What I learned from my experiences in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is that identifying as an American Jew is not a disqualifying pre-requisite for being pro-Palestine, pro-peace, and pro-Israel all at the same time, but ignorance is.
Here is a list of terms taken from different cultures and languages (English, Hebrew, Arabic, Sanskrit and Bantu) that all form part of the quest for that one elusive word: peace.
Comedy is a natural antidote for euphemistic, political jargon aimed at stifling debate and far too many people in the Jewish community today confuse criticism with malicious intent. Stewart's recent Daily Show segment highlights the sad reality faced by many in the American Jewish community.
Rockets fired. Retaliation ensues. A shaky peace follows and we are back at another round of negotiations in the stop-and-start cycle of ceasefire in the Israel-Gaza confrontation. As talk turns back to how to re-start the broken peace process, even as Israel claims fresh territory in the West Bank, let us consider something radically different.
The grounds of the academic war zone that surrounds Israel/Palestine are booby-trapped and they are shifting.
I began high school in 2002, a year after the September 11th terrorist attacks, and during the height of the Second Intifada. Saying Americans--and p...
It's important to remember that children and youth are the most vulnerable populations in these crises. At critical developmental stages in their lives, they process violence and trauma in a profoundly different way than do adults.
There is one country in the Middle East which respects women's rights, gay rights, the rights of political minorities, free speech and the right of dissent, and that is Israel. There is no other nation in the region which could, in any sense of the word, be considered progressive.
Shut up. Just shut up. And think. That is the message being tossed about by a Hollywood heavyweight who recently penned ...
Amid a shaky and uncertain ceasefire with Hamas, Israelis did not celebrate in the streets as Hamas and the people in the Gaza Strip did with fireworks and rifles shot in the air.
Films provide visions from around the world and an opportunity to show how similar our humanity is and how much we share, not remind us of our physical and emotional borders.
The new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has immediately raised the same old question: Will it last, or is it merely just another pause, providing the prelude for the next round of fighting à la previous ceasefires? I believe the current ceasefire is different as it was achieved under completely different circumstances and may well last.
Jewish liberals -- in Israel and the Diaspora -- need to realize that the time has come to stop mourning Israel's idealized image.
What have Israel and Gaza's populations achieved after over a month of death, injury, fear, and utter chaos?
What we need now, what we have always needed, are those in Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, Europe, and the United States to stand up, be brave, and find ways for those divided to come together. This is not some idealistic wish-thinking -- I have seen it happen; I have seen it change lives.