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 …

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis: An Opportunity for Israel

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 …

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Refugee Lives Matter

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 …

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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, …

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Sheikh Jarrah Revisited

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 …

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

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 …

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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; …

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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 …

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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 …

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