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THE U.S. ROLE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE

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A Short-Term Victory With Long-Term Consequence RACHELLE MARSHALL

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Despite Temporary Reprieve, Lifta’s Fate Most Likely Sealed by Schemes, Scheming

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Equating Religion With Terrorism

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GIRALDI

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Leave Us Out of Another Middle East War

Who Wants War With Iran?—Two Views

JAMES G. ABOUREZK

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WILLIAM PARRY

MOHAMMED OMER

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Bibi Walking a Thin Line

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Marwan Barghouti: The New Mandela

GEORGE S. HISHMEH

URI AVNERY

Israel Responds to Investigations of Its Illegal Behavior With Chutzpah and Hasbara IAN WILLIAMS

International Conference on Jerusalem Calls for Urgent Action DELINDA C. HANLEY

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The Beginning of the End in Afghanistan RACHELLE MARSHALL

ON THE COVER

An Unneighborly Wall WILLIAM PARRY

SPECIAL REPORTS

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Gilad Atzmon and The Wandering Who? Norton Mezvinsky

Eric Parry

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The Dangerous Mess in Syria Grows Murkier Eric S. Margolis

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Despite Verdict in “Virginity Test” Trial, Egypt’s Samira Ibrahim Keeps on Fighting Joseph Mayton

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Malaysian Revelations Highlight Price of Israeli Rejectionism John Gee

Migrated Families Families that have been displaced now are finding new places to call home.

AFP PHOTO/JAARAF

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SECTIONS 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:

60 Arab-American Activism: Anthony Shadid Honored at Busboys and Poets ADC Women’s Initiative (DC Area) Celebrates Women’s Day 61 Music And Arts: Jerusalem Fund Gallery Hosts Zughaib’s “Thoughts on the Spring”

75 Human Rights: Afghan Women Must Be Present In Peace Talks Bassam Haddad Reviews Syria’s Prospects 77 Diplomatic Doings: PLO Mission Honors Helen Thomas

MESTO Performs in Oman

U.S. Ambassadors Discuss the Arab Spring

Author Marwan Bishara Discusses The Invisible Arab

Pakistani Ambassador Addresses DC Policymakers 

Oren Yiftachel Discusses 79 Bulletin Board Dispossession of Some Israeli Author Brings Israel’s Wall to Citizens: Bedouin of The Negev Americans 80 Book Review: —Jane Adas Divert!—Reviewed by Andrew I. 63 Muslim-American Activism: 54 Southern California Chronicle: AMP Annual Dinner Honors Killgore Attempt to Silence Ilan Pappe World’s Youngest Medical 81 New Arrivals From The AET Lectures Backfires at Three CSU Student Book Club Campuses—Pat and Samir Twair Ordinary Muslims Inspire Peace, 82 2012 AET Choir of Angels 56 Israel and Judaism: Understanding 25 Index To Advertisers American Jewish Community Speaking Truth to Power: Not Represented by Those Tribute To Askia Muhammad Pushing for War With Iran 65 Waging Peace: —Allan C. Brownfeld Post-Occupation Iraq’s Crippled 58 Christianity and the Middle Political Institutions

East:

Rassem El Massih: A Voice of The Faithful—Linda M. Thomas

Post-Election Iran IFES Panel Discusses Post-Elec

CONGRESS AND THE 2012 ELECTIONS

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AIPAC’s Annual Meeting Beats the Drums of War With Iran Shirl McArthur

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

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Pro-Israel PAC Contributions to 2012 Congressional Candidates Hugh Galford

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