Friday, June 13, 2014
100,000 party at Israel gay parade, area’s biggest

JERUSALEM (AP) — Shirtless Israeli men, colorfully dressed drag queens and others partied Friday through central Tel Aviv as tens of thousands of people took part in the city’s annual gay pride parade, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East.
Tel Aviv is one of the few places in the Middle East where gays feel free to walk hand-in-hand and kiss in public. The city has emerged as one of the world’s most gay-friendly travel destinations in recent years, in sharp contrast to the rest of the region.
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100,000 party at Israel gay parade, area’s biggest

JERUSALEM (AP) — Shirtless Israeli men, colorfully dressed drag queens and others partied Friday through central Tel Aviv as tens of thousands of people took part in the city’s annual gay pride parade, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East.

Tel Aviv is one of the few places in the Middle East where gays feel free to walk hand-in-hand and kiss in public. The city has emerged as one of the world’s most gay-friendly travel destinations in recent years, in sharp contrast to the rest of the region.

Read more…

Thursday, October 27, 2011
lastwaltzinvienna:shalom-salaam:


Palestinian Wajee Tameise and Israeli Mashka Litvak donate blood together as part of the “Blood Relations” project.
 
Tameise lost his brother to the conflict in 1991. Litvak also lost her brother, Arnon Litvak, who died during an army battle in 1970 and her father, Moshe Litvak, who was killed during the 1947 war for independence.
Their blood donations will be shared by both Israeli and Palestinian hospitals with the message “Will you hurt someone who has your blood running through their veins?”
“We want to be part of any future political agreement,” said Ali Abu Awwad, one of the project’s managers. “There is a need for an ongoing dialog towards peace, whatever the result of the Palestinian quest for an independent state is.” 

:)

lastwaltzinvienna:shalom-salaam:

Palestinian Wajee Tameise and Israeli Mashka Litvak donate blood together as part of the “Blood Relations” project.

Tameise lost his brother to the conflict in 1991. Litvak also lost her brother, Arnon Litvak, who died during an army battle in 1970 and her father, Moshe Litvak, who was killed during the 1947 war for independence.

Their blood donations will be shared by both Israeli and Palestinian hospitals with the message “Will you hurt someone who has your blood running through their veins?”

“We want to be part of any future political agreement,” said Ali Abu Awwad, one of the project’s managers. “There is a need for an ongoing dialog towards peace, whatever the result of the Palestinian quest for an independent state is.” 

:)

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Thursday, June 16, 2011 Sunday, May 15, 2011
newsflick:

Protesters climbed over the border fence as they crossed from Syria into the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Sunday. (Jalaa Marey)

newsflick:

Protesters climbed over the border fence as they crossed from Syria into the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Sunday. (Jalaa Marey)

Friday, May 6, 2011 Monday, April 25, 2011
The excavation of the extensive network of caves and tunnels below the Western Wall, Silwan and the Muslim Quarter is now nearing completion. The intensive activity has been under way for decades, generally without collaboration between the various agencies involved. Yet despite the lack of a unified policy, critics of the tunnels charge that the excavations have changed the geography and geopolitics of Jerusalem’s Holy Basin. The tunnels have created a new Jerusalem, one illuminated by fluorescent bulbs - a Jewish-Israeli expanse devoid of Palestinians and conflicts. Whatever the case may be, it seems that from this point on, anyone who wants to talk about dividing Jerusalem will need two maps, one for above the surface and another for the subterranean. Jerusalem’s time tunnels undermining Palestinian foundations
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
In the context of the last several decades, American opposition to Council action is utterly unsurprising. The United States has repeatedly blocked Council resolutions critical of Israel and has consistently sought to avoid significant Council involvement in Middle East negotiations. The reasons are clear: the United States doesn’t like the balance of power in the Council, where it is surrounded by states less accomodating of Israel, and wants to preserve its privileged position as arbiter. Historically-minded Obama administration officials may also be mindful that the Carter administration paid a political price for allowing Council criticism of Israel, an incident that led to an embarrassing retreat.

It’s not yet clear that the United States will be forced into a corner on the settlements resolution. No doubt American diplomats are still working hard to avoid a vote. But it’s possible that a Council confrontation—and an American veto—will be unavoidable.
Obama shuns the Security Council
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Until now we don’t understand why. We want… an investigation; we want to know why me and my sisters have been orphaned. Why did they kill our parents, our family?

Fathiya Mousa, whose parents and siblings, aged between 14 and 28 years, were killed on 14 January 2009 in an Israeli air strike, while in their yard in the Sabra district of Gaza City.

Demand Justice for the victims of the conflict in Gaza and southern Israel

Saturday, February 5, 2011 Sunday, January 30, 2011
Though ties with Egypt since their 1979 peace treaty have never been warm, a faltering of relations could raise concern in Israel’s military about possible war on Israel’s southern front, and the collapse of an alliance among Western-backed Arab regimes who share Israel’s fear about the growing power of Iran.

“In the long run, [unrest in the region] could endanger Israel’s peace accords with Egypt and Jordan,” military analyst Amos Harel wrote in the Haaretz paper. “[The treaties] are the biggest Israeli strategic asset, after support from the United States. It could force changes in the Israeli army and weigh down the economy.”

Israeli spokesmen have instructions not to comment on the situation in Egypt for fear of influencing turmoil that appears focused on domestic complaints rather than Egypt’s alliance with Israel.
An anxious Israel watches neighboring Egypt unravel
Monday, January 10, 2011 Thursday, January 6, 2011 Monday, January 3, 2011
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