News and Views

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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Conscientious objector

19 year old Hallel Rabin, a pacifist, refuses to serve in the Israeli army and is jailed for it. As reported in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, she says, "There is no benevolent oppression, no justifiable racism." Hear her: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csbo76Vl6oQ.

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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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Peter Beinart comes around

Peter Beinart, a leading Jewish voice and writing in both Jewish Currents and the New York Times, warms to the idea of supporting one state in the Holy Land with equality for all, something truly consistent with Jewish moral values. Beinart currently serves as...

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Transformation

In a moving story, Joshua Tartakovsky describes his transformation from being an Israeli soldier who thinks he is protecting Israel from terrorists to what he calls becoming pro-Palestinian and supporting one state where everyone-- Jew and non-Jew-- is treated the...

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A rabbi’s perspective on annexation

In his blog, Rabbi Brant Rosen decries Israel's institutional oppression of Palestinians. Even without calling it apartheid, Rosen notes that other Jewish organizations see that annexation “would enact an institutionalized, formal system of discrimination between...

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Calling it Apartheid

People are calling for transformative justice, and more than 50 years of Israeli control of Palestinian life are eroding America’s embrace of Israel. Father and daughter Allen and Katie Weiner reveal the growing perception of the apartheid character of Israel's...

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Refusing to Be Enemies

Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent  Resistance to the Israeli Occupation is an interview-based study that presents the voices of over 100 practitioners and theorists of nonviolence, the vast majority either Palestinian or Israeli, as they...

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Recognizing racism

Writing in The Forward, Etan Nechin describes Israel's killing of Iyad Hallaq: "He was shot at seven times, though he was unarmed, autistic, and according to his cousin, 'didn’t even know there was such a thing as Jews and Arabs in this country.'" Nechin asks "Why do...

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Apartheid

This June 9, 2020, article published in +972 Magazine describes how some Israeli Jews are calling the occupation of Palestine Apartheid (אפרטהייד): https://www.972mag.com/israel-jewish-left-apartheid/ +972 Magazine published independent journalism from...

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David vs Goliath

The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) reports to share "God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice." Its Undercurrents podcast, episode 5, gives a Mennonite perspective on...

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Deadly Exchange

Miko Peled is an author and human rights activist born in Jerusalem. He is the author of “The General’s Son. Journey of an Israeli in Palestine,” and “Injustice, the Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five.”...

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Our Tears Are the Same

In this Parents Circle webinar, Layla Alsheikh and Robi Damelin share a message of reconcilation, not revenge. Both have lost a child to the conflict in Israel and Palestine.  Their webinar is moving beyond words. The Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF) is a joint...

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Denis Goldberg

Denis Goldberg-- who died April 29, 2020-- was a South African Jew and anti-Apartheid activist. He was accused alongside Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu in the Rivonia Trial and was imprisoned for 22 years. Israeli author Gideon Levy wrote a tribute about Goldberg...

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Barry Trachtenberg

Barry Trachtenberg teaches Jewish History at Wake Forest University and is the author, most recently, of The United States and the Nazi Holocaust: Race, Refuge, and Remembrance (Bloomsbury, 2018). He is member of the Academic Advisory Board of Jewish Voice for Peace....

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Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence is a nonprofit organization made up of Israeli military veteran who have expose the public to the reality of everyday life in the occupied territories. The organization stimulates public debate about young soldiers facing a civilian population on...

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Perspectives

The first issue of Perspectives, the magazine of the Promised Land Museum, is now available. The magazine is a terrific resource for letting people know about the museum and the materials it offers. This issue, Winter 2020, takes readers on an in depth tour of the...

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George Galloway

George Galloway is a British politician, broadcaster and writer. He speaks on the Jimmy Dore show about fighting Apartheid in South Africa alongside Jewish South Africans.  He speaks against mistreatment of Palestinians, too. Here him here:...

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