Ameinu Launches New Initiative to Counter Anti-Israel Bias on the Far Left; Promote Progressive Activism on Two-States for Israelis and Palestinians

Media Advisory: For Immediate Release

New York, NY, July 9th, 2013

CONTACT: Hiam Simon 212 366-1194, hiam@ameinu.net

Ameinu, the leading grassroots progressive Zionist in North America, today launched The Third Narrative, a new initiative to equip the Jewish community to counter anti-Israel bias on the far left while developing constructive alliances with progressive activists.  This groundbreaking program will counter the growing division between the Jewish and progressive communities and engage both to work together to promote a secure and just peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Explaining why Ameinu is taking this step, Ameinu president Kenneth Bob declared, “The status quo of two competing narratives on the Middle East – Israeli and Palestinian – is leading the region and the world to a tragic dead end.  Ameinu rejects vitriolic rhetoric and simple black and white answers to complicated questions from both the left and the right, because they only reinforce current disagreements and encourage further bloodshed.  The Third Narrative is meant to give information and hope to all who truly want to end the conflict.”

Bob added, “As a progressive Zionist organization, Ameinu is uniquely prepared to answer biased anti-Israel activism on the left while engaging progressives in the struggle for peace.  Ameinu speaks the language of progressive labor, religious and other organizations and shares their commitment to economic justice, labor rights, immigration and other core concerns.  And unlike so many in the organized Jewish community, we forcefully condemn the terrible suffering of Palestinians under Israeli occupation, racism towards Arab-Israelis, and obstacles to a viable Palestinian state like settlement expansion.  So we have the `street credibility’ needed to engage with left-leaning Americans who suspect it is wrong to lay all the blame for the conflict at the feet of the Israelis.”

The Third Narrative includes a comprehensive set of digital resources (www.thirdnarrative.org), an activists’ guide The Third Narrative:  Progressive Answers To The Far Left’s Critique of Israel — which is available in print and electronic forms — educational programming and coalition building activities.

Newly appointed Ameinu CEO, Gideon Aronoff, concluded, “With a high degree of trust created by joint advocacy, and new approaches developed to address progressive concerns, Ameinu and The Third Narrative can engage progressives on issues related to Israel and help them understand that they don’t have to choose between their values of justice and human rights and fair treatment of Israel.”

About Ameinu:
Ameinu, the leading grassroots progressive Zionist organization in North America, is dedicated to promoting a negotiated peace between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab states, and to social and economic justice for all in Israel, North America and the world.

Ameinu reinforces Jewish continuity through support for Habonim Dror, the Labor Zionist youth movement, and management of the Kibbutz Program Center which sends hundreds of young adults on Israel experiential journeys every year.

About Ameinu

Ameinu is recognized as a charitable organization by the IRS and all donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
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