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  • Israelis and Palestinians Commemorating Remembrance Day Together

    By Jeremy Elster

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

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

    By Jeremy Elster

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • What Happens When You Hold Peace Talks in Ramallah?

    By Jeremy Elster

    January 27, 2014 | 8:05 am

    In the Introductory Blog Post for Israel Social TV here at the Jewish Journal, we reported on a peace talks organized by the group Minds of Peace, which brings together delegations of Israelis and Palestinians to “the table” to reach agreements on final status issues. 

    While the...

  • The UN launched its “International Year of Solidarity with Palestinians,” in yet another biased act

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 21, 2014 | 12:09 pm

    On Thursday, the United Nations launched the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On their official announcement, they stated that senior officials “urging that the observance be used to redouble efforts to achieve a durable peace between Israel and...

  • Asylum seekers’ “undecided” status – will our govt finally reach a solution?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 8, 2014 | 9:30 am

    In the past four days, thousands of African migrants are striking and protesting in the streets of Tel-Aviv. Many of them work illegally as dishwashers or janitors, and them striking directly affects many businesses and thus – draw a lot of attention. So far, protests involving...

  • Israel frees Palestinian prisoners, pushes settlement plan

    December 30, 2013 | 5:49 pm

    Israel set free 26 Palestinian prisoners on Tuesday as part of U.S.-brokered peace efforts, after pledging to press ahead with plans to build more homes in Jewish settlements.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, whose shuttle diplomacy led to a resumption of the negotiations in...

  • Not acts of despair- Terror!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 25, 2013 | 11:33 am

    Three terror attacks were added in the past 48 hours to a record number of over 170 attacks since the beginning of November. Israeli civilians and soldiers were killed by Palestinians with vengeance in their hearts as day after day Israeli newspapers were colored in black.

    ...

  • Abbas exposes BDS activists lies.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 17, 2013 | 12:22 pm

    Pro-Israeli activists waited years for the day when we could shout out loud: “FAIL!” This day has arrived. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, stated that the Palestinians do not support a boycott of Israel. As reported in The Star, a newspaper in South Africa,...

  • BDS, the best of Hanukkah, TripAdvisor awards, Christmas and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 17, 2013 | 7:30 am

    Connected by sea


    Just because there is an official conflict, does not mean the two sides cannot work together. Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority inked an agreement to build a long-anticipated pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, part of an initiative that would...

  • The Value of Life

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 19, 2013 | 11:43 am

    “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” (Golda Meir. Statement to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 1957)

    On Monday, Amal Haniyeh, the granddaughter of Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was hospitalized in Israel in...

  • Will Santa bring Obama peace for Christmas?

    October 30, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    It is too early to tell what will emerge from talks among the new diplomatic triumvirate composed of the United States, Russia and Iran. But one thing is for certain: Even the worst of all agreements is far superior to the current situation. 

    Certainly, I understand the problems...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 25, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    Israeli musician David Broza has been considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the singer/songwriter world.

     

    His charismatic and energetic performances have brought to worldwide audiences a fusion of the three different countries in which he was raised:...

  • Maya Angelou: Teacher of Quiet, Lady of Grace

    By Ilana Angel

    October 16, 2013 | 2:53 pm

    I was speaking to someone about Maya Angelou yesterday and in bringing her up in conversation I was reminded to revisit some of her teachings.  I have long been inspired and moved by Ms. Angelou.  Without her ever having looked into my eyes, I cannot think of another human being...

  • Obama at U.N.: America’s Mideast focus is on Iran, peace talks

    September 24, 2013 | 9:54 am

    President Obama in an address to the United Nations said U.S. focus in the Middle East will be keeping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    The two issues “have been a major source of instability for far too long,” Obama said Monday at the...

  • An open letter to our Olim

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 28, 2013 | 12:53 pm

    Summer in Israel is a time of reflection. In summer time, many of us fly away to our desired destinations overseas while the rest sit in front of their television, carefully considering every departure from the air-condition. It doesn't matter what group you are part of, you will...

  • Israel should not release prisoners for peace

    August 21, 2013 | 2:48 pm

    Releasing Palestinian prisoners as a political gesture erodes Israel’s democratic fabric and challenges the country’s core sense of justice. Ironically, it is the dissemination of justice and the people of Israel’s faith in that justice that has kept their society together. 

    The...

  • Meet our future diplomats!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 21, 2013 | 12:17 pm

    Last week, the IsraMUN conference, the first academic international MUN (Model Uniited Nations*) in Israel, takes place in Rishon LeZion, Israel. This year’s IsraMUN theme is “Modernity and Traditionalism," when the aim of the conference is "to raise awareness to the importance of ...

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