Contributor Archives: Brad Rothschild, Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee

About Brad Rothschild, Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee

Brad Rothschild currently serves as Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee. Besides Brad's important work for Ameinu, he is a documentary filmmaker. From 1995-97, Brad worked as a speechwriter and Director of Communications at the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations. After graduating from Emory University, Brad lived in Israel for two years. During this period he worked as a research associate at the Israel Democracy Institute, a think tank advocating political and economic reform. Brad is a passionate advocate for Israel and is deeply committed to achieving peace and social justice. He lives in New York City.

Israel Is Quietly Ridding Itself Of Thousands Of African Refugees


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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The Syrian Refugee Crisis: An Opportunity for Israel

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This week, the global refugee crisis has grabbed the world’s attention. After three years of war and violence, hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing Syrian’s civil war have spilled out of the region and have begun flooding into Europe. Images of a drowned Syrian child and the sight of thousands of desperate migrants being herded into overcrowded trains and transit camps across the European continent have horrified people around the world Jews, with a special sensitivity to the plight of …

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Refugee Lives Matter

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A barely seaworthy boat. Overcrowded with refugees fleeing murderous persecution and genocide. No port willing to take them in. Disaster ensues. Hundreds of innocent people dead. The world is silent. In December 1941, the MV Struma, carrying Jewish refugees escaping the Holocaust set out from Romania trying to get to Palestine via Istanbul. For over two months, the passengers remained stranded in the Istanbul harbor as the Turkish and British authorities debated what should be done with the …

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The Gatekeepers and the Zionist Dream


In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Israeli documentary film director Dror Moreh called Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “the worst enemy of Israel.” While Netanyahu has not lived up to his publicly stated commitment to a two-state solution, according to this film he is not considerably different than his predecessors. Moreh’s Academy Award nominated film, The Gatekeepers, featuring interviews with six former heads of Israel’s security services, the Shin Bet, …

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Sheikh Jarrah Revisited

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Two summers ago, I joined a group of Israelis and Palestinians at their weekly protest in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. The protests, which began in December 2009 following the eviction of four Palestinian families from their homes in the neighborhood, quickly began attracting hundreds of participants a week, including author David Grossman, former Speaker of the Knesset Avrum Burg, and Nobel Prize laureate Daniel Kahneman. By the time I arrived in August 2010, the Sheikh …

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Op-Ed: Time for American Jews to Shun Racist Israeli Legislators

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This article first appeared as an op-ed in the JTA. It is reprinted here with permission. OPINION NEW YORK (JTA) — Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s foreign minister, is no one’s idea of a soft touch. Hawkish on Israel’s settlement policy and a practitioner of a muscular, even bullying brand of diplomacy, Lieberman has a well-earned reputation as a hard-liner, no mean feat in Israel’s current rightist government. So when Lieberman becomes the voice of moderation on an issue, it’s …

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Obama and Bibi: Israel Week in Washington

The past week has seen a flurry of Israel-related activity in Washington DC — first there was President Obama’s speech at the State Department on Thursday and the subsequent “controversy” it generated; next was the Obama-Netanyahu face to face meeting; then there was the President’s speech at the AIPAC conference on Sunday, Netanyahu’s speech at AIPAC the following night and finally Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. There …

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A Saturday night in Sheikh Jarrah

Night descends on Jerusalem and the Sabbath is nearing its end. The city’s shops, restaurants and cafes prepare to welcome crowds of tourists and locals who are enjoying the end of summer in the Holy Land. I leave my family strolling through the ritzy Mamilla pedestrian mall and head east, to the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah — the latest flashpoint in the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. Since last November, Israelis and Palestinians have been holding …

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Israel in Our Lives

By Brad Rothschild I recently asked an Israeli friend why he felt it was important for Jews outside of Israel to have a Jewish identity. His response was that no matter how good it is for Jews in any country in the world, there may come a day when they are told that they don?t belong–that they are not welcome in their ?home? countries any longer. His answer is clearly rooted in our collective history as a people, and is indeed one of the primary justifications for Zionism. But this answer …

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