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.
Out of these troubled "my god is better than your god" times, rises an incredible film, premiered at this year's Venice Film Festival, out of competition.
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.
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.
Confronting today's Israel and demanding it change is not a rejection of Judaism but the most profound manifestation of it.
Fire-starters, willing to risk their lives to witness the almost unbelievable reality of injustice, violence, undemocratic actions and hatred towards human lives, photojournalists are the public enemies of the most extremists groups.
Read these names and know that their lives will have mattered only if all of us do our part to speak to one another in dialogue and not with weapons.
The United States must ensure a viable multilateral alternative to its hegemony in the Middle East. It must use its super-power status to empower allies and regional players to assume greater authority.
The core problem with the Liberal Zionists, the key reason that they are politically moribund, is not that they believe in Zionism, but that they do not believe in organizing effective pressure on the Israeli government to bring about the policies that the Liberal Zionists claim to support.
Returning Gaza to the Stone Age has not stopped Hamas, the Islamist militia in control of the territory, from inflicting significant political and psychological damage on Israel.
May in the Summer is a comedic drama about a Palestinian-American writer who goes home to Jordan for her wedding. I had the pleasure of interviewing the writer, director, and star Cherien Dabis shortly after the film's world premiere last year at the Sundance Film Festival.
With over 2,000 dead, and a political funeral beckoning for Hamas should it return to a besieged Gaza Strip, the Israelis and Egyptians may have underestimated Hamas' determination to fight it out to achieve what it needs: an end to the siege.
Given the amount of news print, UN resolutions, radio and television air time spent commenting, discussing, attacking, challenging and reviling Israel...
Mass incarceration and militarized police forces are two of the most potent tools in a panoply of repressive instruments of power used by Israel and t...
Hamas has done something Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu could never do: solidify support against his archenemy Hamas in a wall that includes much of the Arab Middle East, the United States and quietly many of the key European powers.
Wars inevitably spark change. That is no truer than in the war in Gaza, no matter what Hamas and Israel say.