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January-February 2013 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 The U.N. Welcomes the State of Palestine—Three ViewsIan Williams, John V. Whitbeck, Turkish Foreign Minister Dr. Ahmet Davutoglu

12 This Time Israel's Assault on Gaza Took Place in a New Middle EastRachelle Marshall

15 In Gaza, There's Nowhere to Run, Nowhere to HideMohammed Omer

17 Why All Americans Should Care About the Holy Land Foundation CaseStephen Downs, Esq. and Kathy Manley, Esq.

18 Russell Tribunal on Palestine Examines Roles of U.N. And U.S.Jane Adas

20 Gaza, October 2012: The "Calm" Before the StormMohammed Omer

22 European Union Condemns Israeli Settlements—But Buys From ThemJohn Gee

28 Will the Zionist Organization of America Regain Its Revoked Tax-Exempt Status?Grant F. Smith

34 Assassination Drones: A New Type of WarfarePam Bailey

36 Americans Must Demand Details of Their Government's Drone WarDale Sprusansky


30 How Muslim and Arab Americans "Rocked the Vote" in 2012Delinda C. Hanley

32 113th Congress May Do Slightly Less Harm to U.S. Interests in the Middle EastShirl McArthur 

Special Reports

24 What Lies Ahead for Syria?—Two ViewsPatrick Seale, Fehmy Saddy, Ph.D.

27 Landmark Court Ruling for Democracy in PakistanHamzah Saif

42 "Roads of Arabia": Treasures From Saudi Arabia's Ancient and More Recent PastBarbara G.B. Ferguson

44 Egypt's New Coptic Pope Tawadros Faces Religious Tension, Uncertain FutureJoseph Mayton

47 New York Times Flacks for Jewish Groups Against 15 Major Christian LeadersJames M. Wall

78 "Homeland" Says More About Israelis and Americans Than About the Middle EastKeenan Duffey


5 Letters to the Editor

7 Publishers' Page

38 New York City and Tri-State News: Syrian Journalist, Novelist and Exile Samar Yazbek Discusses Events in Her Native CountryJane Adas

40 Southern California Chronicle: Feminist's "I Rise" Exhibit Offers Insight Into Syrian Revolution, Life in ExilePat and Samir Twair

45 Northern California Chronicle: Arab Cinema Engages Viewers With Films on Modern Dilemmas, Ongoing StrugglesElaine Pasquini

49 Israel and Judaism: Jewish Groups Abandon Inter-Faith Dialogue After Christian Leaders Seek Review of U.S. Aid to IsraelAllan C. Brownfeld

50 Christianity and the Middle East: Walling in the Christian NarrativeJeffery M. Abood, KHS

52 Arab-American Activism:

Second Annual Envision Arabia Summit

52 Muslim-American Activism:

Muslim Legal Fund Calls for Donors
Islamophobia Dialogue Opens
Christian Zionism and Islamophobia

54 Human Rights:

Activists Discuss Post-Assad Syria

55 Music & Arts:

Arab Movies Enthrall Washington, DC Audiences
Arab Short Films Address the "Arab Spring"
Yemeni Silversmith Hopes to Preserve Culture

56 Waging Peace:

NCUSAR Policymakers Discuss Arab and American Interests
New Media on the Rise in Indonesia
Talking to the Taliban
Is There a Political Solution to the Afghan Conflict?
Education Is Key to Afghanistan
Dennis Kucinich Holds First Congressional Briefing on Drones
Yemen's Path Forward
Former Egyptian Presidential Candidate Speaks at Georgetown
Conference Assesses the Maghreb
MEI Conference Examines New Challenges in the Middle East
Annual Palestine Center Conference Examines Post-Election U.S., Mideast
Friends of Sabeel Examine a Path to Peace in Albuquerque, NM
Chicagoans Rally for Peace in Gaza
Iowans Protest Israeli Attack on Gaza
L.A. Gaza Demo Turns Violent

73 Diplomatic Doings:

Palestinians and Their Friends Unite to Show Solidarity

75 Other People's Mail

77 The World Looks at the Middle East—Cartoons

80 Book Reviews:

Sabra Zoo
The Time That RemainsReviewed by Nicole Abdul

81 New Arrivals From The AET Book Club

82 Bulletin Board

37 Index to Advertisers

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