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  • Sanders: Israel ‘overreacted’ during Gaza War

    2 weeks ago

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addressed for the second time in a lengthy profile his Jewish upbringing in Brooklyn and faith. But, for the first time, he also took a very critical stance against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli-Palestinian...

  • Kerry: Defeat ‘Zionism is racism’ by confronting anti-Semitism, advancing 2 states

    3 weeks ago

    The struggle to defeat the notion that Zionism is racism persists both in the battle against resurgent anti-Semitism and the efforts to arrive at a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    “Too many outside this room fail to...

  • Indyk: Settlement freeze will turn Abbas into partner

    3 weeks ago

    Freezing settlement construction will be a met by a partner willing to engage in a diplomatic process to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, former Middle East envoy Martin Indyk said on Thursday.

    Speaking at Haaretz’s peace conference in Tel Aviv, Indyk said, “You have the...

  • At Federation’s General Assembly, grappling with less authority and more division

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    What’s our mission? How will young Jews react? How do we not alienate the growing number of Jews with left-leaning views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

    In a breakout session Nov. 9 at the Jewish Federations of North America’s (JFNA) annual General Assembly (GA) in...

  • 3,000 in Tel Aviv protest government, call for two-state solution

    October 26, 2015 | 10:25 am

    Thousands of Israelis demonstrated in an anti-government rally in Tel Aviv and called for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    About 3,000 demonstrators gathered Saturday night in Rabin Square and marched to the Israel Defense Department headquarters at a rally...

  • Response to David Suissa’s claim about terror

    October 26, 2015 | 10:03 am

    I wish David Suissa had reached out to me before he tried guessing at the motives behind the statement UC Irvine Hillel students released on the violence in Israel.  Though he says the statement put him to sleep, it was but one small, non-contextualized piece of a larger success...

  • Ehud Barak discusses Mideast affairs

    By Ryan Torok

    October 21, 2015 | 3:02 pm

    At a time when Israel is engulfed in terror, millions of Syrians are living as refugees and the Islamic State is a source of havoc in the region, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak said he has deep uncertainties about the future of the Middle East. 

    “We are living in a...

  • Terror is not evenhanded

    By David Suissa

    October 21, 2015 | 10:51 am

    There are certain things I read that upset me but also put me right to sleep. One of them is any official statement that is mind-numbingly safe and politically correct. 

    I came across an example last week from the Hillel at UC Irvine, regarding the precarious situation in Israel....

  • The Third Intifada?: Violence rises as a two-state solution fades

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 7, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Reading “Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction,” an illuminating new book by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner, is a humbling experience. I read it over Sukkot and, in fact, it was the right book for a holiday during which one makes one’s home in a temporary shelter...

  • Why Jewish educators need to teach the Palestinian perspective

    September 28, 2015 | 8:49 am

    As the new school year gets underway, Jewish educators are making decisions regarding how best to teach about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Most begin with the premise that Jewish students should learn to support Israel and defend its government. Throughout the year,...

  • U.S. military chief seeks to reassure Israel on Iran threat

    June 9, 2015 | 4:11 pm

    America's top general sought to reassure Israel on Tuesday of "unshakable" U.S. military support, despite deep strains in political relations over the prospect of a U.S.-led nuclear deal with Iran and differences over Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy.

    U.S. General Martin Dempsey, on...

  • Path to Israeli-Palestinian peace starts with meeting the neighbors

    June 3, 2015 | 3:03 pm

    Palestinian peace activist Ali Abu Awwad shared the stage with an Israeli settler on May 28 as part of his ongoing attempt to accomplish what some might consider the unbelievable. 

    “I couldn’t imagine that one day, I would be standing next to a settler, talking about any hope,”...

  • A Jewish settler at the checkpoint

    June 3, 2015 | 11:36 am

    Even at first glance, it is clear that Issa Abu Aram, the former head of operations for preventive security in the West Bank, is a founding member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, with a chiseled, worn, leathery face, rotting teeth and a no-nonsense manner.

    Abu Aram had...

  • Jimmy Carter: Israeli-Palestinian conflict a cause of Paris attacks

    January 13, 2015 | 9:20 am

    Former President Jimmy Carter said the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was among the factors that led to the deadly attacks last week in Paris.

    Carter made the assertion Monday night during an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.

    “Well, one of the...

  • Irish government to accept motion to recognize Palestinian state

    December 9, 2014 | 1:16 pm

    The Irish government will accept a motion to be proposed by the opposition on Tuesday calling on parliament to recognize Palestine as a state, echoing similar recent symbolic decisions in other European Union countries.

    While most developing countries recognize Palestine as a...

  • Letters to the editor: Israel on campus, violence in Israel, Zev Yaroslavsky and more

    December 3, 2014 | 10:02 am

    When Neighbors Are Attacked

    How tragically sad and foolish it is to see the Jewish Journal’s cover proclaim “When Neighbors Attack:” Can Israelis protect themselves …” (Nov. 28) and not realize that the two civilian Palestinian women pictured are more obviously needing protection...

  • ASA conference revisits the boycott of Israeli institutions

    By Ryan Torok

    November 12, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    Nancy Koppelman, an American Studies professor at The Evergreen State College in Washington, is well aware of how passionate things can get on college campuses over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The late pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an...

  • West Bank land grab undermines two-state advocacy

    September 16, 2014 | 1:59 pm

    The dust has barely settled from this summer’s disastrous outbreak of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and already the Israeli government has announced the expropriation of nearly 4,000 dunams (approximately 1,000 acres) of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

  • Selena Gomez to Howard Stern, celebs share opinions on Gaza in tweets and rants

    August 5, 2014 | 11:11 am

    What do Madonna, Javier Bardem and Rihanna have in common?

    Aside from talent and many millions of dollars, they’ve all waded into the maelstrom of public debate over the Gaza conflict — and then had to extricate themselves when the going got tough.

    For almost as long as the...

  • A prayer for peace

    July 24, 2014 | 8:40 am

    As an American visiting Jerusalem for a month, the Tuesday night of the first air raid siren in the city was a new experience for me. Rationality told me that I was safe. Under the protection of the Iron Dome, the probability of one of Hamas’ rockets reaching the ground was slim,...

  • Choose Life: Jews and Muslims working for peace together in Israel

    July 23, 2014 | 3:33 pm

    While violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has escalated in recent weeks, a small group is attempting to keep dialogue open between the disparate groups. 

    Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, 57, Rabbi Shaul Judelman, 35, and a growing number of Israeli West Bank settlers and...

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in SundanceTV’s “The Honorable Woman”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 23, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    In the opening moments of “The Honorable Woman,” an eight-part series premiering on Sundance TV on July 31, the young Nessa Stein looks on as an assassin plunges sharp tongs into her father’s neck, splattering her face with blood.

    The action then fast-forwards to the same room in...

  • Will Israel’s third Gaza conflict in six years end any differently?

    July 10, 2014 | 9:07 am

    Get used to conflict.

    That’s the message Israeli officials and security experts are relaying as the Israel Defense Forces conducts its third operation in six years against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    Israel’s missile defense capabilities have grown significantly since previous...

  • J Street’s real failure

    By David Suissa

    May 14, 2014 | 10:52 am

    Just when J Street’s reason-for-being, a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, fell into a deep coma, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations gave the “pro-peace, pro-Israel” group new life by rejecting its bid to join the umbrella...

  • Kerry names Indyk to top peace negotiator post

    July 29, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry named Martin Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, as his special envoy on Middle East peace.

    Kerry appointed Indyk on Monday, hours before talks were to resume for the first time since 2010.

    “Ambassador Indyk brings to this challenge his deep...

  • What’s John Kerry doing here?

    July 2, 2013 | 9:45 am

    Mark Landler and Jodi Rudoren at the New York Times ask a question that’s been puzzling Israeli journalists and analysts for weeks: With Egyptians rioting and Syria getting only bloodier, why is the U.S. secretary of state focusing on Israel and the Palestinians?

    Even if...

  • Shimon Peres won’t stop believing

    June 20, 2013 | 10:23 am

    He’s one of the oldest heads of state in the world and the star of his own two-day conference. Celebrities from Bill Clinton to Sharon Stone lavish praises on him. He walks into a room and it erupts into applause. Israel’s Presidential Conference is, in part, a tribute to Israeli...

  • BDS: Frustration, but with hope

    May 29, 2013 | 3:43 pm

    Senate Bill 160, which calls for targeted divestment from companies that profit off of human rights abuses in the Palestinian territories, passed this last week in the University of California, Berkeley, student senate. The debate it sparked left us both frustrated with the broken...

  • My Muhammad al-Dura case journey

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 29, 2013 | 11:31 am

    Thirteen years ago, right at the beginning of the so-called second Palestinian Intifada, on Sept. 30, 2000, a reporter of a French TV station aired some 60  seconds of footage of the killing of a Palestinian boy. Muhammad al-Dura, 12 at the time, was caught with his father in an...

  • Abbas wants peace talks with Israel this year

    March 14, 2013 | 6:49 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday he hoped peace talks with Israel would restart this year although the chances of a resumption seemed slim.

    Abbas made his comments during a meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said Russia...

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