first full-length stage production, presented by Orbiter 3 at St. Stephen's Theater.
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February 23, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
MMARVEL'S R-rated antihero smash "Deadpool" continued to dominate movie theaters over the weekend, earning an estimated $55 million and trouncing a trio of newcomers. After pulling in a massive $152.2 million in its President's Day weekend four-day debut, the comic book adaptation starring Ryan Reynolds as a foul-mouthed mercenary again topped the North American box office. Having already grossed $235.4 million domestically, "Deadpool" - made for just $58 million - is poised to become one of the most successful R-rated movies ever.
NEWS
February 19, 2016
ISSUE | MIDDLE EAST Don't describe attackers as victims When I read the headline "Five Palestinians killed in attacks" (Monday), I concluded that the Palestinians had been attacked and slain. I was surprised to read in the first paragraph that the Palestinians had been the attackers and had been killed while attacking Israelis. The politics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are complex enough without confusing people. |Kenneth J. Gorelick, Newtown Square
NEWS
January 8, 2016
SYRIA Residents starving in besieged town Aid agencies expressed alarm on Thursday at widespread reports of starvation in a besieged town west of Damascus, where people have been eating cats and grass to stay alive and as many as 23 people have died of hunger. No food has arrived in the rural town of Madaya since October, and desperate residents have posted photographs on the Internet showing images of frail, skeletal corpses and emaciated people, including children. The medical charity Doctors Without Borders said 23 people have died of starvation at a clinic the group supports in Madaya since Dec. 1, six of them infants under 1 year old. The town has become "an open-air prison," Brice de le Vingne, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement.
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October 5, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
On a bright, sunny day in September of 1993, I stood on the White House lawn watching Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat sign the Oslo peace accords in front of President Bill Clinton. At that moment, it was possible to suspend disbelief and imagine a two-state solution, with Israel and Palestine living side by side. Twenty years on, Rabin and Arafat are dead, and so is the Oslo peace process - although politicians from Israel and the West are loath to admit this. Last week at the United Nations, however, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said his government could no longer be bound by the Oslo pact, emphasizing Israeli settlement-building on the West Bank among his many grievances.
NEWS
May 20, 2015
ISSUE | MIDDLE EAST Another reason to welcome the pope The recent announcement that the Vatican has officially recognized Palestine should be welcome news to those who support peace and justice for all in the Middle East ("Vatican recognizes 'state of Palestine'," May 14). The Holy See's recognition of the rights of the Palestinian people follows the historic meeting last summer when Pope Francis brought Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas together at the Vatican for a "Prayer Summit for Peace.
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May 7, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lauryn drops Israeli show Lauryn Hill has canceled her Tel Aviv concert, scheduled for Thursday, but the outspoken artist has no intention of boycotting Israel, as some have claimed. Hill says she scrubbed the show because she was unable to set up a corresponding concert in Palestinian territory. "My intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and Ramallah," Hill says on Facebook. Hill says it's important to her to play for both communities because she wants to "be a presence supporting justice and peace.
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February 14, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Films like The Green Prince, a stunning documentary about the role of espionage in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, come once every generation. A collaboration between Israeli filmmaker Nadav Schirman and Palestinian rebel-turned-Israeli-intelligence-asset-turned-memoirist and activist Mosab Hassan Yousef, The Green Prince tells the compelling story of Yousef's abortive attempt to become a Palestinian armed radical during the second Palestinian intifada....
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July 25, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Standing in the roiling thick of Wednesday's pro-Israel rally in Center City, Nancy Manno held a sign she thought said it all. Hand-drawn, it depicted a missile about to strike the Liberty Bell. "Most Americans don't put themselves in the shoes of most Israelis," said the Linwood, N.J., resident. "There's not one American who would tolerate the [Hamas] missiles that Israel has had to endure. " Another poster said it writ small: "More hummus, less Hamas. " Two weeks into the latest surge of Palestinian missile fire on Israel, and Israel's bombardment and military invasion of the Gaza Strip, more than 650 Palestinians and almost three dozen Israelis are dead.
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May 29, 2014 | BY MICHAEL OREN
THE WAR against Israel has passed through three phases. The first was the attempt to annihilate Israel by conventional means. It began with Israel's birth in 1948, when Arab armies nearly captured Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and ended in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when Israeli forces came within artillery range of Cairo and Damascus. The next stage, starting in the early 1970s, sought to cripple Israel through terror. Suicide bombers nearly paralyzed the country, but by 2005 they too were defeated.
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