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Speak Out Against New Israeli BDS Entry Ban Law

Let the Government of Israel Know You Oppose the New Law Barring Entry Based on Political Opinion On March 6, 2017, the Israeli Knesset enacted a new law banning entry of foreigners who advocate for boycotts, divestment or sanctions (BDS) against Israel, or territories controlled by Israel.  On March 7, Ameinu released a statement strongly opposing the law, which we characterize as “an affront to Israel’s core values [that] plays directly into the hands of the Boycott, Divestment and …

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Why it no longer matters whether Jews are White


Almost a year ago, I was in Israel with strangers who quickly became friends, as Israel trips always go. We were sitting in our hotel room in Jerusam, and somehow the topic came up of whether we, a group of North American Ashkenazi Jews, were White. It was a thought that was new to some of us, but to others of us was a question that had plagued us for years. For others still, the answer was clear. Some argued adamantly that we are not White because our history includes not cultural dominance and …

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Trump, Bannon, Bibi and…the Musical Hamilton


Last week I wrote about Ameinu’s activity addressing the challenges of the election of Donald Trump and Bibi Netanyahu’s ongoing reign over the most right-wing Israeli government in history. I promised that I would be in touch with an update. I hope you saw that on Friday we issued an open letter to the president-elect, joined by another 11 Jewish organizations.  We worked to enlist like-minded organizations; other groups have issued their own statements and letters. I am pleased to report …

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Kidnappings and Hijackings


In response to the recent kidnapping of 3 young Israelis, we have turned over our Letter from the Leadership column to Julian Resnick the Director of World Habonim Dror and a good friend of Ameinu.   This is for me a most difficult piece to write. I write it from Jerusalem, from the lobby of the Inbal Hotel, from the hub, over three days of this late June of 2014, of Zionist enterprise. The Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel is meeting to consider how we continue. How we …

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Kerry’s Call Ignored


Imagine this scenario: The United States and one of its closest allies heartily agree on a certain policy goal important to both countries. The secretary of state addresses American supporters of that ally and urges them to prod their leaders to move along the process. The Americans applaud the speech. And then, near silence. Ever since Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the American Jewish Committee on June 3 and implored his listeners to “help shape the future” for a two-state …

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Are Jewish Non-Profits Targeted by IRS Over Ties to Israel?

Strongarm Tactics? IRS official Daniel Wurfel testifies about claims that conservative groups were targeted for extra scrutiny. Some Jewish groups believe they were also targeted over their ties to Israel.

  WASHINGTON — As the Internal Revenue Service reels from revelations that it targeted Tea Party groups’ tax-exempt applications for extra scrutiny, Jewish groups from the left and right are seeking to draw attention to a less noticed reality they say they face: Groups with ties to Israel seem to be drawing extra IRS scrutiny, too.Several Jewish not-for-profit organizations have faced extensive questioning on their ties to Israel when applying for tax-exempt status, the Forward has …

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Bina, the Secular Yeshiva, on Channel 2 News in Israel


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The Devil’s Advocate: After Divestment

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The ASUC Senate’s deeply misguided vote to divest UC funds from companies affiliated with the Israeli military is, in one sense, utterly irrelevant. Despite its best efforts, the coterie of far-left activists that dominates student politics rarely influences university policy — Chancellor Birgeneau helpfully reminded us that the regents’ investment portfolio will not change. Or, to use the melodramatic language of the divestment bill, the University of California will continue acting as …

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United States Leads the Way Back to ME Peace Talks

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When President Barack Obama appointed former Senator George Mitchell as his special envoy to the Middle East on his second day in office in 2009, it naturally raised the expectations of supporters of active American involvement in helping bring a two state solution to fruition. In fact, at the time Ameinu joined with other Jewish and Arab American organizations pledging support for such steps. As we know now, little was accomplished in this area during the Senator’s two years in the …

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How the West Bank Settlements Can Bring About Peace


To judge by the Israeli public’s reaction t0 President Obama’s visit to that country, there may be a new opening to unfreeze Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.  The President articulated as clearly as one could how, from a pro-Israel point of view, a Palestinian state is a necessity.  The arguments are anything but new: there is no example in today’s world of a democracy ruling over a population who are not citizens; the historic necessity of a majority Jewish state is in danger; and …

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