During the past week, many in the Middle East, caught up in the yuletide spirit will have been hoping for a more peaceful world in 2011, says Harry Hagopian. But what are the prospects for peace and stability in the region?
Will he, or won't he? Harry Hagopian explores the politics and posturing behind Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's decision regarding a further three-month extension to the moratorium on the construction of Jewish-only Israeli settlements on Palestinian occupied land.
A new Israeli military order that categorizes tens of thousands of Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank as “infiltrators” – ostensibly because they lack the proper permits – and gives military officers sweeping control over their deportation. A group of Palestinian Christian theologians explains why this is morally and politically wrong, and explains how people of good will can raise their voices against an injustice which militates against peace with justice for all in Israel-Palestine.
Ecumenical Accompaniers, who provide protective presence and human rights monitoring throughout the West Bank, regularly visit the villages of the South Hebron hills. These isolated communities struggle with the combined challenges of land confiscation and violence by settlers on the one hand and movement and building restrictions imposed by the Israeli military on the other.