Ever since Bibi began his second term in office, the Israeli government and its allies have led a campaign to shut down NGOs opposed to the Occupation. Louis Frankenthaler on rightists Im Tirzu, who recently made headlines for attacking New Israel Fund President Naomi Chazan.
Bedouin Israelis have long served in the IDF. Best known for their reconnaissance work, they are frequently used to demonstrate the multiculturalism of Israel’s armed forces. Joe Lockard dispels this myth, recounting an evening’s reserve duty in the Arava desert.
Sheikh Jarrah is rapidly coming to resemble a maternity ward. Settlers forcibly remove Palestinians from their homes, while increasing numbers of Jewish and Arab demonstrators are beaten and jailed by the police for exercising their basic rights. If a new Israeli left arises, it will surely be here.
America’s best-known progressive historian passed away on Wednesday. The son of European immigrants, Zinn’s combination of activism and academia epitomized the values of the Jewish community at its best. A 2001 interview, reprinted from Bad Subjects.
Sheikh Jarrah has come to symbolize the Israeli government’s Judaization of Jerusalem’s Palestinian neighborhoods. An email from a protestor, dispelling myths about the policy, and those Israelis who oppose it.
Zeek interviews Rabbi Jonah Pesner, who spearheaded the effort to pass Massachusetts’ innovative health care reform bill, about the Senate race and what it signifies for “Obama-care.”
Christian anti-Semitism hasn’t died. Its just gone in drag as Zionism. What has changed is the willingness of Jewish rightists to overlook it, in exchange for foreign support of the Occupation.
The people of Haiti need the help of every community in the world. Here is a list of Jewish organizations presently engaged in relief efforts.
The Jewish state has frequently been cited for its toleration of debate about Israel’s failings. In recent months, however, both the government and security forces have grown increasingly uneasy with this environment. Mya Guarnieri on Tuesday’s arrest of Ma’an editor Jared Malsin.
All Israel’s siege of Gaza accomplishes is to further diminish the Jewish state’s damaged reputation, harm its relations with its remaining Muslim allies, increase the difficulty of returning to talks with the Palestinians and, of course, greatly magnify the suffering of its civilian victims.
Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister is well-known for his extremist views. Most recently, Minister Ayalon has reintroduced the term “Disputed Territories” in order to undermine the commonality of Diaspora usage of the term “Occupied Territories.” Moshe Yaroni explains why this campaign has been undertaken, and what its real objectives are.
With only one day left for tax-deductible giving in 2009, it’s time to look again at tzedakah. There Shall Be No Needy author Rabbi Jill Jacobs answers questions about how much money to allocate to tzedakah, and how to give it away most effectively.
Jewish settlers are increasingly resorting to the use of civil rights discourses to legitimate their illegal occupation of Palestinian lands. An Israeli activist draws our attention to the phenomenon, contending that its purpose is to conceal the denial of basic human rights to Palestinians.
It was about as likely as Daniel Pipes converting to Islam, and taking up residence in Gaza. Under intense US pressure, Benjamin Netanyahu, it appears, is throwing his weight behind the two-state solution. The source of this revelation: Steven Rosen, the controversial ex-AIPAC staffer, indicted for espionage by the Justice Department.
This Hanukah, there is a fork in Israel’s road ahead. Is it going to confront the fundamentalists who threaten to turn the state into a theocracy, as its Justice Minister advocated last week? Or is it going to strive to find peace in secure borders, with a shared Jerusalem and good relations with the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world?
The heroic age of Zionism is over. Organizations like Nefesh B’Nefesh and Birthright Israel have taken the meaning out of making aliya. If you lack a sense of purpose at home, you can always pick up and move to the Holy Land. There’s no shortage of organizations that will help you get there.
Rabbi Arthur Waskow and journalist Greg Palast on the conflict in Afghanistan.
A vignette: in a discussion session defining what it means to be pro-Israel, one woman courageously stood and said, “I don’t love Israel.” It was like a wave rushed over the room. Silence. No one seemed to know what she meant. Sitting there, I felt she held up a mirror to everyone in the room–everyone at the conference–as if to say, “You say you love Israel. Do you know what you mean?”
Christian Zionists speak in an Orwellian vernacular. On the one hand, they claim Scripture to support the State of Israel. On the other, they pray for the destruction of the Jewish people. Rachel Tabachnick takes to task novelist Elie Wiesel for his befriending America’s best-known proponent of this doublespeak, Pastor John Hagee.
Israeli-American relations are at a crisis point. Some might even say a breaking point. Despite endless US demands to freeze settlement construction, and to reinvigorate the peace process, Israel refuses to cooperate. The Americans have yet to understand their responsibility for this situation.
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