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  • Fleeing Syria, Palestinians find little support from their brethren in Lebanon

    Palestinians in Lebanon resent the additional competition for jobs and housing, already scarce because of discrimination.

  • Syria: rebels fight Palestinian pro-Assad group (+video)

    When the revolt against Assad's rule began in March 2011, the half-million-strong Palestinian community in Syria stayed on the sidelines. But as the civil war deepened, many Palestinians have taken sides.

  • Israel scrambles Palestinian 'right of return' with Jewish refugee talk

    Some 856,000 Middle Eastern Jews fled their home countries after Israel's founding. If Palestinian refugees are to be considered for compensation, these Jews should be, too, Israel argues.

  • Palestinian comments on Holocaust underscore internal divides

    A Palestinian official prompted a heated debate when he visited Auschwitz last month. Many Palestinians believe that recognition of the Holocaust detracts from their own suffering. 

  • Backchannels Did the Red Cross say there's no humanitarian crisis in Gaza?

    Technically, yes. But the Red Cross says chronic shortages create deplorable economic and medical conditions.
    07/06/2011 01:39 pm

  • Backchannels Greece puts halt to Gaza flotilla in a win for Israel

    The Greek coastguard escorted a US boat seeking to join the Gaza flotilla back to port and said it will stop all other attempted departures. It looks like a big diplomatic victory for Benjamin Netanyahu.
    07/01/2011 06:40 pm

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  • Goldstone Report: Reexamining 5 key findings

    The controversial Goldstone Report, the result of a UN fact finding mission following allegations of human rights violations during the 2008 to 2009 Israel-Gaza conflict, is under scrutiny again. In a column published April 1 in The Washington Post, Richard Goldstone, the South African judge who led the mission, retracted one of the most contested findings of the group’s September 2009 report. “If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document,” he wrote. What findings makes this nonbinding UN report such a flashpoint?
    04/04/2011 04:51 pm

  • Palestine papers: More nations floated for Palestinian resettlement

    Al Jazeera's release this week of the so-called 'Palestine papers' – a collection of secret documents from the past decade of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations – revealed a US suggestion made in 2008 that Palestinian refugees be permanently resettled in Chile and Argentina. The disclosure was a slap in the face to the many Palestinian refugees and descendants – the UN Relief and Works Agency estimates at least 4.7 million worldwide – hoping to eventually return to what is now Israel. But it wasn't the first time the idea of permanent resettlement has been floated. Here are some of the countries proposed as permanent resettlement locations.
    01/25/2011 04:28 pm

  • Gaza blockade over? Not according to the UN.

    The UN's top representative in Gaza says building projects are being delayed because Israel is not allowing the free flow of construction materials into the territory.
    12/09/2010 04:20 pm

Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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