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Joshua Bloom

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Bedouin: Israeli Citizens, Not Illegal Squatters

(39) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 8:30 AM

Less than 10 miles east of Beersheva sits the "unrecognized" Israeli Bedouin village of Khashem Zaneh. When I last visited, Atia Atameen, a community leader, welcomed me into his home. Over tea Atia regaled me with stories about his village's history.

Atia told me that Khashem Zaneh dates its roots...

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Do Jewish Youth Movements Glorify Violence?

(36) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 4:31 PM

At 15-years-old, I found myself crawling through the desert in a combat simulation when a scorpion stung me. The simulation was part of a weeklong Gadna military training program provided by the Israel Defense Forces during my six-week United Synagogue Youth (USY)/Conservative Movement teen tour. In a lot of pain,...

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