Ameinu Publications




Supplement for Ameinu co-sponsored Refugee Seder

Israel is currently home to roughly 53,000 people who have !ed violence and persecution in East Africa. !e government’s response has been to build a fence on the Egyptian border, so no more refugees can enter, and to begin detaining those in Israel at the Holot “open” detention facility, in an isolated part of the Negev.

Ameinu Social and Economic Justice Advocacy Goals

Activism for peace, for democracy, and for economic and social justice in Israel, North America and the world are intertwined aspects of what it means to be part of the Progressive Zionist movement. As outlined in the last Leadership Letter, I see Ameinu’s work as a contemporary extension of the dynamic and inspirational history of Progressive Zionism, where each generation has sought to frame a multifaceted agenda to serve the movement, Israel and the Jewish people. So now, Ameinu combines our eternal focus on Israel -- for a secure, peaceful, free and democratic Jewish state – with an expansive and ambitious social and economic justice agenda and a set of goals that will guide our advocacy in the weeks, months and years to come.

“The Gatekeepers” Movie Viewer’s Guide

A viewer's guide to Dror Moreh's Oscar nominated documentary, "The Gatekeepers."

What’s Going on in Silwan?

The issues that have been going on in Silwan for years have not lessened or diminished. The Silwan area has been continuously inhabited since at least the 9th century CE. In the 9th century CE, Karaite Jews established a community on the western side of the slope and resided there for several hundred years. Silwan is a neighborhood in the southern part of East Jerusalem, adjacent to the Old City. It is built on the slope descending from Mount Olive. The City of David (Ir David) archeological site is contained within Silwan. In 1987, the Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations wrote to the Secretary-General to complain that Israeli companies evicted two families, claiming ownership of their homes. This is the first public record of evictions of Arabs by Jewish Israelis in Silwan. In 2010, a highly controversial municipal plan was issued for the area. In theory, it would allow Arabs to obtain building permits, but it also includes a provision requiring that 15% of the permits to be given to Jewish settlers, despite Arabs constituting over 99.5% of the current population in Silwan.