Category Archives: Israel

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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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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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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Ameinu and Ir Amim: Partners for Jerusalem’s Future

        Ameinu has recently launched a partnership with Ir Amim (“City of Nations”/“City of Peoples”), Israel’s longest standing NGO focusing on Jerusalem’s role in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.  Working directly with Ir Amim, as …

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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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1967 War Could Have Led to Peace

Like millions of other Jews around the world, 50 years ago, I was gripped by trepidation for Israel’s survival as what came to be known as the Six Day War began. Soon, however, our fears turned to awe and jubilation …

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I’m Voting NO to BDS because it doesn’t actually help Palestine

I am pro-Palestinian. I 100 per cent believe that Palestinians have the right to self-determination and, most importantly, their dignity — which as of right now is unfortunately not always the case. I am also vehemently opposed to BDS. Now …

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The entry law bars too many Zionists

It’s my last year of undergraduate schooling in the United States, and my spring break starts March 17th, but I’ll spend vacation working. I’m going home to Israel, and while I will be enjoying the beaches and cafes and visiting …

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Resources on BDS Entry Ban Law

Note:  This page will be updated as new commentaries become available. Statements from Groups Opposing the the Law Habonim Dror North America National Council of Jewish Women Americans for Peace Now J Street New Israel Fund T’ruah American Jewish Committee …

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