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  • From Israel, a Holocaust survivor worries about her Gazan daughter

    3 days ago

    In her living room in the Israeli town of Ramle, Sarah says she wants a peaceful life. At 79, she deserves one.

    A Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor, Sarah was sent to a Nazi concentration camp in Serbia as a child, arriving in Israel at age 17. Her entire family perished in the...

  • More than 70 Israeli academics signed a petition condemning the Israel Defense Forces in Gaza.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 days ago

    On July 24th, more than 70 Israeli academics signed a petition condemning the Israel Defense Forces actions in Gaza. According to their statement: “The signatories to this statement, all academics at Israeli universities, wish it to be known that they utterly deplore the aggressive...

  • We will defend Israel

    1 week ago

    I remember it like yesterday. Blissfully ignorant of the horror that had been unfolding, I happily sent my kids off to school in Los Angeles, California that fateful morning of September 11, 2001. Within the hour, all children returned to the nestled safety of their homes, as we...

  • A prayer for peace

    1 week ago

    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,...

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  • Changing the world, one step at a time - Q&A with advocate Brigitte Gabriel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    Brigitte Gabriel (49,) a bestselling author, activist, a leading expert on global Islamic terrorism, and founder and President of ACT! for America, has one fascinating life story. She was born in Lebanon to a Maronite Christian family, and spent her childhood in amid the Lebanese...

  • How the Syrian-Muslim and American-Jew became best friends

    2 weeks ago

    I’m sitting at a pub my first night in Cyprus with a group of strangers. Peering around at potential friends I begin to talk to this hilarious guy. Syria, he tells me, that’s where I am from. He giggles as he sees the shock in my eyes. “I am not going to bomb you, I promise.” He...

  • Israeli soldiers writing about the Gaza crisis - read their letters

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    A letter written by a 24 year-old Israeli soldier called for reserve duty near the Gaza border line:

    "Last Wednesday, we received the phone call: we were called to defend our country. Some of us had to put aside studying for Finals and other exams, others left their wives and...

  • Peace Peace: A Prayer During War

    2 weeks ago

    Rachel is crying for her children


    She refuses to be comforted


    From beyond the grave she cries


    Through the centuries


    Her tears flow


    Hagar cries too


    From beyond the grave
  

    Their tears intermingle


    The tears of the mothers


    Grieving over dead sons and...

  • Not criticism, anti-Semitism

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    So many people around the world lost their lives in armed conflicts, but all eyes are on Israel, which is often being compared to the Nazis. This is where criticism becomes anti-Semitism.

    In the past couple of weeks, hundreds of people died in Yemen, as a result of clashes...

  • The Audacity of Hope: Raising Little Messiahs.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 weeks ago

    “Seventy years ago these beautiful men would likely have been members of the Nazi party” emailed me a friend while watching Germany battle for the World Cup. 

    I saw another perspective.  As I watched many fellow Jews cheer for Germany, I realized one day peace is possible.

    ...
  • The agenda behind New York Times headline

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 3, 2014 | 7:45 am

    A headline – few short words that frame a whole story. Earlier today, The New York Times published an article referring to the rockets being fired from Gaza to Israel and the Israeli Defense Forces' response. In what appeared to be an objective headline, lies a very specific...

  • Maya Angelou: Teacher of Quiet, Lady of Grace

    By Ilana Angel

    May 28, 2014 | 7:23 am

    This was originally posted on October 16, 2013. Dr. Angelou passed away today and my heart weeps. I will forever admire this woman. Thank you Maya, for easing my sorrow and teaching me to see the joy that surrounds me daily.

    I was speaking to someone about Maya Angelou yesterday...

  • Honoring Bloomberg, welcoming the Pope, building an internet empire and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 26, 2014 | 8:20 am

    A Holy visit

    Pope Francis landed in Israel this Sunday, as part of his first visit to the Middle East. After visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem, he invited the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to come to the Vatican to pray for peace. Both Abbas and Peres accepted the invitation,...

  • The Blame Game

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 14, 2014 | 8:22 am

    Lately, the so-called “peace talks,” aimed to resolve the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, changed their course from trying to negotiate the terms of ending this very complicated situation. It seems that in the past few weeks, all sides involved are...

  • Life without Keren: an interview with Rivana Tendler, who lost her daughter in Second Lebanon War

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 2, 2014 | 8:35 am

    On this Memorial Day, I would like to tell you the story of Sergeant Major Keren Tendler, who died on August 12, 2006, during the Second Lebanon War. Her mother, Rivana Tendler, told me the story of a bright young girl who suddenly was no more, and shared the reality of life...

  • Israelis and Palestinians Commemorating Remembrance Day Together

    By Jeremy Elster

    April 13, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    For the past 8 years, an Israeli-Palestinian NGO called Combatants for Peace has held an alternative Remembrance Day/Yom HaZikaron Ceremony in Tel Aviv. The mission of the alternative commemoration is to recognize bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families who have suffered from...

  • Oslo Accords pioneer Ron Pundak dies

    April 11, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    Ron Pundak, an Israeli historian who helped engineer the Oslo Accords, has died.

    Pundak, who died Friday of cancer at the age of 59, was an expert on Jordanian and Palestinian history who, through his contacts, began talks with Palestinian leaders in 1992 with the permission of...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 11, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    This week, I would like to introduce you to a beautiful initiative called Budo for Peace (BFP.) It is a registered Israeli educational NPO which uses traditional martial arts to connect and bring together children and youth from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

    ...

  • Ya’ase Shalom: They Shall Make Peace

    By Jeremy Elster

    April 10, 2014 | 6:00 am

    After 8 months of negotiations, peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have broken down. US Secretary of State John Kerry laid most of the blame on Israel's refusal to relsease the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners and the approval of new homes in occupied...

  • Land Day, Women’s Activism, and a March for Peace: Updates from Israel Social TV

    By Jeremy Elster

    April 9, 2014 | 5:35 am

    This week in the Social Order:

    + Land Day Commemoration in Jaffa - Statistics on the ongoing Israeli actions to confiscate Palestinian assets since 1967.

    + Israeli Historian and social activist Professor Ilan Pappe gave a lecture about the "One Democratic State" solution.

    +...

  • Save the Ministry of Foreign Affairs!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 26, 2014 | 10:06 am

    Last week, Tel Aviv University took political science students - including me - on a field trip to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, in order for us to examine the various possible career paths there. Since high school, it has been very clear to me that my future would...

  • Painting love over hate on vandalized Workmen’s Circle mural

    By Ryan Torok

    March 19, 2014 | 4:00 pm

    An organization that fosters Jewish identity has attempted to turn a recent act of vandalism into an opportunity for bridge-building between Jews and Muslims. 

    Last weekend, the SoCal Arbeter Ring/Workmen’s Circle added the Arabic word “Salaam” — and its Hebrew and English...

  • An open letter to President Obama

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 12, 2014 | 10:14 am

    President Obama,

    My name is Noga, and I am a young Israeli student. I am now in my senior year of my B. A studies in Political Science and Communications, and this is about the time in my life where I start thinking about the future. I have big dreams of being a Diplomat,...

  • Seeing Yourself in Torah

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 7, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    With the opening of our new space at 8847 Venice Blvd., I have been thinking about how I got to where I am in life from where I was some 26+ years ago. I was locked up for the 2nd time and all I had was a Prayer Book and a Chumash, a book with the entire...

  • In Washington, Netanyahu brings sunny peace vision, dark Iran warning

    March 4, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington determined to hold the line on Iran, but he also brought something new: an expansive vision of Middle East peace.

    The Israeli prime minister remained firm, after meeting with President Obama on Monday, in insisting that any nuclear deal must...

  • Netanyahu wants ‘durable peace’ with Palestinians soon

    March 4, 2014 | 9:25 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to work for a “durable peace” with the Palestinians in the coming weeks and reiterated his refusal to accept a deal with Iran that included any uranium enrichment capacity.

    Netanyahu in his speech Tuesday morning to the American Israel...

  • When the Israeli Apartheid Week takes place in Israel, there’s a lot for us to worry about

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 4, 2014 | 8:45 am

    Last week, the 10th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) launched in over 200 cities worldwide. This international series of events which includes rallies, lectures, cultural performances, film screenings and multimedia displays — exposed many people who are clueless about Israel...

  • A transformative journey through the West Bank

    February 21, 2014 | 8:51 am

    It took a bus with Palestinian plates, a Palestinian driver and about 60 minutes to begin our transformative journey to the West Bank. Aside from the traffic on the way to the border crossing, our group of 10 Reform rabbis (on a trip sponsored by the Central Conference of American...

  • How John Kerry destroyed what Scarlett Johansson built

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 12, 2014 | 8:30 am

    In her response to the criticism of her collaboration with SodaStream, Scarlett Johansson gave a winning argument: “I remain a supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine. SodaStream is a company that is not only committed to...

  • A las nueve de la tarde: 1 way terrorism changed me

    By Mahim Maher

    February 7, 2014 | 2:35 am

    In the parking lot a bored young man is painfully scraping off the paint from a TV DSNG van – the kind we use to broadcast live from a location. Each day I drive in to work to see the letter-box red logo of my news organization slowly disappear, inch by inch. The van’s easily...

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