Israel

Hillel BDS Controversy Fails To Overshadow Inspirational Harvard Civil Rights Panel

Dorothy Zellner spoke inspirationally about what led Jews like her to join the civil rights struggle. Will her open support for BDS force changes in Hillel International’s ban on such speakers?

Harvard Hillel Hosts BDS Supporter for Panel in Apparent Break With Policy

Hillel International says it doesn’t allow events with pro-BDS speakers. So why has it endorsed Harvard Hillel’s participation in a civil rights forum with Mideast peace activist Dorothy Zellner?

Riding for a Story: Bob Simon rides alongside Mayor Ron Huldai in 2012 for a 60 Minutes story about Tel Aviv.

How Bob Simon Found Peace in Israel — While Reporting on War and Occupation

Bob Simon’s death in a tragic car crash has sparked a flood of tributes. Harry D. Wall recalls how the ‘60 Minutes’ journalist was shaped by his years living and working in Israel.

All Together Now: Members of the Knesset from Israeli Arab parties gather to announce a unified joint list in Israel’s national election.

Can Israel's New Arab List Make History?

Israel’s main Arab parties have united into a single coalition. Some hope that this will change the electoral landscape and lure Jewish voters —  but can it deliver?

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Together as One: John Lewis (D-Ga.) gives fist bump to John Conyers (D-Mi.) at the ceremonial swearing-in of members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Will Black Lawmakers' Anger Over Benjamin Netanyahu Speech Hurt Support for Israel?

Many black lawmakers are particularly angry over Benjamin Netanyahu’s snub of Barack Obama, the first black president. Will the rift hurt support for the Jewish state?

Is Stav Shaffir, Israel's Youngest Lawmaker, Ready for a Bigger Role?

Stav Shaffir burst into the public eye as a leader of Israel’s tent city protest. Now, she’s the Knesset’s youngest member — and has her eye on even bigger things to come.

Why Israel Lobby Is Biggest Casualty of Feud Over Benjamin Netanyahu's Speech

Think relations with the White House are the biggest casualty of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech? Nathan Guttman explains why the pro-Israel lobby may have taken the worst hit of all.

Slain ISIS Hostage Kayla Mueller's Idealistic Journey Ran Through Israel

Slain ISIS captive Kayla Mueller’s idealism led her to volunteer with a Palestinian human rights group. ‘Resistance lives,’ she wrote in 2010 while working to battle the Israeli occupation.

Benjamin Netanyahu Backers Insist He Technically Didn't Snub Barack Obama Over Speech

Benjamin Netanyahu’s backers insist he technically didn’t snub President Obama over his speech to Congress. Nathan Guttman explains why they may be right — but it may not matter.

Better Days: Benjamin Netanyahu received a standing ovation from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle when he addressed Congress in 2011.

Reform's Rick Jacobs Presses Benjamin Netanyahu To Call Off Speech to Congress

Pressure is growing on Benjamin Netanyahu to scrap his speech to Congress as Rabbi Rick Jacobs joins a chorus of opposition. Will he seek a face-saving exit strategy — or dig in his heels?