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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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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, speake,r...

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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 current...

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Hearing both sides

Poor understanding of others leads to conflict.  This lovely video shows what each side believes about the other. The New York Times describes it as a "Jew and a Palestinian sling slurs at each other, giving voice to hidden prejudice with the aim of overcoming it."...

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Lea Tsemel

Lea Tsemel is a Jewish Israeli human rights lawyer. She has represented political prisoners for five decades and was the subject of the 2019 movie Advocate (reviewed in the NY Times). Tsemel spoke on CANADA TALKS ISRAEL PALESTINE. She discusses systematic torture...

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Israeli Apartheid

Writing in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Israeli author Gideon Levy points out inequities in how Jews and non-Jews are treated under Israeli law. "To put it briefly: After the Law of Return, this is the law that exemplifies more than any other the domination of...

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Killing Palestinians

Mondoweiss reports, "Israeli soldiers killed an 11-year-old Palestinian boy. Then, during his funeral, they killed someone else." You can read more about it in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz:...

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Apartheid

Human Rights Watch (HRW) investigates and reports on abuses happening in all corners of the world. Recent reports covered Myanmar, Bangladesh, and the Congo. On April 27, 2021, HRW published a report identifying Israel's crimes against humanity of apartheid and...

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Ben & Jerry’s

Museum curator Dr. Steve Feldman discusses Israel calling Ben & Jerry's "terrorist" for its decision not to sell ice cream in the West Bank. Learn more about Ben & Jerry's values at: https://www.benjerry.com/values/issues-we-care-about Mondoweiss reported on...

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Sara Roy

Writing in CounterPunch, Sarah Roy, a Jew and child of Holocaust survivors, pens a strongly worded letter to President Biden: https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/05/21/a-letter-to-biden-on-gaza/. She asks why Biden isn't doing more to stop the killing of children. She...

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Where had Palestinians been living?

A Tel Aviv Museum of Art exhibit “Anti-Mapping,” by Miki Kratsman and Shabtai Pinchevsky features images that present an alternative to the official means of mapping that are controlled by the state. The photographers documented Palestinian towns...

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Rep. Andy Levin

In this interview with Jewish Insider, U.S. Representative from Michigan Andy Levin describes how his Judaism informs his views: https://jewishinsider.com/2021/03/andy-levin-michigan-antisemitism-judaism/. He says we “can’t win the battle against antisemitism unless...

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Albert Einstein

In 1948, prior to the creation of the State of Israel, Albert Einstein was solicited by the Stern Gang to raise money and support for its terrorism against the British and the Palestinians. He would have no part of it, as he writes in this pointed letter....

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Representative Betty McCollum

U.S. House Representative Betty McCollum introduced common sense legislation, The Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act (HR 2590) would restrict U.S. military aid to Israel from being used to...

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The latest Israel-Palestine crisis

With the latest round of violence, people, from MS-NBC reporter Ali Velshi to comedian John Oliver, are speaking out, including more Jewish voices calling for an end to the mistreatment of Palestinian families. As published in the Jewish Telegraph Agency, a trusted...

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Jews Should Understand

Jewish journalist Peter Beinart speaks on the irony of claiming that Jews have a right to return after 2,000 years but that Palestinian families who still have the keys to their homes don't. Writing in the NY Times, Beinart says, "the Israeli government and its...

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(Sad) News from the Holy Land

A Palestinian father was killed. The story was covered by Israeli and other media. Read more here: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/twilight-zone/.premium.MAGAZINE-idf-troops-shot-and-killed-a-palestinian-his-crime-driving-his-wife-to-a-clinic-1.9715059...

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Opinions are Changing

According to the Jerusalem Post, Columbia University students passed a referendum to boycott and divest from companies that “profit from or engage in the State of Israel’s acts towards Palestinians.” According to results shared with The Jewish Week, 61 percent (1,081...

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Heads of Jerusalem Churches Speak

The heads of multiple Jerusalem churches joined to speak out on the Trump "deal of the century" and on the status of Jerusalem. To learn more about Palestine before the founding of Israel, visit http://promisedlandmuseum.org/peaceful-palestine/.

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We Jews Never Looted (or Massacred)

In this article, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports on historian Adam Raz's book Looting of Arab Property in the War of Independence in which he examined how Israeli soldiers and civilians looted the property of Arab families in 1948. According to the Haaretz...

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Equal Treatment?

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz has this Gideon Levy story about a Palestinian business that is repeatedly burglarized: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-small-palestinian-business-is-repeatedly-robbed-and-israeli-police-stand-by-1.9292642

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An Ultra-Orthodox Point of View

Writing Ultra-Orthodox Jews Draw the Line in Tikkun Daily, Ronnie Barkan and Joshua Tartakovsky present a truly Jewish perspective: https://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/04/04/ultra-orthodox-jews-draw-the-line/ Barkan is a longtime Jewish Israeli activist and math...

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Isolated and Alone

According to Defense for Children International Palestine, International law prohibits the use of solitary confinement and similar measures constituting cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment against children, and yet Israeli authorities frequently detain children in...

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Calling it Apartheid

Writing in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Israeli lawyer and political activist Michael Sfard describes Israel's treatment of Palestinians as Apartheid: https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-yes-it-s-israeli-apartheid-even-without-annexation-1.8984029 Sfard...

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One Democratic State

The One Democratic State Campaign brings together democratic academics, politicians and activists as well as youth activists to bring together people from different political backgrounds and holding different ideologies to work together within a pluralistic movement....

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Jeff Halper

Jeff Halper is an outspoken Israeli Jew who co-founded the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). He has written for The Nation. Halper recently offered a detailed plan for resolving Israel/Palestine issues, taking a truly Jewish perspective in an...

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Israel and Apartheid

The identification of Israel's treatments of Palestinians under Israel's control as apartheid is not a recent phenomenon. Here, Rabbi Brian Walt, a rabbi who grew up in Apartheid South Africa, shares his view:...

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Invasions of people’s homes

Three Israeli organization-- Yesh Din, Physicians for Human Rights Israel and Breaking the Silence-- have published a joint report entitled "A Life Exposed" on Israeli military invasions of Palestinian families' homes in the West Bank. "A Palestinian home will be...

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Apartheid

Writing in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Israeli author Gideon Levy says Israel controls the lives of 6 million Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza with a system of "discrimination, oppression, dispossession and separation on the basis of nationality" that...

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This is apartheid

B’Tselem is the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. The organization works to end Israel’s occupation, recognizing that this is the only way to achieve a future that ensures human rights, democracy, liberty and equality to all...

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Refuser Solidarity Network

The Refuser Solidarity Network provides support to Israel's military refusers including funds for demonstrations outside prison, legal fees, media campaigns that tell conscientious objector’s stories to the general public, and education programs for Israeli and...

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Israel’s treatment of Arabs

In the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz, writer and researcher Adam Raz describes findings described in a new book from the Akevot Institute for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Research, “Military Rule, 1948-1966: A Collection of Documents." He reports that the origins of...

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Avrum Burg

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that Avrum Burg-- formerly chairman of the Jewish Agency, Knesset Speaker, and Israel’s acting president-- asks that his Jewish nationality be annulled because his conscience tells him what Israel is doing is wrong:...

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Winter Perspectives

The Winter issue of Perspectives, the magazine of the Promised Land Museum, is now available. In this third issue of Perspectives, we highlight some of the museum's exhibits on terror and conflict. We how people often misjudge the motivations of others in our current...

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Jewish Voices “Wrestling with Zionism”

Published by Interlink Books in 2020, in Wrestling with Zionism Daphna Levit compiles Jewish voices, from the birth of zionism until the present day. These include Theodor Herzl, Ahad Haam, Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, Hannah Arendt, Noam Chomsky, Benny Morris, Avi...

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Imprisoning minors

The Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reports on the experience of Palestinian minors subject to incarceration by Israel. Read the entire article here. Award-winning Israeli journalist Gideon Levy adds his perspective in this editorial. Defense for Children International...

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