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The US’s Revised Effort for Peace in the Middle East

By: Joshua Stephens             The question of how to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has endured on in America for decades.[1] The new administration, led by President Trump, who has long been a supporter of Israel, is now taking its crack at one of the great issues of our time.[2] In early…






A Form of Psychological Torture: Why Israel’s Refusal to Return the Bodies of Palestinian Soldiers is a Violation of International Law

By: Matthew Ledford A funeral ceremony and a proper burial have always seemingly been associated with maintaining the dignity of the dead and providing the family of those deceased with some amount of closure, no matter how small. Yet, for some individuals in Palestine, this important burial ritual has been made nearly impossible.[1]  In the midst of the ever-raging battle…






In the Face of UN Condemnations, Israel Passes a Bill Legalizing Settlements

By: Rebecca Mitchell On February 6, Israel passed a bill legalizing approximately 4,000 Jewish settlements in the West Bank.[1]  The bill would allow the Israeli state to seize privately-owned Palestinian land, granting the property to Israeli citizens for their exclusive use.[2]  Under the bill, Israeli citizens who built their homes on private Palestinian property, “in good faith or at the…






ABSTENTION: WHAT GOOD DOES IT DO?

Did the United States’ Abstention from the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 Have an Impact on the Israeli Settlements? By: Kayla McGee On December 23, 2016, an outburst of applause could be heard in the chambers of the UN Security Council.[1]  Samantha Power, the United States UN ambassador, raised her hand to abstain, allowing Resolution 2334 condemning the Israeli settlements…