Jewish Journal

Why I stay in Israel

By Orit Arfa

July 22, 2014 | 11:20 am

Someone asked me why I stay in Israel when I could easily go back to the comfortable haven that is LA.

I stay here because I'm fighting for my values, and I'm fighting for what's right,... read on

  • Vanessa Williams Sings about #israelunderfire [WATCH]

    By Orit Arfa

    July 13, 2014 | 10:02 am

    ... read on
  • Jews get killed here and there

    By Orit Arfa

    July 1, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    I've been here before. Been here before way too many times.

    Too many gruesome murders.

    I remember the first real mass murder. It was somewhere in Jerusalem, when I was living there. It was in 2001, or maybe 2000. Can't remember exactly. There was so many. The Sbarro pizzaria,... read on

  • Film about Life on a Samarian Hilltop Takes Top Prize

    By Orit Arfa

    March 18, 2014 | 7:59 am

    There's been a recent slate of alternative "settler" storytelling lately.

    First, there were the Miley Cyrus parodies made by yours truly, challenging the stereotype of people of Judea and Samaria as religious fanatics, and my novel, The Settler. A reality show on Israel's Channel... read on

  • 10 Observations about Ariel Sharon’s Death [VIDEO]

    By Orit Arfa

    January 14, 2014 | 7:24 am

    1. Immediately after Ariel Sharon’s death, criticism was muted out of respect for his accomplishments. Critics of his actions, from the Left or Right, were castigated for insensitivity, especially as Palestinians celebrated his death. The nation of Israel so desperately needs... read on

  • Who REALLY owns the Land of Israel?

    By Orit Arfa

    December 31, 2013 | 11:32 am

    After working several years in Israel advocacy, I've found that most discourse about the Arab-Israeli conflict centers around the question: Who owns the land of Israel, particularly the “West Bank” or “Judea and Samaria”? (Nomenclature depends on the narrative you favor).

    The... read on

  • Jeffrey Goldberg Twerks John Kerry’s Butt [VIDEO]

    By Orit Arfa

    December 11, 2013 | 1:41 pm

    It all started when Left-wing columnist Jeffrey Goldberg used Miley Cyrus to sound smart and wise. He bemoaned how Miley actually needed to heed advice from old Jewish men after she controversially proclaimed that she doesn't want a 70-year-old-Jew sitting behind a desk all day... read on

  • Can a Settler Be Against the Occupation?

    By Orit Arfa

    October 26, 2013 | 10:11 am

    With mainstream Jewish and pro-Israel organizations, let alone the European Union, often shunning "settlers" (AIPAC, Jewish Federations, ADL, most Reform synagogues, etc.) becaue Jews who live beyond the Green Line are not politically correct, you gotta hand it to +972 magazine for... read on

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Orit Arfa is a writer and author of The Settler.

A native of Los Angeles, Orit’s works are informed by a deep connection to the ethical dialectic that flows from her Jewish...

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