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Attacking J Street Won't Bring Justice for Palestinians

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Regardless of what one thinks about J Street's conduct during the war, the promulgation of this line is a threat to any future pragmatic effort to move U.S. policy on Israel-Palestine in a progressive direction in any future that we can see.

The Real Two Party System

Trey Lyon | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

To some, fear is a motivator, to others a sales tactic and to still others, a sign of weakness. Ironically, that sentence is equally true when the word "fear" is replaced with the word "hope."

The Last Tisha B'Av: A Tale of Jewish-Muslim Reconciliation

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 09.27.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In Jewish tradition, on this very day of disaster Mashiach (Messiah) was born, but hidden away till a generation would come that is ready to make peace and eco-social justice in the world.

Gaza Redux: Déjà Vu in Occupied Palestinian Territory

Salena Tramel | Posted 09.16.2014 | World
Salena Tramel

The names of four children jutted out from my computer's screen like daggers on the list of the dead by name as I refreshed it. Memories of children laughing while flying kites on a beach in Gaza flooded my mind.

A World Where We Treat All Children As Our Own

David A. Love | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
David A. Love

When the family of kidnapped and lynched Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir recently grieved together with the family of abducted and murdered Israeli teen Naftali Fraenkel, we were reminded that the loss of a child is both painful and universal.

Presbyterians Divest from the Israeli Occupation: The End of the Beginning?

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If there is to be a just resolution, some sufficiently potent other groups of people will have to effectively weigh in on the side of the Palestinian victims of occupation.

An Open Letter to Our Presbyterian Friends

Cantor Michael Davis | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Cantor Michael Davis

As religious leaders, we are sensitive to the feelings of those Jews who oppose divestment. But we cannot choose to ignore the daily suffering of Palestinians and the shockingly routine loss of Palestinian life living under Occupation.

Presbyterian Divestment: Contesting Representations of 'the Jewish Community'

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

There's no question that some Jews will be very unhappy if the Presbyterians vote to divest from these three companies. But it's equally clear that the opponents of divestment from the occupation do not speak for all Jews.

Israel, Hillel, & Idolatry

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Recent controversies within Hillel International, the "home" for many Jewish college students of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, have made public in a sharper way a profound spiritual issue confronting American Jews and their "official" organizations.

Rights Groups Call For Justice Department Probe Of '85 Bombing

AP | STACY A. ANDERSON | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights groups and members of Congress are pressing the Justice Department to renew its investigation of a 1985...

Americans for Peace Now: Don't Co-Sponsor AIPAC's Bills for Iran War

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.06.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

Lobbyists from AIPAC are pressing your senators and representative to support legislation that if adopted as written would push the United States significantly closer to war with Iran.

AIPAC Does Not Speak for Me

Rebecca Vilkomerson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Rebecca Vilkomerson

For too long, AIPAC has derived much of its power by purporting to speak in the name of the American Jewish community. AIPAC is, of course, free to continue to push military build-up and endless settlement expansion. But it can no longer claim to do so in our name.

Rabbis Support Protestant Leaders' Call To End Unconditional Military Aid To Israel

Rabbi Alissa Wise | Posted 12.22.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Alissa Wise

We regret that some Jewish organizations opted to disengage from their Christian colleagues on this painful issue that is of such deep concern to both faith communities.

Why Is The Republican Jewish Coalition Attacking Me?

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb | Posted 11.04.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb

Apparently, leading a civilian diplomacy delegation to Iran and supporting the work of Jewish Voice for Peace is enough to make a person a pariah. The RJC is taking advantage of the Jewish divide on Israel to bring more people to Romney.

Lawmakers Slammed For Resolution Equating Israel Protests With Hate Speech

AP | HANNAH DREIER | Posted 08.30.2012 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A state lawmaker on Wednesday promised to introduce a fix to an Assembly resolution that stirred controversy a day earlier becau...

Why I Work With Christians To Divest From the Occupation

Rabbi Alissa Wise | Posted 09.22.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Alissa Wise

At first glance, my work as a rabbi may look untraditional. Instead of serving a congregation, I do my rabbinic work by organizing for justice and equality for all the people of Israel and Palestine.

The Washington Delusion

Rebecca Vilkomerson | Posted 07.27.2011 | World
Rebecca Vilkomerson

On the same day of Obama's Mideast speech, the Israeli organization Peace Now reported that construction had begun on 294 new homes in settlements, with the approval of Israel's Defense Ministry.

Behind The Tony Kushner Story

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.10.2011 | World
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Last night, the executive committee of the CUNY Board of Trustees reversed the Board's refusal of an honorary degree to Tony Kushner. Behind the original decision and reversal are three stories.

Remarks to JStreet on BDS

Rebecca Vilkomerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rebecca Vilkomerson

One of the strengths of the BDS movement is that it is both loose and broad, all sorts of campaigns and targets fit within it, depending upon local priorities and conditions.

Shilling for the Israeli Occupation: The ADL's New Mission Statement?

Ahmed Rehab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ahmed Rehab

An organization that describes itself as "the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency" is spending its resources decrying American organizations that are not blindly supportive of a foreign government it likes to align itself with.

Let Us Join Those Who Refuse

Rebecca Vilkomerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rebecca Vilkomerson

Tisha B'Av fell on the same day as the first TIAA CREF annual meeting since Jewish Voice for Peace initiated a campaign to get TIAA CREF to divest its holdings from companies that profit from Israel's occupation of Palestinian land.

Hamas Lawmaker: Gaza Flotilla Did More Than 10,000 Rockets

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Who now doubts that strategic nonviolent action can transform the politics of the Israel/Palestine conflict?

MidEast Peace: Pessimism from the Right and the Left

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eileen Read

Why is it that merely talking about talking about peace brings instant backlash? Four of the most controversial writers on the Middle East - pessimist...

Jew vs. Jew? Protests, Threats Reach Fever Pitch over Israel

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

This week, New York City's Jewish community is riven by protests, counterprotests, and now, threats of Jew-on-Jew intimidation over the question of Israel and the Palestinians.

American Jews Call for Immediate Ceasefire, End of Gaza Blockade

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Expressing views that are surely representative of American Jews as a whole, here's what some American Jews are saying about the violence in Gaza.