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An artist’s collage juxtaposes the real-life conditions Palestinian workers face in the occupied West Bank with Scarlett Johansson’s role as SodaStream spokesmodel. (Courtesy Electronic Intifada)

Kerry Lowers His Sights as Netanyahu Creates More Obstacles

Outside the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, activists demonstrate against U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his peace proposal, Jan. 29, 2014. (Khalil Mazraawi/AFP/Getty Images)

On the “Jewish State of Israel”

A Jewish settler (unseen at left) places the Israeli flag on a road sign as Israeli troops encircle Palestinian villagers protesting the army’s cutting branches off olive trees on a road leading to the illegal Jewish settlement of Tekoa, south of Bethlehe

In Memoriam: Dr. Eyad El Sarraj (1943-2014)

Dr. Eyad El Serraj at a 1993 press conference in East Jerusalem denouncing Israel’s use of torture. (Ruben Bittermann/Photofile)

United Nations Report: Despite Outcome, Ban Was Right to Invite Iran to Syria Talks

U.N. and Arab League envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (l) and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Jan. 22 press conference closing the Geneva II peace talks on Syria. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images)

Yemen’s Insecurity Dilemma

Smoke rises from the site of a suicide car bombing at the Yemeni Defense Ministry building in the capital of Sana’a, Dec 5. 2013. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

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December 2009 Table of Contents

Telling the Truth for 27 Years...

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

The U.S., Iraq, and the Israeli Occupation of Palestine

7 Has Obama Made a Devil’s Bargain With Israel?Rachelle Marshall

10 The Palestinian Feuds and the International StalematePatrick Seale

11 Has Mahmoud Abbas Lost All Credibility Among Palestinians?Mohammed Omer

13 ZionismFrom the cartoon journal of Mack Polhemus

14 Israel’s Obsession With Goldstone Report Reflects Fears of War Crimes ProsecutionsIan Williams

16 The Judaization of East JerusalemPhil Pasquini

18 90 Percent of Gazans Living in PovertyMohammed Omer

20 Spies Like UsJames G. Abourezk

21 The Dark Side of the Special RelationshipJustin Raimondo

24 Afghanistan: No Reason to StayStephen M. Walt

25 Flames From Afghanistan Ignite PakistanEric S. Margolis

28 Health Care Has Center Stage, but Iran, Afghanistan Draw Congressional AttentionShirl McArthur

27 Queen Noor Calls on Media to Encourage Dialogue And Help People Tell Their StoriesDelinda C. Hanley

30 Cyprus: EU Member Finds Reunification Still ElusiveJanet McMahon

36 Singapore’s Expanding Christian Zionist CommunityJohn Gee

70 Fakhoury Pottery Struggles to Keep Family Tradition AliveElaine Pasquini


5 Letters to the Editor

37 New York City and Tri-State News: UNRWA, Princeton Host Panel on Palestinian Refugees’ Right of Return—Jane Adas

40 Northern California Chronicle: San Francisco Celebrates Arab Heritage Month—Elaine Pasquini

42 Southern California Chronicle: “Cross My Heart,” An Operatic Tribute to Iraq War Veterans, Has Hollywood Premiere—Pat and Samir Twair

44 Israel and Judaism: Even Some Zionists Foresaw Corruption of Jewish Values by Blind Support for IsraelAllan C. Brownfeld

46 Arab-American Activism:

ATFP Fourth Annual Gala

46 Music & Arts:

Oktoberfest With First Rock Rap Band in Palestine
Arabian Sights Film Fest
Toronto’s Different Spotlight

48 Human Rights:

RAWA Representative Challenges U.S. Narrative
Palestinian Children Capture Hearts At ANERA Dinner

50 Muslim-American Activism:

KinderUSA Hosts Iftar
Interfaith Health Care Hearing on Capitol Hill

51 Waging Peace:

Rep. Ron Paul Sponsors Congressional Briefings on Iran
Mary King Receives El-Hibri Peace Education Prize
New Orleans Protesters Greet Ehud Olmert
Activists Protest Ehud Olmert’s San Francisco Visit
San Francisco Protesters Demand Troops out of Afghanistan
Prof. Richard Falk Explains Why International Law Matters
Gazan-American Leads Sabeel Conference Workshop
Kuttab Delivers Message of Hope at Cedar Falls Sabeel Conference
Friends of Sabeel Hold Major Conference in Washington, DC
International Solidarity Movement Activist Speaks in Iowa City
A Discussion With Dr. Hanan Ashrawi
Hope Amid Tragedy in Gaza
Shministim, Israel’s Conscientious Objectors
Who Speaks for the Palestinians At the Negotiating Table?
AAPER Marches for Gaza
NCUSAR Policymaker’s Conference
Mass Arrests at White House Antiwar Rally

64 Diplomatic Doings:

Lebanon’s Ambassador Honors Lebanese-American Journalist Helen Thomas

65 Other People’s Mail

67 The World Looks at the Middle East — Cartoons

68 Book Reviews:

Palestine in Pieces: Graphic Perspectives on the Israeli OccupationReviewed by Janet McMahon
People Like Us: Misrepresenting The Middle EastReviewed by Adam Chamy

69 New Arrivals From The AET Book Club

71 2009 AET Choir of Angels

73 Bulletin Board

74 Publishers’ Page

15 Index to Advertisers

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