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Liberation Theology in the U.S. and in Israel-Palestine

Liberation Theology in the U.S. and in Israel-Palestine

Liberation theology is a Christian theological and social movement that prioritizes the liberation of the oppressed. Coined by Peruvian Roman Catholic priest and theologian Gustavo Gutiérrez in this 1968 lecture “Hacia una teología de la liberación” (“Towards a...

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Why War? The Formation of Israel in Palestine

Why War? The Formation of Israel in Palestine

Since October 7, 2023, the world has watched the government of Israel drop more than 6,000 bombs and launch more than 7,000 missiles into the territory of Gaza, causing damage the equivalent of 2 nuclear bombs. The military operation is in retaliation to a Hamas-led...

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A Burglary Motivated by Racism

A Burglary Motivated by Racism

Haaaretz journalists Gideon Levy and Alex Levac reported on a West Bank burglary case in 2020 in which a small Palestinian business was repeatedly burglarized by Jewish settlers. Was this burglary motivated by racism? Mohammed Mahmadi, 29, left his restaurant job in...

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Jerusalem Christian Church Leaders Speak Up

Jerusalem Christian Church Leaders Speak Up

In 2000, the heads of Jerusalem churches wrote a letter to the leaders at Camp David as they decided the status of Jerusalem. In 2017, these patriarchs once again wrote a letter, but this time it was directed to U.S. President Donald Trump. Jerusalem Christian church...

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Antisemitism or Anti-Palestinian Racism at Temerty?

Antisemitism or Anti-Palestinian Racism at Temerty?

Controversy fell upon the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 2022 as debate swirled between accusations of antisemitism and anti-Palestinian racism. A confidential letter—addressed to Acting Dean Patricia Houston and signed by 45 Faculty...

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The Return of the Pogrom in Hawara

The Return of the Pogrom in Hawara

On February 26, 2023, more than 400 Jewish settlers terrorized the Palestinian village of Hawara in the Occupied West Bank. For hours, the settlers set buildings and cars on fire and threw stones at inhabitants and their homes. The Israeli police and military forces...

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Christians Against Israeli Violence

Christians Against Israeli Violence

Christians Against Israeli Violence: Churches Call to End U.S. Military Aid to Israel On March 10, 2023, ten U.S.-based Christian groups published a letter directed to President Biden and Congress calling on the end of U.S. military aid to Israel. The letter reads:...

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Amnesty International Apartheid Report on Israel

Amnesty International Apartheid Report on Israel

Amnesty International (AI), the world’s largest human rights organization, released a report in 2022 titled “Israel’s Apartheid Against Palestinians: Cruel System of Domination and Crime Against Humanity.” The report details AI’s investigation into Israel’s treatment...

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Israel Officially Begins Annexing the West Bank

Israel Officially Begins Annexing the West Bank

In February 2023, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government transferred civil authorities over the West Bank from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to a new minister within the Ministry of Defense. According to Foreign Affairs, “[t]his administrative change...

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Barcelona Suspended Institutional Ties with Israel

Barcelona Suspended Institutional Ties with Israel

In February 2023, the mayor of Barcelona, Spain announced that the city temporarily suspended all institutional ties with Israel. Barcelona equally froze its 25-year-old twinning agreement with the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau wrote a letter to...

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Israeli Air Force Pilot Refuses to Commit War Crimes

Israeli Air Force Pilot Refuses to Commit War Crimes

Yonotan Shapira is a Former Captain of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) who has since become an outspoken activist and supporter of the call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Shapira served in the IAF for 11 years as an officer in the Black Hawk...

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Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez: Critical or Anti-Semitic?

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez: Critical or Anti-Semitic?

Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made headlines over numerous issues since being elected in 2018. One of the most controversial stances of this progressive representative has been her perspective on Israel-Palestine. The executive director of...

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Theology in the Vineyard

Theology in the Vineyard

Theology in the Vineyard is a blog for Roman Catholics who have been marginalized by the Church. It began with a meeting on a vineyard in eastern Ontario in 2005, inspired by the Vatican II’s Lumen Gentium (1964), which invited congregants to express their own...

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Jewish Voices

Jewish Voices

The Promised Land Museum highlights Jewish perspectives about the Palestinian experience. Here we have collected profiles of Jewish voices to show the diversity of Jewish thought on Israel and Palestine. These thinkers ground their political philosophy in an...

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Where Is the Palestinian Mandela?

Where Is the Palestinian Mandela?

Many interested in Israel-Palestine have asked the question: “Where is the Palestinian Mandela?” But Nelson Mandela’s grandson Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela has argued that this question emerges from a distortion of his grandfather’s legacy.  Who Was Nelson Mandela?...

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Palestine Open Maps

Palestine Open Maps

Palestine Open Maps (POM) 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...

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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 state;...

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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, respect...

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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. Apartheid is a system of rule that is inherently unequal and discriminatory anathema to a free and democratic society. Systematic...

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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 rejection of...

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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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Anna Baltzer, a Witness in Palestine

Anna Baltzer, a Witness in Palestine

Anna Baltzer is a Jewish American who has been advocating for Palestinian rights since visiting the West Bank in 2005. She described her observations in a book Witness in Palestine: a Jewish Woman in the Occupied Territories and has toured the world presenting her...

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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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