Contributor Archives: Phyllis Bernstein

About Phyllis Bernstein

Phyllis Bernstein serves as co-chair of economic development for the Social Venture Fund for Jewish Arab Equality and Shared Society and chair of the Ameinu Westfield Chapter. She also serves as a member of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Israeli-Arab Issues and is a board member of Ameinu. Lastly, she was the founding co-chair of the Israeli-Arab Committee at Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ.

Should Israeli Jews enjoy privileged status?

The government of Israel has approved a first reading of the nation-state bill defining the country as “the nation-state of the Jewish people.” The basic law downgrades Arabic from being an official language to having “a special status in the …

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Report from AIPAC Conference: Candidates’ Speeches

For the beginning of Phyllis Bernstein’s reflections on AIPAC, click here.  She continues her analysis by examining how the Presidential candidates presented themselves and where they stand on issues of concern to AIPAC: My main question is how will Israel have …

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Report from AIPAC Conference: VP Biden

Phyllis Bernstein is an Ameinu board member who lives in Westfield, NJ, where she has long been active in Jewish affairs.  She shares her observations at the recent annual conference of AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) in Washington, DC.  This first …

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Arab Bedouins in the Negev Are in Trouble!

For those of you following the Negev Bedouin land issue… It’s true that last month’s Supreme Court decision regarding Umm al-Hiran and A-Tir was bad. The result was that the demolition and explosion orders did not constitute a violation of the right to …

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Israeli Arabs need to be heard

The reports about MK Ayman Odeh (Joint List) canceling his meeting with the Conference of Presidents of American Jewish Organizations are so sad. According to reports, “Odeh refused to meet with the umbrella foreign policy body for American Jews because …

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