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May 2012 Table of Contents

Interpreting the Middle East for North Americans • Interpreting North America for the Middle East

The U.S. Role in the Middle East and the Israeli Occupation of Palestine


8 A Short-Term Victory With Long-Term ConsequencesRachelle Marshall

11 Bibi Walking a Thin LineGeorge S. Hishmeh

12 Who Wants War With Iran?—Two ViewsJim Lobe, Philip Giraldi

14 Leave Us Out of Another Middle East WarJames G. Abourezk

16 Despite Temporary Reprieve, Lifta's Fate Most Likely Sealed by Schemes, SchemingWilliam Parry

18 Marwan Barghouti: The New MandelaUri Avnery

24 Israel Responds to Investigations of Its Illegal Behavior With Chutzpah and Hasbara—Ian Williams

26 International Conference on Jerusalem Calls for Urgent ActionDelinda C. Hanley

34 Trayvon Martin and "The Talk" No American Child Should Have to HearDelinda C. Hanley

36 Equating Religion With TerrorismMohammed Omer

38 The Beginning of the End in AfghanistanRachelle Marshall

42 An Unneighborly WallWilliam Parry

Congress and the 2012 Elections

27 AIPAC's Annual Meeting Beats the Drums of War With IranShirl McArthur

30 In Redistricting Race, Howard Berman (D-CA) Pulling Out All the Stops for IsraelJanet McMahon

31 Pro-Israel PAC Contributions to 2012 Congressional CandidatesCompiled by Hugh Galford

Special Reports

20 Gilad Atzmon and The Wandering Who?—Norton Mezvinsky

40 The Dangerous Mess in Syria Grows MurkierEric S. Margolis

44 Despite Verdict in "Virginity Test" Trial, Egypt's Samira Ibrahim Keeps on FightingJoseph Mayton

45 Malaysian Revelations Highlight Price of Israeli RejectionismJohn Gee


5 Letters to the Editor

7 Publishers' Page

47 The World Looks at the Middle East—Cartoons

48 Other People's Mail

50 Northern California Chronicle: SALAM Celebrates 25 Years of Building An American Islamic Center—Elaine Pasquini

52 New York City and Tri-State News: Oren Yiftachel Discusses Dispossession of Some Israeli Citizens: Bedouin of The NegevJane Adas

54 Southern California Chronicle: Attempt to Silence Ilan Pappe Lectures Backfires at Three CSU Campuses—Pat and Samir Twair

56 Israel and Judaism: American Jewish Community Not Represented by Those Pushing for War With IranAllan C. Brownfeld

58 Christianity and the Middle East: Rassem El Massih: A Voice of The FaithfulLinda M. Thomas

60 Arab-American Activism:

Anthony Shadid Honored at Busboys and Poets
ADC Women's Initiative (DC Area) Celebrates International Women's Day

61 Music And Arts:

Jerusalem Fund Gallery Hosts Zughaib's "Thoughts on the Spring"
MESTO Performs in Oman
Author Marwan Bishara Discusses The Invisible Arab
Author Brings Israel's Wall to Americans

63 Muslim-American Activism:

AMP Annual Dinner Honors World's Youngest Medical Student
Ordinary Muslims Inspire Peace, Understanding
Speaking Truth to Power: Tribute To Askia Muhammad

65 Waging Peace:

Post-Occupation Iraq's Crippled Political Institutions
Post-Election Iran
IFES Panel Discusses Post-Election Yemen
Panelists Discuss "Arab Spring" in Algeria
Challenges of Post-Arab Uprising Reconstruction
POMED Panel Discusses Tunisia
U.S.-Egypt Relations
PLO Ambassador to U.N. Discusses Statehood, Peace Talks
Ruebner Releases Policy Brief on U.S. Military Aid to Israel
NYU Hosts Barghouti and Erakat
Barghouti Discusses Israeli Apartheid, BDS Campaign
An Ethnic Conflict and a Continuing Conquest
Palestinian National Movement Cohesion Breeds Nonviolence
"Occupy AIPAC" Provides Counter-Narrative
Iowans Call on Washington to Talk To Iran
Veterans and Iranian Americans Call for Diplomacy, Not War

75 Human Rights:

Afghan Women Must Be Present In Peace Talks
Bassam Haddad Reviews Syria's Prospects
Syrian-Americans Launch Aid Convoy
Dramatic Street Theater Brings Attention to Syrian Crisis

77 Diplomatic Doings:

PLO Mission Honors Helen Thomas
U.S. Ambassadors Discuss the Arab Spring
Pakistani Ambassador Addresses DC Policymakers

79 Bulletin Board

80 Book Review: Divert!Reviewed by Andrew I. Killgore

81 New Arrivals From The AET Book Club

82 2012 AET Choir of Angels

25 Index To Advertisers