News and Views

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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Breaking the Silence

Without warning, without a search warrant, without a court order. While you are sleeping peacefully, a Palestinian family is woken up abruptly. Their children are gathered in a room, afraid, trying to understand why they were suddenly yanked out of bed by masked...

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Just Peace for Israel/Palestine

Just Peace for Israel/Palestine (JPIP) is a group of people committed to supporting a peaceful and lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian situation. JPIP works 1, to educate ourselves and inform others about the history of Palestine and Israel, and the  current...

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Ottawa Forum on Israel/Palestine (OFIP)

The Ottawa Forum on Israel/Palestine (OFIP) encourages the development of a Canadian foreign policy in the Middle East based on values of democracy, equality, justice and respect for international law. OFIP recognizes that many have views about the Middle East that...

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Andrew Feinstein

Andrew Josef Feinstein is a former South African politician who resides in the United Kingdom. Jewish and the son of a Holocaust survivor, he speaks out passionately against the misuse of anti-Semitism. Here him speak on Double Down News in this YouTube video:...

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Definition of Anti-Semitism

In response to an article praising the adoption by the Ontario Legislature of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Working Definition of Antisemitism, Sheryl Nestel eloquently describes how it is wrong to equate justifiable criticism of Israel with...

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The two-state solution is dead

Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel thinks a two-state solution isn't feasible in Israel/Palestine. Instead, he suggests an approach consistent with our values: a secular, democratic, state with equal rights for all in this article published in Mondoweiss. Gravel ran...

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The Jewish Museum of the Palestinian Experience

Museum curator Dr. Steven Feldman takes visitors on an online tour of the museum, giving an overview of the rich resources the museum has collected and put on display. Feldman shows both the permanent exhibits and takes viewers on a tour of the "backroom" where...

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Is there discrimination in Israel?

Adalah (“Justice” in Arabic) is an independent human rights organization and legal center whose mission is to promote human rights in Israel in general and the rights of the Palestinian minority, citizens of Israel, in particular. Adalah also defends the human rights...

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Independent Jewish Voices

Independent Jewish Voices of Canada produced this lovely video describing their Jewish values and their fight for Justice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5JO0mfKSEQ&feature=emb_title&ab_channel=IndependentJewishVoicesCanada. Independent Jewish Voices...

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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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Richard Forer

In Wake Up and Reclaim Your Humanity, Richard Forer tells the story of a lifelong supporter of Israel who underwent a remarkable spiritual awakening in which he realized he was as much as much Palestinian as Israeli or American. The book encourages readers to look at...

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Truth and Reconciliation in Israel/Palestine

Zochrot ("remembering" in Hebrew) is an Israeli non-government organization working since 2002 to promote acknowledgement and accountability for the ongoing injustices of the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948 and the reconceptualization of the Return as the...

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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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Karcher on Weiss

Writing in Mondoweiss, Carolyn Karcher describes her view of the significance of Bari Weiss' departure from the NY Times: https://mondoweiss.net/2020/07/the-real-significance-of-bari-weisss-resignation-from-the-new-york-times/. Karcher is author of the 2019 book...

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Mourning a child

In honor of International Peace Day this week, bereaved Israeli and Palestinian parents wrote letters to the children they lost due to the conflict/ These parents are left with memories, the empty rooms of lost children, and a drive to make sure that no one else...

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Izzy and Eli

"As 17-year-old Jewish-Americans, our formative experiences included our community trying to hide the ugly reality of Israel’s occupation from us. At Jewish Summer camp, we were told that Israel was the dream: a safe haven for the Jews, a democratic country with...

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Palestinian widows speak

Israeli reporter Gideon Levy reports on Gazan widows in the Israeli paper Haaretz. He describes the findings of a B'Tselem field researcher in Gaza who visited five women who lost their husbands and other relatives in Israeli bombing.

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Anti-Zionism

John Donvan moderates an IntelligenceSquared debate asking the question, "Is anti-Zionism the new anti-Semitism?" Bret Stephens and Einat Wilf argue that it is, Peter Beinart and Yousef Munnayer argue that it isn't.

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Not What We Thought

A panel discussion at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst discussed efforts to silence pro-Palestinian voices. There had been many efforts to prevent the panel discussion from happening, claiming that the panel was anti-Semitic. Writing in The Jewish Journal,...

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Fall Perspectives

The Fall issue of Perspectives, the magazine of the Promised Land Museum, is now available. In this third issue of Perspectives, we cover some of the museum's exhibits that pre-date the formation of Israel. We also cover Black Lives Matter in our current events...

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Double Standards

Gideon Levy describes in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz how the actions of Palestinian Nizmi Abu Bakr would be described as heroic if done by a Jewish citizen of Israel. Read or hear it here:...

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Allies Debate the Two-State Solution

The New York Jewish Agenda works to advance social justice, combat anti-Semitism, and support a democratic vision of Israel.  NYJA hosted this debate providing different Jewish perspectives on Israel/Palestine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWKy0ERX-uM. All the...

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B’tselem

B'tselem is the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories. B'tselem works to expose the injustice, violence and dispossession inherent to the regime of occupation, to deconstruct the apparatuses that enable it, and challenge its...

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Current Affairs (1935)

In his 1935 book, An Atlas of Current Affairs, author J. F. Horrabin gives a British perspective on world affairs in 1935 including in Palestine.  He reports that the population of Palestine at the time was 73% Muslim and 17% Jewish (the Jewish figure being more than...

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An American Pickle

Marc Maron interviews Seth Rogen.  In this podcast, we hear two very Jewish comedians being wildly irreverent, at times obscene and disrespectful, as they discuss Rogen's movie and their Jewish upbringings and culture.  In addition to discussing Rogen’s new movie...

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The Palestinian Mandela

Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela, chief of the Mvezo Traditional Council and the grandson of Nelson Mandela, describes how the Palestinian struggle for justice mirrors that of his uncompromising grandfather Nelson Mandela in this Al-Jazeera article:...

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Waking

Josh Davis gave a TED talk on his Jewish American experience visiting the West Bank. “I felt like there was a gap between what I saw happening in Israel and between those ethics at the core of Judaism, those things that we talked about at the Seder table at Passover,...

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An Israeli Soldier’s View

"You've just got to be there to feel it," he said. "Thousands of young Palestinian men crushed into tunnel cages on the way to the security check. People forced to climb on top of one another — that was when I started to think, 'There's something wrong here'..."'They...

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After Beinart

Jeremiah (Jerry) Haber is the nom de plume of Charles H. Manekin, an orthodox Jewish studies and philosophy professor, who divides his time between Israel and the US. He gives an Israeli, American, and Orthodox Jewish Perspective on Peter Beinart's recent essays...

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