Browsing All posts tagged under »middle east«

Qatari poet is still in prison for writing a…. poem

January 15, 2013


via “You can show your support for the poet by emailing the embassy in Washington D.C. as we did, however, I believe the emails go unread. You can also call the embassy and leave a message at (202) 274-1600 (press 1 four times to leave a message with the ambassador’s office).”

Release Qatari Poet Mohamed Ibn Al Ajami

December 19, 2012


We, the undersigned, including poets, men and women writing, performing and reciting poetry in all corners of the world, urge the Secretary of State or Foreign Minister of our respective countries to appeal to the Qatari Court for the immediate release of our colleague, Qatari poet Mohamed Ibn Al Ajami, who after spending a year […]

Two videos on the Jewish origins of Palestinian Muslims

July 17, 2011


U.S. Jews must support Obama’s Mideast vision – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

May 24, 2011


“The large Jewish peace camp in the United States must support the president and reject political activists who have turned Israel’s fate into a ball on America’s domestic political court.” via

Amira Hass: The sanctity of the soaring Qassam – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

March 23, 2011


The Hamas authorities once again forgot that the neighbor/occupier to its east is crazy. Fact: Over Shabbat, Hamas’ military wing fired more than 50 mortar shells at Israel. Or perhaps it didn’t forget: Perhaps it merely thought the Palestinian people in Gaza were ready for another high-tech Israeli onslaught, for another Israel Defense Forces video […]

Encountering Peace: Abbas, man of peace

March 21, 2011


Check out this article I found at Palestinians have agreed to concessions which make the two-state solution possible and desirable. With leaders like Abbas on the Palestinian side, it is criminally irresponsible not to end the conflict.

Pining for the Friendly Pharaoh Or Why Mubarak’s Departure may yet be good for the Jews

February 14, 2011


Read the article on My cousin Sam Shube’s analogy with Turkey may be Egypt’s most realistic outcome and vision, one its people and neighbors should be able to live with. As in Turkey expect the Egyptian military to retain considerable influence behind the constitutional curtain.

Egyptian slogans from pro-democracy demonstrations

January 28, 2011


About 40 chants from the Egyptian streets plus photos of the demonstrations

Despite pressure, Pete Seeger won’t cancel participation in Israeli-organized peace rally | JTA – Jewish & Israel News

October 27, 2010


Despite pressure, Pete Seeger won’t cancel participation in Israeli-organized peace rally By Sue Fishkoff · October 14, 2010 Despite his opposition to Israeli policies in the West Bank and Gaza, Seeger refuses to heed calls to boycott an upcoming peace event organized by an Israeli institution. Read the article on

Ammiel Alcalay reading Saturday afternoon – New York NY

October 14, 2010


  Poet, novelist, essayist, translator, and scholar of Hebrew and Jewish literature of the Middle East Ammiel Alcalay will give a reading this Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Bowery Poetry Club located at 308 Bowery between Bleeker and Houston across the street from CBGBs.   Read the entire article on