Why the Irish Take Sides in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

By: Harper Weissburg

So there I was—crouching behind the banister of the upper standing-room-only area until my legs began to tremble from exhaustion. It was a packed house, and I made the mistake of underestimating Irish university students’ interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The university’s Law Society convened a panel to discuss their wonderfully vague topic-of-the-week: “Palestine,” and unsurprisingly, the event’s ambiguity produced a polarizing discourse. 

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Minorities, Majorities, and Religious Freedom: Patterns and Possibilities for Israel, Palestine, and Beyond

By: Marc Gopin

History is indicating that freedom of religion is becoming one of the most important markers of progress for humanity toward a less violent and more just world. In fact, the march toward freedom of religion in the last few hundred years has seen the liberation of religion for millions of people from its abuse by the worst human instincts of greed and power—except where religion has not been liberated. Freedom of religion liberates human beings from those who abuse religion from within, clerics, and those who abuse religion from without, states.

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To Help the Peace Process, the United States Should Help Religious Freedom in Israel

By: Michael Barnett

If the United States is interested in promoting peace between the Palestinians and Israelis, then it should consider using the International Religious Freedom Act to promote religious freedom in Israel and Palestine.

Does Israel have a problem with religious freedom? Yes. According to a recent Pew Forum study, Israel’s scores on religious freedom place it closer to Turkey, Sudan, and Chad than to the United States. In this respect, it has much more in common with many of its neighbors in the Middle East than it does with Western secular democracies.

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