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  • The Promised Lands exchange, part 3: Imagining a vast Jewish colony in Australia

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    Adam Rovner is Associate Professor of English and Jewish Literature at the University of Denver. He holds an M.A. from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington. His articles, essays, translations and interviews have appeared in numerous...

  • The Promised Lands exchange, Part 2: The mythic pull of the land of Palestine

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    Adam Rovner is Associate Professor of English and Jewish Literature at the University of Denver. He holds an M.A. from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington. His articles, essays, translations and interviews have appeared in numerous...

  • The Promised Lands exchange, part 1: On alternative plans for a Jewish state

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 13, 2016 | 3:27 am

    Adam Rovner is Associate Professor of English and Jewish Literature at the University of Denver. He holds an M.A. from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington. His articles, essays, translations and interviews have appeared in numerous...

  • Partition, pragmatism and missed opportunities between Israel and the Palestinians

    November 24, 2015 | 6:16 pm

    Two scholars examine, from Jewish and Arab perspectives, the historic United Nations vote on the partition of Palestine on Nov. 29, 1947, which ultimately led to the creation of  the Jewish State of Israel.


     

    The Palestinian national movement has long been accused of...

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

    November 12, 2015 | 11:45 am

    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...

  • The Ben Gurion exchange, part 3: Why Ben Gurion matters today

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 8, 2015 | 2:44 am

    Anita Shapira is Professor Emerita in Jewish History at Tel Aviv University as well as the Founder of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies. She specializes in the history of Zionism, the Jewish community in Palestine and the state of Israel, with an emphasis on cultural,...

  • The power of Jew-hatred

    By David Suissa

    October 7, 2015 | 1:25 pm

    With the most recent violence flaring up in Jerusalem and throughout Israel, I’ve been reflecting on the kind of hatred that could animate such cold-blooded murder of innocents.

    We all have dark thoughts, but very few of us act on them. Through the power of language, we are...

  • The Ben Gurion exchange, part 1: His leadership and authority

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 24, 2015 | 4:12 am

    Anita Shapira is Professor Emerita in Jewish History at Tel Aviv University as well as the Founder of the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies. She specializes in the history of Zionism, the Jewish community in Palestine and the state of Israel, with an emphasis on cultural,...

  • Can an Israeli teacher protest the IDF?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 1, 2015 | 3:57 am

    Let’s suppose that the school your child attends gets a new principal. And let’s  suppose — you’ll soon see why — that this new principal just signed a petition that calls on citizens to cheat on their tax forms because he believes taxes are immoral or he is not satisfied with the...

  • Umm al-Hiran, racism and the confounding of Zionism

    By David Seidenberg

    August 26, 2015 | 3:57 pm

    The Israeli government is set to destroy Umm al-Hiran, a Bedouin village in the Negev, to build a Jewish town in its place, which will be called Hiran. No matter what anyone tells you about unrecognized Bedouin villages, no matter what Israel’s Supreme Court or Justice Minister...

  • The War of Words exchange, part 2: Explaining the complexity of the conflict

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 20, 2015 | 3:17 am

    Dr. Einat Wilf is a Senior Fellow with the Jewish People Policy Institute (where we work together) and the Baye Adjunct Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. She was Chair of the Education, Sports and Culture Committee, Chair of the Knesset Sub-Committee for...

  • The War of Words exchange, part 1: ‘Israel is facing a war waged through words, images and ideas’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 12, 2015 | 3:54 am

    Dr. Einat Wilf is a Senior Fellow with the Jewish People Policy Institute (where we work together) and the Baye Adjunct Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. She was Chair of the Education, Sports and Culture Committee, Chair of the Knesset Sub-Committee for...

  • The long history of Jewish violence in Israel

    By David N. Myers

    August 5, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    Last week’s terrible killing of 18-month old Ali Saad Dawabsha in Duma, together with the horrific violence at the Jerusalem gay pride parade, left many Jews stunned, repulsed and demoralized. We have inculcated in ourselves — and projected to our children — the belief that whereas...

  • Who should define anti-Semitism?

    July 13, 2015 | 11:24 am

    “Anyone who does not recognize the Jewish people and the State of Israel — and their right to exist — is guilty of anti-Semitism”  - Pope Francis

    "I think a good baseline [for when anti-Zionism becomes anti-Semitism] is: Do you think that Israel has a right to exist as a...

  • President Rivlin: In Israel, there is a word which has long since turned into a weapon: ‘Demography’

    By Pini Herman

    June 11, 2015 | 4:43 am

    No demographers have framed the implications of Israel's developing demographics better and therefore I am bringing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin's complete speech on June 7, 2015 at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center:

    Ladies and Gentlemen, Israeli society is undergoing a...

  • Exposing BDS

    By David Suissa

    June 3, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    On March 4, 2009, during a Q&A session at Ottawa University, Omar Barghouti, the founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, made a confession that you can watch on YouTube.

    “I do not buy into the two-state solution,” Barghouti, a Palestinian who studied at...

  • Israeli families fleeing rat-race revive once-doomed kibbutzim

    June 2, 2015 | 1:19 pm

    This year's harvest was especially merry at Degania Alef, Israel's first kibbutz, founded in 1910 on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The community celebrated the birth of 11 children, its largest crop of babies in a quarter century.

    Twenty-five years ago kibbutzim, collective...

  • Obama loves the wrong Israel

    By David Suissa

    May 26, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Every time I hear President Barack Obama tell us how much he loves Israel, I feel like asking him: Which one?

    Apparently, he’s not too crazy about the current Israel. The Israel that owns his heart is the one from before 1967, when the Jewish state was a noble little nation...

  • Never Forget: Iran is the Problem, not Boteach

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    March 1, 2015 | 8:02 pm

    In a Jewish world desperate for unity, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach succeeded in uniting a broad array of Jewish groups, including Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, secular and religious, right leaning, and left leaning, centrist and apolitical — to condemn his full-page ad attack against...

  • Israeli left resurgent as campaign rhetoric escalates ahead of March elections

    January 26, 2015 | 11:31 am

    Stav Shaffir was angry. The 29-year-old firebrand is known for her outbursts, which have gotten her kicked out of multiple Knesset hearings in the past year. But when she rose in the Knesset on Jan. 21 to answer Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett’s charge that she is...

  • Ruth Popkin, Hadassah past national president, dies at 101

    January 5, 2015 | 11:02 am

    Ruth Popkin, who served as national president of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, from 1984 to 1988, passed away on Friday, January 2, 2015 at the age of 101.

    “We have lost a leader of great dignity and accomplishment,” said Marcie Natan, Hadassah’s current...

  • The Diaspora exchange, part 1: On early Zionist contempt for Jewish life abroad

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 17, 2014 | 4:03 am

    Alan Wolfe is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. He is the author and editor of more than 20 books. Professor Wolfe attended Temple University as an undergraduate and received his doctorate in...

  • The spiritual challenge of centrism

    By Yossi Klein Halevi

    December 12, 2014 | 3:21 pm

    The following is an excerpt from the new preface to Yossi Klein Halevi’s recently reissued book “Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist: The Story of a Transformation” (Little, Brown and Co.). 

    I moved to Jerusalem in 1982 and have now lived in Israel longer than I’ve lived outside it....

  • ZOA supports Israeli bill affirming Israel as Jewish State

    By Morton A. Klein

    December 3, 2014 | 4:36 pm

    Legislation is under consideration in Jerusalem that formalizes Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. We support it. Why?
     
    Because it is historically, legally, politically and religiously the case that Israel is the Jewish nation-state. The Balfour Declaration,...
  • Netanyahu: Lead, follow or get out of the way

    December 3, 2014 | 3:13 pm

    The right of the Jews “to be a free people in our own land” should no longer be subject to debate. No effort should be spared in rendering challenges to Jewish nationhood and sovereignty entirely taboo. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposed bill to enshrine Israel’s Jewish...

  • God gave this land to them

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 1, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    Pat Boone wrote the words to “Exodus.”

    If you’re below a certain age, Pat Boone is some random dude you need Google to ID, and “Exodus” is the new Ridley Scott 3D with Christian Bale as Moses and a wicked cool CGI Red Sea. 

    To Boomers, Pat Boone was the un-Elvis in white bucks,...

  • Modeling volunteerism in Israel as an observant Zionist

    By  Orit Arfa

    November 20, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    This year, Jay Shultz won’t be making a Thanksgiving dinner for the hundreds of American olim (immigrants) he has managed to unite in Tel Aviv through his Am Yisrael Foundation. He did serve one last year, when America’s holiday of gratitude coincided with Chanukah, as a way to...

  • Doc Paskowitz, 1921-2014, Rode the Zionist Wave in Post World War II Hawaii

    November 13, 2014 | 9:56 am

    Surfer legend Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz—“a modern-day Duke Kahanamoku”—was one of two members of a “mighty minyan” of Jews who, after World War II, helped found Temple Emanu-el in Honolulu and then played a significant role in the Zionist movement during Israel’s birth pangs and early...

  • Grieving the children of Palestine and the dream of Zionism

    September 5, 2014 | 10:22 am

    Through all the turmoil of these last weeks and months I have been tortured by thoughts of children, Jewish children, Palestinian children, Syrian, Iraqi children – all those who most innocently of all, and most grievously of all, are the victims of the Middle East Madness.

    ...

  • For the Love of Israel -Q&A with the young people who made Aliyah during Operation Protective Edge

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 5, 2014 | 8:34 am

    This summer, in the midst of a military operation in Gaza, while rockets whistled over our heads, a group of 300 young North Americans landed in Israel, their eyes lit with excitement. Those young folks, ages 18 to 23, made Aliyah with the purpose of starting a new, independent...

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