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A Palestinian's Journey Towards Healing

Kamal Abu-Shamsieh | Posted 05.22.2015 | Religion
Kamal Abu-Shamsieh

As I disengage from MLI, it does not necessitate an end to my dialogue with Zionists. Dialogue with Zionists is as crucial to Muslim-Jewish understanding as outreach to Evangelicals to advance Christian-Muslim relations. I will continue my journey towards healing that I yearn to achieve.

Unwrapping Fear

Rachel Wahba | Posted 05.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Rachel Wahba

For years Olivia sent out its mailers covered up. For years my Jerusalem Report magazine arrived in my mailbox uncovered. And then for the last twen...

Anti-Semitism and Israel's Moral Imperative

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

One would think that those who suffered persecution as much as the Jews would treat others with care and sensitivity. That the victim can become a victimizer is painful to face, but it is a reality nonetheless.

Israel's Independence at 67: Living Up to the Ideals of Its Founders

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.23.2015 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

On this important day, I can live with these dual feelings: an immense pride as a Jew in the glories of the Jewish state, and a realization that the challenges facing Israel are profound and require new initiatives.

Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel in a New Way

Ron Kronish | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

For many years, I and many other people I know have had trouble commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel. I can't bear to view the official state ceremonies on television, broadcast from Yad Vashem, with all their clichés and us-against-the-world ideology.

Looking Past Bibi: A Letter to College Students from a Young, Jewish-American WASP

Jacob Glick | Posted 04.15.2015 | College
Jacob Glick

Despite the election results, such a disfigurement of American Zionism is not the victory that Benjamin Netanyahu has earned, much less the one that he deserves.

Expelled From the Promised Land: Exploring Exodus and Zionism

Naomi Dann | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Naomi Dann

Telling the Exodus story without acknowledging the violence against the Caananites is similar to repeating the Zionist myth that Israel was a "land without a people for a people without land."

Passover: Seeing Yourself as if you Left Egypt

Ron Kronish | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Passover is undoubtedly the most universally observed Jewish holiday, since it appeals to all Jews in one way or another. Why is this so? It seems to me that the answer to this question is threefold.

Let's Talk About Zionism, Not Just About Netanyahu

Abraham Gutman | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
Abraham Gutman

Just like Netanyahu uses Iran over and over again to avoid discussing the real issues facing Israel, the Israeli Center-Left is using, "anyone but Bibi" to achieve the same results.

On Remembering Amalek

Ron Kronish | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

The holiday of Purim can lead also to hatred and vengeance. When I was young and grew up in a Reform Jewish congregation, we never read the whole book of Esther, so I never got to the back of the book.

This Is Not the End of the World

David Moore | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
David Moore

Apocalyptic scriptures share one feature: They were always composed in distressing times for the benefit of desperate people who occupied a particular moment in history. They suffered politically and economically, and only a dramatic rescue by God could help.

Why I Went to Israel

Haroon Moghul | Posted 03.23.2015 | Religion
Haroon Moghul

I did not go imagining I would single-handedly solve anything, nor did any of us go presuming to speak for or represent Palestinians. I went to better understand, and to invest in a relationship we see far more promise in -- that between American Muslims and American Jews.

The 24th Annual New York Jewish Film Festival Returns

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 03.21.2015 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

Manhattan is an island awash in film festivals. If there are new movies with a thematic niche, chances are there's a film festival with a clever lineup of screenings -- and film junkies lining up outside -- somewhere the city.

Review Of "The Girl from Human Street" By Roger Cohen

Michael Roth | Posted 03.21.2015 | College
Michael Roth

A man who has assimilated very well, Cohen knows the pleasures and also the loneliness of diaspora. In writing his stirring memoir, in constructing a past with which he can live, he wrestled with demons both historical and personal.

Exploding Jerusalem

Gary M. Burge | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Gary M. Burge

If extremist provocateurs like Yehuda Glick cannot be stopped, we can expect war to reignite year after year. But in addition if Christian Zionists (their preachers, academics, and writers) do not stop supporting and encouraging these provocations, they will be complicit in what may erupt.

How Netanyahu Committed Political Suicide

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.03.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Netanyahu's insistence on passing a bill that will define Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people is as disgraceful as his denial that Israel is not an occupying power. If the bill were to pass now or in the future, it would blow up what's left of Israel's democracy and destroy rather than save the Jews' last haven for which they have yearned for centuries.

Why a Palestinian State Is Essential

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

If Israel continues to go down its present very narrow and rigid definition of security it may achieve that particular ambition, but at the expense of all of those other crucial interests, needs, and goals of the Zionist project.

Does Israel Have to Be Likable?

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 12.14.2014 | World
Amanda Botfeld

You can't be a Zionist and try to make Israel small. Zionism is not about being liked. It is about the opposite -- freedom from the mercy of others.

Israel and Palestine: To Leap Forward, First Look Backward

Mohammad Tarbush | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Mohammad Tarbush

Well-wishers to both sides should encourage the parties to address the causes and not the symptoms of the long-standing conflict. A good start would be to look backward, not forward, and examine what went wrong and became the source of tension between Israelis and Palestinians.

A Global Shofar Blast for the Climate

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

Let's make this Rosh Hashanah, and this Shmitah, the year when all of that changes. Let's get our institutions and portfolios to divest from Big Oil. Let's get our synagogues and communities to stand up for the Earth.

Peace in the Middle East: A 7-Point Plan for Jon Voight

Sara El-Yafi | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Sara El-Yafi

There is no ethnicity to suffering. The more we delay this understanding, the more we delay peacemaking and democratic state building. No one wins.

Boycotting University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Jonathan Judaken | Posted 10.29.2014 | College
Jonathan Judaken

The grounds of the academic war zone that surrounds Israel/Palestine are booby-trapped and they are shifting.

Colonial Baggage for America in Palestine

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Salam Al Marayati

The U.S. aimlessly manages the symptoms rather than deal with root causes, which starts with the atrocities against the Palestinian people and extends to support for tyranny throughout the region to maintain the status quo.

Israel Doesn't Get a Free Pass, but Anti-Semitism Doesn't Either

Holly Dagres | Posted 10.10.2014 | World
Holly Dagres

While criticizing Israel certainly isn't anti-Semitic, it is important to note there is a fine line to cross when some begin equating Zionism with Judaism in an effort to show support for Palestine during this politically charged time.

Will Zionism and Hamas Ideology Be Criminalized?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) remains one of few options for the "State of Palestine," but it's one with profound implications for Zionism and Hamas.