Kids Behind Bars: Israel's Arbitrary Arrests of Palestinian Minors

Kids Behind Bars: Israel's Arbitrary Arrests of Palestinian Minors

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 07, 2014

Last year, approximately one thousand Palestinian children were arrested by Israeli forces, often for no reason. Advocates point to systemic abuse, including beatings and forced confessions, but the Israeli military remains steadfast. By Julia Amalia Heyer more...

Suspicion and Hate: Racist Attacks On Arabs Increase in Israel

Suspicion and Hate: Racist Attacks On Arabs Increase in Israel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 05, 2013

Arabs are being beaten and insulted in Israel, where the number of racially motivated attacks has risen dramatically. The unresolved conflict, fueled by nationalist politicians, is shifting from Palestinian areas into the Israeli heartland. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]


The Language of Violence: A Seed of Destruction in the Middle East

The Language of Violence: A Seed of Destruction in the Middle East

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 20, 2012

Israel is currently ignoring criticism from the West as it continues to pursue its settlement policies in the Palestinian Territories. It is also unlikely to reverse course anytime soon. Prospects for a two-state solution are getting dimmer. An Essay By Martin Doerry more... Comment ]

Blazing Trails: Dutchman Pioneers Hiking in the West Bank

Blazing Trails: Dutchman Pioneers Hiking in the West Bank

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 13, 2012

Jerusalem-based diplomat Stefan Szepesi discovered a love of hiking when he set out to explore the West Bank on foot, much to the confusion of the local Palestinians. He has now written the first walking guide to the region, which is the perfect place for hiking -- provided you steer clear of the military facilities and settlements. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt more...


A Palestinian Take on the Mideast Conflict: 'The Pursuit of a Two-State Solution Is a Fantasy'

A Palestinian Take on the Mideast Conflict: 'The Pursuit of a Two-State Solution Is a Fantasy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2012

Prominent Palestinian philosopher Sari Nusseibeh believes it is too late for a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict. In a SPIEGEL interview, he outlines his vision for an Israeli-Palestinian confederation and why he mistrusts the new moderate stance taken by the Islamic militant group Hamas. more... Comment ]

Tilting at Windmills: Palestinian Villages May Soon Go Dark Once Again

Tilting at Windmills: Palestinian Villages May Soon Go Dark Once Again

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 16, 2012

Several small Palestinian villages in the West Bank had been without electricity for decades -- before an Israeli foundation with funding from Europe recently installed solar panels and wind turbines. Now, though, Israel wants to remove the facilities because they are on land under its administration. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt more...


Image Control: Planned Housing Units Put Israel on Defensive

Image Control: Planned Housing Units Put Israel on Defensive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 29, 2011

Israel's allies did not react positively to the news that 1,100 new housing units will be going up in East Jerusalem. Now, Prime Minister Netanyahu is trying to play down the importance of the development. But the incident shows that Israel and its international partners are not on the same page. By Gil Yaron in Tel Aviv more...

Aid Flotilla Debate: What the Gaza Strip Really Needs

Aid Flotilla Debate: What the Gaza Strip Really Needs

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2011

An aid flotilla laden with supplies has been trying to reach the Gaza Strip for weeks. But residents can only laugh at some of the ships' contents. They have enough cement. What they need is the chance to make a living, they say. By Juliane von Mittelstaedt more...


Open Letter on Middle East Policy: 'Lasting Peace Only Possible with Hamas On Board'

Open Letter on Middle East Policy: 'Lasting Peace Only Possible with Hamas On Board'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 10, 2011

It is time for the European Union to rethink its policy in the Middle East. That is the demand being made by 24 former heads of government, foreign ministers and peace negotiators. A Hamas recognition of Israel should be the goal rather than the precondition of the peace process, the leaders write in an open letter. more...

The World from Berlin: 'Nothing But Bad News for the Middle East Peace Process'

The World from Berlin: 'Nothing But Bad News for the Middle East Peace Process'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 29, 2011

The agreement between the radical Islamists of Hamas and the moderate Palestinian group Fatah to create a caretaker government has not been well received in the West. It could provide a necessary impetus in the Middle East peace process, say German commentators, but only if Hamas recognizes Israel. more...