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The Separation Wall

The Separation Wall

Israel began constructing the Separation Wall in 2002 as a security measure to protect Israelis against “terrorism.” However, the International Court of Justice, at the request of the United Nations, declared that the wall is illegal for the following reasons: it is...

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Rabbi Miriam Grossman on Changing Jewish Perspectives

Rabbi Miriam Grossman on Changing Jewish Perspectives

Rabbi Miriam Grossman of the Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives congregation in Brooklyn, New York, is an educator and organizer who leads through Jewish ritual. She teaches that following a Jewish theology means protecting the human rights of all people, including...

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Imagine What Life Is Like for Palestinian Children

Imagine What Life Is Like for Palestinian Children

What is life like for Palestinian children? On the wall of the girls’ school in the Palestinian West Bank village of Luban e-Sharqiyah, there is a drawing of a teacher and students. It reads “teach us arithmetic and not beatings,” in Arabic wordplay. Getting to...

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A Land for All: Considering the Two-State Solution

A Land for All: Considering the Two-State Solution

In 1948, hundreds of thousands of Palestinian men, women, and children were forced from their homes as Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel. The expelled population became stateless refugees and have not yet been...

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Seth Morrison: Being on the Side of Peace

Seth Morrison: Being on the Side of Peace

Retired marketer Seth Morrison used to support and fund Zionist organizations. Now, he is an activist who boycotts them in support of the Palestinian right to return. As a liberal Jew from Long Island who grew up with a desire to help fix the world’s problems,...

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Is the Israel Defense Forces a Moral Army?

Is the Israel Defense Forces a Moral Army?

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) website describes its official doctrine of ethics, “The Spirit of the IDF,” as the army’s moral compass, which includes their three core values: The defense of the state, its citizens, and residents;Patriotism and loyalty to the...

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Jewish Voices Profile: Stephen Zunes Against War

Jewish Voices Profile: Stephen Zunes Against War

Leading Expert on U.S. Middle East Policy & Strategic Non-Violent Action Zunes Critiques U.S. Policy in Israel-Palestine As one of the country’s leading scholars of U.S. Middle East policy and strategic nonviolent action, Stephen Zunes has consistently argued...

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What Happened to Shireen Abu Akleh?

What Happened to Shireen Abu Akleh?

The Tragic Killing of a Palestinian-American Journalist On the morning of May 11, 2022, American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh went to the occupied West Bank town of Jenin with other journalists to film an Israeli military raid. Without warning, Israeli forces shot her...

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No Child Should Die Like This: A Boy Shot and Killed

No Child Should Die Like This: A Boy Shot and Killed

Navigating War Crimes Through a Jewish Lens In December of 2020, a Palestinian boy was killed for throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. He was only thirteen years old, and his name was Ali Ayman Abu-Alayya. The Jerusalem Post reported that Ali and four others were...

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Are Palestinian Voices Being Represented in U.S. Media?

Are Palestinian Voices Being Represented in U.S. Media?

U.S. Media Coverage of Israel-Palestine Conflict Is Changing In a recent article in The Washington Post in May 2021, Eva Najjar, a UX designer currently based in Haifa but from the Palestinian village of Rama, wrote about the attacks in Gaza that started on May 9th....

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Dispelling Lies about Palestine

Dispelling Lies about Palestine

John Minto’s 2020 David Wakim Memorial Lecture The David Wakim Memorial Lecture, a Pax Christi event, took place in September 2020. Pax Christi International is a Catholic peace movement with 120 member organizations worldwide. Its goals are to support peace,...

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Imprisoned for Refusing Israeli Military Conscription

Imprisoned for Refusing Israeli Military Conscription

Since 2003, Israeli photojournalist and founding member of photography collective Activestills, Oren Ziv, has documented social and political issues concerning Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. His reportage has mostly focused on popular protests...

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A Voice of Reason in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

A Voice of Reason in the Israel-Palestine Conflict

U.S. Representative Marc Pocan Visits the West Bank During his time in Congress, U.S. representative Marc Pocan has been vocal about the Israel-Palestine conflict. In June 2017, he was the only congressional sponsor of a briefing on Capitol Hill about “life for...

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Dispelling Myths about Israel

Dispelling Myths about Israel

Ten Myths about Israel: A Book Review "Historical disinformation, even of the most recent past, can do tremendous harm," Israeli historian and University of Exeter professor Ilan Pappé writes in his latest book, Ten Myths About Israel, published by Verso Books in...

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Do West Bank Policies Amount to Apartheid in Israel?

Do West Bank Policies Amount to Apartheid in Israel?

Former Ambassadors Call It Like They See It Apartheid in Israel is controversial when it comes to contemporary discussions of the country. It wouldn’t be surprising to encounter a litany of hurriedly offered reasons why the concept is not applicable to the country’s...

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Is Israel Committing War Crimes?

Is Israel Committing War Crimes?

Who Can Be Trusted to Tell? Top Israeli Intellectuals Urge Human Rights Groups to Investigate War Crimes Last May, more than 180 Israeli scientists and intellectuals wrote a letter to the International Crime Court (ICC) urging it not to accept the state’s...

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The Reality of Palestine

The Reality of Palestine

Throughout history, Palestine was home to people of many religions including Christians, Muslims and Jews. They lived in peace. However, even though the first Zionist congress took place in 1897, the State of Israel was not declared until 1948. What is the...

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Gabor Maté and Justifying Violence

Gabor Maté and Justifying Violence

In his book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Dr.Gabor Maté writes that “no society can understand itself without looking at its shadow side.” Hungarian-Canadian physician Gabor Maté is a Holocaust survivor, addiction expert, speaker,...

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Perspectives on the One State

Voices for Justice in Palestine (VJP) hosted a webinar entitled "Perspectives on the One State." Palestinian-American writer and political analyst Yousef Munayyer and American Jewish journalist Peter Beinart described their perspectives and responded to questions. See...

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From Lebanon to Palestine

Dr. Rania Masri is a political activist, scholar and professor with decades of grassroots organizing experience. She teaches at the Lebanese American University. Dr. Masri spoke on October 24, 2020 at 2PM EDT. To see the recorded webinar, click here:...

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B’tselem and Human Rights

B’tselem and Human Rights

B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories has been documenting, researching, and publishing statistics, evidence, and reports on Israel’s human rights violations in the Occupied Territories since its founding in 1989. The...

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Palestine Open Maps

Palestine Open Maps

Palestine Open Maps is a platform that uses mapping technologies in collaboration with researchers to showcase visual stories of the geographical transformation of historic Palestine over the last 70+ years. The project combines 1940s British Mandate of Palestine...

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Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine

Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine

Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine raises awareness about Israel’s use of water as a weapon against Palestinians. Since 2013, the organization has offered public education and grassroots coalition building to connect Palestine’s struggle for equal access to clean...

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Gaza Surf Club

Promised Land Museum and a/perture cinema are proud to present a screening of Gaza Surf Club. Join us to view this documentary by Philipp Gnadt, which tells the story of young Palestinians, sick of occupation, war and religious fanaticism who have found their own...

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Israeli Identification and Segregation

Israeli Identification and Segregation

This infographic from Visualizing Palestine describes Israel’s identification system, which restricts where Palestinians can live, which services they can access, and how they can participate in the political system. The ID with the most freedom is dark blue and...

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Giving Birth at an Israeli Military Checkpoint

Giving Birth at an Israeli Military Checkpoint

Between 2000 and 2005, 67 Palestinian women were put in the disastrous situation of giving forced birth within an Israeli military checkpoint. The women were denied access to a doctor and as a result, over half of the births resulted in the death of the child. In most...

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Palestine Census Demographics in 1922

Palestine Census Demographics in 1922

In 1922, the League of Nations held a census of Palestine. In its introductory report, the census takers describe dividing up well-defined quarters to reflect the different religions that cohabitated in the same villages. The data shows 78% of Palestine’s inhabitants...

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Promised Land Gives a Voice to Palestinian Exiles

Direct from the refugee camps, The North America Nakba Tour, the Coalition for Peace with Justice and Promised Land Museum will present “The Exiled Palestinians, Stateless Palestinians from the Camps in Lebanon,” a talk featuring two women with a different message...

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Museum Events

The Jewish Museum of the Palestinian Experience (www.PromisedLandMuseum.org) is a project of the Coalition for Peace with Justice (http://peace-with-justice.org/) and has extended the reach of the Coalition's educational efforts nationally. Live materials from this...

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At the Jewish Voice for Peace National Member Meeting

Jewish Voice for Peace is a wonderful organization, giving a voice to those who are committed to peace and justice from a morally Jewish perspective, people devoted to equal treatment for all people, regardless of color, gender, or religion.  The energy of the event...

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Grand Opening March 18th

DURHAM, N.C., March 2, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, March 18, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., a reception and exhibition at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C., will mark the grand opening of the online museum PromisedLandMuseum.org: The Jewish...

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Khirbet Khizeh and Israel’s National Identity

Khirbet Khizeh and Israel’s National Identity

Khirbet Khizeh is a brief, fictional, 1949 novella by Israeli writer S. Yizhar about the violent expulsion of Palestinian villagers by the Israeli army. Considered a high point in Hebrew literature, it was published just months the author fought in the 1948...

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