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Guess what? Almost all the current wars, uprisings, and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by a single thread, which is also a threat: these conflicts are part of an increasingly frenzied competition to find, extract, and market fossil fuels whose future consumption is guaranteed to lead to a set of cataclysmic environmental crises.
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Very Important: The Truth About the Balance of Power in the Middle East 

Danny Ayalon, Founder of the “Truth About Israel”, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Israeli Ambassador to the United States explains the facts relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the tip of the iceberg in the greater scheme of the balance of power in the Middle East.

The video explains the gap between Israel and the united Arab Muslim bloc, and highlights the disparity between the Muslim and Arab countries in the Middle East and Israel, expressed in size and population, as well as in military, political and economic strength.

Weighted Woodcuts

Israeli artist Orit Hofshi regularly walks the lush landscape in her homeland, photographing streams, mountains, fields and the crumbling exteriors of age-old synagogues that have weathered repeated bombings during the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As she told a large group of students attending a Printmaking lecture on Monday, she uses these images in making large-scale woodcuts that speak to universal experiences of loss, dislocation and resilience.

“I’ve been called a landscape artist,” Hofshi explains. “But I don’t just capture the beauty of nature. I’m concerned with the layers of bloodshed that lie underneath.”

A child of Holocaust survivors, Hofshi hopes the therapeutic power of art can help alleviate the ongoing suffering of war and global violence. “I’m paralyzed during wartime – but when the missiles stop flying, I go back into my studio to process,” she explains. “I ask myself: ‘Can art heal and make change?’ At the very least, I know that art can make a place for contemplation.”

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Jewish And Arab People Posing Together Online, ‘Refusing To Be Enemies’

In the midst of news about the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, some people are posting photos online for an international social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter, with the hashtag, #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies. 

Thank you Eddie Vedder for speaking up for peace in our world…. The people of Palestine and Israel deserve peace and prosperity. It is time to stop repeating the same old arguments, dogma and hate speech. It is the knuckleheads on both sides that should be criticized and not the singer from a rock band.
—  Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic voices his support for Eddie Vedder and the singer’s recent anti-war comments
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Historical Bibliography: Ottoman Empire

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Ottoman Brothers: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Early Twentieth-Century Palestine by Michelle Campos

Becoming Ottomans: Sephardi Jews and Imperial Citizenship in the Modern Era by Julia Phillips Cohen

Osman’s Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire by Caroline Finkel

A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire by M. Sükrü Hanioglu

The Arabs of the Ottoman Empire, 1516-1918: A Social and Cultural History by Bruce Masters

The Ottomans and the Mamluks: Imperial Diplomacy and Warfare in the Islamic World (Library of Ottoman Studies) by Cihan Yüksel Muslu

The Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922 (New Approaches to European History) by Donald Quataert

Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire: Transjordan, 1850-1921 (Cambridge Middle East Studies) by Eugene L. Rogan

Palestine in Transformation, 1856-1882: Studies in Social, Economic and Political Development by Alexander Scholch

The Second Ottoman Empire: Political and Social Transformation in the Early Modern World (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization) by Baki Tezcan

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Israel launches military offensive against Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip

The Israeli military launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday striking nearly 100 sites in Gaza and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion aimed at stopping a heavy barrage of rocket attacks against Israel.

The military said “Operation Protective Edge” looks to strike the Islamic Hamas group and end the rocket fire that has reached deeper into Israel and intensified in recent weeks.

The attacks come as tensions have soared over the killing of three Israeli teenagers and the apparent revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager by three Jewish suspects. (AP)

(Photos by AP Photo/Eyad Baba, AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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