Religious politicians are usually considered to be on the right of the ideological spectrum. However, we look at three figures -- Iyad Jamal Al-Din in Iraq, Menachem Froman in Israel and Mehdi Karroubi in Iran -- who advocate pacifism and pluralism yet are grounded in traditional spirituality.
All Posts Tagged With: "Israel"
Israel today tightened security in Jerusalem and sealed off the West Bank for 48 hours to prevent a repeat of last Friday's clashes between Israelis and Palestinians, but there were nonetheless more scuffles. To discuss the tension in the region, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with James Rubin and Ian Bremmer in our weekly roundtable.
After 14 months of silence, Israeli and Palestinian leaders are set to hold indirect peace talks. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks to Ghassan Shabaneh, assistant professor of international studies at Marymount Manhattan College, and Steven Cook, senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Palestinian leaders have agreed to a further round of indirect negotiations with Israel more than a year after the last attempt to reach a settlement broke down in December 2008. Analysts and bloggers weigh in on the decision.
Yesterday the Arab League gave the green light for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to engage in four months of indirect peace talks with Israel. Today, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the talks could begin as early as Sunday. Daljit Dhaliwal discusses developments with Martin Fletcher, former Tel Aviv bureau chief for NBC News.
Arab foreign ministers from 14 nations meeting in Cairo gave Palestinian President Abbas four months to pursue indirect negotiations with Israel. An Israeli government spokesman welcomed the news, saying he hoped Israeli-Palestinian peace talks would resume soon. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Daniel Levy.
Worldfocus associate producer Mohammad Al-Kassim traveled to Israel last December. He filmed at the Hadassah Neurim Youth Village, where he found a diverse group of at-risk young people reinventing themselves through their studies.
Australia's foreign minister has summoned Israel's ambassador, expressing concern about the alleged use of Australian passports by several of the 26 suspects identified by Dubai officials as being part of the ring that carried out the assassination of a Hamas militant last month.
Every Friday since 2005, Palestinian protesters have rallied in the town of Bil’in against the barrier erected by the Israeli government that effectively cuts off Palestinians there from their agricultural land. Last Friday, the fifth anniversary of the Bil'in demonstrations, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad joined 1,000 marchers. Read different perspectives on the protests.
Last month, a Hamas military leader was assassinated in a Dubai hotel. Dubai police claim that at least 11 suspects were involved in killing Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, many of whom allegedly used identities stolen from dual U.K.-Israeli citizens. Israel's Mossad is suspected of being behind the crime. Jacky Rowland of Al Jazeera English has more from Israel.