Gaza’s Rich Jewish History Includes Decades of Friendship with Local Arabs

March 24 2020

While the ancient history of the Galilee, the Judean Hills, and other parts of the Land of Israel are fairly well known, few are aware of the once-thriving Jewish community in the Gaza Strip. In a recent Hebrew book on the subject, the Israeli journalist Haggai Hoberman tells the story of Jewish life in Gaza from biblical times to the present. Nadav Shragai shares some of its surprising findings:

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More about: Gaza Strip, History of Zionism, Israel Najara, Jewish-Muslim Relations, Shabbetai Tzvi

How the U.S. Can Get Smart about Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East

Sept. 27 2021

Considering the current state of the region and the policy mistakes of the recent past, David Pollock and Robert Satloff outline a strategy that is “both virtuous and realistic” for defending human rights and encouraging democratization in a region plagued by autocracy, chaos, and brutality. They argue that “in the long run, more democratic, tolerant, and inclusive governments are likely to be better at defending themselves, and more reliable and effective security partners for the United States.”

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Read more at Washington Institute for Near East Policy

More about: Arab democracy, Human Rights, Middle East, U.S. Foreign policy