Israel Is Quietly Ridding Itself Of Thousands Of African Refugees

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This article first appeared in The Forward. Over the past few weeks, the government of Israel has initiated a number of measures designed to bring an end to their African asylum seeker problem. The plight of tens of thousands of Africans, mostly Sudanese and Eritrean, who over the past decade have sought asylum in Israel after escaping dictatorship, war and genocide, is about to end in resettlement or imprisonment. At its height, the number of Africans in Israel had swelled to over 60,000 …

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Truth is Not the Same Thing as Wisdom

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No Need to Provoke Region Over Self-Evident Truth that Jerusalem is Israel’s Capital(New York, NY)  “President Trump’s assertion that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel is a true statement, but unnecessarily risks violence for no tangible benefit,” said Kenneth Bob, president of  Ameinu, North America’s largest grassroots progressive Zionist movement. “It, and initial steps to begin moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, are pointless provocations at a delicate time in the …

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‘We’ll come for you Zionists next.’ South Africa’s student Left defends Hitler and Hezbollah, but attacks Jews like me

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By Adam Dison, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa “We’ll come for you Zionists next.” That’s what an angry student said, pointing a finger in my face, in a planning meeting the day before a successful workers protests at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand a year ago. It shook me. I’d redirected equipment and funds from Habonim Dror, the left-wing Zionist youth movement in which I was involved, to ensure protesters had food,  cooking equipment and …

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Remembering Rabin – His Legacy, Then and Now

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By:  Miki Golod On November 4th, 2017, Israel commemorates 22 years since the assassination of Prime Minister Yizchak Rabin. I was a 13-year-old when Rabin was murdered by Igal Amir, a right wing radical religious man.  For me it was the end of Israel as I knew it — a turning point that changed the course of history and reshaped the way I saw my country and its future. I entered Junior High in the mid-90’s, a period in Israel where “peace” was popular, at least within the circles …

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Why Myers Should Stay

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In commenting on the controversy surrounding Professor David Myers, the newly hired president and CEO of the Center for Jewish History (CJH), Gary Rosenblatt concluded that, “Unfortunately, in the current toxic political climate … it is normative behavior for those who disagree on an issue — in this case, what it means to be “pro-Israel” — to seek to marginalize, demonize and defeat those with a different point of view, and use whatever means necessary to do so” (“A Scholar’s …

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Trump DACA Decision Against Innocents One More Unjust Act; Challenge to Congress to Fill the Void

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“The Trump Administration’s decision today to end Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an inhumane act that runs completely counter to our core values as Jews, Americans and Zionists,” declared Kenneth Bob, National President of Ameinu, the largest grassroots Progressive Zionist movement in North America. DACA was created in 2012 through an Executive Order from President Barack Obama.  Today’s decision to end DACA means that over 800,000 young people – brought to the …

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Combat Alt-Right Hate; Demand Trump & Bibi Lead

White nationalist demonstrators walk into Lee park surrounded by counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and police dressed in riot gear ordered people to disperse after chaotic violent clashes between white nationalists and counter protestors. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

American Democracy Must be Protected from Alt-Right White Supremacy and Neo-Nazism   President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu Fail to Lead and so Strengthen Fascist Movements in the U.S., Israel and Around the World New York, (August 15, 2017) — Ameinu, North America’s largest progressive Zionist grassroots movement, released the following statement expressing great distress at the white supremacist, neo-Nazi, and alt-Right violence and hate on display this past weekend in …

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An Impenetrable Wall Between Progressivism and Zionism?

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By Cheryl Gordon I am an American Jew, a New Yorker, and a student at the University of Michigan. As a Jew, I feel a connection to the land where the Jewish people trace their roots; to ancestors who lived in the land we now call Israel as far back as the Bible records Jewish history. Unfortunately, I find that my peers at school are quick to forget Israel’s history as a small state constantly threatened by hostile neighbors. They are quick to forget that our people were refugees too, and were …

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Progressive Visions for a Zionist Future

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I am a Jew. I am a Zionist. I am a Feminist. I am a Socialist. I believe in the innate value of every human being.   These facets of my identity are not contradictory. They exist within me as one holistic entity. They are expressed in my thoughts, my ideas and my daily actions.   I believe in the right of the Jewish people to self determination. I also believe in the right of the Palestinian people to self determination. I believe that these two states can live side by side with …

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Reform Judaism’s True Mission at the Western Wall

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Yudith Oppenheimer is Executive Director of Ir Amim. July 2, 2017 — The Israeli government’s disavowal of the Western Wall plan is a deplorable instance of the Israeli government yielding to forceful religious dictates – a decision harmful to broad groups of Jews whose support for the State of Israel is vital. At the same time, this moment marks a crossroads that can lead to a rethinking of the entire plan. As someone who grew up in Israel in Orthodox society, and in adulthood found …

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Beyond Anti-Semitism: The Biggest Progressive Problem At The Chicago Dyke March

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By Josh Friedes The Chicago Dyke March is supposed to be an especially inclusive gathering of progressives. Shockingly, Jews carrying rainbow flags with the Star of David were asked to leave. One Dyke March collective member told the Windy City Times the women were told to leave because the flags “made people feel unsafe,” that the march was “anti-Zionist” and “pro-Palestinian.” The Chicago Dyke March Collective later issued the following statement on Facebook which, in part, …

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