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Support Ameinu Today! 2019 End of Year Campaign

Dear friend, I had the opportunity to criss-cross North America this year, invited to speak at annual conferences, galas, and other events held by American Jewish organizations. New York City, Palo Alto, Washington DC, Long Island, Connecticut and Chicago were …

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Ameinu Condemns Trump Administration’s Change of U.S. Policy on Settlements

Ameinu strongly condemns the announcement by the Trump administration that Israeli settlements in the West Bank do not violate international law. “As longtime supporters of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, today’s announcement gives Israel the green light to …

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Ameinu Condemns Israel’s Decision Denying Entry to Members of Congress

-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- August 15,2019 Ameinu strongly condemns the decision of the Government of Israel to deny entry into Israel to US Congressional Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, clearly goaded by US President Donald Trump, …

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What Impact Does Ameinu Really Have in our Community and Israel?

Dear friend, I am sometimes asked about the impact Ameinu really has in our community and Israel. It’s a fair question, so I thought I would take a few minutes and share some examples with you. –I recently returned from …

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Ameinu Among Ten Organizations that Launch New Progressive Israel Network

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Elisheva Goldberg +1.917.283.0888 (phone) +972.570.8023 (Whatsapp) info@ProgressiveIsraelNetwork.org   June 24, 2019 Ameinu, Americans for Peace Now, Habonim Dror North America, Hashomer Hatzair, The Jewish Labor Committee, J Street, The New Israel Fund, Partners for Progressive Israel, …

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Sign Your Name- Stop Annexation!

By seeming to endorse unilateral Israeli annexations of Palestinian territory in the West Bank, the Trump administration is encouraging indefinite occupation and permanent conflict which will imperil Israeli democracy and trample on Palestinian rights. Recently-introduced anti-annexation legislation gives the Senate …

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Stop Annexation Now!

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, The Honorable Eliot Engel, Chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs The Honorable Theodore Deutch, Chairman, Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism The Honorable Kevin McCarthy, Minority Leader The Honorable Michael McCaul, Ranking …

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Progressive Jewish Organizations Support Partnership Fund for Peace as Step toward Two-State Solution

Ameinu, Americans for Peace Now, J Street, T’ruah, New Israel Fund, Jewish Labor Committee, Partners for Progressive Israel, Hashomer Hatzair, and National Council of Jewish Women welcome the reintroduction of legislation to establish a Partnership Fund for Peace. The Fund will …

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Take Action on Stephen Miller’s Dangerous Views on Immigrants and Refugees

  Senior White House Policy Advisor Stephen Miller holds dangerous views on immigrants and refugees that are grounded in white supremacy. The result? the Muslim Ban, family separation, increased detention and deportation, and proposed cuts to family-based, legal immigration. As Jews, …

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Progressive Zionism in the Age of Trump-Bibi Bromance

Progressive Zionism in the Age of Trump-Bibi Bromance   Dear friend,   A few weeks ago I was representing Ameinu at a national Zionist conference when a right wing delegate began badgering three panel members who happened to be young …

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Bibi, You Are No Ben-Gurion

By Kenneth Bob, Ameinu President   In 1988, when Dan Quayle compared himself to John Kennedy in a Vice Presidential debate, the Democratic nominee, Lloyd Bentson famously responded, “Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy. I knew Jack Kennedy. Jack Kennedy …

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Ameinu to AIPAC: Elevate Progressive, Two-State Speakers to Prime Time

March 18, 2019 Howard Kohr, Executive Director American Israel Political Affairs Committee Washington D.C.   Dear Howard, Congratulations on your upcoming 2019 Policy Conference; this event is an important reminder of the need for continued bi-partisan support for Israel across the …

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Join thousands of Israelis speaking out against Kahanism

I’m writing to you from Israel, where right now, Israelis are speaking up in outrage at the news of Kahanists being embraced by right-wing parties. Meir Kahane was a violent supremacist who advocated and inspired acts of terror. He and his disciples …

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Ameinu Slams Inclusion Of Kahanists in Israeli Political Merger

Ameinu views with grave concern the recently announced merger arranged by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu between two extremist right wing parties, HaBayit HaYehudi and Otzmah Yehudit. As part of the agreement, the Prime Minister promised that this new block will …

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Support Ameinu Today! End of Year 2018 Campaign!

“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it’s been.” -Wayne Gretsky, Hall of Fame hockey player To have Ameinu quote the greatest hockey player of all time in a letter appealing for your support may …

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Ameinu Horrified by Murder of Innocent Jews; Condemns Hate-filled Environment

Ameinu is horrified and sickened by the murder of 11 innocent Jews as they prayed this past Shabbat at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our hearts go out to those who were killed and injured, their families …

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Knesset’s Basic Law Huge Mistake

By Phyllis Bernstein First appeared in The New York Jewish Week https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/knessets-basic-law-huge-mistake/ Chèvre, Habibi, Friends: As someone involved in Israeli Arab issues of equality and shared society, I wake up every morning hoping that the passage of “Basic Law: Israel as …

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Ameinu Decries Provocative Israel Nation State Law

Ameinu Decries Provocative Israel Nation State Law Yesterday, Israel’s Knesset passed a superfluous and intentionally provocative bill, The Nation State Law, by a vote of 62-55. Several provisions of the new law have the effect of diminishing the status of …

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Proposed Israeli Nation-State Bill Threatens Israeli Democracy

Proposed Israeli Nation-State Bill Threatens Israeli Democracy Ameinu and 13 other lAmerican-Jewish organizations* have addressed the following letter to MK Isaac Herzog, the outgoing Leader of the Opposition in the Knesset, soon to become the new chair of the Jewish …

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New Israel Program: Urban Kibbutz Social Change!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 10, 2018 For more information, contact Miki Golod, Director of Israel Programs 212-366-1194 and office@ameinu.net. Ameinu Announces New “Urban Kibbutz Social Change” Masa Israel Journey Program Ameinu, in cooperation with Dror Israel, the largest urban kibbutz movement …

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Hundreds of Jewish Organizations Join Together to Urge the Administration to End “Zero Tolerance” Family Separation Policy

New York, NY – Almost 350 national, state, and local Jewish organizations—including the Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative and Orthodox movements—sent a joint letter urging the Administration to immediately rescind the “zero tolerance” policy of criminally prosecuting all adults who cross the border. This practice …

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Israelis and Palestinians Can Build Trust and Cooperation — if They Choose To

By Ken Bob and Brad Rothschild (JTA) — This week’s escalation of violence emanating from the Gaza Strip serves as a depressing reminder that the Middle East lacks a peace process and shows the hopelessness of the situation in Gaza. It also reinforces …

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Trump Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal Makes the U.S. and Israel Less Safe

Defying its allies as well as logic, President Trump today announced that the US would be withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and plans on reimposing sanctions on Iran. “President Trump’s misguided and ill-conceived announcement weakens the …

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Critique is an Expression of Engagement

By Kenneth Bob First published: Plus61J – Broadening the Conversation- Israel, Australia and the Jewish World As a student at the University of California at Berkeley in the post-Six Day War period, our Radical Jewish Union supported much of the left’s US domestic and foreign …

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Jewish Organizations Stand Together to Reject Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Attack on New Israel Fund

April 10, 2018 The following joint statement was released by Ameinu, Americans for Peace Now,            J Street, National Council of Jewish Women, and T’ruah: As organizations within the Jewish community, we stand together to reject …

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Is an Active Progressive Zionist Voice Important to You? – 2018 Ameinu Membership Campaign

Many organizations have abandoned the notion of membership. However, at Ameinu we think it is important that people stand up and identify with an organization that represents their views and acts upon them. We thank those of you who have already paid their …

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Pro-Israel Jewish Organizations Condemn Dangerous Appointment of John Bolton

For Immediate Release: March 28, 2018 Contact for Ameinu: Ken Bob, kennethbob@gmail.com 516-644-5397 Contact for APN: Ori Nir, onir@peacenow.org 202-408-9898 Contact for J Street: Logan Bayroff, logan@jstreet.org 516-965-5159 Contact for NCJW: Amanda Lang, alang@ncjw.org 212-870-2738 Contact for NIF: Sharon Goldtzvik, …

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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 …

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Truth is Not the Same Thing as Wisdom

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, …

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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

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 …

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Remembering Rabin – His Legacy, Then and Now

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 …

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Why Myers Should Stay

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 …

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

“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 …

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Combat Alt-Right Hate; Demand Trump & Bibi Lead

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) — …

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An Impenetrable Wall Between Progressivism and Zionism?

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 …

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Progressive Visions for a Zionist Future

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 …

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Reform Judaism’s True Mission at the Western Wall

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 …

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Yael Deckelbaum & Prayer of the Mothers Ensemble – This Land הארץ הזאת

 

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Progressive Israel Network Commends Passage of House Resolution 326 Opposing Annexation, Supporting Two-State Solution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Elisheva Goldberg 917.740.4031 phone press@nif.org 6 December 2019 As leading progressive pro-Israel organizations in the American Jewish community, we commend the House of Representatives for passing House Resolution 326. This landmark resolution, which reaffirms support for a …

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Ameinu Condemns Trump Administration’s Change of U.S. Policy on Settlements

Ameinu strongly condemns the announcement by the Trump administration that Israeli settlements in the West Bank do not violate international law. “As longtime supporters of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, today’s announcement gives Israel the green light to …

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Letter to Israeli Political Leadership Opposing Annexation

Today, thirteen organizations – the coalition members of The Progressive Israel Network (PIN), the Israel Policy Forum, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association – sent a letter to the heads of Israel’s political parties calling …

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Say Yes to Academic Freedom

College faculty and students who have any association with Israel or Israelis are facing aggressive attacks on their academic freedom. This video, created in partnership with Ameinu’s Alliance for Academic Freedom, tells the stories of individuals who have been affected …

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Progressive Israel Network Opposes Netanyahu’s Annexation Pledge

Responding to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement of his intent to extend Israeli sovereignty over large parts of the West Bank, the Progressive Israel Network released the following statement: A democratic and peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians requires national …

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Progressive Israel Network Opposes Netanyahu’s Annexation Pledge

  Responding to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement of his intent to extend Israeli sovereignty over large parts of the West Bank, the Progressive Israel Network released the following statement: A democratic and peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians requires …

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My fellow Democrats, We need to chat – A message from MK Stav Shafir

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-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- August 15,2019 Ameinu strongly condemns the decision of the Government of Israel to deny entry into Israel to US Congressional Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, clearly goaded by US President Donald Trump, …

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