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Palestine and the Palestinians

The story on Palestine and the Palestinians: The situation in the Occupied Territories, the refugees, the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, the hopes for (and obstacles in the way of) an independent Palestinian state and Hamas' rise.

UN Recognition of Palestine in 2012: Analysis
What did the UN recognition of Palestinian authority as a “non-member state” mean for Palestine’s international status? Was it a serious setback for Israel or just a symbolic event?

Q&A: Israeli Attack on Gaza November 2012
What triggered Israel's Operation Pillar Defense and what where its objectives? Read about the outcome of the violence in Gaza and the prospects of the ceasefire agreement.

Why Palestinian Statehood Is Necessary
Palestinian statehood through the United Nations is overdue in light of American inaction and the continued intransigence of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Should Palestinians Declare Their Own State?
Palestinians are seeking full-state status at the United Nations in a move the United States will block, and that Israel opposes. Do Palestinians deserve their own state? You decide.

Fact-Checking Rick Perry on the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process
Rick Perry's facts on Israel, Palestinians, statehood and the Palestinian-Israeli peace process leave a lot to be desired. Here's a line-item corrective.

Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation Agreement
Full text of the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement of April 27, 2011, outlining elections, security issues and governing matters.

Who Was Peace Activist Rachel Corrie?
FAQ on Rachel Corrie, peace activist killed by an Israeli army bulldozer as she was protesting the demolition of a Palestinian house in Gaza.

Electronic Intifada
What is the Electronic Intifada? Brief history and purpose of the Web-based news and opinion site on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

What Is Al Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock?
Description and brief history of Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, also known as the Dome of the Rock, Islam's third-holiest site.

What Is the Palestinian Authority?
What is the Palestinian Authority (PA), how different is it from the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and other frequently asked questions.

The Peres Center for Peace
Brief description and history of Israel's Peres Center for Peace, established in 1996 by former prime minister and Nobel laureate Shimon Peres.

What Is UNRWA - The United Nations Relief Works Agency?
Brief history and definition of the UN's chief relief agency for Palestinian refugees.

Operation Cast Lead
Brief definition and history of Operation cast Lead, Israel's assault on Gaza (Dec. 27, 2008-Jan. 18, 2009)

J Street
Description and brief history of J Street, the Jewish-American lobbying organization and liberal counterpoint to AIPAC.

Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI)
The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) believes that torture and ill treatment of any kind and under all circumstances is incompatible with the moral values of democracy and the rule of law.

Defence for Children International / Palestine Section
Defence for Children International-Palestine Section is dedicated to promoting and protecting the rights of Palestinian children in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Netanyahu, Jerusalem and the Dome of the Rock
Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Day: Using the rhetoric of an undivided city to further divide Palestinians and Israelis over the Tenple Mount and the Dome of the Rock.

Christians of the Middle East
Country by Country Facts and Figures on Christians of the Middle East, including Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Israel, Iraq and Egypt.

Israeli and Palestinian Human Rights Abuses-Perception, Reality and P…
Israeli and Palestinian human rights abuses: Who's worse?

Fatah and Palestinian Authority Torture and Repression in the West Bank
Human rights reports of Palestinian Authority torture, repression and extra-judicial conduct in the West Bank against "collaborators" and Hamas rivals.

Hamas Torture and Repression in Gaza
Palestinian and human rights reports of Hamas torture and repression in Gaza, including extra-judicial arrests and killings of "collaborators" and Fatah members.

Mossad's Tunis Assassination of the PLO's "Abu Jihad"
Background, details and consequences of the Mossad's assassination of the PLO's Abu Jihad, or Khalil al-Wazir, in Tunis on April 16, 1988

What Is Israel's Peace Now?
Description and brief history of Peace Now, one of Israel's largest non-governmental and human rights organizations working for a two-state solution and a resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

A Palestinian Youth Orchestra Is Disbanded Over a Holocaust Concert
In Jenin, in the Palestinian Territories of the Occupied West Bank, a Palestinian youth string orchestra led by Wafa Younis and called Strings for Freedom is disbanded when Palestinian politicos object to a Holocaust concert the group participated in.

Learning to Live With Radical Islam
Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria argues that learning to live with radical Islam is the only way to neutralize its deadlier mutant, bin Ladenism and terrorism. Is Zakaria right?

Who's Who in Israel's 2009 Election for Prime Minister
Who's Who in Israel's 2009 Election for Prime Minister, from Benjamin Netanyahu to Tzipi Livni to Ehud Barak to Avigdor Lieberman.

How Israel Helped to Spawn Hamas
Beginning in the 1970s, Israel helped to spawn Hamas in Gaza in an attempt to counterbalance the influence of Fatah and the Palestine Liberation Organization. The gamble failed.

1967: Charles De Gaulle Condemns Israel's Occupation of Arab Territories
In a November 1967 news conference, French President Charles de Gaulle condemned Israel's expansionist wars and occupation of Arab territories and predicted an unsustainable occupation.

Anwar Sadat's Historic Address to the Knesset
The full text of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's historic address to the Israeli Knesset on Nov. 20, 1977, the first time an Arab leadder addressed the Israeli parliament.

Text of the Palestinian Declaration of Independence - Algiers Declaration (1988)
Complete text of the Palestinian Declaration of Independence, also known as the Algiers Declaration, issued by the Palestinian National Council on November 15, 1988 in Algiers

What Is the Palestinian Declaration of Independence of 1988?
Written by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian Declaration of Independence, also known as the Algiers Declaration of 1988, defined the Palestinian state, rejected violence and terrorism, and implicitly recognized Israel's right to exist.

Palmach, the Haganah Elite Group at the Origin of the Israeli defense Forces
Definition of Palmach, or "Strike Force," an elite group of the Haganah in British-Mandate Palestine that formed the core of the Israeli Defense Forces.

Origins and definition of Haganah, the paramilitary force at the origin of the Israeli Defense Forces, or Israeli military.

Profile: Rashid Khalidi, Scholar and Rare Voice for Palestinian History
Profile of Rashid Khalidi, the distinguished scholar of Middle East and Palestinian history thrust into the 2008 American presidential campaign over slanderous implications about his "association" with Barack Obama.

Profile: Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian Poet of Loss and Exile, 1942-2008
A profile of Mahmoud Darwish (1942-2008), the greatest Palestinian poet of the second half of the 20th century. He spoke for the sorrows of subjugation of Palestinians and the loss and exile of the Palestinian diaspora.

Palestine at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Summer Games
Your Guide to the 2008 Beijing Olympics for Palestine: PalestineÂ’s Olympic history and country profile, and PalestineÂ’s athletes at the 2008 Olympics by name and by sport, or game.

Glossary: Izz al-Din al-Qassam (1880-1935)
Brief summary of the life of Izz al-Din al-Qassam, founding member of Palestinian resistance against British and Jews during the British mandate over Palestine.

Glossary: Intifada
Definition of Intifada, or uprising, or, literally, "shaking off"--the Palestinian insurgency against Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza.

What Is Hamas?
Definition of Hamas, the militant Islamist Palestinian organization founded in 1987 as a local chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hamas Charter, Unabridged (1988), Part 2
The complete charter of Hamas, the Palestinian militant Islamist organization.

Hamas Charter, Unabridged (1988), Part 1
The complete charter of Hamas, the Palestinian militant Islamist organization.

What Is Fatah?
Defining Fatah, the Palestinian party founded in the mid-1950s and led by Yasser Arafat until his death in 2004.

Who Was Izz al-dine el-Qassam?
Izz al-Din al-Qassam was one of the earliest Arab Islamists to advocate violent uprisings against colonial and Jewish forces.

Palestine and the Palestinians: Profile
Who are the Palestinians, where are Palestinian refugees living, what would constitute a Palestinian nation, what's the economy of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and what are the political institutions there?

Letter to Obama Urgining Support for a UN Condemnation of Israeli Settlements
Text of the letter to President Obama urging him to support a UN resolution condemning illegal Israeli settlements.

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