"Since it is widely acknowledged that the denial of justice to Palestine is the core of international conflicts, a question which persists is why in the excitement and merrymaking during Christmas, such inhumanity in the birthplace of Jesus is glossed over?"
MAKE IT MODERN
"By no means should this piece be interpreted as blaming the victims. Israel has somehow convinced our nation through its intimidating lobbying that depriving people of their basic rights is a good thing. It’s a shame that they don’t look into the mindset of the Jewish instigators of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The defiance of Mordechai Anielewicz and others in the face of utter misery was nothing short of remarkable and honorable."
"Standing three hours outside the Marriott, hundreds witnessed the unfolding tragedy. Fire was gradually spreading. We stood saved and one removed from the tragedy of those who were killed, burnt and injured. But we were not ok. Collectively, we are not ok. We cannot be until the prevailing acute internal security crisis begins to recede."
"Although, Israel annexed East Jerusalem in 1967, in violation of international law, most of its Palestinian population received only Israeli residency permits, not citizenship....According to Israeli figures, more than 13,000 Palestinians -- from a current population of 260,000 in East Jerusalem -- have had their residency revoked since then."
"If the Annapolis meeting is not itself going to mark progress toward a political settlement that includes an end to the occupation, then it should at least mark the resumption of bilateral negotiations. In this case, there has to be a clear and intensive effort to reduce public expectations both in Israel and Palestine and avoid the exaggerated importance currently attached to this meeting."